Del Mar

4.6
640 reviews
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Located at the District Wharf, DC's most exciting new destination, is Fabio and Maria Trabocchi's latest culinary vision. Del Mar is a celebration of Maria, her Spanish heritage, and the family's traditions created and preserved at their home on the island of Mallorca. Featuring authentic seafood fare and flavors from the coasts of Spain, the robust menu includes tapas, raw bar, charcoal grilled fish, seafood stews, and a variety of rice dishes (yes, paella)!
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Thank you for choosing to dine with us! We will be serving both our Chef's tasting menu as well as our a la carte dinner menu for Thanksgiving! We look forward to hosting you!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent - the somm was outstanding and really made the meal!

k
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and incredible food down on the Wharf. Really beautiful décor and interior. Can be romantic and fun!

MD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fourth visit...sure there will be many more! Paella the best entree

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delay Mar was an excellent place to celebrate our 29th anniversary.

XM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I loved the ambiance and the service was great! Food was good, but not the best Spanish food I’ve eaten, which I was expecting.

W
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 4 and shared tapas and a bottle of white wine. We each loved every dish, clearly prepared with thoughtful attention to taste and presentation. We especially liked the stuffed peppers, pimenton, and the salad with figs, as well as the desserts. The flan and the coffee granita desserts were divine. The service was outstanding; each employee we encountered appeared right on time, attentive but never intrusive. The place is beautiful! The lighting is soft and warm, the tiles on the large wall in the rear are rather spectacular. The price makes it a special occasion place, for us at least, but we’ll definitely be back for a memorable evening.

K
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Del Mar for our anniversary. Everything was great. I would recommend it to a friend or family. The seafood paella was to die for. The pairing of wine is phenomal. So far, all the suggested pairing wine works perfect with out meal/food. Definitely coming back again for a very special occassion.

RA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good Spanish food. quality, flavors... I felt like at home (Spain). And the style of the restaurant is modern and stylist. Well done.

SP
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were spending day in DC. Sat outside with shade/fans. For ladies lunch. Outstanding service, delicious food and beautiful ambiance. Highly recommend.

MR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fairly loud until around 8 pm when it got much quieter -- it was nicer after that. The food was excellent and the service was superb. Definitely worth the $. We had Spanish cheese, grilled octopus, the 3-Spanish-Sausages entree and a Lobster-Rice entree (similar to a Risotto). For desert we had a Flan and an Almond Cake.

l
Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We ordered several tapas dishes. We enjoyed all of them but one (naturally, it was one of the more expensive tapas). The "let down" dish for us featured bone marrow with Langoustine bits. There was barely any marrow (the biggest let down) and the herbal sauce that dotted the dish overpowered the palate. Otherwise, it was, overall, a very nice meal with pleasant service.

p
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, very lively scene. Highly recommend for Spanish cuisine.

MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Restaurant is very noisy. Don't go there and expect to make conversation and hear your companions. Service attentive and friendly. But...We ordered tapas. Although tasty, they were overpriced relative to serving size. For example, we paid $26 for an order of langoustine. What we received were 2 pinky-sized langoustines, a couple of penny-sized melon balls and a tablespoon of cucumber sorbet. That works out to $13 each for crustaceans that required a jeweler's loupe and tweezers to consume.

TE
Wilmington
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a rather embarrassing oversight on my part, the manager was incredibly helpful, giving me the peace-of-mind to enjoy a fantastic meal of tapas and wine with my wife. Really wonderful food and attentive service in a great place. And, if you're going to a concert at The Anthem, the location can't be beat.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

VB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I've been to the restaurant twice now. Both times, we shared some of the tapas and then had a fish entree. All of the food is outstanding particularly the bread with crushed tomatoes, the shrimp tapas, the octopus dish and the fritters. The restaurant is loud and having a conversation can be challenging. A very young woman, with date, sitting at a table next to us mentioned multiple times that she had no idea what her date was saying. But, it's worth the splurge for the food and the great service.

JD
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Unimpressed. Seems like the only thing worth getting is the paella and/or the whole fish. Don’t bother with the creative entree plates, they are just another small tapas plate.

j
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

We had a cheese plate, 2 drink and 4 tappas. Our dinner took nearly 2 hours on a Saturday evening with reservations at 9:15; the waiter opend our check at 9:39 and closed it at 10:51! The staff was pleasant but unapologetic about the slow service and complete lack of attention. Too bad - the food and drinks were very good once they arrived.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Entree took more than 1h20m to arrive and arrived cold.

TH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Del Mar was recommended to me by members of my club. They can be some extremely difficult guests to please and I can see now why they love Del Mar. It was outstanding from start to finish. We were celebrating my wife's birthday and they made the occasion very special for us. Herman was an outstanding server and Stefania made sure the little touches were added. The suggestions were right on point and Herman knew his menu well. As someone who has run fine dining restaurants for years, I can be extremely critical. Just ask my wife...it drives her crazy! The menu is a little pricey, but the experience is definitely worth it. The only complaint I have is with the parking around the Wharf. I would give yourself an extra 30 minutes if you don't want to be late for your reservation, but once there you will thoroughly enjoy Del Mar. I would highly recommend this place to my friends and family. Well Done!

VS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food is very good. Disappointed with the service. We ordered six tapas. Three came in good time but for the other three we had to wait over half an hour! These only arrived after we complained to the manager. When we told the waiter he said that the "kitchen was working hard at it". Not good enough when you are paying top dollar. The tried to make up by giving us some wine and free desserts. I had been here once before and had an excellent all round experience. Maybe this was because we agreed to sit outside. Not what I expected at Del Mar.

SK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very expensive for very small portions. Took > 1 hour food to arrive. Disappointing.

JW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I celebrated our 56th wedding anniversary at Del Mar. We had dined there previously and loved the seafood paella which we ordered again on this occasion. It was, as before, delicious and beautifully prepared and served. The wait staff was both attentive and courteous. We were very happy to celebrate our special occasion there.

Our only complaint was the cost of two very small glasses of white wine -- a sancerre. Of course, we were aware of the cost when we ordered and though the wine comprised 20 percent of the cost of our meal, the amount of the "pour" was approximately one-fourth to one-third of a standard white wine glass. A very small amount, indeed, and not consistent with the "pour" we've experienced in other restaurants of similar quality and reputation.

J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and ambience . A little pricey but worth it

j
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

SC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the food, I was disappointed they didn't have the dover sole and/or Turbot. One of the reason I go there is for those two fishes
That said the food is always excellent the service impeccable and Stefania was a delight making sure our experience was delightful

LB
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful, per always. Lovely atmosphere, great wine, excellent service, yummy food. One thing I noticed this time, though, was that because we didn’t do the paella like we did the last couple of times, and instead just had tapas (which were fabulous), we didn’t leave fully satiated. Some of the tapas are generous portions, but many were quite small. Next time I’ll get a couple of tapas and go back for more paella.

GR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only thing better than the food was the service. Impeccable. One caveat is the prices are a bit high, but considering the overall experience, it's hard to complain.

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! The food was simply outstanding. Service was perfect, there when we needed her but not hovering. I can't recommend this restaurant highly enough. Every experience I have had at Del Mark has been exceptional.

AT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, fabulous service, great atmosphere and good wine selections. Highly recommend for a special night out or just a date night.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Great service, but not great rice dishes.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal - food quality and service was terrific, entrée portions a little small, even by European standards.

YI
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Food is just so so,but the price so youexpensive!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food was amazing. See you next time!

H
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Sorry but I don't get the excitement over this restaurant. Food just so so and at $300 for three people who tried to order inexpensive items, it is a joke.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friend visiting from overseas. Biggest complaint was wine list- didn’t see a single bottle under $100! Ridiculous!

VM
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Not a place to take children. The foods great but the menu is limited for kids

d
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Have been to DelMare twice and really enjoyed both visits. Service is excellent along with ambiance. This visit instead of all tapas, we had the paella. I was disappointed, but my husband enjoyed it. After having the two different types of meals, I prefer the different tapas. The seafood in the paella was just OK - lobster was very bland, some of the squid was almost raw, shrimp overcooked. Intuitively, I felt the paella was more of a tourist dish than the selection of tapas. Desserts were lovely. Overall, a nice dinner, but when I return, it will be for those delicious tapas.

K
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Delicious food. We enjoyed sitting outside. Would return.

CF
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! We, my teenage children and myself, started with three cheeses and shared 3 tapas: gambas, patatas, and croquetas. All were delicious. The corona grenada dessert, in the picture, with the delicious crunchy crust was amazing! The cold granita with the warm was just wonderful! We love Spanish food and just wanted a small lunch, this was more than enough to share. We will definitely be back when in DC!

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