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Had some lovely paella on a date. The upstairs dining is very fancy and a nice quiet place to go to talk.
Great ambiance on the Wharf in DC. Beautiful room, service was excellent, our waiter was very attentive without being intrusive, and made good recommendations for our choices. Drinks were excellent and the food was delicious, beautifully presented with interesting blends of flavors. It was expensive but we had a great experience. I would go back again and again for special occasions. When I called to see if they had a dress code, they said business casual, but there were many people in shorts and polos. It did not seem to be enforced strictly.
Food was tasty and service first class. Go with people who like to share. It’s fun to order a bunch of dishes and take a bite or two of each. The only negative was the noise. Between the music and the conversation we couldn’t hear the person across the table. We asked to be moved upstairs where the tables aren’t close together and the music is softer.
If you have money to burn come here. Very poor value. The portions are laughable. Food quality is fine.
Very delicious food. Loved the seafood tower. The ambiance was beautiful outside on the terrace!
Great. All encompassing service and food.
Food was cold, bad service
At first we were seated on the first floor, which was incredibly loud and had tables close together, but the hostess was able to move us upstairs, which was a wholly different place and experience. That alone saved our evening. The food was quite good, but we could have done nearly as well at a place like Jaleo for much less money. The service was truly excellent. We're glad we went, but because of the high prices--$300 for two, including a bottle of wine--I wouldn't recommend it to most.
Super pricey but you really can't beat it for a special occasion or if you just have money to burn. The food is A++ and service is always top notch.
Very expensive and still hungry after 5 tapas, and a paella for 3 people (2 women and a man). We are not big eaters. They could add more tortilla for a 14$ egg and potatoes dish, add more rice to the paella!!!! I won’t go back unfortunately. The dining room is classy though.
Outstanding food, the seafood paella was so delicious and so moist. Many I have had other places the seafood seems to be dried out. Highly recommend.
I took a friend here for her birthday. This is a good place for special occasions--but be prepared to spend a LOT of money. Loved the view and the atmosphere. For normal, everyday dining, there are other places that offer comparable food for less. But they don't have the waterfront view.
Great spot to eat. We sat on the roof top and enjoyed the views and food. The food is very good, different combinations and plenty of it.
We paid $200 for 2 people - tiny portions, left hungry. Food was not even that good. Not sure why this place is all the rage. Played awful loud music, had to ask to be turned down. Service was OK. Got sick the next day. Overall very bad experience with Del Mar.
While the sangria and seafood paella were good, it was very overpriced. I imagine we paid for the “wharf setting”.
Nice one time but would not return for this meal
After reading a good review, we were disappointed with the food and the experience. We arrived early and enjoyed a half hour of relative conversational noise before the room filled up. It finally became impossible to talk and we left before dessert. The least expensive wine by the glass, $16, was a skimpy 4 oz pour. The potato pancake was excellent as was the wilted spinach, but my $30 risotto salmonette order had the smallest piece of fish imaginable. While our waiter and busboys were very attentive, and the view from our window booth was pleasant, the food really did not live up to the hype. The bill for four of $280 included only one alcoholic drink each and we left unsatiated. Not to mention $35 to park, after being charged for the 20 minutes it took to find a space in the enormous lot below ground.
Too expensive for the food they serve. Not the best in DC for sure.
Meal pacing was a challenge as it was a crowded restaurant but food quality was not sacrificed.
Fabulous, exciting restaurant. Exquisite food. Excellent service. A must visit!
Top of the line Spanish seafood/Tapas; service very good (knowledgeable servers); often irritatingly noisy
Concert at the Anthem. Great way to start the evening!!!
Driss our server, was excellent. He was great at explaining Jamon cuts, drinks and overall friendliness.
The food, service and everything is always amazing @Del Mar.
We live in Denver and came to Del Mar based off of recommendation and w me were so glad we did! The menu does a great job of building an experience. We started with the yellowtail and it fresh and light. We created our own charcuterie, they hand carve prosciutto in the main dining room. We opted to share the three meat paella. It was one of the best things I have ever eaten! We finished with the churros and Horchata ice cream.
Kelvin was our server and was very professional and engaging, but not obtrusive. There is a sommelier, but Kelvin still knew how to navigate the wine list and make great suggestions.
We enjoyed our evening, the food and the drinks. The food was not spectacular, we tried several tapas .. some of them were delicious (tortilla, the pulpo a la gallega, the zucchini blossoms) some of them were a bit tasteless (the potatoes and a couple of other ones). As far as entree we tried the parillada (was good), the arroz verde was tasteless! The wine was good.. the cocktails so so ..
As far as service: the waiter, Edgar, was fantastic !! Very very helpful, knowledgeable, cordial and funny ! Thank you, Edgar !!
So overall a good experience .. quick comment: it is a bit pricey (but aligned with dc standards) and too noisy ... I know well all trabocchi restaurants ... and like it a lot..
This one is good and a great place to hang out (love the location!) but not for the food!
Food was great, paella was sublime! Was too pricey for the food we got. Could have gone fine dining to any Michelin star restaurants for the bill we paid.
It was far too noisy for an expensive restaurant. We had six tapas; the food was just average. The highlights were the spreadable sausage (yum!) and and tuna tartar. The sweetbreads and octopus dishes were very disappointing. There are better Spanish restaurants in the D.C. area for less $.
Too pricey. I have no problem paying high price for outstanding food. This food was good but nothing terribly special, especially for the price point. Two people shared three tapas - shrimp, grilled romaine and the third one was so unremarkable I don’t recall what it was and I was just there yesterday. We also each add iced tea and a coke. Total nil $70. Crazy
This restaurant is over-rated, slapping on high prices to everything does not make a good restaurant. The seafood paella was good but not fantastic - seafood was well done but the rice lacked pizzazz, the noise level was impossibly high, and the service so-so. Not good value. They should either lower the price or raise the quality.
This was a spur of the moment choice in dinner on a rainy day and I’m happy we chose it. The service was great, food was great, drinks were delicious, and the ambiance was perfect.
Great food. Martini was warm. Otherwise experience was good
My son got sick and the bill for 3 was 380 with very little alchohol (2 beers and 1 bourbon). I won't be going back and would not recommend the restaurant.
Great Father’s Day even with two kids under 5! They got us in and out!
Del Mar was fabulous! The food was beyond our expectations, the experience was wonderful. The service was very personal, our server Driss was super knowledgeable and treated my family and I great. He made my dads Father's day excellent. We will be back.
The paella was fantastic and the sangria delicious and authentic. I would order the same again.
The food is excellent (this comes from a food lover who lived in Spain for a year), to me is a 4.5 stars value. The service was almost perfect and the overall experience if you want a quiet place to dine in peace was rewarding.
I tried two specialties that I would like to recommend:
Atún rojo and,
Pan con chocolate.
This restaurant is very overpriced. The food was good not outstanding. It is a Spanish style restaurant with tapas that you could get at any other Spanish style restaurant in the area and not pay the prices of Del Mar.
This was our second visit. Appetizers (Iberico ham; chorizo) were very tasty. Shared seafood paella for two for main course - was outstanding!
A heads-up to pay attention to any one-time special events going on at The Wharf when you make your reservations, as traffic can be a bear and the Wharf parking garage can fill-up (we hit a jazz festival - getting there was not fun).
The food is exquisitely prepared...Paella is a standout. Staff are very attentive without being overbearing. it can be noisy but conversations are possible.