Del Mar

4.7
488 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$50 and over
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Spanish
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)!
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details
What 488 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had some lovely paella on a date. The upstairs dining is very fancy and a nice quiet place to go to talk.

Report
Helpful
EV
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
MP
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

If you have money to burn come here. Very poor value. The portions are laughable. Food quality is fine.

Report
Helpful
NW
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very delicious food. Loved the seafood tower. The ambiance was beautiful outside on the terrace!

Report
Helpful
k
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. All encompassing service and food.

Report
Helpful
CR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Food was cold, bad service

Report
Helpful
T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
NA
Nottingham
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
AS
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
t
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
MG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
KK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
RB
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

Report
Helpful
d
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 4

Too expensive for the food they serve. Not the best in DC for sure.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Meal pacing was a challenge as it was a crowded restaurant but food quality was not sacrificed.

Report
Helpful
AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, exciting restaurant. Exquisite food. Excellent service. A must visit!

Report
Helpful
N
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Top of the line Spanish seafood/Tapas; service very good (knowledgeable servers); often irritatingly noisy

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Concert at the Anthem. Great way to start the evening!!!

Report
Helpful
WD
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Driss our server, was excellent. He was great at explaining Jamon cuts, drinks and overall friendliness.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and everything is always amazing @Del Mar.

Report
Helpful
SS
Omaha
34 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
M
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

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!

Report
Helpful
OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
f
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

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 $.

Report
Helpful
c
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
p
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
G
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Martini was warm. Otherwise experience was good

Report
Helpful
MG
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Father’s Day even with two kids under 5! They got us in and out!

Report
Helpful
MB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
h
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The paella was fantastic and the sangria delicious and authentic. I would order the same again.

Report
Helpful
LM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
LL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
M
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Paella!

Report
Helpful
WK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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).

Report
Helpful
DS
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is exquisitely prepared...Paella is a standout. Staff are very attentive without being overbearing. it can be noisy but conversations are possible.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
13
null