Del Mar

4.7
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Spanish
Overlooking the Southwest Waterfront at The Wharf, Del Mar is DC's most exciting destination and Fabio Trabocchi's latest culinary vision for Spanish food. 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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Sun 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:15PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM

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EC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service, food, and drinks was next level. From the moment we stepped into Del Mar we were greeted warmly, seated right away, and had drinks in seconds. My favorite part of the meal was the pork belly dish, highly recommend!

RW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food great place, will definitely go back again.

RR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best paella I’ve ever had!

BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've entered less than an 'outstanding' rating in "ambiance" because of a screaming infant, but am aware that DelMar can't influence parents' poor judgement in bringing toddlers to a restaurant.

Food and service were outstanding. My partner appreciated DelMar's recognition of her birthday, and as we were departing she commented, "This restaurant is a 'Keeper!"

SW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Del Mar was outstanding. Each bite was so seductive and savory. Each bite better than the last. The paella was out of this world. Wonderful service too!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fun spot with good food and excellent service. Great wine list and awesome staff!

AP
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience - was the perfect place to celebrate a birthday. Incredible service and awesome food, and definitely would recommend for any special occasion.

EK
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in DC. Food is fresh, authentic and delicious. Highly recommend

RV
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, wine and cocktails were exceptional. The service was professional as well. The bar experience and then the dining room were fantastic. Highly recommend.

LW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

My first time at Del Mar. My high expectations were not met. The black truffle with the scallops tasted like paper. Food was definitely subpar given the prices. Del Mar is a tourist trap. Locals should avoid it!

R
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valencian Seafood -- especially the Paella. Quiet modern facility with restaurant area separated from the active bar area. Top service and good Spanish wine menu

JA
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience4

We were there for a 50th birthday celebration and our check was almost $700. Do you think they would’ve at least comped the $13 birthday dessert but they did not… Not impressed.

F
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant with amazing food. We had the seafood paella and it was the best I have ever had. The calamari in it was so fresh, the lobster, muscles and prawns cooked to perfection.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely from start to finish- but I don’t expect anything less from the Fiola Group. All of their restaurants offer an impeccable experience- food, service, and ambience are always flawless! Among the very best in DC for fine dining.

EK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic. Delicious food, trendy atmosphere, and the wait staff was amazing. Overall, a terrific meal.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails were stunning and the cuisine was perfectly flavored. Very nice experience!

AE
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing dinner! Knowledgeable, but not at all pretentious staff, especially with pronouncing the dishes! Ha! The small plate option was a fabulous way to try many different things. Everything was delicious, but most of all blown away by what they did to make butternut squash soup sing. It’s the perfect example of taking food you enjoy to waaaaay beyond expectations. A delightful evening. Can’t wait to come back!

D
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tapas. The bloody Mary was very well done with a prawn size of my finger. Really nice paella (a little bit small though)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

P
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Bday. Amazing service and paella was delicious. Some of the small plates we tried were very bland in comparison.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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f
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We arrived early for our 12:15 reservation, about 11:45. We were seated right away. We had coffee which was not very hot. We had tortilla Espanola which was pretty good. I have had better, though. Next was grilled octopus. It was really excellent and didn't need the aioli it was served with. Eggplant stew with poached egg was good and there was a garlic sausage with a truffle sauce that was excellent. We had the caramelized cheesecake for dessert and a cheese plate. Our check was $110 without the tip. There were 2 of us. I know DC is expensive and Del Mar is right at the water front, so I wasn't surprised. Servers were very pleasant and supervisors checked with us also. Very good experience.

LV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely returning. An amazing experience overall.

MS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! The food, drinks, & staff are amazing!

J
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful dining experience at Del Mar. The food was outstanding along with the presentation, we had great suggestions for wine pairings, and most of all, the service was simply among the best I’ve experienced in DC.

A
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Is expensive, the place is beautiful but food is not so good

V
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Duck paella was good. Service was excellent. Noise level is like other new restaurants these day's.

J
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant; outstanding service; outstanding/interesting menu. Great spot for special occasion dining!

S
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The table was ready on time. The service and food were both excellent. Would highly recommend.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love Delmar. We had company coming on Valentines Day so we celebrated early. This is a fabulous restaurant and a fabulous experience. Wish my wallet was thicker so I could eat there more often. We started with special cocktails and they were special. We followed up with a seafood tower for $75. The tiger prawns in a remoulade were huge, the oysters, octopus, tuna and sardines were amazing. We felt we got our moneys worth. We followed up with 5 small plates and fabulous dessert. The server and the service were impeccable. Cannot wait to return.

RI
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit to the much lauded Del Mar. It did not disappoint. Being novices to their menu, our server Rebecca was warm, knowledgeable and very helpful in telling us what she personally recommended. We very much like when a server takes ownership of their menu and she did that in the best way possible. Afterwards, Manuel, the manager, came over, introduced himself and thanked us for our visit. We will be sure to go back several more times so that we can fully enjoy the diverse menu offerings.

PB
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations in all areas. Can’t wait to come back!

F
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music choice was NOT what you’d expect at DM

KG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary here and it was amazing! The octopuses was to die for and received complementary champagne and desserts. Tremendous service and an incredible night!

v
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good food and ambiance, but you pay for it.

m
Hawaii
29 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

So I would have given this restaurant 5 stars for everything except the reception desk staff are terrible. The are rude, and as I watched them with other customers I know I wasn’t just towards me. When people come in they are ignored while staff looks down at a screen. There are no smiles and even when the words “Welcome to Del Mar” are spoken there is no sincerity in their tone. If you ask for an update on your table you are waiting on you are treated like an annoyance. Once you get to your table everyone is wonderful. I have been here several times and I continue to be amazed at the level of disconnect between front staff and the rest of the house. The food is fantastic so I will come back and maybe the desk staff knows this so see no reason to show even basic curtesy.

JS
Puerto Vallarta
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was out third visit. We sometimes come here before a play at Arena Stage. The appetizers were truly great. The paella was very good but not as great as we had had before. The service was outstanding! We will come back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Portions very small , overpriced for the portion sizes
Nothing special about the taste

MD
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than expected. Will return.

L
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, we were very impressed!