International Smoke Del Mar

4.5
688 Reviews
$30 and under
American

International Smoke Del Mar is the wildly popular collaboration between award-winning Chef Michael Mina and renowned restaurateur, chef, 2x NY Times best-selling cookbook author, philanthropist, television host and producer, and entrepreneur Ayesha Curry. Inspired by Curry and Mina’s shared love of global travels and international cooking techniques, International Smoke ignites a new spark of flavor and creativity focused on woodfired steaks, seafood, ribs, and vegetarian entrees to create flavorful dishes that are craveable worldwide.
Celebrating food as the heart of the community, International Smoke recognizes that fire is the start of all cooking and every country shares this culinary spark. At the center of the dining experience, the bar offers a community-driven atmosphere – creating a social space where guests can connect with friends over delicious food and drinks for a night to remember.
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  • Thanksgiving Fuego Tasting Menu from 12p - 6p.

    $88.00 per person

    Nov 25, 2021 only

    Special Thanksgiving Fuego tasting menu featuring a curated selection of Holiday favorites for the table to share. Highlights include Curry Pumpkin Soup, Persimmon Salad, Diestal Maple Roasted Turkey with all the garnishes and fall harvest desserts & petit fours. $88 per person, $30 person per child.
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WeCameToDineNotEat
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was as good as I remembered but for the price ($250/couple) I would expect at least four star service and it was only two. Started fine, they got busy and REALLY dropped the ball.

Left frustrated that we spent that much money for a birthday dinner and the service let down the food in a big way.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Lovely evening.

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ValerieS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Homecoming 2021 dinner was awesome for my Sophomore and her friends. She really loved being in such a beautiful setting with her beautiful friends and eating beautiful food. We will for sure be back as this place s as sways makes you feel at home.

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Trisha
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My guy and I came on a last minute date. Thank goodness for Open table because the restaurant said they had no availability. The service with Velma was extraordinary. We loved the food and cocktails. We ordered American ribs, truffle Caesar salad, and truffle whipped potato. I would highly recommend anything and all things truffle. Those potatoes were to die for. We saw a lot of other date nights and I would definitely go back.

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vipSue92024
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I really do love this place. However this time we purchased off the menu cocktails. We were unaware of the costs. Two of the four cocktails were $25 each.
Although they were good, I would rather spend my money on food. I would prefer to know this in advance. But I would still s restaurant and go again

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the coursed dinner for my husbands 30th birthday and while it was WAY too much food for two people, each dish was absolutely delicious. They take into account dietary restrictions which is very nice. We thought this was a great way to experience International Smoke for the first time because you get to taste all of their signature dishes and figure out what you like best.

Needless to say we did not finish even close to everything but overall the experience was very nice.

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vipCJKG
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and cocktails were excellent! The wait staff and customer service overall was phenomenal! We will be back! If you like old fashions they have a amazing one! The BBQ ribs are epic! Try International smoke with friends so you can explore their amazing menu more fully!

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kamikaze2013
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our fifth or sixth time in the spot. Always a great time and the service is A1.

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vipAbibas
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good drinks, good atmosphere. Exactly as described on their website.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I got VIP complimentary appetizers and then was charged $3.75. (Out of principal of a free dish to the table, that is unheard of) I have never been given VIP food and then charged for it. My girlfriend asked for a heat lamp and the waiter said yes. It never showed up and nobody said a word about it. I ordered rib tip Mac and cheese that never even showed up. This place has gone way down hill which is why I stopped bringing my friends here. Very disappointing.

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MeghanE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! I met a friend for dinner and it happened to be a nice quiet evening which is my preference. Everything was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great. Service a bit slower than usual. Loud noise level inside.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was good. The menu choices are good but the quality of food is OK.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Will be one our local favorites!

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vipKristineS
London
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

There was very few there. We opted for inside seemed more comfortable but hostess wanted to put us by service door. When we asked for another table which seemed a big deal they put us in booth across from service bar area! There were only about 4 tables already seated and tons of open tables. My food was good delicious roasted oysters but pricey, sea bass was also good. My husbands ribs were tough and the Crab Fried Rice was horrible like paste! We didn’t eat any of that but waiter did not take off bill. All in all probably won’t go back. Service was best part.

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KennethH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, the sever Dennis was amazing. The general area is such a fun relaxing place.

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LucyM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birthday celebration for 3 of our party of 6. We all had the chef’s menu and thought it was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful experience!! Love , love the food!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

little loud but overall incredible food and service! So yummy and will definitely be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The ceviche is TO DIE FOR! Compliments to the Chef. The special offering, Beef Sashimi: beef was chewy, presentation not great looking. The sea bass was good, but not as good as Eddie V’s or Pacifica- the sauce was comparatively bland and not as sweet as those other preparations. The Wedge salad was also bland- scratch the dill dressing and go to the original blue cheese- much sharper taste and hard to improve on! The waiter was outstanding and the service was fast. We’ll likely come back. Thank you

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vipSDblissgirl
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience! New chef James Montejano is a treasure and creating beautiful and delicious dishes. I had the stone fruit salad, which was a work of art, and so delicious and healthy. Splurged on Ayesha’s cornbread, and there were so many more things on the menu I am looking forward to trying! This spot is excellent for vegetarians, as well as carnivores. My friend had the burger (made with a special blend of meat from the Butchery, next door!) definitely looked amazing! Don’t miss this one!!

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vip4jamiejam
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful neighborhood gem! Definitely make your way to One Paseo and prepare yourself for a great dining experience. The smoked brisket is a must have!

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vipJanie
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our waiter may have had too many tables that night, but seldom came to the table, wrong water served, waited forever to pay the check, never offered dessert, etc

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vipiknowgoodfood
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience4

It was just disappointing. Is International smoke still owned by Michael Mina? The food was mediocre, the Cesar salad was swimming in straight mayonnaise super gross. They messed up our kids order, bringing out one of our kids meals and then bringing the rest of our kids something they didn't order, so one of our kids was eating while the other two had to wait for their food. My son called the mac and cheese soup because it was literally swimming in cheese sauce. It was not edible. Our server never came over to apologize for all the wrong food or to ask if we needed anything. It was really bizarre. We were truly shocked and disappointed by the experience.

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WembiD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Friendly staff! Great experience! Big thank you to all!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to be able to eat at International Smoke while in Del Mar, I loved the Houston location and was devastated after it closed. The food, the ambiance was wonderful just as we remembered. Please re open the Houston location.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

🔥🔥🔥🔥 Food from Ayesha Curry! 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Make sure you come here hungry!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great food. But finally at 37 minutes in, I had to ask if they were going to get our meal or not. Not a lot of people working. But great food, would still go again even though it was $$$.

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vipKelly
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We came for our anniversary dinner and was so disappointed. It was over an hour that we were served our meal. It was not busy and it seemed they had lots of help but the service was terrible. The ribs were good but we had a side of mashed potatoes and that tasted like it was half sour cream… inedible. We go to dinner 3 to 4 times a week so to have another great restaurant to go to in our neighborhood would be great but this is mot one of them. So disappointing!

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vipScott
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good vibe. Food is unremarkable. Chef needs to take it up a notch.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the Chef there is AMAZING!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

What a memorable experience I had when we had a girls night dinner at International Smoke. The staff were friendly, our server Chance (pronounced Chaaance) was pleasant and very knowledgeable.

The restaurant manager Ed made it a point to walk around the restaurant to personally engage with diners. He stopped at our table to check in on our experience and really took time to get to know us by striking up a real conversation. He learned that my friend enjoyed making craft cocktails and proceeds to give her a recipe for a lovely mescal based cocktail-so very thoughtful…but he didn’t stop there.

He soon after returned with a sample of that drink. Well done Ed.! What a memorable evening at what we thought was just a regular restaurant in Del Mar Heights. We will be back, and we will make that cocktail Ed gave us the recipe for!

Thanks guys!

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BiancaB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We came here for my stepdaughter's graduation dinner. I love the ambiance we sat outside It was nice and clean. The cornbread is so good! Along with the mac and cheese with riblets!! I had the chicken which was okay. It lacked flavor. A bit pricey. But worth a try

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viphoneybee
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service
Awesome food choices and very tasty

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Had a dinner with mom and it was great. Our second drinks took way too long to come out and our server was not super attentive. We waited for around 20 min for second drinks. Food was incredible! Ambience was amazing too.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two couples dined, shared plates, ordered entrees and drinks. The portions are big enough to share. Every dish was intentionally made and seasoned. The fact the pork ribs are smoked for over ten hours let’s you know you’re in for a treat. We enjoyed the speciality drinks and ambiance. We will be back!

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Cara
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambiance were all amazing! They even brought water and a menu for our dog...highly recommended!

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vipsjco
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food service and vibe. They just get it right. It’s hip, upbeat and fun. The ribs are super. The fried rice w crab, sublime. Try the grapefruit endive hand wraps, so refreshing. Cornbread is a must.

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You can order delivery directly from International Smoke Del Mar using the Order Online button. International Smoke Del Mar also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. International Smoke Del Mar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 331-4528.

International Smoke Del Mar is rated 4.5 stars by 688 OpenTable diners.

International Smoke Del Mar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.itson.me/widget/74-2351-international-smoke-all-locations#/merchant/2351.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.