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J at SkyDeck

4.6
4.6
28 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

J is a New American restaurant owned and operated by 21-year-old chef James Augustine who integrates his personal beliefs on life to create a reimagined dining experience; a restaurant where familiar flavors are transformed by modernist techniques to create something truly extraordinary.

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Booked 5 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Dinner
    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 925-7598

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    James Augustine

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What 28 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Notable Wine List

  • North San Diego

    Best Service

  • North San Diego

    Good for Groups

  • North San Diego

    Hot Spot

  • North San Diego

    Neighborhood Gem

  • North San Diego

    Notable Wine List

  • North San Diego

    American

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  1. KB

    KelliB

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a great meal! Sean was our waiter. Very personable & helpful. The steak ordered was absolutely delish. Perfectly cooked, dusted with sea salt and so very tender. My husband loved his salmon. My daughter's salad was enough for 3 people. Very generous portions, fabulous service and yummy food. (get the Butter Cake!)

  2. JB

    JerryB

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food and service were great. But the noise level in the sky deck on a Saturday is very high

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    It was my birthday and first time there! So fun!

  4. RM

    RebeccaM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We LOVE J!!! This is our second time dining there, and every dish was excellent! Both times. This time we had the cauliflower appetizer (super yum!) and the nicely dressed salad. Main course for our party of 4 was Mary's chicken, bucatelli, lamb burger and a veggie plate--they were all AMAZING! The wine was outstanding, and we ended the night with the incredible butter cake and decaf coffee. The only slight ding was the ambience. At 9pm, the bar next to J turned up the music, so we couldn't really talk anymore. At least the music was good :)

  5. SP

    SusanP

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    J is a wonderful addition to Carmel Valley and fits in beautifully to the new Sky Deck at Del Mar Highlands! I like that you can order a sandwich or a larger entree. I had the crispy chicken sandwich with feta fries and it was DELICIOUS! The wine menu is varied and offers very fairly priced wines to a more pricey choice. The restaurant is decorated in a warm inviting, but simple theme. The only possible complaint I might have is that the noise level is pretty high, as the Sky Deck is booming with many enthusiastic patrons, which floods into restaurant; but that’s kind of a good thing! Great Restaurant; Great Experience!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the best experience from the service to the food. Go. Enjoy.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really impressive food.

  8. TS

    TSE1

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding new restaurant. The chef is fascinating and his food is wonderful. We will be going back for sure.

  9. DC

    DeeCee

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service Sean greeting us and went beyond the call of duty. The food was excellent pear salad with salmon dessert excellent butter cake. Will be returning

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sean was outstanding!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly & attentive service. Meatballs & Cauliflower were delish. Bucatini impressive & could easily feed 2. Ambiance of SkyDeck a super fun way to spend a weekend evening.

  12. JK

    JuddK

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Unbelievably good food and service. We shared the lamb meatballs (best we've ever eaten) as a starter, along with the cauliflower and trio of dips. Then we had some lamb lasagna (although it's not called that) and it was better than any Italian lasagna we've ever had. The crispy chicken sandwich was awesome too. The baklava desert is to die for. Wow, don't miss this food. But best of all was the manager, an extremely knowledgeable and amazingly friendly and engaging lady that really made our meal special.

  13. RR

    RenzoReno

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food, service, and ambiance was absolutely amazing! Highly recommend, will be back again soon!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    wonderful food great service. Lamb entree was fantastic, so was the cauliflower appetizer!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This felt like a fine dining experience in an energetic environment. The food was amazing! We will definitely be frequenting this establishment.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall2food2service5ambience1

    Ordered the baked bucatini and it was served lukewarm.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Had dinner during J’s soft opening. Apps and entrees were very good. The fried octopus and fig & pear salad should not be missed. Our waiter, Sean, made the evening a pleasant one.

  18. BG

    BuffaloGal

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service in a lively and fun location at Skydeck. It made for a wonderful evening and get-together with friends. Love the menu, fresh ingredients and really well prepared dishes. We were a repeat customer and J will continue to be a go-to place with family and friends alike - terrific overall dinning experience. Our friends loved the inventive fried chicken and said the octopus was the best they have ever had. The frozen baklava is absolutely not to be missed - highly recommend!

  19. r

    rsflocal

    San Diego

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Server Katie was great. Just the right amount of attention. Very sweet. Food was good. Buccattini delicious! Filet was grilled perfection medium rare! Its a bit busy in that space but.....J was great!

  20. J

    Juliana

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food and service were top notch at J! My husband and I shared the cauliflower and the pear salad for starters, both great tasting and beautiful presentation. We had the salmon and chicken for entrees and they both were so, so good. The chef works his magic on unique seasonings in all the dishes. We were very impressed! Plus Sean was our server and he made the evening that much better, such a sweet guy! We will be back…

  21. IM

    IMPW

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our food was surprisingly amazing. As a party of 4 very critical people, our expectations were exceeded. Food was spectacular, service was good. Noise level was a bit high, but not so much that we won't be back - perhaps again and again. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    UndErstanding that this was a soft opening, the duration of time between ordering and delivery felt longer than expected. Service was otherwise attentive and pleasant. We had the Spanish octopus, cauliflower, lamb bucatini and fried chicken. The octopus was a wee bit dry/tough. The cauliflower was delicious and we enjoyed its surprising tenderness - probably my favorite of our dishes (although very small in quantity). The other dishes were very very good and it was apparent that they were carefully prepared and presented, although ultimately not exceptional. We are value diners and so we might try again to give it another chance, but are not yet hooked.

  23. B

    Beamer

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, loved dinner!

  24. S

    Slowineguy

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Perfectly prepared steak, Mary's sous-vide crispy chicken was delicious. Have a bottle of Falcone Cabernet from Paso - it's a sleeper!

  25. D

    Daniel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    J is a rarity of fine dining, bringing both unparalleled value and experience to the table. Awesome experience for a highly reasonable value.

  26. L

    Lovefood

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Really nice place. Food and service were great. A little loud because of the food court type of setting.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding!! Loved the charcuterie board and the Salmon. And the delicious lamb chops paired perfectly with the Grgich Hills Zinfandel!

  28. T

    Truefoodie21

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have eaten twice at J Restaurant since it has opened on August 4th. Professional, friendly service. Food is amazing. The lamb meatball melts in your mouth with just a hint of mint. The center cut filet was cooked to perfection both times! Seared perfectly on the outside and tender inside. The fried chicken had the perfect amount of batter coating, crispy on the outside and moist inside. Salmon was cooked perfectly, loved the risotto. To die for…the butter cake. Moist and light. We also had the passion fruit sorbet and the baklava cake which were absolutely delicious. Ask for the pita bread and hummus, you could literally eat buckets of it!

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J at SkyDeck is rated 4.6 stars by 28 OpenTable diners

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Booked 5 times today
Google Map for J at SkyDeck

12841 El Camino Real 206 San Diego, CA 92130-2010

  • Neighborhood

    Carmel Valley

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Dinner
    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    James Augustine

  • Additional

    Beer, Gluten-free Options, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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