Pacifica Del Mar

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Perched atop the Del Mar Plaza in the heart of the Village, Pacifica Del Mar has remained a local gem for years as one of the neighborhood’s most sought-after places to dine, wine and gather with friends and family. Their menu showcases casual and inspired fare - like fresh seafood, steak and pasta - complimented by an award-winning wine list and creative cocktails.

Whether you choose to dine on their cozy ocean view patio, or join them in our vibrant dining room or bar, their warm service and great food and drink will provide a memorable dining experience.
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DI
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We waited for a seat by the window. Sat down at sunset. It was beautiful. Waitstaff was great. Were around the perfect amount of time. No hovering bu there when we needed something. Food was amazing. Celebrating both iur birthdays so each got the perfect dessert.
Loved it.

R
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice people. Excellent selection on the menu. Highly recommend. Have been to the restaurant a number of years. Will always go when in town

EB
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I found the service to be very good. I ordered the lobster and filet mignon. The lobster was disappointing but the steak was great. The lobster had no flavor and the portion was small. I think I should have gotten the scallops instead. The best thing we had was the bon bon for dessert. It reminded me of the best Dove bar ever! I can see it would be nice to be on the patio at sunset!

JK
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Decent place, nice view. Food overprices but decent. Service was fairly slow. Mixed drinks did not have much alcohol.

Too many other places to go for next time.

BM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, adequate portions, a bit pricey but not bad for Del Mar, was a perfect valentine's night dinner. We might have had a sunset dinner but didn't make reservation until the day before, glad to get in. Fond memories of many previous meals on patio and inside and this was as good an experience as ever. Thanks, team! Next time we may try for a seat with better view of the aquarium!

MC
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had Valentine's dinner there and it was good. However it was not very romantic, too crowded and way too noisy. We couldn't have a conversation because the neighboring tables were loud. The restaurant tried to cramp too many tables together for more places and it was overwhelming.
We had been there many times before during normal circumstances and it was far better.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely well prepared and good tasting food will not disappoint drove from Arizona just to go to the restaurant for Valentine's

MH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent Seafood, nice dinner for an romantic or non-romantic evening out. Excellent Marionberry Mule.

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of our favorite "ocean view" restaurants for special occasions. They've never disappointed us.

MS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

V’s Day. Food was great and value was reasonable for V’s day.

BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It felt like you increased the prices because it was Valentines Days.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner here during sunset and the view was amazing, the staff were helpful, friendly and hasty. The food was cooked to perfection and the selection of food and drinks were wide. Just be aware the bill will be stiff but you get what you pay for. I would 100% recommend for an occasion based date.

A
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The host was welcoming. The service was low energy and not very attentive. The food was just ok. The sides were better than the entree. My chicken sandwich was dryer than a doorstop. My husband’s Cuban sandwich was sitting in a pool of grease.

B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Outstanding ocean view, great service and food. Always consistent in providing an excellent dining experience with top quality fresh fish cooked perfectly accompanied by a variety of delicious sauces.

B
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Was some what disappointed that all the specials listed in the post were for supper (dinner) seating only. That was not clear in the post on open table.

D
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had the surf and turf special for the Wednesday dinner. Everything was perfect! The dinner, the service and the ambiance could not have been better. Pacifica Del Mar knows how to treat their guests and serve wonderful and tasty food.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 12... all satisfied!

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 11, 2020

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DG
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always! Scallops were just outstanding. We have been to Pacifica many times and it has never disappointed. Highly recommend.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 11, 2020

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GO
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good choice for dinner with excellent food. Too noisy on the patio however.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 11, 2020

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LP
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an exquisite table with a gorgeous sunset. Paul our server was charming and spot on with his fish recommendations.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 11, 2020

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DG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We were seated at a table that faced the construction of the nearby restaurant and not sure why since the restaurant was not crowded when we arrived and we had a reservation. There was a group of young ladies close by who were drinking a lot of alcohol and therefore loud (not normal conversation). I wondered if anyone of these ladies of the were driving because they were all intoxicated. The food was decent and the prices fair. Our waiter was nice but focused on a large group so we did not feel very appreciated. Our special occasion and reason for the lunch (parents anniversary) was not acknowledged. So overall the experience was so so and not as expected.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 11, 2020

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious sandwich.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 11, 2020

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H
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in all of San Diego stands at #1 after a superb meal and sensational service. Anne knows how to make her customers feel like VIP's - - - every time. The entire staff is the same. Runners and bus staff smile and make us feel at home; most have been there for many years. It's a casual environment with a spectacular view of the ocean. Going back twice next month!!

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 11, 2020

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Pasta and shrimp dish was terrible.

OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is just my favorite restaurant in San Diego hands down. The crab cake was incredible and the sea bass was on point. The best part is always the view though!

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it and hope to see you again soon!

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KZ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely view of the sunset! Our table was great and the food was good. The hamburger was mediocre at best, but everyone else loved their meal. Beets and Tuna Poke appetizers were the stars of the meal.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 4, 2020

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T
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very, very good. The service is exceptional. Notably, Alan, who has been there for quite a long while. His timing and presence are impeccable. A great communicator and anticipator. The brilliant sunset from a patio table was an added pleasure. Highly recommend.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it. We will also pass along your kind words to Alan as he will appreciate it as well. We hope to see you again soon!

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D
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pacifica has one of the best San Diego ocean views--relaxing and beautiful--and the service and food match. Our girls' lunch out was very nice with great service. . .always enjoyable!

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 11, 2020

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h
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with excellent service. One of our favorites.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on January 31, 2020

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EK
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, service was very professional, a pleasant lunch was enjoyed by the four of us.
The food was good, but quite frankly nothing special.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on January 31, 2020

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MM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an amazing dinner. Just later than the planned reservation time.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on January 31, 2020

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N
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pacifica Del Mar remains one of our favorite restaurants, especially for fish. The early-bird meals and the Restaurant Week meals are a VERY good value for the quality of the meal.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on January 31, 2020

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PT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Started with the calamari and it was not show stopper, but the clam chowder, the scallops and the ahi are all excellent!

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on January 31, 2020

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Highly recommend!

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 4, 2020

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BH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

We were there at 5 PM on a Saturday of restaurant week.
Our reservation was honored but the place was very crowded -looks like they added more tables to squeeze in more patrons.
It was very noisy! Difficult to have a conversation even at a table for 4.
The service was OK but it had to overcome quality.
The best course was the salads and the Mulligatawny and Clam Chowder soup
I ordered a rib eye steak. It was underdone and very tough - had to saw at it with the knife to cut off the smallest pieces. I ended up sending it back and they replaced it with a scallops dish - The scallops
were good size but served very plainly - no sauce of significance. Finally having lost so much time while the rest of the table finished their scallops, I ended up asking for the chicken dish packaged to go. When looking at it at home, it was very minimal - basically a leg, with a few veggies as a side dish

Perhaps the poor food quality could be excused if the ambiance was great -but the crowded and noisy ambience probably colored our opinion of the food.

We will no be returning

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on January 31, 2020

Hi, thank you for your review. We really appreciate it. Thank you for bringing this to our attention - we strive to provide the most attentive and warm service possible, and we missed the mark here. We value each of our guests; feedback and we will most definitely address this issue. We hope that you will come back to give us another chance.

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

It was restaurant week on a Friday at 8. The food served tasted good. The gap between appetizers and the main entree was extreme long.

TF
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Way too loud. Waiter very busy.

CB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The wait time for the main entree was a bit long and my steak was undercooked. It was very busy due to Restaurant Week so I’d go back again.

SJ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were excellent, but it was so noisy we could hardly hear one another across the table.

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