Pacifica Del Mar

4.6
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Awarded the California Restaurant Association's prestigious Gold Medallion for "Best Seafood Dining in San Diego," and Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, Pacifica Del Mar is one of San Diego's most popular Coastal Ocean View Restaurants. Casual dining on the deck features breathtaking sunsets and creative costal cuisine with mouthwatering selections of fresh seafood, steak, and pasta. Pacifica Del Mar has become the dining experience of choice, celebrated year round for it’s warmth, hospitality, service, and unforgettable ocean view dining.
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4.6
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4.5
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Very disappointed!! We have dined here many times but lately the service has deteriorated. We were sat at 8 pm, we walked out at 10:00pm. We had to look for the waitress twice.

Never again

BB
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance at this restaurant was amazing and the food was divine. I was hosting a business meeting and the noise level was low even though we were on the outdoor patio (which was warm and enclosed) with a beautiful view.

The staff was very respectfully of our meeting and conversation yet at the same time was always present to ensure we were well taken care of. The owner, Sangiv, came over and personally checked on our table which was very thoughtful.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded 9 hours ago

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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J
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress, Hanna, was very helpful and pleasant. The food was outstanding. Not inexpensive but appropriate. Highly recommend.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded 9 hours ago

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PB
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Excellent, food, service, and location were awesome! Highly recommended.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded 9 hours ago

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DF
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The view is incredible. Great service, food and ambiance

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded 9 hours ago

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The baked clams were outstanding!

MT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Sat and patio and it was cold. Took forever to get heaters working. Tables were close together.

KB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitperson was excellent and the food—I especially liked the small plate 4 course option—was great.

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Responded 9 hours ago

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Awesome experience but definitely come back

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their thank

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KH
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Very disappointed at Thanksgiving.No vegetarian option. My husband was served 3 kinds of plain vegetables with a scoop of mashed potatoes with no seasoning. My daughter had the turkey entree which was dry. We enjoy the regular menu and hoped the holiday menu would offer delicious options. Unfortunately the dinner was subpar and very expensive.

RS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Thanksgiving dinner for whole family

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded 9 hours ago

Thank you for your post! We wish you happy holidays!

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TB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed an outstanding meal and celebration. Every dish on the menu was not just good, but excellent, fresh and plated with finesse. I would have liked the pumpkin tartlet to be served warm but that was a minor detail. We have been going to Pacifica for our family's Thanksgiving celebration for the past 10 years but this was the most memorable. I highly recommend it!

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded 9 hours ago

Thank you for your post! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us once again and we hope to see you again soon!

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A
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We ate on the patio with a beautiful view. We were there for brunch/lunch and enjoyed our food, the portions were generous. Only complaint is that some of the servers were "unpolished"; doing things like reaching across people to serve drinks or food, dropping some silverware, but the were very polite and attentive.

JK
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, very good food and service! Definitely worth the visit.

OT
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are SO appreciative of the Veteran's Day Meal that was offered. My husband and I both ordered the Filet Mignon and I've never had a filet prepared so perfectly as that one. I wanted medium rare and hubby ordered medium and they were just exactly that. Our server was Alan and he was so friendly and attentive. Hope you are lucky enough to be assigned to his area! Again, thanks for this salute to our military - we already have plans to go back!

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on November 16, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you joined us on Veteran's Day and we hope to see you again soon!

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V
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Many thanks to the good staff of Pacifica Del Mar for our terrific experience on Veterans Day!

The restaurant has continued its generosity and good will to us Vets by providing a free entree for those of us who served. We enjoyed the always-delicious, and now a Pacifica Del Mar classic, the Sugar-Spiced Salmon, and my favorite, the Pan Roasted Chilean Seabass with soy glaze, sticky rice, baby bok choy, and green curry-coconut sauce. Along with Calamari and a couple glasses of Chardonnay, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The friendliness of the staff, including our server, as well as the hosts, was refreshing.

Thanks again!

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on November 16, 2019

Hello and thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it. We are so glad you were able to make it in on Veteran's Day and we thank you for your service! We hope to see you again soon.

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M
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Salmon is always on point

MS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable time at Pacifica. The food was great, it was quiet enough to have a nice conversation and the service was great! I forgot the name of our server, but she was professional, friendly and there when we needed her. We started off with the calamari, which was done to perfection, with some crispy peppers added to the mix, with two yummy dipping sauces. It was very large, enough for the 4 of us to share. The martinis came filled to the brim. The Caesar salad was enough for two, and it wasn’t overly dressed. I would have liked the option to have a couple of anchovies on top, or more of an anchovy taste to the dressing. I loved that some of the entrees came with an option to order a half portion at a substantially reduced cost. So, I ordered the half order of sea bass, and it was done to perfection, crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside. It was atop some flavorful sticky rice, surrounded by two delicious sauces: amazing! My husband had the filet mignon, and the chef cooked it to perfection. Our dining guests ordered the scallops entree and the catfish and they were happy campers with their choices. Then came the highlight of the evening: the desserts! We were celebrating 3 birthdays and our friendly server and the manager brought us 3 desserts, gratis. The creme brûlée’s were fantastic, but the mocha semifreddo was the piece de resistance! The dark chocolate was the best any of us had ever tasted! WOW! The only negative was trying to find the restaurant! If one has never been there before, signage is lacking. You park on the 2nd level and have to take the elevator to the 3rd. Getting off the elevator, there is no sign as to which way to go to the restaurant, so we asked the guy in the wine shop. The restaurant validates, so there is no valet or parking fee, which is nice! Overall, a delightful dining experience!

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on November 14, 2019

Hello and thank you so much for your thorough review! We appreciate all of your comments and we are glad you enjoyed dining with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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AW
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience, food was great, service was exceptional. Thank you Jaqueline. A bit pricy but worth it. It’s Del Mar; high end community

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on November 14, 2019

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was suggested to us by a friend who lived in the area sometime ago. I was happy that he recommended it. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was outstanding. It’s on the list of restaurants to visit when we return.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on November 14, 2019

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

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T
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience5

Restaurant did not have my reservation when our party arrived. Reception hostess was snarky and condescending as if I was lying about having made a reservation. Finally I asked if there was a table available and she said, "I'll see what I can do." There were several tables available at the time. They may have been reserved, but she acted as if she were some kind of princess.

JF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The waiter’s mind must have been elsewhere. Outstanding food, but poor service on this occasion.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

The restaurant has fish on the “ hidden “ menu. The waiter didn’t even tell us we could order a entree. The place is supposed to be a seafood establishment but doesn’t sell all of its seafood? Also, the chairs are old and a cushion pinched my wive’s finger when she sat down.

The views are good and the food we could order was delicious.

B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We came Friday evening to celebrate our anniversary. Food, service, ambiance and wine list was outstanding. The food was well prepared and delicious. I had sea bass and my wife had scallops- both dishes were made using high quality fresh fish. Our waitress was excellent, very knowledgeable and personable. All in all, a great evening dining at Pacifica Del Mar.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on November 5, 2019

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TT
Philadelphia
175 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pacifica was a great dining experience. Fish dishes and octopus appetizer was outstanding.
Great wine selection by the glass at a reasonable price. Atmosphere was nice.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on November 5, 2019

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JF
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to restaurant for special occasions: birthdays and anniversaries. Last night was our 34th wedding anniversary, and we were treated really well. The patio was uncharacteristically almost deserted by our 7:30pm arrival, but the service and food were superb. Note: prices are high, even for the pre-6pm early bird specials.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on November 5, 2019

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M
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location with sunset views. Get there early for choice tables with view. Recommend mussels and crispy brussel sprouts.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on November 5, 2019

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MB
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to hold business or personnel get togethers. Visiting for 20+ years and never disappointed.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on November 5, 2019

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BB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I very very often at Pacifica and particularly for special occasions and it was my birthday. I found it particularly noisy and it seemed like you had moved the tables much closer together. We were sitting at the window line and the table next to us couldn’t of been more than a foot from us. I found it particularly strange because we were there at 5:45 PM on a Tuesday night. I found the service not very good which is very unusual for Pacifica and the meals weren’t particularly good. I ordered the Seabass with the curry sauce and it came on the side so the fish was dry (I had just asked for the soy sauce on the side). My friend ordered the halibut and it was completely dried out and overcooked and tasteless with almost no sauce. I begged him to send it back but he wouldn’t.

It was very difficult to get water refills and coffee refills. There seem to be a shortage of waiters and busboys that night and the restaurant seemed unusually crowded. The price had jumped significantly particularly for the Seabass dish and it was not worth it. Overall, it was a very disappointing experience particularly for a birthday night out. Bari Berkman

OT
San Diego
66 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!

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JG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely lunch spot, attentive service, good food. Very comfortable.

DD
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Good enough food! Sadly nothing special. Great view and wine selection.

T
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Reliable good food and ambiance especially at sunset.

G
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great scenery! Would definitely return.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a WONDERFUL meal at Pacifica. Food was terrific, ambience great. What was most outstanding was our server Baha...he was friendly, efficient, and incredibly helpful....all with a huge smile. Thank you, Baha, for helping us have a fun evening.

RA
San Diego
55 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great views, great anniversary menu, wonderful waiter. They always want you to have a special evening.

U
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best!!! The salmon and mussels are unbelievable!

MN
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfect outdoor setting with sunset view of the ocean. Fabulous food and excellent service. Perfect for date night!

JD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a recommendation from family in Del Mar, Tom, and we met the manager Eli...
Had 2 complimentary desserts ! Birthday...The oysters were shell sliver free, a big plus...
A really nice place, great food...

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on October 15, 2019

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

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