Pacifica Del Mar

4.5
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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JC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The overall experience was great! Coop is an excellent waiter who made my 60th birthday dinner very special! All the food was excellent! The only negative was both my wife and I ordered the Rib Eye medium rare on the rare side, my steak was raw and wife’s was overcook medium!

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on March 23, 2020

Thank you so much for your review and we appreciate all of your comments - we will pass along your message to Coop! We are so glad you enjoyed your 60th birthday with us!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place !!!!

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on March 23, 2020

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B
Philadelphia
783 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed another good meal at Pacifica with professional service on their patio overlooking Del Mar. As always, the baked oysters were a standout; our only quibble was a ribeye steak that was undercooked. Could have sent it back, but it was getting a bit late. Not a deal breaker. We will be back.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on March 23, 2020

Thank you for your review, we really appreciate all of your comments. Looking forward to seeing you again.

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RD
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, amazing food. Great view while eating too. Bravo!

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on March 23, 2020

Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it!

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s
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 4 of us ordered the salmon and it was outstanding.

A
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa was a great server! Friendly, professional, attentive. Our dinners were excellent, as was the favorite creme brûlée... but we liked it much better before the addition of bananas on top! Thanks for a wonderful dining experience Already looking forward to the next time.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on March 23, 2020

Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it. We will be sure to pass along your kind message to Lisa! Looking forward to seeing you again.

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LW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant, Couldn't recommend it more. Food is amazing, service is good and great value for money for the quality.

S
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I’m a regular at Pacifica. Over the last 20 years I brought many business associates there, many times large groups of 12 or more. This time it was a group of six friends. The quality of the food, service, and ambiance is always good. However, this time we were disappointed for two reasons. First, they have started charging for their signature bread! This gives a bad impression. Better to charge a little more for something else. When we pointed this out to our (excellent) waiter, I could tell he was embarrassed and brought us a single small bread portion without charging. Second, two of us ordered the Chilean sea bass entree for $39 each, which we had ordered dozens of times in the past. The size of the fish was no more than a few ounces, at most 4! This is not a good value. I may actually change to another restaurant after this experience. I will try one more time.

j
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My mother's 86th birthday. We were seated next to 2x 10 tops of drunk people- loud and obnoxious. After 10 min we asked to move and were told there was really no option. Next, I asked for a vegan menu or suggestions, was told any veggies or the pasta. I asked if the kitchen could do a nice veggie and rice plate, sure I was told. Steamed veggies a ball of sushi rice, no seasoning or sauce and $29. There was no effort to accommodate or make suggestions, I had to track her down a few times. A "birthday' creme brulee was dropped off. $209 later, after chasing her down, I did complain about the noise and she shrugged.

We had high hopes for this place it was an utter disappointment. My mom loved her tiny filet, so that was the bonus. She dislikes creme Brule, we left and had a lovely dessert and after dinner drink at Il Fornaio,

VB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, as usual. It was a friend's birthday, and they brought out a very generous dessert to honor her. It was a great evening.

GB
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I went for lunch. For the month of March, they are offering buy one lunch, get one. A wonderful incentive to go back. I’ve been to the restaurant many times and am never disappointed.

IS
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Some of the food is very spicy without any warning.

M
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Had my post engagement dinner here

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not the best effort by pacific Del Mar. We were first offered a table that literally was titled on the floor after grudging asking us if we would like another one
We were seated. We ordered the special which was John Dery. The waitress declined to tell us that they were out of John Dory after taking our order.
At that point we ordered other fish and hoped for the best. The food was good. Could have been warmer
Given the rating and the price point it simply should ha e been better. Too much competition for this kind of cuisine in North Sam Diego and Del Mar. View is great but average food left us uninspired

n
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food mediocre. Martinis for $8 is great!

Y
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful view this restaurant has. We ate and watched the sunset.
The service was great too. Food was delicious! First time here and I will definitely be back.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on March 5, 2020

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

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RW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Pacifica Del Mar was our second one recently and we were not disappointed in the least with the wonderful food we had. Each of our chosen dishes was very uniquely presented and very flavorful. The atmosphere was extremely energetic as well so all in all a totally exciting evening.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on March 5, 2020

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

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D
Louisville
41 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Good not great. The service was very good but the food was just okay. We would not go back.

KM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday, and the event was wonderful. Service was great, and food very yummy. I would definitely go again.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on March 5, 2020

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

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Bad smell!! Very fishy!

KR
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we keep coming back for th ambiance, good food and service Thank you!!

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you for your post!

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M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time enjoying the early bird dinner special (perfect for trying different things) and the fabulous view. Hostess, waitress, and bus boy were all lovely people.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 21, 2020

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

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DI
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
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.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 21, 2020

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

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R
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you for your post! We really appreciate it and hope to see you again soon.

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EB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
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!

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you for your review along with all of your comments. We really appreciate it and hope to see you again soon.

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JK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 21, 2020

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

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BM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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!

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 21, 2020

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

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MC
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you for your review as well as all of your comments, as we take them all into consideration. We hope to see you again soon!

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HO
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on March 5, 2020

Thank you for your post! We really appreciate it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you for your post!

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MH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 21, 2020

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

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OT
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our top restaurants to go to in Del Mar! The food and service is always impeccable and they have an amazing wine list!

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on March 5, 2020

Thank you for your post! We really appreciate it. We hope to see you again soon.

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S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 21, 2020

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

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MS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you for your post!

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BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 21, 2020

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

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A
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 21, 2020

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

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B
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it along with all of your comments.

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D
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
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.

Pacifica Del Mar
Responded on February 21, 2020

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

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