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About Pacifica Del Mar

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 Costal Ocean View Restaurants. Casual dining on the deck features breathtaking sunsets and creative costal cuisine with mouthwatering selections of fresh seafood, steak, and pasta. Inside, the art adorned feng shui setting also offers relaxed ocean view dining. Pacifica Del Mar has become the dining experience of choice, celebrated year round for it’s warmth, hospitality, service, and unforgettable ocean view dining.

1555 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Californian, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am-3:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday-Friday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 4:00pm-10:00pm

Cross Street:
15th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 792-0476

Website:
http://www.pacificadelmar.com/

Catering:
Pacifica Del Mar is able to bring its award winning cuisine to you. We can create a special menu for you and your guests.

Parking Details:
Three levels of parking available underneath the restaurant with optional valet.

Public Transit:
Across the street on Camino Del Mar

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Pacifica Del Mar has five unique spaces available for private parties. Our restaurant has a beautiful ocean view, fine dining atmosphere, and can accommodate from 12 to 200 for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Pacifica Del Mar Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (52)
Great for Outdoor Dining (47)
Good for a Date (39)
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Good for Birthdays (30)
Romantic (29)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Special Occasion (27)
Worth the Drive (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Great for Lunch (18)
Happy Hour (18)
Casual (17)
Business Meals (16)
Healthy (16)
Waterfront (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Fun (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
People Watching (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Authentic (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Seasonal (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Cozy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Pacifica’s still got it! Yummy cocktails, great people watching, excellent service. Meal portions are very generous, big enough to split!

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We go every year for our wedding anniversary.
This time? It was our 19th.
The food was terrible. We ordered hamachi ( unbeatable) old fish.
Then the cod and the shrimp & greets. Don’t even get me started.
We never complain but because we couldn’t eat our meal they took it of of the bill.
We will keep going every year, but just because it’s our “thing”, but will go just for drinks.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Service was just delightful! Came to meet a friend for dinner. Veggies served with salmon were unusually salty.
Otherwise, pEarly Bird Dinner was nicely priced.

Tags: Healthy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

very nice place for a brunch date

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

This use to be one of my favorite places. Now the atmosphere is sad. Nobody around. Food was nothing special, did not need a reservation. Service not very good. We asked for cookies and the waiter told us they did not have any. We had to point them out on the menu. Sad to see one of your old favorites not be a favorite any longer. I will probably never go back.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Really enjoyed the food and ambiance.

Oysters and Sea bass were great choices.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This was my first visit to Pacifica. While I enjoyed the meal, I can't think of anything particularly memorable or excellent to mention about our dining experience. Our waiter was friendly, the wine was fine, the mahi mahi was fine. Nothing to complain about...just nothing to rave about either.

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Outstanding food and service! Beautiful ocean view.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Always reliable, great views, food was hot and tasty...we come often and always recommend.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Joined three other family members for our annual dinner out. Cocktails were good, soup was nice, bread was nice. The street corn was really delicious and memorable! Raw seafood dishes (salmon, tuna) were unappealingly presented an almost inedible. Prices were too high although the location and ambiance were gorgeous.

Tags: Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The quality of the food was very disappointing. The best part was the bread. We were there for New Years Eve and they had a fixed menu. The lobster bisque had the consistency of water and was average at best. The Chilean sea bass was just not good. I could barely eat it. Same for the mash potatoes. Everything else was fine. Good service. Good ambiance. With so many restaurants in the area there is no reason to ever go back here. Would only recommend to someone I really don't like.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My husband and I wanted to have a NYE dinner at the Pacifica and we ordered the lobster risotto and the lobster literally tasted like chewing gum and it was very hard to digest. The sea bass was better than the lobster but didn't taste very fresh. When it comes to seafood, its either fresh or the other way...

Chocolate pudding dessert was the most outstanding out of all the dishes..

We are quite disappointed with the food because we were staying at the Grand Del Mar and felt like we could have had way better dining experience on that special day. We will not return to this restaurant.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was New Years Eve. The service and food were both very good. Disappointed with the menu choices offered and wanted the regular menu. The main issue was the outside setup for tables. Ambiance was not great. Cramped and noisy. Too close to each other and not very special for the occasion. My first time there.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Dined out with my family for New Years Eve dinner. Service was excellent despite the fact that the restaurant was fully booked and extremely busy. Special menu was varied despite being more limited than the standard menu. Wine and spirit choices were outstanding. Selected one of the recommended Sauvignon Blanc choices which was perfect. Even the desert choices were diverse and tough to choose from. The whole family was extremely satisfied with the overall experience.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

View is wonderful. The food was tasty and service attentive. The margarita was great We sat on the terrace which was a bit “old”. Overall, nice place. Would be great at sunset

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Waiter Baja , host, busboy and wow my compliments to the chef all magnificent

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Not very impressed with Christmas Day menu. Overpriced and average.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Ordered lamb chops medium well. They came rare. Had to wait for them to bring out medium-well chips. Meanwhile, my dining partner completely finished his meal. We waited quite a long time to get our second drinks. I know it was a busy day but thinking they should be better prepared for the crowd. Our waiter was nice and helpful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Business Meals, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Had the 2017 Christmas prix-fixe meal. One of the best I've ever had. Everything about it was exceptional. I even ate all of my Brussel sprouts (I know!).

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We live very near to Pacifica Del Mar, so eat there frequently and had Christmas lunch there today. The food was good as usual, as was the service. We have eaten there several times before on Holidays, and it can be hit or miss. For a restaurant that has been around as long as it has and normally does such a great job during the regular dining year, they sometimes have problems getting their act together on Holidays. Perhaps it is because it is not the regular staff...? Who knows. We are very appreciative of the fact that they are open on Holidays, however, and today was a lovely experience. There was a special three course set price menu with a few special items not regularly offered, as well as a couple of their signature dishes such as their sugar spiced salmon. I had my usual salmon but my husband chose the brisket. It was a bit fatty, but had good flavor. It was just the right amount of food and very reasonably priced.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Since we were empty nesters on Christmas Day, we enjoyed an early dinner at Pacifica Del Mar. My wife had the Brisket and I had the Ham. Both were served with Brussel Sprouts and Dressing that were great sides.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We ate Christmas lunch here and were very impressed. The food was delicious and plentiful, the service was efficient, friendly and attentive (rare for an holiday) and the views were outstanding. I have eaten here on non-holiday occasions too and have never been disappointed.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent food and drinks. Baja our server was excellent. Checked on us often. Over all an awesome evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Brunch with family and friends was delightful. The view was great, service was very good and food was good too.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We've been eating here once or twice a year for 25 years and it always good, most often outstanding. This time, I tried the whole branzino which was prepared perfectly and with some originality!

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Fun, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Reliably excellent. Nice patio (with very effective heaters).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Service was great and attentive. View from our patio table near the window was phenomenal. However the food was over-sauced. Our scallops were drowning in sauce. Also the whole brazino was swimming in the butternut squash purée. Way too much purée, the fish got lost in it. Too bad, both dishes had potential.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 12, 2017

5 if us celebrated my brothers birthday. The food was delicious, service was wonderful, and view was beautiful.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We enjoyed our first visit last Saturday with friends. The service and food were outstanding. We liked it so much that we have already made reservations for next Saturday! Can hardly wait!

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I've been many times in the restaurant for dinner, but this was a first time for lunch. I was nicely surprised by the extensive lunch menu. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. We brought a friend who visited from Denver and because he likes the ocian, Pacífica was our first choice. We had a lovely view of the ocean and enjoyed good food and great service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Always enjoy the dinning experience

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent as always

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Severely average. Disappointing.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great spot, food is ok.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Pacifica Del Mar promotes their restaurant very well online but I can't say whether or not they live up to their reputation as we didn't stay to find out.

They seated us at a very small table in an uncomfortably warm room that was very noisy. Thank goodness a couple walked in who wanted a table or the matre d, who gave me a less than pleasant look when I told him we couldn't stay, gave them our table without giving me us a hard time. It was obvious that what he cared about was filling tables, not customer satisfaction.

We dined at the restaurant next door and enjoyed a lovely meal on Thanksgiving day.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Delicious! Great ocean view! Staff was very attentive. Would love to go back when visiting CA

Tags: Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were at Pacifica Del Mar for Thanksgiving and chose the restaurant for its high rating. Food was great but it was extremely hot and no air conditioning in 87 degree heat. For the cost of the dinner the dining area conditions should have been better. Food quality was great!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great food with a awesome view excellent service everyone was super helpful with smiles.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at this lovely restaurant with delicious food and outstanding !

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great dishes. Healthy portions. Beautiful view. Easy parking. Hard to want much more.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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