Poseidon

4.6
3325 reviews
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$31 to $50
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The minute you walk into Poseidon, you’ll be swept by the fabulous view. You couldn’t be closer to the sand and the beach than sitting at Poseidon on their beautiful outdoor patio. With such a spectacular ocean view, you’ll experience breathtaking sunsets and during the right season even catch a glimpse of the whales migrating up or down the coast. The bar offers a large circular firepit, which is nice on those chilly fall or winter nights. Off to the side of the bar is a split level dining room offering every table a panoramic view of the beach and the ocean. For over 33 years, Poseidon has delighted both local San Diegans and the tourists that love the beach. An excellent menu, a favorite with all the locals is designed to cater to all appetites and pocketbooks.
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DT
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service

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DM
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to the Poseidon for years. Consistently wonderful--great and friendly service, great food and you can't beat the view.

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SC
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Poseidon is a gem in North San Diego county. It is the only restaurant in the area with an out door patio that is next to the beach. There is no place better to go to for lunch on a typical Del Mar sunny day. The food is delicious, the service efficient and friendly, and the ambiance is over the top.

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S
San Diego
56 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Updated menu, heat poles which come in handy with cold breezes.

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A
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Crab cakes and sea bass were excellent. The chicken was ok. Wonderful service. Highly recommend the key lime pie which is served with fresh fruit. We were seated along the beach and had a lovely time capped by beautiful sunset.

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d
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very loud out on the patio as our table of 8 was right up next to the bar. Plus as the sun set it was directly in your eyes if facing west like 1/2 our table was so they were quite unhappy. You cant beat the location though and the food was good, although pricy on the dinner menu. Wouldn't go regularly for these reasons but once in awhile or maybe sit at the bar.

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DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and service! Open Table reservation gave us the opportunity to sit on the beachside patio at sunset. Couldn't have been better.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service by Dave and a nice visit from the GM all make you feel valued and appreciated.

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DO
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting was just beautiful! And the food was outstanding! It's not a place to miss when you are in the DelMar area!

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G
Detroit
33 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

great sunsets!

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LS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous sunset. Ample heaters kept us plenty warm outside.

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H
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

6:15 patio reservation
We dine usually about every2 month & service is great but never saw a server for 25 mins to say taking table & would be right back
10 mins later took drink order & when said specials left before we could order dinner. Took another 15 before we ordered.

Luckily I had guests in to enjoy the view & company along with dinner.

Food as always very good

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B
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and great preparation. great ambience

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CA
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and so were the servers! Trevor is a great server and was very nice.

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P
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday celebration, excellent waitress, excellent food

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KC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding waitress!

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SK
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sea bass I have ever had. Service was outstanding and view was beautiful. Definitely go here for a special occasion.

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JP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend recommended this place and we were not disappointed! We were able to see a beautiful sunset then enjoy a delicious dinner. Our waitress Amanda was attentive and kind. Such a nice way to end our visit here!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Some of the food was excellent some was awful.

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DC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I have been coming for years. This meal was very sub-par however. Seafood tasted frozen not fresh. Noise level was very high. Difficult to hear my partner on the next chair in the bar during happy hour

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A
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location right on the water, impeccable service, and a menu that leaves little to be desired. This was our first experience at The Poseidon and we will definitely be back.

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CD
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Poseidon is a wonderful place to finish the day or finish the week. Food outside by the beach, or drinks at the bar, either option is perfect. A mixed grill to share, mushroom soup, and bread with hummus spread rounded out out meal. the winelist has plenty of options at multiple price points. never disappointed in Poseidon.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

If they want to eat at a beachfront restaurant in Del Mar, it fits that. The food was okay, but a bit pricey, the service was good. The outdoor tables are not wind-sheltered, so dress warmly if you go in cool weather.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting, great food and great service!

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CW
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Inclement weather meant no outdoor seating (not their fault!). Since we had a reservation, we were seated at a lovely table looking out towards the beach/water. Our service was EXCELLENT and the food was fresh, well-prepared, and delicious. Withheld 1* because Ahi Tuna appetizer was warm (should be cold) and the Sea Bass entree a little salty. Really minor. Other entrees at the table - surf 'n turf, scallops, and short ribs were perfect. For a different dessert, try the banana brulee - delightful combination of flavors/textures! Went on a Tuesday and to our pleasant surprise, bottled wine was half price, and despite a heavy cloud cover and wind, the sun broke through just above the horizon for a spectacular sunset! A great place to take out-of-towners, which we did, or just to enjoy as a local.

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NM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Poseidon is my happy place. The food is consistently good, service exceptional, and the location primo.

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F
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family get together.

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JF
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A more reasonable wine list would be nice. Only one bottle under $40.00.

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JK
San Diego
166 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely sitting outside by the beach. Clam Chowder is excellent and very filling. Made a meal of appetizers as a pre-theatre dining experience. Good food, Good service.

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P
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful (and warm) put fits on a cool night. The waiters were fun and accommodating. The food was excellent. It's a favorite restaurant of ours. Always delivers

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SM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We live in the area, but hadn’t been to Poseidon for a LONG time. It had (in the past) not been known for its food (or service, really). In fairness this was about 10 years ago - before the remodel. I went with my mom, for a mom & daughter nice evening and couldn’t have been more pleased with literally, everything.

The level of genuine warmth and friendliness from the valet, hostess & our server was commendable, memorable and honestly, a pleasant surprise. Sometimes hostesses (who are usually young women) - can be a little snarky. Not here. She was genuinely warm, welcoming and happy! We felt relaxed right away.

Our server, a younger woman - was truly amazing. My mom and I had a bottle of champagne for about 45 minutes first, and she intuitively understood that we wanted to enjoy for a bit - and didn’t keep bugging us to order. Rather, she just nicely kept our glasses filled as we relaxed, enjoyed the view and chatted!

Once looking over the menu, she came over to take our order. She had obviously kept an eye on us from afar, and understood that we were ready to order without us having to flag her down. That’s a sign of 5-star service....Anticipating guest desires, VS reacting once they’ve had to ask. Really well done!

We both had the lobster tail, which was delicious and perfectly broiled. I have to say, they have an amazing dessert menu. Many places do not, ironically. We had mud pie & red velvet cake with blackberry ice cream. Delicious.

Valet had our car to us in under a minute - and we cruised up the street, back home. HIGHLY recommend. So glad we tried it again. We will for sure re-add Poseidon to our “local fave’s” list ;-)

I suspect that due to the level of consistent service we had at every “touch point” of the experience, they’ve got a strong manager in place who has invested great time & effort into processes, training staff, good-hiring practices + general oversight to ensure execution of the experience.

A big thumbs-up!

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DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. It was my husbands birthday. We had a great lunch.

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TF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oscar was an excellent waiter and took good care of us.

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D
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time to eat here. We returned because the food is very tasty. Our waitress, Ael D, was attentive, efficient and friendly. We also like the view of the ocean.

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KT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My all time favorite restaurant. My mother and I come here to celebrate every birthday and a few other times. Mojitos are delicious. Staff is always top notch and the food is to die for.

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SM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The scenery was beautiful, the server was friendly and helpful, the food was wonderful. Would have been nice to have the umbrella open to block the sun, but the server explained to us about the wind and safety precautions.
A special thank you for allowing us to sit and chat without making us feel that we had to leave our table. My cousin was visiting from out of state and we really stayed quite a while. Thank you!

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WD
Phoenix
66 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Prices at Poseidon have really gone up. This was once a reasonable restaurant, with fair prices for excellent food, service and ambiance. Now it’s no different from anywhere else. We were regular customers, but likely won’t be back.

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KK
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing place for friends from Nebraska to enjoy the ocean and sunshine along with conversations that included laughter and many stories! Awesome food and great waiters!!

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's a bit pricey however the food is better then some other oceanview restuarants in the area.

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

My husband am I have spent a small fortune coming to the Poseidon for the last six years I brought my 80-year-old mother there on Monday for a little celebration and I got to say our server was terrible a couple came in wanting to sit down next to us and they wanted the umbrella down a gentleman trying to put the umbrella down once and we said no because my mother wanted to be in a little bit of a shade she’s 80 years old well he comes back again and try to put the umbrella down because the table next to us requested it now we were there a half hour prior to the table next to us well once again He Tried to put the umbrella down again so three times we had to say no!! and our waiter was very tricky when I asked him the price of your cod tacos I was pointing at the price it said $9.00 and I asked him how many tacos was that he said two and you get a side and then when the bill came the tacos were $17.00because for one is $9,00 for the two for 17 he knew exactly what he was doing so yeah the whole experience was very dissatisfying that day!!!! I think next time I’ll take her to Jake’s

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