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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.
Del Mar, CA 92014
American, Seafood, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Monday - Friday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner Monday - Sunday 4:30pm - 9:30pm
Brunch Saturday - Sunday 9:00am - 3:00pm
Happy Hour Monday - Friday 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Bar Hours Monday - Sunday 11:00am - 10:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour Monday to Friday (except on Holidays) from 4PM to 6:30PM
San Diego Restaurant week twice a year.
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Poseidon Ratings and Reviews
Lovely location, tasty food with sufficient variety for lunch. Server was fairly helpful, but disappointed that she/the restaurant ignored the note I had included in the online reservation that this was a special birthday for our friend. I had to remind them in front of the honored guest. Bus staff decidedly not friendly. Host at front desk also less than inspired, but valet was very gracious. So, staff is uneven in their service. Good thing they have the wonderful waterfront location to bring people back!
Breaking ocean waves 30' away, delicious entrees (especially the sea bass), mud pie for dessert -- what could be bad? Entrees are a bit expensive but that can be mitigated if you can find a 20% food discount coupon or by going on Tues. or Wed. when selected wines are half price.
Lots of view seating. I am not sure, but I believe the valet parking rule of "go directly to your car" after you have finished your dining/drinking experience, is new. I understand, but, as well, at least a bit of a walk on the beach would be nice after your meal even if at an extra hourly rate or maximum stay fee. The large, clearly posted sign of a possible tow and extra $20 charge felt inhospitable.
Oh the view! If it's your 1st time, ask for either the outside patio or an inside table overlooking the ocean. The sea bass is probably one of their signature dishes and is always a winner. They have a very good wine list, and the servers never try to rush you out of your table. This restaurant never disappoints.
I book a lot of first dates for my clients here as a matchmaker. I heard good things so I took my husband for lunch with an Open Table gift card. We sat right at the ledge overlooking the beach. The day was overcast and a little chilly but the restaurant had the outdoor heaters going so it was fine. We ordered the soup which was vegan and it was delicious but my husband likes his food piping hot and requested it to be so. When it came, it was just the temperature that it would normally be so that was disappointing for him. We both ordered salmon. Me the quinoa salad and he the bbq sandwich, without the bbq and a side of the chefs vegetables. We really liked the salmon a lot but I REALLLLLY loved my salad! Salmon, quinoa, watermelon, tomato, feta, fava beans and cooked down red peppers which I don't even like! It was really big too and for a fitness buff like myself, a perfect meal! Our server, Jessica I think, couldn't have been nicer or more cheery. Maybe I would be too getting to look at such scenery every day, but she was a doll! Overall a great experience from the valets to the hostesses who often don't get enough credit for setting the tone of the places that they represent. Will definitely go back!
We arrived with a reservation (and a couple of minutes early), having requested a table outside. The couple in front of us did not have a reservation, but were given the last available table outside while we were offered a table inside or a wait. We opted to wait. So, we headed to the bar and ordered a cocktail. A couple sat down next to us and ordered sparkling wine. The bartender corrected the man saying, “you mean champagne.” The man said no, he really just wanted sparkling wine and the bartender informed him that champagne was the same thing - just carbonated wine. I do think a bartender should know the difference between champagne and sparkling wine - and shouldn’t argue with customers, particularly when he is wrong. We were seated shortly thereafter and our server was very kind and friendly. We ordered a light lunch - Caesar salad, ahi tuna and clam chowder - it was all just fine. Nothing to get excited about. The tuna was fairly tasteless, the chowder was standard fare and the salad was what you would expect.
Nice restaurant. We got there 45 minutes early, sat in the bar, but didn't get our table until 20 minutes after our reservation time. They must have overbooked. The bar and ambiance were good, so we didn't mind the wait too much. Average menu, was hoping for more fresh fish choices.
Super friendly staff from hostesses to wait staff. Lupe was our waitress and she was very attentive and friendly. The food quality was also superb. The ambience was ideal, sitting outside literally right next to the beach. Top-notch experience and I will surely come back.
Poseidon is a great place for food, view, and service. I recognized that the staff were in middle age group that gave me warm and comfortable feeling compared to the service from very young and hansom looking guys. Food was great, fresh, good amount, not salty and not very oily and Great taste!
One thing I regret was that I forgot to bring a coupon of 20% discount.
We sat on the patio, which was amazing. Excellent views of the ocean. The food was very good, however our server was extremely busy and had to be reminded multiple times to bring us items such as ice tea, salad dressing, etc. Overall good experience. We would recommend.
My first visit was about 1983 when my husband and I were visiting friends. It was such a pleasure that I was delighted to return eight years ago with the same friends. This visit I arranged to celebrate a time together with family. Should I return to San Diego, I will certainly visit Posieden.
Love Poseidon especially on the patio that is right on the sand. Lovely to watch the waves and activities on the beach during the day or sunset in the evening. The food is always good with many items to choose from. Service is excellent. Parking easy with valet. One of my favorite spots!
Convenient valet parking @$5 is about same total as public pay $3 per hour lot nearby.
One level - No steps. Good view tables inside & Great outdoor patio seating right on the beach.
A better "Good food & service" establishment. A little bit less pricey than some other beachfront dining. Del Mar is less frenetic and more laid-back than other beach towns. A really pretty little beach town. Worth the trip indeed.
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