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Sbicca - Del Mar

4.6
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
OPEN FOR DINE IN- We are accepting limited online reservations and cannot guarantee ANY SEATING REQUESTS. Masks required, social distancing will be strongly enforced. Please follow all rules and regulations- Please be patient with wait times- SEATING CANNOT BE GUARANTEED- Open Tuesday-Friday 12pm-9pm and Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 11am-8:30pm. All day menu - drinks and food available for takeout 12-close Tuesday-Sunday

San Diego's favorite "Neighborhood" restaurant. Located in beautiful, quaint Del Mar and winner of the "Gold Medallion Award" for Best Neighborhood Restaurant awarded by the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association. Dine up on the Ocean View deck and take in the blue pacific while enjoying our award winning cuisine or sit on our ocean view sidewalk cafe and sip on one of our Wine Spectator award winning wine list wines.

Please note we cannot guarantee seating requests, we only have outdoor seating for general tables.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1765 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJenniferC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Most of our food was outstanding. Great appetizers, wonderful fresh fish. My beet salad however had very very little dressing or flavor, that was a miss, and my crabcake, which was my entree was stone cold on the inside.Deep fried, just wasn't cooked right.. I sent it back and came back exactly the same way.Totally cold on the inside.. I couldn't eat it. The waiter should've comped that I felt, as it was a total fail.. My guests enjoyed their dinners, ambiance was great. Waiter was fairly attentive... Would recommend, but make sure you ask for your crabcake to be thoroughly cooked 😉

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sandcraw
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Being one of my favorite places over
the years this visit was extremely disappointing. We were seated outside, but within hearing range of the loud men in the bar, and it was only noon. Often we had to yell over the noise to be able to talk to each other. Waitress left a lot to be desired. She was fairly inattentive and kept forgetting to bring additional items we had asked for.

As far as the food went we both ordered surf and turf tacos. The meat was tough and other then some shrimp the only other thing on it was some lackluster cabbage. It was served on a soggy corn tortilla. The side salad was just arugula.

Also 2 dogs got into an altercation, within the dining area. I rarely write this kind of review, but I was so disappointed with this experience.

As much as this restaurant has been one of my go to in Delmar I doubt I will ever return.

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WolfgangG
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a quit Sunday evening, we initially had the upper deck for ourselves. great food and service, as usual.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Horrendous! Sat outside it was soaking wet from the fog. There was no barrier between us and the sidewalk and practically no one in masks. When we entered the hostess was grumpy and told us we had 90 minutes to eat even before we had sat down. We had an appetizer and left as quickly as we could.

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LizC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and overall service was ok. I was a little put off that in the beginning they told us the table had a 90-min. limit, I had never experienced that before and was a turnoff.

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vipMarshaM
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Was given wrong drink. Wait or didn’t write down and then went another table with more guests and took their order. Once he brought back the second drink it was very weak and then my husbands drink was not made correctly. He’d have been better off not being so cool at presentation and listening better.
Food was delicious as always. We are regulars but disappointed this night.
Also, tables were too close, even if outside. Not close to 6 feet away.

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ElijahG
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.
I like to bring customers here for lunch.

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vipSoCalPrincess
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Driving through on way from SD to Long Beach. The pics looked so good so we had to stop! We also marked it for our next trip south

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WilliamP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great as usual and the server was very friendly and attentive.

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vipLaPla
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was good but service not up to par. Our waitperson was more interested in talking to his friends at the bar than taking our order after he told us we only had a 90 minute timeframe at our table. Good atmosphere and food though. A great restaurant. I was surprised that so many people at the bar were not social distancing.

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pamm
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My party of three celebrated a birthday at Sbicca. When reserving, I requested a table on the patio and noted that we were celebrating a birthday. We received a table outside and enjoyed an amazing meal!! I asked for a special food request, when ordering and it was not a problem. The food was prepared to perfection and delicious. We ordered 2 appetizers - Bao buns and calimari. Both were $15.00 each - a bit pricey, but again delicious. Our server Julia, was well versed on the menu and very attentive. Even though we stated we were celebrating a birthday, nothing was said or done. No biggie. We ordered a dessert - creme brulee. It was creamy and sweet, and perfect way to end an enjoyable meal.

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GfromPB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top notch food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and service!

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loric
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sbicca never disappoints. Great food, great service, and love the atmosphere.

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JHskiier
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate there twice in one week, the first time on the rooftop and the second time downstairs outside the bar. While the rooftop is certainly a preferable place to sit, both times the service was great, the food was delicious, and the wine delicious. We went on the 1/2 price wine days which was a great savings and we were able to treat ourselves to wines we might not have ordered otherwise.

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Ojaiorange
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is a lively place. We sat outside on the front patio, nice location. The bar was full, inside with lots of people watching the baseball game, cheering, hanging all over each other with no masks on. The tables outside felt too close for comfort. I had the fried chicken, it was just ok. The combination of mashed potatoes and roasted corn was tasty, but not warm. Two pieces of chicken, a bit too well cooked. We split a wedge salad which a
Was excellent. My husbands short ribs were good he said. The service after we received our food was pretty Non existent.

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EARLL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, and service. Highly recommended.

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Nick
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food tasted great and the service was too. The only issue I have with this place is the price. It makes sense for locally caught halibut to be expensive. What doesn’t make sense is charging 15 dollars for a few small pieces of fried chicken in a steam bun. But it sure did taste good.

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vipHowarddrfish
Las Vegas
173 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our go to places in the village. Service and friendliness as it should be. I had a great filet. Perfect old fashioned. Go back every time

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YaldaS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

It was recommended for me to go to this restaurant however my experience was not good. The seating was very poor, done in a walkway. Our dinner was rushed by server so they could seat other people. I would not be back here again to dine

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to dine in DelMar. Great wine list.

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AndreaSD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We've eaten out at a number of prior haunts in Del Mar recently and everyone seems to struggle with food quality in our COVID times. We thoroughly enjoyed being out, but the food was little bland. Meat as high quality as previous? Enjoyed the evening, but food quality impacts overall value score. So thankful restaurants are still in business!

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vipJudyD
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Always come to Sbicca when we are in town. Actual Menu is quite different from what you will see on theIr website. Lobster bisque was mediocre, overall food was so so. Hard for restaurants right now, but if you are open, make sure what you offer us still excellent, even if the offerings are limited.

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ChrisJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A rare date night treat, fantastic in every way. Was my first time here in about 12 years or so, and was even better than I remembered. We were nervous about dining out during COVID times, but we were seated along the side in the back which during non-COVID time would have been meh but at this time it was perfect. The drinks (margaritas) were incredible, the food fantastic (fish tacos and salmon), and the portions surprisingly large (I was expecting the fine dining nibbles - wrong!) HIGHLY recommended.

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vipKellyV
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great apps selection, managing to all of the COVID needs. Great service!

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ChrisD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience1

Great food and we’ve been there twice. The first time was so good we went back for a second visit. Night and Day experiences based on where we were sitting. The first time we were seated out front which was lovely. The second time we were seated on the side of the building which just felt unsafe during Covid. The noise level was high so diners were talking loudly and the tables were close together. It didn’t appear their was any different than PreCovid it felt like a Bar environment. We eat out often and this was the first time I didn’t feel safe eating out.

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CarrieE
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good especially the appetizer with fried chicken in a doughy taco-like preparation. The steak and seafood was fantastic as well. We loved the outdoor dining atmosphere and will be back!

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PhilK
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Was awesome and courteous staff, the braised beef was really good. Lobster Bisque was so so, a bit lukewarm, no pieces of lobster bits. Calamari was good, but would've preferred to have dipping sauces, especially with kids. Parking is probably the most difficult thing.

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vipJoeD
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We have been dining at Sbicca since the late 90s and have always had a good dining experience. This time, however, was not typical. We felt really rushed - as if they could not wait to turn the table in order to seat the next group of diners. Maybe this is how they are dealing with the limited seating capacity due to Covid, so I will give them a pass but be prepared. Food was excellent as usual!

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Allen
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

They limit dinner to 1 1/2 hours, we were a party of 4. Most other restaurants in the area have 2 hr limit which they monitor loosely as long as you don't set up camp ie your eating and drinking. The manager actually came up to us as we were finishing dinner to let us know we were at our time limit! In the next breath they asked us if we wanted to order desert or coffee's !! This was not cool.....

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Goodfood
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Finally found a spot with the best bread pudding in SoCal.

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JacS
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience2

We were really quite disappointed in the food. It all seemed a little bland and not much flavor. The calamari was great, but everything else was not that great. The waiters were super friendly and attentive, I just wish the food tasted better.

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LyleE
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, location and vibe. Love this place and will def go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and patio seating.

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kyleh
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was over the top tasty. Dan is a fabulous chef. The team there is super nice. Loved it.

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drinkeatplayswim
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sbicca had wonderful food and drinks. My husband and I enjoyed our dinner out without kids very much. Thank you!

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JaneenC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a friend visiting and she loved it!! We had the best time!! Felt comfortable and everyone was friendly,service and food was perfect!!!

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vipYashorse
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love Sbicca! Always great food and service. Always willing to make sure u get the meal u really want. This place never disappoints.

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NancyM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, always great food and service. We’ve come for brunch and dinner and it never disappoints.

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vipJayfromSanDiego
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have found Sbicca to be consistently terrific. I had fish and chips, which was made with halibut, so the quality was a cut above.

FAQs

Sbicca - Del Mar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 481-1001.

Sbicca - Del Mar is rated 4.6 stars by 1765 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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