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West End Bar & Kitchen, Del Mar, CA

West End Bar & Kitchen

4.5
4.5
894 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Nestled across from the beautiful lagoon at the Torrey Pines State Reserve in Del Mar, West End Bar & Kitchen matches the scenery with contemporary American updates to world food, a true ‘melting pot’ cuisine.

Enjoy lunch or dinner served with casual professionalism on our covered patio or in our dining room, both with spectacular views of the lagoon.

Choose from our extensive lists of handcrafted cocktails, local & regional craft beers and eclectic wines from around the world to complement your food, or just watch nature play out for you as the sun sets.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (858) 259-5878
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    West End is the ultimate venue for private events in Del Mar. Your guests will love our delicious food, amazing views, and hosted bar.
  • Private party contact
    Karen Goldstein: (858) 259-5878
  • Neighborhood
    Del Mar
  • Parking details
    Parking lot parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 894 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North San Diego

    American

894 Reviews
  1. BFBSD

    San Diego

    113 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    113 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food. We would need to dine there again to see if it is worth an Outstanding rating but we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Salad was large -- two people could easily share one salad.

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  2. LesL

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good quality food, good service, nice atmosphere. Great place for lunch or dinner

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wanted to get a nice quiet dinner out. West End has long been on our go to list of restaurants in our area. Friendly service, very good food and drinks, nice view of the lagoon.

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  4. JimX

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great neighborhood spot with excellent food, full bar, and nice sunset views.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best time on Mother’s Day! Also celebrating a special Anniversary. Your whole team from hostess to servers to kitchen was on their A-game and just delightful. We are locals and will be back to enjoy another dining experience!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely. Beautiful contemporary bistro. The food was fabulous. We had a wonderful Mother’s Day brunch here. The smoked salmon flatbread, eggs Benedict, crab cake Benedict, and Crab Louie salad were all delicious. They normally have bottomless mimosas (2 hour limit), but said it wasn’t available on holidays. Oh well maybe next time :) They close between brunch and dinner and we were told last call to order brunch would be 2:30. Our plates weren’t cleared after we were finished eating and it felt like they were focusing on getting ready for the dinner crowd. Otherwise, service was on point. Overall it was wonderful and I wouldn’t hesitate to return.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good as always. Service was decent . Servers seem to be rushing around a lot when it's busy. And I seem to notice (same with last year too)the less busy, it is The less I see the servers.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first Mothers Day was amazing! Great view, ambience and service.

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  9. Tony

    West Sussex

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice local restaurant, with good service and very good food. A menu to suit most tastes

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  10. NonaR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a hidden gem. The food is delicious, service is good and it had a quaint and fun atmosphere. The sunsets are beautiful, too.

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  11. JulieH

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful neighborhood spot that we have enjoyed for years but not recently! Great to rediscover. We look forward to returning soon.

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  12. Curt

    San Diego

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We took our son and his family to West End to celebrate my birthday on Saturday. Christian and Alberto were a perfect team making for a very enjoyable brunch. The food was great (clam chowder, calamari, burger, salads, kids chicken meal, etc.) and the table by the estuary provided great views - especially for our 4 year old grandson. Although we couldn't enjoy a cocktail that day, we saw Christian serving up some great drinks - and we look forward to coming back soon. Thanks again for the hospitality and service - much appreciated.

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  13. Curt

    San Diego

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I hosted a business meeting for 6 at West End on Saturday. As always, we were met with the smile of Alberto and our waiter (newer guy - begins with a D) who provided excellent service. The food was outstanding and, since it was the first time for my five guests (who all live in the area), they each said they would be back - well done and thank you. As an aside, Alberto asked why they don't see as much of my wife and I there on weekends, I told him it's simply because if we want a cocktail, there is no bartender and the servers just don't know how to make them. Just an FYI for management. Having said that, we are still fairly regular for lunches - great location, view and an excellent chef.

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  14. SandraC

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Friendly staff. Cozy relaxing atmosphere

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  15. Philippe

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waiter was great. The food was great. But the stress level with the Italian guy moving on the floor freaked out my wife. I’m a guy who likes to show up early. I like a bottle. I’ll drink a bottle. Then one more. Then I get chatty. Come over. Let me buy you a drink. But when you then tell me there’s no time, there’s no place, that’s not what I’m looking for. Have fun with me. I’ll gladly pay. Just don’t tell me there’s no place for drinking in your bar.

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  16. Maggie

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A real gem! Excellent service, the food was delicious, one of the best clam chowders I have ever had, service was well paced, reasonably priced and great quality! I recommend it highly!

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  17. JoeyM

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Have been here twice and the food and cocktails were great. However, the hostess is horridly unpleasant and rude. We encountered her bad attitude on our first visit from the moment we walked in and as she seated us. Then after collecting our bill she my lost my credit card on the way to the register. We tried to help looking on the floor around us and she barked at us to stay seated and they will find it. She and another sever frantically looked for it and finally found it, but she never apologized or even said anything to us. We chalked it up to her having a bad day. The second time dined here our experience with this woman was even worse. We made a reservation for a patio table, but she seated us inside (this happened the previous visit too). We didn’t make a fuss and would not have requested a table change but she sat us right near a door where there was a very cold breeze. We asked to change tables because there were plenty of open tables inside and on the patio. But she said they were "full" and refused to seat us elsewhere. They were NOT full and more tables became available as the night went on. We almost left but asked our very kind server (Nate) if we could move and he was happy to seat us away from the door. The host saw what was happening and she stepped in to "help" move our items to the new table with much disdain. She literally threw our napkins and silverware on the new table. We could hardly believe how rude and inappropriate she was. Since our waiter was so wonderful we ignored her terrible attitude and lack of customer service. But, we probably will not dine here again because she ruins the whole experience and treats patrons poorly. It's a shame because it's a great place other than her.

    2 people found this helpful

  18. SabrinaD

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience! The service was great, along with the food and the cocktails. We had the special bacon wrapped scallops, which were fantastic.

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  19. WilliamM

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful specials, fun location, great staff. Highly recommend.

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  20. SDlocalresident

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I provided some special instructions on my reservations and they were carefully and discreetly filled by Petunia who was a gracious host! The wait staff was a bit rushed for us but we asked them to slow it down so we could enjoy the lovely sunset, view, bread, appetizers and company without feeling pressured to eat and leave. They were very accommodating. Would highly recommend.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyable meal, we will be back... Excellent service, and try the artichoke appetizer!

    1 person found this helpful

  22. MikeZ

    San Diego

    192 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    192 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go to West End every time we visit and it has never failed to produce a great meal.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. Patita

    San Diego

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Fernanda, was gracious , professional and attentive. The food was delicious and the price was very reasonable . We will definitely return.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. PhilB

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Large menu and reasonably priced. Food was very good. Cioppino was good but limited variety of fish. Plenty of clams and shrimp but no fish meat. Tasty broth. Service was efficient and prompt. Wine options were very good.

    1 person found this helpful

  25. TeeJ

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wait staff were very good even though it was super busy! Food was good. We had a nice brunch here.

    1 person found this helpful

  26. PCL1963

    Phoenix

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was excellent. Only two things that I would want to improve on, and that is having oyster crackers with your chowder, and obviously just a victim of the weather, but the place was extremely cold. Again, your staff was very positive even though they got hit with large parties.

    1 person found this helpful

  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    View is fantastic. Food wad very average. Nothing to send back, but unremarkable. Service is lacking, with requests for drink and dessert menu going unanswered, being served old, cold coffee, asking for my PIN when paying for the check instead of presenting pin pad, and then asking if I wanted a receipt. Beyond that, it was a general feeling that my family wasn't welcome there. My son had observed some conflict between the hostess and wait staff.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. JenniferP

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is always good - can’t go wrong with entrees or drinks and apps

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  29. RickyJM

    San Diego

    50 reviews

    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff seemed overwhelmed so maybe shorthanded. Food was good but our server was bartender as well and was very preoccupied while taking our order and ended up forgetting part of order . Didn’t get that feeling that we were special enough to be cared about briefly at least that we were spending $350 for our dining experience. Food was good so if service is not your concern then I would recommend for sure.

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  30. LauraC

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great view, food and service. Best place to sit is in the outside covered area with a view of Torrey pines and if your lucky a sunset. Meatloaf and clam chowder are a must try.

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  31. BrianS

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attentive staff and excellent food. The only negative was that parking was a challenge!

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  32. Mmmm

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding service from Sammy we the Best. Menu has incredible variety. Highly recommend .

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  33. FionaW

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fish of the day was delicious and service excellent

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  34. KatG

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very good dinner. Generous portions, good selection, well priced wine list. Efficient service and even got a parking spot in the lot! Nice evening.

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  35. SheriW

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal was amazing as well as wonderful service. It’s our new favorite restaurant! We can’t wait to return.

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  36. RickyJM

    San Diego

    50 reviews

    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal, terrific service, super view...all good. Highly recommend.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had weekend brunch to celebrate my dad’s birthday. The food was great and the servers were very attentive . Can’t wait to go back!

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  38. NilminiS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Overall we like the place and the food. Noise level is very high ! Better acoustic insulation would help instead of bouncing off hard surfaces. We were surprised that the "tip" of 20% was already included in the bill PLUS more was suggested. This is very surprising as we understand California now requires minimum pay of $20 for service staff, and requesting 20% on top is quite a lot for some people, and suggesting even more on top of all that is rather shocking. Perhaps you want to reduce the middle class clientele? We would recommend to our middle class friends but caution on the cost.

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  39. SharonH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made our reservation the night before and found, on arrival, that their account on Open Table was overbooking the restaurant by about 40 people. They were very apologetic and managed to get us a seat at the bar to eat. It was fine, since we were only 2 people. Our dinner was wonderful, as usual. Loved the new saffron shrimp fettuccini dish. This restaurant is always in our rotation due to the hard working and friendly staff and the excellent food! My suggestion, don't use open table and call for reservations.

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  40. EmilyC

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone should eat at west end!

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FAQs

West End Bar & Kitchen does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. West End Bar & Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 259-5878.

West End Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.5 stars by 894 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for West End Bar & Kitchen

2334 Carmel Valley Rd Ste D, Del Mar, CA 92014-3754

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Del Mar
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking lot parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (858) 259-5878
  • Private party facilities
    West End is the ultimate venue for private events in Del Mar. Your guests will love our delicious food, amazing views, and hosted bar.
  • Private party contact
    Karen Goldstein: (858) 259-5878
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