West End Bar & Kitchen

4.5
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$30 and under
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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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vipripsays
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had been there years ago, new energy, vibe and big jump in tastiness. Great service for sure, nice, varied and healthy menu. Awesome calamari!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was impeccable and service was spot on. Great lunch spot.

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EthanB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The swordfish with pasta did not sound that exciting - but I ordered it anyway and it was absolutely fabulous. Just delicious. I loved it! I would go back and eat it again this week if it had not just been a special for the night I was there. Some of the items are from the old owners however they are prepared a bit differently and are much better. We will be back soon.

I highly recommend.

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JoeF
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food and drinks, we enjoyed our meal and will certainly be going back!

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JanE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service was amazing. Very large portions.

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PamelaS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with very decent portion size. I had the sea bass which was very good. My dad had the meatloaf which was very moist. Berry cobbler for dessert was fantastic. Will definitely visit again. Plenty of parking in the back or on the road.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our first time for this renovated restaurant. Was busy and a bit understaffed for Valentine’s Day. Duck potstickers were great, entrees ( duck confit and crab crepes) were just ok/good. Smallest martini I ever had, and the server considered it normal. Will try again on a normal day.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Sat at the bar the entire time even though we had a reservation. Well taken care of throughout the evening!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Had a reservation for valentines day. They sat us 30 minutes late . The calamari appetizer came cold, they put us on the patio by a heater that did not work and they raised the prices just for the holiday .

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GregG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first time there and we loved the location, food and service. We will definitely come back

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HerC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had the Duck Confit and it was delicious. We sat in the patio and it was very comfortable and quiet enough for easy conversation and listening level.

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mistym
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We thought sitting on the patio would give us a good view of the preserve, but the ugly plastic “windows” were down and

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vipConnie
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

For a Monday evening, they were busy..... with not enough staff for the number of tables.
Food was good but was not hot when delivered which was after a prompt. NO action when Mike, the waiter was advised of that. A little pricey too. So we may not be back as there are so many choices in restaurants.

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vipLMReynolds
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We love West End and always bring our out-of-town guests for the great location, friendly service and amazing duck potstickers. The fish special was not up the usual standards on this visit but we were there pretty late and everything else was excellent!

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EvelynE
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Nice place for large party. Food was great

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vipGinaE
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nice neighborhood restaurant.

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vipFrank
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Will go again. Food and service were superb!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the food, the ambiance and the service! The cocktail we ordered was Ok, not great, but we were very pleased with our overall dining experience and will definitely be back!

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vipSnuznb411
Orange County
316 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The advertising talks about the view overlooking the lagoon. If the plastic wind protector shades were not opaque with dirt, we might have been able to see out. The food was just ok - had the carnitas tacos.

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1PBD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly service. Limited parking but there are a few spaces on the street. The bucket of black muscles appetizers was plentiful and seaoned well. The lamb shank was moist and seasoned just right. The portin size of the lamb and vegetables easily lasted for two more meals. Would recommend to friends.

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vipLMReynolds
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We love to bring guests to West End, the Duck Potstickers are amazing, the clam chowder is very authentic and my husband always enjoys the Lamb Meatloaf. I enjoyed the fish special this time too. I do wish there was a California Sauvignon Blanc on the menu and would also love to be able to get a burger at dinner, but we always have excellent service and enjoy the location!

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Casey
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Disappointed at dishes off menu, like catfish and chicken cassoulet. Not as creative as in the past.

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BarbaraG
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a culinary delight !
It is good to go there for special occasions.
Thanks !

DH
vipDavidH
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Drinks and wines were wonderful, and the calimari appetizer continues to be one of our favorites. Haven’t found a better north county restaurant

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vipAllergies
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu choices; excellent service; nice wine list.

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GSchvimmer
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Waiter was attentive and polite. We really enjoyed our dinner/night at West End Bat & Kitchen.

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vipSteveS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and very attentive service.

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vipCherylO
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

4 of us dined, four different dinners, one duck , one short ribs, one branzino and one Shrimp dinner. All were delicious . Deserts were yummy as well. We will be back.

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vipAdventuresInFood
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent, but the service was truly exceptional! And the chowdah is a MUST!

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vipBeachLover
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent spot with wonderful food. We enjoyed the holiday decor and festive atmosphere during lunch. The salads, burgers, wraps and soup are all terrific and the servers very nice and friendly. West End is an A+!

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vipgRAMMY
San Diego
60 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Easy location, parking can be difficult. Menu was good. We really enjoyed the barrata cheese salad and calamari appetizers. Happy with fish dishes and duck.

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LL13230
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this little neighborhood gem. Janette was very thoughtful and professional. My parents are senior with hearing loss and cognitive issues. Very attentive. The food was excellent. Great appetizers and entrees. Seafood crepes nice, but overpriced. Beef, fish, meatloaf... excellent. Salads are large!

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MariaO
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience and our server Brad was fantastic.

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KenF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Went with a party of 7. Nice atmosphere-fairly quiet. Started with the mussels which had such a strong aroma it kind of spoiled the rest of the meal. My guess is that they were just a little old and definitely overdone. The cioppino unfortunately also had the mussels in it, but was okay otherwise.

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vipLauraK
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great crab cake sandwich - the brioche buns are nice! The crab cake is moist and delicious. Good cappuccino too! My friend enjoyed her HUGE burger, she couldn't finish because she kept eating the crisp warm fries that came with it. All in all a nice lunch - we'll go for dinner next time.

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JanE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining there. Food was superior. I had more than enough to take home fir a second dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food... most of my party wasn’t as adventurous as the menu. My boss wanted to order from the kids menu. I thought the food was good. A little pricey but very good.

MB
MishaBisha
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice location and decent food, but expensive and not many vegetarian/vegan options. Service good, however, server forgot to use our Groupon on the bill and we had to have the charge reversed, then re-charged. Would go back for happy hour and apps.

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NancyB
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was not sure what to expect when I made reservation. Am a foodie so I tend to appreciate great care in preparation of my food. The service was good but we went early. The food was delicious and generous portions. The menu versatile and anyone can find something to eat. The traffic noise bothered me at first but after an hour, it died down. The skyline was amazing with hues of sunset. Definitely will go back ... maybe lunch next.

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vipryanphelan
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and the food was delicious. The place was really neat and I would go back!

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West End Bar & Kitchen does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and 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 143 OpenTable diners.

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