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Jake's Del Mar

1660 Coast Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014-2354
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Ranked #1 of 77 restaurants in Del Mar
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Californian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 15th street
Description: Jake’s Del Mar brings new American cooking to the edge – to the water’s edge that is. Located right on the beach in Del Mar Chef Duvinh Ta uses fresh, seasonal products as the inspiration for updating classic preparations of fresh fish, shellfish and premium meats. The lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch menus showcase clean, eclectic flavors and local, sustainable products that are complemented by Jake’s jaw dropping location on the sand. The nightly Chef’s Special is a seasonal creation that features the best seafood, meats and produce available and through the Legacy of Aloha program, Jake’s donates a portion the proceeds from the Chef’s Special to the San Diego Food Bank.
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English first
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82 reviews 82 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Had a solo dinner on a weekday night at the bar. Bartender was helpful, made excellent food and beer recommendations,and filled me in on the local history. It was a laid back, comfortable atmosphere, perhaps a little noisy, but I was in the bar. I would go there again, and it seemed like if you had reservations, a more intimate... More

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Sun City West, Arizona
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312 reviews 312 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

What's not to like? On a recent Saturday, we met up with friends and scored a table near the window. We shared the calamari appetizer, which was excellent (no small feat), and we all enjoyed seared tuna salads and decently priced glasses of wine. We shared a yummy dessert and just enjoyed the afternoon on a glorious day on the... More

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Southern California
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Jake's was a great dining experience for my husband and I. We had a precious date night and made reservations at Jake's to watch a sunset while enjoying dinner. The ambiance reminded us of one of our faves in Maui, Hawaii, Kimos. Didn't know it, but they are owned by the same group! No wonder it was delightful! Food was... More

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del mar, CA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I know there are locals that enjoy Jake's, but. It us so much. Too crowded during the summer. Who wants to go during the winter when it's already dark. You CAN hit the jackpot, with a perfect burger, perfect artichoke. But more often it's average.

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van nuys
3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Lively restaurant, great service, fantastic food w/ interesting flavor. Highly recommended! I got their seafood stew with saffron-- like a bouillabaise but with an Island exotic twist. My husband got the Alaskan Halibut-- flaky and with an orange chili sauce. Our server, Eric, was attentive and fun. Before dinner we had a drink at the bar-- and the service there... More

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Dallas, Texas
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118 reviews 118 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We got to Jake's for a 6pm reservation and the place was already jammed. Parking is scary tight, the noise level would jar a deaf man and the food, while fresh, is pretty bland. There were so many old cougars at the bar you could hear the purring. But the beach and ocean views cancel out a lot of that... More

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Del Mar, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I recommend the short ribs for starters in the bar. Be sure to go for the sunset and enjoy an excellent dinner. The staff is professional and it's a dress to impress or slightly comfy vibe.

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Del Mar, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I always enjoy stopping by Jakes for their Happy Hour food and drinks. It's very popular so you have to get there early.

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San Diego
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

From the idyllic view to the casual-yet-tasteful decor, to the wonderful menu & bar... what's not to love? This place is Aces, across the board, and while I didn't rate it as "one of the best meals I've ever had" (pretty hard list to crack), I had no complaints at all about the food. It was great... and it's been... More

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San Diego, CA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Recently, I received an educators gift certificate from Jake's and today my husband and I tried Jake's for the first time. We were very pleased with our food (I had the salmon and my husband had the seafood trio). We started with the spring rolls and finished with a cup of coffee and mixed berries for dessert. We did make... More

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