We returned from the Del Mar in April. The only rooms that have ocean view are the Junior Suites in building 10. We paid for the Jr. Suite, but I heard of alot of people who got upgraded just by asking. We ate the Tropical, Japanese and Italian at the Lindo. We liked the Tropical which mainly has seafood. The Japanese was fun and very good. We did not like the Italian. We tried to get a reservation at the Steakhouse but it was all booked.
The only hints I can think of are to bring enough sun screen, they charge a small fortune for it. Book you reservation as soon as you arrive, just about everything was booked up. Bring pool floats, they are very expensive at the resort.
If you have any other questions, I would be happy to answer them.