We arrived early and were seated in the main dining room, but had we wandered around we would've chosen the downstairs bar area or the outdoor seating.
When our friends joined us we could barely hear them talking. We were all shouting at each other (as was everyone else), and we became very adept at reading lips.
The cocktails were shy of alcohol, but they had a good selection and many offerings of beers and wines.
We ordered a few appetizers, which were great. Try the brussel sprouts, the cauliflower and cheese, and/or the rainbow trout (WOWOW).
Two of us ordered the pork chops, and they were very well seasoned and cooked. Definite winners. I split the sea bass with a friend. So so (tiny serving) and we had to wait quite awhile for a plate and utensils, but by this time the restaurant was swamped.
After dinner we drifted downstairs to the bar and sat out on a side patio. They have overstuffed couches/coffee tables, and service there too.
Would I return? Yes, but I'd definitely sit outside (weather permitting, which it usually is in Del Mar) or in the cozy, elegant bar.
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