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“Excellent wine list ...knowledgeable service staff. satisfying experience”
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Ranked #3 of 93 Restaurants in Del Mar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $34
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Camino Del Mar
Transit: Camino Del Mar at 15th
Description: San Diego's favorite "Neighborhood" restaurant. Located in beautiful, quaint Del Mar and winner of the "Gold Medallion Award" for Best Neighborhood Restaurant awarded by the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association. Dine up on the Ocean View deck and take in the blue pacific while enjoying our award winning cuisine or sit on our ocean view sidewalk cafe and sip on one of our Wine Spectator award winning wine list wines.
Houston, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Excellent wine list ...knowledgeable service staff. satisfying experience”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

For a first time diner to a venue with an uncompromising reputation, we were suitably impressed with the overall dining experience. Featured wines were attractive with a variety of price points. The short rib dish was mouthwatering and the ultimate in "comfort food"; I would work on the vegetarian lasagna dish...not much more than a casserole of "potstickers". Service attentive and informed. Atmosphere was very comfortable. Worthy of a repeat performance for sure.

  • Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Dozens of great meals over many years”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

This review is by way of a catch-up thank you to Sbicca for so many great meals over many many years. The food is as exciting and faultless as our first meal here over a dozen (probably more!) years ago. The wine list is exemplary - crafted by Mr Sbicca I believe - and when you visit on a half-price wine night trying something special is a steal. The staff over the years have followed a pretty consistent profile - enthusiastic, knowledgeable, usually early/mid 20's college students who know the menu and wine list well. They can usually talk with authority about every dish on the menu and rarely trip up describing a wine accurately. As I European I like the fact that the staff are not the sometimes typical 'have a nice day' robots - they either have, or have been well coached to communicate, a passion for food, wine and Sbicca. The food is classic Californian fusion... some dishes are still there from the early days but the changes do ring from year to year... but I guess Dan Sbicca knows that his customers come in and expect to see the giant pork chop on their menu and if isn't there they are disappointed. We've eaten here with youngish kids, vegetarians, parents, close friends, friends with dogs... and everytime they deliver a great experience.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank John S
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Washington, Utah
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Whenever we travel to Del Mar we ALWAYS dine at Sbicca. We have taken several friends to dine there and they are always impressed by the service and the mouthwatering entrees. They serve a wide variety of wines but if you prefer to bring your own they charge a small corkage fee. The owner is always gracious and accommodating as are the servers and the view from the roof deck is wonderful. Particularly fond of the pork chops (which are prepared like a small roast) and my wife absolutely loves their steaks.

The only small complaint I have is that during the summer months, the sun shining on the roof deck is blinding if you arrive before seven.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Michael Jon N N
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
185 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Wonderful view whilst munching delicious steak burgers!”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Ate here in October 2012 with our 2 kids and sat upstairs to admire the amazing view.

We all ordered steak burgers and were delighted with our choice. Juicy and delicious and decent sized portions. Pudding was equally yummy.

The restaurant was extremely busy when we visited and the service was a little slow but staff were friendly and we would definitely return.

  • Visited October 2012
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Bayfield, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Go for the Views”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

The food here is solid and the views from the upstairs outdoor balacony are excellent. Parking is always tricky in Del Mar but you can get lucky or park across the street at the Mall and pay a little.

Visited January 2013
Thank Kristen C
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