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“Beautiful California”
Review of Jake's Del Mar

Jake's Del Mar
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Ranked #1 of 93 Restaurants in Del Mar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
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Good for: Special occasions, Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Santa Ana, California
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Beautiful California”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

We have gone to Jakes for years and always enjoy the view and the food. It can be very crowded when the fair or the races are happening. The valet parking makes it easier but the local traffic can be a problem. My wife loves the layered seafood cocktail for lunch and the seared tuna salad is perfect too. Of course we go mostly for the location and the view. The Sunday brunch is excellent with complimentary sweet rolls included on the last few visits.

  • Visited June 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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77 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great location, shame about the attitude.”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

Arriving at Jake's set expectations high for a great evening. The location is stunning and the understated building is charming. The food was good too, but the attitudes of the staff and the poor service ruined our experience. After a surly, barely pubescent hostess checked us in we headed to the bar to wait for our table. The bar service by a young man, Ricky, was excellent. The table service however was bizarrely haphazard and extremely poor. The more mature waiter seemed bored and like he'd rather be elsewhere. A shame for such a pretty place. Also a little overcrowded with tables closely packed together.

  • Visited June 2013
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San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great dinner..”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

we had our 4th of July dinner at the restaurant. We tried to reserve a table right at the waterfront and we got it ! As always, the food was very good, the waiter nice and professional, the sunset overcast but still impressive. Many people were right on the beach next to the restaurant to watch the fireworks.

  • Visited July 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
195 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Excellent dining right on the beach”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Great views, great service, delicious dishes in a casual setting. Jake's reputation is well-deserved. If you're visiting and are looking for a memorable nice casual restaurant, this is the place.

Visited June 2013
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Riverside, California
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Has it all! Great view, service & view!”
Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

We had an absolutely wonderful experience on a summer Friday for lunch. The view, the service, the food, all truly perfect. Some reviewers commented that portions were small. Not our experience at all, very nice portions. Had the duck sandwich with homemade fries, absolutely delicious. The grilled chicken salad was so yummy and unusual. All this with a wonderful Del Mar beach view. Just doesn't get any better.

Visited June 2013
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