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“Don't Get Too Comfortable”

Del Mar Bar & Bistro
Ranked #1 of 67 Restaurants in Chatham
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Del Mar Bar & Bistro is a popular Chatham nightspot for eating, drinking and socializing, featuring creative bistro entrees, wood fired thin crust pizzas, specialty drinks, an extensive wine list and a great selection of draft beer. Warm, contemporary atmosphere with a large bar. Dinner only.Live Jazz Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday in summer.
Lambertville, New Jersey
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Don't Get Too Comfortable”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

We tried Del Mar for the first time last Saturday evening. We had heard it was great, so we were a little surprised to see that it was less than full when we arrived. They sat us at a table on the covered patio--not much on ambience and near a heat lamp that wasn't working on a chilly night. Long story short, the food was good, definitely not great, and the one special we both wanted was already sold out at 8:00. But what killed the night was how over-the-top rushed our service was. Our entrée came before our appetizer was finished. At both the appetizer and entrée stages, wait staff moved in to remove our plates before we were finished. When we actually did finish, and were each enjoying the last glass of wine from the bottle we had purchased, the server swooped in to ask if we were ready to order dessert. We told he we would first like to finish the wine. Not three minutes later, she was back again. We told her again that we would like to finish the wine. A few minutes after that, she came by again, and I pointedly reminded her what we had already told her twice. By the way, only 50 minutes had now passed since the moment we were originally seated. I guess she finally got the point because we had to find her 20 minutes later when we were actually done. We won't return, but if you choose to go, just don't get too comfortable, as their first priority is to get you out as quickly as they can.

  • Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A Perfect Evening”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

We ordered off of the specials menu and both of us were exceptionally pleased with our meals including our appetizers and main courses. The ambiance is very romantic in the now closed off outside dining area that's warmed by heat lamps and fire burners. Excellent overall.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Christina S
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wmass
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great choice!”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

Del Mar is consistently in my rotation of top 3 restaurants in Chatham. If you can secure a seat at the bar with Nancy, you'll be in for a treat. Locals love the restaurant because they don't abandon us in the winter. Highly recommend Del Mar, but beware any restaurant on the cape in July and August is survival of the fittest, this is a fun, fast paced restaurant with high energy. If you're visiting please do keep in mind managing a bar with 4 deep is never easy, cut the server some slack...

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank edgyhandler
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Litchfield, Ct.
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Horrible server”
Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

We sat at the bar due to a crowed dining room. The male server who started us was great. Another female server took over midstream and let us know it was a dine and dash zone. Before we were even finished she was telling people behind us to wait that they could have our seats She proceeded to clear our plates and reset the bar for the patrons behind us. We decided not to give the customary 20 percent tip because she basically told us our time was up. Then she confronted us about the poor tip. I told her if she hasn't made us leave before we were ready she would have gotten a good tip. It's unfortunate because the food was good I don't think we ll be back. No matter how good the food poor service is inexcusable

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank dlynnLitchfield_Ct_
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Milton, GA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Fun restaurant just a mile from downtown”
Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

Del Mar is an updated fun spot in Chatham! Very friendly staff, child friendly (kids cheese pizza is enough to feed three toddler sized kids). I sampled from their seasonal menu (lobster taco and coconut lobster soup). My husband had a flank steak salad (double meat-paleo friendly:) We will definitely go back

  • Visited September 2013
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