After a day at the Del Mar Racetrack, the Del Mar Fair or at the Del Mar Beach, excellent places to eat are plentiful. Del Mar restaurants are some of the best in California - from the cuisine, to the spectacular ocean views, to the ambiance.
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, overlooking the beach and beautiful racetrack, whichever choice you make will be memorable.
Some of the places have been around since before my time (which IS a while!) Bully's, Tony's Jacal, Fidel's and a few others that are no longer around (The Market Cafe, the Bluebird, The Albatross, The Steakhouse, among others) and have provided excellent cuisine for generations of visitors to Del Mar.
The following links are just a few of the best places to eat in Del Mar and nearby Solana Beach.
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Jake's is probably one of the finest places all-around - watching the sunsets from here while dining is a real treat. Service, food and ambience are all top notch.
Jakes Del Mar
One of my all-time favorites for steak & prime-rib, Bully's also has some great memories. My father bought his first house on 23rd St. in 1964 and rented it out to students from the new UCSD campus in nearby La Jolla.
Each summer we'd move in after the students moved out to work on the house and clean up the yard. It was always hard work. One day, when my brother and I were very young, and after a hard day of work, my Dad took us to Bully's for dinner.
I remember our waitress was a very attractive young woman, and my father was bantering with her in a friendly conversation. He mentioned that if she wasn't careful, she might not get her tip. I'll never forget her reply.
"You know, I don't work here for the money." She said with a bright smile.
"I work here for the people I get to meet. In fact, you'd be amazed at the number of ***holes I meet here."
And with that, she smiled again and walked away.
My father looked at my brother and I, a bit stunned, then broke into a huge smile and laughed. I remember he gave her the biggest tip I've ever seen him give anyone.
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The Poseidon is a more casual place to eat that boasts one of the best locations on the beach in Del Mar at 17th St. After a walk on the beach, this is one of the greatest places to sit on the deck, have a refreshing beverage and watch the sunset. Click here for more info...
The 'Brig' is THE place to go after the races for a great meal and the place to be seen. The view of the track and the beach from here is spectacular, and the food is very good. More information...
The Brigantine Del Mar
The Pacifica is one of those rare treats for excellent seafood, service and ambience. Located in the Del Mar Plaza above 15th St., the views here are also spectacular.
Pacifica Del Mar
En Fuego is one of the hot spots for the hip crowd... always crowded, it is also a very popular spot after the races.
En Fuego Cantina
Whenever I have friends visiting, we always go to Fidel's for some of the best Mexican food there is. My favorite (and my father's, too) is the Tostada Suprema.
Heard an amusing story about Fidel, the owner of Fidel's Little Mexico in Solana Beach & Carlsbad. He is a frequent visitor to the track and a few years ago he came into the Turf Club parking lot and brought some taquito dinners for the crew. One of the guys gave him a tip on a horse, a longshot. After the races, Fidel came in with a long face.
"Did you bet the horse?" asked the captain of the lot.
"I did", he said -" it was 20 to 1 and came in first! I put $20 dollars on it."
"That's great!" said the captain.
"Well... I gave it all back on the next race" said Fidel. "Do you still have any of those taquito dinners left?"
"Yes, I haven't eaten mine yet - the others did and they were delicious."
"Well, I need yours back so I can sell it at the restaurant", said Fidel with a smile as he drove off.
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Fidel's Little Mexico, Eden Gardens Solana Beach
If Fidel's is too cowded, Tony's is an excellent alternative for authentic Mexican food. This is one of those classic spots that have been here for decades, the quality always
Tony's Jacal, Eden Gardens, Solana Beach
1454 Camino Del Mar
Axis Martini Bar
2010 Jimmy Durante Blvd Suite 100
Board & Brew
1212 Camino Del Mar
1435 Camino Del Mar Suite D
Cafe Del Mar
1247 Camino Del Mar
Champagne French Bakery Café
202 15th Street Suite D
Chinese Double Happiness
1011 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar Pizza
211 15th Street
Del Mar Snack Shack
1670 Coast Blvd
Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana
1555 Camino Del Mar Suite 301
J.F. Japanese Cafe & Sushi Bar
1555 Camino Del Mar Suite 201
225 15th Street
Le Cafe Bleu
1140 Camino Del Mar
215 15th Street
1435 Camino Del Mar
The Stratford Court Café
1307 Stratford Court
1101 Camino Del Mar