Where to Dine in Del Mar

Decisions, decisions: Before you head out to the track, then at the track, and finally afterwards, when it’s time to spend your well-earned money on some fine dining around Del Mar. Some choices:

The Brigantine

3263 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014

(858) 481-1166

Established in 1977, this racetracker staple overlooks both the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club to the east. This semi-casual restaurant brands itself as a “Seafood and Oyster Bar” but in reality is so much more. Diners can eat at the full bar off a special menu that features their famous fish tacos, or be seated in the dining areas, inside or outside on the back patio and order from a complete menu of fish, steaks, burgers, salads, oysters and more. During the meet it is always crowded so reservations are suggested.

Brigantine Restaurant

Brigantine Restaurant

 

Red Tracton’s

550 Via De La Valle

Solana Beach, CA 92075

(858) 755-6600

info@redtractonssteakhouse.com

Red Tracton’s has been a favorite restaurant for racetrackers since it was founded in 1956 by late restaurateur and businessman Harold “Red” Tracton. Located just east of Del Mar’s Solana Beach gate, Red Tracton’s is easy to get to after the track. It boasts a menu filled with every cut of beef imaginable, chops and chicken, and an array of select seafood offerings, including shellfish and several fresh catches of the day. The facility is dimly lit and boasts old-school naugahyde booths, as well as a full-service bar and lounge with a piano and live entertainment. The 18-ounce prime Rib Eye Steak has been a tradition since the first Red Tracton’s opened more than 70 years ago, and diners may want to check out the world-famous Lobster bisque and green goddess house salad prepared tableside. Because of its popularity, reservations are suggested.

Red Tracton's

Red Tracton’s

 

The Pamplemousse Grill

514 Via De La Valle

Solana Beach, CA 92075

(858) 792-9090
World renowned chef and horse owner Jeffrey Strauss opened this local eatery across the street from Del Mar in 1996 in the spirit of a French country kitchen and its popularity has only grown over the years. The menu literally has an option for everyone, from fish to burgers and chops and steaks. The lobster truffle mac and cheese is a fan favorite, as is the Japanese Wagyu A5 beef. Top horsemen and jockeys are regularly seen at The Pamplemousse, which is another reason it is always full to the brim with waiting patrons. It is another establishment where reservations are strongly recommended.

The Pamplemousse Grille

The Pamplemousse Grille

 

Fidel’s Little Mexico

607 Valley Ave.
Solana Beach, CA  92075

(858) 755-5292

This favored Mexican fare establishment has been a San Diego County landmark since the early 1960s when owner Fidel Montanez came up with the idea to serve tacos at his busy barber shop located in Solana Beach. It wasn’t long before the small-time taco stand became a full-service, two-story restaurant nestled in the heart of the seaside community. Happy hour is offered four days a week and the menu offers traditional favorites like tacos, enchiladas and burritos, as well as specials created by the Fidel’s chefs.

Fidel's Little Mexico

Fidel’s Little Mexico

 

Jake’s Del Mar
1660 Coast Boulevard
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 755-2002

Located on the water, this Del Mar staple is known for the beautiful ocean views and beachy ambiance. In addition to the standard dining room fare of steaks and seafood, Jake’s also offers some vegan options. Salads and pasta are also on the menu, both for lunch and dinner. And virtually every day throughout the meet, Jake’s offers new specials for happy hour in the bar. Jake’s is always busy so please call or visit your favorite reservations website to secure a spot.

Jake's Del Mar

Jake’s Del Mar

 

Poseidon

1670 Coast Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014

(858) 755-9345

This beachfront establishment is located right next door to Jake’s and like it’s neighbor has amazing ocean views and spectacular dining right next to the ocean. Seafood is clearly the star of the menu, but at Poseidon many of the entrees during both lunch and dinner are Italian-leaning and coupled with fresh pasta. There are also vegan and vegetarian options. Call or visit opentable.com for reservations.

Poseidon Del Mar

Poseidon

 

Sbicca Del Mar

215 Fifteenth St.

Del Mar, CA92014

(858) 481-1001

info@sbiccadelmar.com

Open since the early 2000, Sbicca is mostly known for its casual California cuisine and exceptional wine list, but the ocean view and friendly staff are extra reasons to visit. A weekend full brunch, lunch and dinner menu is loaded with fish, meats, salads and shareables. Happy hour is seven days a week, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sbicca Del Mar

Sbicca Del Mar

 

 

T’s Café

271 N Hwy 101

Solana Beach, CA 92075

Located on “US-1” this breakfast and brunch spot has been reeling in race-goers for breakfast and brunch for two decades. All of the breakfast favorites are on the menu, from eggs and bacon to pancakes and oatmeal. Omelettes are a specialty and they offer daily specials, outstanding bloody marys and tasty vegetarian options. With tables outside, T’s Cafe is also dog-friendly and they provide full water bowls for all of their canine guests.

T's Café

T’s Café

 

 

Milton’s Deli

2660 Via De La Valle

Del Mar, CA 92014

(858) 792-2225

An enormous menu with dishes of all kinds, from traditional Jewish deli fare like matzo ball soup, latkes, pastrami and blintzes to breakfast traditionals, burgers and even pizza, Milton’s is a go-to spot virtually around the clock for locals, tourists and racetrackers. There’s also a deli counter with fresh-baked pastries and other dishes for takeout. People are almost always standing in line, but the big, bright facility serves quality food quickly, so most people don’t have to wait too long.

Milton’s

Milton’s

 

Hideaway Café

50 S Acacia Ave

Solana Beach, CA 92075

(858) 755-3388

If breakfast and lunch comfort food is your thing, this little eatery will also be your thing. The ivy-covered corrugated-iron roof garage for this eclectic breakfast is always cramped, but the California French toast is well worth it. During the summer months when the racetrack is open, there’s usually a bit of a wait. Prices are good, too, and the wait staff is said to be the friendliest in the area.

Hide Away Café

Hide Away Café

Others to visit:

Del Mar Pizza: 211 15th Street, Del Mar, CA 92014 (858) 481-8088

Station Sushi: 125 N. Highway 101, Solana Beach, 92015 (858) 481-9800
Tony’s Jacal: 621 Valley Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075 (858) 755-2274
En Fuego: 1342 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014 (858) 792-6551

 

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