Balmy year-round temperatures and incredible Pacific Ocean views make Southern California the perfect place for an alfresco meal. For sun-drenched lunch or dinner under the stars in Del Mar, try these four amazing outdoor dining options:
For a casual dining experience featuring upscale dishes, stop by Pacifica Breeze Cafe in the Village of Old Del Mar. Their patio seating overlooks the Pacific for a serene view, and their breakfast and lunch menus tout delectable meals, like cinnamon-swirled brioche French toast and sugar-spiced salmon torta. Lunch at The Breeze Cafe is only served until 4 p.m., so be sure to arrive early or mosey over to their inaugural restaurant Pacifica Del Mar
for an oceanside seafood feast.
One taste of the comfort food cuisine at Prep Kitchen and you’ll wonder why you haven’t been to one of their five Southern California locations sooner. In Del Mar, Prep Kitchen serves brunch, lunch, and dinner every day, and the restaurant operates as a communal gathering spot with excellent outdoor seating. Their menu reflects what is seasonally appropriate but always elevates simple dishes to their finest. Diver scallops with summer creamed corn, red wine short rib, and wagyu beef sliders make appearances on their mouthwatering dinner menu.
This tropical restaurant captures the feel of Hawaiian sunsets in the comfort of home. Jake’s Del Mar combines coastal cuisine with the call of the ocean by serving high-quality seafood just steps from the beach. Each of their menus combine old favorites with inventive twists: Eggs Benedict with pistachio pesto hollandaise or curry-and-cumin crusted ahi. For a quick bite, stop by their bar and indulge in kanpachi and ahi poke stacks and black mussels with a Duke’s mai tai. You won’t want to miss Brunch on the Beach, served on Sundays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., where bananas Foster French toast and pink grapefruit martinis reign supreme.
Japanese fare comes to Del Mar with Shimbashi Izayaka. Inspired by the Shimbashi neighborhood in Tokyo, this restaurant takes pride in shifting their menu to reflect the seasons so they’re always serving something fresh and delicious. Shimbashi’s deck offers a picturesque view of the Pacific, so delight in their “omasake” (“I leave it to you”) cooking and sake pairing courtesy of the chef while watching the tides roll out. Enjoy Japanese beer and microbrewed sake with their seasonal tapas, and be sure to check their monthly recommendations for drinks and desserts.
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