Oceanside eatery with steaks, seafood, and a bounty of gluten-free options.
Where to Sit: To make the most of this beachside experience, try snagging a table next to the floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Pacific.
When to Go: Head in between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. for happy hour. Jake's specials extend beyond the typical drinks and appetizers into the realm of fresh seafood at persuasive prices.
While You're in the Neighborhood
For date night: Just next door, Powerhouse Park (1658 Coast Boulevard at 17th Street) sports an outdoor theater and palm-tree-studded lawns ideal for a romantic stroll.
For flying solo: About 3 miles away, the Del Mar racetrack (2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard) hosts summer-long thoroughbred-racing events, inviting guests to place bets on which steed will win the race and which jockey will be named Best Dressed.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: For a taste of Jake's at home, whip up the restaurant's breakfast potatoes using this recipe.
Breakfast at Milton's doesn't always start at the same time, but it always lasts all day. The delicatessen's morning treats run the gamut from housemade blintzes filled with cheese and applesauce to platters of smoked fish. Milton's has been a fixture in Del Mar for almost 20 years, preparing "New York–caliber" deli staples, raves San Diego Magazine, that comprise the rest of Milton's "incredible menu," which total more than 200 dishes.
By lunch, those include bite-sized wraps filled with reuben fixings, as well as triple-decker sandwiches with ingredients such as albacore tuna salad and pastrami. At night, dinnertime entrees such as traditional roasted turkey and brisket alongside homemade desserts such as Milton's Oreo dream bars.
On a sunny day, salty sea breezes tumble over the sands of Solana beach and through the open windows of Woody's Solana Beach eatery. Chefs complement the ocean-enriched air with fresh catches of the day prepared to diners' specifications and their classic seafood paella with chorizo sausage and saffron rice. The restaurant hosts brunch every Sunday, which, in addition to hot breakfast eats, features such drink specials as bottomless champagne, for which diners can enjoy while watching Sunday NFL games on Woody's eight high-definition TVs. Corrugated metal emulates the texture of water, covering the walls between exposed metal beams and wood paneling. The hammered-tin silhouette of a whale frolics amid the faux waves, creating a playful metallic seascape.
At Delicioso Food Truck, the menu changes as frequently as the silver truck’s location. Taking cues from the changing seasons and available produce, Delicioso’s cooks craft Southwest-inspired food from chipotle, cilantro, and spicy homemade barbeque sauce. Along with almond sweet-corn salads, the day’s menu might include grass-fed burgers built with roasted red peppers and white cheddar, or crisp tilapia mingled with mango pico de gallo. Diners have also queued up to enjoy buffalo samosas, carne asada tacos, or smoked marlin tacos.
Outside The Beach House – Cardiff by the Sea, waves crash and ocean breezes blow as diners enjoy their meal on a patio that sits beside the Pacific Ocean shoreline. The feast for the eyes is only matched by Executive Chef Michael Ingino’s menu of seafood, steak, and fowl entrees. To ensure meals are as fresh as possible, the selection of these entrees changes daily, depending on the season and whether any new vegetables have been invented lately.
At Cicciotti’s Trattoria Italiana & Seafood, chef and author Gaetano Cicciotti and his staff of kitchen craftsmen wood-fire pizza crusts and sauté fresh seafood using original recipes. Like Pac-Man’s Italian relatives, diners chomp their way through morsels of tender pasta mixed with mouthwatering ingredients such as creamy tiger shrimp, homemade meatballs, sun-dried tomatoes, and a creamy gorgonzola pesto sauce. Noodle-free fare includes chicken, veal, and seafood, which arrives shrouded in white-wine sauce or cloaked in mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. In addition, an extensive wine list helps patrons match their meal with a vintage vino for a duo of flavors that’s more dynamic than a Bruce Willis and Mr. Peanut buddy-cop flick.