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Jake's Del Mar: A User's Guide

Oceanside eatery with steaks, seafood, and a bounty of gluten-free options.

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: seafood cocktail with shrimp, lobster, and orange-chili sauce
  • From the sea: schezwan-glazed salmon with bacon-scented dashi, shiitake mushrooms, and pickled mustard seeds
  • From the land: porter-beer-braised short rib with tomato-horseradish gremolata
  • Dessert: Hula pie—macadamia-nut ice cream on a dark-chocolate cookie crust topped with fudge, whipped cream, and more macadamias

    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.

1660 Coast Boulevard
Del Mar,

People love this walk-up eatery for fast-casual, healthy cuisine. Urban Plates bustles for lunch and dinner as delicious farm-to-plate fare can be found for $10 and under, including hand-tossed super food salads like their kale and cranberries with organic tofu, or a nice roasted beet, fennel and arugula medley with nuggets of blood orange tossed in. Heartier comfort food abounds with braised stews, mac ‘n’ cheese, bbq turkey meatloaf and vegetarian curry, each served on basic metal trays and enjoyed in the sunny, wood-floored cafeteria-style eatery. Don’t expect much in the way of frills here, just low-cost, high quality meals that can be ordered and consumed quickly, plus a selection of local craft beers if the mood strikes.

12857 El Camino Real
San Diego,

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.

2660 Via De La Valle
Del Mar,