Nothing makes a weekday brighter than a very happy hour spent with friends. The restaurants at the Del Mar Plaza know how important happy hour can be when you hit a mid-week slump; that’s why they offer specials and deals that are hard to pass up, no matter how tired you may be after work. […]
Nothing makes a weekday brighter than a very happy hour spent with friends. The restaurants at the Del Mar Plaza know how important happy hour can be when you hit a mid-week slump; that’s why they offer specials and deals that are hard to pass up, no matter how tired you may be after work.
So visit us at the Plaza and turn your day from stressful to happy with one of these 12 can’t-miss specials.
Pacifica Del Mar
Pacifica Del Mar may be known for its fresh, innovative seafood, but it’s the restaurant’s Happy Hour that will make your night. With more than 100 of the world’s finest vodkas behind the Ocean Bar, it’s the perfect place to catch up with friends over a couple cocktails and some bar bites—especially when they’re discounted.
Happy Hour: 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday; all night long, Sunday and Monday
- Toast with your friends to $2 off all beers, wines by the glass, and featured cocktails.
- During happy hour, enjoy 1/2 off Small Plates like Pork or Blackened Fish Tacos, Rolled Tacos, Pacifica Oyster Shooters, Peppered Ahi Takoshimi, and flat breads.
- It’s not just the snacks that are on special; the Ocean Bar Bites are all $2 off as well. You can order appetizers like Hamachi Sashimi, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, and Crispy Calamari, or opt for something a little more substantial like a Sugar Spiced Salmon Sandwich, Bucatini Pasta, Sugar Spiced Salmon (as a half entrée), or Pan Roasted Seabass (also a half entrée).
Il Fornaio & Enoteca del Fornaio
Whether you like pasta, pizza, or vino, Il Fornaio and Enoteca del Fornaio are where you should be spending your happy hour. And since happy hour falls just before sunset, opt to sit outside to catch the twilight sky changing colors. If it starts getting cold, you can move to the outdoor fireplace and stay happy a few hours longer.
Happy Hour: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday
- The specials at these restaurants can be rounded out as the $5 Happy Hour. A few of their most popular dishes, like Carpaccio, Rustichella, and many of their wine, brews, and specialty cocktails are all only $5.
Del Mar Rendezvous
Del Mar Rendezvous was named one of the 50 best Chinese restaurants in the U.S. by CNN Travel, and that’s in large part, due to its authentic yet innovative cuisine. It’s not just the amazing food that’s the only draw for guests; the restaurant’s weekday happy hour is also a your reason to visit.
Happy Hour: Lunchtime – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday
- Start your happy hour off with a toast! Draft beer and select wines are 1/2 off until 6:00 p.m.
- Even though happy hour is often dedicated to the libations, we definitely recommend ordering some food. Enjoy 1/2 price dim sum when you order two dinner entrees. That means you can try dishes like Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi, Pot Stickers, Honey Glazed Spare Ribs, Peppery Fried Calamari, and traditional Ha Gau Siu Mai (shrimp and/or pork dumplings) along with your meal without breaking the bank.
Shimbashi Izakaya is designed after the izakayas, or pubs, in Japan—so you can definitely expect excellent happy hour specials. Part of the izakaya concept includes sharing your food with friends, and many of Shimbashi’s shareable plates are on the happy hour menu. Of course, so is beer, wine, sake, and a number of delicious specialty cocktails.
Happy Hour: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday
- If you’re a simplist, you’ll appreciate Shimbashi’s beer specials; its draft beer and bottle of Sapporo are all under $4.
- Wine lovers will be excited that glasses of house red or house white wine and hot sake are all just $6.
- The bar’s cocktails are also just $6 each—and they all have a twist that’ll make you want to order more than one. For example, the Okinawa Margarita is made with Awamori—an imported liquor from Okinawa, Japan. A few of the other cocktails—like the Shimbashi Sunrise, Cu’tini, Lychee Martini, and Shimbashi Mojito—all have a Shochu base.
- Small bites like seaweed salad, gobu French fries, baked mussels, and edamame are $5 or under.
- The restaurant’s freshly made rolls and hand rolls are also just $6 and $4 (respectively). You can order your favorites, like Spicy Tuna Rolls or Philly Rolls or try something new and split it with a friend.
- Finally, you can get two pieces of sushi—tuna, salmon, yellowtail, seared albacore, shrimp, halibut, and/or egg omelet—for $5.
At the Del Mar Plaza, happy hour can last a lot longer than 60 minutes. Visit us online for a full restaurant directory and a list of specials and special events.
No matter how old you’re turning, birthdays always call for a celebration and really good food. Whether that means blowing out candles on a piece of tiramisu, sharing a freshly made sushi roll, or toasting with a strong cocktail, Del Mar Plaza has several restaurants that were made for celebrating birthdays. Since it’s your day, […]
No matter how old you’re turning, birthdays always call for a celebration and really good food. Whether that means blowing out candles on a piece of tiramisu, sharing a freshly made sushi roll, or toasting with a strong cocktail, Del Mar Plaza has several restaurants that were made for celebrating birthdays.
Since it’s your day, indulge in the food that you love and treat yourself to something special. Get your friends and loved ones together to share a meal and make your next birthday a truly special occasion by dining out at one of these six restaurants.
Del Mar Rendezvous
If You Like: Chinese food but want something more birthday-appropriate than take-out
Del Mar Rendezvous was named one of the 50 best Chinese restaurants in the United States by CNN Travel—and for good reason. The restaurant serves a wide variety of innovative and authentic dishes (like Duck Breast Shangri-la and Buddha’s Treasure) made with fresh ingredients. During “Happy Buddha Hour,” (weekdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) all dim sum is half off (with the purchase of two dinner entrees) and your second glass of wine or draft beer is just $.88—all the more reason to celebrate!
Treat Yourself: You’ll have peace of mind knowing the menu is suitable for all your vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free friends—so reward yourself for being a thoughtful friend and order the Xiangjiao for dessert; it’s a Rendezvous specialty.
Il Fornaio Del Mar and Enoteca del Fornaio
If You Like: Italian cuisine and fine wine
At Il Fornaio Del Mar and Enoteca del Fornaio, you can order your favorite Italian dishes like Bruschetta Calda, Pennoni alla Vodka, and of course, a variety of pizza. The restaurants use the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking techniques to create their authentic cuisine. The food and wine is so amazing you’ll feel like you hopped on a flight to Italy, but once you make your way to the outdoor fireplace (for an aperitivo or two), you’ll remember you’re in beautiful Del Mar.
Treat Yourself: Carbs don’t count on your birthday, so order all your favorite pasta and finish off your meal with a sweet slice of tiramisu.
Pacifica Del Mar
If You Like: surf more than turf and commemorating special occasions with a toast
Pacifica Del Mar is known for having some of the best seafood in the country. Start your birthday dinner with a round of oysters, then order a Pacifica classic, like the Mustard Catfish or Sugar-Spiced Salmon, for your main entrée. And because it’s your day, go ahead and add a lobster tail to your meal—and don’t pass on dessert.
Treat Yourself: Let the bartender know it’s your birthday and ask them to whip you up something special using one of the Ocean Bar’s 100+ vodkas.
Pacifica Breeze Café
If You Like: mimosas, Bloody Marys, and everything else about brunch
Pacifica Breeze Café serves breakfast and lunch out on their sun-filled patio. It’s the perfect place to indulge your favorite breakfast items—like eggs benedict, shrimp and grits, cinnamon brioche French toast, and avocado toast—while taking advantage of their craft beer, wine, and morning cocktails.
Treat Yourself: Designate a driver, sip your bubbly, and order a decadent breakfast dish that could easily double as dessert.
If You Like: sushi or exploring new dishes
The seasonal menu at Shimbashi Izakaya will delight even the biggest sushi lover. Find your favorite roll or try something completely new—the staff can offer recommendations if you’re stuck on what to order. Or, because it’s your birthday, ask for the Omakase Course and let the chef choose your dishes for you.
Treat Yourself: Shimbashi has dozens of sake for you to try; sip one through dinner or get the party started with a sake bomb.
Need a gift for the birthday boy or girl? Check out our unique shops and boutiques; many of them have one-of-a-kind items you can only find in Del Mar. And don’t forget to visit us online for a full directory of restaurants and to make a reservation.
Next time you’re considering going out to eat, whether for lunch or dinner, grab a table at Shimbashi Izakaya. Located at the Del Mar Plaza, the restaurant boasts ocean views, fresh food, and authentic Japanese cuisine. Whether you’ve been frequenting Shimbashi for years or are looking for a new spot to dine, here are 10 […]
Next time you’re considering going out to eat, whether for lunch or dinner, grab a table at Shimbashi Izakaya. Located at the Del Mar Plaza, the restaurant boasts ocean views, fresh food, and authentic Japanese cuisine. Whether you’ve been frequenting Shimbashi for years or are looking for a new spot to dine, here are 10 things you might not have known about the restaurant that might make your next visit seem a little more special.
- The restaurant is designed to replicate a true Japanese izakaya.
An izakaya, or Japanese pub, is a cornerstone of Japanese culture. It’s a place where people get together with friends and relax and unwind after a long day of work. It’s a place to share a great time and a place to share your food. That’s why you’ll find plates that can be split among your group, giving you the opportunity to try a little bit of everything.
- It’s the only real authentic Japanese food in North County.
When the owners sought out to open Shimbashi, they decided on Del Mar because they knew the Japanese cuisine would stand out. They wanted to offer their patrons authentic dishes and home-style cooking they couldn’t find elsewhere in North County.
- The fish is always fresh and never frozen.
While other sushi restaurants might use imitation crab, Shimbashi always uses real crab in its sushi rolls. In fact, the restaurant always uses fresh ingredients, never anything frozen. And if you come in during a slower period, you’ll even be able to see the chefs cutting and deboning the day’s catch at the sushi counter.
- Shimbashi uses fresh, local ingredients as well.
The fish isn’t the only thing that’s fresh. Shimbashi uses fresh, locally grown, seasonal ingredients in its dishes and sushi rolls. The menu and specials change monthly to reflect and highlight what’s in season, so every time you come back, you can expect to try something different.
- However, the restaurant’s most important ingredients are flown in from Japan.
Shimbashi flies in its specialty items—like Wagyu beef—straight in from Japan. Another item that’s flown in is the Japanese Yellowtail; the chefs say it tastes better raw than what’s caught off the shores of California, and is the better choice to use in sushi and sashimi.
- The different seating areas each have their own vibe.
Every seating area in the restaurant has its own atmosphere, which can give you a different dining experience. The outdoor patio has a casual atmosphere with ocean views; the sushi counter gives you a kind of behind-the-scenes look at your food prep; the sake bar gives you the opportunity to chat with the bartender and other guests; and the dining room has a cozy, intimate atmosphere perfect for a date or group setting. So depending on where you choose to sit, you may feel like you’re in a completely different restaurant.
- The Omakase Course is the best way to sample the restaurant’s best.
Translated from Japanese, omakase means “to trust,” and with the Omakase Course, you’re trusting the chef to choose the best dishes from the kitchen and sushi bar. The chef will create your personalized menu based on your food allergies and tastes, and will even help you pair the perfect sake with your meal.
- Sushi-newbies don’t have to feel intimidated.
If you’re new to the world of Japanese cuisine, you don’t have to feel intimidated by the menu at Shimbashi. The menu explains what’s in each sushi roll or cooked dish so you know exactly what you’re ordering. And of course, you can always start with a tried-and-true California roll, which is made with crab, avocado, and cucumber.
- The bar is stocked with hundreds of types of sake.
Because it is modeled after a traditional izakaya, the restaurant is stocked with plenty of sake. Shimbashi also has Japanese beer to pair with your meal to make for a more authentic experience.
- The staff can make recommendations to help you find your favorite dish and/or pairing.
Aside from the chef giving you recommendations as part of the Omakase Course, the rest of the staff can help you make a delicious decision as well. From their favorite (and locally-loved) sushi rolls, to the best sake and entrée pairing, all you have to do is ask for their guidance and you’ll be happily on your way to try something new and delicious.
If sushi isn’t your thing, you can still find somewhere special to dine at the Del Mar Plaza. Visit us online for a full directory of restaurants.
With every new year, we look forward to the excitement of new and returning events at the Del Mar Plaza. Here are just a few events and dates you’ll want to add to your calendar this year. Artisan Pop-Up Market | Feb. 11 We’re inviting our favorite local artisans to set up shop […]
Artisan Pop-Up Market | Feb. 11
We’re inviting our favorite local artisans to set up shop on our rooftop deck for a pop-up market. You’ll be able to find unique gifts like handmade jewelry, beautiful bags, and delicious sweets while shopping with an ocean view and enjoying live music. Many of our own boutiques will also be offering specials and discounts, so it’s the perfect opportunity to pick out a present for your Valentine or buy something special for yourself. Of course, you can always grab a table at one of our amazing restaurants once you’re done shopping.
Watch our calendar or visit our Artisan Pop-Up Market page for more information.
Seaside Sessions | Thursdays, June through November
Nothing says summer in Del Mar like live music, amazing food, and a picture-perfect sunset over the Pacific. Seaside Sessions is our exclusive summer music series that provides a prime time to enjoy the best parts of summer—including ocean views from our rooftop deck. Enjoy a diverse lineup of free live music from local musicians; shows run weekly through summer and start around dusk. Invite your family and friends and dine at one of our many restaurants. You can even enjoy the music from your table while dining at Il Fornaio’s and Enoteca Del Fornaio’s patio.
Visit our Seaside Sessions page for an updated lineup and show times.
Summer Twilight Concert Series | Summer
Since its first show in 1983, the Summer Twilight Concert Series at Powerhouse Park has become a Del Mar tradition. We created the Gourmet Beach Box just for the Twilight Concert Series, and each one has everything you need to fuel your night. The boxes are like an elevated, pre-packaged picnic—complete with delicious dishes from Del Mar Plaza’s most popular restaurants, wine if you choose, and all the utensils you need to enjoy your meal. When you purchase a Gourmet Beach Box, you’ll receive free parking at the Plaza, so after you pick up your box you can walk on over to the park, grab a spot in front of the stage, and enjoy the night of live music and delicious food while under the stars.
Keep tabs on our Gourmet Beach Box page for the 2018 season lineup, list of participating restaurants, and to pre-order your box during the summer.
Halloween Sweets & Treats | Oct. 31
Before taking your kids out around the neighborhood, bring them to the Del Mar Plaza for a day of trick-or-treating. Our stores and restaurants will have cauldrons filled with spooky treats and candy for trick-or-treaters in costume. It’s a chance to have some fun with your kids and even grab a bite to eat or treat for yourself to get you into the Halloween spirit.
Holiday Pop-up Market | Nov. 23
Kick off the holiday season at the Del Mar Plaza and visit us the day after Thanksgiving for our Holiday Pop-up Market! No need to worry about Black Friday crowds and chaos, our market is a relaxed affair with live music, wine tasting, and hot cocoa. You can find unique holiday gifts for loved ones and your child can get a picture with Santa. So bring the kids and snap some photos, then hang around and enjoy a relaxed late lunch or early dinner at one of our award-winning restaurants.
Visit our Holiday Market page for a list of vendors and more information.
Lil’ Tritons Club | Every third Wednesday, year-round
The Del Mar Plaza’s Lil Tritons Club is the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your little ones. On the third Wednesday of each month, you can bring your children to our outdoor deck to enjoy a mini-concert from the musical duo Hullabaloo. Children who attend will receive a coloring page and crayons for added entertainment while listening to the children’s folk tunes. After the show, grab a table for lunch at Il Fornaio or Pacifica Del Mar (where kids eat free following the show), or at Del Mar Rendezvous where parents receive a 25% discount immediately following the concert as well.
Check out Lil’ Tritons Club online for show dates and more information.
Weekly Farmer’s Market | Saturdays, year-round
The Plaza is your go-to weekend spot for fresh produce and unique gifts from local vendors. Every Saturday throughout the year, visit the Plaza’s Farmer’s Market for an afternoon of food and fun.
Keep up with the Plaza and our upcoming events by checking out our calendar and connecting with us on Facebook.
There are some nights—anniversaries, birthdays, and Valentine’s Day, for instance—that require a little more romance to the evening. At the Del Mar Plaza, our award-winning restaurants and breathtaking ocean views provide the perfect ambiance for a romantic, candle-lit night out. Here are a few top picks: Del Mar Rendezvous Building upon fresh ingredients and authentic […]
There are some nights—anniversaries, birthdays, and Valentine’s Day, for instance—that require a little more romance to the evening. At the Del Mar Plaza, our award-winning restaurants and breathtaking ocean views provide the perfect ambiance for a romantic, candle-lit night out. Here are a few top picks:
Del Mar Rendezvous
Building upon fresh ingredients and authentic recipes, Del Mar Rendezvous serves elevated, innovative, and modernized Chinese dishes. The restaurant continues to win Best Chinese, Best Asian Fusion, and Best Vegetarian by San Diego A-List diners, and recently ranked in the top five on CNN Travel’s 50 Best Chinese Restaurants in the United States. So regardless of whether you order a traditional rice or noodle entrée or try one of Rendezvous’ signature dishes like Duck Breast Shangri-la or Buddha’s Treasure, you know your meal will impress your date.
Up the Romance: If your and your partner’s ideal date night includes Netflix and take-out, then the fine-dining version of your favorite dishes will already lead to a more romantic vibe. Order your favorite entrees and be sure to get dessert—this is a special occasion, after all.
Il Fornaio and Enoteca Del Fornaio
If you’re looking for a romantic evening out, chances are, dining on Italian cuisine is probably high on your list. Dine like in Lady and the Tramp and share a plate of spaghetti, or opt for another favorite like Pennoni alla Vodka, Linguine Mare Chiaro, or Filetto di Bue. Il Fornaio and Enoteca Del Fornaio both use the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking techniques to create authentic Italian dishes that will make you think you’re dining in romantic Italia.
Up the Romance: Share a bottle of wine or aperitivo and watch the sun set on the restaurants’ outdoor patio and fireplace.
Pacifica Del Mar
Pacifica Del Mar has some of the best seafood in the county. Guests love the incredibly fresh Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi, Sugar-Spiced Salmon, and Pan Roasted Seabass, but there are chicken and beef dishes as well. You can even add a delicious lobster tail to any entrée you order. The restaurant also offers a romantic Sunset Dinner tasting menu, which is just as romantic as it sounds.
Up the Romance: Begin your meal with fresh oysters (the aphrodisiac can be ordered raw or baked), and end it with a nightcap. With more than 100 of the world’s finest vodkas served at the Ocean Bar, you can trust the bartender to whip you up a delicious cocktail, or let your date know how you really feel about them by ordering a “Hot One” or “Gold Standard” martini.
Shimbashi Izakaya wows guests with seasonal Japanese tapas, an incredible selection of sake, and an atmosphere that’s perfect for a romantic date. Take a seat side by side at the sushi bar or sake bar, or cozy up in a quiet booth in the dining area. Try the very special Japanese Wagyu Beef or let the chef choose your dishes with the Omakase Course, which is sure to give you a taste of the freshest fish and seasonal ingredients.
Up the Romance: Sushi is the perfect food for sharing! You and your date can each order your favorite rolls and share (feeding each other with the provided chopsticks, optional). Don’t pass up the sake either—also perfect for sharing.
Smashburger is a casual favorite with high-quality burgers, salads, and sides. You can choose from a wide variety of sandwiches and burgers or design your own. And if you order one of their hand-spun milkshakes, make sure you grab two straws.
Up the Romance: A burger and fries might not seem very romantic off the bat, but take your order to go and walk down to Powerhouse Park to enjoy your meal as a picnic while watching the sun set over the ocean.
For a full list of our restaurants, shops, and services visit Del Mar Plaza online.
Many people think of Chinese food as their go-to, late-night, take-out option, but Del Mar Rendezvous elevates the cuisine and experience. The award-winning restaurant serves modern Chinese dishes for lunch and dinner and is a favorite eatery among Del Mar locals. We like to think Rendezvous’ location at the Del Mar Plaza is part of […]
Many people think of Chinese food as their go-to, late-night, take-out option, but Del Mar Rendezvous elevates the cuisine and experience. The award-winning restaurant serves modern Chinese dishes for lunch and dinner and is a favorite eatery among Del Mar locals. We like to think Rendezvous’ location at the Del Mar Plaza is part of its appeal—after all, we do boast ocean views—but here are five other reasons people love Del Mar Rendezvous.
Awards & Accolades
We really do think Rendezvous is one of the best Chinese food restaurants in San Diego, if not the country. And you don’t have to take our word for it.
San Diego A-List diners continue to vote for Rendezvous as the Best Chinese, Best Asian Fusion, and Best Vegetarian. And the restaurant gained national attention when CNN Travel named it as one of the 50 best Chinese restaurants in the United States. (It was actually ranked in the top five!)
It’s easy to guess that Rendezvous is award-winning, in large part, because of its delicious, inventive, fusion cuisine. You can always choose a traditional rice or noodle entrée or try one of Rendezvous’ signature dishes. Locals love the Pungent Crispy Chicken, Shrimp and Scallop Sauté, Duck Breast Shangri-la, and Buddha’s Treasure.
Their dishes start with an authentic foundation and are built with the freshest ingredients. The menu items are elevated with innovative twists that’ll make you want more.
The good news is that you can have more—with dessert. Chocolate lovers can indulge in the Chocolate Wipeout, a three-layer chocolate cake topped with chocolate ganache and chocolate sauce. For something a little more authentic, order the Xiangjiao (which is Chinese for banana); it’s a banana cheesecake-filled eggroll topped with caramel, powdered sugar, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream. And those with gluten intolerance don’t have to miss out on the sweets—Rendezvous has gluten-free Carrot Cake and Mango Sorbet for them to enjoy.
Options for Everyone
Gluten-free Carrot Cake isn’t the only alternative option available; Rendezvous’ menu is stacked with dishes that fit the needs of vegetarians, vegans, and those with celiac disease. Diet restrictions won’t stop you from enjoying your favorite foods—the restaurant has full menus for gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan items.
Not only does Rendezvous have a “Happy Buddha Hour” every weekday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., but they have daily specials as well. During happy hour, though, you can enjoy half off all dim sum (with the purchase of two dinner entrees) and get your second glass of wine or draft beer for just $.88.
If you can’t make it for happy hour, Rendezvous’ daily specials are just as enticing.
- For My Wine Mondays, the restaurant waves the corkage fee on your wine or beer.
- Tap Tuesdays is when you can get your second beer for just $.88 all night long.
- On Wine Wednesday, bottles of wine are $8 off.
- On Thirsty Thursdays, your second glass of wine is just $.88.
An Impressive List of Libations
Rendezvous only serves beer and wine, but you’ll be impressed by their selections. You can choose from 11 amazing craft beers from local breweries like Alesmith and Modern Times on tap. They also have Tsingtao Lager (a Chinese beer) available in bottles, so you can have a more authentic experience, if that’s what you’re after. Rendezvous’ wine list is just as impressive; the restaurant garnered a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence with more than 100 wines (including Japanese sakes).
Next time you’re craving Chinese food, make a reservation at Del Mar Rendezvous. The restaurant is open daily at 11:30 a.m. (except on Sundays, when they solely serve dinner, beginning at 4:00 p.m.).
And when you’re in the mood for something else, visit Del Mar Plaza online for our full directory of restaurants.
Del Mar is one of the few cities that is blessed with beautiful weather all year long. While you may need a light jacket after the sun sets, our winter is just as warm and sunny as any other season. Since you don’t have to worry about a winter chill or snowstorm forcing you inside, […]
Del Mar is one of the few cities that is blessed with beautiful weather all year long. While you may need a light jacket after the sun sets, our winter is just as warm and sunny as any other season. Since you don’t have to worry about a winter chill or snowstorm forcing you inside, here are five ways to take advantage of our city’s gorgeous weather, sunshine, and ocean views by visiting the Del Mar Plaza this December.
Get Ready for All the Holiday Parties and Photos
December is the perfect time to refresh your look so that you come out stunning in every photo op of the holiday season. At the Del Mar Plaza, you can get a full makeover—from your head to your toes. Start by visiting Del Mar Nails and Spa for a manicure, pedicure, facial or wax. Then make an appointment at Haim, Ltd. Salon to get your hair cut and colored, or stop by for a quick pick-me-up like a blow-out or makeup application.
Grab Holiday-Themed Drinks with Friends
The holidays are about spending time with the people you love and care about. We know that this time of year can be busy, so scheduling and sitting down for dinner or spending a full day of holiday festivities with your friends might not be doable. But we’re sure you all can carve out enough time to grab a drink or two together at the Plaza. Do a gift exchange out by the fireplace at Il Fornaio Del Mar, or ask the bartender at Pacifica Del Mar to use one of 100 vodkas they have to create a seasonal cocktail to get you into the holiday spirit. You can check out our restaurants’ Happy Hour specials online.
Hit the Waves
You may not be able to hit the waves in December at other beaches in the country, but here in Del Mar, you’ll find surfers in the water all year long. That’s not to say the water isn’t colder than it would be in the middle of summer though, so before you head out to the beach, make sure you have a wet suit ready. Once you’re out of the water, head to Urban Beach House to grab some San Diego and Del Mar branded gear to commemorate all the waves you caught.
Take a Hike
Even if surfing isn’t your thing, Del Mar still has plenty of opportunities to be active in the middle of winter. With a beautiful, sprawling coastline, wetlands, and lagoons, getting active and immersing yourself in nature is as easy as taking a hike. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, San Dieguito River Trail, Scripps Bluffs Preserve, and San Elijo Lagoon each offer a unique experience and breathtaking views. Just make sure you stop by Lorna Jane to stock up on some stylish activewear before you hit the trails.
Earn Your Holiday Restaurant Voucher, Then Use It
If you did your holiday shopping at any of the boutiques in the Del Mar Village, chances are, you’ve earned a Holiday Voucher. If you haven’t earned one yet, you have until December 31st to shop at the Plaza and in the Village and get one for yourself. When you spend $75 at any participating shop within the Village, you’ll receive a $15 voucher to use at one of more than a dozen participating restaurants, including Plaza favorites like Del Mar Rendezvous, Pacifica Del Mar, Pacifica Breeze Café, and Shimbashi Izakaya. You might have been saving the voucher for a special occasion, but this month is an excellent time to put it to use.
The holidays are a time to get together with the people you care about most. Whether it’s a tradition to grab holiday happy hour drinks or it’s the first year of Secret Santa with your friends, choosing the right restaurant for your holiday get-together can make all the difference. At the Del Mar Plaza, we […]
The holidays are a time to get together with the people you care about most. Whether it’s a tradition to grab holiday happy hour drinks or it’s the first year of Secret Santa with your friends, choosing the right restaurant for your holiday get-together can make all the difference. At the Del Mar Plaza, we have many award-winning restaurants, each offering its own unique menu options and ambiances to make your holiday dinner with friends a special one.
Make a reservation at one of these restaurants ahead of time, so all you have to worry about is finding the perfect gifts for your besties.
Del Mar Rendezvous
If your group of friends likes to mix it up a bit, then try the award-winning Del Mar Rendezvous. It was named one of the 50 best Chinese restaurants in the United States by CNN Travel, and serves a wide variety of dishes that will please everyone. Vegetarians, vegans, and those who follow a gluten-free diet will be happy to know the restaurant offers dishes to fit their needs.
And, if you visit between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., you can enjoy Rendezvous’ “Happy Buddha Hour,” when all dim sum is half off (with the purchase of two dinner entrees) and your second glass of wine or draft beer is just $.88. The restaurant also has daily specials—like My Wine Mondays when you can forgo any corkage fees or Wine Wednesday, when bottles of wine are $8 off—so you and your friends can save a couple dollars during the holidays.
Il Fornaio Del Mar and Enoteca del Fornaio
Teach your group of friends to say “Buon Natale” and opt for dinner at Il Fornaio Del Mar or Enoteca del Fornaio. Both restaurants offer authentic Italian plates like Pennoni alla Vodka, Linguine Mare Chiaro, and Filetto di Bue, that can all be shared family style, which gives you the opportunity to try a little bit of everything. Don’t forget to finish your meal with something dolci, like Tiramisu, Cannoli Siciliani, or Gelato. And start your night by their outdoor fireplace, enjoying an aperitivo or two from their amazing wine selection and cocktail list.
Pacifica Del Mar
Pacifica Del Mar is known for its fresh, mouthwateringly delicious seafood; the Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi, Sugar-Spiced Salmon, and Pan Roasted Seabass are all guest favorites. The restaurant has daily specials like Wednesdays’ Martini and Oyster Night, or Half-Off Wine every Thursday; and features awesome Happy Hour deals—like half off small plates, and $2 off beer, wine, featured cocktails, and bar bites—every day from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Plus, with more than 100 of the world’s finest vodkas served at the Ocean Bar, you can ask the bartender to whip up a festive cocktail to get you and your friends in the holiday spirit.
Shimbashi Izakaya serves its traditional Japanese food in a unique Izakaya, or “pub,” setting. Its different seating areas each offer their own experience; if you’re dining with a group, you’ll be more comfortable with a booth or table in the dining room, but if it’s just you and one other, opt for the sushi counter or sake bar for a more interactive experience.
Find your favorite roll or experiment with something new—the staff can offer recommendations and the menu explains what’s in each sushi roll or cooked dish. Make the most of your holiday night out and order a Japanese beer or choose from the restaurant’s hundreds of sake options.
Visit Del Mar Plaza online for more information on holiday events, restaurant hours, and to make a reservation.
The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes the pressure of finding the perfect gifts for the ones you love…while sticking to your holiday shopping budget. Between our unique boutiques and holiday shopping events, the Del Mar Plaza can help you find the gifts that’ll make your friends and family smile this season. […]
The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes the pressure of finding the perfect gifts for the ones you love…while sticking to your holiday shopping budget. Between our unique boutiques and holiday shopping events, the Del Mar Plaza can help you find the gifts that’ll make your friends and family smile this season. In fact, you can skip the malls altogether and shop in a more relaxed environment, complete with ocean views.
Mark your calendar for these upcoming holiday shopping events at the Del Mar Plaza, and you’ll be sure to find a gift for everyone on your list.
Holiday Pop-Up Market || November 24
Sleep in, skip the Black Friday crowds, and still find some unique gifts at the Plaza’s Holiday Pop-Up Market. If you just can’t pass up the chance to fight over a discounted TV, then come visit the Plaza after the chaos at the mall to unwind with live music, wine tasting, and hot cocoa. Not only will our own shops and boutiques be offering discounts, we’ve also invited local merchants to set up shop on our rooftop deck. Vendors include:
- Ashley Eisenman Design
- be Runa
- Coco Rose
- Gypsy Posh
- Jellyfish Jewelry
- Mantra Makeup Mat
- Mikolich Honey
- Moonglade Brews
- Seam Reap
- Sheri Liebert Designs
- Thyme of Essence
- Wander Wet Bags
Bring the whole family and have your picture taken with Santa before enjoying a late lunch or dinner at one of our award-winning restaurants. Entertainment and vendors will be set up from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Small Business Saturday || November 25
If you can’t make it out to our Holiday Pop-Up Market on Friday, swing by the Plaza on Small Business Saturday to support your local shops. From home goods to jewelry to apparel, our unique shops will be open and ready to help you find the gift you’re looking for. These are some of the one-of-a-kind boutiques and gifts you can find only at the Del Mar Plaza.
- You can find a curated collection of Bohemian-inspired tunics, rompers, and sundresses at Coco Rose.
- Del Mar Art Center is a non-profit gallery that showcases some of the city’s up-and-coming artists; you can pick up a unique piece you can’t get anywhere else.
- Gary’s Studio has a selection of bold, colorful, and sophisticated suits for men.
- If you’re looking for something really special—and sparkly—visit Loghman Jewelers for handmade Italian jewelry pieces.
- Made In Earth also offers unique jewelry pieces, each crafted with beautiful, natural gemstones and crystals.
- Find a photograph that speaks to you at Michael Seewald Galleries.
- Peaches En Regalia is a little boutique with lots of high-end sundresses, blouses, and accessories to choose from.
- Urban Beach House has California-cool and San Diego-branded items (like shirts, hats, and sweatshirts) for the whole family.
- Urban Girl Accessories has a fun and colorful mix of gifts, jewelry, and clothing.
After shopping around, don’t forget to stop by one of our restaurants for a local take on a delicious holiday dinner.
Holiday Voucher Program || November 23 – December 31
Speaking of dinner, the holiday season marks the kick-off of DMVA’s Holiday Voucher Program. When you spend $75 at any participating shop or boutique within the Del Mar Village, you’ll receive a $15 voucher to use at one of more than a dozen participating restaurants, including Plaza favorites like Del Mar Rendezvous, Pacifica Del Mar, Pacifica Breeze Café, and Shimbashi Izakaya. You can save it for a special night out like a holiday dinner with friends or a romantic date with your significant other.
If you’re like us, then every so often you hit a social media slump and your Instagram feed becomes a little lackluster. Whenever your grid needs some inspiration, the Del Mar Plaza has the Instagram-worthy shots to impress your friends and followers. Here are five photos and hashtags to help you spruce up your feed. […]
If you’re like us, then every so often you hit a social media slump and your Instagram feed becomes a little lackluster. Whenever your grid needs some inspiration, the Del Mar Plaza has the Instagram-worthy shots to impress your friends and followers. Here are five photos and hashtags to help you spruce up your feed.
It’s hard to visit Del Mar and not take a picture of the beautiful coastline. Luckily, the Del Mar Plaza has endless views of the ocean. Whether you’re dining al fresco, hopping from boutique to boutique, or enjoying live music out on the deck, there is always the opportunity to take a quick snap of a sunny sky or gorgeous sunset—with the stunning Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. It might seem like a basic photo at first, but the cotton candy skies will bring in those likes.
From our ivy-covered wall along the street to the fountains scattered around the Plaza, every piece of architecture is carefully thought out. Take a few minutes to appreciate the “Man Fountain” or the “Old Lion Walkway Fountain.” Play with lines and angles—use building corners, the twinkling market lights, and long rectangular planters—to create awesome, unique images that will stand out in your feed.
There’s always a reason to grab a drink at the Plaza. For example, Pacifica Del Mar has more than 100 of the world’s finest vodkas, and Il Fornaio and Enoteca Del Fornaio have incredible wine lists. Shimbashi Izakaya also has an impressive selection of sake that will photograph well next to your fresh plate of sushi. Regardless of if you made it out for happy hour or are getting a cocktail or two with friends, snap your drink, and you’ll probably make all your followers wish they were having as great a time as you.
There are so many award-winning restaurants at the Plaza you could easily fill up your grid with dozens of delicious-looking (and tasting!) bites. Take a photo of a table full of tapas, a colorful sushi roll, a huge helping of pasta, or artfully prepared seafood dish, and your followers will be salivating. Just be sure to take the pic quickly because you’ll want to devour your meal almost as soon as it hits the table.
Spending a day at the Plaza gives you enough time for a full makeover. From lash extensions, to a manicure, to a cut and color—we have every type of salon to bring out your natural beauty and help you look your best. Show off your new look with a well-deserved selfie.
Most of these picturesque opportunities are available at the Del Mar Plaza year-round, so you can visit any time to step up your Instagram game. But with the Breeders’ Cup rolling into town this November, there’s one extra, limited-time chance to capture a unique shot. There are several hand-painted, life-size horses around the Del Mar Village, and we’re lucky enough to have one right in front of the Plaza. The piece won’t be on display for long, so visit soon and snap your picture with it. If you can find all the other “Art of the Horse” installations, take a photo with each of them and post your images by October 31 using the hashtags #DMVA and #BreedersCup, to receive a free Mizu Water Bottle!
Did you find an artistic angle at the Plaza that we forgot to mention? Share your favorite snaps with us on Instagram by following the Del Mar Plaza and tagging us at @officialdelmarplaza. And visit us online for a full directory of shops, restaurants, and services to possibly serve as a little inspiration.