Whether you’re getting a jump on planning a special night out for Valentine’s Day or want a romantic rendezvous for you and your sweetheart, Del Mar offers breathtaking, seaside views and delectable dishes that bring the romance any time of year.
Our restaurants are always top-notch, but they really shine when it comes to a romantic dinner for two. Whatever the occasion or reason, these are a few of our favorite places for a candlelit and intimate dining experience you won’t soon forget:
Jake’s Del Mar
1660 Coast Blvd | Del Mar, CA | 92014
Located right on the beach, Jake’s Del Mar offers picturesque sunset views and a menu packed with locally sourced American cuisine and seafood dishes. Because the place can get pretty busy, we recommend making a reservation so you don’t keep your date waiting. If you do have to wait, or if you show up for your reservation a little early, you can always grab a cocktail at the outside bar and enjoy the ocean views on Jake’s patio.
1140 Camino Del Mar | Del Mar, CA | 92014
Regardless of whether you deem Peruvian food to be romantic, there’s no denying the intimate atmosphere at Café Secret. The indoor-outdoor café is covered by flowering bougainvillea trees that give it a quaint, European feel with a lot of character. Founded by a Peruvian couple with their own incredible love story, Café Secret offers a menu that consists of authentic dishes from owners’ childhood growing up in Peru. Start your meal with Pulpito (octopus) or Scallops, enjoy your entrée, and don’t forget to share Cuatro Leches or Alfajores for dessert. For just a few hours, you’ll forget you’re in Del Mar and instead be transported to a magical, far off destination.
Pacifica Del Mar
1555 Camino Del Mar | Del Mar, CA | 92014
Pacifica Del Mar’s romantic ambiance and breathtaking sea views are the perfect backdrops for its highly acclaimed cuisine. Before indulging in one of their incredibly fresh seafood dishes (like swordfish, lobster, scallops, just to name a few), relax with a signature cocktail at the bar, which also boasts more than 100 of the world’s finest vodkas. When it comes time for dinner, make sure you ask your waiter for the perfect wine to pair with your meal—Pacifica’s list of local and international wines is impressive. And if you plan your reservation right, you can opt for their Sunset Dinner tasting menu (served until 6 p.m.).
If you’re looking to extend your romantic evening and turn it into a weekend getaway, there are plenty of other ways to keep the romance flowing long after dinner. Book your stay at L’Auberge or Hotel Indigo to make the most of your time in the Village. The next morning, you can start your day with a cup of coffee and a long, romantic walk on the beach. Or, head out for a daytime picnic or hike, and finish your trip with a couple’s massage at the spa.
For more information on places to dine, visit, or explore, or if you’d like some help with planning a romantic trip to our city, contact Del Mar Village by calling (858) 735-3650 or visiting us online.