Top 5: Ocean View Restaurants in San Diego

5 best waterfront restaurants in San Diego

Looking for restaurants on the beach? Del Mar in San Diego offers one of the best ocean views. Having retained much of its village charm and lure, Del Mar hosts a varied menu of fine dining establishments – taking advantage not only of a much lauded locale along the coast, but a climate enjoyed throughout the seasons. Beyond the many accolades and reviews, the attraction – whatever it may offer – is simply irresistible, to say the least. 

Discover our 5 best restaurants with ocean front views in San Diego. 

1. Sbicca

215 15th Street, Del Mar

Seated upstairs or on the outside patio, you'll get a good view of the San Diego ocean. With a seasonal influence, Sbicca’s menu is rooted within a simple philosophy – whenever possible, organic produce, sustainable seafood and antibiotic, hormone free meats are utilized; a commitment that is cooked with flavor and taste. Proprietor Dan Sbicca and Chef Bryan Graham offer a summer menu that touts pan roasted Asian Sea Bass and maple jalapeno glazed Grilled Scottish Salmon, brown sugar rubbed Duck Leg Confit and grilled Brandt Beef Filet. For a lighter palate, try the weekend brunch, which serves everything from omelets and French toast, to fried fish tacos and tossed cobb salad.

Garnering a local following, Wine Lover’s Tuesdays and Thursdays at Sbicca offers guests most wine selections at 50 percent off – allowing wine enthusiasts and the novice to sample new flavors and vintages.

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2. Poseidon Restaurant Del Mar

1670 Coast Blvd, Del Mar, CA 

Out of the waterfront restaurants San Diego has to offer, it's hard to beat the romantic views at Poseidon. Make a reservation on the outside patio. Trust me, the sea view is breathtaking especially during sunset. 

What to order: 

Scottish Salmon, Seared ahi tuna with sesame seeds with a side of ginger and cucumber spaghetti, Rocket Salad (with crab)

3. Del Mar Rendezvous

1555-102 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar

Best Chinese food in Del Mar. Serving traditional and contemporary flavors from noodles and tapas, to fowl, fish and tofu (even offering glutenfree, vegetarian and vegan menus), Rendezvous offers patrons a unique experience stemming from Executive Chef Mark Sun’s 40-year career; brining together old world Chinese and Asian recipes, Sun offers a creative modern spin by utilizing fresh and high quality ingredients. Family owned and operated, it is consistently voted among the best Asian establishments in the county.

4. Americana Restaurant

1454 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar

With the neighborhood charm of downtown Del Mar, the Americana is settled within an historic venue, resting at the coveted corner of 15th and Camino Del Mar. Serving comfort food within the guise of a cozy café, breakfast, lunch and dinner melds international flavors for an exceptional but familiar taste; with mention of their homemade waffles, seafood fare, sandwiches and fries.

With checkered flooring, a rounded counter, bar-stool seating and an umbrella-clad patio, Chef Randy Gerber has created the perfect recipe; clientele reviews alone would convince just about anyone to drop by for the experience.

5. Pamplemousse Grille

514 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach

Overlooking the racetracks from the north, Pamplmousse Grille offers the ultimate comfort food experience; and any feature on Del Mar dining would be remiss without its very mention. A San Diego favorite and consecutive Zagat-rated leader, the restaurant draws its inspiration from Owner/Chef Jeffrey Strauss’ childhood with memories of his grandparent’s New Jersey farm. The menu itself showcases Strauss’ experience and travels in Europe, proving that taste and talent cannot be separated.