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Pacifica Del Mar

There’s a certain calmness that comes with a sunset. The day begins to fade in a spectacular way. The sky turns a vibrant array of colors as the sun sinks, putting on an evening show worthwhile. Living in California, we know firsthand the beauty of this event. Pacifica Del Mar

Pacifica Del Mar’s prime location on Camino Del Mar is perfect for enjoying these spectacular sunset shows over dinner, drinks or both. The restaurant sits on the second floor of the building, complete with a large outdoor dining space enclosed by glass, providing a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean right across the way. Restaurant owners Chris Idso and Kip Downing have done an impeccable job both with the ambiance of the restaurant and the amazing food that they serve to their guests everyday and night. Pacifica Del Mar

Although their menu has something for everyone, Pacifica Del Mar is best known for their wide range of delicious seafood dishes. Anyone who dines here can see where Chris Idso, Head Chef, gets his inspiration for the menu from just by looking out to sea. Providing only locally sourced products, everything that comes out of the kitchen at Pacifica Del Mar uses good quality ingredients that have been elevated and transformed into something sensational. And with a menu that changes seasonally, you can rest assured that the ingredients are always fresh, interesting and exciting for whatever time of year it is. Pacifica Del Mar

As if the food and the view wasn’t enough, the bar, complete with 200 different types of vodka, bestows a variety of alluring cocktails to sip on while taking in the view. When the drinks catch up, Pacifica Del Mar’s dining special, appropriately titled, “Sunset Suppers, ” jumps in, offering a two-course menu with many different items to choose from. It’s the perfect way to end a long day with some of the best things about California—the beach, the booze and the food. Pacifica Del Mar

We were lucky enough to sit down with Chef Idso during our visit to Pacifica Del Mar, learning the inspirations behind the creations of his cuisine, his favorite dish and the restaurant’s love for local sourcing. Pacifica Del Mar

With a menu that changes seasonally, you can rest assured that the ingredients are always fresh, interesting and exciting for whatever time of year it is. 

Pacifica Del Mar

Pacifica Del Mar

Interview with CHEF CHRIS IDSO

Q: Being Head Chef means that you’ve come up with all of the remarkable food items I’ve seen today and drooled over on the menu. Where does your inspiration stem from?

Chris Idso: My inspiration comes directly from the bounty that Southern California has to offer. We’re lucky enough to be directly across from the ocean at this beautiful location so obviously seafood comes to mind and is what we’re best known for.

Q: The featured item, which is the scallop dish, looks amazing and fits perfectly with the view that everyone gets to enjoy while dining. Do you have a favorite seafood dish that you serve?

CI: Hmm. Right now I’d have to say it’s the yellowtail. It’s a seasonal dish, but is one of my favorites that we make, so I definitely recommend ordering it while we have it.

Q: Do you source your yellowtail and other fish locally?

CI: That’s a big part of what we do here. We deliver fresh fish right from local distributors— from the sea right to the table. We also use other local businesses and products in our dishes to ensure fresh quality. We really take advantage of all the amazing food and products right in the community.

Q: How would you describe your food (besides being delicious)?

CI: I’d have to say it’s straight forward. We take the local ingredients and let them shine in everything that we do, so the end result is always going to be good, quality food.

“We take the local ingredients and let them shine in everything that we do, so the end result is always going to be good, quality food.” – CHEF CHRIS IDSO

Pacifica Del Mar

MENU

FEATURED DISH

Seared Diver Sea Scallop

Shiitake Mushroom | Pea Shoot Salad | Herb Oil

SUNSET DINNERS TWO-COURSE MENU

Offered until 6pm / $23.75 per person Choose one featured item from each course Orders must be taken by 6pm

FIRST COURSE

Organic Mixed Greens Hearts of Romaine Butterleaf Japanese Clam Chowder Mulligatawny

MAIN COURSE

Sugar-Spiced Salmon or Simply Grilled
Jidori Chicken Breast
Braised Beef Short Rib Linguine
Pan Fried Mustard Catfish
Szechuan Pepper Seared Tiger Prawns Marinated Top Sirloin Steak (served on the filet mignon set)

Pacifica Del Mar | 1555 Camino Del Mar Del Mar, CA 92014 858.792.0476 www.pacificadelmar.com