Del Mar help
In La Jolla for a few days in Oct to do a quick family weekend. Seeking input on choices in DelMar. Three names from friend: Kitchen 1540, Pacifica, Jake's.
There are six of us. Looking for something special, memorable. All enjoy good food, good vino, good atmosphere. It's a rare get together so we can splurge.
Also, any good ideas for casual pizza in La Jolla?
Try Fidels or Tony Jacals for good Mexican food. Good margaritas also. It's on Stevens Ave near the Racetrack. The Fish Market is also good. That's on the same street. Good pizza at Pizza Port. There is also homemade root beer and beer. That's in Solana Beach off 101, a little north of Del Mar.
Some other very good food places in the Del Mar/Solana Beach area are Market, Pamplemousse Grille and Blanca. (FYI, I have not visited Blanca since the new Chef, he has some big fans here.)
I am a very big fan of Addison, but dinner for 6 there can get you to someplace between 1k-1.5k with your own wine!
514 Via de la Valle, Suite 100, Solana Beach, CA 92075
If good pizza is what you crave, it is worth the drive to get to Pizzeria Bruno in Normal Heights - head and shoulders above any other wood-fired oven place in town and it meets your criteria for good food, vino and atmosphere. About 30 minutes from Del Mar.
Locally in Del Mar, Prepkitchen has good food.
I agree with others that Jakes and Pacifica are unremarkable in terms of the food, although each one has a great setting and view. You probably wouldn't have a negative overall experience at either, but the food wouldn't be memorable.
Kitchen 1540 has the greatest potential to be truly memorable - a gorgeous view with wonderful food.
Also, there's a new place opening in October called Flavor in the Del Mar plaza, and I think the chef is affiliated with another great local restaurant, Market, so expectations for Flavor are very high. Not sure what the opening date is.
I also like Prep Kitchen a lot, but I don't think it's in the memorable category. Very good and high quality, just more casual and not that unique or memorable.
IMO, your best bet in Del Mar (for what you describe) is Kitchen 1540. Enjoy!