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tracee Jul 9, 2011 09:16 AM

We are heading down to Del Mar for my mom's 65th b-day. Last year we did a big to do in Vegas for my dad's and my mom's has to be somewhat scaled down due to a new baby in the family. I am looking for a suggestion for a good dinner restaurant for a group of 10 people including a new baby. Something with really good food and a nice atmosphere. We have people in the group who do not like fish, so something that is not all fish is good. Any recommendations?


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    daantaat RE: tracee Jul 9, 2011 01:56 PM

    Kitchen 1540
    Blanca (in Solana Beach, about 5-10 min north of Del Mar)

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      stevewag23 RE: daantaat Jul 11, 2011 03:22 PM

      Anything new in Del Mar since last summer during the Racetrack?

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        FireFlyFiftyFive RE: stevewag23 Jul 11, 2011 03:29 PM

        BURLAP of course!

        http://www.burlapdelmar.com/ So dreamy!

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          stevewag23 RE: FireFlyFiftyFive Jul 12, 2011 09:33 AM

          Anyone know the address?

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            Island RE: stevewag23 Jul 12, 2011 11:50 AM

            It's going to be in the Del Mar Highlands shopping mall. Don't know the address. Only know there is a Chuao Chocolate there for when I need a Mayan gelato fix. Rimel's is opening there too.

            Chuao Chocolate Cafe
            1935 Calle Barcelona # 172, Carlsbad, CA

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              stevewag23 RE: Island Jul 13, 2011 05:45 AM

              Interesting location.

              I wonder if you can be "North Counties Hottest New Restaurant" and be located in a shopping mall at the same time.


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                carli RE: stevewag23 Jul 13, 2011 08:54 AM

                I believe they're taking the location on the corner of Del Mar Heights Rd and El Camino Real, which is a very large building, and although it's still within the Highlands shopping center, it's way larger and has more of a standalone look than other restaurants there and perhaps can create more of a separate presence.

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          daantaat RE: stevewag23 Jul 11, 2011 09:44 PM

          I believe The Counter at DM Highlands is "new." Woo-hoo!

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          tracee RE: daantaat Jul 22, 2011 04:28 PM

          Thanks! Market couldn't take us until 8:30, but I got a reservation at Blanca and they were very accomodating. Really appreciate the help and will update on what we thought!

        4. scottca075 RE: tracee Jul 10, 2011 07:50 PM

          Are you looking for a foodie experience? Blanca, Addison and Market Restaurant are all great places, I am not sure I would go to any of them with a party of 10 especially not with a new baby, but look them over and see what you think.

          I would be more inclined to recommend a middle of the road (cost wise) place like Jake's Del Mar, Prepkitchen, Sbicca Del Mar and Kitchen 1540 at L'Auberge.

          Jake's Del Mar
          1660 Coast Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014

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            foodiechick RE: scottca075 Jul 10, 2011 10:00 PM

            I would not include Kitchen 1540 in that group. It is a very high-end atmosphere and food experience. Really not middle of the road (cost wise) either. Nevertheless, highly recommended, but not with the baby. Sorry.

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              daantaat RE: scottca075 Jul 11, 2011 09:39 PM

              I would skip Sbicca's unless they have dramatically redone their menu. Went too many times and left feeling that I overpaid for so-so food.

              Kitchen 1540 has a small private room in their wine cellar. Can't recall if it will fit 10 comfortably.
              Blanca's private room will fit 10 comfortably with baby.

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                carli RE: daantaat Jul 12, 2011 09:27 PM

                Kitchen 1540 is wonderful and has private cabanas outside, which would be a great way to go, if available at night and for the size of your party. I don't think the original poster said anything about wanting "middle of the road" which is good because Kitchen 1540 is not, either in price or quality.

            2. Rodzilla RE: tracee Jul 11, 2011 06:21 AM

              with a party that big, and especially with a new baby, I would recommend a spot that can set you up in a private room. Market is available for private parties and events. I just visited last night with a vegetarian, and a non-sea food eater, we were all very pleased.

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                mcgrath RE: tracee Jul 11, 2011 07:13 AM

                Blanca has a nice private room, very high end cuisine and flexible dining options to accommodate vegetarian and non-seafood diners.

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                  honkman RE: mcgrath Jul 11, 2011 03:58 PM

                  Just had another great tasting menu at Blanca at this weekend and also agree that their private dining room in the back might be a good place for such a group with a baby. Together with Kitchen 1540 the best food currently in SD for us.

                2. Beach Chick RE: tracee Jul 11, 2011 08:32 AM

                  Flavor in Del Mar
                  Rancho Valencia resort in RSF
                  Kitchen 1540 at L'Auberge Del Mar
                  AR Valentien at the Lodge at Torrey Pines

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                    karaethon RE: Beach Chick Jul 12, 2011 10:18 AM

                    Have you been to Rancho Valencia recently? Since the Chef de Cuisine left, their food has allegedly gone back to the old tired 80's country club classics foods.

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                    wanker RE: tracee Jul 11, 2011 01:53 PM

                    Flavor Del Mar is also pretty good and should be able to accomidate larger parties.

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