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Sea and Smoke Del Mar

karaethon Jul 11, 2013 03:48 PM

Officially Opens today at 5pm.

I managed to make it in yesterday (they allowed reservations) and it was really good. The wait staff was super friendly, knew the menu, and was extremely enthusiastic.

I actually went to Son of a Gun in LA earlier this week and this meal was better in every way. I thought the Sea and Smoke appetizer was great as was the duck entree and the Sea and Smoke dessert.

I can't wait until they work out the restaurant opening kinks and really work into high gear. I think it will be one of San Diego's best.

  1. honkman Mar 21, 2014 12:42 PM

    Tried last weekend Sea & Smoke for the first time and overall good to great food (only the steak tartare was disappointing (and seems to be consistently bad between all Gordon restaurants, should have known better when deceided to order). Nice ambience and the patio could be a great place for dinner once it gets warmer. Service was OK but we deceided to order in "waves" based on previous comments and was a good decision to not let them pace the meal (many other tables got their food often when the previous plates weren't even finished).
    Overall the best of the three Gordon restaurants (more refined than the other two) with Urban Solace as second and Solace a far away third

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      annasue Oct 7, 2013 04:56 PM

      I think it will be one of San Diego's best? Really?

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      1. re: annasue
        Fake Name Oct 8, 2013 09:40 AM

        Welcome to Chowhound- always good to see a first post.

        Do you think it WON'T be one of San Diego's best? On what basis do you disagree?

        Tell us about your experience there- positive? Negative?

        Again, welcome!

      2. Grog Sep 19, 2013 10:14 AM

        Dinner here recently was not the best experience. The service was significantly lacking. Server was nice and friendly, but horribly bad at timing. Tables are set with large plates. Food runner brought out appetizers and had no place to set the plates. We had to move things around to make room. Apps were not finished and main dishes arrived. Again we had to juggle plates to make room. One of our party's main course had to be sent back so they could finish their app. The food was not bad, but also not great. Salmon has a sweet glaze to it. The mushroom vegetarian dish was not well balanced by flavors. Heavy and mushy feel to it. Could have use acidity. Busboy tried to remove plates before the table had finished eating, which is a pet peeve of mine. Hopefully management can get the service issues worked out. The bar area was nice as was the outside/patio area.

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        1. re: Grog
          honkman Sep 19, 2013 03:45 PM

          I think they will get the timing issues under control but it might take time. The first half year at Solace in Encinitas had pretty lousy service but now it is getting better to a good standard

          1. re: Grog
            Dagney Sep 19, 2013 06:46 PM

            Oh you sound mighty patient. I hate it when dinner is brought before apps are cleared.

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              Ponder99 Oct 8, 2013 02:36 PM

              Completely agree with the timing issues and with the physical table set up. Between the 2 of us, we ordered 2 apps, 1 salad, and 2 mains, the tiny table could not hold all of those dishes...and they just kept bringing them. Salad appeared before we were done with the apps and there was no where for it to go. The food runner dropped it off on the corner of the table and we had to arrange everything ourselves to make it fit. Empty plates then took forever to be cleared, even though we really needed the table space.

              Mains made it out when there was actually room on the table, but they had obviously been sitting and died in the window. Both were barely warm and just above room temp.

              All of this for mediocre food. The Sea and Smoke appetizer was one of the worst things I've had in a restaurants in a long time. I see it is no longer on the current menu, which is a good omission.

              Maybe things will improve after it's been around longer. However, to compare it to Son of a Gun in LA is a huge insult to Son of a Gun.

              1. re: Ponder99
                Dagney Oct 8, 2013 06:56 PM

                That sounds like an irritating meal. These are service 101 issues. How and why are restaurants allowing such crummy service? Between this review and recent BG reviews.....I just don't get it. Why why why all this crappy service? S & S is another one off the to-go list.

                1. re: Dagney
                  DoctorChow Oct 8, 2013 08:49 PM

                  I hope the awswer to your question is "only a few restaurants have degenerated in this way".

                  One goes to a restaurant to have an enjoyable meal and a pleasant time, not to be made tense and irritated by inscruitable restaurant policies and annoying service malfunctions.

                  Off my list, too. At least for now.

            2. foodiechick Sep 13, 2013 02:26 PM

              Finally tried Sea and Smoke last week. Lovely patio, beautiful bar/lounge, eclectic menu. We start slowly with new restaurants so we went for lunch last Saturday. Husband enjoyed a mighty fine burger and I ordered a tasty, different-than-the-norm salad (more on that on the Sept/Salad topic). Husband declared it a favorite new place to the north of our hood. Can't wait to go back and explore that menu.

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                cstr Jul 12, 2013 04:58 AM

                What else did you have to eat?

                1. Tripeler Jul 12, 2013 03:32 AM

                  With a name like that, I wonder if their BGM will feature "Smoke On The Water" in heavy rotation...

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                    eatemup Jul 11, 2013 04:25 PM

                    High praise I would say. We have been to Son of a Gun a couple times and based on those visits, the bar could not be set much higher. Looking forward to trying S & S.

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