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Neighborhood Guide: Del Mar

The racetrack’s Bing Crosby Season isn’t the only reason to go to Del Mar this month. Here’s where to wine, dine, and play in the area.


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Cucina Enoteca | Photo by Hun Minoda

Del Mar This Month

November 11
Bing Crosby Party
Kitchen 1540 at L'Auberge Del Mar

November 18–20
Del Mar Antique Show & Sale
Del Mar Fairgrounds

Cucina Enoteca

The two-story spin-off of Bankers Hill’s Cucina Urbana includes a restaurant (don’t miss the burrata vasi appetizer and divine pizzas), wine shop, and lush garden patio. Sunday brunch includes an entrée and an antipasti buffet.
2730 Via de la Valle

 

Cafe Secret

Launched by two Peruvian natives, Secret features authentic cuisine from their South American homeland, like an organic quinoa tamale and lomito saltado with grass-fed fillet.
1140 Camino Del Mar

 

Van de Vort

Van de Vort

Hip, Insta-glam worthy clothes and accessories with a bohemian vibe fill the racks at this boutique. Next door, check out Mini Market for cool baby and kids attire.
2710 Via de la Valle

 

Stratford Court Cafe

Stratford Court Cafe

Set in an early-1900s Cape Cod–style home, the tucked-away Stratford has a charming, dog-friendly patio with breakfast and lunch served all day.
1307 Stratford Court

 

Beesalt Balcony

Named after a Grecian legend about bees who produce salt rather than honey, this ocean-view restaurant serves Mediterranean classics like chicken souvlaki and phyllo-wrapped spinach and feta. Plus, baklava ice cream cake!
1201 Camino Del Mar

 

Brick15

Coffee shop by day, live music venue by night, Brick15 hosts acoustic concerts and weekly open mic nights.
915 Camino Del Mar

 

Powerhouse Park and Seagrove Park

They are everything you’d want in a park, including grassy spaces for picnics, a near-perfect stretch of beach, and summer concerts.
Coast Boulevard near 15th Street

 

Tasting Room

Tasting Room

The cozy restaurant focuses on pairing small plates with their long list of beer and wines, curated by sommelier Rusti Gilbert, who previously worked at Addison and The Cork and Craft.
1435 Camino Del Mar

 

Prepkitchen

Simple and fresh is the mantra at this seasonal American spot. Try the rabbit tagliatelle with garlic cream, or chilaquiles at brunch. They also host daily happy hours from 10 p.m. to midnight.
1201 Camino Del Mar

 

Hula Pie at Jake's Del Mar

Jake’s Del Mar

Seafood is the main attraction, but don’t forget the beautiful ocean view, mai tais, and famous Hula Pie dessert, a blend of macadamia nut ice cream, hot fudge, nuts, and whipped cream.
1660 Coast Boulevard

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