Edit ModuleShow Tags

Neighborhood Guide: Carmel Valley

A Bloody Mary bar, skate park, and award-winning French cuisine? Del Mar's neighbor has evolved into a dark-horse gem.


Published:

Carmel Valley 
This Month

Thursdays
Pacific Highlands Farmers Market 
Canyon Crest Academy

Thursdays and Fridays
Live music at Searsucker

Urban Plates

The serving may be cafeteria-style, but Urban Plates focuses on high-quality, clean eats. Think kale coconut tofu salads with lemongrass quinoa and slow-roasted steak sandwiches with chimichurri aioli. 
12857 El Camino Real

Snooze

The name is synonymous with brunch—and sometimes achingly long lines—but the breakfast specialist is popular for good reason. Try the pineapple upside down pancakes or the Benedicts, which are available in half orders if you don’t want to play favorites. 
3435 Del Mar Heights Road

Cinepolis 

This is no average movie theater. Recliner seats, wait service, a full bar, and a menu that includes asiago cheese arancini and spicy lobster rolls? We’ll skip Netflix for that. 
12905 El Camino Real

Tucci

Tucci

Shop Isabel Marant, Diane von Furstenburg, and other haute couture labels at this upscale women’s boutique. 
12857 El Camino Real

Davanti Enoteca

Davanti’s Italian-leaning menu is popular for dinner, but its brunch is a lesser-known find with a festive DIY Bloody Mary bar to boot. 
12955 El Camino Real

The Baked Bear

The Baked Bear

The ice cream shop takes the traditional scoop to the next level. Choose from a dozen flavors to sandwich between cookies, brownies, or donuts. You can also opt for a hot-pressed version or the Bear Bowl, a warm chocolate chip cookie pie with a scoop on top.      
5950 Village Center Loop Road

Carnitas' Snack Shack

Like its original North Park location, the popular carnivore-focused eatery is committed to local ingredients, like Con Pane breads, Suzie’s Farm vegetables, and cage-free poultry from Alpine’s Tzaddik Farm. 
12873 El Camino Real

Carnitas' Snack Shack

Addison

Award-winning chef William Bradley crafts contemporary French cuisine at this fine dining spot in the newly rebranded Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort.  
5200 Grand Del Mar Way

Carmel Valley Skate Park 

Developed with input from the community and pro skaters, the 13,500-square-foot facility includes bowls, banks, railings, ledges, and more.
12600 El Camino Real

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

Sustainable Fashion Has Officially Landed in Del Mar

Housed in the Flower Hill Promenade, Ineffably stocks only organic or ethically-made staples

The New Textile Shop in Normal Heights

Textile designer Erin Dollar dishes on bringing her brand Cotton + Flax, into a brick and mortar

13 Golden Ideas for Valentine's Day You Can Only Find in San Diego

Shop local and spoil your partner—or yourself!—with these gorgeously gilt accessories
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. San Diego Magazine's Travel Awards 2019
    Cast your vote now for your favorite hotels, travel companies, and attractions
  2. Best Restaurants in San Diego: 2018
    San Diego's top restaurant owners, chefs, and bartenders name their favorite San Diego restaurants of 2018.
  3. The Best Soup Dumplings in San Diego
    My hunt for the best xiao long bao in the city unearthed two surprising winners
  4. Puesto's Next Top Taco
    Submit your best taco recipe for the chance to win a grand prize
  5. Behind the Brands 2019
  6. First Look: Realm of 52 Remedies
    Wildly imaginative speakeasy cements the arrival of design to San Diego’s Asian food haven
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Puesto's Next Top Taco

Submit your best taco recipe for the chance to win a grand prize

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Sony Consumer Electronics Innovator Builds a Future Where Robotics and Connected Devices Prevail

Robust music and pictures ecosystem bring bespoke experience to TV and audio

Live the Dream with the Dream House Raffle

A multimillion-dollar dream home, fabulous trips, luxury cars, and more could be yours
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags