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5 Can't-Miss Family-Owned Restaurants in Del Mar

Brushfire Kitchen

Brushfire Kitchen
is a family-owned restaurant run by two cousins — a chef and an entrepreneur. The restaurant opened in 2012 and has been a popular spot with locals ever since. The restaurant has nearly a five-star rating and over 300 reviews on Google. Some reviews say it’s a great spot for a quick meal, while others describe it as a hidden gem for comfort food. 

At Brushfire Kitchen, the family aims to provide their guests with healthy choices and quality ingredients at decent prices. Most of their dishes and entrees are made from scratch, ensuring everything tastes fresh and delicious. The restaurant is committed to using local produce and antibiotic-free meat for all its dishes. Brushfire gives a whole new meaning to American comfort food and makes accommodations for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free eaters. 

Brushfire Kitchen serves many other dishes, including bowls, burgers, sandwiches, entrees, and even cookies for those with a sweet tooth. Some of their delicious bowls include the braised brisket bowl, BBQ pulled pork bowl, chicken bowl, salmon bowl, Thai curry chicken bowl, and a few others. All of Brushfire’s burgers are made from the freshest grass-fed Angus beef that’s free of antibiotics, hormones, and pesticides and served on a house-baked focaccia bun. Some of their burger options include the brisket burger, Brushfire burger, Peri-Peri chicken burger, and many others. 

Customer favorites include their braised short ribs and salmon, chicken empanada, roasted curried cauliflower side dish, and the strawberry spinach salad. Brushfire Kitchen also offers catering services and live music and is open daily 11 AM to 9 PM.

2602 Del Mar Heights Rd., Del Mar, CA 92014

Beeside Balcony

Fine dining meets a chic seaside atmosphere at Beeside Balcony in Del Mar. Guests love to boast about Beeside’s savory, delicious dishes as well as its coastal ocean views. When the weather is cooler in Del Mar, the restaurant makes outdoor dining comfortable by providing amazing patio heaters and intimate indoor dining space. 

The executive chef and owner of Beeside Balcony is a third-generation chef of Spanish and Italian descent named Christophe, who hails from Paris, France. His career as a chef started when he was just 17 years old working alongside his father in a family-owned restaurant near Pasadena. Christophe spent nearly a decade as a Managing Partner of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood in La Jolla, CA. During his time there, he learned a great deal about sourcing and cooking some of the freshest seafood the restaurant had to offer. 

The comforting, relaxing vibes at Beeside dovetail perfectly with Christophe’s attention to detail to the fine Mediterranean dishes he creates. Guests at Beeside Balcony say that everything that comes out of Christophe’s kitchen is a “culinary delight.”Some of the most talked-about dishes include the highly-recommended octopus and mussels, oysters and grilled octopus, and the Chilean sea bass. Beeside offers a lunch, brunch, dinner, and holiday menu. 

Some dishes from their lunch menu include the Beeside crab cake, Beeside salad, Mediterranean fish tacos, grilled Spanish octopus, smoked paprika tofu, and other selections. Their dinner menu options include PEI mussels, Beeside fried chicken, gratin de pasta, Faroe Island salmon, peppercorn filet mignon, and pesto shrimp linguini. A few dishes from their brunch menu include the Backyard burger, smoked bacon omelet, shrimp toast, avocado toast, and a few other options. Order a freshly made cocktail with your brunch meal, such as the Prickly Lady, Del Mar Derby, Mint to Bee, Black’s Beach, or the Lavender Bee’s Knees. 

Let’s say you’re already coming from a romantic dinner or a family-friendly dinner and you’re in the mood for dessert. Beeside Balcony also offers a dessert menu for all of the sugar addicts out there. Some of their dessert options are the baklava cream cake, pineapple delight, warm apple tart, or you can go simple with their Gelato of the Week. 

Beeside Balcony not only provides stellar service and world-class cuisine, but they also provide at-home catering. If you’re planning a special event at your home or in an event space, contact their catering provider. The restaurant also hosts private parties and events. If you’re planning a special day such as a birthday, wedding, graduation, or any kind of celebration, bookings can be scheduled through their event coordinator. 

Beeside Balcony is open Monday to Friday from 11:30 AM to 9 PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 9 PM. 

1201 Camino Del Mar #200, Del Mar, CA 92014

Brigantine Seafood and Oyster Bar

The Morton Family takes pride in serving the best seafood in all of San Diego at Brigantine Seafood and Oyster Bar. This restaurant serves up more than the finest seafood in Del Mar and is a lively, intimate space to share memories with family and friends. The Mortons opened the first Brigantine on Shelter Island in 1969 with a vision to create a space that embraced the beach town lifestyle, a commitment to flavorful food, and a dedication to world-class service. 

Today, Brigantine is known in San Diego for its surf and turf. This includes their award-winning fish tacos, freshly shucked oysters, classic filet mignon, and marinated grilled swordfish, which is one of their most popular dishes. At Brigantine, the Morton family and their staff enjoy making familiar faces and newcomers feel welcome at all times. You can always expect friendly, world-class service when you dine here. Brigantine also has multiple locations in San Diego, including Coronado, Escondido, Point Loma, Poway, and Imperial Beach. 

The restaurant offers a lunch menu, brunch menu, dinner menu, and oyster bar menu. Each menu includes small plates, classic dishes, large plates, and the oyster bar. Some small plate options off their lunch menu include crab and shrimp fondue, crispy coconut macadamia shrimp, and a crab and shrimp Cobb. Large plate options include the blackened salmon, vegan curry stew, shrimp and crab Louie, and a few other selections. Classic entrees include the crab-stuffed jumbo prawns and wok-charred ahi, among other options. Either way, whether you’re headed to Brigantine for lunch, brunch, or dinner, you’re sure to find their menu satisfying and delicious. 

3263 Camino Del Mar | Del Mar, CA 92014


has been serving the Del Mar community with fresh California cuisine and outstanding wine for over 20 years now. The owner, Dan Sbicca, and the rest of his staff stay dedicated to delivering a stellar experience to all guests who walk in. Whether you’re coming in for dinner after the Del Mar races, dropping in for a casual brunch date, or just celebrating a special day or occasion such as an anniversary, birthday, or graduation, you can expect to be treated like a superstar on Sbicca’s ocean view deck. 

Sbicca features an approachable wine list with some of the most delightful bottles you’ll find in the area, and its food menu is stocked with the freshest local ingredients. The five-star restaurant offers salads, entrees, and shareable plates. Sbicca’s unique menu options are the reason they’ve been recognized with Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” as well as the 2013 Gold Medallion Recipient for the best neighborhood restaurant, which was presented by the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association. 

Some of Sbicca’s starter favorites include the bacon-wrapped prawns and the crab cake. Popular entrees include the sesame-crusted salmon and penne pasta. Guests also rave over the breathtaking views along the coast while they enjoy their meals. Sbicca also hosts private events and offers catering services. They also host public events, including a New Year’s Eve celebration, a Valentine’s Day event, and even a special party for National Margarita Day. 

Sbicca is open Mondays 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM, and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 11:30 AM to 9 PM. On Fridays, they’re open from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM, and on
Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 8:30 PM. 

215 15th St., Del Mar, CA 92014

Boto Sushi Del Mar

At Boto Sushi Del Mar, owner and Executive Chef Gary Y devotes his time and energy to serving and creating delicious, authentic sushi and other Japanese fares to his guests. Guests boast about the stellar service at Boto and the fresh fish and sushi rolls. In fact, Boto Sushi Del Mar was voted Best of North Coast in 2019 in a Reader’s Poll. From the stunning views of the coast to the fresh sushi rolls and wasabi, this is a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike.

Some favorite picks off their menu include the truffle scallop, miso codfish, and custom sushi rolls such as the salmon roll, avocado roll, cucumber roll and lemon roll. Boho Sushi Del Mar practices the traditional side of making sushi called edomae, which involves serving high-quality traditional sushi shipped straight from Toyosu Market in Tokyo. Edomae also uses the concept of the aging process to preserve all kinds of fish and develop umami flavors. Some of these methods include letting the fish marinate in soy sauce, simmering broth or curing in salt or sea kelp. All fish at Boto Sushi comes from Japan. 

Stop by Boto Sushi Del Mar Monday to Saturday anytime to get a full Japanese cuisine experience and world-class service. 

2628 Del Mar Heights Rd. | Del Mar, CA 92014

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