Savory Seafood at Pacifica Del Mar

Tuna Poke with avocado mousse, shaved cipolinni, soy, furikake cracker, and cilantro sprouts.

One of the first modern restaurants to open in the Del Mar Plaza, Pacifica Del Mar has won awards yearly for its impeccable California cuisine, contemporary style, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Perched on the hill in one of Del Mar’s most sought-after locations, Pacifica is one of the most consistent and high-quality seafood restaurants in San Diego. The Ocean Bar is always busy and lively, boasting a selection of at least 150 of the world’s finest vodkas, daily specials, and a beautiful aquarium teeming with tropical fish. But it’s their creative dishes that take center stage, tugging on all of your senses with colorful arrangements and wonderful aromas and tastes. One of those dishes that has pleased patrons for years is the sugar-spiced salmon, paired with Chinese beans, garlic mashed potatoes, and a subtle mustard sauce that coaxes every bit of flavor out of every ingredient. Nights and weekends are always packed with local and visiting patrons alike, so be sure to make reservations early for the best seating. Pacifica Del Mar, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA  92014; (858) 792-0476; pacificadelmar.com; Seafood. (San Diego Food Finds Best Local Eats: 2018)

Pan Roasted Northern Halibut with petite ricotta gnocchi, sweet peas, asparagus, dry cured chorizo, and white balsamic vinaigrette.
Housemade Bon-Bon with Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream, Amaretto Cookie Center, Belgian Chocolate, Walnuts, and Berry Coulis.