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Iris Food and Spirits

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2334 Carmel Valley Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014-3754
+1 858-259-5878
17:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 17:00 - 21:00
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have eaten here twice and will return. A charming casual bistro like atmosphere with a heated, sunset viewing, patio. Service was excellent, noise level medium low and food excellent. The menu offers a choice for everyone. All our food, both times was delicious, beautiful served. The patrons included friends, couples, families. There is no pretense here but an obvious... More 

Thank Comivez
Madison, Wisconsin
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319 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Ate lunch at Iris today. Nice, supper club kind of place. Seemed to be very popular for lunch. Good menu of salads and sandwiches. Food was good, but nothing special. Service was great.

Thank Steve H
San Diego, California
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61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Great setting with sunset views. Really good happy hour with 20% off starters and 50% off beer and wine. Pork tostada was amazing, as were the duck potstickers. Baked goat cheese was good with a delicious pesto. Calamari were are also quite tasty. Really enjoyed the tres leches cake as well. Service was outstanding, Joshua was friendly informative and on... More 

Thank HotelDuderino
San Diego
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

We had dinner here on a Thursday evening. The location is great - Del Mar - with a view of the lagoon. The restaurant is warm, inviting. The service , however, was poor. It was busy, but we sat there and had to ask a passing server if there was a server for our table. He offered that it was... More 

Thank CannSanDiego
San Diego, California
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Met my wife there after I got off work for happy hour and dinner. Service was very good as was the food. Had a great time. Was a very solid evening. If you are looking for knock your socks off wow, not sure this is the place. If you are looking for a good quality meal, with an amazing view... More 

Thank David W
Telford, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We ate here on a Sunday night and it was pretty busy so we wondered if the 2 waiters would cope. But even though we ordered just after a party of 8 the service was attentive, friendly and efficient. We shared the tostadas recommended by our waiter and were not disappointed. I had tasty lamb meatloaf and my husband enjoyed... More 

Thank Jane K
Scottsdale, Arizona
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244 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

A mix of the old with the new - clubby kind of feel inside (dark wood) and covered patio with ocean view. The service was excellent - everyone at my table had salads and they were all large size portions and good quality food.

Thank NonaKim
San Diego, California
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

Iris is a quiet little restaurant with great food and an amzing view. Check out the wine list too -- it might surprise you. I always et one of the daily specials and I've always enjoyed it.

Thank SDquilter
Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Imagine having a whole plate of barely cooked Brussel sprouts as an entree and then being tutted at when you don't like it? Yes in the home of customer service that's what we were greeted with. Followed up by Cajun catfish, a bit to sweet for me, being served to you before you finished the starter was a bit much.... More 

Thank Badadio
La Jolla, California
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109 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

Four of us dined at Iris. The setting is pleasant and the service was fine, The food on the other hand was quite poor, lacked taste and interest, Each of us had a different item and all were disappointed in the food. I had the cioppino and another had the ahi salad and a third had the wedge salad. Nothing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2334 Carmel Valley Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014-3754
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: +1 858-259-5878
We're a neighborhood bar and restaurant focused on using local and organic ingredients in our contemporary interpretations of world food, featuring inspired cocktails, local and regional craft beers, and eclectic wines.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?