Del Mar

4.7
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1041 reviews
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$50 and over
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Spanish
Overlooking the Southwest Waterfront at The Wharf, Del Mar is DC's most exciting destination and Fabio Trabocchi's latest culinary vision for Spanish food. Featuring authentic seafood fare and flavors from the coasts of Spain, the robust menu includes tapas, raw bar, charcoal grilled fish, seafood stews, and a variety of rice dishes (yes, paella)!

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Sun 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:15PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM

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BM
Seattle
54 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The service was splendid and the wine was truly splendid.

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love DelMar (and all of Fabio Trabocchi restaurants). DelMar has a lovely ambience. The food is amazing and I highly recommend the sangria!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood paella was the star. We had a wonderful birthday celebration.

AK
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening with friends. We shared several small plates and a paella and all were fabulous. Beautiful space with impeccable service.

C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to this restaurant ten or so times since opening and the food and service are outstanding. Management was responsive to one meal that we had with service hiccups.

RA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice ambiance, pleasant and efficient staff, excellent Spanish food, perhaps a bit pricey.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our birthday with a wonderful white wine from Spain, classic tapas and paella. Wonderful cost as always

BR
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellence on the DC Wharf. Downstairs is very busy and energetic. we ate upstairs where it was quiet.
Great and attentive service. Delicious tapas, particularly the grilled octopus. The desserts were amazing: churros stuffed with chocolate. Spanish style cheesecake--very different and yummy.

RC
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding!

MD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We had very professional water who served our table.
Amazing experience with Del Mar ( always)

SR
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and dining experience with friends we haven’t seen for quite a while!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Great service and accommodating.

J
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and the Amazing service and staff complimented all of the great food

DC
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Food was good, not great. The best were the croquettes with ham and the pork belly tapas. But bacon, right? The shrimp with garlic tapas was SALTY, the beets were OK and the iberico ham was average. Nothing to write home about. The fact that our waiter disappeared for 15-20 minutes at the beginning of service didn't help. I might go back to try the paella, but overall it was just an average meal in my opinion. Beautiful space, though.

EL
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I celebrated my birthday at Del Mar because I have been to other birthdays that celebrated there and thought the quality was decent. Unfortunately, my experience was quite different despite the high price I paid for my entire party. We ordered a lot of seafood and they were not very fresh, especially the tiger shrimp cocktail. The paella was way too salty. I also did not get the cute little birthday note nor cake that they normally gave out for people celebrating birthday there. On top of all, they charged an outrageous amount for cutting a small birthday cake. However, the place was cute and filled with sunshine for the brunch time. The restaurant was nice to reserve a pretty spot for us. Overall, if I have to choose, I would recommend Fiola Mare over Del Mar for any further birthday celebration.

T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic dining experience. Very creative presentation of food and beverages.

GM
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I recommend it if you want to spend money a lot and you do not want to consider restaurants beside it with more reasonable price and more variety of food. Although I liked the fish(90$)but actually it was mot enough for 3 persons ( they said it s enough) .So, basically we a paid a lot for something that is not that much exceptional!

SB
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Great ambiance, service, food, pacing and drinks. What a fabulous restaurant and experience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal. Impeccable service

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Del Mar from start to finish. Our waiter was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Food was outstanding. Loved everything we ordered.

HS
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best one I recommend and the food is the best I will go back thank u the service 100% good

EC
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service, food, and drinks was next level. From the moment we stepped into Del Mar we were greeted warmly, seated right away, and had drinks in seconds. My favorite part of the meal was the pork belly dish, highly recommend!

RW
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food great place, will definitely go back again.

RR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best paella I’ve ever had!

BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've entered less than an 'outstanding' rating in "ambiance" because of a screaming infant, but am aware that DelMar can't influence parents' poor judgement in bringing toddlers to a restaurant.

Food and service were outstanding. My partner appreciated DelMar's recognition of her birthday, and as we were departing she commented, "This restaurant is a 'Keeper!"

SW
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Del Mar was outstanding. Each bite was so seductive and savory. Each bite better than the last. The paella was out of this world. Wonderful service too!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fun spot with good food and excellent service. Great wine list and awesome staff!

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it as always

AP
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience - was the perfect place to celebrate a birthday. Incredible service and awesome food, and definitely would recommend for any special occasion.

EK
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in DC. Food is fresh, authentic and delicious. Highly recommend

RV
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, wine and cocktails were exceptional. The service was professional as well. The bar experience and then the dining room were fantastic. Highly recommend.

LW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

My first time at Del Mar. My high expectations were not met. The black truffle with the scallops tasted like paper. Food was definitely subpar given the prices. Del Mar is a tourist trap. Locals should avoid it!

R
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valencian Seafood -- especially the Paella. Quiet modern facility with restaurant area separated from the active bar area. Top service and good Spanish wine menu

JA
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience4

We were there for a 50th birthday celebration and our check was almost $700. Do you think they would’ve at least comped the $13 birthday dessert but they did not… Not impressed.

F
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant with amazing food. We had the seafood paella and it was the best I have ever had. The calamari in it was so fresh, the lobster, muscles and prawns cooked to perfection.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely from start to finish- but I don’t expect anything less from the Fiola Group. All of their restaurants offer an impeccable experience- food, service, and ambience are always flawless! Among the very best in DC for fine dining.

EK
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic. Delicious food, trendy atmosphere, and the wait staff was amazing. Overall, a terrific meal.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails were stunning and the cuisine was perfectly flavored. Very nice experience!

AE
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing dinner! Knowledgeable, but not at all pretentious staff, especially with pronouncing the dishes! Ha! The small plate option was a fabulous way to try many different things. Everything was delicious, but most of all blown away by what they did to make butternut squash soup sing. It’s the perfect example of taking food you enjoy to waaaaay beyond expectations. A delightful evening. Can’t wait to come back!

D
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tapas. The bloody Mary was very well done with a prawn size of my finger. Really nice paella (a little bit small though)