Del Mar

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Spanish
Located at the District Wharf, DC's most exciting new destination, is Fabio and Maria Trabocchi's latest culinary vision. Del Mar is a celebration of Maria, her Spanish heritage, and the family's traditions created and preserved at their home on the island of Mallorca. 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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thank you for choosing to dine with us! We will be serving our a la carte dinner menu for Thanksgiving! Our Thanksgiving menu is available online at https://www.delmardc.com/menus-1. We look forward to hosting you!

Wednesday, 27 November, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Thank you for choosing to dine with us! We will be serving our a la carte dinner menu for Christmas Eve! Our Christmas Eve menu is available online at https://www.delmardc.com/menus-1. We look forward to hosting you!

Tuesday, 24 December, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Thank you for choosing to dine with us! We will be serving our a la carte dinner menu for New Year's Eve! Our New Year's Eve menu is available online at https://www.delmardc.com/menus-1. We look forward to hosting you!

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I've been to his other restaurants and was impressed by ambiance, food and service. I have to say Del Mar didn't impress me! Food was good but nothing exceptional, service was average and very pricey.

LH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had Sunday brunch on our last day of our DC trip. The food was fabulous. Our table of 5 ordered a variety of tapas and shared them allowing everyone to have a sample. The sangria was excellent.
Our server, Raquel, was amazing. She made recommendations according to our feedback and everything was spot on and delicious.
We were celebrating a birthday and they brought out a lemon dessert and a birthday card for her.
I will definitely go back on my future visits.

LO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food was really good, the service was amazing and the restaurant is beautiful!

TW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good, lots of variety for different tastes. However, the wine prices were way too high, even wines by the glass started at $15. Would have enjoyed the food and experience much more with some reasonably prices wines.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Wildly overpriced. Fairly mediocre food. Nothing special...

DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Del Mar was incredible in helping us celebrate our 1st Anniversary! Thank you for making it extra wonderful!

DC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

We love Del Mar. I’ve been 4 times in the last year. We had a 10:30pm reservation. When we arrived we were told they closed at 10:30pm. We said “we have a 10:30pm reservation”. Only because we pushed back did we even get a table. Then our server said “I need to get your food order in, our kitchen closes at 10:30”. But again, our reservation was for 10:30! Disappointed.

AP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This place had an amazing ambiance, however the food and drink prices for the value was extremely disappointing.

g
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal for my birthday. Mostly followed the suggestions of our excellent waiter. Was my first visit to the Wharf and I was a bit concerned. Took the Metro which I think is much easier than parking. The squid with black entrée was the best part of the meal. Also I loved the pear cocktail the waiter recommended. Also loved the modern décor. Not to mention the waterfront walk to get there!

P
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lunch for two began with an excellent pear cocktail for me and followed by 4 tapas and oysters. The tapas were Salmorejo, the grilled romaine with fabulous toppings, shrimp aioli was like none other I've had previousy, peppers stuffed with crabmeat. The latter was gorgeous but alas, nothing special. Everything else was excellent.

e
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious - and beautiful! Excellent service. Friendly and helpful service without being obsequious. Our third time there and it’s become probably one of our favorite restaurants in DC!

BW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meal at Del Mar was not only the best that I had in Washington D.C., it was the best meal that I have had in years. We made a meal of the tapas, trying eight of them. Our waiter Kelvin made suggestions along the way. The sea urchin was a favorite. The foie gras was exceptional. After eating one, we ordered another. For dessert, enjoyed the churros and almond galeta. It was an exceptional and lovely meal.

MS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Cocktails insane - I was charged $28 for 1 old fashioned cocktail. So beware on ordering drinks of their cocktail menu - I was shocked to see this price on the bill as other cocktails on menu were about half that price. Waiter service was overly time consuming when introducing menu and interrupted our conversation multiple times to tell us more about the food in very extensive narrative. It needs to be tapered back, we were interrupted by staff every 5 min. The tapas were very hit and miss - grilled octopus was partially raw and other tapas seafood was poorly seasoned.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I was treating a colleague to lunch as a thank you for a favor she did for me. I have been to Del Mar several times. She had never been.

The waiter asked about any food allergies and I stressed my allergy - not particular preference - but allergy to zucchini and eggplant. We ordered 5 tapas and he recounted the tapas and my allergies and said they would all be fine.

The food showed up. And the pork belly was on a bed of finely chopped herbs, capers, and other things. It was not until I had 2 bites did I notice the finely diced zucchini. I have been sick for 2 days.

JS
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have had since moving to DC, truly a memorable experience

J
Nashville
25 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome simply spectacular

C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!
The only thing I would recommend is gluten free options.

T
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Given the rave reviews, I was expecting a great meal; but I found it disappointing. We had the seafood paella with lobster -- and it just wasn't that good. The lobster wasn't sweet, the prawns were on the fishy side and the mussels were dried out. We just got back from a trip to Barcelona, and the paella you can find in every other restaurant there for 1/3 of the price was better. On the positive side, the ambience and service were very good. But at the high prices and the mediocre meal, I couldn't recommend it to others.

C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. The service and quality of the food was top notch. We got the jamon iberico, white bean salad and seafood paella. 5-star meal!

M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We had a nice meal, but a bottle of wine bought as an anniversary gift from a friend arrived late from the sommelier, and our waiter acted like he would have rather been somewhere else.

FH
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the calamari and squid ink paella was one of the best we’ve had. Our server was very helpful and extremely friendly. Highly recommend this place!

G
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

For a place that specializes in seafood, I was pretty bummed when our very spendy lobster paella was like chewing a hunk of rubber...and was mentioned to staff, was just nonchalantly passed off as a non issue. Never again.

LC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thought inside was pretty chilly, so we requested an outside table. The weather was perfect, and the dining space has a garden feel. I marked the noise level as energetic, but that is to be expected in this lively neighborhood. Our Paella was excellent and loaded with seafood. The charred Romaine salad was dressed with roasted figs and almonds. I marked the outstanding box because the food was indeed, outstanding. But also, from the instant we walked in the door, the staff was attentive. There is an attention to detail where the staff sincerely wants the customer to feel special. Our wait staff was exceptional. Never intrusive, but always aware. Management has spent a lot of time on training. If only it were so, everywhere. The menu has so many choices we would like to try. We will return!

t
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and creatively prepared food, and the tapas-style portions allow you to sample many different options which was perfect for us! The outdoor seating was nice and the services was attentive and engaging.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional service.

r
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food excellent. Waiter was very “scripted”, Repeatedly told us what were his favorites rather than attempting to educate to tables tastes, constantly addresses us as “senoritas” . Oddly thanked us for “trusting him to accept his recommendations” (which we didnt, and not sure why that would be his focus). When I asked another waitstaff about drink recommendations for a dry cocktail preference, I received a very long answer that had no information and basically suggested that all the drinks listed were delicious rather than answering my question which clearly they could not.

DC
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first trip to the new habor was quite a shock to see the density of residential housing, having thought there would be more shops. The Del Mar did not disappoint. Gorgeous decor, attentive & competent service from Danielle. Creative and tasty dishes, especially the lobster salad. Swordfish was prepared to perfection! Because this was a special birthday lunch, Del Mar provided a delightful thin birthday treat with a candle. Though pricey, it’s worth it!

BG
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was fantastic. We order food all at one time and we barely had time to finish one plat, when the next plate came out. Next time, we will order more slowly.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time celebrating my Mother’s birthday at Del Mar! I’ve been to Del Mar a few times and I am always impressed by the impeccable food, service and ambiance.

JC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has become my new favorite spot to dine in DC, and if the weather is good I would highly recommend sitting on the balcony. The staff was great, and the food was fantastic. Not just the best Spanish food in the area, best food experience overall. Anyone reading this should make a reservation now.

M
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing! We sat outside on the wharf, which made it even more pleasant. I would highly recommend the paella, best I've ever had. Our waiter was particularly helpful and always nearby if we needed anything. It is a little expensive but well worth it. It was definitely the best meal we had while visiting Washington, DC.

K
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding, from cocktails to food to service to ambiance. Always a treat to eat here.

J
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Long weekend in Washington staying at the Wharf= Friday evening dinner at Del Mar- exceptional service, fabulous extensive menu and the food was delicious- spoilt for choice

A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Del Mar is one of the best restaurants in dc and my favorite of all the Fabio Trabbochi restaurants. Authentic Spanish food you feel like you are in Barcelona. Highly recommend the seafood paella, jam on iberico, calamari pelayo and txangurro. One of a kind wine list.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space and yummy food. The churros with Nutella were probably the best dessert I’ve ever had at a restaurant! Pricey though. Hard to find a bottle of wine under $100.

d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food and great ambiance on upper outside deck

EM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Del Mar was fantastic. Everything including the food, ambience, and service was 5 star. The restaurant even offered a complimentary dessert and champagne in celebration of our special occasion. I would definitely come back again!

BK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a special, 90 year old guest coming to town with her son. We hadn’t seen them in 6 years and wanted to treat them to something special. I’ve eaten at several of the chef’s other restaurants and had seen wonderful reviews of Del Mar. Our experience was even more wonderful than we had hoped. My husband and our friends had one of the paellas and loved it. I had two of the tappas and loved them both. My husband and I are already planning our return visit. One thing we really appreciated was the staff’s willingness to turn down the volume of the music to a level that allowed easier conversation.

GL
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Wharf is a great location for a nice walk and a fine meal. This was our first time to Del Mar although we have been to Fiola Mare for years and have visited Fiola DC and Sfoglina recently. I think that Fabio Trabocchi delivers a superior experience, incredible food and always great wine. Del Mar's menu is full of exciting choices and it was hard to select from all of the ones I wanted. Go and look for your self, regardless which you pick, I'll bet it will be awesome!

MH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing, attentive staff! The food was delicious and the ambiance delightful. A must try for sure!

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