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Iris Food and Spirits

2334 Carmel Valley Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014-3754
+1 858-259-5878
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lamb meatloaf” (4 reviews)
“red snapper” (2 reviews)
“cioppino” (5 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Hours
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2334 Carmel Valley Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014-3754
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Reviewed 1 July 2018

Always great food. The variety is great. There is something for almost everyone. The drinks are beautiful and tasty. I've been here several times now and always good.

Thank vinvert1974
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Fish tacos are over flowing and good. Fish sandwich had impressive pieces of red snapper. Try a cup of the clam chowder has clams in the shells in a buttery potato base.

Thank pillowandfork
Reviewed 7 April 2018

Very attentive service and the kitchen really turned out great food well presented. Definitely worth a second visit.

Thank johnrugby
Reviewed 24 March 2018

Just like home with local ingredients lovingly prepared. Whenever we are in the mood just to go get a quick, good meal we end up at Iris or the Italian place next door. Lunch sandwiches are really good. Lots of food whenever your eat there....More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 9 January 2018

We've dined at Iris before but last week we just stopped in for happy hour - it was fantastic. deals on the drinks and food but the amazing part was the list of their own specialty cocktails. and watching the bartender (Nicholas?) create the drinks...More

1  Thank cld2ogg
Nick S, Manager at Iris Food and Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2018

Thanks for the glowing review! I was the man in question making the drinks - we're so happy you enjoyed yourself and had fun watching me whip up all of our concoctions. Can't wait to have you back - Nick & Team IRIS

Reviewed 12 November 2017

Great spot for grazing. The small plates are under $10. We recently tried the braised pork (kalua pork on crispy corn tortillas, topped with buttermilk sauce, caramelized onions and fresh cilantro); pan fried duck potstickers; and buffalo style pork riblets (spicy sauce with blue cheese...More

1  Thank Tom G
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

I am a frequent customer. I recently dined with six colleagues. Everyone greatly enjoyed their meals. The attention to details were outstanding. This is a very special place to dine.

Thank happycamper690
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

Went there for lunch with colleagues. The menu has many good options. I got a fish sandwich that was quite big, fresh and tasty. I certainly recommend.

Thank Danny V
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Let me prefice this review, I'm originally from Boston. The "Clam Chowdaa" is the best I've ever had in my 69 plus years. Over the past 5 years I've taken numerous friends to Iris and not one of them, including a chef from Cape Cod,...More

Thank diverdavephx
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Iris has become a neighborhood favorite. Nestled between other restaurants overlooking the Del Mar Lagoons, it has a down-home yet quietly sophisticated atmosphere. Settle into the outdoor (covered) patio with a glass of wine and you could be at home.Appetizers are fulsome and tasty. Main...More

Thank 379Genevieve
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
IRIS Food & Spirits is a cocktail bar and neighborhood restaurant that serves worldly comfort foods alongside eclectic wines and craft beers from around the world. Featuring award-winning Boston Clam Chowdah, world-class cocktails, a carefully curated spirits selection, and the most unique and extensive by-the-glass wine selection in North County San Diego, you are sure to find something you'll love.
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