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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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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“lamb meatloaf” (4 reviews)
“cioppino” (5 reviews)
“tomato broth” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2334 Carmel Valley Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014-3754
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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

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

Thank Tom G
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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
Reviewed 3 August 2017

This is a great place to get good food, the drinks were good too. We've eaten here 3 times this year, it's not cheap, but worth the money.

Thank john g
Reviewed 22 June 2017

We recently took out of town guests to Iris for dinner mid-week. They have a nice enclosed patio where you can see the nice lagoon view. We all had different items and everyone enjoyed their meal. The chicken with a mushroom sauce was excellent and...More

Thank BUsd
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We ate thee last night. I had chicken, which was good. The place was pretty empty , but our service was slow. There aren't many inexpensive items on the menu.

Thank baltoro
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Cool place with a good menu and good service. Be sure to sit in the outside section, as it offers lovely views of the lagoon. Parking can be a bit of a problem, though, as space is limited.

Thank ebdb627
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View, Romantic
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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