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Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

4.4
4.4
1248 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Gracious and elegant, Amaya serves contemporary California-bistro cuisine in a glamorous Old World setting. Take your time on the flower-filled terrace by the fountain for breakfast or dinner. Inspired by locally-sourced ingredients, the menu features the best in the region’s fresh and seasonal farm-to-market and sea-to-table ingredients.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Dining Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 314-2727

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bryn McArthur

  • Private party facilities

    Please email all inquiries to GDM.AmayaHost@Fairmont.com

  • Private party contact

    Kaley Kenney: (858) 314-1967

  • Neighborhood

    Del Mar

  • Cross street

    Carmel Country Road

  • Parking details

    We are pleased to provide diners with complimentary valet parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Paso Robles Wine Dinner with Justin & Booker

    $319.38 per person

    Oct 13, 2022 only
    Join Amaya’s Chef Jarell Tucker & the Grand Del Mar’s Wine Director Christophe Bureau for our specially curated Paso Robles Wine Region dinner. This is the 1st of a series of dinners that focus on wine regions throughout California paired alongside one of a kind culinary experiences including interactive elements and seasonal surprises. Dine alongside chefs, wine makers, sommeliers, and farmers as they engage guests in this one of a kind immersive experience highlighting fresh, seasonal offerings from our favorite local farms and top tier wines. Special guests to include Justin Baldwin of Justin & Eric Jensen of Booker. Taste, Justin 'Isosceles Reserve' 2015, Booker 'Fracture' 2018 and more! 6pm SEATING TIME $250 + 7.75% tax & 20% Grat

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What 1,248 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • North San Diego

    Californian

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  1. H

    Hans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The ambiance and dining atmosphere specify in the outside seating was amazing. Not too many items to choose from the menu The food was good It’s a great romantic place good for dating and special events
  2. V

    Vanessa

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service and ambiance were wonderful. Friendly staff and very courteous. Food was underwhelming.

    Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del MarResponded todayThank you for the stars! We hope to see you again soon so that we may really WOW you. Kind Regards, Amaya Restaurant Team

  3. b

    buenabrenda

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best pork chops!

    Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del MarResponded 2 days agoThank you for your stars! The pork chop indeed is delicious and a guest favorite! We look forward to your next visit!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Service was ok, but slow. Hamburgers did not arrive with tomatoes and letters . View was nice, great hotel thought.
  5. MW

    MitchW

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    I made a lunch reservation here to celebrate my husband 50th Birthday and my son’s 21st birthday. This was mentioned in the reservation note. I also called the restaurant a day prior to the lunch date to ensure cakes and candles would be available for our celebration and I was assured by a restaurant manager that this would be available. We arrived to lunch on time 11am, being seated and our orders were taken by about 11:15am. However, our first dishes were not served until 12pm. We had to wait almost another hour for the 2nd dishes after several requests and after a manager came to apologize and offered a 25% discount and free birthday cake slices with candles. The discount offer was honored, however, we couldn’t wait for the cakes and candle, left the restaurant at 1:15pm very unhappy because our important planned celebration was totally spoiled. We felt ignored and very disappointed.

    Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del MarResponded 2 days agoDear MitchW, We are so saddened to hear that you experience was far below your expectations. As we strive to improve we would love it if you sent us a private message with your contact information so we can speak further about your lunch and remedy the situation. Kind Regards, Amaya Restaurant Team

  6. T

    Tousigirls

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    We were automatically charged a 20% tip for being a large party. Since when is a party of 5 considered a large party?! Our waiter didn't deserve a 20% tip. He wouldn't take our order until we had decided on our entire meal, from appetizers to dessert. He took forever and there were maybe 5 tables eating. The menu was small and the food wasn't that great. My wagyu strip steak was tough, veiny and cold. They were out of half the menu items we wanted. Our large party of 5 will not go back.
  7. b

    boojem

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to dine. Feels like you're dining in Italy.

    Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del MarResponded 6 days agoDear Boojem, Thank you very much for your positive review. We are so pleased to know that you enjoyed your experience in Amaya. Until next time! Best Regards, Amaya Restaurant Team

  8. RP

    RoxyP

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All around wonderful. The restaurant has a calming ambiance with the best service. The food is fresh. Valet parking is easy. Amaya is one level down from the front desk floor level.

    Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del MarResponded on September 14, 2022Dear Roxy, Thank you for our 5 star review! We truly appreciate the compliments and look forward to your next visit. Kind Regards, Amaya Restaurant Team

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I just regret I didn’t order a dessert. The food was good, chicken and veggies.

    Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del MarResponded on September 9, 2022We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the food. We look forward to your next visit! Best Regards, Amaya Team

  10. S

    Susan

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    It was strange going to a dinner where your main course was at least $45, not including sides, and people all around are wearing tshirts and flip flops. Two tables next to us had dogs that were barking throughout dinner. Not my idea of a romantic anniversary dinner. Not going back.

    Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del MarResponded on September 9, 2022Dear Susan, We are saddened that a dog ruined your experience in Amaya. As discussed on the phone this is not a normal occurrence on our patio and unruly dogs are asked to be removed. We truly do apologize that this was not the case during your very special anniversary dinner. We would love to invite you back so as to give you a wonderful dining experience. Best Regards, Amaya Team

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food!

    Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del MarResponded on September 9, 2022Dear Carlos, That's what we love to hear! Thank you for joining us and we look forward to your return! Best Regards, Amaya Team

  12. M

    Muriel

    San Diego

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and wonderful service

    Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del MarResponded on September 9, 2022Dear Muriel, It truly touches our heart when guests such as yourself expresses how much they enjoyed Amaya. We can wait to see you soon. Best Regards, Amaya Restaurant Team

  13. C

    Colette

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside , with a 6pm reservation. It was unforgettably beautiful, made even better by a gorgeous wedding being celebrated just below on the lawn. Congrats to Sam and Lauren!

    Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del MarResponded on September 9, 2022Dear Colette, We agree, sitting on our patio with the opportunity to watch two people in love get married is very special. We look forward to your next visit! Best Regards, Amaya Restaurant Team

  14. J

    Jewels

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing everything!

    Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del MarResponded on September 14, 2022Thank you Jewels!! We appreciate you!

  15. DS

    DonaldS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The setting for this restaurant is outstanding. This is based on the elegance of the building, the surrounding golf course, beautiful landscaping, and peaceful ambiance.

    Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del MarResponded on September 14, 2022Thank you for your positive words Mr. Donald. Please visit us again! Kind Regards, Amaya Restaurant Team

  16. CM

    CeleM

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Service was very slow. I had to ask them to bring out the side I ordered about 15-20 mins after they brought out the main dish. Environment is great if you just want to hang out and chill for a bit. Food was ok but not for that price.
  17. V

    Viking

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Our server Peter was great and so helpful. All our dinners were superb especially the desserts! The banana bread pudding was incredible! Highly recommend Amaya !

    Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del MarResponded on September 14, 2022Dear Viking, Thank you for visiting us at Amaya! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your dining experience and Peter exceeded your expectations. We look forward to your return! Kind Regards, Amaya Restaurant Team

  18. E

    Everett

    Charleston

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu and the food was superb. Friendly staff and great selections. Wonderful hotel

    Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del MarResponded on September 14, 2022Dear Everett, We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience at Amaya. We hope to see you soon. Kind Regards, Amaya Restaurant Team

  19. L

    Leslie

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Previous experiences at Amaya were always good, but this brunch outing was terrible. Flies buzzed our outdoor table the whole time we were there. It took over forty minutes for only one person in our party to receive her meal and they seemed to forget the other five of us. We waited another 25 minutes before we inquired about the rest of our food and we complained. The rest of us finally received our meals about another 15 minutes later. The food was very good when it finally did arrive. The manager comped us the one entree that arrived all by itself, but that did not make up for the very poor service. We drove over an hour to have brunch at Amaya and I don’t think we will ever return.
  20. J

    Jeff

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Took an hour for our brunch omelette to come. The waiter said they have one kitchen and had 2 parties. The food was overpriced and average. They comped our meal. Overall horrible for a first class hotel to have such a poorly operated restaurant’s
  21. DR

    DelfinR

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Horrible service, regular, expensive food. The wait was ridiculously long. They said the wait would be long, 30-35 mins. We said fine. After 1:15 they told us 5 more minutes and took 25 more minutes. Food was blah. Not bad, not good. But for that price, food and service should be amazing.
  22. ST

    STO858

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided on the Amaya restaurant for a birthday dinner and it was the perfect choice. The ambience was amazing. The scenic surroundings and decor made us feel teleported to a high end countryside villa somewhere in the Mediterranean. The food was fantastic and our server Robert was very attentive to our needs without being overbearing. Will definitely come back again for a future special occasion.

    Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del MarResponded on September 14, 2022Dear STO858, Thank you for taking the time to write this very kind review. It's guests such as yourself that make the experience truly special. We look forward your next special occasion. Kind Regards, Amaya Restaurant Team

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our server was excellent, very courteous and knowledgeable. Some of the other tables near us were inordinately loud and some inappropriate language. for the calibre of restaurant. They belonged at fast casual, not Amaya.
  24. US

    USingh

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent experience and ambiance
  25. KC

    KCsMom

    Los Angeles

    134 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    134 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dinner was exquisite, but it is sad to see the lack of respect for the dress code that such a fantastic location should demand. The chef has a creative vision and the combination tastes is unbelievable! The service was fantastic and we did enjoyed our anniversary celebration with Amaya. Please understand that some of us enjoy dressing for dinner and it is sad to have folks in torn jeans and flip flops 🩴
  26. f

    friendly

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    REALLY NICE BUT SERVICE WAS JUST OK. FRENCH FRIES WERE AVERAGE AT BEST
  27. C

    Carette

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. Dinner was super, drinks were excellent and ambiance is magnificent
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary stay at the resort. Everything was beyond expectations and I can say it was the best vacation experience I’ve ever had.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    We had to ask for booster seats 3 times before they came. My fish was over cooked. For the price the food should be better. I was under the impression our kids food would be free-it wasn’t. The kids burger and fries were better tasting and half the price.
  30. MB

    MaryB

    San Diego

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our anniversary dinner, complete with a free dessert (chocolate cheesecake, mmm) BUT the portions are very small and the prices high. I also accessed their online menu and had a dish picked out, but when we arrived at the restaurant it was a totally different menu. Other than that, our servers were fantastic, especially the bartender who comped our drinks because it was our anniversary! The surroundings are gorgeous, and you feel like you're in Europe.
  31. IG

    IrisG

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful! Food and service 💝I loved one day you have live music. It will be great if you having on sunday’s brunch!
  32. s

    stocks

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Corkage at $55 per bottle was higher than I have ever paid. Food was good but service had some misses especially at these prices.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This property is gorgeous. Well deserving of the 5 Diamond award. The staff is wonderful and friendly. We had the dining room to ourselves because everyone wanted to be on the patio, us included but they didn’t have room and it actually turned out for the better. The dining room is gorgeous. Old world architecture, they just don’t build like that anymore these days. The food was good, pork chops were the highlight. The kids butter noodles were so good. Service was on point and impeccable. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thank you team.
  34. MM

    MandM

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat. Service was awesome. On-site at the Grand Del Mar is perfect for your stay. Food portions a little small. Ordered the sea bass and it was the size of a quarter. Excellent flavor but almost an appetizer. Price on the high side given the small portions.

    Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del MarResponded on September 14, 2022Thank you MandM for your kind review. We are open to any and all feedback so thank you for yours, we will share it with the chef. We look forward to your return! Kind Regards, Amaya Restaurant Team

  35. KS

    KennyS

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience5
    $55 corkage is too high if want my business. Food and services are excellent, but it's not a good value.
  36. l

    laurened

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location; elegant dining with a superb chef - my scallops were memorable! A hidden gem!!
  37. JS

    JSanDiego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Every item in our dinners at Amaya tasted great, though portions were quite small, bordering on ludicrously small in some cases (for the prices). For example, the cauliflower that came with the scallops main course was a few tiny perfect bites, of three different colors, each about the size of a thumbnail, with three perfect scallops, all very well prepared, mind you, but still just three, for nearly $40. The quality of the food was tops (including some of the best oysters we have ever had), the service is wonderful, the atmosphere is expansive and very nice, etc. This is a restaurant that's perfect if one wants top quality, but only a few bites of any item. (Though one can fill up on their heavenly Parker House rolls.)
  38. PW

    PatW

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Hollandaise sauce was lukewarm and service was sporadic. Classic breakfast was perfect.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Upon arrival on Father’s Day, there was only one hostess and she was not very welcoming and barely looked up while she kept us waiting. We were taken to a table which was half in the sun - we asked to sit at the next table which was shadier and were told no, the tables are allocated and that’s for someone else who’s coming. I explained we were already here though and they might not even show up, but that didn’t help. Our table meanwhile, was missing a chair, so that didn’t seem like they allocated very well. The restaurant was pretty empty, about 1/3 of the patio filled. We later saw that same table offered to a walk in family and then they actually moved tables one after the other because of sun, so the “tables are allocated” comment didn’t apply to them and was of course nonsense. The food was decent but things like moldy berries on pastries, forgetting the jam which comes with the $18 Bakery basket, forgetting a spoon with the açaí bowl when one isn’t provided in the place setting, forgetting an extra egg ordered with avocado toast made the experience frustrating and tedious to having to keep flagging down people to ask for something that should have been included. The patio needs fans, it was a beautiful 72 degrees but the glass enclosure restricts the breeze and it’s quite stuffy. Not a single staff member wished my husband a happy Father’s Day when he was accompanied by his daughter. Overall we would not return. The service was all around poor except for the busboys and the food is nothing to note. It was not very busy so i would not excuse the poor service to being busy on a holiday.
  40. M

    Missnyc

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    The hotel and restaurant are stunning and visually live up to the fairmont name. However, the food was just ok for the price and the service was lacking. Before we were even seated, we asked if we could sit outdoors and were told that all the tables were spoken for with reservations. The entire two hours we were at our indoor table, more than half of the outdoor seating remained empty! Then, our waiter was quite patient and attentive until food was on the table. After that he was hard to track down when food from our order was missing and we wanted to order coffee. All in all it’s a stunning setting with less than stellar customer service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del Mar is rated 4.4 stars by 1248 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego, CA 92130

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Carmel Country Road

  • Neighborhood

    Del Mar

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Dining Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We are pleased to provide diners with complimentary valet parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bryn McArthur

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (858) 314-2727

  • Private party facilities

    Please email all inquiries to GDM.AmayaHost@Fairmont.com

  • Private party contact

    Kaley Kenney: (858) 314-1967

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