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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%
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“lamb meatloaf” (4 reviews)
“cioppino” (6 reviews)
“red snapper” (2 reviews)
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2334 Carmel Valley Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014-3754
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here on the impromptu date night with the girlfriend. We sat outside with the heaters. It’s in a good spot but it was the evening so we didn’t have much in the way of views. Our server may have had too much going on...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank sandiegoshaht
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

Honestly, it did not start well. they were out of a couple of dishes and the menu is short as it is. Drink selection wasn't what we expected after visiting a website. But the service and ambiance made us stay. So glad we did!! The...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank BunnyTrails03
Reviewed 24 October 2018

We ate here during a business trip. We were offered seats inside or on the covered patio and chose the inside. The waitress, Lauren (?) was very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list, and made good suggestions. Food was tasty served in...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Thomas T
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.

Date of visit: June 2018
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.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank pillowandfork
Reviewed 7 April 2018

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

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank johnrugby
Reviewed 23 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

Date of visit: March 2018
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

Date of visit: January 2018
1  Thank cld2ogg
Nick S, Manager at Iris Food and Spirits, responded to this reviewResponded 13 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

Date of visit: September 2017
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.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank happycamper690
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Lou V
13 November 2018|
Response from BunnyTrails03 | Reviewed this property |
We were just there in October. I posted a review, but it was our first time. So, no previous experience to compare. The food was fantastic, very friendly staff.
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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
Business meetings, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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