Inspired by its beachfront setting, 1500 OCEAN spotlights the best in Coastal Cuisine with new menus from renowned Master Chef Patrick Ponsaty. With a resume of award-winning menus spanning countries to coastlines, Ponsaty sets a new era in fresh, unparalleled seaside dining at The Del. Much of the food and cocktail menu is grown in the culinary herb and produce garden located adjacent to the restaurant. Named one of San Diego’s best outdoor dining venues, 1500 OCEAN’s beachfront location provides a true sense of escape. The timeless dining room design offers a variety of options ranging from covered verandas to plush intimate booths. Private rooms are available to commemorate the perfect rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, family reunion or anniversary party. For a more relaxed side of 1500 OCEAN, guests are invited to visit Sunset Bar, located on the oceanfront patio, for light fare and sunset views.
Sheerwater menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner takes full advantage of the restaurant’s beachfront location and features classic bistro-style cuisine with a focus on fresh and sustainable seafood. Whether the catch comes on ice, baked in cast iron or off the griddle, there’s something for every fish fanatic. The menu also features a variety of meat and vegetarian options, slow-cooked barbeque plus old classics. Designed with expansive outdoor dining terraces and giant fireplaces overlooking the Pacific, Sheerwater offers a breakfast buffet, lunch, cocktails and dinner daily.
ENO Pizzeria and Wine Bar
ENO Pizzeria and Wine Bar offers a unique one-of-a-kind tasting experience with artisan Neapolitan style pizzas fresh from its new outdoor wood-fired oven in addition to boutique wines, local craft beer, artisan cheese and charcuterie. Enjoy classics such as Margherita, Funghi or Pepperoni and ENO specialty pies such as Giardino Fresco (with grilled asparagus, roasted red pepper and ricotta), Homemade Veal Meatball or Salsiccia. ENO’s signature dessert, Butterscotch Pudding, is served with biscotti and finished with sea salt. Pizza is available for dine-in or carry-out.
Babcock & Story Bar
Babcock & Story, affectionately called B&S, was named after The Del’s visionary founders Elisha Babcock and H.L. Story, two Midwestern businessmen who dreamed of building a resort hotel that would be the “talk of the Western world.”
Babcock & Story Bar is designed to take advantage of the spectacular seaside setting. The original 46-foot handcrafted mahogany bar, which was brought by ship from Philadelphia around Cape Horn in 1888, is the centerpiece for the bar in Mahogany. B&S Bar offers signature margaritas, blended tropical drinks, California premier wines, espressos and light fare.
Over the past century, the Crown Room has enjoyed a distinguished social history. Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum is credited with designing the crown chandeliers that adorn the ceiling. In 1920, an enormous banquet was held here for England’s Prince of Wales, and in 1927 Charles Lindbergh was honored with his own celebration after his successful transatlantic flight. The Crown Room was also the scene for the first state dinner held outside of the White House.
Today, the Crown Room’s tradition of elegance continues as it plays host to a spectacular and award-winning Sunday Brunch. This interactive and luxurious progressive dining experience is a feast for the senses. Multiple stations offer a cornucopia of gourmet cuisine, manned by white toque-wearing sous chefs who “bring the kitchen into the room,” according to executive sous chef Julian Quinones. “Our goal is to offer a great experience for our guests that constantly evolves. We use brunch as a platform to try new ideas, trends and dishes.” The Crown Room is also the site for many holiday celebrations, weddings and special events.