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“WARM SETTING, WONDERFUL DINNER”

Iris Food and Spirits
Ranked #26 of 96 Restaurants in Del Mar
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: We're a neighborhood bar and restaurant focused on using local and organic ingredients in our contemporary interpretations of world food, featuring inspired cocktails, local and regional craft beers, and eclectic wines.
Reviewed 16 January 2012

Nestled on the edge of the salt flats a stones throw from the beach, IRIS Food and Spirits is a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of Del Mar's Coast Highway strip of restaurants and the concentration of door-to-door spots in La Jolla. My wife enjoyed it for lunch with colleagues, so we wound our way down Carmel Valley Road from I-5 toward the coast and found IRIS nestled in a neighborhood setting with convenient parking. Our server, Chelsea, welcomed us warmly with good wines by the glass and fresh-baked bread. Soup d'jour was a New England Clam Chowder, served hot with local clams in the shell. Since IRIS' owners are Bostonians, they even spelled it correctly....CHOWDAH. Delicious! My wife had the Iris Cassoulet with chicken, Italian sausage and tuscan beans. It was spiced perfectly and served piping hot and we both loved the flavors. My seafood pasta special included day-boat scallops, grilled shrimp and chunks of lobster in a simple grape tomato, basil and olive oil sauce over linguini. Perfect! Reasonably priced with nice atmosphere and scenery, nestled between Torrey Pines beach and The Pacific Coaster railway, we highly recommend you try IRIS Food and Spirits.

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Reviewed 16 January 2012

We had a party of four on a Saturday night for an excellent meal. The decor is very nice with tables nicely set. The waiter was polite, courteous, friendly and a great source of information on the the food and spirits. He was attentive and sensitive to our needs, but not pushy. The location allows a nice view of the sunset and we enjoyed it. We had four different entrees including a steak special, sea bass, risotto and lamb shank with bow tie pasta. Two of us split an Ahi salad that was delicious. All the entrees were very good, prepared just right and the presentation was outstanding. Entree prices are in the $25 to $30 range with some specials a little higher. All in all it was a very enjoyable meal and evening. We'll go back there soon.

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1  Thank Gordon C
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

This was my fifth visit to Iris. I find their food innovative, their staff outstanding, the ambiance is relaxed and comfortable, the noise level is tolerable, and above all the value is extraordinary. Everything here combines to provide an excellent experience. During every visit someone always says about their dish that it is the best (whatever) they ever ate. It's that good. My off-the-bone lamb shank was perhaps the best lamb dish I have ever eaten.

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Reviewed 30 November 2011

Solid menu excellent salad choices. A good choice in Del Mar. A little pricey for what you get.

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Reviewed 21 November 2011

The menu is seasonal, much of the incredients are local and the flavors and texture combinations are incredible. The wine list is broad and so is the beer list. Atmosphere is very nice and open with patio spots available with incredible views of Torrey Pines lagoon. Take your date and go! Lunch or dinner, the food is inspired and the wait staff very professional.

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1  Thank Paul C
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