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Where to Eat At The Sky Deck Restaurants & Bars

Sky Deck Restaurants

PLENTY OF CHOICES FOR FOOD AND DRINKS AT THE Sky Deck Restaurants

The $120 million Sky Deck at Del Mar Highlands Town Center is 26,700-square-feet and features restaurants, and one central bar. It is no surprise that it was named as one of Fodor’s 10 Best New Food Halls across the US. It is modeled after El Nacional, a multi-space restaurant located in the heart of Barcelona. In addition to the restaurants, there are three beer and kombucha tap rooms on the  second floor. Here are my favorite places to get a good meal, and enjoy a drink.

CRAFT HOUSE

Craft House started as a food truck serving monster burgers, and now they have a fantastic location in the Del Mar Sky Deck. The Oaxacan braised short ribs at the Craft House Sky Deck are absolutely delicious – the combination of the crema poblano and Oaxacan mole with the meat is absolutely fantastic!  The menu offers modern American cuisine with a Mexican fusion, and they are open for brunch, lunch, and dinner. My recommendation is to order the calabrian chili buffalo wings, fire-roasted elote, local catch ceviche, and steak & eggs. If you are hungry, get one of the monster burgers. Chef Caesar Huerta has now opened a second location in Fashion Valley. Make a reservation.

GLASS BOX

If you want to experience the art of sushi, you need to dine at Glass Box. You will find chef Ethan and his team creating amazing sushi that is as pretty to look at, as it is delicious to eat.  Glass Box is on my list of top places to enjoy sushi in San Diego, and I have a full review of the restaurant in my post “Asian Coastal Sushi at Glass Box Del Mar.”  The restaurant is visually stunning, and the toughest decision that you will have to make is choosing between their omakase, raw bar, robata, sushi, or entrees. Two of my favorite dishes are the  A5 wagyu which is cooked tableside with wasabi, truffle salt, and crispy garlic chips, and the sea bass is served with an amazing shiitake reduction sauce. Reservations here.

Sky Deck Restaurants

KIIN EXTRAORDINARY THAI

After spending two weeks in Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Bangkok, I always look to find Thai restaurants that serve authentic dishes. The food at Kiin Thai is similar to what we enjoyed in Thailand and is really delicious. The spice levels can be quite intense, so my recommendation would be to start off at a lower level and be sure to tell your server how spicy you like food. Personally, I am on a mission to try all of their curry dishes – the yellow and panang are A+. 

Kiin Thai

MARUFUKU RAMEN

Marufuku Ramen serves authentic Hakata-style ramen and has several locations all throughout California, Texas, and New York. The broth at Marufuku Ramen is what sets them apart from other ramen shops. They spend 20 hours making it and you can taste the difference. My favorite item on the menu is the Chicken Paitan DX – one of their most popular menu items. It has white “paitan” broth with regular toppings (chashu chicken breast, seasoned soft-boiled egg, green onions, kikurage mushrooms, bean sprouts, sweet corn, and nori seaweed). It also comes with a grilled chicken leg on a bed of bean sprouts. Pro tip: only 15 are served per day.

Sky Deck Restaurants

UNDERSTORY

Understory always impresses me with their selection of original craft cocktails.  As the cornerstone cocktail bar for the Sky Deck, you can also order food from any of the neighboring restaurants to enjoy with your drinks. The cocktails at Understory Del Mar change periodically, so not all of these drinks may be available when visit. I really enjoyed their Spring cocktails which included the Caribe: Understory private label Maestro Dobel Cristalino, espresso, chai tea, maple syrup, and house-made vanilla orange cordial. Make a reservation.

Sky Deck Restaurants

uRBANA MEXICAN GASTRONOMY

Urbana Del Mar is a great place to enjoy delicious Mexican-inspired dishes and inventive craft cocktails.  Among the top items are wagyu sliders with oaxaca cheese and fig jam, and a Golden Hour margarita with Patron extra añejo and a smokey finish.  The restaurant is also known for ceviche (shrimp, ahi, and red snapper) and street tacos. Make a reservation here.

Sky Deck Restaurants

There are a few places in the Sky Deck that I have not dined at, and hence have not added to this list of Sky Deck Restaurants recommendations where to eat.

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