Oh! Happy Hour! That window of goodness where prices of food and drinks are reduced to attract customers especially on weekdays and early evening. As for me, I am often pulling long hours finding, buying and selling homes for clients, I find myself skipping lunch and looking for a really great meal before 6 pm at a valued price. Happy Hour dining menus always hit the spot for me when working long hours. With the help of my favorite app on my iPhone “Happy Hour Finder,” I get to dine and wine when I want. I wanted to share some of my favorite places to dine in Del Mar and Solana Beach where I find a great company, wonderful food at a value my pocket can afford. Enjoy…and maybe I will see you too enjoying an early meal at one of my favorite establishments!


This is my number one pick for a wonderful early dinner. It's a great place after the racetrack in summer or all year around. I often stop by on Mondays for the early bird prices on their Happy Hour menu. My Monday nights often consist of my favorite Duck tacos or Kobe sliders, a glass of wine and I ate like a king on under $20

Jeffrey Straus is the owner and executive chef. While he has an international reputation for his unquestionable talent for taste…on any given night Jeffrey will come out and share moments with the bar and fine dining crowd alike. “Chef Jeffrey Strauss makes a personal statement on the pleasurable dining experience—casual yet elegant, inspired yet straightforward, quality food that delights all the senses.Pamplemousse Happy Hour Menu.

Brigantine Restaraunt

Locally referred to as “The Brig” and is considered to be one of the local's favorite hangout and the truth is -- you can never go wrong here. Brigantine is known for having absolutely the best fish tacos on the planet! Their secret “ranch sauce” over their battered fish in a corn taco is just unrivaled. During racing season, Monday is the best night to go and enjoy their all night happy hour. The bar and restaurant overlook the racetrack to the east and Dog Beach in Del Mar to the west. During the winter they “Taco Tuesday” all night. Brigantine Happy Hour Menu.

Pacifica Del Mar

Just about every Thursday at 4:30 pm yours truly will be seated at Pacifica. Thursday is ½ off a bottle of wine night where my Thursday night pals get to enjoy really fine wines at a great value. Evolution is our favorite at the moment.. a varietal blend that is refreshing in the summer months. Fish and pork tacos, oyster Rockefeller, mussels and Ruby Red Tuna Tartare are some of the great value items on the early bird menu under $20.

 The panoramic ocean views of Del Mar, while enjoying their early bird menu is simply a “mini beach vacation.” Be sure to be there by 5 pm for a seat in the casual area of the restaurant! Pacifica Happy Hour Menu.

The Fish Market

The Fish Market was built in the 1980’s while I was in high school and is still a favorite spot for me today. I just love having their smoked Pacific Albacore and a crispy taco for under $15. The Fish Market Happy Hour Menu.


I recently discovered this terrific sushi restaurant in Encinitas that has a great value happy hour menu and their rolls are terrific! Their happy hour is from 3-6pm Monday through Sunday and all night Wednesdays. Happy Fish’s value pricing is only for “dine in” food but the atmosphere is so worth hanging around for. Hapifish Happy Hour Menu.

Chiefs Burgers and Brew 

Chief's Burgers and Brew is known for their burgers, rotisserie chicken and their unique, big-character beers featuring bold flavors that defy traditional style. If you're a Bronco fan, this is the place for you as this is the best place in town to watch a Denver game. However, if it's not game day, you can enjoy a relaxing beach vibe with your friends.

En Fuego

A great Mexican restaurant that you can enjoy with your family and friends in the heart of Del Mar. This is not one to miss as the atmosphere gives an inviting and casual vibe with half of the restaurant under a roof and half outside and the cool breeze of the Pacific Ocean. Top it off with the happy hour downstairs and attentive service makes this a must see when in North County. En Fuego Happy Hour Menu.

Crush Solana Beach

Hearty Italian fare & brick-oven pizzas served in chic, upscale rooms with open-air dining spaces. The outdoor patio features a table-top fire pit that lures the guests to cozy up with a glass of wine. Enjoy their Late Night Happy Hour at valued prices. While the place is oozing with a creative and fun vibe, it also cozy and inviting. Crush Solana Beach Happy Hour Menu

I am never one to pass up a good meal out at a reasonable price with great company. Value is key for me and this blog represents my favorite places in North County San Diego to get some great food (early bird or happy hour pricing)

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