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Whether you’re a resident of San Diego or are visiting our area, it’s always great to find a new restaurant to try. At Casa Sol y Mar you’ll find much more than that – we offer an experience that you will want to enjoy again and again. Stop in at our new Mexican restaurant and let us make your night a special occasion.

How Our Mexican Restaurant Came to Be

Diane Powers opened Casa Sol y Mar, the newest dining destination in the Bazaar del Mundo Restaurant Group, in May 2013.

The fourth in a family of fine Mexican eateries scattered throughout the county, Casa Sol y Mar is located in Del Mar Highlands Town Center at 12865 El Camino Real, and is elaborately decorated to reflect the true spirit of Mexico.

A Fun & Memorable Dining Experience
Powers’ philosophy is to offer great value and a delightful dining experience, surrounded by memorable flavors, abundant menu selections, high-quality ingredients and a spirited, authentic environment that captures the essence of Mexican traditions.

Guests will sense the warmth and romance of Mexico as they enter through the large wooden and glass doors and find themselves standing beneath a high glowing ceiling and magnificent iron chandelier. The interior is painted in a fiesta of gold, crimson and orange jewel tones; it sparkles from wall to wall. Each room, uniquely designed with its own character and charm, exhibits a slightly different blend of colors, sophisticated lighting, Mexican folk art, festive décor and glazed Mexican accent tiles in red, emerald and orange. The minute you walk into our Mexican restaurant you will feel at home and inspired by the atmosphere!

Traditional and Contemporary Mexican Dishes Bursting with Flavor & Freshness
The delectable menu features traditional Mexican dishes with an emphasis on flavor and freshness, including a large selection of regional entrees made from scratch, and award-winning seafood recipes that have existed in the restaurant family for decades. In addition, the menu highlights newly created small plates and appetizers, as well as entrees with a contemporary twist. Homemade dressings, salsas and sauces are made fresh daily, along with hot corn and flour tortillas. There is also an extensive children’s menu as well as deliciously appealing entrée salads and abundant gluten-free, vegetarian and healthy dining selections.

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Casa Sol y Mar Invites You to a Delicious and Memorable Mexican Dinner In San Diego

We cordially invite you to a Mexican dinner in San Diego. Offering an exciting dining atmosphere that focuses on a traditional Mexican motif, our menu offers tantalizing choices for your palate. Venture into a new cultural experience. Delight in our enchanting ambiance that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. A visit to Casa Sol y Mar instantly transports you and your guests to Old Mexico with all its charm, delectable flavors and pleasant aromas.

We Invite You to Sit Back, Relax, Enjoy a Drink and a Delightful Meal

Start your meal by sipping one of our giant margaritas while you listen to traditional Mexican music, courtesy of our strolling Mariachi band. Ask your server about our specialty cocktails. While enjoying your drink, treat yourself to an evening filled with live entertainment. Our talented musicians are ready to serenade you and your guest on a birthday or other special occasion.

Experience a Gastronomical Evening When You Visit Casa Sol y Mar

If you love Mexican cuisine, prepare yourself for a culinary adventure. At Casa Sol y Mar, we pride ourselves in offering a unique Mexican dinner in San Diego filled with traditional Mexican fare and large portions. Enjoy one of our combination dinners featuring enchiladas, tacos and rice. Try our satisfying nachos as an appetizer that will leave you begging for more delicious food. If you’re tired of the same old Mexican food offered at chain restaurants, you’ll find that our menu choices offer a refreshing change.

Have a Blast at Our Happy Hour Every Monday Through Friday

Stop by any Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and enjoy eating Chicken Chipotle Flautas or Nacho Tostaditas while sampling our refreshing House Margaritas or a glass of cold Mexican beer. We want you to have fun during our warm and inviting Happy Hour fiesta. Meet new friends and discover a home away from home.

Sample Our Specialty Items and Plan Your Event in Advance

We’ll treat your guests to a superb dining experience fit for kings and queens. Arrange a banquet filled with traditional Mexican cuisine or a contemporary menu emphasizing vegetarian selections. From our Banquet Fiesta Buffet to our Dinner Fiesta Menu, we’ll create a special menu for your upcoming business meeting or social gathering.

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Menu


Full Menu

Your Mexican restaurant experience wouldn’t be complete without great tasting and authentic Mexican cuisine. Casa Sol y Mar uses only the finest ingredients while preparing our food, made fresh daily. Our kitchen is committed to providing our guests with the best traditional and regional Mexican cuisine in the Del Mar area. From our crunchy chips to our cheesy enchiladas, you’ll savor the taste of Mexico at Casa Sol y Mar.

We invite you to view our many Mexican specialties below. Simply click on an image to expand. You can continue to view the rest of the dishes in a slideshow that will introduce you to the variety and quality you’ll experience whenever you dine at Casa Sol y Mar.



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All Hail the Avocado!

Avocados have a special role in Mexican dishes. We want you to be able to pick out good avocados at the store, use avocados wisely in your kitchen and enjoy avocados whenever the mood strikes you.

When Is an Avocado Ripe?

An avocado is ripe if it feels slightly squishy. The color of the avocado depends on the species some will be a rich, deep green, others will be a dark, turtle-shell green, and still more will have a brown or reddish tinge. When you cut into a ripe avocado, it will slice easily, almost effortlessly.

How Can I Ripen an Avocado at Home?

Unripe avocados feel hard and dense when squeezed. It’s very common for avocados sold in grocery stores to need ripening time before they’re ready to eat. Place unripe avocados in a paper bag and leave the bag on top of your refrigerator, or in a cabinet. Check the avocados daily until they feel slightly squishy to the touch. Most avocados will ripen in a matter of about two days.

All About Eating Avocados

Avocados have a rich, slightly salty, buttery flavor and a silky smooth texture that complements the majority of Mexican dishes really well. Put sliced avocado on top of (or inside):

· Tacos
· Fajitas
· Enchiladas
· Tostadas
· Huevos rancheros

And, of course, avocados are the main ingredient in the ever popular and mouth-watering dish, guacamole. Guacamole recipes vary quite a bit, but, we advise using these ingredients:

· Avocados (mashed)
· Thinly diced onions
· Fresh cilantro
· Lime juice
· Hot peppers
· Salt
· Diced tomatoes

Avocados are also great when eaten plain, with just a sprinkle of sea salt.

Weird Avocado Facts

1. Avocado trees in the wild can only pollinate when another avocado tree is nearby through cross-pollination. Avocados grow in pairs on the tree as well. Maybe this is why some people say avocados are the Aztec symbol of love and fertility.

2. In the United States, avocados are most commonly used in Mexican dishes and as the main ingredient in guacamole. Yet in some parts of the world, avocados are used to create sweet, avocado-flavored milk shakes.

3. Avocados are known as climacteric fruits, which means they only ripen after they’ve been pulled.

4. Although they are high in fat, it’s the monounsaturated kind which means that avocados are heart healthy.

Are you in the mood for some good avocados? Come to Casa Sol y Mar! Our restaurant in San Diego serves some of the greatest Mexican food this side of the border, and our avocados are always ripe and tasty. We’re looking forward to serving you!

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Cantina & Happy Hour

Every day is the perfect day to visit Casa Sol y Mar’s Cantina! Happy Hour is calling you! In the lively Cantina, guests sip giant frosty margaritas, enjoy fine Mexican beers and devour tasty appetizers and entrees. The Cantina features flat screen TVs for the sports-enthusiast. An array of top shelf, premium and specialty tequilas are featured including Reposado and Anejo – aged in white oak casks for over a year.

Whether you want to stop in and watch a game with your friends while tasting the best Mexican food and drinks around, or you want to make a night of it and proceed from the Cantina to the restaurant for dinner, you’ll find fun around every corner at Casa Sol y Mar.

Happy Hour is always more fun with the gang, so be sure to bring them along with you to sample our appetizers as you enjoy your drinks. See our menus below for the full roster of Casa Sol y Mar specialties:

If It’s Happy Hour, It’s Tequila Time at Casa Sol y Mar

Happy Hour Appetizers Menu
Happy Hour Drinks Menu

Make a Fiesta Out of Your Next After-Work Happy Hour

Enjoying a Happy Hour – Mexico Style

Cocktail season has come to San Diego, those 12 months of any year when we all enjoy happy hour with friends. Happy hour in San Diego is an eclectic mix of the city’s weather and culture. That convergence makes Casa Sol y Mar’s happy hour especially fitting.

Atmosphere

Sports fans enjoy watching the San Diego Chargers or Padres play while sipping a cool beer. Come winter when the temperatures do not cool down in SoCal, hockey fans love sipping a frosty margarita and watching their Stanley Cup-winning Los Angeles Kings take the ice.
Our Cantina at Casa Sol y Mar actually combines the best of a local sports bar with authentic Mexican watering hole. Artisanal tequila sits on top shelves under the flat screen televisions. Guests sit on custom-made barstools upholstered in hand-woven fabrics from Oaxaca, Mexico.

Tequila Connoisseurs

Speaking of hand-crafted items from Mexico, we are tequila connoisseurs. We would be delighted to explain the difference between a Reposado and an Añejo – it’s all in the aging, by the way. We can also offer recommendations based on a drink preference or flavor profile.

During happy hour, margaritas are on special. Choose between one of our house specialties or a Herradura Skinny Margarita, under 100 calories.

Mexican Beers

“The most interesting man in the world” wants people to stay thirsty. We don’t. We’d much rather you drink a premium Dos Equis XX lager or amber. The lager is crisp and refreshing with a deep golden color from the roasted malts that go into its production. The amber is richer and full-bodied with the red-gold hue its name suggests.

We also pour Modelo Especial and Tecate Light for happy hour. Modelo is crafted in the pilsner style with grassy aromas and a clean finish. Tecate, though made for lighter tastes, nonetheless offers a sweet nose and a bit of apple on the finish.

Nibbles

Enjoying happy hour in San Diego is all about the quality of the food. After all, the flavors of both the drinks and the appetizers should complement each other.

Some of our most popular happy hour nibbles pair very well with our drinks. Chorizo sliders are a spicy combination of both sausage and ground beef served with tangy chipotle dressing – perfect with that slightly sweet Tecate Light. Our nacho tostaditas, though, with all those beans, chorizo, Mexican cream and pico de gallo, all but demand a proper margarita.

Happy hour in San Diego – enjoying it with a Mexican flair just adds to the charm.

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Happy Hour

Monday – Friday: 4pm – 7pm

Happy Hour at Casa Sol y Mar is a colorful and lively fiesta. Our appetizers are priced from $3.95 to $5.95 and include Chorizo Sliders, Chicken Chipotle Flautas, Nacho Tostaditas and more.
Our House Margaritas are just $3.95 with a Herradura Skinny Margarita at $6.95. Mexican beers are $4.95 and wine, $5.95. Specialty cocktails are $6.95.

Happy Hour Appetizers Menu
Happy Hour Drinks Menu


 

Entertainment

Fun Mexican Mariachi Entertainment

When you visit Casa Sol y Mar, the menu is only part of the experience! Live entertainment brings the spirit of Mexico up close! Our restaurants are famous for strolling mariachis. They will serenade you with performances on Wednesday through Sunday evenings and during special events, completing the cultural experience.

Make Casa Sol y Mar “your place” to dine for Mexican food in San Diego. You’ll enjoy our fresh Mexican dishes and our friendly and fun atmosphere.

Lively Mariachis:

Thru – Sun 5-9 p.m.

Mariachis Are Mexico and Vice Versa

While every Mexican restaurant likes to think they’re the real deal, at Casa Sol y Mar, we have gone the extra mile to bring a truly
authentic Mexican restaurant to San Diego. It’s not just our traditional dishes prepared fresh daily featuring the regional cuisine of
Mexico, or the Anejo and Reposada premium tequilas we carry. Nor is it only the charming atmosphere featuring the Mexican folk art, accented
by red, green, and orange glazed Mexican tiles. While all these things contribute to our authentic Mexican experience, nothing says Mexico
like our strolling Mariachis.

Mariachi , More Than Music

Today, when we think Mariachi, we think of a band of men, playing violins, guitars, accordions, or even trumpets, in colorful charro suits
and wide brimmed hats, strolling through Mexican plazas or streets or serenading diners in cantinas or restaurants. But how did they come to be? The short answer is no one can say for sure, but all agree tracing mariachis is the same as tracing the evolutions of the Mexican
culture.

The indigenous people of Mexico had their flutes, whistles and drums but produced nothing approaching the poignant, rich, Mariachi sound.

That had to wait for the invasion of the Spanish and their missionaries who brought their musical instruments and played them during Mass.

Over time the people used these instruments to devise secular songs proclaiming love, betrayal, death, machismo, even politics and the music came to be known as Mariachi.

The origin of the name is still up for grabs. Some believe it has its root in mariage, the French name for wedding, since the music was played at marriage ceremonies. Others trace it back to a holy virgin known as Maria H (pronounced phonetically, Maria Ah-chay) since
the music abounded at a festival honoring her.

Mariachi as Politics

But what we definitely know is that with the advent of the 19th century, the criollos (Mexicans of Spanish descent), seeking to establish an identity of their own separate from Spain, adopted Mariachi music as the Music of Mexico, and the people built their entertainment around
it.

Musicians, clad in workmen’s garb white shirt, pants and straw hats traveled from hacienda to hacienda seeking employment at celebrations and during the Mexican revolution spread the news with their songs as they traveled from town to town.

Today, we invite you to come and share in the culture of Mexico every Wednesday thru Sunday, 5-9 p.m., as our Mariachis stroll through Casa Sol y Mar.

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CASA SOL Y MAR RESTAURANT

12865 El Camino Real.
San Diego, CA. 92130

Located at the corner of
Del Mar Highlands Town Center.
in San Diego, California
Map It! Phone: 858.792.4100 HOURS OF OPERATION Sun - Thu 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM Fri - Sat 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
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We want to see you soon and we recommend a reservation to avoid disappointment. Casa Sol y Mar accepts a limited number of daily reservations by telephone only. Reserve your table now and experience the very best Mexican restaurant in San Diego tonight!
Planning a birthday, graduation or holiday party? There’s no better place to celebrate than at Casa Sol y Mar. Make reservations now and get your group excited about a fiesta at the best Mexican restaurant in San Diego. For groups of 25 or more please contact:
Carlos Hernandez
at 858-792-4100 or
chernandez@casasolymar.com

Restaurant Address:
12865 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA. 92130
Phone: 858.792.4100
Fax: 858.792.4101
Web: www.casasolymar.com

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