12865 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
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.
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 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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Cantina & Happy Hour
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 and reclaimed wood tables framed with black-hammered iron and custom barstools upholstered with colorful wool fabrics hand-woven by artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico. An array of top shelf, premium and specialty tequilas are featured including Reposado and Anejo – aged in white oak casts for over a year.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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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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.
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.
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
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
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 RESTAURANT12865 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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