12865 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
858.792.4100 View Menu & Order
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.
Tonight is the perfect night to come see us at Casa Sol y Mar! Don’t forget our festive entertainment and our happy hour specials! Get in touch with us for your San Diego banquet and catering needs too!.
Mexican Dining at Casa Sol y Mar
When it comes to finding great drink specials, finding a restaurant that has a happy hour
in San Diego is a must. Here at Diane Powers’ Casa Sol y Mar, we’re thrilled to offer
happy hour to our patrons Monday – Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. So if you’re looking for
a great place to grab some drinks and delicious food with friends, look no further than our
excellent Mexican restaurant.
More About Us
Here at Casa Sol y Mar, we’re dedicated to providing all of our customers with the highest
possible level of service and quality food. All of our dishes are made with fresh
ingredients daily by our experienced cooks and chefs. We truly have something for
Beyond our restaurant and happy hour, we also offer catering and banquet services.
Therefore, if you’ve been looking for a business to cater Mexican food to your next
gathering, we hope you’ll keep us in mind. Whether you need food for a party of
20 or 200, we can help you come up with the perfect menu options at a price that fits
within your budget.
The next time you’re searching for a place to catch a great happy hour in the San Diego
area, be sure to keep Casa Sol y Mar in mind. We look forward to seeing and serving you!
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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.
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:
About Our Happy Hour
At our fully stocked bar, we offer a variety of delicious margaritas; whether you like them on the rocks or frozen, flavored or plain, one of our bartenders can concoct the perfect margarita for your taste buds. Of course, if you’re more of a beer drinker, we’ve got you covered there, too. With a large selection of authentic Mexican beers and a variety of domestics on tap, you’ll be sure to find something to suit your tastes – and for a great price.
Drinks aren’t all that’s included in our special happy hour pricing; you can also enjoy a wide range of our delicious appetizers at a discounted price, such as Nachos Tostaditas and Gueritos Rellenos. So stop by with family or friends to share some drinks and appetizers!
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. Our Nachos-Crispy tortilla chips with refried beans, cheese, chile strips, jalapeños, salsa quemada, guacamole and sour cream.
Happy hour in San Diego – enjoying it with a Mexican flair just adds to the charm.
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Monday – Friday: 3pm – 7pm
Happy Hour at Casa Sol y Mar is a colorful and lively fiesta. Our happy hour appetizers start at $6.95 and include a Blackened Fish Taco, Ceviche Tostada, Jalisco BBQ wings, Muchisimos Taquitos, Taco Sampler and more.
Our House Margarita a (17 ½ glass) is just $6.95, Mexican beers-$5.95, domestic beers-$4.50 and house wine, $5.95.
Margarita Monday-Our House Margarita a (17 ½ glass) is just $5.00!!
Join us on Taco Tuesday for $3.50 traditional shredded chicken/beef or carnitas tacos, $4.00 Carne Asada or Pollo Asado Tacos or $4.50 Fish or Crispy Shrimp Tacos.
Where Does Tequila Come From?
A Mexican dinner in San Diego and tequila seem to go together like beans and rice. Of course, it is easy to answer the question of where tequila originated. That would be Tequila, Jalisco in the western part of Mexico. Even though this strong spirit is strongly associated with the history of that part of Mexico, tequila has made its way north of the border, and it might be enjoyed in a margarita, served solo with salt and lemon, or even sipped.
Early Origins of Tequila
Even before the Spanish arrived, the natives made a fermented drink from a type of agave. Agave is a native plant that is similar to cactus. This drink only fermented, so it was weaker like beer or wine. The Spanish knew how to distill, and after they ran out of supplies of their own imported liquors, they turned their attention to turning the original fermented drink into something stronger. Thus, the first documented distilled liquor from North America was born. Eventually, this evolved into tequila which is mostly distilled from the blue agave plant.
Early records first document this drink in the 17th century, but it is believed that it was quietly produced for haciendas even earlier. Apparently, early moonshiners wanted to avoid Spanish taxes for liquor, and this is certainly not a unique event in the history of distilling strong liquor. However, this means that the first production of true tequila was never documented and is lost to history.
Some scholars dispute the argument that the Spanish had to bring distillation to the area in order to produce liquor. They believe the natives already had a crude distillation process, and the Spanish may have only improved it.
Enjoy Traditional Mexican Drinks and Dining Today
You don’t have to travel to Mexico to enjoy traditional Mexican liquors. At Casa Sol y Mar, we offer visitors the ability to experience authentic Mexican dishes and of course, traditional drinks made with Mexican tequila. We hope visitors stop by to enjoy lunch, dinner, or our fantastic happy hour. We also offer catering in San Diego for special events.
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 Thursday through Sunday evenings and during special events, completing the cultural experience.
Thurs – 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 - 9:00 PM Fri - Sat 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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