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Taste Setter
Tom Sohn | 23rd Street

On many of Del Mar’s warm and cloudless nights, one can drive by the Tasting Room on the corner of Camino Del Mar and 15th Street and see the site of the old flower shop filled with people enjoying their craft beers, wine and food. However, as you may have noticed, those warm and cloudless nights have been few and far between lately. Doesn’t matter says the Tasting Room. They have an inviting cozy and appealing inside area which gets busy, keeping the patrons warm and full of food and drink.

The name “Tasting Room” may imply only a series of small plates or tasting size beer and wine. Not true! For those that want a full meal, the inside serves full size plates with wonderful choices, including the “Surrender Series,” chosen by the Chef for those, as their website says, “are gracious enough to trust us!” Steven Lona, Executive Chef and General Manager can walk you through the how, what and why of any meal.

As for the beverages, they don’t skimp. They have 28 rotating taps offering everything from Pilsners, Pale Ales, IPAs, Sours, Saisons, Porters and Stouts and too many bottle options to list. They offer a six-page wine menu which, while California-centric, includes wine from regions in France, Germany and Spain. Wine is also available for purchase to-go from their beautiful wine cellar, hosted by Wine Director Rusti Gilbert.

The Tasting Room is also more than willing to creatively pair your choice of beverage with your meal choice to “create a dining experience that is entirely unique.” The Tasting Room, located at 1435 Camino Del Mar, is open Tuesday – Sunday from 3pm – 9pm (10pm on Friday and Saturday). Don’t let the covered chairs on the outside patio fool you. The Tasting Room is open. Come on in and if you are lucky enough to see the butterscotch pudding on the menu, indulge! It’s worth it.




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