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Del Mar Rendezvous

5 Stars "This place has delicious Chinese food . . . The food is presented really nicely, the décor is great . . . You won't find as nice a place anywhere else in San Diego"

5 Stars "My family and I eat there at least once per week, every week . . . levels above any where else in San Diego County. . . This restaurant is the shining star of gourmet Chinese cookery in San Diego county!"

5 Stars ". . . You can't beat the prices and the amazing food! Great wine selection too!"

5 Stars". . . Fantastic Food! . . . Great service, and ocean view, all at a reasonable price. Cant say enough good things about this place."

5 Stars"Quite possibly some of the best Chinese food I've had in San Diego, if not ever. Great atmosphere, great service and great food."

5 Stars"This restaurant is amazing . . . I can't wait to go back to the restaurant again. Also check out the "Xango" dessert. OMG to die for. The Walnut Shrimp was also the best. You really can't go wrong with anything you order truly is wonderful. Bon Appetit."

5 Stars"Our favorite Chinese in San Diego, with the second being sister restaurant Dumpling Inn on Convoy."

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Open Table - Del Mar Rendezvous

For April 2014, in all of San Diego out of 373 restaurants:

  • Best Food #10

And in North County San Diego out of 102 restaurants:

  • Best Food #6
  • Best Service #10
  • Best Overall #6
UrbanSpoon - Del Mar Rendezvous

89% Like

89% Rating

#3 rated restaurant in Del Mar

#1 rated Chinese restaurant in North County

#2 rated Asian Fusion restaurant in San Diego

Ranch and Coast

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#1 rated Chinese restaurant in San Diego

#3 rated restaurant in Del Mar
Ranch and Coast

One of the 50 best Chinese restaurants in the United States
"With top-notch service and an inventive Chinese fusion menu -- the duck breast Shangri-la with teriyaki glaze is superb -- Rendezvous is a long-time favorite among locals." Read full article

San Diego Magazine

2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 San Diego Magazine Readers' Pick "Best Chinese" Restaurant Winner

2015, 2014, 2013 San Diego Magazine Readers' Pick "Best Asian Fusion" Runner-up

2013 San Diego Magazine Readers' Pick "Best Service" Runner-up

2012 San Diego Magazine Readers' Pick "Best Vegetarian" Winner

2012 San Diego Magazine Readers' Pick Runner-up"Best Neighborhood Restaurant" and "Best Business Lunch"

2011, 2010 San Diego Magazine Readers' Pick "Best Takeout" Runner-up

2011 San Diego Magazine Readers' Pick "Best Vegetarian" Runner-up

San Diego Magazine

#1 rated Asian Fusion restaurant in San Diego

Ranch and Coast

Winner of "Readers' Choice: Best of the Best, Best Chinese, Best Asian/Fusion, Best Lunch and Runner up for Best Service" 2012
"IT'S THAT WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR, when our foodie readers divulge their favorite local eateries in the Readers’ Choice Awards. And this year, it was Del Mar Rendezvous that snagged the number one spot as Best of the Best. 

Del Mar Rendezvous is an Asian-fusion restaurant (yes, they also came in first in that category) that shows off what diners are craving — besides delicious food and great atmosphere — in 2012: menus for vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free diners; oodles of noodles; foods that are handmade like the dumplings, pot stickers and kitchen-made sauces presented here; and a plethora of local, import and craft beers (offered at half price on Tuesdays).."

Ranch and Coast

Winner of "Readers' Choice: Best Chinese 2015
"Time-honored delicacies like Peking duck and moo goo gai pan share space with sriracha chicken, honey-glazed spare ribs and a Wine Spectator award-winning list of reds and whites at Del Mar Rendezvous."

Ranch and Coast

Winner of "Readers' Choice: Best Chinese, Gluten-Free Offerings, and Soup" 2014
"It’s no surprise that the team behind Dumpling Inn turns out award-winning cuisine year after year at its Del Mar Plaza sister restaurant. . . Usual suspects like hot-and-sour and egg drop share space with spicy lemongrass and noodle bowls on Del Mar Rendezvous’ robust soup list . . . Savor anything but thrown-together alternatives including chicken lettuce wraps, moo goo gai pan . . ."

Ranch and Coast

Winner of "Readers' Choice: Best Chinese and Best Vegetarian" 2013
"You like them. You really like them. Enough to vote them first place in two categories. Dishes like yu shiangeggplant, vegetable dumplings, and seaweed salad appeal to a wide array of palates. It’s more modern, yet clearly every bit as beloved, as its tasty predecessor, Dumpling Inn."

Ranch and Coast

Winner of "Readers' Choice: Best Casual Dining" 2011
"Can’t beat casual dining with a romantic getaway-feel near the ocean at Del Mar Rendezvous. A large menu of Chinese fusion cuisine includes 33 kitchen-made sauces, prime meats and seafood, and handmade dumplings."

Ranch and Coast

Winner of "Readers' Choice: Best Asian Food and Best Gluten-Free" 2011
"A winner in two categories this year, enjoy a taste of Chinese fusion cuisine at Del Mar Rendezvous. A vast menu of noodles and rice, meat, seafood, and gluten-free options keep guests coming back for more. Don’t miss the Pungent Crispy Chicken or the Shrimp Pad Thai."

Ranch and Coast

Winner of "Readers' Choice: Favorite Restaurant in San Diego" 2011
"Prime ingredients woven into traditional yet modern Chinese fare paired with excellent service makes this intimate and calming eatery a Del Mar treasure. Don’t miss the gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options."

Ranch and Coast

Winner of "Editor's Choice: Best Asian Restaurant" 2011
"Family owned and operated, Del Mar Rendezvous serves contemporary fare that fuses traditional Chinese cooking with modern presentation and the best flavors Asia has to offer. Highlights include the Pungent Crispy Chicken, Peking Duck, myriad savory soups, and more."

Rivera Magazine

Winner of "Best Chinese" (page 73)
"Finding good Chinese in S.D. is like finding a good man at Glenn Beck's house. But locals and pro jockeys know the secret of Del Mar Rendezvous. Their massive walnut shrimp with sticky cream sauce is phenomenal. The place is swarmed Wednesdays or Sundays for half-price wine."

AOL City's Best AOL City's Best

2010 "Best Chinese" Winner
" . . . The freshness and quality of the ingredients used in the dishes at Del Mar Rendezvous make the food look like it's downright proud to be on the plate. One of the happy results of such a meal is that it makes it easy to guiltlessly enjoy the Xango: banana cheesecake wrapped in a cinnamon pastry and topped with whipped cream, caramel, and chocolate sauce. . . ."

2008 "Best Chinese" (3rd Place)
" . . . Rendezvous blends the stylish-casual ambiance with the culinary prowess of Asian masters . . . great choice for light lunch or blowout feast . . . crispy cheese-filled rangoons always delight . . .honey glazed spare ribs will have you licking your fingers . . ."

10 News A-List

2014 "Best Vegetarian"

2014 "Best Chinese" - Runner Up (#2 out of 53)

2014 "Best Asian Fusion"- Runner Up (#4 out of 28)

2013 "Best Vegetarian"

2012 "Best Chinese" - Runner Up (#4 out of 53)

2012 "Best Asian Fusion"- Runner Up (#5 out of 33)

2011 "Best Chinese" - Runner Up (#2 out of 50)

2010 "Best Chinese"

2009 "Best Chinese"

2007 "Best Asian Fusion"

"Contemporary Style Regional Asian & China Bistro at its finest . . ."

"The flavors of dishes are outstanding"

"Great atmosphere with incredible entrees and affordable pricing"

" . . . my FAVORITE restaurant . . . in San Diego!!! . . . "

"Great food, very creative and yet classic."

"Delicious, top quality food. Creative menu designed by chef/owner. A true "cut above" standard Asian fare."

"Absolutely wonderful. Every experience is a charm and the food is incomparable."

"Del Mar Rendezvous is my favorite restaurant! I'd eat there everyday if I could. when I'm not eating there, I'm THINKING about eating there."

"Full flavored  . . .  cuisine which is beautifully presented . . . Great service. . ."

"The best meal I have had at a restaurant all year! Fresh and flavorful, absolutely delicious!"

". . . The atmosphere is friendly and the service was superb."

"Excellent menu and presentation."

"The best Chinese food in the world! The dumplings are amazing."

San Diego Reader

3.5 Stars (Very Good to Excellent): ". . . Everybody seems to be doing rangoons nowadays; only a few restaurants manage to make them look this pretty . . . the lemon sauce, done Hong Kong-style, displayed a flawless balance of citrus and sweetness . . ."

San Diego Reader

"Voted "Best Chinese and Best Asian Fusion"

San Diego Union-Tribute Entertainment Guide

Voted one of the Top Ten Chinese Restaurants in San Diego

San Diego Union-Tribute Entertainment Guide

Union Tribune Food Critic:
"The restaurant is stylish but still comfortable, with food that's familiar without being boring"

"Flavorful, inventive Chinese food . . . Excellent wine list . . . I have been enjoying Mark Sun's cooking since the early 80's."

Yahoo! Local

5-Stars: "Best Chinese in San Diego, maybe the U.S.  Clean, crisp, tasty food.  Reasonably priced."

"The BEST Chinese Restaurant in San Diego!"

San Diego Metropolitan

". . . tastefully decorated . . . I was particularly enamored of the ‘Honey Glazed Spare Ribs' . . . the meat is so tender it just plum falls off the bone . . . fabulous soups . . . not to be missed . . ."

Discover SD

". . . North County diners should not miss Del Mar Rendezvous, the fine China Bistro on Camino Del Mar . . . Enjoy a vast wine list . . . you must try the caramelized banana cheese xango for dessert."


" . . . the ambiance was warm and inviting . . . everything was delicious . . . the dishes were mouthwatering . . a superb restaurant for all types of events . . ."


". . . modern Chinese fare in a seaside setting . . .  Don't skip dessert . . ."

San Diegan

" . . . an exceptional China Bistro . . . impressive blend of prime ingredients . . . by far the most stunning Chinese Restaurant in town."

San Diegan

" . . . The food was still great . . . FYI, they have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menus. Also, yummy wines at a decent price or their 1/2 price wine nights."

Gluten Free Twins

" . . . Del Mar’s Rendezvous Chinese Fusion Cuisine is a destination for gluten-free eaters! They have an extensive menu of gluten-free dishes, and also have vegan and vegetarian choices.."

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