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If you are looking for a great place to indulge on some delicious food, while enjoying an incredible view of the Torrey Pines Reserve Lagoon, you should definitely check out Iris Restaurant in Del Mar. The restaurant is situated directly across the Los Penasquitos lagoon, on Carmel Valley Road, offering delicious lunch and dinner menus in a casual, yet professional environment.
Two brothers, originally from Boston, Edd and Tommy Golden, opened Iris in 2007, after falling in love with the picturesque location. Since opening it has become a popular restaurant amongst Carmel Valley residents, who love mixing great food with spectacular views. The menus are constantly changing and are fairly eclectic, never leaving diners bored with the same old offerings, although the local favorites are kept throughout the year. In addition, fresh, local and organic ingredients are used as much as possible!!!
The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, with most guests choosing to sit on the covered patio where they can enjoy the amazing views and the cool ocean breeze. One of the most popular dishes is their Clam Chowder, which is gluten-free by the way! Two brothers from Boston, you better believe their “chowdah” is nothing short of delicious! Even better, you can pair the delicious soup with their freshly baked bread. Perfect pairings just in time for the chilly weather we should be having soon.
So grab your friends, or business partners, and enjoy a nice, casual dining environment with great food and great views. It’s perfect for any occasion, and you can’t go wrong choosing any one of their handcrafted beers and wines to complement your food! Enjoy after a long day at the office or a relaxing Saturday by the beach.
David A. Moya is a Carmel Valley San Diego community contributor and influencer for positive change. As founder of The Carmel Valley Life he focuses on education, transparency and helping others find a voice for their passion. During his earlier years, he fed his entrepreneurial spirit and founded a company focused on helping kids committed to peak performance. David went on to pay for his BA in Finance through his real estate business and after graduating flew more than 30 flights to over 10 countries in order to master the art of communication and business. Today, he enjoys creating value for his community by leading a movement of responsibility – one of sharing knowledge, stories and a helping hand.