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Del Mar Racetrack

Del Mar
  • Ron B.
    "our restaurant overlooking the paddock."(5 Tips)
    Brian B.
    "Where the Turf Meets the Surf."(2 Tips)
    "Mobile betting is nice (only if you're at the track)."(3 Tips)
    The History Press
    "The wife of one of Bing Crosby's writers came up with it."(2 Tips)
103 Tips and reviews
  • concerts
  • turf meets
  • paddock
  • margaritas
  • scenic views
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  • StarGirl11
    StarGirl11April 2, 2015
    Great place to come for the races. But due to crowds on big days your going to either have to pick to camp out in front of the paddock or in front of the track to watch the races.
    Upvoted Sep 2
  • Ken W.
    Ken WestAugust 2, 2013
    Kudos to Mike working the wine bar on the 3rd level - great conversations, great tips, and he mixes a mean drink (or a mild drink if you need one like I did).:
    Upvoted Aug 24
  • Street Chef C.
    As a Food Truck we had a fabulous day at the Gourmet Food Truck Event. Met some great people, great customers and all round superb atmosphere.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferAugust 5, 2012
    1. You can bring non-alcoholic beverages and snacks for a picnic. 2. Great race hats are a must. 3. Don't bring easy-up or umbrella or anything glass.
  • Ron B.
    Ron BrindleNovember 10, 2017
    We attended the 2017 Breeders' Cup, so I'm unclear how different the track would be on more typical race days. Wasn't favorably impressed with the buffet at our restaurant overlooking the paddock.
  • Kersi A.
    Kersi AsareSeptember 1, 2013
    Always a good time - check the calendar to see when they are having post race concerts, they bring in excellent and well known artists for shows
  • Chris E.
    Chris EckeardJune 2, 2016
    Beautiful venue with a picturesque view of the ocean side. Concerts are good here as well as the last 5k I participated in.
  • The History Press
    The History PressJune 3, 2011
    Do you know the source of the phrase "Where the Turf Meets the Surf"? The wife of one of Bing Crosby's writers came up with it. Discover the track's history in DEL MAR: WHERE THE TURF MEETS THE SURF. Read more
  • BbEureka
    BbEurekaAugust 24, 2014
    Second time I've been here and it's always a good experience. Make sure to come early since Gen. Parking gets full so quick!
  • RosaAkaNana
    RosaAkaNanaAugust 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you park Valet- ask if they will park your car in front so it isn't buried! And make sure you take care of your valet guy! $$
  • The History Press
    The History PressMay 23, 2012
    Del Mar ran its first race in 1937 and founder Bing Crosby worked the gates while the first patrons came flowing in, over 15,000! Learn more about the history of Del Mar. Read more
  • Jessica w/ E.
    Jessica w/ Event StaticSeptember 5, 2011
    Skip the lines inside when you want to bet by signing up for Mobile Betting! Add money to your Racetrack card & bet with your iPhone/Android! You must sign up at the window first but worth it!
  • Kristina R.
    Kristina RomanAugust 5, 2013
    A good place for fun to dress up and feel fancy for a day. Also a good excuse to buy a big hat!
  • Christy M.
    Christy McFarlandJuly 5, 2011
    The site of the San Diego County Fair, as well as numerous other events. Very well equiped to deal with the large numbers of visitors. Read more
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KennedyAugust 8, 2014
    The races are amazing, the sights are beautiful. It is pretty cheap to just go watch the races without betting much money.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 12, 2011
    4 o'clock Fridays are back! Enjoy a free concert after Friday's last post. 2011 line-up includes G Love, The Bravery, Fitz & The Tantrums, Ben Harper, many more! Click "More Info" for full line-up. Read more
  • Chris E.
    Chris EckeardJune 2, 2016
    Nice venue with an ocean side view. Concerts are picturesque and the venue holds 5k runs and other fair related events.
  • Juan L.
    Even if you are not a gambler, pick a fun or cute horse name and join the fun.
  • Chad T.
    Chad TovarSeptember 9, 2014
    Great place to watch the horse races!!! Weather is good and valet parking is nice!!!
  • Robert T.
    Robert T.August 1, 2013
    If you love horse racing after the season ends head on down to Surfside Race Place the Satellite Wagering facility of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The action continues.... www.surfsideraceplace.com
  • TheDL
    TheDLAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Mobile betting is nice (only if you're at the track). I like not having to get up to fight the betting crowds :)
  • Melissa 💋
    Melissa 💋August 10, 2014
    Summer Concert Series FTW!!! Also, this a long shot runner's track - don't bet all favorites!
  • Jack G.
    Jack GashiJuly 21, 2015
    Fantastic place for a sunny day in the summer. Bet on the ponies and catch a free concert after
  • Aileen B.
    Aileen BrazeauSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This guy CC @creativecapital is an Awesome Handicapper. His office is the first table in the Charlie Wittingham pub
  • Julian N.
    Julian NamMay 23, 2012
    Before each race, all the horses come out for a showing (near the front gate). Make sure you go and look at each horse in the eyes. Then you'll know who to bet on!
  • Aileen B.
    Aileen BrazeauSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Del Mar StAff They know the horses that will come in the money
  • Sean M.
    Sean MillerAugust 20, 2015
    Place your bets early. The lines get pretty long and can take forever, especially on weekdays.
  • Aileen B.
    Aileen BrazeauJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hang out in the paddock. That is where the die hard horse handicappers may give you a hot tip
  • Mashable
    MashableSeptember 30, 2010
    Visit the Del Mar Racetrack in the summer. The Foursquare Mayor gets a VIP paddock tour, and they have the Cool As Ever Tech party once a year. - Callan Green Read more
  • @49ergirl
    @49ergirlDecember 3, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Never a bad day at this track. Ambiance, staff, people are always thumbs up.
  • Nik S.
    Nik SourisAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Everything is great here except the drink prices.
  • Linda P.
    Linda PJuly 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't buy your taco's at the outside taco stand go to the 17 hands bar they are so much better and cheaper!
  • Shannon B.
    Shannon BiszantzJuly 22, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Be sure to stop by Whittingham bar for a sliced roast beef sandwich on sourdough and a drink!
  • Marsha N.
    Marsha NaifyAugust 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Fun, fun, fun. An excursion that is a must for summer or Fall.
  • Bill T.
    Bill ThomasDecember 31, 2014
    Friday afternoon in July, hit a daily double, sipping on presidente margarita, couple exacta winners, then see the concert
  • Jennifer
    JenniferAugust 5, 2012
    You cannot use the mobile app for betting everywhere so plan ahead if you want to wander around.
  • Natasha L.
    Natasha LoomisFebruary 3, 2015
    The track! This is the spot. Track season= Best season minus the traffic #winning
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WilsonAugust 20, 2017
    Head in early to check the horses warming up
  • Mindy H.
    Mindy HermanJuly 26, 2013
    You can go down right next to the track for free! Very exciting and fun!!!
  • Ruth
    RuthAugust 2, 2017
    What can I say!!! Fun, fun, fun & lots of fun!!!!😊😀😁
  • Sean C.
    Sean CallahanJuly 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Special window on the top floor of the grand stand. Shortest line.
  • Christine B.
    Christine BehymerJuly 28, 2012
    Get the wristband! 5 cups of 7 oz beer for $17!! And manga manga is a win!!
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MaruszewskiAugust 8, 2013
    1/2 price beer, soda and hot dogs on Wednesdays!
  • Ruth
    RuthJuly 22, 2017
    Always fun to bet small & win big!!!!!! Lots of fun!!☺
  • Alex F.
    Alex FloodAugust 17, 2011
    Bet on the horse with the smallest penis. It has to compensate and get praise other ways, therefore, it will run fast.
  • Paul D.
    Paul DoughertyJune 20, 2013
    5th horse in the 9th race to show... sure winning bet every time
  • Aileen B.
    Aileen BrazeauJuly 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Opening Day in Del Mar is one big Party !!!
  • Luz T.
    Luz ThrallAugust 7, 2010
    Friday happy hr on some drinks, margarita $5.00 draft beers $2.00 off!
  • Jennifer
    JenniferAugust 5, 2012
    Bring your own chairs to enjoy a day in the infield.
  • Melonie G.
    Melonie GallegosJuly 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Friday rolling happy hour car 2 top floor. Bring cheese puffs and your in.
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