Del Mar Marriott unveils multimillion-dollar renovation

Revamp includes the hotel’s Arterra restaurant, a new cafe and reimagined lobby and pool area


At a public grand reopening party on Thursday, the owners of the San Diego Marriott Del Mar hotel unveiled the final touches of a multi-million-dollar renovation that began in November 2017.

Last summer, Dimension Development Co. completed a nine-month renovation of the 18-year-old hotel’s 284 guest rooms. The second phase of the renovation began last fall. It includes a refreshed and expanded lobby with a new grab-and-go coffee and breakfast pastry bar called the Terra Cafe and an upgrade to its exterior areas, including its swimming pool.

In September, the hotel’s all-day restaurant, Arterra, closed for a major remodeling that finished on July 1. In the meantime, the hotel’s food service operation was run from a “pop-up” space in one of its conference meeting rooms. The refreshed restaurant has a more open layout, private dining room spaces, outdoor seating and a more contemporary look.

“The look is more sleek, more modern and more upscale, playing into the community of Del Mar. Arterra is not only for hotel guests but also for the community of Del Mar,” J. Patrick McTigue, Dimension’s area director of sales and marketing, said last month.

The restaurant’s new menu, offering an international mix of cuisines, is helmed by two executive chefs. Chef Evan Cruz oversees the main breakfast, lunch and dinner menus and Andrew Hoh runs the restaurant’s sushi program from the round cocktail and sushi bar at the center of the restaurant.

Cruz said the restaurant’s updated menu is a mix of new dishes and old favorites and features local produce and sustainable proteins. Some of the new menu dishes are a duck confit flatbread, shrimp with squid ink chitarra pasta, charred smoked rib eye and a “three little lambs” dish featuring lamb loin, shoulder and sausage. The Arterra bar has a new emphasis on sushi, craft beers, cocktails, happy hour specials and communal seating.

“Our renovation will enhance the Arterra experience with its brand new look and updated menu to appeal to a wider audience,” John Peart, hotel general manager, said in a statement. “We invite guests who haven’t dined with Arterra to experience it for themselves, and are excited to welcome back loyal customers to see the changes and taste the difference.”

The hotel is at the intersection of Interstate 5 and Highway 56 at 11966 El Camino Real in San Diego.