Officially opening tonight is Tasting Room Del Mar, which sets up shop in a 2,400-square-foot space that spans a prime corner of the North County neighborhood. Launched by father and son team David and Evan Taylor, the project combines a craft beer and wine bar with an eatery and retail bottle shop.
An outdoor seating area is serviced by a six-tap bar while inside, another 22-tap bar will pour a rotating list of craft beer along with cold brew coffee, kombucha, cider and mead; sommelier Rusti Gilbert (The Cork and Craft, Addison) is leading the wine program, which offers wine by the glass or bottle from their temperature-controlled cellar, which will also serve as the retail shop for an extensive craft beer and wine selection. The dining room includes five seats that look into the kitchen, where executive chef Steven Lona will cook up a ever-evolving menu based on seasonality, scratch-made ingredients and local sources, including house cultured butter served with local Prager Brothers bread and a chicken dish featuring Pasturebird hens from Murietta. Three or five-course tasting menus will be available paired with beer and wine.
Sommelier Rusti Gilbert (The Cork and Craft, Addison) is leading the wine program, presiding over a cellar In addition to wine and beer by the glass or bottle, Tasting Room Del Mar will also boast a temperature-controlled wine cellar with a 900-bottle capacity for guests looking to take their libations to go. In the coming months, another unique aspect of the Tasting Room Del Mar experience will be the opportunity for guests to place their order on the restaurant’s own user-friendly app, intended to expedite the process.