Photo credit: Haley Hill

The Butchery, located at 3720 Caminito Court, Suite 200, in Del Mar’s bustling One Paseo outdoor shopping center offers diners a butcher shop, bistro and specialty grocer all in one spot. We recently stopped in for lunch and couldn’t leave before we ended up buying dinner and breakfast for the following morning.  The attentive and knowledgeable staff took all the time they needed to help us select some steaks to cook on the grill later that night, and even sold us a dozen locally sourced eggs. Overall, the concept was a most welcome addition to San Diego and we are certainly happy owners Robert Hagopian and Brian Smith brought their 4th location here to Del Mar. 

We were greeted upon arrival by white subway tile back splashed walls, butcher block wood table and chairs and just about floor to ceiling windows. The windows allow diners and shoppers alike to continue to enjoy Del Mar’s sunny disposition while they dine on top shelf steaks. A classic deli counter with all manner of chicken, pork and of course a wide array of cuts of steak draws shoppers in immediately. An assortment of local as well as imported high quality products are available in the market and we are pleased to inform shoppers that many of these goods are priced significantly lower than at other high-end retail shops. A real bonus for those of us who appreciate quality brands.

The Butchery offers a selection of local San Diego beers as well as an assortment of red and white wines. We went with the Colene Clemens Pinot Noir. Our first course was an amazing cheese and charcuterie plate. Soft baguettes surrounded cured meats, Marcona almonds and two delicious cheeses. The Tomme Brulee goat cheese offered a smooth, light taste which stood in contrast to the sharpness of the Alpine White. The spicy chorizo was a real showstopper on the cured meats side but the Soppressata, sliced paper thin and seasoned to perfect, really held its own. 

For the main event, we ordered grilled house-marinated Angus steak tips along with the house ground patty cheeseburger. The first bite of the cheeseburger was, in a word… preposterous. A beautiful beefsteak tomato, fresh arugula and a spectacular house patty. I said it out loud at the table and I’ll write it here for you now… What a sandwich.  

The steak tips, cooked to order and marinated in sea salt, pepper and parsley were tender and delicious. The expert sear on the outside of the steaks was one of many small shows of expert craftsmanship we noticed while we ate. Our side of macaroni salad was light and flavorful. A hint of bacon provided a nice, salty compliment to the creamy texture of the pasta, and the chopped red bell pepper embedded an additional flavor profile. 

Needless to say, we were impressed. So impressed that we couldn’t dream of walking out without two fat steaks we would grill on our own. After some consultation with the knowledgeable and friendly staff, we decided on a New York strip and a bone-in ribeye steak. We inquired if The Butchery offered exotic meats or cuts and were told that customers can call or stop in to place orders. They are also fully stocked with popular holiday selections. 

We had a wonderful time enjoying the full Butchery experience. We dined in, ordered out and got some shopping done as well. The quality of the food, as well as its expert preparation, made for a top-notch dining experience. The Butchery is a finely executed concept and a welcome addition to One Paseo shopping district as well as the greater Del Mar neighborhood. We look forward to our next BBQ.

The Butchery

3720 Caminito Court

Suite 0200

San Diego, CA 92130

858-345-1524

Open Daily

9am – 8pm

www.onepaseo.com/dining/the-butchery