Market Restaurant + Bar is by far my favorite restaurant for special occasions. My husband and I usually go for birthdays and anniversaries. The warm corn muffins are my favorite. Just a dollop of soft butter on them, and I'm in heaven. Each time they surprise you with a different amuse bouche before your main course. It is always a "close your eyes" delight of flavors in your mouth experience. My husband and I love it.
We are also creatures of habit and usually order the same thing every time we go. I always get the lobster special, and he always gets the short ribs/filet combo. Both are done exquisitely. I have strayed before and tried other menu items, but I always come back to my favorite.
At the end of the course, they give you a delicious salted caramel. As I unwrap my caramel and pop the sweet treat in my mouth, I try to chew slowly and savor the moment and whole meal in general. The service there is always superb. There are several wait staff on hand, filling your water, clearing your dishes, folding your napkin when you go to the restroom, and overall making sure your meal is going smoothly. There is also complimentary valet outside. There are only two areas of opportunity that I think Market could improve on. The lighting is a little dim, and the desserts are just not at the same caliber as the main courses, in my opinion. They are not enough though to stop me from considering Market my favorite special occasion restaurant.
If you are looking for a fine dining experience in Del Mar, Market Restaurant + Bar is truly a wonderful choice.