About Dia de Campo
A blend of old school and new school Mexican meets West Coast fish house and raw bar.
Día de Campo owners Chef Tin Vuong and Jed Sanford’s vision for a Mexican and seafood restaurant set in the South Bay of Los Angeles. Located in Hermosa Beach, just a block off the sand and strand, Día de Campo is a modern surf lodge, of sorts, catering to those who want to disconnect, leave the day behind and gather with friends and strangers over flavorful food and drinks. The menu has Chef Tin paying homage to the array of Mexican and Latino food he’s enjoyed growing up in LA, mostly coming out of cocinas east of the LA River, while also taking inspiration from the fish houses, oyster bars and surf shacks along the coasts of California, Mexico, Hawaii and wherever the Pacific meets the sand.
Seafood, Latin American, Mexican
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm.
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:30am.
Friday: 3:00pm - 1:00am.
Saturday: Noon - 1:00am.
Sunday: Noon - 9:00pm.
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wine
Dia de Campo Ratings and Reviews
Went with a group of 5 - All food was ex ...
Went with a group of 5 - All food was exceptional but we had 2 desserts and neither were impressive. Skip the dessert. The spicy vodka drink (passion over function) is amazing. I did have more than my share of this one.
This place is like a gem... I discovered ...
This place is like a gem... I discovered the place by accident and loved it. I took my friends to the restaurant on a Friday night... TheClaremont (cocktail) is my new favorite. The food tastes and looks healthy and delicious. I cant wait to go and get my cucumber infused vodka drink....
I went there with my girlfriend for our ...
I went there with my girlfriend for our anniversary. We were seated in a booth section to begin but shortly after, were asked to get up and move to the bar area so our table went from being cozy and comfortable to being placed right behind the bar seating. We understand this happens so thought nothing of it. Our server (Brianne) came and took drink orders. We ordered two margaritas and ceviche to start. The margaritas took 30 mins to get to us. We finished our ceviche and then placed our order for tacos. We received our tacos and THEN finally got our margaritas. Our margaritas were WAYYYY too strong. I consider myself a drinker and usually like strong tequila-based beverages but these margs were literally unpleasant to drink. My girlfriend sent hers back and the bartender tried to fix it by (we assume) diluting it. She refused the new drink because we were already done with our meal at that point. We were going to try to order desert but our server rarely checked on us and at this point we just wanted to pay and leave. Our server was extremely awkward during basic interactions and never made eye contact with us even while taking our orders. We hope it was her first day because that's what it felt like. We've been here once before (we are Manhattan Beach residents) and had a wonderful experience so choosing this for our special occasion seemed appropriate. It was close to the worst dining experience we've ever had and unfortunately it turned us off to dining there again.
We had a party of four which we all thou ...
We had a party of four which we all thought was together. The restaurant apparently thought we were four strangers sitting at one table and brought our food out one entrée at a time over the course of about 40 minutes. My wife and I got our food first but about 10 minutes apart and the other couple we were with ordered two chimichangas (which, in fairness they said were very good) but they came out separated by about 20 minutes. We delayed eating our meal waiting for the chimichangas but after about 20 minutes the other couple urged us to go ahead and eat. Of course, by that time, our food already cold. The manager said they had two trainees in the kitchen. But this still sounds like very inadequate kitchen supervision. It was, without a doubt, the worst service I have ever had.
Went at 8:30 on a Sunday night. Was out ...
Went at 8:30 on a Sunday night. Was out of guacamole and flour tortillas (its a mexican restaurant... go out and buy some guac at the store at least...) and they rushed us through the whole meal and turned the bright lights on (universal "get out" sign) at 9:30. Duck chocolate quesadilla tasted like it had sat under the heat lamp for an hour and could be bounced off the floor.
The food was very good but it seemed lik ...
The food was very good but it seemed like the kitchen needs another Chef. it took a very long time for food to come out. it wasnt just our table. I noticed almost everyone was waiting 30-45 minutes for each course (including appetizer which was guacamole)
It was during brunch, perhaps they were letting us get the most out of our bottomless Mimosas.
The food was good even though the menu w ...
The food was good even though the menu was bit hard to understand. The service was okay. The tables are pretty close together so you feel like you are with the party sitting next to you. It was packed in 30 mins of opening. Make a reservation for brunch for 11am and get there on time.
Love the food. The sangria is pretty goo ...
Love the food. The sangria is pretty good too. The grilled lobster for two - is really for two not very hungry people. It is for one. It is delicious, but we could have had one each. Chorizo stuffed dates and duck quesidillas were lovely. So was the goat cheese cheesecake.
Couples have to sit across from one another. That means you are closer to and can better hear the person at the next table than your dining companion. For us, we were shouting across the table to be heard. It is loud. Good for people who can project or for larger groups where the person you are sitting next to is someone you'd like to talk to.
Service wasn't the best, not kid friendl ...
Service wasn't the best, not kid friendly - they do not have changing tables in the rest rooms, they do not have a private parking lot, the lot next door charges 15 to park during a certain time frame then it goes up to 20. Food is great - portions are small.
Decided to try out this place because of ...
Decided to try out this place because of DineLa. Tostadas greasy. Ahi tuna and oysters good. Whole fish with rice and beans pretty good, light on salt. Churros ok, greasy as well. Service friendly and helpful. But realized at the end of our meal that the DineLA was totally not a deal and going a la carte would have been cheaper and would have received larger portions, lame!
This was our first time at Dia de Campo. ...
This was our first time at Dia de Campo. Our meal was very good. We each ordered something different from the menu to try different things. The pancake was great. I had the Benedicts with carnitas and that was really tasty as well. The service was very good and friendly. Will definitely go back.
Fish tacos were very good but very small ...
Fish tacos were very good but very small. Pork tacos had no flavor. Sat at the bar and the service wasn't great. Margaritas are one of my all time favorite things and they made the worst skinny margarita I have had I didn't even finish it. The rice was amazing. Not sure I would go again
I LOVE THE FOOD AT DIA DE CAMPO, BUT OUR ...
I LOVE THE FOOD AT DIA DE CAMPO, BUT OUR SERVICE WAS LACKING. FIRST, SOMEONE TOOK OUR RESERVATIONS PRETENDING TO BE OUR GROUP (NOT THE RESTAURANT'S FAULT AND THEY DID MANAGE TO SEAT US PRETTY QUICKLY), BUT STILL REALLY ANNOYING. THEN, THEY FORGOT ONE OF THE THINGS WE ORDERED. WHEN WE MENTIONED IT, THEY SAID THEY'D BE RIGHT ON IT, BUT INSTEAD, WE WATCHED SEVERAL OTHER TABLES GET THE ITEM WE ORDERED BEFORE WE DID. NO APOLOGIES FOR MESSING UP THE ORDER EITHER WHICH MAKES THE WHOLE THING WORSE. I'D GO BACK BECAUSE THE FOOD IS GOOD, BUT THEY REALLY NEED TO WORK ON THEIR CUSTOMER SERVICE.
Great restaurant, excellent food, very c ...
Great restaurant, excellent food, very cool decor. I was shocked at how good this place was only because it was a last minute reservation on Open Table and no one had previously recommended it to me, so we were going there blind. The food was exceptional, the ambiance was great, everything was perfect. Next time we will try the Bloody Mary bar, it looked awesome. The zucchini pumpkin bread french toast was out of this world! The steak and eggs was delicious, the shrimp cocktail was unique and better than any I have ever had, not an ordinary plane Jane shrimp cocktail! the quality of the food superior.
Being a resident of the east side, I was skeptical of prices for tacos and elote. But, the craftsmanship of dishes like the scallops and greens with stone fruit (peach), the black salsa, red braised lamb, and pork chili verde were worth the cost. We look forward to returning for the pork belly and octopus dishes. Our server says that we cannot go wrong with any dish and we tend to trust her instinct.
It Was Everything Advertised and More
We'd been wanting o go to Dia de Campo for months but there were never any available tables when we wanted to book. We finally tried a Monday evening and got a reservation on four hours' notice, although times were limited to early (6:30 or before, which we chose) or late (after 9:00). The food was creative, fresh and delicious, from the guacamole with crabmeat to the tacos (tapas size; many of the dishes were of that size and intent, but they have full entrees as well) to my favorite, the octopus. It was prepared as a sausage, but was tender and moist. The approach reminded me of my favorite squid meal on the island of Mykonos, where the squid was served as a tender steak. The service was attentive but not intrusive. We even got drinks at Happy Hour prices.
All in all, a great experience. Recommend it highly and can't wait to do it again!
Good Happy Hour
We brought a friend from out of town and booked early not realizing what a great happy hour they have. Yummy tacos & nice margaritas at great price. Food was yummy, served timely & nice atmosphere. Was getting busier & noisier by time we left ... So go on early side if going for happy hour .
Incredibly slow service and disappointing food
You are always taking a risk when you pick a restaurant for a special occasion and unfortunately I made the wrong choice. Incredibly long dinner -- 2:30 on a Tuesday night. We literally had six menu items and only ONE was great (oysters, short rib empanada, ceviche, pork belly, grilled lobster, churros). We were probably saved by the servings of tortillas and salsa!
Oysters, took almost 40 minutes to arrive and were just OK and the pico de gallo and horse radish didn't complement them.
Short rib empanada. Small serving, the flavor profile seemed flat, and the little bit of short ribs inside were drowned with cheese and red sauce. Have enjoyed MANY empanadas, including in Chile, but we didn't care for their version at all.
Straight up ceviche arrived. We absolutely love ceviche and this is not a ceviche. If no one told you ahead of time, you wouldn't guess it was ceviche. It includes chunks of sweet potato.... Unfortunately we were hungry and had waited a long time so we ate it.
Grilled lobster, pork belly, and some rice and beans arrived. Thank goodness it looked good. The grilled lobster was Mexican style and very tasty. The beans and rice were average but I was hungry and happy to have them. Eventually we tried the pork belly and it was so salty it was inedible. Can't even describe the presentation.
Lastly, churros with chocolate. Very small to share and it does not look like any churros you've seen and looks distinctly unappetizing. Nonetheless we tried it and found it uncooked in the middle! The chocolate was also tepid. No patience to have them try again to deep fry a churro!
After 2:30 hours, we just wanted to leave. Generally we would have sent some food back but we were hungry and knew getting anything replaced would be at least 20-30 minutes. Rarely been so incredibly disappointed with a meal and didn't feel well by the time we got home. I certainly regret choosing it for a special birthday dinner.
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