Ponsaty’s opens in Rancho Santa Fe


The Rancho Santa Fe village’s newest restaurant, Ponsaty’s, welcomed its first guests on Aug. 2. The fine dining restaurant and lounge that specializes in classical French and Spanish cuisine took over the space formerly held by Delicias.

“Ponsaty’s will offer a dining experience for everyone — from a beautifully designed indoor dining room, to casual and comfortable outdoor dining areas perfect for families,” said Sandy DiCicco, chief executive officer and operating partner of the Grand Restaurant Group. “We could not be more excited to open our doors this summer and bring Chef Patrick Ponsaty’s unforgettable cuisine to the Rancho Santa Fe community.”

Inside, the restaurant boasts an elegant indoor dining room adorned with chandeliers by Jonathan Adler and Schonbeck; booths upholstered with custom French tufted leather and a private, intimate seating area that can accommodate up to six guests. Front and back patios provide a more casual dining experience perfect for families, where guests can order a selection of signature flatbreads and other small tapas-style plates.

Master French Chef Ponsaty has created a menu of locally-sourced meats and produce from purveyors. Signature dish selections will include Californian Burrata and Serrano Ham with shaved local vegetables; Baja Scallops with Bandy Canyon Ranch Carrots featuring tri-color baby carrots, orange blossom and garbanzo-orange sauce; and Veal Cheeks with orange, roasted shallot, candied carrot puree and Madeira wine sauce.

The main bar area, built for socializing, is dotted with custom bar stools and intimate pub-style booths complemented by French tufting and brass buttons. The bar is wrapped with a Scottish-inspired fabric and black leather bar wrap.

“We wanted to take a risk with the design of Ponsaty’s,” said Derry van Nortwick, vice president of operations of the Grand Restaurant Group. “Through our use of custom-made art pieces, different textures and colors, we were able to incorporate different visions for the restaurant into its design, which makes the space truly unique and special.”

Ponsaty’s will offer an impressive selection of signature cocktails, including Sandy’s Strawberry Basil Martini, a refreshing cocktail made with vodka, St. Germaine, fresh strawberries, basil and a sugar rim; and Patrick’s White Sangria, made with wine-brandy, local stone fruit and fresh mint. The restaurant will also feature one of San Diego’s most dynamic scotch lists featuring nearly 50 different scotches from around the world and the option to create a custom scotch flight; and a well-curated list of more than 300 wines.

Ponsaty’s will be open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, please visit