California Bistro - Park Hyatt Aviara
California Bistro - Park Hyatt Aviara

California Bistro - Park Hyatt Aviara

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.parkhyattaviara.com/
  • Phone: 7606036868x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Buffet
    Monday – Sunday...............................6:30 AM – 10:30 AM

    Breakfast A La Carte
    Monday – Sunday................................6:30 AM – 11:00AM

    Lunch
    Monday – Friday.................................11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

    Saturday Brunch Buffet ......................11:30 AM – 2.00 PM

    Sunday Bloody Mary Brunch Buffet....11:30 AM – 2.00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Pierre Albaladejo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The California Bistro offers a beautiful private function space accommodating up to 30 guests. Enjoy our beautiful breakfast, lunch and Saturday brunch where everyone will find something they love, including Chef Franck Riffaud's delicious desserts! Private room available or enjoy the wrap-around outdoor terrace offering spectacular ocean views!
  • Private Party Facilities: The chefs at our San Diego California restaurant combine the culinary comfort of a modern bistro with market-fresh ingredients indigenous to the area's fruitful terrain and bountiful waters. Inspired by French tradition, the menu offers locally produced daily fresh vegetables, seafood and specially selected free-range, grain-fed meats. An extensive wine list emphasizes selections from California's Central Coast north to the Napa Valley.
  • Private Party Contact: Elizabeth Cooney 7606035140x
  • Special Events: Please contact Elizabeth Cooney at elizabeth.cooney@hyatt.com to book any special events and promotions.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Aviara Parkway
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking complimentary with validation
A word from California Bistro - Park Hyatt Aviara
The chefs at our San Diego California restaurant combine the culinary comfort of a modern bistro with market-fresh ingredients indigenous to the area's fruitful terrain and bountiful waters. Inspired by French tradition, the menu offers locally produced vegetables, seafood and specially selected free-range, grain-fed meats. An extensive wine list emphasizes selections from California's Central Coast to the Napa Valley.


Executive Chef Pierre Albaladejo invites you to enjoy one or all!
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California Bistro - Park Hyatt Aviara reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelQuiet
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (6)scenic view (5)romantic (3)special occasion (3)kid-friendly (2)good for groups (2)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (2)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • Some changes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We have had brunch there several times-the last maybe two yrs ago on Father's Day. We were very disappointed so did not return for quite awhile. On our return last Sunday we were rather surprised to find the selection was greatly reduced. Also, there were some empty dishes that were not refilled until just before we left. Having said all of that-the food you offered was really plenty (well, maybe a waffle would have been good) the service was great and we will come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited Menu
    BeachKitty
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I thought the menu was very limited, but I was expecting to see a nice buffet. I took a friend here for the buffet for her birthday and was disappointed that they only have it on weekends. Their website did not specify this. Also, there were very few people in the restaurant and everyone apparently wanted to sit next to the window where we were. The tables were rather close and there were two men on each side of us. At one table they were so loud we could hear their whole conversation and the other two spent time on their phones having conversations with someone else.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    Nick
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    For the high price this was a bust! We tried Grand Del Mar Brunch in Del Mar and the cost was the same but the amount and variety of food between both brunches was like night and day. Not enough variety was the biggest difference plus here the food was placed on window ledges, how tacky. This brunch should have been priced 20-30 dollars less to be considered. Way over priced.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best luxury brunch buffet in SD
    Barbara
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I live in LA and I have been to many hotel brunches (Ritz, Four Seasons, you name it). This one is a lot more intimate with quality over quantity. There may be fewer choices but every single ingredient is so fresh and so delicious. You can tell the chef put his/her personal touch and love into every single morsel you take. The views are also lovely and the staff could not be more professional and friendlier. We also ordered the fresh juice of the day (melon and banana mix) and it was the best juice I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 99 reviews are from the California Bistro - Park Hyatt Aviara reviews archive.
  • Park Hyatt definitely not 4 Seasons
    YamahazingVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Sad to see the decline after Park Hyatt took over for Four Seasons. Service was horrible, food selection considerably smaller. And the once vibrant and busy Sunday brunch had maybe four tables. Not going there again
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  • Ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    I was so very disappointed that you no longer offer the "small plate/salad bar" that you had before the renovation. I raved about California Bistro to all of my friends and was surprised that you no longer offer that venue. I do understand that this may have been a cost consideration, since much of this was labor intensive, however, this did make your restaurant a special experience. Your head waiter Jonathan is always delightful and gracious and helped make my disappointment bearable. Thank you. Liz Schwartz
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • omelette is good but a bit hard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    the restaurant server recommended bay style omelette inc. crab but it tastes much harder than expected. also, a bit greasy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good lunch
    Alex
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Calamari were fried perfectly and the farro salad was really tasty (even a little too much vinegar for my taste). Good service too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice buffet
    FoodDudeVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    The menu is fine as well, but they excel at both breakfast and lunch. Ample assistance from a professional staff and a family atmosphere that makes it fun for all ages.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was slow and was under
    Jeff
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Service was slow and was under staffed. Also, there was a 1 per customer limit on Lobster Tails. Lobster tails were per request and only 1 lobster tail was delivered per couple to split. This was not noted on the Website Menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • California Bistro...it's not Vivace
    Eric
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    We went to the Sunday Brunch thinking that this new replacement would be on par with the former Vivavce Brunch, it wasn't. The atmosphere is good and the selection of food is okay, but the price of $50 per person is far too high for what you actually receive. The one bonus is that the brunch includes unlimited Bloody Marys. Unfortunately, the service was horrible -- one would expect outstanding service at the Park Hyatt, but that was not the case.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Screaming Kids!
    SherylVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Food was OK and service clueless but in the end adequate. We had requested a guiet table and were seated in a smaller room with screaming kids all around. We understood that many families were staying at the hotel but wonder why they didn't reserve one of the smaller rooms for adults?
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant, upscale
    RickVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Great restaurant, upscale dining, elegant yet casual furnishings. Menu had individual offerings and a buffet choices of everything, cold plates, and dessert. We ordered individual items, salads, as the buffet offered much more than we felt like eating. Our salads were very good, very fresh ingredients, tasty dressings, and large portions. Nice drink menu to complement your lunch order. Server was very good, personable, helpful with menu selections. Dresscode was listed as casual, I was in shorts, felt a little under dressed as most folks were business casual at a minimum. Nice spot for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    went there for Thanksgiving lunch. over-priced menu for a subpar experience: unpleasant seating arrangement, noisy, average buffet food (seafood and desserts were the highlights). unfortunate since the hotel is impeccable.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Questionable for a 5 star resort
    Susan1484VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Great waitress & service, okay meal; reservations made after the 'lunch crowd' gone - so no rushing. Seating - hostess had to check to see if they had a table 'as I requested'? Hotel needs to examine the job of a valet! American Heritage Dictionary says: 'Parking valet: arrangements provided by a commercial establishment such as a restaurant, whereby patrons leave their cars at the entrance and attendants park and retrieve them'. That didn't translate to the valet captain. He handed me my keys at the entrance, after a luncheon business meeting, and said; 'we're kind of backed up, (handing me my keys), your car is over there (gesturing to the cars) would you mind picking it up yourself?' and walked away. Question: This is a five star hotel?
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  • Not a Four Seasons' experience
    RonnieVFamilyManVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    If the Scenic View is the best feature it is not a good sign. We opted for the buffet option at $29 p/p. The food overall was just bad with the exception of the desserts table. The entrees we overcooked, dried out, and had just no flavor. There were only 4 tables or so occupied out of 22 or so available. They need an overall to get this to Four Season's level. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Their Saturday buffet is nowhere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Their Saturday buffet is nowhere near the selection they once had when it was the Four Seasons.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was able to obtain a reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    Was able to obtain a reservation for Christmas day brunch. A pleasant surprise indeed. The food was excellent. A relaxed atmosphere. Superb service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If your staying in the hotel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    If your staying in the hotel the buffet is a great option
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Worth $29.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    Brunch was expensive $29. Not as good as most buffet brunches I have been to, not alot of variety. Expensive but not great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had the lunch buffet, and
    tuckyspalVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2012
    We had the lunch buffet, and it was fabulous. However, just be mindful that the $5 iced tea is not included in the price and seems overpriced. I mean, come on, it's just iced tea!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A fine brunch spot.Helpful
    FoodDudeVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    A fine brunch spot.Helpful staff, a wide array of offerings in numerous categories.Not fine dining to be sure, but a pleasant daytime place to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was extraordinary,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    The food was extraordinary, no question. There was a varied and unique selection and everything was beautifully presented with amazing flavors. However, for the price, Champagne should have been included, not additional. It was a perfect weather day so sitting outside was lovely, but there was no view at all where we were seated. Service was very good considering how busy they were. If you are going to splurge for brunch, this would be the place to experience - once anyway.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Mother's day brunch ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    We went to the Mother's day brunch at the Park Hyatt Aviara's California Bistro... Absolutely the best brunch we have ever been to. We were impressed with everything.. food quality, variety of choices, friendly service, appearance, and attention to detail on everything.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • we had the first time slot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    we had the first time slot for our reservation as the bistro opened, and the main dishes were already cold. the presentation was great, but taste and selection didnt live up to the expectation.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best brunch around- ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/4/2012
    One of the BEST brunches I have ever had. Fantastic selection- fantastic food- fantastic service. The selection was so large it is almost impossible to describe here. Omelets made to your order. Salmon Benedict. Salmon with lentils and asparagus (my absolute favorite). Tons of Greek salads, sushi, sashimi, bacon & sausage, and so much more. A huge selection of deserts! The only problem is that there was such a wide variety of food that we could not possibly sample everything. It's very very pricy, but worth the occasional splurge if you want the absolute best brunch in town, hands down!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • They need to bring back all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/24/2012
    They need to bring back all the selection of a salad bar they had when it was Four Seasons . Price did not change , still $29.99 but selection .... is gone .... Now Lunch buffet has a 1/4 of the section of everything, salads, deserts , hot entree .... But service is very good . As it was when it was a Four Seasons as some waiters are the same like Mr Turner. He is the best !!!
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  • If only...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/16/2012
    ...my food didn't have a foreign substance in it, I would have rated it higher. Thankfully, My waiter made up for it by comp'g not only my lunch, but dessert as well - which I did not expect. My friends enjoyed their meal & I thought mine was great until... oh well, mistakes happen. I had the Steak Sandwich & my friends had the CB Club. We went mid-week for lunch, and they offer a buffet as well as menu items. It feels like a cafeteria and is a little blah (deco), but at least we sat next to the window with a view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overinflated but pleasant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/25/2011
    Menu items were quality choices but available at Carlsbad area $35/ person brunches (ex. Belle Fleur); unimpressive at $100/ person. Brunched during slow phase but was initially neglected by wait staff (ex. empty drinks, table bussed only upon request, 20 min wait for check, adjacent parties were serviced more timely/ attentively). Excellent venue. Scenic coastal location with superlative amenities.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food -- Service needs work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 12/25/2011
    The service after the Four Seasons left has gone down a notch. Waiters are not well trained and they dont seem to have that I will get it done for you no matter what attitude. The GM of the hotel should really look at this and get the waitstaff trained to be more attentive and in line with world class hotels
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An amazing Christmas eve buffet.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/24/2011
    An amazing Christmas eve buffet. So festive and the holiday trees were beautifully. We will definitely be back next year.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • We were at the restaurant
    Mares
    Dined on 12/24/2011
    We were at the restaurant for the Christmas Eve Seafood Buffet. The selections were plentiful and well worth the price. The dessert selections were an extra bonus. I highly recommend this to couples and families who are looking for a great gathering spot for Christmas Eve dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Buffet setup wasn't well planed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/18/2011
    Buffet setup wasn't well planed. Food just okay. Service was pretty good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We came as a group of seven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/12/2011
    We came as a group of seven ladies for Breakfast. We meet once a month as a Book Club and decided this year to do something very different. We made the perfect choice! We have decided to make this our tradition every Christmas. The food was excellent, the choice on the buffet was superb. Service could not have been better. We were able to discuss our book in a relaxed and quiet setting. We also enjoyed looking at the wonderful Christmas trees on display. We would thoroughly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We tried the California Bistro's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/24/2011
    We tried the California Bistro's Thanksgiving Day brunch and it was a fabulous experience. They had the Thanksgiving staples and so much more. My husband and son enjoyed the seafood and sushi selections, we all enjoyed the cheese selections, and the dessert selections were the most extensive I've seen at a buffet, and everything I tried was scrumptious. The service was prompt and considerate without being intrusive. We will definitely go back for brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Maybe a bad night. Only two
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2011
    Maybe a bad night. Only two other tables had people seated. Considerating that, service was slow. Don't bother.
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  • The Best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/21/2011
    In one of the most beautiful hotels in North County, the restaurant is a haven for those of us who love quiet, long breakfasts without feeling rushed or dismissed. The waitresses are divine, really some of the nicest young ladies I've ever encountered in that position. I live in Coronado, but whenever there is a special occasion, California Bistro is the first of my suggestions.
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  • We have eaten here for breakfast
    MerryDrinkerVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2011
    We have eaten here for breakfast and lunch. Food is always great - California style fare; fresh, locally grown ingredients, some of it organic. The hotel (now Park Hyatt, formerly Four Seasons) now has it open for dinner too; I've never dined here for dinner. The service is outstanding. Beautiful patio for dining. Suitable for special occasion - bridal shower, impress the in laws, etc. They have a kid's menu. For breakfast, the buffet is the best deal, but the portions are generous for the regular menu too. Only downside is that it is expensive approximately $20-30 pp even for bfast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch Desserts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/13/2011
    My friend and I arrived about 30 minutes apart. I was seated at an outside table right away, graciously, and served a pot of tea that was well made. A waiter then came and set the table for two. After my friend arrived, we waited at least 10 minutes for the waiter, even though there were several other tables being served. The restaurant was nearly empty so no idea why this would be. Anyway, we waited at least 15 minutes for our lunch (a salad and a sandwich), the waiter returned one time during the meal and we had to ask for more iced tea. We decided that he was just having an 'off' day as he wasn't rude, just wasn't a good waiter.
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    scenic view
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  • overall it was good. A little
    tilesVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    overall it was good. A little pricey for the brunch. Nice setting
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic