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: (760) 603-6868
  • 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
7 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (5)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (4)special occasion (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (3)good for groups (2)neighborhood gem (2)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
  • Having lunch after one p.m.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/7/2011
    Having lunch after one p.m. on a week day was a good choice. Service was excellent and the noise level was moderate. Food was good, not outstanding. Birthday girl enjoyed her eggplant country sandwich more than I enjoyed my cobb salad. Altogether, it was a most enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent restaurant with
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2011
    Excellent restaurant with wonderful food and staff. It has gotten a little "pricey."
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hyatt loses at least 1/2 stars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    It was the first time that we had returned to the restaurant and for that matter the hotel since the Hyatt took over from Four Seasons as the managers of the hotel. The difference was night and day. It looks like the management has cleared out the very well trained and highly attentive staff with road house waiters and waitresses dressed in nice uniform. We went there for Valentine's brunch and when we got there, stood for a good 5 minutes before anyone came to greet us and sit us down. It just didn't get better from there. Food was very good, but the level of service I am used to at the hotel and what I got was really disappointing. I will not be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were there for breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/6/2011
    We were there for breakfast and the buffet is great! Though we got charged for kids buffet for 2 little ones at the age of 3, I think that is ridiculous...we were 12 people in total and this had not happened before there - well, I guess new management...service was ok, but a bit slow...
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  • We were not greated with a
    Beebee
    Dined on 12/24/2010
    We were not greated with a smile and welcome. the overwhelmed and tense hostess barely looked up and said wait while we seat other parties. the food was good but not of the quality you would expect for the setting. they also had trouble keeping up with clean plates, replenishing buffet. Since they have this buffet every Friday and since it was reservations only and christmas eve you'd thnk they'd be ready. some food on buffet was not labeled-salad dressings.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice breakfast and lunch buffet
    sdGALVIP
    Dined on 11/27/2010
    Nice breakfast and lunch buffet spread. Good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great evening and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/19/2010
    Had a great evening and the service was excellent. This was our first time back since the Hyatt took over the hotel and not much has changed at all. Still a nice place to go for special occasions. Would go more often, but the prices are a bit steep.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service here was great,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/13/2010
    The service here was great, most of the Four Seasons wait staff and chef remain. I love their lunch buffet, but it wasn't as good as it used to be. Less selection and addition of some breakfast items (which were ho-hum) kept this meal from being as fabulous as it should be, especially as the lunch buffet runs about $30 before tax, drink and tip. That's pretty steep in my book for some soup, salad, and mini-sandwiches and dessert. Too bad as I had always enjoyed it and found it to be a good value in the past. Now I would stick with a menu item. The ambiance is great though- not too loud, beautiful patio seating and views from inside and out available, and quality staff. The restaurant itself is open and airy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous lobster, lobster
    GailMcBride
    Dined on 10/29/2010
    Fabulous lobster, lobster bisque, crab, prome rib and dessert selection. Friendly and helpful staff. Wine overpriced.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a wonderful lunch.
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2010
    We had a wonderful lunch. The cobb salad I had was the best I have ever eaten. I wish I had the recipe for that delicious salad dressing and the turkey tasted like it was just sliced off a whole turkey in the back. The ambiance was fantastic: quiet and elegant setting. It was my girlfriend's birthday and they brought us the most wonderful piece of layered chocolate piece with beautiful berries and a candle. We loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall, the experience was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/24/2010
    Overall, the experience was delightful. We were celebrating an anniversary, and I would highly recommend Calif. Bistro Friday night seafood buffet for a special occasion. It would also be a great place to bring out of town company. The whole atmosphere highlights the fact that we live in paradise. The food was very good. I would have liked seeing more veggies on the salad bar, otherwise, we left feeling very satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you're a seafood lover
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2010
    If you're a seafood lover there is no better place to get your fix!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great bruch buffett and great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2010
    great bruch buffett and great service.However, I could not believe they would charge my 2 year old daughter half the price of an adult. We've been to multiple brunches and my daughter have never been charge.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had another memorable experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/2/2010
    We had another memorable experience at the California Bistro. Wait service was very attentive to our needs. Food was absolutely delicious and plentiful. My friend thoroughly enjoyed the special treat prepared for her to celebrate her retirement. We look forward to booking again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I think the food was just
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/9/2010
    I think the food was just ok for the very expensive price for a Mother's Day Brunch with no champagne included. The service was mediocre.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went for Mother's Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2010
    We went for Mother's Day Brunch and it was amazing. There was a varied selection with unusual flavor combinations that were outstanding. Very memorable. Very decadent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is the greatest buffet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/9/2010
    This is the greatest buffet Even my mother was impressed. It's hard to stay on a diet here, but the choices and quality were terrific.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Seafood Buffet was awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/7/2010
    The Seafood Buffet was awesome and the ambiance was amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lot of food. They ran out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/7/2010
    A lot of food. They ran out of a few of the best items. Lobster was tasty but a bit undercooked. Crab was fabulous.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Despite excellent food and
    SherylVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2010
    Despite excellent food and ambiance the noise was deafening. Will not return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic! A bit pricey though-
    Mike
    Dined on 3/30/2010
    Fantastic! A bit pricey though- but then again it is the Four Season. Get what you pay for.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Having dined here for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2010
    Having dined here for brunch pre-recession era, as with many other fine restaurants, I was expecting a smaller offering of gourmet fare, and perhaps a decline in quality. We we were pleasantly surprised to find the sushi offering fresh and top quality, and the meat and seafood offering generous and top rate. The price is half that of many Orange County hotel brunches, yet the food, setting, and service definitely five star.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AWESOME brunch. All you could
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/14/2010
    AWESOME brunch. All you could ask for: seafood, meat, breakfast items, fruit, great coffee, champagne, and a dessert bar that's unparalleled. The food is always fresh, always cooked right, and varied in taste. And for our annual birthday celebrations they provide a rich piece of chocolate cake!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I don't normally like buffets,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/5/2010
    I don't normally like buffets, but the Friday night seafood buffet at the Aviara is really something special. The seafood is very high qualify, and if you like lobster, you will certainly get your money's worth. We went there for my sister's birthday and had a great experience. She said the shrimp was the best she's ever had in her life and my father loved the sushi and sashimi. I kept going back for the lobster, which was delicious. Be sure to save room for all the delectable desserts. The resort is beautiful and we loved spending time wandering around after dinner. Definitely a memorable night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a gem of a place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/16/2010
    This is a gem of a place. Their buffet lunch had their main entrees served in individual platters. It had the sophistication one can find in a Four Seasons restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It seems that the economy
    FoodDudeVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2010
    It seems that the economy has dealt this all-purpose dining room a hit. Fewer people doing more things. Less attention to whether the buffet is adequately stocked. A sense that some of the items are of slightly lower quality than a four-star hotel would normally serve. But a delightful experience in any case and always worth trying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service and the food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/8/2010
    The service and the food was excellent. I was reluctant to return, because I did not have that experience in the last visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch at California Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/27/2009
    Brunch at California Bistro was an elegant dining experience. There were many choices, beautifully and interestingly presented and the food was delicious. The service was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The ahi sashimi looked like
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/25/2009
    The ahi sashimi looked like it was cut with a butter knife, the mushroom crepe was dry, the pate was just bad, the prime rib was rubbery and the risotto was bland and gummy. The service was sparse and neglectful with refills for iced tea and coffee difficult to come by.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed the Christmas buffet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/25/2009
    We enjoyed the Christmas buffet thoroughly. There was prime rib, chicken, salmon, lamb, braised beef ribs, lobster, shrimp, crab, and more; but when the chef was cooking pan-fried giant scallops on the line, that treat was especially amazing. The selection of house made chocolates candies, pies, cakes, tarts, and more was also over the edge in a great way. Finally, we thought the bakery's panettone (an Italian sweet bread often served during the holidays) was remarkably good. Great food. Great service. Great time. The Four Seasons did not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too noisy to talk with your
    SherylVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2009
    Too noisy to talk with your friends. A "Pigs at the Trough experience".
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food has always been outstandin
    KIMOVIP
    Dined on 12/17/2009
    The food has always been outstanding and the service. Now that they are the Hyatt instead of the Four Seasons I wonder if it will be the same. According to the people who work there all the employees have been hired by Hyatt. Need to see if quality will be the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have dined at the Four Seasons
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/15/2009
    I have dined at the Four Seasons for the past ten years and was highly disappointed. The service was terrible, I had to ask for water, ask to have the waitress get our drinks, when it was time to pay the bill I literally had to get up and find someone, I even went into the kitchen area, still no one, finally a man came out and asked, if I needed something. Literally, the dining room had customers and there was no one in sight including the management or hostess staff..... verry sad! PS. The bill was really outrageous for what we ordered............... Dining out is recreational and this was not fun at all..
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  • Amazing food. Exactly what
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 11/28/2009
    Amazing food. Exactly what you expect from a Four Seasons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was a great time and we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/6/2009
    It was a great time and we will be going back if not for Thanksgiving for sure for Christmas. Melissa was our server and she was great. It was our Anniversary and they even sent out a special dessert. A++++++++++++++++++++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went for the Friday night
    LukeVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2009
    We went for the Friday night seafood buffet. It was amazing! The all you can eat lobster tails were excellent. The all you can eat sashimi sushi was as a good as a top notch sushi house. Afterwards we went to the lobby lounge and enjoyed a great blues band and cigar on the patio. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We absolutely love the Lobster/Prim
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/11/2009
    We absolutely love the Lobster/Prime Rib buffet at the California Bistro on Friday nights.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have enjoyed the California
    MissT
    Dined on 8/28/2009
    We have enjoyed the California Bistro - Four Seasons Aviara for many years. The food is always at the highest level of quality and preparation. The wait staff is always welcoming, the perform at a standard equal to that one would expect from a really fine dining location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate