Kelvin
Kelvin

Kelvin

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thewsandiegohotel.com/kelvin
  • Phone: (619) 398-3082
  • Hours of Operation:
    BREAKFAST
    Monday - Friday 6:30am to 10:30am
    Saturday - Sunday 6:30am to 10:00am
    LUNCH
    Monday - Friday 11:30am to 2:30pm
    BRUNCH
    Saturday - Sunday 10:00am to 1:30pm
    DINNER
    Sunday - Saturday 5:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Global, International, Latin / Spanish
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: 5000 sq. ft. of space available. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Metro Market Lead Management 6196108939x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State Street
  • Public Transit: Bus and Trolley Accessible
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet/Street Parking
A word from Kelvin
Reflecting W's reputation for Hip Upscale Dining Destinations, Kelvin Restaurant features a global cuisine with a Latin flair. Kelvin is a unit of measurement for temperature, but is also the measurement most often used for the color of light sources.


The modern yet relaxed ambience features breakfast, lunch, and dinner with both individual or communal style seating that creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere for guests to enjoy.
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Kelvin reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (5)romantic (5)special occasion (5)neighborhood gem (4)great for outdoor dining (4)good for groups (2)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Better Choicrs in San Diego
    1bday
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Service and food was good. For dinner in San Diego at those prices there are better choices for atmosphere. Dated and was boring at that price ramge. Maybe more hip at lunch and will give it another try. Used a Restaurant.com certificate and waiter added his 18% before discount which was kinda rude. Service was good so we dodnt speak out but still was rude. We had no problem getting a llast minute reservation on a Friday. which should have been a clue.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful theme design interior
    MauigirlVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Beautiful spot! Art makes it quite romantic. Osso bucco yum! Lively salads. Nice cocktails in a great location
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday night getaway
    Bmoorefit
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My wife and I drove down from LA to have a nice weekend. As usual we were impressed with Kelvin, which always compliments our stay at The W. Thank you for making our weekend start off special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small but nice
    BreezeVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The restaurant is much smaller than I expected. Not too many patrons, either. But the food was really good. Service was a little on the slow side, but not bad. I think there was only one waiter serving about 6 tables and they were probably all there at the same time which is difficult for one waiter.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special
    Paul
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Nice décor and presentation but other than that nothing special. It's at the W hotel so it can't be that bad but if it weren't for the Restaurant.com coupon we would not have dined there.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always excellent
    FoodguruVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I stay at the W regularly. Breakfast here is excellent, fast and friendly. Candy, hostess, always remembers her customers. Thanks Candy for a nice time. See you soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kelvin is a gem
    businesstraveller
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Wednesday night was fairly quiet at Kelvin. The atmosphere was modern and energetic. The gluten free menu included an outstanding osso bucco and the portions were perfect. The wine list had very nice regional selections.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Time Not as Good as First
    Seenitalldiner
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Hi this place is not catching on and it may be the service. . .very slow and uncomfortable for a business hour lunch. The place was quite empty. The first time I went it was better in all ways.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 75 reviews are from the Kelvin reviews archive.
  • Dinner Date.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I had read an article about dessert at Kelvin restaurant about a year ago and had been meaning to go many times. I finally made a dinner date for my husband and myself. We loved every dish we ordered! Very creative! We shared everything! Split a citrus/frisee salad, corn/pepper soup, pork appetizer (amazing!) and Rib eye entrée. Well I was too full for dessert! I would definitely recommend for dinner. wasn't crowded. A little off beaten path of Little Italy, but we walked to the Harbor and then little Italy for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ServiceSnob
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    While the food was "good" as hotel restaurants go; the retro hip style the W goes for here just doesn't quite make it at this joint. Small, crowded tables and could be noisy if people are actually there. It's pricey as hotels are but you get a decent portion. While the menu is unique, it is limited. The drinks are overpriced unfortunately so our bill was high and we walked away disappointed for the what we spent. Service was decent which is the only reason it got 3 stars. Should have gone for Breakfast instead.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was perfect
    PrimeRibLover
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I had the perfect meal here on July 19th. The cocktails, the food, the service, the ambiance were all perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    mariVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    First time dining at Kelvin. Although it is connected to the W which is typically a very energetic bar and lobby, the Kelvin was quiet and thoroughly enjoyable dining. Food presentations were creative and I especially enjoyed the corn poblano soup. Service was excellent as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service, restaurant!
    Stevie
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food at Kelvin is great. The staff are friendly and attentive and the restaurant looks great and hip. It's a new place that isn't packed but it's great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • laurie
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    First time at Kelvin. Great service & food. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service!
    Dplumly
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    My boyfriend and I came here last Friday night. Luckily, we were the first guests for their new menu. We had the tempura avocado (interesting, but not our favorite), the pork belly, and pork osso bussco. Both pork dishes were delicious. The pork belly had some bbq flavor with nectarines and frisee. It had just the right amount of crispy and fat. The pork osso bussco almost tasted like Thanksgiving with risotto and cherry compote. However, what really stood out was the service. Our waiter was excellent and the pork dishes were presented by two different chefs. We were also given a glass of champagne since we were celebrating. We sat outside on a beautiful evening. For summer nights, I'd definitely recommend sitting outdoors.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My son's wedding reception
    DrKoobVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    My son and his now wife, got married at 11:00 am at the San Diego County Courthouse so we made this reservation to take the entire wedding party (8 people) to lunch. The ceremony was shorter than we had thought it would be and they were very accommodating getting us in early. Our server was wonderful and took great care of us. Food was very good. We truly appreciate all they did to make this day wonderful.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Okay food, definitely overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Menu had some interesting options but upon getting the food I was underwhelmed. Food was average or slightly above average but for the price, I expected a lot more. Nothing to write home about or to make me want to go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My husband and I really enjoyed our meal at Kelvin. By far, the best "hotel" restaurant we've been to in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for SPG members
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    It was a great surprise to find out that not only we get 10% off with our SPG MEMBERSHIP, but all the wine we wanted was on the house. Food was good, service was good. We'll go again
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quiet night out
    like2eat
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    The restaurant was beautiful and quiet for a Wednesday night. The service was extraordinary. However the food was not comparable. The should have better quality food for the type of restaurant this is.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow fantastic food and great servic
    jal77
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great food. We eat out about 3 times a week and this was some of the best food we have eaten in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet Yet Good
    IODYNEVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We were the only people in the restaurant, which was a bit odd, but the service and good were good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My Wife's 40th Birthday Dinner
    Jonathan
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    From the time I had made a reservation online, everyone person I spoke on the phone during the confirmation were very professional, polite, and answered every question my wife and I had. Then, once we arrived the night of our reservation, I was greeted by Jose, the manager, again, very professional, made us feel right at home, and showed us around hotel lobby and rooftop. All through the nigh, Jose came by our area and asked how everything was going and if we needed anything. He really made us feel important and happy. My wife, myself, and our friends had a great and awesome time at Kelvin!! The food was delicious! Everyone loved it! I would recommend Kelvin to all of my friends and family. I look forward to going back to Kelvin. Jonathan
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for breakfast
    FoodguruVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Nice atmosphere, great food. Quick breakfast when staying at the W
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for 40th birthday party
    drewsilver
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    The atmosphere is very romantic in their dining area. It's very elegantly decorated and the servers are very attentive. I enjoy many things about this dinner, however, the fish I ordered was very dry (it wasn't the last time). I don't know if the chef changed, but I had to use a steak knife when last time I used the side of my fork. On the upside, the appetizer and dessert were fantastic. And our waiter was awesome!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Peggy
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    This restaurant's food does not stand up to quality in the area. We got a nice bread basket. The two rolls in the basket were so hard you could not eat them. We had 2 orders of the halibut. It was very pretty on the plate and the flavor great, but both pieces of fish were very dry and overdone like cardboard. We did point these things out to the server after our meal. The corn soup and side of vegetables were great. I would recommend going to the W hotel that the restaurant is in for happy hour or after dinner for drinks. The rooftop bar is great.
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  • Disappointing
    WillgosofarVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We've eaten at other W Hotel restaurants around the country and this was, by far, the most disappointing. The service was okay but the food was mediocre and the noise level made us want to finish and leave as soon as possible. One patron was using his hands as a megaphone to yell at someone at the other end of his table. The whole group was rowdy without any concern for other patrons. Right after we were seated the man at the table next to us was complaining to the waiter about his fish entree being overlooked. The poorly made plastic placemat had sharp edges that snagged my sweater several times before i placed my napkin over it to keep from ruining it. I wish I could find something nice to say about Kelvin but I can't.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Just OK
    Ronnie
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I expect more from a restaurant associated with the W. The staff was friendly and attentive. I was seated immediately and made to feel comfortable. We odered the Ahi Avocado for appetizer. It was good. Portion was perfect for two to share. For dinner, we ordered the chicken entree and halibut entree. Both were dry. The chicken a as a little salty. The halibut was overcooked due to the spices used (hint: if you serv this dish, it assume the timing would be accurate - just saying). Nevertheless, should I return, I'll skip entrees and stick with appetizers and cocktails (maybe try desert).
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was very rushed. Granted
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Service was very rushed. Granted it was Valentine's Day, but the food was average at best for a $200 dinner. The desserts were very disppointing, particularly the chocolate which was rock hard.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hip decor but underwhelmed by our m
    BrianNeil
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Hip decor with tremendously friendly staff. Unfortunately our meals didn't meet our expectations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was pretty empty, which
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    It was pretty empty, which was surprising because we really liked it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food. Excellent service
    FoodguruVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Great for breakfast. Like all W restaurants the service is outstanding and the food is a guaranteed good bet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Place before Fireworks
    drewsilver
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    Found this restaurant on Open Table (of course) and decided to book it. It was our first time there and we couldn't have been more satisfied. We were seated promptly, the service was impeccable, and the food divine. We asked what our server would recommend and after a few suggestions, we settled on sharing a couple. It was a great meal! We will definitely be back and before next year!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service is always top notch
    FoodguruVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    Great in hotel restaurant. Candy and Denice are always so friendly. Great service. Outdoor dining is relaxing and nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fine for our meeting
    Gina
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    The fresh fruit was horrible! It was not ripe and tasted like a refrigerator. The staff were terrific and made the meeting work.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Hotel Dining
    etkgdkVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    This is in the W Hotel and recently remodeled which turned out to be a pleasant surprise. It has good food and service and there is a lot of different colored, subdued lighting. Some may not like some of the food items but everything we have ever tried we enjoyed, worth the effort to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lovely little spot in the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    A lovely little spot in the Hotel W in San Diego. We weren't expecting much from a hotel restaurant and so were pleasantly surprised by the service and food. I think we were the only people there so I guess no one knows how nice kelvin is. Give it a try!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spot!
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Although we dined there on Valentine's Day with a special three course menu, the choices were great and the food was wonderful! I took the time to glance at their regular menu and I will definately go back to try it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try the Poblano corn chowder!
    SouthofTalbotVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    January 10-Feb 10 '13 is SPG restaurant month (mark that for next year!) and they have special SPG menu that was a great value. The decor is very contemporary and the food was excellent - especially recommend the Poblano corn chowder with popcorn. Unfortunately for pet lovers you can not have pets on the their outdoor patio. Lets put the "W" back in Woof!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Roof Top Lounge and Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/28/2013
    The Roof Top Lounge and Restaurant exceeded my expectations. The atmosphere, service, and food were all outstanding. Thank You.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate