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Lael's Restaurant
Lael's Restaurant

Lael's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.manchestergrand.hyatt.com
  • Phone: (619) 358-6735
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday through Friday, 6:30am to 11:00am Saturday and Sunday, 6:30am to 12:00 Noon
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Daly Cruz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Ideal space for large parties, business outings and special occasions. Semi-private dining areas also available. Must book all parties of 10 or more through a manager.
  • Private Party Contact: Morgan Hodgkins (619) 358-6731

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market Street
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Self parking in hotel garage validated up to 3 hours. Valet Parking available for $3.00 with dining.
A word from Lael's Restaurant
Bright, cheerful colors, comfortable seating and views of the garden and marina set the tone for a delightful dining experience. Join the family for a relaxing meal on our outdoor patio while planning another exciting day of activities in America's Finest City. The spacious setting of our indoor tables allows you to easily convene with colleagues or entertain a client while enjoying Lael's Grand Breakfast Buffet. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This is the best brunch in San Diego, with any eye-popping array of every possible breakfast item and a sensational omelet station. Everything is gorgeously arrayed and perfectly prepared, the fruits ripe and juicy, the waffles crisp and flavorful, the oatmeal just the right consistency. The staff is attentive and friendly. Always a pleasure!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "It's hard to mess up most breakfast foods and Lael's did a passable job on food quality for a recent business breakfast. Breakfast buffet was the only option, and service was the problem. At prime time (8:30 am on a weekday) self-serve cooked items were not replenished on the buffet with no staff in sight to ask for help. Table service was well-intentioned but poor - we were not told where half the buffet was located, coffee refills/ cream/sugar were not offered, tea was a challenge. Omelets-to-order counter had tasty fresh ingredients but service was slow and disorganized, with customers approaching from both directions and no clear indication of the order in which individuals would be served. Convenient location in the Hyatt but pricey."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Rich selection of breakfast foodies, hot and cold. The restaurant offers 2 breakfast options - continental (i.e. waffles only) and full. Eat as much as you want, it's the main pleasure. I wish I have it on a late lunch but they close early and direct me to Sally's. The first time they don't add the service charge in the cheque. But the second time and further they add 15%. Not a problem, just a remark. There's nothing better in the vicinity so I say it's excellent. I'll definitely eat here again."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "My wife said it's the best mother's day brunch she's had. Lots of seafood and amazing deserts. Not enough meat choices for my taste but then it's not my day :-)"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Lots to choose and I would have given 5 stars but right at the end of our meal or server lost some of the money we had given him for a tip, kinda made us feel bad, so we felt compelled to give him more money. Just made us feel awkward. (Don't use cash)"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Paula and Geraldine were very helpful, the only negative that I have is that my son found glass in the Chocolate Pudding desert, he went as far as the mouth and lukier he was able to spit it out. The people were very attentive and helpful when it happen. Thank you...Tony Esquer"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Love the food. Deserts are excellent, mouth watering."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "i was surprised that Lael's food was so average. The breakfast buffet cost $25 and was just "average". Breakfast is not that difficult to do well and I was surprised and disappointed in Hyatt. Our dishes were taken away pretty quickly when we sat a plate aside but the fork and knife were taken as well. We were told they would bring more silverware which didn't happen."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We were looking for a breakfast buffet on a Friday. This certainly met our expectations! Food was plentiful and tasty, especially the delicious waffles, omelets, and bacon. The fuit was fresh and beautifully arranged. Bloody Marys were very expensive...no alcohol included in buffet."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Truly one of, if not the best, buffet dinners I have ever been to. We celebrated Christmas dinner here and the food was really great. Did not disappoint. Fantastic service! The prime rib was cooked to perfection, and the desserts were wonderful, or so I was told. We plan on making it a regular through the year."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Buffet lunch was great. Carving stations, lobster gnocci, short ribs, salmon, sushi and lots of desserts to choose from."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We are a San Diego locals who chose to celebrate Christmas dinner by letting others prepare the meal :) - a first for our family of 6. Our food and service were exceptional. Would definitely recommend. This is a lavish buffet - something for everyone! We enjoyed mimosas and champagne, plus appetizers of crab legs and jumbo shrimp, gourmet cheeses (brie, smoked gouda) and fresh Sushi - try the California roll made with real crab meat! The Prime Rib was a hit, as were the braised short ribs in burgundy wine sauce. Other dishes we enjoyed: sweet potato casserole, gnocchi in cream sauce and the potatoes au gratin. The other diners were in good spirits - maybe one table with a fussy child. Overall a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "This was the second Christmas I dined at Lael's buffet. Once again, the food was fresh, the choices amazing and the service delightful!"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "I booked this reservation for my boss Craig Kliethermes while he was at Napslo. He said the food was good."
    Dined on 9/30/2013
  • "If you like breakfast, this is a great place. There is a wide variety of breakfast foods including made-to-order omelets, many kinds of pastries, fresh fruit, waffles, salmon, cereal, ect. The service is awesome and the staff keeps your coffee cup and orange juice glass full."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "If you're in San Diego for breakfast, this is definitely the place to go to! Lael's provided such an amazing experience. The food and the service were nothing short of exceptional. The waiters were so attentive and made sure you have everything you needed. The omelets are made-to-order, and they are perfectly made (it was perfect again the second time around). They also have the best waffles, pastries (the mixed berry danish, in particular), and they are one of the few breakfast buffet places that offer mini breakfast burritos. They also provided another tasty treat when I was there: freshly-squeezed honeydew melon juice. I can't say enough great things about this place! I'll definitely be back at Lael's whenever I'm in San Diego."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "We enjoyed Lael's brunch for the wide selection of brunch items and quiet atmosphere. The service was excellent and everything tasted great."
    Dined on 6/30/2013
  • "Me and my boyfriend stayed at the hyatt and decided to come to lael's for breakfast. I am so glad I picked this restaurant we had a great time it was fun, romantic, and the food was great!"
    Dined on 5/19/2013
  • "Every thing was wonderful ,The staff was o the spot ,We did not have to wait for anything ,The food out of this world ,It made Mothers day a great dinning experience"
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "We always enjoy the special brunch for Easter and Mothers Day.. the service was not as good as before, but overall it was nice and will come back again. I was disappointed in the farm raised salmon,I would think that hotel as the Manchester would have wild Alaskan salmon..instead of farm raised. But it was very good ! Planked great flavor."
    Dined on 3/31/2013
  • "had a business breakfast meeting and it was a great environment for dining and discussion."
    Dined on 2/28/2013
  • "Not bad for a hotel buffet and the service was good, but it is expensive."
    Dined on 1/6/2013
  • "Outstanding Christmas Day buffet. Table was ready at reservation time, food was excellent, service was courteous and accomodating. Hot food was hot, serving stations were attended to and kept full at all times. These are the reasons we keep coming here!"
    Dined on 12/25/2012
  • "The Christmas brunch was excellent, delicious; my wife and I realy enjoy it, we have a good time."
    Dined on 12/25/2012
  • "Outstanding service and food. We could wish for no more."
    Dined on 12/25/2012
  • "Christmas Day Buffet had an enormous variety of excellently prepared foods. Attentive service as well."
    Dined on 12/25/2012
  • "Just a breakfast buffett but very good. Just too expensive"
    Dined on 11/28/2012
  • "Had Thankgiving dinner here this year, the staff was trying very hard to take care of the customers but it was very clear that some of the staff did not know what they were doing. Had to ask for serverl items to eat with , small fork for crab, lobstor, small bowls for sausces, staff never came back after first drink order to see if we wanted more. The seating seemed to be stuffed in place and the foods areas were all over the rooms with very few signs as to what was there. But over all the food was very tastefull and had lots of it."
    Dined on 11/22/2012
  • "Went for Thanksgiving brunch for the third year in a row and it will be the last time. The food quality has decreased too much for what they are charging."
    Dined on 11/22/2012
  • "Had a reservation for 1pm, was not seated until 125pm with many open tables. Very disappointed the wait as it seemed they were under staffed. Service was on the slow side, food was fine. 4th year going for thanksgiving brunch and by far the worst experience-will not return for year 5"
    Dined on 11/22/2012
  • "It's your standard hotel brunch buffet. The food was good and fresh. The service was ditzy - nice but generally unavailable (more water, please?)."
    Dined on 5/28/2012
  • "I made the reservation on Open Table and they quoted the price of Mothers Day brunch at $34 per person. When I received the bill, the price was $74 per person. I did not want to embarrass my wife, so I avoided contacting the manager. If you are using Open Table, make sure you follow up at the restaurant as this service was completely unsatisfactory. If possible, in the future, I will avoid using Open Table, I believe this was blatant false advertisement and I will bring it up to the BBB."
    Dined on 5/13/2012
  • "Great brunch, attentive servers and loved the variety of foods there."
    Dined on 5/13/2012
  • "Our favorite brunch in San Diego - the waffles are especially exceptional. They employ a sufficient number of wait staff and the service staff are attentive without being intrusive."
    Dined on 5/13/2012
  • "This is out 3rd year attending their Easter buffet. We enjoy the food, as well as the view. The restaurant is kid friendly. We were charged a gratuity of 18% for our group of six. We thought that was a bit steep!"
    Dined on 4/8/2012
  • "Easter brunch was delicious! Servers at the buffet stations were unusually pleasant."
    Dined on 4/8/2012
  • "Very nice restaurant. Went for brunch, good selection. Kids enjoyed it. Great service. Will go back."
    Dined on 3/11/2012
  • "Brunch @ $24 is expensive for what is offered. Limited variety of items, no carving station. There is an omelette station which is very good and the Belgian waffles are excellent. The service is also excellent, our server, Michelle was the best! If you drink a lot of champagne the price may be justified but of course Hyatt Hotels aren't known for their economy prices."
    Dined on 1/1/2012
  • "The meat stations gave me (literally) a piece 1" x 2" then immediately served the next guest with a large portion. The turkey gravy was not w/ the mashed potatoes-not that it mattered since they were gone- like it was taken to be refilled, but during the 40 mins I ate my tiny turkey and prime rib and sides, the potatoes were not refilled. I asked for a booth or table near the window- six days before our reservation. Instead, we were seated in the aisle where people constantly bumped into us and stood over us as they waited for others to pass by. To make the dinner even worse, we were seated b/w a screaming toddler on 1 side and crying baby on the other. We take fam/friends/guests to Lael's every Xmas, but may be finding a new place."
    Dined on 11/24/2011