The Glass Door
The Glass Door

The Glass Door

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://glassdoorsd.com/concept/
  • Phone: 6195643755x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:
    Daily: 7-10am
    DINNER everyday | 3PM-10PM | bar till 12
    LATE NIGHT KITCHEN Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat | 10PM-12AM | bar till 1
    BRUNCH Saturday - Sunday | 10am-2pm (Endless Mosas and Marys $10)

    LOCALS LATE NIGHT HAPPY HOUR M-F 10pm to CLOSE

    Daily Happy Hour (excluding Sat/Sun) 3pm until 7pm.
    Wine Wednesday 50% Off Any Bottle of Wine
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Wilhelm
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Food & Beverage Services

    We offer exceptional catered cuisine, tasty and tantalizing to complement your occasion,
    whether it’s a board meeting or holiday party
  • Private Party Facilities: Porto Vista Hotel creates successful business meetings and unforgettable social events.
    Our unique venues create the perfect setting for each event. With amazing views
    overlooking San Diego Bay and downtown city lights it makes you feel like you’re on top
    of the world. Our boutique style hotel with a dash of European flare will create an
    inspiring and downright fun experience that will transform any event into a virtual
    vacation. So leave mild-mannered meetings behind and let our innovation invent a
    gathering from sophisticated business and leisure travelers
  • Private Party Contact: Jayna Prest 6195643998x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fir St.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from The Glass Door
Taste the World, from our view
Glass Door is a restaurant that offers the casual sophistication that San Diego is known for and features a seafood based menu that draws true influence from every major culinary capital in the world. Our menu takes root in flavors and techniques that can be found in Eastern Europe, Spain, Italy, Asia, France, and the Middle East and gives them all a decisively San Diego interpretation. In addition to our cuisine we also offer craft cocktails made with expert techniques and local microbrews that showcase the flavors San Diego has to offer. To compliment our global flavors we have a panoramic view of the San Diego Marina that gives our concept completion. Come join us at one of our communal tables on our 4th floor perch and taste the world from our view.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
The Glass Door reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.4
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (14)great for outdoor dining (8)good for groups (5)romantic (4)neighborhood gem (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (2)fit for foodies (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • NOT Recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I would HIGHLY suggest not going here for dinner/food.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great View & Drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food is ok cheap happy hour. Awesome place to go for drinks and to watch the sunset outside view over looking harbor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great view, great food + mimosas
    john356smith
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Me and my out-of-town friend went there primarily for the view and were sitting by the glass panes. The view was absolutely great, my friend was very pleased and I promptly took several photos of him with San Diego skyline, Little Italy, Coronado Bay and Point Loma in the background. We had a reservation through Open Table but it wasn't really needed, place started filling up after 12:30 (Labor Day Sunday). Service was flawless, the food was surprisingly good, beyond expectations. My friend had GD Original breakfast and I had TGD Burger which was juicy and tasty, very pleasant surprise. And of course, bottomless mimosas :o). So we went there for the great view and got both great view and great food :o). Definitely will go there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • View is nice, just stay for drinks.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This restaurant was a last minute find to uproot a lame date with the girlfriend. This place is more for drinks than food. The menu doesn't carry a lot of variety other than fine meats. Its a great place to start the night for drinks. Ended up picking out a spot for food in Little Italy that we found from the beautiful view we had.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • malebeatieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was magnificent!!! Amazing View!!! Elevator lady very friendly and funny!!! Will return to this restaurant, do recommend!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • poor service
    1vacation
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    It took an hour and a half to get served and it was not busy, took 30 minutes to get our drink order completed.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view & bottomless bubbles!
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The service was friendly and attentive. My only wish was that the food looked and tasted as good as it sounded on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Excellent food and view
    Andre
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We order the salmon and lamb, with a appetizer, french fries with duck confit. The lamb was a little bit spicy, for my taste but was delicious.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    twoofus
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    we ate outside (2 of us) at the long bar type table with a great view of the city and partial bay. we had the flatbread for app and then split the chicken for dinner. went on a Wed. so bottle of wine 50% off - great deal!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.3
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 59 reviews are from the The Glass Door reviews archive.
  • Great View!
    SuperzFeedback
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Good food, great view and service, a bit pricey though, other than that, good experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not prepared
    foodie123
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went to Mother's Day brunch and had to sit with another family at a table. Waited 30 minutes for the seafood and salad to be replaced, then it was gone before I got back up and waited another 20 minutes. No salad was ever replaced. Only had 1 server at the omelet station so line was too long. Mimosa's were free flowing so that helped a bit.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Terrible experience, they didn't refill the food nearly enough for everyone, took forever refilling drinks also... Advertised bottomless bloody Mary's then suddenly switched it to $5 each, apparently because a bartender called in. The manager called Thomas was rude when I asked for a Bloody Mary. I like the glass door on regular days and for happy hour but I will NEVER go there for brunch again... Definitely not worth the money.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • it works for a fun breakfast
    JennVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went for mothers day. Good food and service, no issues.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-So Food with Great Views
    ChowHoundVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The biggest redeeming factor for the Glass Door was the lovely view from the outdoor patio. Unfortunately, there is no table seating outside. Just a long bar which makes conversation difficult. The menu was not extensive, and sounded way more interesting than it was. The pork chop, highly recommended by the server, was fine but nothing special. Halibut special was tasty and ahi tuna wrap was very fresh. What's the big deal about the duck fries??? They were just ordinary fries with a bit of shredded duck meat sprinkled on top.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Tried this place after landing from a long flight from NYC. Energy level was good and the scene vibrant. That's where it ended. The service was terrible. I ordered the muscles and for $12 received 12 muscles 2 of which weren't opened. I also ordered the ahi wrap which contained more cabbage than anyone could eat at one sitting and the 2 smallest servings of ahi I have ever seen. They also forgot to put the miso dressing in the wrap so it was increadibly dry. I also ordered a salad with the wrap and was served fries. Needless to say it went back to the kitchen.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We went for brunch at the glass door and the view was amazing. The service was what made the experience so poor. Our waitress was clearly hung over. As each person at our table met her, they all individually said that. Then we overheard her speaking with another worker about how she went big last night. Did not check on the table, did not come back to refill drinks, we had to literally flag her down for ever need. The food was pretty good, however none of the stations for brunch were refreshed and everything was picked over. The food and atmosphere were enjoyable for when spending $600 for brunch for 6 people you would expect at least decent service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Easter Brunch
    WolfmanDave
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Their Easter Brunch was nice. They had a large variety of dishes to choose from and it was all good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you are going for breakfast
    Cece
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    If you are going for breakfast on a Saturday, be sure to get there before 10am because that is when breakfast ends. We had vouchers for a complimentary breakfast and went down 10:30am and were told breakfast was over and "brunch" started at 10am. Even McDonald's serves breakfast until 11am. It would have been nice if this information was provided on the vouchers we received.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Scenic
    LovingSD
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    First of all, service is great! The view is beautiful and if its on a chilli morning, they will turn on the heater on for you!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    AlphacatVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    I like this place. My swordfish was terrific, and my companion's hamburger looked good. Great view. It was a little cold to eat outside but on a warmer day that would be fun. Our server was smart, funny, and cool - someone I'd enjoy knowing personally. Parking's always iffy in Little Italy, but eventually something opens up. I'll go again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hostess had an attitude.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I arrived 20 minutes early for a 7pm reservation. I told the hostess I would be at the bar. At 7:10 I hadn't heard anything so I approached the hostess about when a table would be available. She was annoyed I approached her because she was busy. She said she had a short table by the door and I asked why we couldn't be seated at one of two larger high tables. She said they were reserved so I said I would wait for a high table. After 20 minutes of no one using the reserved tables she split up the high tables and put one by the door. It was cold out and the door kept opening. She had an attitude and was more busy talking with the staff and flirting.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Everything!
    SDLocalEats
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Our service was spectacular - it was a slower Saturday morning than I expected here with the Farmer's Market going on, but our girl was great at taking care of us. Bottomless mimosa brunch is also nothing to scoff at! Food was a delight - my boyfriend's breakfast burrito just fell apart instantly which was a bummer, but the taste was great! View is also well worth a visit to sit out on the patio overlooking the Little Italy skyline over the ocean. Night times here for dinner are awesome too - they have a ton of lanterns decorating the cieling which provides a wonderful ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sat on the balcony watching
    ChicagoWeekend
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Sat on the balcony watching the sun set over the Pacific was very nice and the food and service was good, too. We did feel like the grandparents of the crowd but we were seated at the far end of the balcony so we could sit and enjoy the sunset together.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great special birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The Glass Door was a wonderful surprise. After arriving later than expected, we decided to just stay at the hotel instead of looking for another restaurant. We were really impressed with the meal. The flavors were amazing and presentation was done quite well. We are admittedly food geeks from Sonoma County, so we have the opportunity to dine in some incredible restaurants on our home turf. The wait staff is very attentive and provided excellent service. I would invite you to give The Glass Door a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Brunch
    DerekS
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    This was my first time visiting for brunch and I was impressed. The food waand service were great. And you obviously can't beat the view. Will definetely be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish the service matched the view.
    Okay1234
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The restaurant sits on the top of the 4th floor of a hotel. The view is awesome, but the service is slow and you do find yourself looking around a lot for your server. The food was okay, nothing to rave about. I've had better at a chain restaurant.
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  • Bad brunch. Bad service. The
    NoBueno
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Bad brunch. Bad service. The server could care less about his job or his customers. Dropped the food off and never even checked in with us. Didn't clear out plates. The place was not busy yet we still had to wait for so long to get our check. The only good thing was the view...and even that is starting to fade. I was so excited to try The Glass Door and it was such a disappointment. The only good customer service was the valet guy.
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  • Awesome place for brunch...all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Awesome place for brunch...all you can drink Mimosa's and Bloody Mary's for $10. Great view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yuuuum...
    CavalierLush
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    That's for the food, bottomless mimosas, ambiance and validated parking. The reviews for this place on yelp were a bit harsh, but I didn't have a single complaint. Servers were friendly, food was delicious and my mimosa glass was never empty. Winning combo!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restaurant has a beautiful
    danny
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The restaurant has a beautiful view of the neighborhood and a nice view of the harbor. The food variety is pretty limited but the burger I had was delicious. The staff were very friendly. The wait time for the food to come out was quite long,but the food and restaurant were well worth it. Also very convenient if you stay at the Porto fino hotel. Prices are pretty decent
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We came here for valentines and ordered off the Prix faire menu ($68/pp). We got the filet, which was only two small bites of filet each, ridiculous for what we paid.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food lacking taste & poor valet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Without a doubt one of the worst restaurants in San Diego. The preset menu for Valentine's Day (70/person) was titled the Aphrodisiac Menu, which left me less excited and more hungry. On the preset menu, there was a small but decent salad, a absolutely horrible lobster tortellini (tortellini to me is pasta, but this wasn't), a mint gazpacho (somehow mint meant melon), and a pear sorbet, with prosciutto and a parmesan crisp. Needless to say, I left the restaurant hungry and poorer by 90 dollars. When I arrived, I stated I had a reservation, I was turned away from valet, which made me late for my reservation and kept my friend waiting. I called the manager and I was told to return to valet and remind the valet I was allowed to park there.
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  • Interesting food, nice view
    ScottEVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    My wife and I went to The Glass Door as an early valentines dinner, and had a good time. The staff was very friendly and attentive, the meal was prepared very well (we had artichoke dip as a starter, with lamb and duck fries for our entree, and maple gelato for dessert). There's a nice view from the heated outdoor bar, which runs the entire length of the outside of the restaurant. Inside, the view is also pretty nice, although you're obviously looking "through" the people sitting at the bar. When we went, there were hardly any other patrons, but that could just be a timing thing. I hope this restaurant does well, since it was a nice experience. Since this is a hotel restaurant, and you enter through the elevator in the hotel lobby.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place you cannot just go to once
    Jreger2014
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I had flowers delivered to the restaurant and the staff had them waiting at my table when I arrived. The server was new but was great ! He came to the table often and provided outstanding service. The views from the roof are great with the harbor in view it sets quite a romantic atmosphere. The bartender made a mean drink and when I didn't understand what one of the ingredients where she brought the bottle out and showed us. One of the best restaurants I have been to hands down. If you go order the duck fries! Needless to say our server received a large tip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The customer service was outstandin
    Dpelayo
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The customer service was outstanding! our waitress with the red hair (i cannot remember her name, im bad with names) she was always one step ahead. he was very accomidating to our request and we went back 3 times after. Thank you for the great service and food. Can't wait to go back and visit The only dissapointment was that when we went for dinner I ordered a side of onion rings and you diid'nt have any ranch :( and the bartender she took about 15 minutes to bring me ketchup :( and the onion rings had got a little cold. Aside from that we had brunch twice and our waitress was exceptional
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go!
    Disappointedcustomer
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Service was AWFUL! Servers were rude and slow. Food was ok. Cocktails were ok. They tried to charge us (we were a party of 12) more drinks than what we ordered and we had to point it out to them. Not worth it, there are much better restaurants in the area.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I would not go back
    Lucy
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    The food was a bit odd. I had the chicken breast with crunchy potato. The potato was shoe-string, fried, hard and tasteless. Then I ordered a side of mashed potato which was a soup-like purée potato. I was not at all happy with my meal but others who had Scotish Salmon and vegetarian pasta were happy, so maybe it's just me. Overrall, the ambience and view are spectacular and the service was very good and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What A Gem
    AS1020
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Glass Door is truly a remarkable dining location and it has a spectacular view of the San Diego Bay. I would recommend this beauty to all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Ryan
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Took my girlfriend here for her birthday and it was amazing! Our server was Julia and she was one of the best servers I have experienced in San Diego. We went on a Wed and enjoyed a 1/2 off bottle of wine. The Duck fries appetizer and chicken breast entree were amazing. Highly recommend this restaurant.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view with a tasty brunch
    Yumtotheeeeee
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    The food and service was on par except for a random waitress that tried to take our plates twice before we were finished. The view is amazing and our server, Ivan, made our brunch a lot of fun. Unfortunately, their Duck Fries are not part of the brunch menu, but their breakfast club was fantastic. Not to mention, bottomless mimosas and bloody mary's for $10 is a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.