Lael's Restaurant
Lael's Restaurant

Lael's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.manchestergrand.hyatt.com/
  • Phone: 6193586735x
  • 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 6193586731x

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.
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Lael's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
6 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.5
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (4)good for groups (3)great for outdoor dining (1)romantic (1)special occasion (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Weekday Buffet Breakfast
    Zephyr
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Two buffets offered; continental and full. Continental offers oatmeal in addition to wonderful array of fruits, breads, muffins and pastries. Surprised to see smoked salmon, capers and other accouterments. Nice surprise! Juice is also included as are yogurt, granola and variety of cereals. Enjoyed a glass of ice cold, watermelon juice!!! Full buffet offers eggs, breakfast meats, omelet bar, waffles and pancakes in addition to above.
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  • The best brunch in San Diego
    CranberriesVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 134 reviews are from the Lael's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • OK business breakfast
    NightOwl
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The only chance of perfect b-fast
    xamrepus
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent mothers day brunch
    feedme
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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 :-)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was wonderful.
    Robert
    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)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Leals Easter Brunch
    Leals
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Love the food. Deserts are excellent, mouth watering.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hotel food is alive and well
    locallr2003VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    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.
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  • Good weekday Breakfast Buffet
    PeggyMacSD
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Cynthia
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Xmas Lunch
    PembVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Buffet lunch was great. Carving stations, lobster gnocci, short ribs, salmon, sushi and lots of desserts to choose from.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Champage Christmas Brunch @ Lael's
    PBclan
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was the second Christmas
    festivefoodie
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I booked this reservation
    con01nor
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    I booked this reservation for my boss Craig Kliethermes while he was at Napslo. He said the food was good.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Breakfast Food
    Omaha
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional overall!
    Diner22VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    SanDiegoTourist
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    We enjoyed Lael's brunch for the wide selection of brunch items and quiet atmosphere. The service was excellent and everything tasted great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Trip
    skysky13
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day
    c00lbob
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BRUNCH
    AVOF
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    KIND OF PRICY BUT EXCELLENT FOOD. WELL WORTH IT. FOR THE PRICE YOU GUYS CHARGE, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS INCLUDE A FRESH WAFFLE STATION, ON MOTHERS DAY THERE WAS NONE AND ON EASTER, THEY HAD TO BORROW WAFFLE IRONS FROM THE OTHER RESTAURANT. i THINK ITS TIME TO ORDER SOME NEW WAFFLE IRONS.. AND WHILE THE FOOD IS EXCELLENT, THE DESERTS NEED IMPROVEMENT. THEY LOOK BEAUTIFUL BUT TASTE AVERAGE. i AM A REGULAR AND i REMEMBER 8 YEARS AGO THE DESERTS WERE OUT OF THIS WORLD AND THAT'S WHY i KEPT COMING BACK FOR BRUNCH. BUT NOW THE QUALITY IS CHANGED.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUR experience Easter Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • had a business breakfast meeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    had a business breakfast meeting and it was a great environment for dining and discussion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad for a hotel buffet
    Suzanne007VIP
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    Not bad for a hotel buffet and the service was good, but it is expensive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Christmas Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Christmas brunch was excellent,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    The Christmas brunch was excellent, delicious; my wife and I realy enjoy it, we have a good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Outstanding service and food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    Outstanding service and food. We could wish for no more.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Christmas Day Buffet had an
    Tedd
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    Christmas Day Buffet had an enormous variety of excellently prepared foods. Attentive service as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just a breakfast buffett but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    Just a breakfast buffett but very good. Just too expensive
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • thankgiving dinner
    sandiegoa
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    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.
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    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for Thanksgiving brunch
    OBjoe
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a reservation for 1pm,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's your standard hotel brunch
    glrexVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2012
    It's your standard hotel brunch buffet. The food was good and fresh. The service was ditzy - nice but generally unavailable (more water, please?).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Open Table Ambush
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch, attentive servers
    Tdrum
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Great brunch, attentive servers and loved the variety of foods there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for breakfast or brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is out 3rd year attending
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    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!
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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  • Easter brunch was delicious!
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    Easter brunch was delicious! Servers at the buffet stations were unusually pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice restaurant. Went
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/11/2012
    Very nice restaurant. Went for brunch, good selection. Kids enjoyed it. Great service. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/1/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate