Sheerwater Restaurant at the Hotel Del Coronado
Sheerwater Restaurant at the Hotel Del Coronado

Sheerwater Restaurant at the Hotel Del Coronado

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hoteldel.com/
  • Phone: (619) 522-8490
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open daily for Breakfast 7:00am - 11:00am, Lunch 11:30am - 3:00pm and Dinner 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Parking validation given through restaurant (with min. $50 spend). Parking is available in adjacent west lot off of R.H. Dana entrance. Valet parking is available at Main Entrance.
A word from Sheerwater Restaurant at the Hotel Del Coronado
Sheerwater offers California coastal cuisine: regional specialties that emphasize bold flavor, tantalizing spices and seasonally inspired menus. Signature entrees are prepared in the exhibition oven. A special children's menu includes original takes on traditional childhood favorites. The bar offers signature margaritas, blended tropical drinks and California 's premier wines. Serving breakfast, lunch, cocktails, light fare and dinner daily.
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Sheerwater Restaurant at the Hotel Del Coronado reviews from OpenTable diners
160 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (133)scenic view (131)special occasion (71)romantic (55)great for brunch (50)great for lunch (46)fit for foodies (46)good for groups (37)kid-friendly (34)neighborhood gem (20)hot spot (14)notable wine list (13)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Perfect Sea side dining
    LULU
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    i can not say enough about this wonderful restaurant! Perfect food on a perfect day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed thoughts...
    CeehVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We were received by an extremely (and I mean EXTREMELY) rude hostess, Karina, which left all four in our party wanting to walk right back out the door. If we had not been starving, I suspect we would have. The food was very tasty, and we all enjoyed our buffet meals. That being said, I don't believe my husband & I will return on our own, due to the fact that we are San Diego natives and there happen to be hundreds of better breakfast options locally, without the very steep price tag of $33 per person for a breakfast buffet! However, our out-of-town guests loved the ambiance, views, and upscale vibe of the Del, so this might be our go-to when hosting guests.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So glad we made it
    farr76
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The last time we were in San Diego we stopped at the Hotel Del just to check it out. We weren't hungry at that time, so we did not stay to eat, but vowed that if we ever came back, having lunch at the Sheerwater was definitely on the menu! Two years later and we are back! On our way from the airport to Carlsbad, we stopped to enjoy the hotel and the beach and a fantastic lunch at the Sheerwater. Our waiter, Gary, was awesome and made us feel right at home. The Grilled Cheese with Tomato Basil Soup was to die for. Fish and chips were awesome as well. Definitely a must do if you are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Brunch
    NordicsLtd
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Excellent brunch selection and freshness. Each item well presented and tasted delicious. Service was great and views beautiful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • $$$$$$$
    spilledmilk
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    DIsapointed that the prices have gone up. It used to be $20 something per person. Now it's $33. For that much, you'd think one bloody mary or mimosa would be included, but nope, those are like $16!!! Might as well go to the fancy brunch if you're going to be spending so much money. Also sad to see the omelet bar gone--its fine to order from a waiter instead but wish they had a list of all the signature omlets that were so great. The food was delicious as always though. We especially loved the chilaquiles, the monkey bread, the apple sweet pastry. mmmm And they are always so nice and accommodating to our little kids.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    our food was cold when we got it. the location is beautiful but food was lacking.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gigi
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The ambiance was very nice, and the hotel setting was majestic to say the least. However, there was an outdoor fireplace/chimney near our table in which I had to keep ducking the waiter's tray to allow him to pass. You should avoid seating guests there because it's obviously a thoroughfare and quite annoying if you have to constantly accommodate the waiter's passage during a meal. There were many other tables from which to choose. We were a bit disappointed in the seafood platter appetizer because there was very little flavor in the shrimp and oysters. It was a lovely day spent by the ocean with my elderly parents, but next time we will assert our seating desires more and not order seafood.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Another home run from the great Hotel Del Coronado...everything was perfect. Our server was warm and welcoming and took time to make sure we had a wonderful experience. This is a vacation spot year round for locals:) Lucky us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Special Night!!
    DianaJD
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Dining at The Del Coronado is always a special experience. The food is delicious, the service is wonderful and the view is breathtaking. It was our 31st Anniversary and the staff made us feel like royalty. We were thankful we choose to celebrate at The Del. It will be a memory that will last a lifetime.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect view!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We were so thrilled to have a table in front of the fireplace with a view of the water! I appreciate so much that Sheerwater placed us there and that we had an opportunity to request it through Open Table! Wonderful evening, thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Service was gracious and attentive. Nice wine and cocktail selections.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pass on this place
    Beachgirl
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I can't believe the prices for this place. It feels like a sterile diner. No ambience. That's part of the experience I'm willing to pay for. I had a burger over $20 with a side of fries. Choose a different Hotel del restaurant. The brunch set up might be worth it though.
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Longtime Coronado Tem
    KBinCasper
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My Husband and I always try to make it out to special landmark as the ambiance is so wonderful. We didn't want a full dinner so I had the shrimp scampi and my husband had the fish and chips. Both entrée were nice sized and we were so full. Also ordered the cauliflower au gratin-very very good-almost as good as the au gratin potatoes they used to have. The one negative about the Hotel Del is the prices of the drinks are $15 which quickly increases the tab significantly! I would recommend dining here for the overall experience of what a classy place was like many years ago--not hard to imagine the ladies in their long dresses, wide brimmed hats and parasols. The hotel is a must see as part of the experience. They will validate parking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Atmosphere Only
    Kaymo
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The only reason anyone should ever go here would be the amazing sunset. But, remember you can see the sunset without paying very high prices for very poor food while waiting almost an hour to receive that poor food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor service
    CherVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Service was horrible, ordered a salad and crab cake, took over an hour!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have been there many times
    JoeF
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My wife and I go here a lot. It is here favorite place in San Diego (although it's in Coronado). We went this time as part of her birthday (and our anniversary) weekend and had an enjoyable time. We had brunch then stopped by the bar to watch a Charger game. The food was good and the service was a little slow but the waiter was really friendly and attentive. The only shocker was what we paid for parking ($48 for 3.5 hours, even after the restaurant validated our ticket!). WE used valet, next time I'll find street parking! Overall it was a nice time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect lunch
    Casualfoodie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Beautiful setting, attentive service, and delicious food made this impromptu lunch just perfect. We shared a delicious crab cake appetizer and then went for the Alaskan salmon and crab and chicken pasta dishes. Fresh ingredients and bold combinations made our meal fabulous. There happened to be an event happening on the lawn in front of our outdoor table, so we also were able to enjoy live music while sipping wine in an ideal climate-- not bad people-watching, either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best service food so so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Our waiter Manny was "the best we've ever had" - stated by my husband and daughter, and I would agree. Sadly, the food was only so so, especially for the price. You pay for the view and ambience, the food needs a little improvement. IMHO
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Deliciouseats48
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Awesome date night with my wife with the perfect surroundings!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service!
    ESLocal
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Our server was attentive and friendly, and the food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    Sunshine
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The food and the view were great but the drinks at $15.00 a drink were not worth the price. I ordered a Mojito and my husband order a Rum & coke...too much for an okay drink. Fish & chips were good and they even treated me to a birthday tiramisu!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lobster menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We enjoyed an amazing meal. We will be back:) The lobster special waffle appetizer was fabulous...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service and food quality
    Dontgothere
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Server was rude. At first, he told us he wanted us to switch seats (not tables) because "we were on his way." We refused, and then he started pushing the chair everytime he was passing by. Steak was over cooked, it got sent back. Food was OK, yet not worth the price. Do not go there!!! It is the worst dinning experience I have ever had, definitely price and quality are not equally proportional.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sheerwater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I brought girl friends for an outdoor lunch. We loved the food and the view. Great experience. Our server Jessica was wonderful. Professional, friendly, patient and attentive. The entire wait staff was marvelous. I live in SD area and am so happy I brought my out of town friends to the Del.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Brunch Overlooking Ocean
    JNunezVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    What are great place for Sunday brunch! At $33 for a fancy Sunday brunch given the beauty of the location, this is really special. The fancier hotel restaurant has a more expensive version (and I presume the offerings are that much fancier), but this Sunday brunch was delicious and had more than enough to offer. (No dessert, however, if you're needing that!) Nice selection of pre-made items in chafing dishes along with a few made-to-order items.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't beat the view
    kendrarel
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The outdoor seating area is clean and has a European feel to it. The food was very enjoyable and the selection was really great. You can have anything you want here for brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great night
    Jaxprs
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The food was great and the view was wonderful. The fireworks from another event on the grounds made for a great ending to the evening
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Suuuper expensive for what you get, food wise. Food is fine and all, just not at that price point. You are definitely paying for the location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    One of the best meals ever! Gary our waiter was outstanding! He was attentive, knowledgeable and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best place to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    A dining experience that you don't want to come to an end.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Views with great food
    DinningDiva
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had the lump crab appetizer - very plentiful and nicely presented. The Chilean Sea Bass was excellent and the side of asparagus was cooked to perfection and our wait person Mary was wonderful she kept an eye on us while we watched the sunset and enjoyed the view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LOVE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is where we had our wedding reception and we went back for our 5th anniversary. I love this place especially if you get outside seating!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible service
    will
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We went for restaurant week and unfortunately it seems like since we chose from that menu the waiter decided he was not interested in us. Other tables that ordered off the main menu got their meals a long time before we did. Took over an hour to get our meal
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the patio great ocean view.
    Baseballlady
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Historical hotel with this lovely patio with great ocean view Great for lunch and yummy Bloody Mary.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch buffet
    yupitsme
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I usually HATE buffets, especially breakfast buffets - when we came here with our guests from China, I had hoped for a menu and lunch and our only option was the buffet because we were too early (10:45 AM) To my surprise, the breakfast items were better than I thought it would be - I thought it would just be overheated scrambled eggs, stale pastries, etc but the food items were tasty, fresh and flavorful. Something for everyone, even cheeses and salami, lox bagels, eggs benedict, really good pastries. I'd come here again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A shame how much this has changed.
    92118resident
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    First to note, the prices have raised tremendously, this used to be a 19.99 buffet, with an added 5.00 charge for all you could drink mimosa's. Now, the cost of the buffet has increased to 32.00 and the mimosa's are 11.00 a piece. Quite the increase... On my most recent visit, I was sad to recognize just how much else had changed. There is no longer an omelet station and has been replaced by a series of warm dishes. They also used to have a wonderful homemade yogurt which has been replaced with pre-packaged chobani. The service was not particularly attentive and I felt rushed all morning. The view remains wonderful of course, but it is hardly the place it used to be, much like the rest of the island, it has taken a turn for the worst.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scenic dining
    luvcoronado
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The scenery was great. We were able to watch a wedding along with some hummingbirds on our dinner. The service could have been better as we waited for our drinks and our parking voucher was not validated as asked. The waitress did Apologize for waiting for our drinks and compensated us with a free dessert. Overall we enjoyed our dinner and would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shearwater..shear delight
    finediner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our waitress Sarah stands out in my review. Kind, attentive, professional, and fun! We went to shearwater to celebrate a friends 55th birthday. There were 8 of us. We had the breakfast buffet. 31.00 per person but the food was good. Fresh baked goods, fresh fruit, lots of hot items, and you could order custom omelettes also. The price was worth it for all the food that was available.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • what a great place to have a meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I am so happy that my wife and I came to the Sheerwater! The staff was kind and prompt and our server Manolo was outstanding! Not only did his recommendations of the food prove to be spot on, but he made sure that our drinks were served to promptly. We had the oysters for our starter and they were absolutely amazing. The seared scallops in butter are my new fave. The burger and lobster Mac are to die for as well. When we left my wife had forgotten her license and Manolo remembered hearing us talking about meeting some friends at the b&s bar and came and found us! That is service over and beyond and I feel lucky to eat at an establishment that treats their patrons this special. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed!
    chip
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a group of 8 and the food was very disappointing. The service was good but the food was not worth the money.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate