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The Glass Door
1835 Columbia St.
San Diego, CA 92101
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The Glass Door Details
Hours of Operation:
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
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
American, Seafood, Vegetarian
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, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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:
Amanda Peterson (619) 564-3742
A word from The Glass Door
Taste the World, from our
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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
Diners' Choice Winner
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."
Dined on 3/9/2014
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."
Dined on 3/6/2014
Awesome place for brunch...all you
can drink Mimosa's and Bloody Mary's for $10. Great view."
Dined on 2/16/2014
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."
Dined on 2/22/2014
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!!!"
Dined on 2/23/2014
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!"
Dined on 2/15/2014
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."
Dined on 2/16/2014
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."
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."
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"
Dined on 2/14/2014
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."
Dined on 2/13/2014
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."
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"
Dined on 2/8/2014
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."
Dined on 1/25/2014
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."
Dined on 1/10/2014
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!"
Dined on 11/22/2013
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."
Dined on 10/30/2013
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!"
Dined on 10/19/2013
The beer & coffee were great, the
views were outstanding, but the food was luke-warm and 'different' from what I expected. Still a fun experience & really great server staff."
Dined on 9/21/2013
The food was wonderful. The
outside patio is amazing. We can't wait to go back"
Dined on 9/21/2013
Great drinks. Great view. Good
service. Food was terrible. They should just do small plates and drinks."
Dined on 9/1/2013
Great experience. Food was on the
smaller side (egg whites and quinoa salad). Very attentive waitress, great views."
Dined on 9/1/2013
The bottomless mimosas at brunch
is a great deal! However the some of the menu items were disappointing. The eqq whited with quinoa tabouli salad was bland. Still an good overall experience. The service was exceptional!"
Dined on 8/25/2013
Food and drinks were very good for
the price! Great view!"
Dined on 7/27/2013
Food took a bit long to be served
and the potatoes served with salmod dish were cold. Prices were reasonable and drinks were good. Really like the music and view. Server was hard to spot and to call over. Duck fries were amazing!"
Dined on 7/19/2013
A few friends and I had lunch on
the patio/balcony over looking downtown- the view was amazing! I had never heard of this place, and recently came across it on Yelp. Definitely a great place to sit outside. The service was great- checking on us and refilling drinks when needed. They have endless mimosas for only $10 too! The only thing I would say could be improved was that the mimosas gradually became more of JUST orange juice and a teeny bit of champagne, but when we asked the waitress about adding some more champagne, she said absolutely!"
Dined on 7/6/2013
I had the ribeye and my wife had
the salmon. Both were delicious and the waitress was attentive and responsive to our requests. For some inexplicable reason our Open Table reservation was cancelled by the restaurant after we arrived and were seated. We were originally seated at a table that we did not like and when we requested to be moved the hostess told us that the table we were at was the one designated by the Open Table reservation. We asked the waitress to reseat us and she accomodated us with no problem."
Dined on 6/29/2013
After seeing an advertisement for
an amazing looking lobster risotto in our elevator, we decided we wanted to dine here since we were staying at the hotel that this restaurant is a part of. Upon arrival we were promptly seated, but that's about it. After 15mins & nobody approaching us to even take a drink order, we ordered drinks ourselves from the bar. After waiting 30mins & still nobody approaching us to take our order we left & went elsewhere for dinner. Aside from the complete lack of service, the dish we had seen advertised was not even on the menu."
Dined on 6/15/2013
love the ambiance, the food,
always feel relaxed with the breeze as we eat!"
Dined on 5/21/2013
the starters we had were good, but
the mains are ok."
Dined on 5/17/2013
The view was fabulous! We sat at a
high table to take it in. Very small bar with some tables so I'm glad we made a reservation in advance. It's more of a bar type scence than a restaurant, but we enjoyed the food and the view. Service was ok, we had to ask for things several times. Bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary's! I would recommend this place for drinks and the view, but maybe choose somewhere else to eat."
Dined on 5/12/2013
Intimate one room restaurant/bar.
The sunset was beautiful. The menu was full of surprises and the presentation was spectacular! I had the lobster risotto. My wife, the short ribs. Both were delicious. The cracked peoper and bacon bloody Mary's were different and tasty. Love this place. We will make it one of our regular haunts."
Dined on 5/11/2013
Worst service ever. Waitress never
brought our appetizers. We had to ask to order dinner. After an hour of horrible service we got up and left. I told the waitress we had decided to leave after waiting an hour only to be given iced tea . She could care less. Worst place I've ever been in San Diego by far."
Dined on 5/12/2013
Took some out of town friends to
dinner Tuesday night, hoping to try somewhere different. They were out of the drink 2 of us ordered... Then out of the main dish I wanted, to top it off, out of the dessert the waitress recommended?!? Why have a menu if so much is not available? The food we did receive wasn't amazing, I won't be going back. Good city view though! Maybe just wine overlooking the city lights next time."
Dined on 5/7/2013
The ambiance was energetic during
the late afternoon great for drinks. Then as the sunsets it changes to a chill setting. The food was amazing and the drinks were fun and different."
Dined on 5/2/2013
The view is amazing and the
ambiance is excellent, especially the lighting. The food sounded great on paper but lacked in execution. The flavors were rather flat, and the textures a bit mushy aside from the nicely crisp fries. The service was excellent, which means I'll give them another chance in case I caught the kitchen team on a bad day."
Dined on 5/5/2013
Food not great. Not very creative.
Went for brunch and asked for preserves for our one piece of toast. Brought us little packages of Smuckers! Would not go back."
Dined on 4/27/2013
The pictures on the website make
the place look nice. The reality is that the restaurant is like a cafe. The food is expensive and not tastefull. They only had one waitres for the complete restaurant. She was nice nice but not enough for all the restaurant. You will find better and cheaper restaurants in San Diego"
Dined on 4/25/2013
the chicken and waffles was good
although i would have prefered more syrup than than the small amount used to decorate the dish. not much for artsy food. the place wasnt very romantic as the bar and dinning area are the same. just got too loud for my wife and i on our 1st anniversary."
Dined on 4/19/2013
The experience: brunch Summary:
great price/performance! The good: parking (validated) in the building, nice quiet, friendly AND efficient new waitress, regular brunch menu with a twist (egg white + quinoa, french toast flambé etc.) , great view of little Italy and harbor when sitting at the bar-like set up The bad: No espresso machine. Somewhat limited menu, howevever adequate for the type of restaurant. The bar-like set up on the terrace is practical for parties of two only as you are seated next to each other. When talking with three or more people... the people sitting in the middle will have to constantly move their heads to face the different speakers. ../.."
Dined on 4/5/2013
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