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Tidal Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tidalsd.com
  • Phone: (858) 490-6363
  • Hours of Operation: 3:00 - 10:00 PM Daily
    3:00 - 5:00 PM Drinks + Shared Plates
    5:00 - 10:00 Dinner
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Amy DiBiase
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Come together where land meets sea, and craft and catch converge. To host your holiday party, birthday, anniversary, corporate event, or other large or private party at Tidal, please contact ppr-tidal@destinationhotels.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ingraham Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary private lot
A word from Tidal
Craft and catch converge at Tidal, perched where land meets sea on the shores of Mission Bay. At the helm is Chef Amy DiBiase, curating a thoughtful selection of local seafood and craft beverages that, like the ever changing tides, shift seasonally at Mother Nature’s whim. Anchored by deep Mediterranean influences, Chef Amy presents modern, light adaptations of traditional seafood dishes such as olive oil poached halibut, ricotta gnudi and chicken confit. Keeping in even keel with the kitchen, the bar offers an impressive collection of boutique wine, San Diego craft beers and mixed drinks by cocktail craftsmen Snake Oil.

Set in what was a private beach house in the 60s, Tidal’s mid-century modern design draws from the era it was built by Hollywood producer Jack Skirball. A fire pit-dotted deck, communal tables, and cozy lounge beckon casual group gatherings and lively conversation — though the 180° views of Mission Bay might just leave you at a loss for words.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "I am a former resident, flew in from Australia and needed a last minute reservation for dinner on a very busy weekend night. All of the "usual" downtown or on the ocean front dining options were booked. Such a great experience and surprising find. I arrived early enough for a water front outside table for two and could not have been more pleased. The waiter was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the menu and wine selections, was attentive and also gave us plenty of space and time for a long chatty catch up dinner with a friend. Heirloom tomato and bread salad, fish in paper and halibut were all exquisitely seasoned. The view on the water and view of the sunset was so satisfying. Everything you want in San Diego waterfront dining."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I really enjoyed this restaurant. I met a high school classmate there and we ate lunch outside and sat and chatted for hours. The staff was great and just left us alone to recall distant memories. The food was delicious and the view was amazing. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My husband and I thought it might be fun to play tourist in our own city and landed at Tidal in Vacation Village. It felt a little like being in Hawaii, ao that was fun. The restaurant has a gorgeous view and we were there while the sun set. The cheese plate was very yummy as was the bread salad. Our entrees were merely OK after being raved about by our server. My husband's crab pasta was very salty and my lobster gnudi was pretty bland and boring. Each of these entrees was around $30 so it was a bit disappointing, although they were generous portions."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My husband and I had a great time at this resteraunt. Our server was knowledgable about the cheese and wine list- he also didn't rush us and let us enjoy our appetizers before placing our dinner orders. We got the strawberry rubarb tart for dessert, which I would highly recommend. The atmosphere was fun but still private. Overall a great experience!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "It is our go to spot especially for special occasions. I reserved a table for 6 for Brunch. When we got there they told us that they were backed-up because of unexpected larger parties that had come prior to our arrival. A staff person called to confirm our reservation the day before, so of course we were all upset! I had actually tried to book online a dinner reservation, but the online reservation site stated that there was nothing available for 8 weeks out for the time that my party of six was interested in-- between 5PM and 7PM. An irritated couple waiting with us who were staying at the hotel told us that they had walked over to dinner on the night I tried to book and there was no one on the patio!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We were quickly seated to a table which had a window view which we had requested. We started with a salad and the board which came with sour dough bread, herb flavored butter, and beet-humus which was excellent. I ordered the salmon wellington which was served in a pastry shell and it was superb...one of the best dishes I've ever had in my life."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "our waiter was very good and kind, attentive staff. Mussels were delicious. the best I have had. No bread was given for the table until we asked for it. Didn't know that there was a charge for bread. Ambiance beautiful looking out over the bay. Manager made sure all was good at all of the tables. It was our 49th wedding anniversary and we mentioned it three different times but not a big deal made of it. No problem."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Avoid this place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "lovely even when it's crowded. waiter eager to please, always a good time away feeling."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "A group of 18 had brunch here this past Sunday and we all had a great time. Food was great and service was wonderful. I will be going back frequently."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I wanted this to be special for my fiance for Fathers Day. His napkin was crumpled and stained. I pointed it out to the server who brought us one from the inside area, red and white, and it was also stained but clean, and we just let it go. I was already embarrassed by the lack of attention to something so basic and had wanted everything to be special for my fiance and didn't want to make it a bigger deal. The server acted like it was business as usual. I thought he should have rushed to get a replacement and certainly have made sure the replacement was acceptable. A negative first impression. The food was very good but expensive relative to the apparently casual lack of attention to guests."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Fabulous view from wherever you sit. Great decor..modern,warm, hip and perfect lighting. Started with shared plates: olives -served warm from their wood fired oven & then shrimp & scallops..delicious! Entree: chicken confit..out of this world! It is cooked in duck fat and then finished in a 700 degree wood fired oven served w/madeira sauce that contains chicken liver..the sauce was unbelievable. One of our friends had the scallops which she loved...I tried a bite and it was wonderful. Not salty like scallops tend to be, but silky and perfectly seasoned with herbs. The wine list is nicely organized, but they need to add the year to their wines on this list. We're going back next week to try more."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We were devoted patrons of Baleen from the time it opened, for the menu, service and ambiance. The ambiance remains in Tidal, but the menu is too limited to have much appeal generally, the "hummus tray had scrumptious bread, herbed butter and olive oil, but hummus that bore no resemblance to what we had expected. Mussels appetizer delicious; poached halibut melt-in-the-mouth, but with only one salad offered and the so-called asparagus accompaniment with the halibut, Suggest more salad options available to make the menu more acceptable. Also, service was quite slow. We weren't in a hurry, but our dinners didn't arrive piping hot."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The newly remodeled TIDAL is beautiful…..The bright and open floor plan yields great ambience…but that is not why we go to restaurants…. It is the FOOD and the SERVICE….that make the event enjoyable and memorable. Both were outstanding…. TIDAL does not disappoint. We had dinner for 4 at sunset… One caveat…You may like the fancy drinks……It was not my cup of tea….so I had a Long Island…. the rest is (great) history. GO……ENJOY….REPEAT."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We ordered scallops, which tasted like a bad chemical and lingered in our sinuses. We NEVER return food, but we could not eat them so we asked for chicken, which came w/a Madeira reduction: yay! We dipped some chicken and gagged. The menu doesn't mention it's a LIVER gravy. The manager/hostess explained "it's delicious" and "different tastes are what make the world go round." Really? A LOT of people HATE LIVER and the menu should mention it. She got us gravy without liver, but by then we were just grossed out. The bread (they charge for) was like a baseball bat, served w/fruity butter that wasn't great. We asked for regular butter: it had refrigerator burn and tasted terrible. The upside down cake was basically a dried out muffin."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This unexpected gem at a more low key resort is a true winner. The chef succeeds in making everything on her small menu sparkle. We tried the pork cheeks on the menu and were suprised with rich favors and very tender meat. Even breakfast was outstanding - we returned twice for the best crab egg benedict we ever had."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We went for Memorial Day brunch on the beautiful patio overlooking the bay. There was live music playing next door at Barefoot and it set the scene for a gorgeous day. The food was phenomenal, fresh oysters, a shrimp and scallop cocktail and farmers market crudites started us off. All were so fresh with clean flavors and just the right seasonings. I finished with the top sirloin steak and eggs while my husband had the brunch burger. Both left us more than satisfied! Delicious and generous portions for the price. With bottomless mimosa's for $11, with GOOD champagne and an optional self serve PBR cooler, this is easily the best deal in town for great food and fun with a view! Our server was awesome too, we'll definitely be back. :)"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "My husband and I were celebrating our Anniversay and were treated like royalty ! We sat next to the water so as to see the sunset. They had multiple heaters lit which took away the slight chill in the air. The hostess checked on us many times, even offering a blanket if the heater wasn't enough. Our waiter was fabulous ! From suggesting wine to bringing a surprise Anniversary dessert to checking on us multiple times, I don't think they could have done any better!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The decor of the restaurant does not compare to when it was Baleen. The food was quite good, but should be served in a nicer environment."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We had dinner for the first time at tidal. The food was excellent. We enjoyed the bread with beet humus and fennel orange butter and one cheese selection (a brie). Both were very good, and the cheese plate had nice accompaniments. We shared a green salad, which was dressed perfectly, with just the right amount of salt and pepper. Shared a poached halibut for dinner, which was very good, moist, and a nice serving size. Overall, we had a great evening, enjoyed the sunset waterside. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "The menu was very limited. I normally prefer steak when I dine at high end restaurants but the only one available was a top sirloin so I opted for the halibut which was very good, although served a little cold. I also enjoy a martini with my meal but the vodka selection was also very limited. We ate here last year and were very impressed but it turns out it just re-opened as Tidal and so I have to say I was a little disappointed. The location though is still incredible and the service was very good. I wish them well and I think with a larger food and beverage selection they could do very well. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I am a fan of chef Amy DiBiase so I was somewhat puzzled by the location inside an old Mission Bay resort. Now that I have visited, I cannot wait to go back and take all my friends! Food was delicious. View was great. Kids had beach access. Staff was anxious to please. Wine list was short but full of intriguing options- great consultation from Todd, the F&B manager on after dinner drinks to complement the butterscotch pot de creme. Paradise Point is an oasis. Felt like I was visiting a Maui resort, not 10 minutes from my house. We had an amazing view of the sunset from our table. This is not full of hipsters, thank goodness. Crowd was understated, intent on the quality of the food and had a relaxed vibe. I highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I truly wanted to love it, sadly,disappointed.Mothers Day brunch - $55.00 pp. Live in SDiego, have always loved this location. View can't be beat. Server was very kind/friendly , a bit slow, informed us she was new. Meal hit and miss. I ordered my main course (crab Benedict with "runny,soft yolk"). ALL entrees came Luke warm at best after long wait , mine was room temp. Sitting too long to come out? Other diners seated after us had faster servers/service. Benedict sent back. Second order came hot but solid, hard yolk. Pet peeve, a $55 brunch chef who can't poach an egg properly to order! I had already made husbands July bday dinner reservations here for future, having second thoughts. I think I'll give it one more try. I want to love it!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "... to enjoy Tidal! In fact, if you live in San Diego, I recommend you get over to Paradise Point and enjoy one of San Diego's best new restaurants. The menu was interesting, the food was incredible, service was great, and the views spectacular. We started with the Farmers Crudité, Sourdough bread, and Olives. The crudité was varied, fresh, and beautifully presented with delicious dipping sauces. The bread, served with beet humus, and the olives were equally as good. My husband had the whole fish, and I had the scallops. Both were incredible. To bad this restaurant is located in what is considered a tourist only destination. Many San Diegans will miss out on one of San Diego's best restaurants unless they make the trip to Paradise Point."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Though the menu is not extensive, it is well done and varied. The service was professional and friendly. The location is outstanding. This must be one of the best outdoor dining spots in San Diego."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "My local buddies, don't let the vacationers have all the fun! Gorgeous atmosphere, easy access, free parking in the true "paradise setting!" Great local craft beers, and local wines! The poached Halibut was delicious! One of the best top sirloins we've ever had with a light flavoring of blue cheese. The prep was perfect! Loved our smart and attentive waiter, Steven! He had great recommendations including the Morgon wine ( a red that works nicely with fish!) and we loved it. This is the old Baleen and they have done a great job with their new style, menu and great staff! Still one of the best places in the world to hang out! Barefoot bar is right next door and makes another great stop for night caps! Wonderful!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "The best thing about Baleen is the location. It is located RIGHT on Mission Bay with a stunning view at night from the terrace. The food missed the target. The multiple dishes that we had lacked flavor, inspiration, and balance. There were a lot of options on the menu. It is many times better to be able to execute a smaller number of dishes well than to not be able to execute a lot of dishes at all. Service was tolerable for San Diego standards. The server was not familiar with the menu and how the items were prepared. There were long spells where the server appeared to be missing from the floor. I am not impressed."
    Dined on 9/21/2012
  • "We have dined at Baleen several times. The setting, menu and service are always superb. The wine list is delightful and the staff is well prepared. Baleen has become our favorite restaurant in the beach area. We recommend it highly for all special occasions."
    Dined on 5/23/2012
  • "We ate outdoors (in March) overlooking the bay. Food was very good; setting was incredible."
    Dined on 3/20/2012
  • "We get there on time and got a window table like I had asked. This meant view of the deck. It was not busy, I was alone with my husband and happy. We sat for 10 min before someone had offered a glass of wine. I always get Filet Mignon so I wanted to try something different. I read reviews about the Pork Loin so I got that. My Pork Loin was so tough, my jaw hurt after 2 bites. Server said the chef agreed. Honestly, I never send back food, but I really wanted to enjoy my night so I got the Filet instead and got it after my husband finished his dinner. Took it to go. $60 for Filet and never ate it. They new it was my birthday and never offered anything special. Not happy with Baleen's...."
    Dined on 3/3/2012
  • "Great place to go to for a romantic dinner. Great view of the bay. The food was really good. The service was a little slow. We were sitting at the table for a good 10 minutes before the waiter came and got our order. After that, the service was great and the food was really tasty."
    Dined on 12/10/2011
  • "Excellent for special occasions. Very romantic as well. Management and staff extremely attentive and helpful."
    Dined on 11/7/2011
  • "Being able to sit outside and be comfortable and not crowded is a real treat. We have done several locations with "out door with a view" dining. Most were crowded and lacked a veiw. This is very relaxing and an off the beaten path location. The food is good and the service was great. Overall, not a disaapointment. We will go back again for a nice, outdoor, quiet dinner experience."
    Dined on 9/25/2011
  • "One of the most fun meals I've had in years. The patio is beautiful and the food is GREAT."
    Dined on 7/24/2011
    Dined on 5/8/2011
  • "Went to Baleen for Restaurant Week and was pleasantly surprised. It's one of those places I drive past all the time, but never seem to visit. Service was seamless & they handle a Restaurant Week Crowd with ease."
    Dined on 1/20/2011
  • "Tried it for date night the food was good but a bit over priced for the quality. The view was great."
    Dined on 3/6/2010
  • "It was a lovely restaurant right up on the beach. The food was overpriced for what we got though. I got an italian seafood stew - the name escapes me - and the fish was all overcooked. But the views were gorgeous and they have really nice firepits on the patio to relax around and have a cocktail. We went on a Monday and brought our own bottle of wine - they waived the corkage fee! Nice people."
    Dined on 10/6/2009
  • "Great views, food was OK, service was good, but kind of unremarkable. A little pricey for what you get."
    Dined on 9/16/2009
  • "Our experience was very good, due mostly to the attention given by the hostess. The Pork Chop and Rack of Lamb were above average. The Sea Bass was extremely memorable, and is a reason to return."
    Dined on 11/15/2008