Vessel at Kona Kai Resort
Vessel at Kona Kai Resort

Vessel at Kona Kai Resort

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.resortkonakai.com/shelter-island-restaurant.aspx
  • Phone: 6198198154x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast

    Daily: 6:00am - 11:00am

    Lunch

    Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner

    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jose Martinez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Scott Road
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Located right in front of our front desk and an easy walk to the restaurant.
A word from Vessel at Kona Kai Resort
Spectacular Waterfront Dining at Vessel at Kona Kai Resort!!
Offering fine cuisine on the very tip of San Diego's beautiful Shelter Island in California, the Kona Kai Dining Room and Lounge at Vessel at Kona Kai Resort features casual elegance by the beach and a magnificent view overlooking the Kona Kai Marina.
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Vessel at Kona Kai Resort reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (6)great for outdoor dining (6)special occasion (3)great for brunch (2)romantic (2)fit for foodies (1)good for groups (1)late-night find (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • Brief, yet Thorough
    Food4Thought
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food- Surprisingly great! Bday girl received 2 giant sized pork chops instead of the normal 1. Salmon was on the bright, citrusy side. The sauce was a bit too acidic and pea tendrils were a bit tough, but salmon was cooked to perfection. Seafood pasta was a 10! Drinks- The Original Sin Cider was DELICIOUS!!! The Dark and Stormy was also a fave at the table. :) Service- Peter was awesome! Very attentive in the right amount. Not non-existent, but not hovering either. Small plate tuna was literally one of the best foods of my life and he highly recommended it! Can I get a vat of that stuff? Ambiance- Live music is my curse! It follows me everywhere! Always way too loud! Otherwise, beautiful restaurant with a great view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vessel took us away
    RowwrVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I just ate dinner at Vessel restaurant at the Kona Kai Resort this past Saturday. There were 4 of us in our party. After sampling their ceviche, mussels, and lobster mac n cheese, we moved on to our entrees. Two ordered the pork chops(recommended), very juicy and flavorful. We also had the roast chicken, also good. I had the seafood pasta. It was tasty, but I had overloaded on bread, butter, and my glass of wine. So didn't finish it. We ended up finishing the meal with a chocolate lava cake and creme brulee. Very rich as satisfying. This restaurant has a great view of the marina and the hillside homes of Point Loma. A great special occasion place. Add it to your list.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • slow and noisy
    tylerdonna
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was not a good pick for my group. We arrived when it opened, at 5:30, and ordered immediately, and it took slightly more than an hour to be served our food (a salad, a lobster slider, the fish of the day and the veggie lasagna, nothing overly complicated). The view of the harbor was great but it was way too long to wait for our food, and we had to track down several wait staff & finally the manager to check on our order as no one came to give any progress report or check on us. There was live music playing that was on the far end of the restaurant but still too loud for us so that it was hard to have a pleasant conversation during our long wait.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • To noisy
    peter45
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I had a boat there for decades and always enjoyed the restaurant bar. An old friend and I go to restaurants that have been in business 50 years plus and after the redo we decided to give it a try. Maybe they are not done yet but you can't sit by a window in afternoon. There are no screens to shield from sun. The food was good and Melissa our server was just fine but honest to god it is like you are in a bowling alley the noise level was over the top. I can't complain enough. What is it with restaurants that spend millions but forget about acoustics. Then they fire up the band for late happy hour. Want to talk, forget about it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance5
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 9 reviews are from the Vessel at Kona Kai Resort reviews archive.
  • Tasteful with a view.
    MelodyLuvs2eat
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We went there for our grandbabies first birthday and his name is Kai. Great tasting food, nice view and good servce.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food ok service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food was good but not amazing, flavors did not pop like it was lacking more seasoning or something... Service was lacking. It looked like there was only one person taking orders and there was about 10 tables being occupied. Took a while for the server to stop by just to take our order, I had to go up to the hostess and ask if they had forgotten about us. Aside from that the restaurant had a romantic feel and nice ambiance, there is a bar just next to the restaurant and there was also live music. Not sure if I'll come back but it was still a good time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worse service in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Very noisy, service is very slow and poor. You need to keep on repeating to bring what you need. Worse restaurant and service in town. Don't go to this place if u can
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • terrible service
    TERRIBLE
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    the place is ok.i like the place since it was my first time on a valentines date! but i got disappointed on the service.VERY POOR service.we waited 1HOUR and 40MINUTES to have our meal...20mins wait on the appetizer,another 20 in the frisee salad and 1hr on the main course.so terrible i wouldn't recommend this place to anyone TERRIBLE
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • $$$
    cwolffVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    FAR more expansive than the online menu prices...could have been because of it being Christmas lunch and a special menu/occasion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I choosed this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    I choosed this restaurant based on location and menu listed at opentable. This will be our early Christmas celebration since my daughter was leaving. I want it to be special. We were surprised that the food available is not what is stated in the opentable website. We're hoping for a Hawaiian variety of cusine but what we got were just sandwishes and wraps. The view was awesome but the food were soo ordinary, you would not expect it in this kind of place. No wonder the restaurant was empty. We invited relatives to celebrate with us, it's a good thing that they can't make it that early (11 am) or I would be embarassed for making them drive for an hour for this kind of food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really a disappointment..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    We had a reservation for lunch, but there was no need as the restaurant was completely empty ... even of staff ! On arrival there was no hostess and we had to go into the bar and ask the bartender if they were even serving lunch. Then we waited some more and finally as we were starting to seat ourselves a waiter showed up. We then waited for menus, ordering, and food for a long time. The only reason it was not a complete disappointment was because we were doing a "ladies luncheon" and spent our time waiting by getting caught up. The waiter did not make any suggestions or provide any bread to nibble on. The food was just average. The ambience was nice, but that did not make up for poor service and average food. Won't be coming back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Almost perfect
    Hulagirl
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Kona Kai's recent interior makeover is just ok for this reviewer, as "trendy" is not my thing. The inside bar is noisy and the former comfortable seating is gone. BUT the outside is a wonderful improvement! Comfy seating/tables w/good service, also quiet and scenic view of the marina. Heaters available for when the weather cools. GREAT menu and food. Excellent cocktails and very personable waitress. The big problem? PARKING. Unless you are a hotel guest or member w/cards, you have to park on the street (difficult in summer months) or temporarily park at the entrance area, run into the lobby and wait to be helped (over 10 minutes for my experience) at the check-in desk . They give diners a temporary parking card to use the lot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day
    MDB1
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    The food and service was OUTSTANDING, however, totally overpriced. And when I called in to ask the price I was told $20 per person lower than we were actually charged. Then, they added a 22% service charge on top of that, which I think is crazy for a buffet. And there was a band playing off and on, but they were pretty cheesey, I kind of felt like I was at a late 1990's wedding. But the food was really, really good which made it a decent experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate