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About California Bistro - Park Hyatt Aviara

The chefs at our San Diego California restaurant combine the culinary comfort of a modern bistro with market-fresh ingredients indigenous to the area's fruitful terrain and bountiful waters. Inspired by French tradition, the menu offers locally produced vegetables, seafood and specially selected free-range, grain-fed meats. An extensive wine list emphasizes selections from California's Central Coast to the Napa Valley.


Executive Chef Pierre Albaladejo invites you to enjoy one or all!

Complimentary parking available with your dining experience

7100 Aviara Resort Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Buffet
Monday – Sunday...............................................06:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Breakfast A la Carte
Monday – Sunday................................................06:30 AM – 11:00AM

Lunch A la Carte
Monday – Friday...................................................11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Brunch A la Carte
Saturday .............................................................11:00 AM – 2.00 PM

Bottomless Sparkling Brunch Buffet
Sunday ..................................................................12:00PM – 2:00 PM

Cross Street:
Aviara Parkway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 603-6868

Website:
http://www.parkhyattaviara.com/

Catering:
The California Bistro offers a beautiful private function space accommodating up to 30 guests. Enjoy our beautiful breakfast, lunch and Saturday brunch where everyone will find something they love, including Chef Franck Riffaud's delicious desserts! Private room available or enjoy the wrap-around outdoor terrace offering spectacular ocean views!

Parking Details:
Valet parking complimentary with your dining experience

Executive Chef:
Pierre Albaladejo

Private Party Facilities:
The chefs at our San Diego California restaurant combine the culinary comfort of a modern bistro with market-fresh ingredients indigenous to the area's fruitful terrain and bountiful waters. Inspired by French tradition, the menu offers locally produced daily fresh vegetables, seafood and specially selected free-range, grain-fed meats. An extensive wine list emphasizes selections from California's Central Coast north to the Napa Valley.

Private Party Contact:
Elizabeth Almario: (760) 603-5140

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Elizabeth Almario at Beth.Almario@hyatt.com to book any special events and promotions.

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California Bistro - Park Hyatt Aviara Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.2

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4.1

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3.3

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Moderate

75% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (138)
Great for Brunch (137)
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Great for Lunch (86)
Good for Groups (83)
Fit for Foodies (79)
Kid-friendly (77)
Great for Outdoor Dining (71)
Neighborhood Gem (49)
Romantic (35)
Notable Wine List (18)
Hot Spot (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Casual (1)
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 (London)·Dined on January 22, 2014

Calamari were fried perfectly and the farro salad was really tasty (even a little too much vinegar for my taste).
Good service too.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 11, 2014

Second day in a row and still worth a trip!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 10, 2014

The menu is fine as well, but they excel at both breakfast and lunch. Ample assistance from a professional staff and a family atmosphere that makes it fun for all ages.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2013

Service was slow and was under staffed. Also, there was a 1 per customer limit on Lobster Tails. Lobster tails were per request and only 1 lobster tail was delivered per couple to split. This was not noted on the Website Menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 29, 2013

We went to the Sunday Brunch thinking that this new replacement would be on par with the former Vivavce Brunch, it wasn't. The atmosphere is good and the selection of food is okay, but the price of $50 per person is far too high for what you actually receive. The one bonus is that the brunch includes unlimited Bloody Marys. Unfortunately, the service was horrible -- one would expect outstanding service at the Park Hyatt, but that was not the case.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2013

Food was OK and service clueless but in the end adequate. We had requested a guiet table and were seated in a smaller room with screaming kids all around. We understood that many families were staying at the hotel but wonder why they didn't reserve one of the smaller rooms for adults?

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 11, 2013

Great restaurant, upscale dining, elegant yet casual furnishings. Menu had individual offerings and a buffet choices of everything, cold plates, and dessert. We ordered individual items, salads, as the buffet offered much more than we felt like eating. Our salads were very good, very fresh ingredients, tasty dressings, and large portions. Nice drink menu to complement your lunch order. Server was very good, personable, helpful with menu selections. Dresscode was listed as casual, I was in shorts, felt a little under dressed as most folks were business casual at a minimum. Nice spot for lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2013

went there for Thanksgiving lunch. over-priced menu for a subpar experience: unpleasant seating arrangement, noisy, average buffet food (seafood and desserts were the highlights).

unfortunate since the hotel is impeccable.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2013

Great waitress & service, okay meal; reservations made after the 'lunch crowd' gone - so no rushing. Seating - hostess had to check to see if they had a table 'as I requested'? Hotel needs to examine the job of a valet! American Heritage Dictionary says: 'Parking valet: arrangements provided by a commercial establishment such as a restaurant, whereby patrons leave their cars at the entrance and attendants park and retrieve them'. That didn't translate to the valet captain. He handed me my keys at the entrance, after a luncheon business meeting, and said; 'we're kind of backed up, (handing me my keys), your car is over there (gesturing to the cars) would you mind picking it up yourself?' and walked away. Question: This is a five star hotel?

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 25, 2013

If the Scenic View is the best feature it is not a good sign. We opted for the buffet option at $29 p/p. The food overall was just bad with the exception of the desserts table. The entrees we overcooked, dried out, and had just no flavor. There were only 4 tables or so occupied out of 22 or so available. They need an overall to get this to Four Season's level. Very disappointing.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 2013

Their Saturday buffet is nowhere near the selection they once had when it was the Four Seasons.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2012

Excellent Seafood Buffet, Excellent service!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2012

Was able to obtain a reservation for Christmas day brunch. A pleasant surprise indeed. The food was excellent. A relaxed atmosphere. Superb service.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2012

If your staying in the hotel the buffet is a great option

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 28, 2012

Brunch was expensive $29. Not as good as most buffet brunches I have been to, not alot of variety. Expensive but not great.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 4, 2012

We had the lunch buffet, and it was fabulous. However, just be mindful that the $5 iced tea is not included in the price and seems overpriced. I mean, come on, it's just iced tea!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 19, 2012

A fine brunch spot.Helpful staff, a wide array of offerings in numerous categories.Not fine dining to be sure, but a pleasant daytime place to enjoy.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2012

The food was extraordinary, no question. There was a varied and unique selection and everything was beautifully presented with amazing flavors. However, for the price, Champagne should have been included, not additional. It was a perfect weather day so sitting outside was lovely, but there was no view at all where we were seated. Service was very good considering how busy they were. If you are going to splurge for brunch, this would be the place to experience - once anyway.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2012

We went to the Mother's day brunch at the Park Hyatt Aviara's California Bistro... Absolutely the best brunch we have ever been to. We were impressed with everything.. food quality, variety of choices, friendly service, appearance, and attention to detail on everything.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2012

we had the first time slot for our reservation as the bistro opened, and the main dishes were already cold. the presentation was great, but taste and selection didnt live up to the expectation.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 4, 2012

One of the BEST brunches I have ever had. Fantastic selection- fantastic food- fantastic service. The selection was so large it is almost impossible to describe here. Omelets made to your order. Salmon Benedict. Salmon with lentils and asparagus (my absolute favorite). Tons of Greek salads, sushi, sashimi, bacon & sausage, and so much more. A huge selection of deserts! The only problem is that there was such a wide variety of food that we could not possibly sample everything. It's very very pricy, but worth the occasional splurge if you want the absolute best brunch in town, hands down!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2012

They need to bring back all the selection of a salad bar they had when it was Four Seasons . Price did not change , still $29.99 but selection .... is gone ....
Now Lunch buffet has a 1/4 of the section of everything, salads, deserts , hot entree ....
But service is very good . As it was when it was a Four Seasons as some waiters are the same like Mr Turner. He is the best !!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2012

...my food didn't have a foreign substance in it, I would have rated it higher. Thankfully, My waiter made up for it by comp'g not only my lunch, but dessert as well - which I did not expect. My friends enjoyed their meal & I thought mine was great until... oh well, mistakes happen.

I had the Steak Sandwich & my friends had the CB Club. We went mid-week for lunch, and they offer a buffet as well as menu items. It feels like a cafeteria and is a little blah (deco), but at least we sat next to the window with a view.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2011

Menu items were quality choices but available at Carlsbad area $35/ person brunches (ex. Belle Fleur); unimpressive at $100/ person. Brunched during slow phase but was initially neglected by wait staff (ex. empty drinks, table bussed only upon request, 20 min wait for check, adjacent parties were serviced more timely/ attentively). Excellent venue. Scenic coastal location with superlative amenities.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2011

The service after the Four Seasons left has gone down a notch. Waiters are not well trained and they dont seem to have that I will get it done for you no matter what attitude. The GM of the hotel should really look at this and get the waitstaff trained to be more attentive and in line with world class hotels

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2011

An amazing Christmas eve buffet. So festive and the holiday trees were beautifully. We will definitely be back next year.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2011

We were at the restaurant for the Christmas Eve Seafood Buffet. The selections were plentiful and well worth the price. The dessert selections were an extra bonus. I highly recommend this to couples and families who are looking for a great gathering spot for Christmas Eve dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 18, 2011

Buffet setup wasn't well planed. Food just okay. Service was pretty good.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 12, 2011

We came as a group of seven ladies for Breakfast. We meet once a month as a Book Club and decided this year to do something very different. We made the perfect choice! We have decided to make this our tradition every Christmas. The food was excellent, the choice on the buffet was superb. Service could not have been better. We were able to discuss our book in a relaxed and quiet setting. We also enjoyed looking at the wonderful Christmas trees on display.

We would thoroughly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2011

Buffet was lackluster on a Saturday.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2011

We tried the California Bistro's Thanksgiving Day brunch and it was a fabulous experience. They had the Thanksgiving staples and so much more. My husband and son enjoyed the seafood and sushi selections, we all enjoyed the cheese selections, and the dessert selections were the most extensive I've seen at a buffet, and everything I tried was scrumptious. The service was prompt and considerate without being intrusive. We will definitely go back for brunch!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2011

Maybe a bad night. Only two other tables had people seated. Considerating that, service was slow. Don't bother.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 21, 2011

In one of the most beautiful hotels in North County, the restaurant is a haven for those of us who love quiet, long breakfasts without feeling rushed or dismissed.

The waitresses are divine, really some of the nicest young ladies I've ever encountered in that position.

I live in Coronado, but whenever there is a special occasion, California Bistro is the first of my suggestions.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 16, 2011

We have eaten here for breakfast and lunch. Food is always great - California style fare; fresh, locally grown ingredients, some of it organic.
The hotel (now Park Hyatt, formerly Four Seasons) now has it open for dinner too; I've never dined here for dinner.
The service is outstanding. Beautiful patio for dining. Suitable for special occasion - bridal shower, impress the in laws, etc.
They have a kid's menu. For breakfast, the buffet is the best deal, but the portions are generous for the regular menu too.
Only downside is that it is expensive approximately $20-30 pp even for bfast.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 13, 2011

My friend and I arrived about 30 minutes apart. I was seated at an outside table right away, graciously, and served a pot of tea that was well made. A waiter then came and set the table for two. After my friend arrived, we waited at least 10 minutes for the waiter, even though there were several other tables being served. The restaurant was nearly empty so no idea why this would be. Anyway, we waited at least 15 minutes for our lunch (a salad and a sandwich), the waiter returned one time during the meal and we had to ask for more iced tea. We decided that he was just having an 'off' day as he wasn't rude, just wasn't a good waiter.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2011

overall it was good. A little pricey for the brunch. Nice setting

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 7, 2011

Having lunch after one p.m. on a week day was a good choice. Service was excellent and the noise level was moderate. Food was good, not outstanding. Birthday girl enjoyed her eggplant country sandwich more than I enjoyed my cobb salad. Altogether, it was a most enjoyable experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 7, 2011

Excellent restaurant with wonderful food and staff. It has gotten a little "pricey."

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 14, 2011

It was the first time that we had returned to the restaurant and for that matter the hotel since the Hyatt took over from Four Seasons as the managers of the hotel. The difference was night and day. It looks like the management has cleared out the very well trained and highly attentive staff with road house waiters and waitresses dressed in nice uniform. We went there for Valentine's brunch and when we got there, stood for a good 5 minutes before anyone came to greet us and sit us down. It just didn't get better from there. Food was very good, but the level of service I am used to at the hotel and what I got was really disappointing. I will not be returning soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Raum Stuttgart)·Dined on February 6, 2011

We were there for breakfast and the buffet is great!
Though we got charged for kids buffet for 2 little ones at the age of 3, I think that is ridiculous...we were 12 people in total and this had not happened before there - well, I guess new management...service was ok, but a bit slow...

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