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California Bistro - Park Hyatt Aviara

145 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Californian, American
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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

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

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Phone number
(760) 603-6868
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Pierre Albaladejo
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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.
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Private party contact
Elizabeth Almario: (760) 603-5140
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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!
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Cross street
Aviara Parkway
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Parking details
Valet parking complimentary with your dining experience
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Elizabeth Almario at to book any special events and promotions.
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine


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What 145 People Are Saying
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JeanneA (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Our Friend Kat adores Park Aviara Hyatt. She can rarely attend due to wheelchair issues. This was her birthday celebration and she thoroughly enjoyed it - as we all did. Excellent service.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Really fabulous and creative Thanksgiving buffet. Wonderful eclectic mix of seasonal favorites and surprising combinations. Dessert is to die for. We had two adults and a fussy teenage and everyone left (more than) satisfied!

John (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on August 27, 2017

When we come to SoCal each year to get away from the AZ heat, we make it a point to have Sunday Champagne Brunch at the California Bistro. This was our third time this year.
It is in a beautiful setting with marvelous, friendly and professional service. Christina was right there bringing replacement utensils, filling our glasses and inquiring if we needed anything.

The selection of food ran from king crab legs to prime rib to fruits, huge peeled shrimp,cerviche, salads, lox, pastries, cheeses, omelettes, desserts - everything you could want.

The patio for al fresco dining is our favorite. Gorgeous.

Can't wait until next summer to return to the California Bistro!

vipSweet2eat (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

My high expectations were unmet. The experience was unique in its lack of civility. The wait staff was poorly trained and unfamiliar with the menu and wine list.
Jeremiah, our waiter, ended the meal with a lecture. The gist was that we had chosen the wrong place to lunch. We had come to relax and dine. A fast food meal wasn't our goal. We were told that we didn't belong ,and Jeremiah suggested that we take our business elsewhere in the future.
Despite the critical attitude, we tipped generously. It's not in my nature not to treat people poorly.
We are locals who could have become regulars.
This was unique in my years of travel and meals at the finest hotels worldwide.
I suggest management address this embarrassment and introduce immediate remedial action.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

We had a great Father's Day brunch.

Jeremy (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Always a good experience, and the food was excellent, and the staff was wonderful this past Sunday.

Titus (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on May 7, 2017

I dined their in order to take my friends out after they had me over so many times to their place. I can't imagine why anyone would pay so much for a meal, but I think my friends liked it. And it was nice to at least have tried it. The staff were very nice, but I think they were a little overworked. There was no one at the egg station or the carving board most of the time. The diners had to ask for help, or even cut their own prime rib. But, all and all, it was a nice dining experience.

vipFelipe (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on April 16, 2017

Attended for Easter brunch. It was amazing. Oh my god, best dessert table ever and best breakfast food ever. Fresh seafood and eggs made to order. Simply amazing

TomS (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on April 16, 2017

The brunch food was excellent both wide variety and quality. Service attentive.
However, expect to pay $100 per head.

OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

New Year's eve buffet was superb. Just enough food variety to satisfy all tastes without it being overwhelming or over-indulgent. Everything tasted excellent. The service was great. Was worth it.

DanChad (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

The selection of food did not equal the cost. Way over priced for the limited selection of food. Disappointed is the best choice of words I can give.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on December 5, 2016

To be honest I thought the chairs were to low budget looking, it needs a little music,
To quiet and can hear the kitchen, I didn't like the chard salad, lettuce was to tough they left the ends on so it took me 10 minutes to cut the thing just give me a good salad please that's already cut nothing I have to work too hard at.

vipOpenTable Diner (Anchorage)
4.0  Dined on November 13, 2016

Everything was wonderful EXCEPT the time limits. The brunch didn't start until noon and the food was put away at 2. When we go to brunch we like to enjoy the company we are with. We don't immediately jump up and eat. We savor the first (and sometimes second) glass of champagne while catching up on life.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on October 14, 2016

The place is beautiful; the food was delicious; and the value wasn't too bad. The only thing that was a bummer was that the service was really slow. It took almost 40 minutes for them to finally take our order. Good place if you are not tight on time.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 22, 2016

Amazing place for a special meal. Brunch starts at noon.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

Great food, great location, but a bit overpriced (paying for location). Good food selection but very poor selection of salads

KMHS (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on March 13, 2016

Very disappointed . For the price, there was a poor selection, most of the hot food was cold. One of the cakes was frozen in the middle. Couldn't find anyone to make the omelette or carve the prime rib. Mimosas were good but they must have been understaffed because it took forever to get a refill. What food there was was good, not excellent . Guess you are paying for the hotel ambience which was beautiful , but the Bistro restaurant was not exceptionsl

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

It looked like a converted conference room with Denny's style tables. The waiter was great. I think he was embarrassed at the room.

At $80-90 a head for a very minimum Buffett. We had an 8:30 reservation and by 9:15 they were tearing down the Buffett.

We will never go back. Who would have thought there was a Denny's at Aviara!!

vipgeorge (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

I was looking forward to our brunch here since it seemed to have good reviews. The resort seems pretty posh as you're coming down the drive. Parking is valet ONLY (bring cash!). There are no signs whatsoever in the resort lobby to direct you to the restaurant, and it is not easy to find on your own - down a long hallway, take a right, then take a left. Once we arrived (at 10:45am) for our 11am reservation, we were told by the hostess that they were tearing down the breakfast buffet and would be setting up the lunch buffet 11:30. So we could order ala carte or eat quickly from the breakfast buffet or wait 45 minutes for the lunch buffet. We decided that the 3 of us would do the breakfast buffet. However, when our waitress arrived, we didn't have a chance to tell her - she asked if we wanted coffee and when we replied yes, she sped off without waiting for our questions about the buffet. So we waited for her to return with the coffee. And we waited. And waited. Meanwhile saw several other staff members walking around, none of them helping customers. Our poor waitress was the ONLY one of several who was helping customers! When she finally returned with the coffee, it was 10:55. We asked if we could do the buffet and she hesitated, told us they were tearing it down, but said if that was ok with us it was ok with her. Predictably, the food was cold and picked over and pretty mediocre. The quiche was good but cold. Also were bagels, bread, jam, pancakes, bacon, and sausage. Hardly worth the $30 per person! I realize they have no control over this, but there was a screaming toddler at the next table. I wouldn't go back. Nor recommend.

vipjoyous (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on December 2, 2015

Great food with fresh ingredients

Service was lackluster caring

aunttotwo (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on September 16, 2015

food was delicious. The view is lovely. It was pleasant to talk to my friend. They do try to cater to special food sensitivities.

ICguy (Des Moines)
4.0  Dined on August 15, 2015

Had a very nice buffet breakfast outside on the patio. Good service and selection of food.

vipEllen (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on July 14, 2015

We had a wonderful lunch with friends and enjoyed it so much, we are going again! Food for delicious, service excellent!

vipSoCalEater (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on June 29, 2015

It was all just 'ok'.... no ambience, food was pretty ordinary.

vipperfect (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 19, 2015

We have been here several times for brunch and it never disappoints. My family enjoys the buffet, but I order off the menu. Either way, the food is delicious. The service is great and it's a nice quiet atmosphere. The view on the patio is great as well. It's on the expensive side, but a very classy place to go.

vipDavethediner (Perth / WA)
3.0  Dined on May 10, 2015

I was impressed and amazed at the culinary choices - really good food and nicely presented on the buffet. Really liked the Suchi presentation as well as the creative deserts!

The service however reminded me of Denny's on a busy Saturday - for $85 / plate it was disappointing to be busing our own dishes and having to ask two and three times for drinks and yogurt for our 2 year old (who not surprisingly had a hard time being patient). It didn't help that the outdoor seating was directly in the wind so when the door next to us opened with wait-people going in and out it blew napkins and paper across the room.

Not what you'd expect from a Hyatt Regency....

vipDrCe (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on April 12, 2015

Excellent management and staffing yields excellent customer service.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on April 5, 2015

We went to Ca. Bistro at Aviara for Easter Brunch. The staff was friendly and efficient, very accommodating. The dining area was super casual, there were not even any table clothes on the tables. The view was beautiful. The food was creative and tasted very, very good. The deserts were by far the highlight of the day. Absolutely the best I've ever had anywhere out in San Diego. Our server was adorable and friendly. She made sure we had plenty of the fresh squeezed melon/orange juice which was delicious. We will be going back on a non-holiday to enjoy again!

vipScottsdaleDiner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on April 5, 2015

My family really enjoyed the brunch at the Hyatt! The set-up was wonderful, there was lots of amazing food and it was a beautiful day!

CABistro (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 21, 2015

Excellent weekend buffet, service and ambiance. The chef was amazing and the parking fee was even validated.