We were very excited to read that Chef Ponsaty was back in the southern part of San Diego. We really enjoyed his talents when he was at Loews in Coronado.
The Hotel Del has a patchy history with their 1500 Ocean restaurant sometimes amazing and sometimes disappointing so we thought finally they have a chef that can wow every time.
We ate here on a weekday, at 6pm. So not a busy time. The waiter whom we have had many times before was distracted and hurried. Would ask a question and start walking off expecting us to answer as he walked off. Cutlery was just dropped into place. Definitely not the usual for this place. 3/4 of the room was empty.
The food itself was good. Beautifully presented but RIDICULOUSLY TINY. We did not have the five course tasting menu which you would expect to be tiny. These were supposed to be full size portions. I had lamb, which was perfectly cooked. It came with a quarter of a very small potato. I mean really small. The sauce was very beautifully arranged but such tiny little dots of decorative color that it was too small to detect flavor. Fortunately the bread was good or we would have left very hungry. I love fine dining but this meal was food as art rather than a delicious special occasion meal. My husband and I had one cocktail each, I had one glass of wine. We had the three tiny courses. $240 without the tip. Totally overpriced. If you'd like an excellent meal go to Bertrandos at Mr A's or George's at the Cove. We are crossing this one off for good.
Food was delicious. A little pricey - we did the 3-course menu with wine pairing. Service was excellent. Overall great.
It was our anniversary and we really enjoyed our time at 1500 Ocean. The service was excellent, Mark made our experience wonderful! The food was just perfect, we tried the albacore Tahitian tartare, the beets salad, the halibut and the lamb shank. Highly recommended for special occasions.
The ambience was awesome our waiter was fantastic his name is John. The presentation of the food was excellent. The prices were pretty darn high but for a special occasion it was definitely a great experience.
Outstanding food. Superb service. Quality drinks. Great environment and atmosphere. Our waiter last Friday night was very attentive-think his name was Phil.
Server was excellent. Food was good. Very expensive. Only issue was that we had a relatively late reservation and there were plenty of better located tables but we were stuck back in the corner. This is a neat hotel and it is worth it just to walk through the lobby.
My family and I were looking for an entertaining dining experience which,for us, means interesting food prepared with care and served beautifully. 1500Ocean provided all that. Lovely setting made it that much better.
I took my wife on our wedding anniversary. The food was superb, the service excellent. It is expensive, so not a place for casual affairs, but very good for special occasions.
unmemorable for a high price
Absolutely suberb in every way! Magnificent setting; complete with beautiufl sunset. Food was perfect. Simply a lovely dining experience.
Great food. Great 3 course deal.
Although the location of 1500 Ocean is beautiful the food and cocktails were poor. The prices were waaaay over priced for what we received. My husband and I have been all over the country and have dined at some of the most expensive restaurants and they have all lived up to the expectation. 1500 Ocean did not in our opinion. The portions were minuscule and the prices large. Had the flavors been “out of this world” then we could have accepted the high prices. However, the food was simply just so-so. Weird! We thought we’d have a true dining experience but it was a major fail. We each had 2 cocktails that were also just okay. It’s a shame! Staying at the Hotel Del Coronado and dining at their famous restaurant goes down as one of our least favorite weekend getaways. Good luck!
Wonderful food, superb service, and a great location!! We really enjoyed the mix of flavors and textures in each of our meals - the grilled octopus was a particular standout. Even though the evening was cool, there was enough warming torches to keep things comfortable on the outside patio, and dining with the sounds of the pacific in the background was spectacular. While expensive, the meal and experience was definitely worth it.
1500 Ocean is perhaps San Diego’s only Michelin star quality restaurant. The food, wine, service, and surroundings were all noteworthy. We enjoyed the five course tasting menu and found every selection to be well prepared and beautifully presented. The beet salad (including wonderful beet ice cream), the octopus, and lamb courses were particularly well conceived and executed. The wine list featured a large selection of familiar wines at very reasonable prices. Services was good, though perhaps not quite as personable and interactive as might be expected for a restaurant of this quality. 1500 Ocean is definitely worthy of a return visit.
Waiter was top notch with wine pairings and in friendly conversation with my wife and I.
The worst Valentine day in 50 years. 125.00 per person priced fixed. Really bad selections. During dinner 33 Navy Helicopters flew over head. The worst. And I mean worst 550.00 wine food and tip ever spent . Seriously, Lobster carpacio with chunks bigger than a soup spoon? Great bottle of wine though. Other than that. Run, run Forest run.
Had a great time. Best beet salad and rack of lamb I’v ever had!
Very expensive with mediocre food I took guests to celebrate two birthdays. They gave us a delicious cream brullet with a candle for each bday guest.
Great tasting menu deal
Everything was wonderful, the service, the ambiance and the food.
We arrived fifteen minutes before our reservation time, and the place was deserted. A janitor said come back at 5:30( our reservation time). Waiter was Leo. Described the pricing of the restaurant week procedure vs. the full menu, but didn’t describe any of the dishes. Portions were micro-small. Taste was fair. Value was poor.
We celebrated our anniversary in this beautiful place.
The service is great and the food is really good.
The food for restaurants week was just ok.
For $50 per person during Restaurant week, we got lobster flavored boullion, a few short ribs and a little cream brûlée. We left hungry. When I used the restroom I noticed the other tables had bread but not us. We spent $140 to leave hungry.
Birthday. Dinner excellent
First and second courses were not very good... shrimp was whole and flavorless. Sea bass was average at best. Very very very over priced! Service was impeccable and atmosphere wonderful! Chocolate dessert was divine.
A true culinary dining experience. The dishes are intricate, complex and sublime. Taste, texture and the visual is exciting and did not fail this educated palate. And the service was extraordinary. Mark took care of us with great expertise. Made this birthday a lovely experience.
Amazing meal! We went for our wedding anniversary and the meal in superb and the service was excellent. Mark was our waiter and he knew everything about the menu, superb service. I highly recommend it for a special occasion.
A fine time was had by all,
It was a little cool so we eat inside.
Fine service, nice wine list with some good values, nice offering of
both meat & sea food.
It took 25 minutes to get drinks and bread. The food was delicious and beautifully presented.
Excellent meal - French cuisine.
M. Ponsatty at his very best
Meal was outstanding and food expertly prepared. Didn't appreciate having a dog at the table next door which wandered to other tables and was held by owner over shoulder 5 feet away while eating.
Paul was outstanding and the food was delicious. We highly recommend this restaurant.
Seafood in entrees and grilled shrimp appetizer were of poor quality, texture and preparation. This is inexcusable in a restaurant of this quality, and should never have been served.
We had a party of 6 and they put us the front entrance. They sat us outside and it was very cold and drafty. There were no heaters above our table so we all kept our coats and jackets on throughout the entire meals. Overpriced for atmosphere, however, the food was well prepared. 1500 needs to up their game to charge their high price.s
This restaurant mimics serious restaurants to poor effect. The limited menu affords assembly line production of dolled up dishes. Grossly overpriced. Another example of food inversely proportional to view.
The service was a little slow at first on Christmas day at 7:15 pm. Otherwise, the food (lobster bisque, scallops, sea bass) was excellent. Raucous laughter at one table was far enough from us not to be distracting. In particular, I appreciate the serving sizes, not too big, not too small, just right. If I may say so, the experience of the waiters these days does not match the excellence of years past. Maybe it's just me getting old, I don't know.
It's always a delight to dine here when staying at the Del. This year we had Christmas Day dinner here. A wonderful pre fixe menu with ample choices and as always exquisite service.
Made reservations for Christmas dinner and unfortunately was not impressed. Our waitress, Amy, was kind and helpful. The food was not as spectacular as we hoped for $110/person (not including alcohol). The lobster bisque was VERY fishy. The waitress was kind enough to switch that course with the arugula salad which was good. The filet mignon was surprisingly dry. The salmon came smothered in a heavy sauce. All of the desserts were wonderful. In addition, our waitress, Amy, was kind enough to provide gluten-free options for my friend. Towards the end of the dinner — service for us and some other tables around us became very slow and it took a long time to get the check. I would not return to 1500 Ocean for a special occasion dinner simply because it’s not worth the price tag.