Asado Grill at Hotel Karlan

3.8
32 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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We feature a delightful array of sustainable seafood and gourmet culinary creations that are sure to please even the most discerning palate.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Daily: 6:00am - 11:00am
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm
DInner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(858) 485-4151
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Steve Kennard
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Cross street
Carmel Mountain Rd.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
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4.2
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3.5
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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

My first impression was, is this it? I hope it is much better for Sunday brunch. The room with the pretty white covered chairs shown in the picture was not open when we went. We had our choice of any of the tables around the bar—although there were some outdoor tables too overlooking the former golf course. Food was good, but not great. Selection was minimal. My husband had salmon and I had sea bass, and the same sauce came on both our dishes accompanied by potatoes and asparagus. Very basic. Well executed, but expensive for basic. It was quiet because, other than the bartender and our server, there was only one other patron there on a Friday evening.

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LE
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went there for Mother's Day. The buffet was not extensive but the food was well made and the service was very good. Also, they gave us tins of Doubletree chocolate chip cookies at the end, which is much nicer than roses.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointing

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OT
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I was looking for a restaurant in our neighborhood we hadn't been to & that offered a good value to celebrate a birthday. It happened to be San Diego Restaurant Week & a lot of establishments were participating by offering a 3-course meal. Their price was $30/pp. Many of the items offered are not on their regular menu. Some of our diners ordered off the SDRW menu & others ordered off the regular menu. The Ceviche had citrus cured Rockfish & shrimp w/avo & corn chips & was very pleasing. The Orange & Avocado salad was made with butter lettuce with red onion, Cotija cheese & a cilantro lime dressing and was very refreshing. The Grilled Achiote Mahi Mahi came with a lime cilantro reduction, sweet corn cakes & pickled carrots...yummy!. I enjoyed the Grilled Mojito Pork Chop was topped with a corn salsa & complemented w/mashed sweet potatoes...I ate the whole thing. Mahi Mahi Tacos were ordered off the regular menu & the order of four were stuffed with avocado, home made salsa, cabbage & served with a cilantro rice for $18. Our lone vegetarian had the Pasta Primavera loaded with farm fresh vegetables & basil marinara at $16. The Petite Filet Mignon at 6oz. was oh so tasty having been grilled with chimichurri for $32. One of our diners had to have the 8oz. angus Asado Burger with an aioli, lettuce, tomato, pico, avocado, pepper jack cheese annnd bacon. After all that there was only room for two desserts. I loved the Caramel filled Churro with chocolate pudding sauce. Also ordered was the Coconut & Rum Flan (type of egg custard). All-in-all...everyone went home quite pleased. I enjoyed one of San Diego's Craft brews by consuming a couple of 16oz. Duets, single IPA by Alpine Brewery that boasts pine, citrus, & cedar notes from Simcoe & Amarillo hops, at $8 a pop. My better half had the Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that has sweet ripe fruit characters with a delightful mix of citrus, floral, pear and tropical fruit and a crisp nettle highlight. I'll be back.

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OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Would not recommend this restaurant needs better food quality

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F
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

Food was excellent. We had the mixed grill and ribeye and both were very tasty. Thanks to the chef! However- Don’t select the restaurant if you’re looking for a romantic dinner or special ambience. If you stay at the hotel and want a quiet good meal, perfect.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Crab cakes were local crab, but they tasted like canned crab—very mushy, no seasoning, the coating looked like batter that wasn’t completely cooked, it wasn’t crisp & it was a pale color, crab cake as a whole was tasteless and kind of cold and just a soft patty of mystery squishy fish. My kids had fries with their burgers and the fries I tasted were nice and crisp & tasty. The day before, I had ordered the Caesar salad, which had a creamy dressing—it didn’t have a whole lot of the Caesar dressing taste, mostly the taste of whatever the white ingredient was (mayo?). It was a neutral dressing, I usually like a stronger taste. We also had breakfast there. I liked the variety of the buffet. The coffee was good. The service by Patricia was great. Howard was our server the day before & he was really good too. French toast and berries were my favorite part of breakfast, but the scrambled eggs were good too, as well as the lox & the muffins. Loved the bacon.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were pleasantly surprised by our Thanksgiving dinner here. We decided last minute to book a reservation on Thanksgiving, as we were traveling for a soccer tournament and didn’t want the kids to miss out on the traditional dishes of the season. We found Asado Grill at the last minute and despite reading mixed reviews decided to give them a try as our options were extremely limited. What a great place! The manager was super accommodating, allowing us to add 3 extra people, as another family on our daughter’s team didn’t have a dinner option and asked to join us. Since we got the last reservation, it was literally at closing (their 1 hr. break between lunch and dinner), but Frank made every effort to keep the buffet open, even replenishing dishes so we didn’t feel forgotten or left out. And the food was awesome! Great examples of Thanksgiving dishes, a carving station, and a rack of desserts. The other family was as impressed as we were. Definitely recommend them to anyone look for quality fare, a decent price for a hotel restaurant, but best of all attentive service.

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l
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Odd place. Very bright lighting and very sparse decor...marble tables, one or two paintings, tile floor. no flowers, candles, or tablecloths. Waited 15 minutes for someone to greet us and bring us water after being seated, then another ten minutes to order...restaurant week and we had reservations and ordered off the prix fixe menu but salad and soup were served before drinks! Had to remind about drink, waiter offered to comp my drink. Bloody Mary supposed to have "wasabi coated olives" but had no garnish at all, not even celery. Table next to us wasn't cleared until 20 minutes after couple left. Watermelon soup tasted like watermelon juice, the salad was also bland. Steak and short ribs very good. After she ordered it, waiter returned and told my daughter they were out of bread pudding although we watched them serve it to all the other diners....brought our desserts before they cleared our dinner. Desserts were good (churros, creme brulee) As we left, the bartender ran after us and handed us a brownie in a to go box, so "it wouldn't go to waste"...kind but strange gesture.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A simply wonderful restaurant in a beautiful hotel. The menu selections were seasonal and excellent, not to mention the impressive presentation by the bartender... This hotel is not far from downtown San Diego and close to many local attractions. The price was reasonable too for my dinner with husband. Truly a relaxing fabulous night. Will recommend it and come back!

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S
San Diego
54 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Open Table confirmed our reservation but when we arrived the restaurant was closed for cleaning. No staff could contact Open Table to clear our reservation cancellation. Wr had to leave. Awful place, anyhow. Avoid it!!

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m
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

menu and food were very interesting and pretty tasty. Ambiance was not very good. We went Mothers Day evening for lunch and the main part of the restaurant was shut down so we ended up eating n the bar......so there was zero ambiance...uncomfortable chairs and plain table stuck in the corner.....guess they were very bus for brunch that day and had minimal service and staff for dinner

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L
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their local Black Cod Mariniere is fantastic. My husband & I shared their Hot Fudge Brownie...it were so tasty! Service was very attentive and quick. Good seafood & cocktail selection. Very clean dining area... Overall it was a fantastic dinner experience. Will definitely come back.

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j
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

At first glance the ambiance is nothing special. It was too bright in the center of the room for dinner.

But things changed once our server introduced himself. Then it only got better.The food was fantastic as was the service for the entire night. The bread pudding was also great, though a scoop of ice cream would have made it amazing. I will gladly go for dinner again.

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OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Came to Asado during San Diego Restaurant week. All the course that both my wife and I ordered were very tasty and well prepared. The dining room is very bright so it is not a "romantic" setting. I would go back.

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AW
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Steak was over cooked, but churro dessert was really good. Servers kind.

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JW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Went for the first time during restaurant week, attracted by the menu. I really enjoyed the house salad and my husband tried the butternut squash soup. His steak was cooked to his liking but my Mahi was undercooked. The waiter was very apologetic and took it back to the kitchen to be replaced. While I was waiting I was given another glass of the wine I was drinking. The new entree was cooked to perfection. We both had bread pudding for dessert, divine, worth going just for that. Excellent service. Decor is modern and some might think it a bit cold. Worth giving the restaurant a second visit.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

The staff was very nice, worked hard. But experience level seemed low. The restaurant needs to change the decor if they want to draw a dinner crowd. It feels like a way too bright cafeteria setting. Warm the decor, the lights, add some booths and a low volume music. Everyone is able to hear each other's conversation s and it's not very private.
We live close, this is our third tim dining there. Drinks are too expensive for the location too!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

My wife and I went there for the SDRW set menu deal. I ordered soup and fish which was great. My wife ordered salad and steak. The salad was good but the steak was tough so she hardly ate any of it. Lucky she had the salad before. The waiter did give us 25% discount on her meal.

There were only 2 or 3 couples there at a time. Absolutely cold atmosphere & cold room. Given that there were only 2 or 3 couples there at a time, the service was slow. The table was not set and we had to ask for the silver. The table had not been cleaned - there were food crumbs on our and the adjoining table. We had to ask the waiter to clean it.

The waiter was very nice, polite and accommodating.

Would not go there again and would not recommend the place.

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MG
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

Went for San Diego Restaurant Week. Our waiter Nezter provided beyond excellent service and the food was good.

They just remodeled the Restaurant, but they made it too sterile (must have gotten cheap with the interior designer). The ambiance felt like a very nice hotel cafeteria rather than a nice restaurant.

I got the steak, and although it was good, it was not steak house quality.

I liked how they had a variety of local beers on tap.

I also thought the crème brûlée was delicious.

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L
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Had the seafood mix grill with rice and seasonal vegetables. The shrimp and scallop were amazing. I shared a bread pudding with my travel buddy and we were both very impressed - it was for sure the most unconventionally creative but delicious bread pudding we've ever had! We also enjoyed cocktails and beer, not to mention the fun presentation from the bartender! The setting was inviting (I heard they just recently renovated the restaurant and bar!) and service was extraordinary by a lady who worked there for more than 20 years!

I highly recommend this place. I am actually considering to come back on my birthday next year!

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RA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Loved that we had it all to ourselves. Our waiter was great and the food was delicious. Perfect portions for the price.

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C
San Diego
143 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was very good! Our waiter was friendly and efficient. We were the only patrons in the restaurant, so it felt a little strange! I think this restaurant has potential, though! The hotel has recently sold the golf course, so the grass is brown. Once new development is in and the hotel/restaurant does a grounds makeover, it will be quite nice. One suggestion in the meantime, dim the lights and put a candle on the table in the evenings. It's an inexpensive way to enhance the ambience.

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CJ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The Asado Grill was nothing more than a converted hotel breakfast buffet.
They sat us at a table, in the middle of a brightly-lit room, directly in the path of the musicians. I was sitting right next to my wife and I could not hear here speak. Many tables ringed the room and had views of the golf course. When we asked for one of those tables, the manager paused, because they were "set for breakfast" he relented and moved us however.
The food was terrible, I ordered the wedge salad, which was drowned in some generic bottle dressing, and the vegetarian mixed grill. The vegetarian mixed grill was a few pieces of unseasoned squash on a skewer with a side of mayonnaise - not the chimichuri sauce that was advertised. My wife ordered something that came with uncooked noodles, and my friends ordered the duck tacos - but the duck was so hard he couldn't stick his fork through it.
When we ordered dessert we were told they were out of cheesecake... it's Saturday night Restaurant week, and cheesecake is on their Restaurant week menu, and they were out of it?
I ordered a trio of Haagen Daz ice cream, of the four flavors I chose vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Later she came back and told me they were out of vanilla. It's Saturday night Restaurant week and vanilla ice cream comes on four of their deserts, how could they be out. It's freaking Haagen Daz, not homemade.
She asked, Do you want two chocolate and one strawberry?"
I said "No, I'll have two strawberry and one chocolate."
She came back later and said, "Did you say you wanted two chocolate and one strawberry?"
I said, "No, I want two strawberry and one chocolate."
I got two choclate and one strawberry.

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M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

When we received our entrée, the food was lukewarm. During our dining, a bug flew onto my plate and I addressed this to the waiter and he said he would get me another plate without any apology. I ordered the half rack of lamb, medium rare, and received it rare. The veges were not warm enough. I would not

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MI
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was our first time to this restaurant. It is part of the Double Tree/Karlan Hotel in Carmel Mtn. We live in Rancho Bernardo and we're looking for a close by restaurant for the middle of week San Diego Restaurant Week special and were very pleased with the service and food. This restaurant has been recently renovated as has the hotel. It was very quiet with mainly hotel guest but I believe that it can become a jewel if the word gets out. The general manager stopped by for quick chat and mentioned the improvements that were taking place. I would recommend this place to all who would listen. By the way, the lobster bisque was excellent, actually had chucks of lobster in it. We will go back another time and try their regular menu.

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MF
San Diego
260 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A Good Happy Hour was had by all on the new outdoor Patio!

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JM
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saw a sign advertising a Mother's Day Brunch and since it was close to home we decided to give it a try.
It exceeded our expectations for price, quality, selection of food, friendly/professional staff and overall comfort.
The staff was very attentive and the whole thing just worked out well.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Beautiful renovation, great staff but very mediocre food. The buffet was disappointing.

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j
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our family, all 23 of us, went to Asado Grill's Mother's Day Brunch. Everyone in our party had a great time and the place is wonderful. Derek and his staff really took care of us. We plan on joining them for Father's Day too.

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B
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Just reopened after an extensive remodel. Went there for Mothers Day Brunch. Ambiance, service, and food was great.

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MF
San Diego
260 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We live nearby and made a dinner reservation for the Very Soft Opening of the hotel restaurant for a change of pace. While the hard opening isn't until June, we had Surprisingly Good Food and great service for dinner. The new decor was superb, and ambiance was great, and I can't wait to see how the restaurant evolves over time after their Hard Opening.

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