coastalKITCHEN

3.7
51 reviews
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Contemporary American
Savor the creations of San Diego native Executive Chef Josh Grimes, with specialties highlighting farm fresh ingredients. Traces of Mediterranean and South Asian influences bring a sense of comfort and delight to the California coastal menu that travels across global flavors and seasonal tides.
Experience North County's personality at coastalKITCHEN, which reflects our region's elegant yet relaxed vibe. Connect with great conversation in our newly reimagined indoor/outdoor space with alluring fire pits. It is the perfect backdrop to sample offerings from local purveyors including farmers, craft breweries, artisan bakeries and wineries.
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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was really good however it is a little pricey for the location. It is in a Hilton however they are trying to cater to people that are in the area looking for a good place to eat. the price reflects more of a "hotel restaurant" where you expect to pay more but if they want to bring in non-hotel staying customer who have a lot of options with respect to other restaurants they will need to decrease their prices just a bit.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Made reservations for their Thanksgiving dinner and was very disappointed. The concept of the food menu was great but the execution was poor. The food lacked basic seasoning and tasted bland. Definitely wasn’t worth the prefix price.

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were at the restaurant for the Thanksgiving buffet and found the food ok but not the quality we expected. The vegetables were uncooked and difficult to chew. The meat was ok but not the best quality. The pie crusts seemed uncooked. Overall the buffet was ok but not great.

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RM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on vacation in the San Diego area and costalKitchen was recommended to us for Thankgiving dining. We were not disappointed, the food selection and service was beyond our expectations.

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San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Avoid if you want to good food. The place was empty, yet they seemed to have trouble staying on top of the 2 tables that had customers. Service was friendly but slow. The food is awful. From beginning to end. The flatbread was on inedible bread. Clearly a pre-cooked base that should never have been served. The calamari was the worst I have ever had. The salads were OK, I suppose. The olives small plate was strange... A huge bowl of olives. Edible, but nothing special. The Hibachi Salmon... was also edible. But dry. Picture having dinner in the lobby of a mid-range hotel. That's Coastal Kitchen.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great place very calm. Sat outside by the fire pit

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1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Good selection for brunch.
However, desserts were not up to expectations. Cakes were very vanilla.

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DR
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has a great vibe- great food, clean lines, nice patio and d a welcoming atmosphere. Will put it in our rootation

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K
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Last visit was disappointing; kid's food had hair in it; my salmon was way to dry -- think part of the tail and overcooked. Wine/drinks were slow to arrive... Server was inattentive and host was not friendly.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Short rib dish was amazing

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NA
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, food drink and service. Loved the key lime pie.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My salmon was perfect!

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San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

One of the worst meals I’ve ever had. Burger was over cooked - twice. Anemic lettuce and tomato. Mushy pickle. The server couldn’t have been nicer though. He should be working at a much better place. Seriously, Burger King would be an upgrade to the food.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We came here to check out the restaurant as an option for a rehearsal dinner and we were not disappointed. They told us they had recently renovated in the last year and it was done very well. Particularly the patio area is gorgeous; with it poolside and multiple fire pits, it creates a wonderful outdoor atmosphere. We sat at the indoor bar and watched sports and spoke with our bartender and the bar manager, Dan. They were both very friendly and knowledgeable about their menu. They said the menu choices can be seasonal on half the items available, which was great to hear for variety and locally fresh. After that night, we were pretty set on hosting our rehearsal dinner here. Can't wait to go back.

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TB
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible. Slow food. Average food. Kids everywhere.

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Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great New Years Eve dining experience! Great singer and fabulous menu! Our waitress was a doll!

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, good choices on menu, accommodating staff, beautiful outdoor seating(heated), tasty food and nice neighborhood.

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San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice place to visit after spending time at the Del Mar fairgrounds.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Basic hotel restaurant with relatively pricey food. Food was fine and service was good. No atmosphere.

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a hidden gem inside of the San Diego Delmar Hilton I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who has a hunger for great food

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ST
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch with parents who were in town! Great service and food! Our server, Colin, was knowledgeable, made great suggestions and very friendly! The food was delicious and very high quality ingredients. The parents were impressed and enjoyed themselves!

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l
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

They were able to seat a table of 8 on pretty short notice at their busy time during a Friday night. This is inside the Hilton right by the racetrack. It worked out perfectly as the food was decent, enjoyable live music and our server was outstanding. We had a great outdoor table and it was very comfortable and since you were sitting in the courtyard, there were games and other things for kids to enjoy as well.

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San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't say enough about how wonderful our experience was with coastalKITCHEN. We came in to celebrate a girlfriend's birthday and wanted something low-key with good food and craft cocktails. We sat on the patio and split the Brussel sprouts appetizer and one of the flatbreads. Our server Micah was fantastic and made several recommendations to us for both food and drinks (and they all turned out to be perfect for what we wanted). Would absolutely recommend.

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Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE ATMOSPHERE IS GRAND AND THE STAFF 'VERY' ATTENTIVE AND FRIENDLY.
WE WILL BE GOING BACK. OH, BY THE WAY, THE FOOD WAS ALSO GREAT!!

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JL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Didn't realize it was inside a Hilton. Outside space was nice and food and drinks were very good. Service was slow at lunch (seemed like bartender was only served for inside and out) but she was friendly.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was wonderful! Amazing food, prompt seating. Sat outside on the beautiful patio.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

It was nice having our own private room for Mother's Day brunch with 12 of us. However we had terrible service !! We had to always look for our server and ask for refills . One of us asked for another iced tea and we never did receive it . Had to ask for refill on water and coffee and when we asked for what we the waiter rolled his eyes and said the F word . He received a 100$ tip and definitely didn't deserve it . Poor service for the price and such a well known hotel. We expected great service from here and especially having our own room and with so many of us it was a big bill. Did wish there was a omelette station but the ham and prime rib was nice and great coffee .

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose coastalKITCHEN as a new place to celebrate a special event. The staff was very attentive and responsive to our requests and made our time with them delightful. We opted to order a few different items to taste a bit of everything and were pleased with our selections. The outdoor dining was a great option and after the Sun went down it was so beautiful to have the fire pits flickering around us. Thank you for a beautiful evening.

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PB
London
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Chef is quite good. Service was well intentioned but needs to be trained to anticipate guests needs. Someone should poor water immediately upon guest seating .
Plenty of staff standing around but takes a while before server shows up to get drink order or to get check.

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M
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Easter Brunch....great kids activities this year! Wish they had eggs Benedict but everything else was great. Will be coming again.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Sunday brunch. Arrived 1230. Dismal service. Drink orders were finally taken 45 minutes after our party arrived. Our meals were served well over one hour after we arrived. Many others who came in after us were served even before our drink orders were taken, and even though we found our waiter and requested service two separate times. Would never recommend.

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving Day buffet was excellent ....also the service was first class....Will definitely return....

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy Coastal Kitchen's holiday buffets. Food is attractive, well-prepared and a nice variety. My family and I enjoy all the offerings- very delicious and nice balance of flavors. The staff is friendly and efficient. The space is open, airy and relaxing--and very clean. I'm very excited about returning soon! Thank you Del Mar Hilton!

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JD
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Generally everything was fine. The only really unusual part is at the beginning of our dinner, the waitress asked us to open a tab for dinner for a party of eight. She said people run out in the bill all the time. So we joked that all eight of us, including four children, were going to run out. So we put a credit card down and continued with our dinner.

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JS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We spent all evening at the bar watching the Warriors game and then continued to eat and drink. I received poor customer service from Melanie. She made it known that "we had been there for a while." Because we weren't part of her section, which was very apparent she failed to come check on us to see how we were doing. Other than that, my family and I had a great time. Ish was very accommodating and provided great service.

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

It was a great Mother's Day brunch with good food and service.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Great Mother's Day Brunch! Waitress was exceptional. Not sure of her name, but please find out. We had reservation on Mother's Day at 12:15: Janicik

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F
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

REASONABLY PRICED NOT TOO FAR FROM DEL MAR BEACH...We found this by accident and were pleasantly suprised. Nothing to write home about but prices were reasonable as was everything else.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We ordered the crispy chicken for $23 which was a chicken wing smaller than the palm of my hand, and not even crispy! It was overwhelmed with both super salty vegetables and polenta. Overall the cuisine was highly overpriced for the quality.

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DS
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Thanksgiving dinner at Coastal Kitchen in the Hilton Del Mar was First Class! Attention to detail was obvious from the moment we entered the restaurant. Derick Frederick, the Food and Beverage Manager, welcomed us to the restaurant and showed us to the table he'd reserved for us. It was a perfect location.

The menu Executive Chef Andrew Knudtson and his staff had prepared for the Thanksgiving holiday provided choices for every palate. Salad choices included: Local Greens with Heirloom Tomato, Candied Walnut, and Shropshire Cheddar and Organic Red Quinoa Salad with Salt Roasted Beet and Wild Rocket Arugula.

An exceptional Hand Carved Roasted Turkey was prepared with Cranberry-Orange Mint Gremolata with accompaniments of Candied Yams with Marshmallows and Pecans, Buttermilk-Roasted Garlic Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, and Savory Trio of Wild Mushroom Stuffing with Bilbao Chorizo.

Additional Entree choices included: Hand Carved Adobo Roasted Pork with Stone Fruit Pecan Chutney; Roasted Free Range Chicken with Chestnut Creme Fraiche; Yucatan Style Baja Red Snapper with Mango, Peppers and Sweet Onions; Grilled Skirt Steak with Chef's Garden Herbs and Jus de Veau; and Woodland Wild Mushroom Roasted Chicken with Brie Cream over Tortellini.

Exquisite decadent desserts provided the perfect finale. Our choices were: Fresh Seasonal Fruit Desserts; Traditional Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie; and Toasted White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Brandied Caramel. These were accompanied with Starbucks Coffee and Tea Service.

Since Thanksgiving Day was also our wedding anniversary, the attentive Coastal Kitchen Staff provided a romantic setting for what became an exquisite meal. A number of staff members stopped by our table to wish us a Happy Anniversary, including Executive Chef Andrew Knudtson. Their thoughtfulness and attention to detail made this Thanksgiving and our wedding anniversary one that we'll not forget.

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