coastalKITCHEN

4.0
60 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 May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were a large party and the waiter was very attentive and patient. The food was good and the portion sizes were big. The outdoor patio is really nice to go have dinner and a drink. The are couches and firepits that are great to go with a group of friends and hang out.

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El Paso
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best way to celebrate Mother’s Day!! Not crowded AT ALL. Loved it. Wonderful experience! The staff made us feel so special, they even catered to my son who has a bunch of allergies. They even had a flower bar where the kids can build a bouquet for their moms- so so sweet!! Really great place!

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TH
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Easter Buffet Brunch and it was with every penny! Prime rib was perfect, shrimp was plump and fresh.; there was not a bad dish in the bunch.
Love the elegant yet comfortable atmosphere, the staff is always helpful and friendly. The chef makes incredible dishes that bring us back time and time again.
Highly recommend if they have a Mother’s Day brunch or any time of the week. CoastalKITCHEN will not disappoint.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointing compared to past experiences. 18percent added gratuity for a party of 7 at a self serve buffet seemed inappropriate espaecailly with the poor service we received.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a nice experience, but the kale Caesar salad didn’t have kale, only romaine lettuce.

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C
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We were there for restaurant week. The Chinese lettuce tacos, tomato soup, and pumpkin soup were very tasteful and appealing visually. The entrees were also very good- good size portion for the chicken and ribeye but the fish was a bit small. The Tajin sauce for the chicken was very flavorful but the mash potatoes could have been warmer.
The bread pudding was savory while the chocolate cake was just ok. In general it was a very good meal

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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

This was my first time coming to CostalKITCHEN and I will not return. I was there for an event that started at 7pm. I had reservations at 4:30 thinking that would give us plenty of time to eat and have a couple glasses of wine. We sat for at least 15 min before we even saw the waiter, then another 15 min waiting for the wine. I saw we were getting pressed for time since the doors open at 6pm to be seated, and ordered the Butternut squash soup, which was wonderful. It took a total of 45 min to get a bowl of soup!!! and I was never offered a 2nd glass of wine!!! The manager finally came over to our table and said how sorry he was and paid for our small meal. Terrible experience!!!

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J
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was not worth the wait. We had the hamburger and steak. The steak was ok but the rest of the meal we did not eat. Would not recommend at all.

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R
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Food was delivered after a very long wait. One of the tacos from each person’s 2-taco order plate showed up, with the other taco for each person coming 15 minutes later after we had to ask for the rest of our food. This caused three people in our party to cancel the missing part of their dinner (2nd taco). Additionally, the food was incorrectly charged and people were billed for each other’s food/drinks. Supposedly, there was only one waiter taking orders from all the tables, yet there were other employees delivering the food and several employees standing around talking and staring out the back windows. It was an incredibly disorganized dinner service. I question whether I’d ever eat there again.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 27, 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
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 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 29, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great place very calm. Sat outside by the fire pit

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OT
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
19 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
28 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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OT
Los Angeles
9 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
16 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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S
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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D
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
Philadelphia
7 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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