Cosmopolitan Restaurant

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330 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The Cosmopolitan Restaurant offers lunch and dinner daily from 11 am, and a Brunch Buffet Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 am with a last seating of 2pm. Our menu reflects the many cultures that influenced Old Town’s culinary development — Mexican favorites, American grill and fresh seafood.

At the Cosmopolitan Restaurant, every dish is prepared with house-made sauces, fresh vegetables and the finest meat and seafood — all artfully presented to give you a delicious and wholesome meal, to savor in a heartwarming environment, steeped in history and America’s finest traditions.

We change our menu throughout the year, maintaining our customers’ favorites while adding dishes prepared with local ingredients that are at their peak. Our children’s menu appeals to even the most demanding palate.
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4.1
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4.3
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3.9
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Old friends getting together

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vipSharonR
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful place for conversation with a friend on the patio at lunch. Tasty food with an abundance of choices.

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vipSDHD
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch and tea!

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vipSatisfied
Calgary
51 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intoduced to a new way of making a grilled cheese sandwich...yummy.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service slow, food average, had to send back overcooked baby back ribs as could not chew them

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NathanR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A triple threat restaurant...excellent location, excellent service and excellent food! A must visit location. If you want creative food without a big price tag check this place out, you won’t regret it!

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Benjamin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Server appeared to have never served before in her life. Crab cakes may have well been called 'cold crab and mayonnaise'. Bruschetta was on week old baguette. The vegetables in the vegetable fettuccini must have been forgotten, maybe one cherry tomato cut in half and one spear of asparagus cut into pieces (not kidding). Filet cooked to order, but cold mashed potatoes and very bland broccolini. Lava cake and raspberry sorbet were by far the best course of the valentines three course wine paring dinner. Not very busy and were practically ignored with very little attention to our table from time of order to check dropped.

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KristinM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was really good. The menu was limited for Valentine’s Day, but delicious! The ambiance is cool and there is a cute little shopping area that you can visit while you are waiting for your reservation. Our service was a little slow. And they kept forgetting the wine for the wine pairing/not refilling our water glasses.

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Francesca
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service as usual; looking forward to returning soon especially for new tea time menu!

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Kari
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The patio seating for The buffet style brunch has a beautiful ambiance! The coffee and the omelette station was very good. The potatoes had all the right ingredients, could have been seasoned better and cooked more crispy, bacon was crispy and very tasty, nice small pancakes, didn’t try the poached eggs- their presentation was pretty, there were biscuits and gravy - okay, the sausages too strongly flavored. The main dishes were all not very flavorful, the Whitefish Vera Cruz tasted muddy like catfish, the Mexican meat dish was on the dry side and made me long for Carnitas, the chicken a little dry but the flavor was fine. The desert table had a very pretty presentation. I would change the brand of cheesecake bites, the crumb layer just crumbled away. The bread and butter are located near the omelette station, a little hard to find. May I suggest placing the Caesar salad next to the beautiful mixed salad (It was also hard to find)? The waiter and the omelette station guy were very attentive and personable. Whatever was lacking in flavors in some of the main dishes, all in all, we had a pleasant experience because of the ambiance and the friendliness of the staff.

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suzanne
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I have wanted to go to the cosmopolitan for many years now. It did not disappoint. It was fun being in old town.

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vipCarlaP
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Unfortunately, this has to be one of the worst restaurants we have been to in San Diego. I always like to support local businesses, but the Cosmopolitan can't be one of them.
Arrived on a Sat. evening, sat in Patio and listened to nice music.
It took a while for the waitress to arrive, even though the place was pretty empty.
Ordered drinks, then entrees. It took considerable time for orders to arrive, earlier guest left, but surrounding tables were not cleaned for over 30 min. I'll say it again, they were not busy.
Our food finally arrives, I ordered the steak fajitas. For $18 I received 3-4 ounces of steak, 2 tortillas, rice and the worst salsa, guacamole. No chips or salsa are provided unless you pay???? and the flavor of the food was non existent. My three dining partners didn't fare any better, all food pretty dismal. So 4 people, 4 beers, over $105. We could of gone to our local Mexican takeout and for $45 eaten like kings. It is unfortunate that such a lovely, historic venue isn't packed with people. Just across the walk in another restaurant,, hundreds of people were dining, listening to music and dancing. Management at this restaurant should be replaced. After dinner, we walked through the lovely dining in the hotel, barren. This place just exists for the Cruise industry and unknowing tourists because locals know better, me included.

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We had been there several times before for Valentine’s Day and we loved the ambiance and the food was very good. This time, we ordered a steak and sea bass. The sea bass was passing at best, the rib eye steak was horrible. It is supposed to be a good cut but this one stringy, full of fat and tasteless. Interestingly, the table next to us were so dissatisfied with their meal that they sent it back and refused a replacement meal. We don’t know why the quality of the food went downhill but be going back anytime soon.

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vipTonyTouch
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Casey was very kind and gave wonderful recommendations. The short ribs were absolutely delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I love coming, but it was cold (low-60s, upper-50s) and I immediately noticed that the heater wasn’t working. Instead of addressing it I was told there was nothing that could be done, but I could be re-sat in the same section. We flagged another waiter who immediately addressed the overhead heater, but there were still unused portable heaters that would have been appreciated had they been brought over.

I love the live band and will continue to come back for the ambiance, but during warmer evenings. If it is chilly, especially on the tables around the outskirts of the venue, I hope they utilize all their heaters, instead of assuming people are alright.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was excellent! Very accommodating. It was fun to be in a historical setting.

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MikeT
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

not a good experience, need a new chef.................................................... ..............................

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SharonZ
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner at the Cosmopolitan.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We expected to eat Thanksgiving dinner at the hotel. Due to the rain they switched us to another restaurant. It was crowded, hostess was aloof, food was cold and the place was noisy.

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stevieb
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I was very disappointed. I picked cosmopolitan for the ambience. For some reason when we got there we were told we had to walk down (in the rain) to another restaurant, the mexican restaurant Bara Bara. The ambience was much different , very casual and also cold. To make matters worse, since the members of our party dont eat meat, the menu said there would be fish and also mussels marinara. The fish was there. When i asked where the mussels were i wad told they could not get enough for everyone so they decided not to have them. The other side dishes were plentiful but since they were by the front door the dishes were not hot. All in all i would never book this restaurant in the future, $50 per person was too much for what they had.

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PatriciaS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Thanksgiving buffet booked at Cosmopolitan. A couple days before event they inform they are moving us to mexican restaurant next door. Buffet haphazardly arranged around bar. Presentation unattractive. People packed into restaurant making movement cumbersome. Service left a LOT to be desired

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GaryR
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

I have attended your Thanksgiving Buffet for the past 3 years and thoroughly enjoyed it. This years it was horrible. I understand the venue was changed because of the rain, but that should not affect the quality of the food. The turkey was dry and horrible and served like i have never seen before. The Mac and. Cheese not good. The salads, though similar to previous years’ versions were tasteless this year. The ham was dry and inedible. Everything, honestly, was substandard and was an embarrassment as I was entertaining friends. I guess i will need to find another venue if this is the new standard for your holiday buffet. Pity.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The food was over cooked and tasteless. We have eaten at the Cosmopolitan several times before, the food was good, which was why we chose them. We hoped Thanksgiving food would be at least that good.

It was raining this day and the roof leaked in several places, which made the floor slippery in several places.

It was a waste of our time and money.

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Hoppy
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was great. Nice selection on buffet table. Rainy holiday. Roof leaked on both sides of our table. Staff did try to keep water cleaned up.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had a great birthday party with 20 friends. The ambiance was great, the service was great and the food was great! Definitely recommend this place!

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vipBabs4316
San Diego
149 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We always enjoy coming here before a show at Cygnet Theater. The band, Zymzzy Quartet, is delightful and a big draw for us.

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CaroleB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We’ve been here many times and the outdoor dining with live music is nice. The food was not great this time and we had to ask the waiter repeatedly for all requests even though it was not very crowded.

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davidb
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This is a good option in a very touristy area. I was surprised by how few people were there on a Thursday evening. It is very close to Cygnet Theatre, which makes it a very good option for pre-theatre dining.

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tomscot2
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It is a decent option to the abundance of mexican restaurants in Old Town. The was my second dinner there, both times in groups of 6+.

Generally, the food is good, but not memorable. The service was very good, especially given that the waitress told us at the end that it was her first day after training. The ambiance was historic and the place was quiet on an early Wednesday evening.

I will not hesitate to go back when attending a show at the Cygnet theater.

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vipcpsd
San Diego
58 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Menu has Mexican influence but is a bit different from typical Old Town fare. It’s a really much choice before enjoying nearby Cygnet Theatre.

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LauraB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was all right. The rice seemed under cooked on the Seafood enchilada. The pot pie was disappointing but 4 chunks of meat, with 4 potato chunks and a chewy crust would explain why. The two men had the chicken and churros and enjoyed it greatly. the Churros were amazingly good.

Pricing in general is good, but for the pot pie you'd be lucky I'd pay 5 bucks in a grocery store.. and get more for my money.

The staff at first acted like they were inconvenienced with people to help.. then warmed up and gave great service. Guy at the front desk looked bored consistently though.. maybe not the right person for hosting and first impression as you walk in.

In general.. yes I'd eat here again and give it another try. Actually, I will reveiw after our work Holiday party since we decided to have it here as well.. that is why I used it for the birthday dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Our server spaced out the whole time. She couldn’t tell us about 2 food options almost like she had never tasted it before. She checked on us once even though the place was empty. Then at checkout she gave us the book without a bill. The food is fake Mexican in the middle of such greater choices in old town. Wish we had looked at the menu more closely and had gone somewhere else.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my girlfriend's birthday would not have been complete without this dining experience! The staff was welcoming and accommodating, they offered a birthday treat and delivered perfectly. We even asked nicely for no birthday song, which they graciously respected. Our evening was perfect, we were also guests in the hotel. The whole stay was just right! Our food was perfectly prepared, served quickly and DELICIOUS! Not to mention, reasonable. We left with full bellies, happy hearts and some cash still in our pockets. What more could you ask for?!

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AfshinY
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience1

Most of the food was not very good. Dry chicken and fish. Just not quality food. The wild salmon and calamari were the only tasty food we got but very small salmon portion. My yellow tail was dry and not tasty at all. Our server was very nice but food was late. Much better restaurants in the area to go to.

The place was practically empty on Sat night. Not sure how long this place will last.

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JenRN
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I don’t know that we will go back, but it was fun to try and I loved the atmosphere. I would have given it higher rating if it weren’t that I was accidentally given the wrong meal, I’m vegan, and it was a pork chop! LOL. I have to say it looked amazing. They caught it before I tried the chop thinking it was my yummy portobello mushroom burger, (thought it came without a roll). Also, our waiter went missing for a LONG time. My husband concluded he was in the back cooking, because he came out sweating and rushed. Otherwise, the atmosphere was lovely. Live music on acoustic guitar. The presentation of food was spot on. Kids eat free with each adult! And when I got my burger, it was exactly as ordered!

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Shayc
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great and waiter was nice but they seemed understaffed and stressed!

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AmandaH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation online and arrived a few mins early. It took 3 of them to figure out the reservation even though there were very few people there. I requested outdoor seating and we got sat inside. It was very quiet with no music playing and was a bit awkward. The inside was very dirty and they had spiderwebs in the corners. After looking over the menu I decided there were many other nearby places to eat that are clean and just more pleasant to dine so I left after waiting multiple mins for someone to come over.

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sabrinah
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

SERVICE WAS OUTSTANDING, DRINKS WERE GREAT BUT THE SHORT RIB WAS OVER COOKED

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vipDianaC
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delightful setting and excellent food. My short ribs were amazing and my husband's cowboy steak very generous and cooked as requested.

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Josie
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Our family had dined at Cosmo before and enjoyed it. But this time and for a birthday celebration it was subpar. My food was cold, hamburger was cold, French fries were excellent. Something seemed off. So we all were disappointed and said we wouldn’t go back. It was early on a Sunday night. Not too many guests.

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Cosmopolitan Restaurant is rated 4 stars by 330 OpenTable diners.

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