COMING SOON - Outer Reef by Celebrity Chef John Tesar

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Seafood
Offering uninterrupted Pacific Ocean views and inspired seafood cuisine, the casually sophisticated Outer Reef, opening early Spring, by four-time James Beard nominated Chef, John Tesar will feature a sea-to-table surf and turf dining concept. Inspired by the Chef's critically acclaimed seafood restaurant Spoon Bar & Kitchen and his steakhouse Knife, enjoy this new dining experience indoors or outdoors with the most breathtaking ocean-views.
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vipVickiJ
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food is surperb. The service impeccable. The restaraunt is my favorite. Will be back.

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DonnaM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, super friendly and helpful staff, especially the hostess!

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CESF
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience1

I booked a table at the VUE for 4th of July. It didn't say the restaurant was closed due to a large outdoor BBQ and they had a $90 per person charge to attend (sans alcohol).

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Eater
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fathers Day Brunch buffet! Staff was amazing, dessert table off the charts. The rest of the food was pretty good, I wouldn’t say excellent but not overpriced either. And a view to boot! We would go again.

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MelbaH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service staff was great. They were attentive and accommodating. The views were beautiful. The food was a very good.

VJ
vipVickiJ
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food was outstanding. Homero our server got excited when he saw us. Will be back/

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ScottG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Vue for mother Day Brunch. It was located outside on the field where we got an amazng view of the ocean. My wife was very suprised and happy that i brought her there for Mothers Day. Food was amazing....specially thier specialized mac-n-cheese station. A must go again

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SheydaK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a horrible experience for Mother’s Day! food Buffet items old and not replenished at the time of our reservation. We had reserved outdoor seating however we were sat inside in a room with no view. We had three mothers in our group who were supposed to receive some kind of gift and also for the three children ... we didn’t receive anything! Horrible service, food, and experience.

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vipKathleenB
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Mediocre mother’s day brunch. Very overpriced at $65 per person for the quality of food provided. No seafood bar and nothing enticing at the dessert bar - just unappealing sipping fountains. Not enough umbrellas to go around on sunny day. Unatttentive beverage service.
That said, beautiful views of the ocean from the lawn seating.

MJ
vipMJmj
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great view of the ocean from the lawn where Mother’s day brunch took place. However shortage of umbrellas made for unpleasant experience until our waiter helped locate one and bring it over. The manager was not very helpful with that. Brunch itself was very limited, no cold cuts or cheese, no seafood, no veggies, limited dessert selection, no fruit. Not sure we would go back.

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vipjoed
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Mother’s Day brunch

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vipDinerwithkids
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

We had Mother’s Day brunch which was beautiful w great food but absent server. He never brought the coffee I requested and we always had to chase him down for any request. The view and food will cause us to try again next year however. Repeat poor service will make it our last time.

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vipGingerS
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mother’s Day Brunch ever!! Venue and ocean views are amazing. The entire staff was excellent, as was the food. They put so many smiles on me and my family ! We are all looking forward to next year! Beautiful!!

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BethO
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thought I scheduled for the Mothers day brunch and ended up just getting the regular brunch. My waitress was very sweet and made sure to try to make it special even though she did not have to. Breakfast was elegant and very good.

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Marmi
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we arrived at the Vue there was a wine festival surrounding the property. As a result the only available parking within approximately a mile was on the hotel property and reserved for guests of the hotel and restaurant. We were advised that we had to valet, to which we responded we would rather park our over-sized van and on-board service animal ourselves. We then learned that because we were not hotel guests the Vue did not have to accommodate our service animal, nor would we be allowed to valet park our vehicle with our service animal left inside. We asked repeatedly for solutions, without being offered any, and eventually even received threats to report us for parking with an animal inside. Mind you, the van we drive is customized to provide accommodation for my partner's mobility issues and his service animal's health and safety, but that's really neither here nor there since the Vue was not seeking understanding, just execution of authority. By the time the director of operations approached us we were a half an hour late for our reservation and our guests waiting to meet us in the dining area and as you can imagine we were exasperated. The director made clear that there was absolutely nothing she was willing to do, including consider our request for assistance back from off-site parking (all said with a smile of course). When I asked for her name and business card, she told me she was the boss and kept repeating her title "Director of Operations". I replied that someone hired her and that unless she was the property owner she answered to someone. At that point she told us we needed to leave the privately held property or she would call the police. I was so taken aback I considered calling the police, but my partner was done, and in all fairness, a private property can behave in exactly the discriminatory manner she did. This is my first negative review on any forum, I do hope that whom ever she answers to, is willing to look into the matter further.

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KevinG
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter Brunch was awesome we had a large group and our waiter was great the atmosphere is awesome we really enjoyed ourselfs and didn't feel rushed at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We’re here celebrating our Easter for the first time. Price was a bit much for $50/adult, but I’m sure that’s because of the location. Really loved having the brunch outdoors. Would have really liked allowing customers’ children to get pictures taken with the Easter bunny. However, our nephew did enjoy himself, so that’s a plus.

COMING SOON - Outer Reef by Celebrity Chef John Tesar
Responded on April 21, 2019

Thank you for the Five Star review!! We're here to provide a great and memorable experience and can only do that with great feedback from our guests. We'll definitely consider your comments and photo opportunities we can add in. Happy Easter!

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vipMarileeT
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great table with a wonderful view of the ocean and thew grounds. It was a buffet brunch. The food was good and for those foods that had run out, or were not apparent at the buffet, the wait staff was very gracious about bringing it to us at our table. The service was very good, the ambiance beautiful and serene. It was a great brunch with my mom.

COMING SOON - Outer Reef by Celebrity Chef John Tesar
Responded on April 21, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We're glad you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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SusanD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager and our waitress did a great job of accommodating our party of 14—even though half of our party arrived late. It was a wonderful meal with a perfect view of the water on a glorious day! Thank you!

COMING SOON - Outer Reef by Celebrity Chef John Tesar
Responded on April 21, 2019

Thank you for the great review! It's our pleasure to assist, and we'll always greet those fashionably late with a smile :-)

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vipVickiJ
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Vue was awesome as always. Hermero our server was amazing. They were accomadating a convention and handle us up and above. Will definitely return.

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Rolando
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

this is really just a coffee shop atmosphere. very limited menu for dinner. the valet parking was an outrageous $20.

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WogNWiz
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a gorgeous view of our Pacific Ocean. Clear skies, bright sun. Love the windows, food, and service. It's our Sunday "go-to" brunch.

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RyanG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I gave 2 stars for a mix of reasons... I would have only given 1 for all categories, but the manager took off 1/2 the bill for the poor experience, so I gave 2 instead of 1 bc we got a discount.

We ate here on New Year's Eve. Apparently the restaraunt was way understaffed. We had terrible service and food took 1 1/2 hours to come out (that is not a joke or an exhaggeration. We sat down at 8:10, ordered at 8:20 and food did not come out until 9:50).

The server rarely stopped by our table to ask for refills or update us on our food (maybe once every 25 minutes). I actually walked to the bar to get my own drinks and cleared my own plates. I felt bad for the server because he seemed new and was nice, so I talked to him after dinner to give advice bc I was in the restaurant industry for a few years.

The manager and other staff were not helping out like is supposed to happen when restaurants are busy and understaffed.

Everybody seemed nice, but the food was not what I would expect from a nice restaurant. Lamb was overcooked, rest of food was just okay.

My date and I made the best of it bc it was New Year's and we were going to attend the party upstairs later. But had it not been New year's,we would have walked out.

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DavidC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice location for an early evening or sunset dinner. Food was good. Great place to have a drink or lunch outdoors.

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vipPowleyGirl70
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Unfortunately, the restaurant was not prepared for New Year’s Eve! We had over a 2 1/2 hour wait for our food. Our server was awesome but no one from management checked in with us once. Luckily our meals ended up being comped. We appreciate that for sure! Food was good so we will try again another time!

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KristaM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Could have been just the day but all the food st the brunch was bland.

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vipStist
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Went for breakfast buffet. Food was OK, but nothing to write home about. A bit light on fruit and juices. Big disappointment was cappuccino - barely any liquid and mostly horrific foam.

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laurar
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Nice location not too fancy but nice. Hotel nice for out of towners and reasonable compared o some of the more costly resorts yet in same setting.

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FredC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went for the Thanksgiving dinner, which was quite good and reasonably priced, especially in comparison to some other area restaurants. The portions were huge, so we even brought leftovers home just like at family Thanksgiving dinners back east. The views are wonderful and we were very pleased with the service.

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Maureen
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Food was good but was disappointed in the décor of the restaurant. We were stuck in a side small banquet room but there were no centerpieces or décor of any kind. Waiter was very attentive and did a great job.

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AndaM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

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ScottK
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall2food2service5ambience3

We ate at VUE for Thanksgiving. The staff and service was exceptional but the quality of the food was average. The location is terrific, nice ocean views, etc.

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vipduffergirl
Toronto
79 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience2

This place was horrible. We made a reservation and when we arrived we asked to be seated outside and it was full...even though there were empty tables. We asked to be seated inside at the window... Those too we were told were occupied.
We ordered our drinks and meal. 30 minutes later we were walking around the restaurant trying to find our waiter. We ended up getting our breakfast 10 minutes later.
Btw, no one sat in any of those empty tables that we couldn't have the entire time we were there.

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LauraO
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Interesting visit. When we arrived the hostess had no idea what an Open Table reservation was. She had a table for us anyway. The service was mixed. Our waitress was very nice, and tried hard it seeemed. But everything was extremely slow. 20 min after placing an order to get a drink and another 20 for food. Dirty tables not cleaned off. Food order with item missing but quickly fixed. Luckily we were in no rush and wanted to spend time visiting. The food was excellent, and the “vue” is awesome!! We will go back!

VJ
vipVickiJ
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wow! My husband is hard of hearing and they put us in a section that was closed. The manager an Hamero were awesome. They were super attentive to our needs. The food was outstanding. Definitely will return.

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TarynB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Food was over cooked, and not what they said it would be like. The crab cakes had more bread that crab meat. They went to pack up my food and never came back. We were never asked how our meals were. Waiter disappeared on us several times. Hard to locate restaurant.

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DRBinDP
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Not impressed with the view. Something was in the balsamic bottle. Service was great but that’s about it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Group of 12; both our Server, Austin, and the kitchen staff exceeded expectations. Everything flowed from start to finish, allowing us to thoroughly enjoy the evening setting outside, and the company on hand.

The dining experience parallels the same service I have experienced, with both my business and personal stays, at the Laguna Cliffs Hotel Marriott.

VJ
vipVickiJ
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good and fresh. Our waiter Homero was fantastic. The hostess seated us right away. I am a definite customer!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was great.

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