Seréa

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Seafood
Serẽa is proud to bring an exquisite sea-to-table dining experience to San Diego in a comfortable yet sophisticated setting. Located just steps from the beach in the legendary Hotel del Coronado, the restaurant’s key focus is the bounty of the sea. The menu focuses on sustainable seafood, with a coastal cuisine menu that spotlights the best of the region’s oceans, farms and fields, ranging from the California Coast down to the Baja Peninsula. Creative cuisine with a global flair is prepared by San Diego’s own Chef Jojo Ruiz, who creates elegant, fresh dishes with just a hint of Mediterranean flair.
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Serea will be offering our regular menu and Holiday Specials by Chef JoJo Ruiz.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Serea will be offering our regular menu and Holiday Specials by Chef JoJo Ruiz.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

What 159 People Are Saying
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Des Moines
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Dave, was extraordinary. His wine and entree suggestions were delightful. He paid close attention to every detail. We will certainly dine at this restaurant again. We’ll request a “Dave” table!

NM
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! The best part of our visit to the Del!

KT
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I called the restaurant the day before to see if we could add 2 people to our party of 6. I was told no. When we arrived, they sat us at a table for 8-10 people that sat empty all night. We moved from this table because we only had 6 people & the table was way too big. The restaurant doesn't serve any bread...you can buy pita bread for $5.00 a plate. Really??? What fine dining restaurant doesn't have bread? A huge mistake. 3 out of the 6 of us wanted Swordfish. No one told us they didn't have Swordfish until we were ready to order. Instead, they offered a kind of fish no one had ever heard about...so why not take the Swordfish off the menu if you don't have it? Food was OK, nothing to brag about. Service was very good but the restaurant wasn't the least bit busy. I'm sorry to say, I won't be recommending this restaurant to anyone.

TD
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We were there for our 15 years anniversary celebration. We were disappointed that the chef did not have anything after our meal to honor it. Other restaurants usually will have a small piece of cake with the “Happy Anniversary” message, but this restaurant did not have such thing.

JW
Denver
41 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service was attentive. We enjoyed the restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent.
Vegetarian Paella was only fair. Wouldn’t order it again. Red Snapper was tasty. Potatoes were good.
Margarita was ok, not quite right mix of sweet and tangy.
Pricey!

AG
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great staff, food was cold even when the plate was hot

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant I’ve ever been to, and that’s saying something. Incredible ambiance, service is exceptional, food is god like. THIS IS A MUST TRY

LN
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food and service were excellent. Armando was our server, and he did an outstanding job! The wine list needs some improvement. We shared our dessert, we had a banana cake with ice cream, so delicious! Overall it was a pleasant dinning experience.

L
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Sashimi was excellent. Lamb ribs appetizer tasty but all fat. Cauliflower very good. Ahi tuna okay. Swordfish well cooked and moist but somewhat bland. We had said it was our anniversary but no recognition from servers. American cabs safe, no risk taking in wines. Steep mark up on wines. Ambiance and noise level excellent.

KK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!!!

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Very overcooked salmon.

A
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit expensive but great

DF
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

We were 10 minutes early for our reservation. The hostess seated us and returned a few minutes later to advise that we were too early for our reservation and, therefore, we would have to wait until after 6 pm to be served.

The table top had been refinished that day and it was sticky to touch and emitted a terrible odor.

The waiter was fantastic, the food below average and the overall value marginal.

We dine out in the San Diego/Coronado at least 2x per week. Other than a terrific waiter, the experience was very disappointing.

IM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at Serea. Don't miss the grilled octopus appetizer - we were seriously considering ordering a second one, because neither of us wanted to share the first one.

Also, our server, David, was just the best. Especially when you don't know the menu, having someone who does give you tips to make the best of your experience is really awesome. Five stars just for him!

P
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

If this is a seafood bar type restaurant, why not have the option of steaming lobster? So it's either fried or grilled. This isn't Rosorito/Ensenada. Requested but denied. Even why not offer de-shelling. The wax papered swordfish was super dry and overcooked. Food was meh.

T
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.

AM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal at Serea! David was great! Food and wine was excellent! Had a wonderful meal at the Del!

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Epic view of the ocean

S
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience5

We ordered the roasted seafood tower and it was awful! There was either shells or sand in every single bite and it was extremely over cooked. My husband and I came here for my birthday dinner and it was a big upset because I had been looking forward to eating here for weeks! We usually aren’t picky, but this was bad.

SP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Seréa is a beautifully renovated restaurant with very good service and outstanding food overall. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the setting was beautiful. The wood roasted cauliflower, swordfish and zucchini pesto were all exceptional. The vegetarian paella was fine but not great - a bit too bland.

We found it odd that the wood roasted cauliflower was marked vegan on the menu, yet our server was insistent that it was vegan-optional, i.e. it would need to be modified in order to be dairy-free. We only found this out because we mentioned that one of us was vegan. This is pretty concerning, so either they need to change the menu or correct the staff (our server said he even checked with the kitchen to be sure).

Last little detail - the back pillows for the chairs are too small and kept slipping through the opening in the seat back. This was annoying and we eventually removed them. Not a big deal but something they should look at.

Overall, service was very attentive and helpful, food was wonderful with the exception of the paella, and the setting is gorgeous. We would come here again.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, but you have to sit outdoors for best atmosphere.

S
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has an amazing atmosphere on a nice evening. The staff were very professional, attentive and helpful. We ordered the flash-fried Red Snapper which was amazing from the presentation to the sauce that comes with it. Everything we ordered was delicious!

SH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband I chose Seréa as the location for our 20th Wedding Anniversary Dinner. The food was fresh, the servers were kind and well informed and the atmosphere was beautiful and romantic.

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very slow service. Food is good but not amazing.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and a pretty view

r
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you get David as your wait staff you will be in for an excellent experience. Not only is he a great server but will provide you with keen insights as to how the chef, the menu and the San Diego environment interact. In addition, anyone who runs ultras is dedicated in all aspects of life, including making your dining experience delightful.

DJ
Indiana
70 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best settings in which we’ve ever had dinner - overlooking the ocean at sunset, with an elevated table, a fire next to us for a little warmth as the evening cool set in. Outstanding service and great food and drinks. Happy anniversary indeed!

F
Sacramento
122 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It’s very dark and hard to see what you are eating. My husband liked his food but I did not like mine. The view of the water is great. I told them I was celebrating my birthday and they did nothing to acknowledge it.

LB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my goodness, what can I say except that it’s beautiful and one of the most delicious meals and stunning restaurants we have been to. As transplanted Europeans we really enjoyed the flavours of Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal. This is how it should taste. Try the octopus appetiser - heaven. I would recommend to anyone but such deliciousness comes at a cost - wine had a hefty price tag and the meal for 4 comes in well over $100 per person.

KT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful, reasonably priced place at the Coronado hotel. The cauliflower and calamari are phenomenal. The strand drink is also a must. Being a sea food place, I thought it was odd they didn’t have shrimp. I would definitely go back again. It’s a bonus going when the sun is setting.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Expensive
The coliflower was good.
Service a bit slow.

The desserts were not good.

LI
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous!

KB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Food was good -definitely not worth what they charge

DE
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

My knee was pressed into the table all night. It was too dark. The waiter always picked the most expensive item when I asked for a recommendation. The food was silly marked up pricing. And to top it off the food was average. Disappointed. And we chose it to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary.

LB
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding all around. Mark our server was excellent and Hugo his back was very cordial and attentive. Mark’s superior knowledge of the menu options were 5 Star too....and what a sense of humor! We haven’t enjoyed a meal like this in the San Diego area for quite sometime.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Requested outdoor seating for our anniversary and we were in the back corner of the restaurant by the waitstaff computer. Ambiance was ruined. There were large tables open when we came in and left that would have made the experience significantly better. Waitstaff was very slow and multiple times we wanted another drink and

MR
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went just for appetizers. The lobster croquettes, grilled octopus, and sashimi were fabulous.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service could be improved. Food was good . Server didn’t look interested in serving.

G
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience5

Great food but left with sour taste as the bill was padded with item we did not order nor receive. The fact that the waiter was neither surprised nor embarrassed nor very apologetic,(nor did they comp anything to make us feel better) speaks volumes. What a shame!