Vessel Restaurant

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306 reviews
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Spectacular Waterfront Dining at Vessel at Kona Kai Resort!!
Offering fine cuisine on the very tip of San Diego's beautiful Shelter Island in California, the Kona Kai Dining Room and Lounge at Vessel at Kona Kai Resort features casual elegance by the beach and a magnificent view overlooking the Kona Kai Marina.
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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Noble salad with salmon!! Love it!

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Birthday celebration for a good friend!

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VJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great music. Fast, efficient service. Will be recommending to friends!

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c
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Over priced for the quality of food. Extremely noisy. Service was good. Overall the cost didn’t match the quality.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good view and good service. Food is hit or miss my seabass was delicious my wife's salmon was dry and the pancake it was served with we could not make sense of its purpose and lack of flavor

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San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This gem of a place is definitely a place not to be missed, and the pork chop is out of this world. Oh and don't forget the clam chowder, cheese board, sliders, calamari, lobster mac & cheese, lobster Benedict, pulled pork hash and eggs and so much more. It really shouldn't be missed!

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Seated outside. Was a bit too cold and heat lamps inadequate. Ordered entree salad with salmon. Salad was very disappointing. Salmon over cooked as though it had been sitting in warmer all evening. Server was AWOL most of evening and then would make occasional appearance. Would not recommend

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AA
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, exquisite food, and overall just an amazing place to go.

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MD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Service was poor the day we had brunch. It was multiple staff not just one so it was noticeable. Food, location and ambiance are great!

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GG
Richmond
56 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service fine.
Brussel sprouts were terrible.
Other ok but replies too much on fussy presentations.

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GR
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Beautiful but needs updating, looks a little dated for such a nice location.

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GS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Food took forever, served cold, service was awful, left before we even got our dinner they took so long and never checked back on us...it was terrible!

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JT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had been to Vessel before but when it was a little warmer, so this time we opted to sit inside. There is a nice floor to ceiling glass window that you can see the marina through, which is nice.

We ordered the Seabass which was very tasty, but a somewhat small portion and the Artichoke Ravioli which was good but again, somewhat small.

I ordered a whiskey on the rocks which was an insane $16 for a pre-measured pour. We also checked in through Yelp and got a free glass of wine (which the waiter forgot to remove from the check until we noticed it).

Overall the service was okay, the prices are a little too high in my opinion but the food is solid. I'm not in the biggest rush to return after this past experience.

They had a live band which got pretty rowdy as an event let out and roughly 40 people (most of them appearing to be 25-35 years old) came in and totally took over the place. The music before was great for the space but once they came in, the ambiance was definitely ruined and had me wanting to leave as quiet date night turned into something other than what we expected.

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s
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the location. The food was good and the service was excellent!

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DJ
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down best food & ambience ! A classy but comfy place w overlooking tbe marina, and away from Downtown jungle. Octopus, sea bass w porcini, lobster Benedict - a must.

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San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food at reasonable prices. Both dinner and brunch/breakfast were very good quality.
Lobster Benedict was amazing...and those cool potatoes they serve are to die for.
Can't beat the short rib at dinner and the sea bass. Save room for the Key Lime pie too.
Friendly easy going staff. Casual place in an awesome setting.

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BB
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was outstanding. The setting was also amazing. The music was too loud for the setting. When eating a nice dinner it's preferable to be able to converse with friends during the meal.

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Service was great and I really enjoyed the decor and view

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Houston
18 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent and the drinks were very good as well. It is a beautiful restaurant with a great harbor view. Noise level is a bit high. Live music was very good, though it added to overall noise level.

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SE
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Music made the night. We ate the Thanksgiving buffet then returned the following night for food off the menu.

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RV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the Thanksgiving Buffet. A nice selection of food and sides. Our 4th year. Our server Matt was great. We love the location very relaxing. See you next year!

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FQ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was hit and miss. Some items were very good others just so/so. Food is pricey for the quality. Happy hour drinks are watered dowm.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience. Food and service was incredible

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Boise
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place...great food, drinks, views of the harbor, and a really nice and attentive staff!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valet for parking and wait service was excellent. The restaurant wasn’t very busy during the lunch hour which made the noise level conducive to conversation. I had the turkey club sandwich which was tasty and the French fries were excellent. It was a large portion requiring a take home box. The next day the sandwich was just as good. We want to go back for Happy Hour. Their menu looked like a good value. I would recommend it to others.

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San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!!! The poem chop is incredible and the asparagus ravioli was delicious... dessert was house made lemon ice cream and housemade blueberry ice cream... so yummy!!!

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t
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal and great service .It was a quiet night (hallowe’en)but we really enjoyed our food

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GV
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had plans to go to neighborhood Humphreys for 7:30 show. We had reservations and were seated right away. Host and our waitress (Ally) were on it!
We were in for a quick bite and shared a couple of items and Ally made a nice presentation with our meals.
Well drink cost was high for cocktail.

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AO
Miami
66 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best clam chowder I have ever had (remember taste is relative). My husband and I got two bowls. Note: I am from New England as well!! Beef slider was great and the apple salad. I would definitely come back to try everything else!

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great menu, good time.

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San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall very good but live music way to loud for a dining room.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The scallops were AMAZING!

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New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food. Great food.

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JG
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Awesome good, music and view. Our server was comically slow.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love! Vessel was recommended to me by people who frequently go. We each had a lobster slider—Amazing!!, shared calamari- can never go wrong there; and then we split the large plate of the Pork chop with spatzel bacon with a cherry glaze-probably the best pork chop I’ve had at a restaurant! Marin was our server, attentive and has a great personality. Will definitely be back again. Probably check out brunch the next time with my friends!

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San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was good setting was awesome live music was great. Server Angel, could he been more attentive. Showed us the dessert menu, disappeared, then brought our check. Never asked if we wanted a dessert. Would have gotten more drinks and dessert. Tip and check would have been larger. I would return, but I would hope this was a one off night. Service was not attentive .

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CJ
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Vessel is outstanding! The food is delicious and the view is Goregous! It’s great for a date night or just a relaxing beach/pool day too.
The staff is so amazing, friendly and efficient! You always leave with a smile on your face because it is always an exceptional dinning experience!

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y
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. Good food, but both times our food arrived cold. It would be nice to have been served at least warm food.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience and the food was delicious, will definitely make this one of .y favorite places for dining.

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S
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our only complaint was our drink. A mojito with no mint? I could not see any mint in my glass. When I asked the bartender why he told me it is too time consuming to muddle the mint and lime so we just shake it and pour it. NEVER have heard this and considering we were 3 girls, on a Saturday night with maybe 3 other tables with patrons, I couldn’t see his argument as valid. He had time to watch the television but not to muddle...?

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