Vessel Restaurant

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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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LB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It lovely to sit on the patio and watch the boats. Service has consistently been good. We have our boat at the marina and have enjoyed inviting friends to dine with us at Vessel multiple times. We will keep coming back

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H
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful lunch and the view and service were outstanding.

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PL
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely water view and a terrific meal, beautifully presented. Highly recommend.

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T
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Indoors the restaurant is very loud both in terms of sound and sight. Outdoors, however, where we sat, it was wonderful. Overall the food was a bit of a disappointment, however, the crusty salmon was literally the best we've ever had anywhere! Our waiter was very kind and personable :) but possibly overstretched, as he had to be reminded of almost every request we made. Therefore, overall, it was a lovely evening because it was a beautiful evening outdoors in a pretty setting. Paying attention to food and service, I can only give a '3.5'.

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OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Matt, our server, was great. Knew his menu well, and made great suggestions. Everyone was happy with their choices: the very tender pork chop, the tamarind chicken, the exotic whole wild sea bream, the short ribs, & the lobster mac&cheese. The calamari appetizer was prepared just right, with a tasty aioli. (Not rubbery, like a lot of restaurants do). And the kale Caesar was fresh & delish & made me feel I was getting something healthy to accompany all of the other rich choices. My only complaint is that the wine list was a bit spendy. The window seat looking out at the harbor added the perfect backdrop.

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San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new large plate menu is fantastic. The pork chop, which remains simply amazing, moist and full of flavor and the seabass, seasoned and cooked to perfection both remain on the menu the new options look fantastic. The seabream, pasta and flat iron steak were all delicious and are new favorites to go along with the aforementioned pork chop and seabass. Chef Roy Hendrickson and his staff have raised the bar once again making Vessel Restaurant a must go to place for anyone looking for a great meal and dining experience.

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SD
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I've been here a number of times now, and while my food was good (this time I had the kale ceaser), my friend's chicken on her chop chop salad was over cooked and dry. The music was great! The guitarist from Arnie and Friends was very personable and quite a showman. We greatly enjoyed listening to him and will go again whenever he is playing there. Overall, I gave the Vessal four stars because of the overcooked chicken this time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing and engaged with us all night. We look forward to coming here more

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The view of The American Rivera, Lovely spot on the water!Delicious salad with salmon.

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San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Their Easter brunch was $100 per person without bottomless mimosas. We felt this was extremely overpriced for a buffet line. The food was good, but not worth it at $100 for a self serve plate. Don’t think we’ll be coming back.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Happy hour! Yummy small plates and great value for Monet during Happy Hour!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wonderful service, wonderful atmosphere!

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KD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Great atmosphere. Food was very good. What ruined the overall experience was the service. Very, very slow for food and drinks. Waited 15 minutes for a server to wait on us after being seated. Ordered 2 drinks and waited another 15 minutes for those...and it wasn't very busy!

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T
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food, location, host, menu options, live music all great! We really enjoyed this spot. Server made ya feel very rushed and was a it rude about it, besides that being slightly uncomfortable, the experience was good. Would recommend

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food, terrible service

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice live music

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C
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service great restaurant love coming there quiet relax and great food quality

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CH
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We sat outside, in the evening, over looking the water and all the boats. It was so gorgeous! I'd go back just for that alone. Walking thru the bar to get outside, there were very cozy areas for seating, with comfortable looking chairs/couches. Lighting was cozy as well. The food was pretty great too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Such a beautiful place to eat! But the food quality wasn’t worth the price. Plus the waiters don’t check on you as often as other restaurants do. I’d say come for the spa but wait to eat else well :)

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JN
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had no idea there was a nice little cover band playing for the night of our reservation, but they were a great addition to a really tastey meal and made the time in between the waitress disappearing for long periods of time better. The ambiance was a relaxing beach vibe and the view of the docked boats and bonfire pits added to the evening. Our waitress was really delightful and pleasant, I think she was just overworked with so many tables at once plus I think they were understaffed overall. I believe a cook brought out our soup around 20 minutes after ordering and we just asked for more water and bread and he said sure and neither he nor the items ever appeared. We had the sea bass which was amazing and artichoke ravioli which was good, and England clam cowder and a wedge for starters. All really tastey items, the food and ambiance will bring us back for sure and hopefully the wait staff will be better supported.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our waiter Peter. He was on top of it. Very helpful and attentive.

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San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Noble salad with salmon!! Love it!

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Birthday celebration for a good friend!

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VJ
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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c
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
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 9, 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
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 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
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 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 27, 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
59 reviews
Dined on January 16, 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 16, 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 14, 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 8, 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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H
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on December 8, 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
19 reviews
Dined on December 7, 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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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Houston
20 reviews
Dined on November 30, 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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