Vistal

4.6
55 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Overlooking San Diego Bay at the crossroads of downtown’s most storied neighborhoods, Chef Amy DiBiase imparts Vistal, a culinary tribute to the seaside communities and diverse cultures that encompass San Diego’s past and present. The award-winning chef presents the region’s core flavors, blending bright, bold combinations from the Baja peninsula, Pacific islands, Mediterranean fishing villages and beyond for a refreshing new perspective on coastal Southern California cuisine.

With gleaming views of the water, Vistal’s design is reminiscent of San Diego’s endless summer. An imposing 29-seat bar is angled towards the USS Midway, which is framed by the dining room’s panoramic windows. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors let the sea breezes in, leading from the main dining area to a west-facing terrace offering tabletop seating, fireside lounges, and an elevated view of the bay.
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JA
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual Chef Amy impresses. We started with Garlic butter Ahi Belly and wow was it amazing. Next was the cured black cod with cucumber and finished with the scallops specials that melted in our mouths.

It was late, so passed on one of our favorites the butterscotch pudding.

We will be back!

MS
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess and wait staff were fabulous. True five star experience on every detail.

MM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The view and location were amazing, and the food was very good. Nice to have so many healthy options on the menu. However, the service left much to be desired. We had a business lunch for four on a Wednesday at noon. After we ordered, the food took a very long time to arrive. We also had to ask for salt and pepper three separate times (two different staff members) before it finally arrived. I would like to come back to see sunset and if the service improves at a different time.

Vistal
Responded on August 9, 2019

Michelle, thank you for visiting Vistal Restaurant + Bar. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the view and the food, and that you were pleased with the healthy options on our menu! We are very sorry to hear about the service you received, we appreciate your feedback and will be sharing it with our team. We are thrilled to hear that you will return to Vistal for a sunset meal, and we are excited to provide a better experience for you. Best Wishes, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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J
Dallas
37 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The staff was very pleasant. We were greeted nicely, and taken to a table by the window by the hostess. I had no idea this restaurant was in a hotel. That’s a big negative for me. The interior is extremely sterile. The view is amazing. There was nice live music. The food- mediocre. The corn soup had a glue consistency. My husband ordered a steak medium rare- and it was medium well. I’d recommend this place if you were staying there- for a drink. Not impressed.

Vistal
Responded on August 5, 2019

Jill, thank you for visiting Vistal Bar + Restaurant. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our staff and live music and that the view was amazing. We do apologize that we did not meet your expectations for the meal and that the steak was not cooked to your liking. Our team is always looking into ways to improve, our service and we hope to have the pleasure to serve you again so that we may exceed your dining expectations. Best wishes, Kendall McCreary

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E
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a brunch reservation so as to secure outdoor seating. The view was great, the food was delicious (the Benedict). The staff was the best I encountered on my entire SD trip, friendly and attentive!

m
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

You can not beat the view at Vistal. We went for breakfast. Everyone enjoyed their breakfast. Mine was the short rib and brussel sprout hash with eggs. It was outstanding.
This is my issue with Vistal and we have been once before.
When I placed my order, I asked for eggs "over medium", instead of sunny side up. They came out sunny side up anyway.
More attentions needs to be paid to what the customer is ordering and make the proper adjustments.
The other thing I find unbecoming is when the food is served the person bringing the food has no idea who has what. They stand at the head of the table saying who had the hash and eggs? Who had the side of bacon? The server needs to make sure that the dish is delivered to the person that ordered it.
For a caliber of restaurant like this in the Intercontinental this needs to be improved. When you improve these things you will get a 5 star review from me.

Vistal
Responded on August 5, 2019

Mobla, we appreciate you choosing Vistal Restaurant + Bar for breakfast and that you and your guests enjoyed their meals! The Smoked Short Rib & Brussels Sprout Hash is also one of our favorites. Thank you for the feedback; our team is always looking for ways to improve and ensure that our team is providing the highest quality service. We hope to welcome you back to Vistal soon! Best wishes, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

There was no hostess when we arrived... we were standing by the hostess stand for a couple of minutes, before we asked the bartender if he could get her. (they didn’t have one), however we did make a reservation... the menu hadn’t been updated so all of our favorites, weren’t on the menu anymore. My boyfriend and I decided to share two appetizers, which were good. The Fruit Stone and Riccotta had a very nice presentation. For our entree, we were full so we had just split a Wagyu Burger. It was over cooked, which is a shame because Wagyu is supposed to melt in your mouth. This type of meat you do not want to over cook.... I felt we could’ve gotten a better burger elsewhere... disappointed with the appetizer options, and cocktail menu. I came for my boyfriends birthday, because the views are amazing. And the views did not disappoint.

Vistal
Responded on July 29, 2019

We appreciate you choosing to celebrate your boyfriend’s birthday at Vistal and we're grateful for your feedback. We are sorry that there was not a hostess upon arrival, and that the burger was not prepared to your liking. Next time, please let us know and we will be happy to prepare another one. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the view. Our team is always looking into ways of improving and we would love to welcome you again. Best wishes, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That view + the food and drinks...were all to die for! Our server, Alexis, made it a great experience and gave great food and drink recommendations. He had such a great balance on attention/service. Thank you Alexis and Vistal! We will definitely will be back again soon.

NK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food (especially the wellington) with a fantastic view. Spacious area and generally quiet so you feel like you're having a private dinner. Good date spot!

Vistal
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you for visiting Vistal Bar + Restaurant, NoraK! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the fantastic view and ambiance. We hope to welcome you back soon! Best wishes, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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C
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had breakfast at Vistal on a Sunday morning and it was fantastic. I had the crushed organic avocado toast. It comes with a hard boiled egg, but I requested the egg be poached. As you can see from the photo, it was the most beautifully poached egg I’ve ever seen and tasted equally as good!
The service was also great.

Vistal
Responded on July 29, 2019

Courtc, we are thrilled you enjoyed your breakfast and that our team was able to accommodate your requests! We are always excited to hear about a great experience in our restaurant. We hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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DL
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our brunch was fantastic. Mia was our server and was very attentive. Our Mother’s Day brunch had several entrees to choose from and the buffet included cheeses, salads, shrimp, ceviche, fruit, desserts and more. My crab cake Benedict was perfectly done. My husband had the lobster roll and was very pleased. It was a lovely day, lovely food, lovely venue, fantastic!!

Vistal
Responded on July 29, 2019

DLee, thank you for choosing to celebrate Mother’s Day with us! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the various buffet options and enjoyed your main courses. We are so happy you could share a special day with us, and hope to see you back for more in the future. Best wishes, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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JG
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came here for Mother’s Day brunch. Absolutely loved it. The food is not only amazing but the atmosphere and their attention to detail is impeccable. They had a bouquet station for the kids to make for their mom. Kendra Scott jewelry station and bottomless mimosas. Will be back again for sure!!!

GS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, beautiful view, and very friendly service! We loved the mother's day brunch (which included flower bouquets for all mom's) and would absolutely do it again. Yes, it's a bit pricey but for a special occasion it's definitely worth the money.

GE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great views, top notch food. The brunch is fantastic and the service team is on the ball.

NA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for Mother's Day brunch and we had a really nice meal with great service.. Would come again for sure. Killer location, easy parking, and awesome views over the San Diego bay.. Very fun day for our family.

Vistal
Responded on July 29, 2019

NickA, thank you for choosing to celebrate such a special day with us! We are glad your Mother’s Day brunch was not only a great meal but had great service as well. We look forward to welcoming you back and creating another great day for your family. Best wishes, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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MC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very much taken care of from Check in until we are ready to leave. Only the validation for parking was given to us expired otherwise overall was exeptional.

Vistal
Responded on July 29, 2019

We are thrilled to hear you were taken care of from the moment you walked in the door, MarabethC. We apologize for the parking validation mishap, but hope that it does not deter you from returning in the future. We hope to serve you again soon! Best wishes, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took mom for an early mother’s day celebration and she loved it.

R
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience!!

OT
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food at Vistal is amazing... from the bread service with a citrus fennel butter and a beet hummus, to the intense and velvety asparagus soup with morels, to the delicious and perfectly seared scallops!
BUT the outdoor patio dining seems to have been rearranged. On previous visits the tables we closer together with the heater placed in between each table... providing comfort all around and preventing visitors from getting to the rail as easily! Now, it seems they have moved the heaters to the head of each table with less coverage and the tables seem more widely spaced, leaving plenty of space for groups of non-diners to wander out, stand around your table, bumping into your chair, blocking your view, while speaking loudly, oggling the view and taking selfies. It now seems more like a cocktail lounge than a fine restaurant with a solo diner spending $100.

Vistal
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you for your visits to Vistal Restaurant + Bar! We are so grateful that you have enjoyed our restaurant on multiple occasions. Thank you for your feedback regarding our patio arrangement; our team is always looking for ways to improve our guest experience and ensure diners are respectful of each other. We hope you continue to choose Vistal and that we have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon! Best wishes, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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A
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A good restaurant experience all around. Our server was great!

JM
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation elsewhere cancelled last minute for a bachelor party and Vistal was able to seat our entire party. Though it was a last minute change I wish we would've booked here initially.
Despite being inside of the Intercontinental Hotel the ambiance was perfect. We tried everything on the menu and each dish surpassed expectations (and the price point is below where it should be). Highly recommend the Mole Old Fashioned, Curried Carrots, and the Duck Confit.

SR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for Easter brunch and I was really impressed. I got the crab benedict and the crab meat was so tender and luxurious. They also had a great buffet with shrimp cocktail and other seafood and amazing desserts. The restaurant overlooks the harbor and it was a perfect sunny SD day when we went. I am definitely looking forward to coming back again.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch

NY
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, awesome views and wonderful serv.

ND
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. We went for breakfast and everything was delicious. Short rib hash, biscuits & gravy, kids French toast, eggs Benedict were all great!!

PK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was ok. The presentation was gorgeous. The service was a bit slow considering there weren’t many people there.

p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I have now been here for lunch and dinner and would definitely recommend this restaurant for lunch, but was disappointed at dinner. The food was good, but did not live up to the expectations created by what appeared to be a very innovative menu.

Vistal
Responded on March 23, 2019

We appreciate your visit and we're grateful for your feedback! I'm sorry to hear that your dinner experience did not meet your expectations. We would love for you to come back and dine with us, as we are always looking into ways of improving our service and menus as well. Best wishes, Danny Velazquez Food and Beverage Manager

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LL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Good food but very poor service; operational issues due to manager inexcusable oversight. Server obviously was running behind, keeping customer waiting at table for 15 min without menu!

Vistal
Responded on March 23, 2019

Thank you for visiting Vistal Bar + Restaurant. We are so sorry to hear that your dining experience did not meet your expectations, nor our own, and we will be reviewing your feedback with our team. We hope we have a chance to welcome you back in the future! Best wishes, Danny Velazquez Food and Beverage Manager

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good breakfast

AG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Excellent service, but very disappointed with our dinner.

MS
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for Valentines Day

MS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My wife and I enjoyed dinner at Vistal. We ordered a drink at the bar and watched the sun set over the harbor before moving across to our table. The food and service was excellent. Our server, in a sweet nod to us celebrating an early Valentine's Day dinner, decorated our dessert plate with chocolate hearts. This is a new hotel/restaurant but it's definitely worth a visit- experienced chef duo in the kitchen turning out great food. My only suggestion would be to somehow define the restaurant space from the bar and give it less of a hotel lobby feel, but in warmer months when the sliding doors are open to the view, maybe the expansive space will take on a livelier and more atmospheric vibe.

Vistal
Responded on February 12, 2019

Thank you for visiting Vistal Bar + Restaurant and sharing your feedback, Matt! We are so happy to hear you and your wife enjoyed dining with us. Hope to welcome you back soon! Best wishes, Janet Stucke Assistant General Manager

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JR
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was a very pleasant meal. There could be more vegetarian options since they advertise as being vegetarian friendly

K
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We decided to get it a try for restaurant week. The courses were more than ample, interesting and inventive. It was a bit noisy at first near the bar, but after awhile the crowd simmered down. The manager came by several times to check on our meal and talk about the restaurant and history. At one point, one of our courses was accidentally ordered wrong and they made up for it with an extra dessert and some bread and were very apologetic. Aside from the re-order, the wait time was a little long between courses, which would be my only criticism.

Vistal
Responded on January 29, 2019

We appreciate your visit and we're grateful for your feedback, Kenito. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed dining with us for San Diego Restaurant Week. We are sorry that the wait time between courses was a bit longer than expected. Our team is always looking into ways of improving our service and we would love to welcome you again at Vistal. Best wishes, Janet Stucke Assistant General Manager

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J
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Vistal gets an 8 out of 10 in my book. I went there for restaurant week and ordered off the set menu. I got the steamed mussels which was quite good. I felt the sauce drowned out the taste of the mussels a bit but not too bad. Steel trout wellington was very good. the pastry was fluffy and the fish was not overcooked. The Coconut Haupia cake was off. the consistency of the Haupia should be more like a custard rather than
a firm Skyr. The lemon sorbet also drowned out the Haupia which is a shame because you can barely taste the Coconut and that's what a Haupia dessert supposed to be. The service was very good. All and all a good experience.

Vistal
Responded on January 29, 2019

Thank you for visiting Vistal Bar + Restaurant, Jcancook. We are happy to hear you enjoyed our Restaurant Week Menu. The Steelhead Wellington was one of our favorites too. Hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, Janet Stucke Assistant General Manager

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4
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our friend's birthday here and this place did not disappoint. The place was pretty new, I think they open their doors about 4 months ago, but we were glad we tried this place. The food was good; not one complaint from our group the service was great (Shoutout to our server Antonio!) and the view was awesome (we were there for dinner I would imagine lunch will be just as awesome) The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The complementary cheesecake was the bomb. And btw we were there early enough to take advantage of the happy hour drinks.

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

We are big fans of the chef and have now followed her through four restaurants. As always, her food is sublime. Wine list was very nice. Everything was locally sourced.

Menu was creative and interesting. We will go back.

The tough part is that the restaurant is literally across from the registration desk at the new Intercontinental. Lucky for you if you are staying at the hotel. As a local, well not exactly romantic.

Staff was excellent. Enjoyed reconnecting with the AGM who is another veteran of the local restaurant scene. Truly we felt well taken care of by the team.

Vistal
Responded on January 29, 2019

Thank you so much for sharing your feedback, SDCalGirl. We loved having you at Vistal Bar + Restaurant and we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the Menu. Hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, Janet Stucke Assistant General Manager

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BK
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Very pricy food - which I don't mind if it's good....but here was mediocre at best. You get bread with butter. Cutlery on table not even a plate...the place was cold, my wife was sitting there with her jacket all night. At the end we paid 12$ for parking, even it was explicitly complimentary at reservation...excuse: "you parked in the neighbor hotel garage" - which happens to be run by exactly the same private company as their own...

Vistal
Responded on January 25, 2019

Thank you for visiting Vistal Bar + Restaurant and sharing your feedback. I'm disheartened to hear that your experience did not meet your expectations. Our team is always looking into ways of improving our service and we hope to see you again soon to show you the progress we’ve made. In regards to parking, we offer complimentary parking to all guests that dine at Vistal and valet/self park with us at InterContinental. Hope to see you again soon! Janet Stucke Assistant General Manager

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall the food was disappointing.

JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came here with family for Christmas and had a great dinner. The prefix menu was delicious and the view of San Diego Bay during sunset was beautiful. Would definitely eat here again.

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