Vistal

4.2
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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, Executive 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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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view ! Great service! Awesome happy hour! Delicious breakfast !! Honestly weather you’re a local or a just visiting SD check it out !!!

Vistal
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the happy hour, breakfast and received great service. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future and creating more great experiences for you. Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Bar + Restaurant

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and ambience. The drinks were great and the menu options were pleasing. We were encouraged multiple times to return and were checked on throughout the meal. Overall a fantastic experience and we will be returning for happy hour soon

Vistal
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello Juwan, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are thrilled to hear that the drinks were great and you enjoyed the variety on the menu. We look forward to welcoming you back for happy hour soon! Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Bar + Restaurant

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KO
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

TN
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Diego was amazing!! We will definitely be back just to see him again!

Vistal
Responded on February 28, 2020

Hello Taylor, Thank you so much for the great review! We are thrilled to hear that Diego created a wonderful experience for you. We look forward to welcoming you back to Vistal Bar + Restaurant! Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Bar + Restaurant

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KS
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The beet and burrata appetizer was a perfect blend of flavors. Everything else was without flavor, which was disappointing. We went on Valentine's Day and the live music was so loud that we couldn't hear each other speak. The outside seating might have been a better experience

Vistal
Responded on February 28, 2020

Hi Katrina, Thank you so much for your review. We are happy to hear that the beet and burrata appetizer you found to be delicious, but we are very sorry about the rest of your experience. We take our guest feedback very seriously and will be reviewing your feedback with our team. Thank you again, we hope in the future we have the opportunity to welcome you back and create a better experience for you. Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Bar + Restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

🧡 has amazing experience! Thank you

Vistal
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We are thrilled to hear you had an amazing experience! We hope to welcome you back in the future. Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Bar + Restaurant

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating was great but can be chilly for dinner even with heaters. Great food and sunset view!

R
San Diego
65 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Nothing special. Cobb salad was small and had few ingredients. Sandwich beef was greasy and fat. I wouldn’t return. Cheesecake Factory, Seasons 52 for example are much better,

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great way to start your day eating breakfast outdoors with a fantastic view.

Vistal
Responded on January 22, 2020

Hello, Thank you for the great review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed starting your day at Vistal Bar + Restaurant. We hope to welcome you back in the future! Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Bar + Restaurant

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DH
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Typical hotel menu. Expensive and average. Should have gone downstairs to Del Frisco’s...expensive and great.

The bar staff, however, was great. Friendly and attentive.

Vistal
Responded on January 15, 2020

Hello Dan, We are sorry to hear that we did not create an exceptional experience for you in our restaurant. We are thrilled to hear that you did enjoy the bar staff and that they were friendly and attentive. We hope in the future you will give us another chance to impress so that we may create a 5 star experience for you. Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Bar + Restaurant

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Food was ok, service was bad

Vistal
Responded on January 15, 2020

Hello, We are very sorry to hear that we did not create a good experience for you. We are glad that you enjoyed the ambiance, but are disappointed to hear that our service and food did not meet your expectations, nor our own. We hope in the future you will return to Vistal and we have the opportunity to create a better experience for you. Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Bar + Restaurant

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CC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The New Year’s Eve five course meal was horrible. It wasn’t worth the price paid.

Vistal
Responded on January 7, 2020

Michael, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the New Year's Eve dinner. We hope that in the future we have the opportunity to welcome you back and create a better experience for you. Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Bar + Restaurant

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SS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The New Years Eve 5 course meal was way over priced. It seems like we would be at a very nice restaurant but it was just the place where breakfast is served right next to the bar. I have no problem spending the money. $120 per person and $55 wine plus tip. Almost $400. Our waitress forgot our desserts. We had People sitting behind us kissing at the bar. Again this was postponed as a 5 course NYE dinner up to midnight....rooftop (3rd floor). Food was ok. But for the money go to PF Changs. Staff was all wearing random uniforms. Our waitress was wearing a fleece jacked like she was working at the golf course. The whole thing was just organized. Nowhere on the website said that there was no fireworks on the harbor. The band was mediocre band playing on other side of the bar. We sat at the bar earlier in the night and it took 10-15 minutes to get our first drink. When we showed up to the Vistal the hostess said - it will be a minute -the gal is seating someone else. Another couple showed up behind us and she took them to their table. Why didn't she take us to ours. It was just silly. Overall the Intercontinental is a beautiful hotel but the the staff and the ambiance was just really lacking. I never have written a review but I wouldn't come back.

Vistal
Responded on January 7, 2020

Hello Steve, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are very sorry to hear that your experience did not live up to your expectations, nor our own. We take guest feedback very seriously and will be passing along your feedback internally so that we may continue to improve. Thank you again for taking the time to leave a review, we hope that you might give us a second chance so that we may create a great experience for you. Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Bar + Restaurant

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K
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a marvelous way to ring in the New Year...Excellent 3 course meal with a rich wine pairing and fine service!

Vistal
Responded on January 15, 2020

Hello Kari, Thank you so much for the great review, and for spending your holiday with us! We are thrilled to hear that you found it to be a marvelous way to ring in the New Year. We look forward to welcoming you back to Vistal Bar + Restaurant in the future. Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Bar + Restaurant

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

No one checks the plate when leaving the kitchen to determine if it is up to standards for guest consumption.

JM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We got seated immediately, recommended exquisite cocktails and the service was super friendly! Would definitely recommend for a chill evening out.

e
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a table for 12. They were ready for us early. Great service. Felt special.

DN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is a bit pricy, but worth it for a special occasion.

PS
Los Angeles
489 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pretty good restaurant option in the area. Great service.

OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience5

One guest was charged 3 times for 3 different amounts. Food was great. Service was awful this time.

Vistal
Responded on December 9, 2019

Hello, We are very sorry to hear that you did not receive good service during your time at Vistal. We would like to make things right and ensure that your charges are corrected. We hope that we have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future and create a better experience for you. Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Bar + Restaurant

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R
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor is open and airy. Views are amazing. Service was very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. We loved Brittany.
The food was inventive, seasonal, delicious and flavorful.
We all enjoyed our meals.

Vistal
Responded on December 9, 2019

Robin, Thank you so much for the great review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our dishes, views, and that Brittany was able to create a great experience. We hope that we have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future. Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Bar + Restaurant

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CH
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner! Great service! Great view! Creative menu!

Vistal
Responded on November 18, 2019

Hello Carol, We are thrilled that you enjoyed the service, view, and dinner! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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SA
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Good restaurant, portions suck!! Great service too!!

Vistal
Responded on November 15, 2019

Hello, Thank you for the review! We are sorry to hear that the portions were not to your liking, but we are thrilled to hear that the service was great. We hope to welcome you back in the future and create a great experience from the service to the plates! Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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W
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We had a very loud group at the table next to ours. A pen flew out of nowhere and landed right next to us (strange!). Food was not very good but expensive. Server didn’t bring spoons for our soup. The best part was our waitress, Sylvia. She was upbeat and friendly in an otherwise rather ‘cold’ setting. Amazing city and ocean view.

Vistal
Responded on November 13, 2019

Hello, We are so sorry to hear that your experience at Vistal was not a good one. We apologize for the disturbances in the restaurant as we always want to create a great environment for our guests. We are happy to hear that Slyvia was able to take care of you and that you did enjoy the city and ocean view! We hope to welcome you back in the future and create a better experience for you. Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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KD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view, food and service was amazing! My husband and I wanted to have a special dinner on our last night in San Diego, with a sunset. Although a cruise ship blocked the best part, it still was perfect! Plus my mixed drink was to die for.

JH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The service was absolutely horrible. We arrived on time for our 7:30 reservation and were seated immediately. It was 25 minutes before anyone came to our table. It was 8:15 before we were served a drink. My fish (halibut) was absolutely burnt to a crisp. I am not exaggerating. The waiter only stopped by our table every 30 minutes or so and then he eventually just disappeared. We made the mistake of ordering desserts, and they only brought one of them to the table. After sitting at the table for another 20 minutes waiting for the second dessert with nobody checking on us, I finally had to get up from the table and search out a manager. It was explained that my girlfriend's dessert order apparently didn't get "keyed in".

This experience was extremely disappointing. The restaurant was not busy at all, so I don't understand how the service could have been this terrible.

Vistal
Responded on October 15, 2019

Hello Joseph, Thank you for the review. We sincerely apologize that our service did not meet your standards, nor our own. We truly appreciate you taking the time to leave your feedback, as we will pass it on internally to continue to improve our service. We hope in the future you return so that we may have the opportunity to create a five star experience for you. Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place and view

A
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was bland and cold. The chocolate and peanut butter desert had candied toffee pieces, which was inedible. I felt like it was going to break teeth.

Vistal
Responded on October 7, 2019

Hi Allisons, We are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your meal. We always want to deliver a great experience for our guests, and we sincerely apologize that we did not deliver. We hope that in the future we have the opportunity to welcome you back and create a five star experience for you. Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love visiting vistal. The view at sunset was incredible, the food was savory and delicious, and the service was very personable and friendly. We will be back, heard they have a great happy hour!!!!

Vistal
Responded on October 7, 2019

Hello, Thank you for the great review! We are thrilled that you were able to enjoy our food along with a beautiful sunset view. It is great to hear that our team was also able to deliver excellent service. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future to try out our Happy Hour! Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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JB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was very slow, balance great.

DB
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Seemed short-staffed. Took business guests to lunch. Lots of waiting despite the place not being busy at all. Waited--to be seated, waited to put in drink order, waited for drinks to arrive, waited a LONG time for food to arrive [and needed to ask hostess when we could expect our food]. Even after being told "4 min", it still took another 15 min. Great view, food was fine, nice outdoor seating but incredibly slow service would take Vistal off my list for a business meal.

Vistal
Responded on September 26, 2019

Hello David, Thank you for your review. We sincerely apologize for the speed of the service you received, we want our guests to be taken care of promptly and we did not deliver that here. We appreciate your feedback as we are always looking to improve. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the view and the food, and hope that you give us another chance in the future so that we may create a better experience for you. Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

This was the second time I have been there for business dinners. The atmosphere and view are amazing. The wait staff is absolutely horrible. They are nice enough but clueless about the menu to the point that it’s annoying. It’s unfortunate because the venue is great.

Vistal
Responded on September 18, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your review and your feedback. We are always looking to improve our service, and knowledge of our menu is very important to our dining experience. We hope that you will give us another chance to serve you in the future so that we may create an experience to match the amazing view and atmosphere. Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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JA
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great meal as usual from Chef Amy. Corn Poblano soup was delicious. Honey Lavender Pork cheeks amazing, didn't need a knife. Finished with the signature Butterscotch Pot de Creme, awesome!

Vistal
Responded on September 11, 2019

Hello, Thank you for the great review! The Honey Lavender Pork cheeks is one of our favorite dishes, and we always love hearing that it was cooked to perfection. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future! Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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SB
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great views from the balcony: excellent food!

Vistal
Responded on September 11, 2019

Hello Sal, We are happy to hear that you enjoyed both the food and the beautiful view! Thank you for leaving your review, and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Sincerely, Kendall McCreary Vistal Restaurant + Bar

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JA
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
18 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

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
40 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

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
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
39 reviews