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.
Excellent food and service!
Our server Diego was amazing!! We will definitely be back just to see him again!
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
Outdoor seating was great but can be chilly for dinner even with heaters. Great food and sunset view!
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,
Great way to start your day eating breakfast outdoors with a fantastic view.
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
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.
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
Food was ok, service was bad
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
The New Year’s Eve five course meal was horrible. It wasn’t worth the price paid.
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
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.
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
This was a marvelous way to ring in the New Year...Excellent 3 course meal with a rich wine pairing and fine service!
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
No one checks the plate when leaving the kitchen to determine if it is up to standards for guest consumption.
We got seated immediately, recommended exquisite cocktails and the service was super friendly! Would definitely recommend for a chill evening out.
We had a table for 12. They were ready for us early. Great service. Felt special.
The restaurant is a bit pricy, but worth it for a special occasion.
Pretty good restaurant option in the area. Great service.
One guest was charged 3 times for 3 different amounts. Food was great. Service was awful this time.
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
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.
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
Awesome dinner! Great service! Great view! Creative menu!
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
Good restaurant, portions suck!! Great service too!!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Wonderful place and view
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.
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
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!!!!
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
Food was very slow, balance great.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
Great views from the balcony: excellent food!
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
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!
Hostess and wait staff were fabulous. True five star experience on every detail.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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