Vistal

3.8
125 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Overlooking San Diego Bay, Chef de Cuisine Matt Richman leads Vistal, a culinary tribute to local sourcing and sustainable practices. The award-winning chef presents bright, bold combinations from the Baja peninsula and Southern California cuisine. SEE UPDATES ON OUR WEBSITE OR @VISTALSD FOR CURRENT MENU OFFERINGS.

NOTICE: WE ARE CURRENTLY OFFERING COUNTER SERVICE VIA OUR TALENTED TEAM OF BARTENDERS.

Experiences

  • Big Bay Boom at Vistal 2021!

    $125.00 per personPrepaid

    Jul 4, 2021 only

    A front-row dining experience to Big Bay Boom 2021! Included with your table is 1 bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, welcome display of California Cheeses and San Diego Charcuturie, Spring Salad Starter, Choice of Entree, and seasonal cheesecake. Additional food or beverage will be handled through the service team per standard restaurant procedure. Price is valid for party of 4. For inquiries over 4, please contact info@vistalsd.com. Book early space is extremely limited! All other seating at Vistal (indoor dining) will be available only on a first come, first serve basis.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 125 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.8based on recent ratings
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3.6
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4.1
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3.4
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TerryK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Better for lunch. Brought friends for dinner. Not appealing to order at bar. Also, full sun, but not all umbrellas worked apparently. There was a big party below, so added to noise level. Food was ok, not amazing. Too many other choices for next time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

I had a reservation, however, no one really, no one to seat us. Only one bar tender who was running around & taking orders.
There were long line of guests waiting for the table. There was actually no service at all. Very disappointed.

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Chantel
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

If I wanted to eat at a decent place. I better have servers serving me. Instead, you have to literally walk to the bar and the bartender takes your order to hand it out to the kitchen staff. I get it, we’re in Covid times. But that’s NOT the way to serve your guests or customers. The view outside is nice though. Will I ever eat there again? Maybe if they get it together!

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vipdiascund
Richmond
58 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Okay, food good but will not return

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The worst tasting food I’ve had in the area. Fish tacos were stinking. The fish was not fresh. Chicken was undercooked in the salad wrap. Overall a crappy place for food.

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vipSMez2112
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view, great burger and cocktails

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vipFranorahma
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

A bit overpriced for having to place our order at the bar and food then brought to the table. Server seemed annoyed when we asked for waters and never once came by to ask how we were doing. Yet, a 15% gratuity was automatically added to the total. it also seemed very short-staffed when we were there. The person who welcomed guests (very friendly & efficient) also took their orders AND had to step aside and make specialty coffees and cocktails. Food and view were good, though!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food we had while we were in SD! Would totally go back! Beautiful views, too!

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Cosmo4
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Self seat, self order at bar , cocktail barman looked very experienced I was impressed however martini glass too small so the remains got thrown away ! Fish tacos bland , cheeseboard was terrible - looked like leftovers from my fridge . Little kids running riot on the patio . We were staying at the hotel which was nice but Unf wouldn’t again . No service as such and no one running the show . Friday night and empty restaurant , not surprised we would not recommend or go back

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ThailyR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible experience, didnt even eat there, no food just drinks , servers were rude and no help

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Overall good. Only critique was that no one served us, we had to ask where to sit, when to order etc as if no one knew what was going on, but not the end of the world. Overall nice food, good view and reasonable price.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience2

This outing was for Mother’s Day. Everything was great until our tables were attacked by a seagull that kept circling around the outside eating area. I had to move my mother inside because she was uncomfortable. I loved the food and service though. Nice staff

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Michelle
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible view makes everything a great value on the menu! Service was also on point. Grateful for a solid brunch experience for Mother’s Day!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We picked vístal based on other reviews and photos that made it appear appealing. When we arrived, we were taken to our table outside and told we had to order everything back inside on our own. Really the only thing this place had going for them was the view. It didn’t seem so much a restaurant as it did a hotel bar. The drinks were tasty but the food experience was not great. The burger that I ordered medium rare came out cooked all the way through and when I asked for it to be refired, it took more than 35 minutes before food was brought out. At this point I had already gotten up and asked for our bill and did not want the burger anymore because the party I was with had finished eating much earlier than the 30 min window that had passed.

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KarenC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

View at Vistal is awesome. We had apps and drinks, which were pricey, but to be expected with the location. Downside is there really isn't very good signage of building and/or parking. It appears they have two parking options, but they don't. First figure out the correct building and park in that structure. We parked in the building adjacent and learned the hard way they are not connected. Luckily Fabian from ACE Parking was roaming the area as I'm assuming the parking confusion here happens frequently. Fabian helped us get a refund since the validation didn't work where we parked. With the parking validation we saved $18, which makes the Vistal experience a little more manageable.

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glmeredith
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First impression: the staff - knowledgable and friendly.
Second impression: the view: "An elevated view of San Diego Bay, the USS Midway and sunsets over the Pacific lets you take in the city on your terms.'
Food: Waygu burgers! Amazing salmon. There's something for everyone.

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Jungle601
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Great view and would be perfect for just-drinks.

Order food however was clumsy with COVID protocols and was far from relaxing. From self-serve water, silverware, and waiting in line to order from a minimally staffed bar... It was time-consuming and not relaxing.

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JessicaT
London
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

The food was good, I just wish there were more menu items to choose from.

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vipJeffreyB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They had no table reserved for us. All the outside tables were full, so we left.

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vipjeffh
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Drinks were good. Just a bit noisy being in the lobby.

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vipLinda
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It was an odd experience. Go to the bar to order food and they were disorganized and not particularly attentive. Food is delivered to the table but if you want a refill you go back inside to order. The menu was limited but the food was good.

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vipLilBuc
San Diego
62 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We went for a late lunch and sat outside on the deck. We had a burger (yummy) and a pasta dish (also yummy but rich).

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SusyS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. I ordered the pepperoni pizza and it was good. Drinks were good. Great place for a meet up.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation days in advance for an outdoor table. There is a host that does not check reservations, says it’s first come first serve, and there is no server. Not worth the money or experience. We walked out. Disappointing for a preplanned celebration evening. Reservations are obsolete.

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Sebas
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great location & good drinks. Pricey and the menu indicated a happy hour that was not present when I arrived.

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AraceliM
Mexico City
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Un lugar en donde tienes que atenderte personalmente las bebidas las pides en la barra antes de sentarte

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vipScottS
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful setting good food and service was fine given the co-vid related restrictions

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AlbaH
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The terrace is nice and has beautiful views. The service is good and the food as well but they do not have a great variety.

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TroyP
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Had the fish tacos & a beer. The fish was tough and chewy like rubber. It tasted just like it was freezer burned. Yuk. A fitness class was going on below us and their music was competing with the restaurant’s music. Beautiful view though. Outside dining only. It was chilly even with their heaters on. Overall, a disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much Natalie and Eman for making our dinner such a wonderful experience!

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Broh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Why would you charge 15% for service automatically on the ticket if you offer no service?
I left an additional 20% regardless because Im in the hospitality industry.
Place the order at the bar. No one checked on us after dropping off our food.
$10 for a slice of toast with some avocado spread on it?
$6 black coffee in a leaking paper cup.
I had to pay $12 for parking even though they mentioned 3 first hrs free with validation.
We were there only 2 hrs.

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NyamalC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Beautiful restaurant with great view, amazing service and delicous food!

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vipJamesD
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great views and really good food

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GerryB
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, but a very limited menu. The service was outstanding.

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vipSusanaGF
Guadalajara
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Obviously the view was worth it, but service and food wasn’t good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 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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JuwanR
Los Angeles
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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KatsOpinion
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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TaylorN
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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FAQs

Vistal offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 535-0485.

Vistal is rated 3.8 stars by 125 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.