Vistal

4.3
102 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.

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 102 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JessicaT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
27 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
60 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
1 review
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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vipAraceliM
Mexico City
6 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
7 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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JamesD
Palm Springs
5 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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SusanaGF
Guadalajara
8 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
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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vipKatrinaS
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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OpenTable Diner
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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MichaelC
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!

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vipRedtag
San Diego
66 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,

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
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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vipDanH
Seattle
15 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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vipOpenTable Diner
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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ConsulC
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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SteveS
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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vipKari
San Diego
25 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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OpenTable Diner
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.

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JohnM
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.

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eatout
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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

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

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vipPS01
Los Angeles
510 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pretty good restaurant option in the area. Great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
11 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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Robinr
San Diego
7 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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CarolH
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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FAQs

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

Vistal is rated 4.3 stars by 102 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.