Vizcaino Waterfront Food + Drink

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$30 and under
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Latin / Spanish
Vizcaino Waterfront Food + Drink offers a unique Latin inspired dining experience with an enjoyable and casual atmosphere. Signature items include; Sangria, La Tablita and Seafood Chilpachole. Panoramic views of the Monterey Bay and the city lights beyond make for stunning sunsets. Enjoy a delicious meal and watch the abundant sea life while relaxing at your table.
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just really not worth the price

G
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome views of the Monterey Bay while dining. Esteban is the best!! Great service.

M
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I sat at bistro table next to fireplace with an outstanding view of the water. I had shrimp and pasta which was great along with a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc. A nice relaxing evening. Would definitely recommend.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Highly over rated sad to say . Let’s start with the Sangria ... it tasted sour and was the worse I have ever had .
The limited food menu one would think it would be cooked top notch . The pork was tough and overdone and the pistachio crusted Halibut .... there was no pistachio and I though halibut was white .
On a positive note ....The server deserves a high rating she was friendly and courteous and checked in quite often . The salad was the only good part of the meal .
Based on all this not likely to ever return

RA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service superb, food excellent but the views are like nothing else. Romantic beyond belief. I highly recommend this place!

SK
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great ocean view. Good food. Service was good. Very pleasant.

SE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant for both lunch or dinner dining. View is unbelievable, menu, including fresh fish, is excellent, and service attentive & accommodating.

MR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We arrived at 5:00pm and were immediately seated, that was good. However, the service was extremely slow and it took over 45 minutes to get food to the table. The food was OK but not great, but the view across the sea to Monterey seemed to make up for this. In talking with a regular customer seated on the table next to ours he said that the food had gone down hill ever since new owners took procession of the hotel but overall, we enjoyed the evening.

VM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Our night began with us ordering top shelf vodka martini’s up and we were told they were not able to make these drinks because they ran out of martini glasses. We settled for a glass of wine and beer. Next we ordered the tuna tacos which were filled with more thousand island like dressing than fish. It must have been a theme for the night to over dress the dishes because our potentially lovely salad was drenched in vinaigrette and we could hardly finish the small portion. Finally our main course arrived which was swordfish with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Everything on this plate was cold and terrible. The mashed potatoes were unrecognizable and the fish seemed to be prepared hours in advance. I know they had a large wedding at the hotel and am suspect they may have just given us a few leftover dishes from the reception. I could barely take two bites and I pushed away the food. A nice bus boy came by and took the plate not even noticing that nothing had been eaten. Insult to injury was getting the final bill and though we never asked for our salad or main course to be split on separate plates, they went ahead with this nice gesture then charged us $6.00 per plate for it.
We are so done with paying $700 a night for ocean front hotel rooms to have their on site restaurant be below fast food standards in quality and service. Next time it’s In and Out burger to go.

RB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both dinner and breakfast were outstanding. Great views, quiet area, excellent service.

SA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was packed. The front door greeted us with a smile. Due to the amount of people, it took some time to be served. Besides that, everything else was great. Delicious food. Great views!

GR
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch with a friend there last Saturday and had a wonderful visit! Very good food, scrumptious dessert, great service, nice ambiance, expansive ocean view and spectacular entertainment courtesy of a pod of whales close to shore that gave us all quite a show! This place keeps me coming back!!

s
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food was perfect but the server Carlos was not attentive and will ask for a different server next time. The cocktails were not made i. A professional way and didn't taste worth the price of $14. I feel like I was rioped off.

LW
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not as busy as usual so really nice. Thanks

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Cool view of the beach/ocean. My boyfriend loved his fish tacos. My chicken sandwich was pretty good. Definitely a good stop on our drive, but not necessarily a destination.

F
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We really wanted to like this restaurant...but nearly everything about it was a disappointment. Maybe this place is categorized more casual than we thought but the menu/location suggested it would be nicer.
CON- The service was "friendly" but slow, unorganized & overall unprofessional. From the moment we checked in there were unhappy guests ...a couple leaving- saying they'd never been treated so poorly- and the table next to us complaining about the food having no flavor, to which the "manager & waitress" gave them a bottle of their "go to" hot sauce to remedy it! ???!
We had to ask for water and bread after being left for quite a while with an empty table. When the food finally came, it was nothing special- husband's steak was good & my pistachio crusted halibut had about a teaspoon amount of "pistachio crust" & was just ok...and the side dishes on both were cold and tasteless....when we finished we were left for over 20+ minutes with empty plates/drinks waiting either for our desert or check...we really just wanted to leave but couldn't get anyone's attention. Our dirty plates were finally cleared and our waitress said do you want your (already ordered) dessert here or should I pack it up to go...? Ummm, here would be good. It was brought...no offer of coffee or a refill on our water... We ate our dessert, payed our bill (tipped 22%) and left. Never to return.
Really an unfortunate evening that we had hoped would be a memorable one, being our anniversary and all.
PRO- The location has a great view and the set up inside is so every diner can see it!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

View was fantastic and food was super delicious! Highly recommend!!

R
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Celebrated our 41st anniversary here. We were the first customers. Strongly recommend reservations. We did after being turned away the previous day. Took forty seven minutes before food arrived. No draft beers at all, seemed they were out. Our waiter, who didn't share his name, was awesome, did his best. Prices are fair and the food we ordered was good. For us, the Vizcaino was all about the view of the ocean which somewhat countered the problems we encountered.

OT
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food, LOVED my halibut, date's swordfish a tad dry, great choc chip cookie dessert. But had loud family with kids next to and anothet very near us. Nice folks but not a quiet enough place to have a romantic meal. Disappointing, will go elsewhere for romantic dinner, at least during tourist season!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only thing that was an inconvenience was the screaming child, but the parents were usually quick about keeping them quiet. I also asked for an unobstructed view and didn’t get it, but we still had a nice view overall.

JB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had our best Italian food-experience in LA. Very well homemade pasta and great Italian wine. (Found our favorite from Montalcino).
Simple and precise. Honest, friendly and professional servants. Would love to come again.

JG
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to enjoy an ocean view and good food.

LG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Loved the food, service was a bit slow cuz they were super busy. We requested Don Julio anejo tequila but got some other brand of Blanca, if you know tequila then you understand that Blanca is a much lower quality than anejo and our server was not honest about it. Anyway other than that it was a good meal and beautiful sunset overlooking the ocean

LW
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is always good. The service is always a little slow. I don’t think that it is the wait staffs fault, however. I think that they are understaffed. The view, of course, is fabulous.

DB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food came out cool - server offered to take back to heat up - better but not good omen. View was excellent - one might consider bar area - less pricey and great views - restaurant is very pricey.

d
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Can't beat this view. Excellent service. Fare was typical for a hotel chain. We were pleasantly surprised by the value, given the view.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful view and excellent service! Most tables have glorious view of ocean. Food was good! Highly recommend.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

ordentliches essen, die speisen könnten wärmer serviert werden, phantastischer ausblick, der service ist verbesserungswürdig.

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OT
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Swordfish dry and fishy, inexperienced waitress ( had to show her how to.open wine bottle!), not a great experience. Used to be better.

JS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was a little hard to find but we loved it!

JG
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want a great spot to look at the ocean, or watch a sunset, this is the place. Good food with a variety of entrees for a reasonable price.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Good service.

Food not so good. Served cold. Took a very long time. Restaurant was practically empty and took 45mins to get our cold food. Our waiter was very good. Everything else wasn’t worth it. Actually the entire hotel is a disappointment (Monterey tides)

AG
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was beautiful and the food was delicious!!

K
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The view was pretty, the food selection was so so. The food quality was that of a diner. We came for brunch and were underwhelmed with the service. The parking was in competition with the hotel, and there wasn’t a lot available. When you come into the hotel it’s unclear as to where the restaurant is, I had to ask the front desk and she was busy checking out several guests, so I could tell it was a bother to her.
They did not have much selection for a person with a gluten intolerance.

DB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The location is superb - fantastic view of Monterey Bay from all seats. The decor is modern and new; tables are a bit close together. The food is good but not outstanding, and the menu is not really large, but it is worth it for the ambience and the view. Some dishes were better than others. The shrimp pasta with olives and capers was very good as was the crab-stuffed mushrooms. However, the fried calamari was "watered" down with the inclusion of a lot of yellow peppers. I would have preferred all calamari for the price. The biggest problem was the service. On a Saturday night, the restaurant was full without enough servers. It seemed that they had to pull in other workers from the hotel to help out. No server asked us about drinks; we had to remind them. We waited a long time for the appetizers to come, even longer for them to clear the table, and then no on every cleared the main course dishes until we were about to leave.

W
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We were with a large group and multiple kids. Overall, they did a great job accommodating us!

SW
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Ambience is lovely, but unfortunately there was a very loud party next to us with a screaming child who was running all over the restaurant. I had two small children with me and no one would have even known they were there. Not the restaurants fault, but it definitely didn't contribute to the experience. Food was decent, though it took a long time to come out. Most of my party seemed happy with their food. The cabbage on the fish tacos was very sweet and not my favorite. Otherwise they would have been great. Our server was wonderful and attentive. We will continue to go back for the views and a good meal.

KS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We go there often
Dennis, our water is excellent. Always remembers our preferences on food and wine

LF
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Went to the bar for a drink before our meal. Live music was so loud we sat as far away as possible. Someone else asked them to turn it down. Went to the restaurant which had been booked for 4 months. I had requested a sea view which was ignored. We had to wait 15 minutes on a table to become available. Felt like the waiter rushed us. Made us order food and drinks at the same time. Finished our stater but the plates weren’t cleared. Came with our mains and waited while we cleared our table to make room for our new plates. Didn’t give us cutlery, I ohad to take from another table as the waiter never came back. When we were finished the waiter spent more time explaining how his tip worked and how we should give him maximum tip! The meal was tasty enough. If I stayed here again I wouldn’t book the restaurant again.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten here with our 3 boys (10, 12 & 14) a few time - both dinner and breakfast. Always great food and fabulous view.