Tidal

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Seafood
Craft and catch converge at Tidal, perched where land meets sea on the shores of Mission Bay. Tidal curates a thoughtful selection of local seafood and craft beverages that, like the ever changing tides, shift seasonally at Mother Nature’s whim. Keeping in even keel with the kitchen, the bar offers an impressive collection of boutique wine, San Diego craft beers and mixed drinks by cocktail craftsmen. Set in what was a private beach house in the 60s, Tidal’s mid-century modern design draws from the era it was built by Hollywood producer Jack Skirball. A fire pit-dotted deck, communal tables, and cozy lounge beckon casual group gatherings and lively conversation — though the 180° views of Mission Bay might just leave you at a loss for words.
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MA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food...best smoked octopus I ever had!! Ambiance was nice. Overall great experience. Highly recommend for date night and bring a jacket for patio dining.

d
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We were incredibly disappointed with the food. The food selections were very limited and very different. I think it was incredibly overpriced for what we got.

Tidal
Responded on February 17, 2020

Dinerdiva, Thank you for joining us on our Valentines Day dinner, I am pleased that the service and ambiance received top scores, however I am disappointed to hear that you were not happy with the food selections on our Prix-Fixe. We try to make sure all menus for holidays are posted and available online for guest to review when planning their dinner. I will pass your notes on to our Chef so that we can continue to address this in the future. Thank you, Evan Askey General Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for valentines and the menu was excellent. Will definitely come back!

Tidal
Responded on February 16, 2020

We're thrilled you enjoyed your valentines dinner with us at Tidal! We will share your comments with the staff and look forward to seeing you again soon. Evan Askey General Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Nice place, but the food is not great

Tidal
Responded on February 16, 2020

Thank you for joining us for our Valentines Dinner. We're happy to hear our service and ambiance we're 5 stars, however we are disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy the food. If you have any specific comments please feel free to reach out to us so we can follow up with our team. Thank you, Evan Askey General Manager

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ST
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best seat in the restaurant. Perfect view of the beach. The temperature was just right with the heat lamps on the outside patio.

JB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! Perfect place for our anniversary. Thank you!

Tidal
Responded 4 days ago

Jeff, We're so happy we could help you celebrate your anniversary and Valentines here at Tidal. We look forward to seeing you again soon, Evan Askey General Manager

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GR
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day at Tidal was perfect! Prefixed menu by the chef was delicious and the service was excellent !

YH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

料理の種類がすくないですね。でも選択肢が少ないだけで満足する食事はできると思います。景色は最高でお客様もとても喜んで頂けました。また利用したいと思います。

Tidal
Responded on February 16, 2020

あなたのレビューをありがとう Evan Askey General Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible tasting menu with large portions we couldn’t even finish. Wine pairing highly recommended, and at a great value.

Tidal
Responded on February 16, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, our tasting menu is probably my go to for anyone celebrating a special event or just looking for an amazing dining experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon! -Evan Askey General Manager

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

High quality food and ingredients. Very generous portions for a fancy restaurant. Chef is from Guam and all dishes reflect this influence. Service was fast and very attentive. The restaurant is small with only maybe ten tables not including a covered patio overlooking the bay.

Tidal
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! I will share your comments with the staff and Chef Andrew. We look forward to seeing you again soon! -Evan Askey General Manager.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Waitress seemed to be rushing the meal . Food and other staff were very good

Tidal
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thank you for dining with us at Tidal, I am glad you enjoyed the food and the staff, however I was disappointed to hear your server made you feel rushed. We want you to enjoy dinner at your pace and will make sure your experience is shared with the staff. We hope to see you again soon! -Evan General Manager

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daniel was outstanding.

j
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is stellar from the hostess to the server, and all those that come by to check on you. Extra fun to watch the boat parade cruise by while enjoying a great meal.

Tidal
Responded on December 28, 2019

HI Jennie! We are so happy you enjoyed watching the Mission Bay Parade of Lights with us last Sunday! We will pass your kind words along to staff and hopefully see you again soon! -Evan Askey General Manager

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D
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was OK, service was VERY GOOD.
Nobody at the table was amazed with their dish.
We all thought it was way overpriced.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very beautiful place, good food and good service.

JD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely Thanksgiving buffet. Lots of wonderful choices. Due to the rain and chilly winds all seating was indoors. I had booked outside for us and our small dog and the restaurant very nicely let us keep the rez as I assured them our dog was quiet and well behaved....and he was!

Tidal
Responded on December 28, 2019

Thank you for spending your Thanksgiving with us here at Tidal. We are always happy to accommodate service animals inside and out! -Evan Askey General Manager

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D
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only dessert was a bit disappointing .
Smoking the turkey was perfect. The pork belly amazing. The risotto a real treat.

Taylor was on it!

RP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving!

TM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Food was great but what really stood out was the service. Our server Julia was INCREDIBLE. Service with an enormous smile the whole time and on Thanksgiving day no less. The rest of the staff were also incredible. The food was great, loved the stuffing, crab legs, smores.....

Tidal
Responded on December 28, 2019

Hi Taya, Thank you so much for your kind words about Julia and the staff here at Tidal, hopefully we will see you back soon! -Evan Askey General Manager

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DC
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving brunch was $75/pp and not enough selections however items there tasty

c
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a true culinary adventure. We have ordered the "Chef's Tasting" on the last two visits. The Chef Andrew Reyes is incredibly talented and creates magnificent meals. The Four course Chef's Tasting is definitely worth the price tag. The view from the patio is beautiful and a great place to watch the sunset. The service has always been excellent. Highly recommended.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, deliciouse, coming certainly back

TA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience5

There were only 2 other tables in the restaurant at the time and it still took over 5 minutes to be greeted. The food was very overpriced and poorly prepared. My girlfriends scallops had arguably the worst texture we have experienced with scallops and my steak had no flavor. Given the amount of money we paid, we could have had 5 similar meals with better quality at an Applebees

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overpriced, fair quality, not the "high-end" experience you think of when you see $$$$. PS: not easy to find, dark road & parking lot

DD
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect setting for our anniversary dinner. We were seated right on the edge of the outdoor seating, mere steps from the water's edge. We were able to see the sun set over the bay as we ate our dinner.

The service was snappy and spot-on. The food was delicious.

Rachel took great care of us - she was cheerful, professional, made great recommendations about the menu, checked on us often, and never missed a beat. Bravo!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great surprise to find CHamoru food in San Diego on property at the hotel i was staying at. The scallops were divine as was the clams kadun pika

R
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No reservations necessary as Tidal’s buzz has definitely worn off. Sometimes the venue is closed for special events though. But still a creative menu and outstanding bay views. Cocktails are nearly the same price as brunch entrees. Total bill was $96 plus tip for a couple. Two cocktails each.

Parking is ample and free but spaces are skinny. Have to park in the back 40 to avoid door dings.

CD
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was noisy, but in their defense, we were seated next to a party (Birthday) of about 12 - 10 year olds. They did say that we had gotten the wrong menus. Which was kind of a bummer. Oh, there were possibly more options. Well now we are in time crunch and don't have time to check out other options. You kind of feel gypped. But I had the Kahlua pork and cabbage with Garlic Fried Rice. I think everything came with Garlic Fried Rice. And it is VERY garlicky. But also super yummy! The sourdough toast came with some super yummy guava jam.

Just would have liked some pico de galo salsa. None to be found.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Good food, beautiful view, service was less than par. Not very kid-friendly.

OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service was outstanding hands down. Our charcuterie board was exciting, because so far the food at Paradise was kind of a let down. The main coarse was super salty, and we felt tired of being negative about the food and drinks from different spots on the facilities. We were excited that it was better. Seems like the kitchen just needs a little tightening up, and re-examine. Please, rescue the bar program everywhere, it needs help. The service was outstanding, and genuine. It was almost like the staff knew drinks or food weren’t good and couldn’t do anything about it, so I hope that changes. Guests need to get what they are paying for.

S
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Booked this spot for my birthday. Food selection was hard for all my party. Kids didn’t like most of it. Adults too were picky. Food was ok not great. Starter bread rolls were crusty and dry. I ordered the tomokawk steak $110 for my 12 yr old son. Pricey & nothing special. Drinks and ambiance was great. Great noise level for kids. We sat outdoor and it was nice. Sister ordered scallops - only 3 medium size for $40 not worth it. Lobster - flavor was great but not worth the cost. Duck appetizer was too fried, hard and greasy. Recommend only for drinks & Clams appetizer or Steak special was amazing .

SA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Our reservation was honored and we were seated at the time and place requested on reservation. 1st impression was that staff was very helpful and friendly;which continued throughout the dinner. Andrew, our waiter was excellent- he knew the menu well and was able to explain the different options. We ordered the Foraged Mushrooms- sadly we had to send them back be cause they were inedible salty. Andrew was apologetic, and took the order off our bill without hesitation.
To our happy surprise, the reminder of our order, salmon and scallop dishes, were perfect. My companion and I both were satisfied with the amount of food as well as the delicious taste.
We were a bit put off by the people traffic and noise-, the resort was full, and noisy. We might have just picked the wrong weekend to go. Our comment was that if we are spending that much on dinner, we have the expectation that the venue would be quieter and more peaceful. With that said, we would recommend to friend who want to try something new and different.

KA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melissa was our server and she was so nice and respectful. Always checked in on us. We were a party of seven. We had the steamed halibut ( so good), salmon was also delicious. The filet mignon special served with purple yam was unique. We also had desserts. The green tea panna cotta and cheesecake were also refreshing and lite.

m
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Although the food and atmosphere is nice, we were disappointed that there were no linens on the table. When you spend over $150 you would expect table linens. Also, it is very touristy with a lot of children eating on the patio. We were there for my birthday, hoping for a romantic evening as specified in the reservation, and it took away from the experience. Also, we ordered the Hawaiian rolls with Citrus butter and jam and they appeared to come from the King's Hawaiian package that you buy at the grocery store. Given the price of $4.50 for three rolls I expected a little more. I also don't like paying for bread with dinner when I'm paying thirty-five to fifty dollars for my entree. Overall, I found the food tasty but rather expensive. Our appetizer of octopus featured 2 tentacles for $21. The Caesar salad was $17. As I mentioned earlier, it was my birthday but rather than being offered a choice of desert we were brought a small brownie with whipped cream again not what I expect for this caliber of restaurant. Lastly, on Wednesday they advertise half-price wine night, however it was only a choice of one red or one white wine for half price you are not given the choice of the entire wine list.

NB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table of 8 sat on the deck & enjoyed a delicious dinner with the most picturesque backdrop. Sending a huge thank you to our server, Rachel for being extra amazing & fun-yes we would recommend!

MR
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While expensive this restaurant has a beautiful setting. The food was exceptional. I had the grilled octopus for an appetizer and it was the best I had ever eaten. Dinner selections are varied enough to please anyone and they were very accommodating with my gluten and dairy free preferences. Daniel our server was outstanding.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious foods and nice view!

BK
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seafood in an incredible waterfront location. Service was outstanding.

AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superb. Each plate showed great care and thought in its construction and execution. Some of the best seafood dishes I have ever tasted.

SN
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The live music when we arrived was really good, pity that the musician finished at 7pm though!
Our server, Brent, was awesome and attentive, and the food was excellent!
The Tomahawk was closer to Medium than to Medium Rare, but the flavour was still exquisite and the meat wonderfully tender!
The sides are also a great size and easily shareable :)

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