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For 2
7:00 PM
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260 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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There’s something special about the coast that draws people to want to live near it, travel to it and celebrate it. One lives for satisfaction and finds it in simple things. Throughout the world’s coastal resort destinations eateries thrive on the finest products, grown locally where “from farm to fork” is a way of life. At Vela, diners will enjoy the freshest meats, daily caught fish, locally grown market produce and home baked desserts with casual excellence.

Vela’s focus is on the use of the freshest, seasonal, local and sustainable products available to achieve modern interpretations of classic culinary traditions from the most desired coastlines of the planet.

From breakfast to dinner, Vela will surprise you at every turn.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Californian, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Sunday - Saturday 6:30am- 11:00am
Dinner Sunday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(619) 321-4284
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
Harbor Drive/Park Avenue
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Parking details
Three hours of complimentary self-parking also available.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Vela's Private Dining Room can accommodate all of your special event needs.

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What 260 People Are Saying
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Enjoyed a nice meal after a long day at a convention. The tortilla soup was very good. It was a quiet and the service was good

vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 27, 2017

Vela still proves an independent great find along the marina venue list in San Diego. Waterfront views and an excellent menu are just some of the great things here.

vipkimp (Richmond)
1.0  Dined on August 6, 2017

Our reservation was for 545p and we arrived on time. There was a long line, supposedly all for 545p. We were warned that the kitchen was slow, so we immediately gave our order when the waitress arrived. By 7pm, our food had not arrived. The waitress was extremely apologetic, tables all around were leaving after more than an hour with no food. Our food arrived at 7:15pm, and we shoved it down and were half hour late for our event in the same hotel. It's understandable that they would be busy, with 2 conferences going on. It is inexcusable that they were understaffed and did not plan how they accepted reservations.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on July 28, 2017

Food quality was a let down. Ratios on various dishes we off

vipOpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on July 23, 2017

If it wasn't for the staff this place would not be good. Chicken was over cooked. The menu was limited to an event in town BUT staff said we could order from 2 other local places and they would get the food. Drinks rocked! A purple martini with raspberry was awesome! this is a hotel resturant so don't expect much! I would try it one more time WITHOUT the event being in town to see if it makes a difference!

Busted (Las Vegas)
1.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

Took for ever to get our food and then the orders were all wrong, when they were finally sorted many people still ended up with the wrong food. Service was HORRIFIC. We even had to wait another 30 minutes for the bills. We'd been going here annually for years- never again. OH and the restaurant was half empty on a Friday night during a major event--we should have figured there was a problem.

vipNathan (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on July 16, 2017

My rare steak came it medium well, once they remade it, it came out great! My wife's brisket burger was delicious also.

vipSpring (London)
3.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

Very scenic restaurant; service and food wait can be speeded up a bit. overall it was okay and I would give a second try.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Worst brunch I have ever eaten. Food was tasteless, cold, and soggy. Had been sitting around a long time. Cheese tasted like the refrigerator. Ham was super salty, inedible. Roasted veggies weren't cooked. At that price point ishould have had better food choices and fresh food. The Deserts were mediocre, kids liked the cake pops.

IreneR (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

We went for Mother's Day Brunch and they had a great variety of choices from build your own omelette & Eggs Benedict stations to a wide array of Salad and dessert options.