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About Vessel at Kona Kai Resort

Spectacular Waterfront Dining at Vessel at Kona Kai Resort!!
Offering fine cuisine on the very tip of San Diego's beautiful Shelter Island in California, the Kona Kai Dining Room and Lounge at Vessel at Kona Kai Resort features casual elegance by the beach and a magnificent view overlooking the Kona Kai Marina.

1551 Shelter Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92106
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast

Daily: 7am - 11:00am

Lunch

Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner

Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Bar

Sun-Thurs 11:00-10:00; Fri & Sat 11:00-11:00

Cross Street:
Scott Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 819-8195

Website:
http://www.resortkonakai.com/shelter-island-restaurant.aspx

Entertainment:
Live entertainment Thursday to Sunday, see website for details.

Parking Details:
Located right in front of our front desk and an easy walk to the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Roy Hendrickson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Vessel at Kona Kai Resort Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (12)
Good for a Date (8)
Scenic View (8)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Live Music (5)
Romantic (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Casual (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Cozy (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Business Meals (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Authentic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Live Sports (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined a day ago

Very good food, great views, decent service.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Beautiful area to sit and have a meal. We sat outdoors and it was fantastic! Nice menu and would recommend the salmon...delicious!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Paleo Friendly, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

A great place for a rendezvous with out-of-town friends. For the benefit of OpenTable and its users, I do have to comment that using an OpenTable dining reward there was quite difficult. I had the award on my mobile phone, but the restaurant insisted on a printed copy. I spent about an hour (of our dinner time) attempting to print it out at the Kona Kai business center and at the front desk; all these attempts failed (the business center is minimally equipped and not user-friendly). Ultimately I emailed the award to the dining room manager, who helpfully printed it out in his office. OpenTable should warn customers to print awards in advance to avoid this kind of snafu, particularly because awards must be assigned to a selected restaurant in advance, so a botched chance to use the award might waste it.

Tags: Waterfront, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

We had an excellent time as we were celebrating my husband‘s 65th birthday. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was wonderful. We had an excellent time. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Wine list not up to date—waiter said out selection not available for past two months. Wedge salad had a balsamic dressing as well as the ranch we requested. Cornish hen with ragout was very salty.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Dry fish and slow service, unusual for the regularly wonderful Vessel. We’ll be back if only for the great Bar.

I’m looking forward to what Nami, the new Manager, will bring.
ATBster

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Good service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We were staying in San Diego and saw that it was near us and that it was on Open Table. The online menu indicated a wide range of fare, it was late (9:30), and we tried it. We were pleased with the drink, the food, the service, and the live music (not too loud, just right. We will go back some time we are in San Diego.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I love it here! My favorite!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The food was excellent! Customer service however, was not good. When we first entered the restaurant, the hostess in front just found us a seat but did not even greet us. The man that was serving our table took a long time to serve us. When a larger group of people eventually began to he focus more on that group than me an my wife even though we were here a half hour before. We were interested in ordering more food since we enjoyed it so much but had wait a considerable time to order. Eventually I just asked for the check and left. To top It off, the hostess never thanked us for coming or said goodbye. Although the waiter did apoligize for the service that we were not given and credited my coffee that I had drank, I probably wouldn't go there again as they pretty much revealed how they feel about customers that may not have as much money to give than others.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food and ambience were nice but this time the service was not good (very slow even though the place was not crowded)

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We celebrate new year eve there , it was very lovely , food was delicious , and portions was big !! Love calamary frite , and tuna tataki , also we like live music , it was really fun . That night , thank you for hat and tiara , to celebrate new year !!! It was surprisingly nice !!!
And its very convenient. Its at the resort , we stay there .

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was amazing staff was friendly and kind and the decor is beautiful

Tags: Good for Groups, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went for New Years Eve. Our server - Peter - was delightful, and made our memories happy ones. One of my favorite places.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Romantic, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great location. Food is also decent. They play live music at night which is also nice

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We ate at Vessel on Christmas. It was a prize-fixe menu, only offering 2 or 3 dinner entrees, so you would think they would get it right, but not so. Service was abysmal, food was barely like warm, and the prime rib was mostly fat.
The regular menu did look good, and if we are back in San Diego we will consider trying that, since the manager, David, did seem genuinely upset that we were so unhappy and did everything he could to try to correct the situation. The Kona Kai property is nice and we were able to sit outside, which helped improve the experience.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We went for Christmas dinner. Food was amazing! Menu was prix fix and the selection was good, but we were told they were out of the lobster bisque, which we wanted. We were offered chowder as a substitute. We selected the salad, but the tables around us continued to get the bisque, as well as my son. ???? Service was friendly but slow, which we didn't mind. Cocktails were good too.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Booked Christmas dinner, got a confirmation call for Christmas dinner, got there and they weren't serving the fixed menu for 1.5 hrs, so only bar food. Most of the food was cold. Waiter was nice but very slow and clearly stressed. Also had to send back a basic Moscow Mule.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We dined here for New Years Eve dinner after Mass and it was perfection because we were granted the covered outdoor patio. It was quiet and luckily we finished our meals before the live band started.

If you want to be seated in the more lit up and lively indoor bar, that is an option as well.

I liked the free glass of wine with Yelp check-in and you will love their warm bread!

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Went for an early happy hour dinner before watching the "Parade of Lights" on the harbor. We were seated at a comfy window booth overlooking the marina. We did not realize that this place is actually a sports bar - there is a big round bar in the middle of the restaurant and with football on TV, the bar patrons were really whooping it up - yelling and shouting. There isn't much room inside and the noise is very out of character with the chic waterfront dining atmosphere the restaurant is trying to convey. There are tables outside with heaters - which would be a better bet if you want to have a conversation. The food was OK - but my fish & chips was a bit burned. Got a free glass of wine by checking in on Yelp. Glad for the happy hour pricing! Our waitress was awesome, very friendly, attentive, and helpful.

Tags: Waterfront, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Their food and ambience are definitely in the top for all San Diego. Portions are large, service is always phenomenal and they are accommodating to anything you request. Prompt and courteous!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I have said this many times in the past, this is a restaurant with an amazing menu led by Executive Chef Roy Hendrickson. The food is absolutely delicious, plated beautifully. There is always a nice surprise, the Norwegian Trout was crazy good and my favorite dish, the pork chop I think is the best you will ever taste. Our server, Maran, was attentive but not intrusive.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Monday after Thanksgiving, the venue was empty. Food very delicious and a delightful server. The canned music was too loud and in competition with tv in bar area. The hotel looked freshly re=habbed and probably nice view outside but too dark to appreciate

Tags: Waterfront, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Although the food was good; the service was good, I was unprepared for the 3.5% surcharge at the end of the meal. I will not knowingly patronize any restaurant that charges this surcharge. It is not fair to the server; the restaurant is making enough profit without gouging the public. If food goes up then raise the price. If wages go up then raise the price. Don't take it out on the server. Too bad. Vessels WAS one of my favorite places to go.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Awesome Bar. The vibe and the service, not to mention Lanutza’s skill at making perfect cocktails, will keep us coming back for more.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Chef Roy Hendrickson continues to amaze with a culinary experience that all San Diegans and visitors to America's finest city need to take time to enjoy his menu. The lobster Mac & Cheese, pork chop and desserts are not to be missed. Peter, our server was there when we needed him and not intrusive into our dining experience. Defiantly on my top places to eat list.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Service is friendly, however slow
Great bar service. Perfect for happy hour. Not for dinner

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

From the cheese plate, lobster mac & cheese, grilled shrimp to a pork chop that can only be described a heavenly to a dessert of German Chocolate Waffle with house made ice cream. Even Chef Roy came out to see how the meal was and let me mention that Peter our server, was attentive, enthusiastic, energetic but not overwhelming. All in all an amzing meal with great views and a fantastic atmosphere.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve had in a long time! We sat out on the deck and it was beautiful! We’ere going to have our work holiday party there too!

Tags: People Watching, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Late-night Find
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food was terrific. Great location. Excellent service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Went for Sunday Brunch. Great location and views. Enjoyable entertainment (single guitarist). Good food, but nothing to get too excited about. It could be great, but never will be because the service was indifferent at best. Hostess argued with me about whether I had an open table reservation until I showed her the confirmation-then it was all attitude. Waiter disappeared for long stretches, and apparently forgot to order one of our group's entrees Great idea with a bottomless bloody mary bar, but bartender seldom available (waited once for over 10 minutes-despite a $10 tip) for the glass and vodka, and the condiment station was ALWAYS out of celery, bacon and others. Having been in the business, there's a serious management/supervision problem (at least on Sundays).

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 19, 2017

God overall. However, We were curious about the "service charge" added to our bill. I asked the guy at the front and he said it was a service charge to cover the health insurance he provides for the employees. First time we've ever run into this. Not sure I agree with this added tax on my bill.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Loved the decor in the restaurant. I plan to visit again. The staff in the resort and restaurant are friendly and courteous.

Tags: Live Music, Waterfront, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The scallops are perfection! Happy Hour choices are delicious and abundant in size. Peter was our server and his cheerful, welcoming attitude will make any meal a special occasion! A sweet reunion took place while I was there with my mom. A couple was celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. Apparently they had their first date at Vessel and their friends who had introduced them were there to surprise them. The restaurant's staff was in on the surprise -really nice to see!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, People Watching, Romantic, Tapas, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We had a party of 5 including an 8 year old. Everyone was very happy. I loved my flatbread. And the game when got rave reviews. Mussels were flavorful, but small ( likely a seasonal thing). Great evening for an al fresco dinner near the boats.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great and fast service. Food was amazing. Better than expected. Servers where great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Excellent food, and a beautiful setting. Our server, Matt, was terrific - very knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly, without being intrusive - a perfect balance! We enjoyed everything about our visit!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Beautiful background with the marina! Excellent service! Love Sunday bottomless mimosas.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Loved the location and ambience. Food was good. Service was friendly but very slow. We'd try it again. Great live music and fantastic view.

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Celebrated my mother's 87th birthday at vessel restaurant. Service was wonderful, the fresh fish was amazing, perfectly cooked with perfectly cooked vegetables. The lava cake dessert was delicious. The noise level inside the restaurant was very loud we sat outside which was very bright and we did not have hats, we moved tables several times trying to find the right spot to keep everybody happy;) The view is gorgeous I just wish the restaurant could control the inside noise a little bit better there was no music on that we could hear .

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic
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