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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) 221-8000

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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Our Special Valentines Day Prix Fixe menu starts at 5:30, please contact restaurant for details.

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

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (12)
Scenic View (8)
Romantic (7)
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Good for a Date (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Business Meals (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Live Music (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Casual (4)
Cozy (4)
People Watching (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Authentic (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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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food5
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service5
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 26, 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 26, 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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·Dined on December 26, 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 18, 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 10, 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 2, 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 28, 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 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 18, 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 14, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 5, 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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vip
 (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 25, 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 20, 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 20, 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 October 1, 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 23, 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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·Dined on September 16, 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 14, 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 8, 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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·Dined on September 5, 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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·Dined on August 20, 2017

What a gem! Had never been here before and was so beautiful - so peaceful to enjoy brunch on the patio looking at the marina. Service was SLOW - we waited a good 45 minutes for 2 brunch plates - but we didn't mind since we weren't in a hurry. Live music was pleasant, overall great experience.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Live Music, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Love the staff, friendly and professional. Great bar and menu. We're regulars and always bring visitors to Vessel or just go by ourselves and know we're going to have a lovely time. The live music can get loud and really hamper conversation. Just keeping a consistent sound level would be good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

This place could be so much better. Beautiful place on the water but food was bland and menu was extremely limited. They had live music but it was way too loud for such a place that was anticipated to be tranquil. While service was generally good, we had a big error on our bill. Lastly they have margaritas and pina coladas on the drink menu but they said they do not have a blender. Who does that?

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·Dined on August 7, 2017

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday 8/6. I called in advance to book the reservation at 6:30. I ended up needed to call back day of to push back the reservation to 7 and the lady who answered the phone was very accommodating and even helped me with getting a dessert set up to be served after dinner.
When we got there we were seated right away however, service throughout the night was on the slow side. Luckily we weren't too hungry, it didnt bother us as much until later in the night.
My boyfriend ordered a beer, myself a glass of wine (free with check in on yelp) and we ordered our food at the same time.
Our appetizer (lobster mac and cheese) came out at a decent time and was very good. Flavorful and even a whole lobster claw of meat.
The rest of our food took a while to come out but when it did it was not cooked as ordered. My boyfriend ordered the ribeye medium rare and it came out pretty well. No pink at all. The waiter apologized and sent it back. He also gave him another beer on the house. I ordered the scallops which seemed to be over cooked/burnt on one side and pretty raw on the other side. I'm not sure if that is how they're supposed to be prepared, but I didn't complain again and just picked at it.
When the ribeye finally came back out it was perfect and delicious.
I was expecting the dessert to come out not too long after we finished our meals as a surprise but it wasn't until a while after our table was already cleaned off.
The server came back around with spoons and mentioned that our dessert will be out shortly. I thought that was a little unnecessary and kind of ruined the surprise.
When the dessert came out it wasn't even the one i chose. It was supposed to be their chocolate lava cake, but it was some chocolate waffle thing instead. Again, I didn't complain but it did also end up being complementary. I'd like to give this place another chance. Maybe for brunch, though I don't really see myself rushing to get back there anytime soon.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The sliders were amazing and the catch of the day was top notch.

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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Our waiter was fabulous!

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We came here for brunch a week earlier and it was fantastic! Great Bloody Mary Bar, food was good, nice ambiance, on the marina. Wait staff was good but bar staff didn't keep up well. Music was great at a reasonable noise level and we were sitting right by the artists.

Enjoyed it so much we came back the following Sunday for brunch. Bloody Mary bar still great but they couldn't keep up with refilling ingredients. 2 of our 4 orders came out wrong and one of them was still wrong the 3rd time. Management made up for it by comping the Bloody Mary's. Our server was great, non of it was her fault. The music was blaring so loud we couldn't talk and took away from the peaceful setting by the bay, this time we sat clear across the room from the musician and it was ridiculously loud. I suggest turning it down!

May have to give it a third chance to see if they respond to suggestions.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Live Music, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Nice place for lunch

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We love the Vessel at Kona Kai. On this most recent visit, the service was personal and attentive, despite the arrival of a very large party (wedding rehearsal). Our server made sure we were warm enough on the patio and updated us with the preparation of our food (the kitchen was a bit slow due to the large party). There was a solo musician who gave expert and tasteful renditions of great tunes. One comment however to whoever runs the sound to the restaurant: the music was considerably too loud both indoors and on the patio. It was hard to have a conversation; we had to cup our ears to hear each other. It was deafening indoors--the acoustics of the restaurant are such that loud sounds echo quite a bit. Please pay attention to this in future!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Great music and Bloody Mary bar for brunch.

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