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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.
San Diego, CA 92106
American, Contemporary American, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Daily: 7am - 11:00am
Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Sun-Thurs 11:00-10:00; Fri & Sat 11:00-11:00
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live entertainment Thursday to Sunday, see website for details.
Located right in front of our front desk and an easy walk to the restaurant.
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
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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 .
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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