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Vessel at Kona Kai Resort

4.1
224 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(619) 819-8195
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Roy Hendrickson
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Cross street
Scott Road
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Parking details
Located right in front of our front desk and an easy walk to the restaurant.
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Entertainment
Live entertainment Thursday to Sunday, see website for details.
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
What 224 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
food
3.9
service
4.4
ambience
3.7
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

BEST FISH TACOS IN S.D.; EVERYTHING IS EXCELLENT! YEA FOR THEIR CHEF!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We enjoyed it and food and waiter very good,
It was very loid though, and even seated inside quite cold

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The service was very slow. It took us 3 hours to eat dinner. There were only 5 people. The waitress and kitchen were slow. On two occasions, we had to get the bus staff to find our waitress as we had not seen her for 30 minutes each time.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We sat outside next to the fountain. As the day wore on the sun seemed to shine brighter and hotter! May I recommend the Club add some Market umbrellas for that area?
I am sure they will be greatly appreciated!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The view was fantastic. We dined at sunset and the colors and light were lovely. The service was excellent and food delicious! We dined inside and found the noise level of the live music a bit much at times. The waffle dessert was an amazing treat - nice combination of sweet and tart!

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2.0Dined on March 8, 2018

The waitress was nice but didn’t really listen and check back with us. I ordered skirt steak wish mash potatoes and they brought something else. Then we informed them and they brought us a side of wrong item. Food was cold. They never offered to make right or apologize.

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2.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Waited 45minutes for soup, flatbread, and salad and had to query about food a couple times. Soup and flatbread was lukewarm when it arrived. Nevertheless, the ambiance is peaceful and has a great view of the Marina.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Lovely food. Swift and friendly service. Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Very good food, great views, decent service.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Good service.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

I love it here! My favorite!

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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)

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5.0Dined 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 .

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on November 13, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

Food was terrific. Great location. Excellent service.

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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