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Vela at Hilton San Diego Bayfront

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1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101 (Harbor Drive/Park Avenue)
+1 619-564-3333
06:30 - 11:00
17:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 11:00
17:30 - 22:00
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As a loyal Hilton Honors traveler I have never had more unsuitable experiences in the dining room. With a dinner reservation, we waited 40 minutes to be seated and another hour to be served. The sushi bar in lounge literally ran out of sushi on a Friday night at 6:45pm. We were told that the weather and the convention attendees... More 

Thank Sandie R
Laguna Niguel, California
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19 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had dinner at Vela. Called ahead and was told 20 mins. We actually waited over an hour,to get seated then a further 30 or 40 minutes to get served. My 3 year old grand daughter fell asleep. We expected to get finished and her in bed, but no to be. The manager seemed to be utterly unconcerned which leads me... More 

Thank malcolm t
Concord, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I really liked the staff here and the place is perfect for having a meeting. The visuals with the bay is very nice and the food is terrific. Get the fruit plate for sure.

Thank Smillerick
Henderson, Nevada
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We stopped in here after we checked into our room, and it was a nice spot to say the least. I would go back for Bruce alone as he was a very good bartender/waiter. Make sure you get a bloody mary and set it up with all the extras located at the bar. Prices were not cheap, but keep in... More 

Thank Brian D
Seattle, United States
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16 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

The salsa and chips were just okay considering you are in a town that should know better. The chips where way to hard; on a high note the staff was friendly and the atmosphere was nice. Keep track of your drinks because the bill will add up quick. To pricey!!

Thank Taretta D
Woodstock, Canada
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Went for breakfast and again for Xmas dinner. The food was very good on both occasions but a bit pricey. The staff was friendly and efficient. Nice decor and comfortable chairs.

Thank Verna F
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Christmas Eve was so windy that we had to cancel our reservation of another restaurant and picked the closest place to eat as we didn't want to leave the hotel. It's supperisingly good.

Thank Obami
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

We had breakfast there several mornings and dinner one night. We were surprised that they only had one seafood item on the menu, considering they were in San Diego, overlooking San Diego Harbor. Prices were pretty expensive, considering more reasonable choices in Gas Lamp and Little Italy in walking distance.

Thank Ohtobeinsandiego
Grand Island, Nebraska
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23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Buffet was included with our room. It was a great way to start the day. I really enjoyed the roasted veggies that were part of the buffet. The breads were excellent and you could design your own omlette. The meat and cheese tray was varied every day and there was always lots of bacon. Service was excellent.

Thank chadn1
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Since we were staying at the Hilton this became our daily breakfast restaurant. Food was acceptable but not outstanding. Waitstaff were friendly but the people greeting and seating were less than accommodating. We chose to have Thanksgiving dinner here ... what a disappointment! Very limited choices ... veggies that were undercooked (as in chewy raw) / salads and dressings were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
06:30 - 11:00
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 11:00
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 11:00
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 11:00
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 11:00
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 11:00
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 11:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
    (Harbor Drive/Park Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-564-3333
  • This restaurant is at Hilton San Diego Bayfront
With an emphasis on global coastal cuisine and wines that span all oceans, Vela is a revolutionary culinary concept. Showcasing breathtaking views of the bay, this San Diego waterfront restaurant features a unique wine list and a menu that truly thrives on the principle of "farm to fork."

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?