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Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant in San Diego, CA

Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant in San Diego, CA

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Hand crafted cocktails and Regional American Cuisine are just the beginning of the authentic 1800's experience you'll have.  Be on the lookout for Old Town's Mayor, Snidely Whiplash or the Minister of Libations; you never know who you can trust in the old west...

History

Established in 2010.

From the great Juan Bandini who lost the property in a poker bet to the Seeley Family that revived it, the history of the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant is rooted in a rich California tradition of the wild west.

Set in the 1800's the Cosmo has been restored to its original glory; a project that has spanned nearly 3 years and been topic of great exitement for all of San Diego.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 3.81

Address: 2660 Calhoun St, San Diego, CA, 92110
  • Mon: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sun: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Comments (384):

1. Monica S.
This place has just reopened and is now "regional" cuisine as opposed to mexican.  It's a pricier restaurant (entrees were $17 - $28 ish) but the food was excellent.  The watermelon salad was delish as was my halibut entree (came with asparagus and topped with a garlic cilantro sauce).  My fellow diners said the rib eye, fillet and pork cheeks were very good as well.  But the churros for desert were out of this world! They were warm and soft and came with a Mexican chocolate dipping sauce, mmmmmmm, so good.  The rhubarb tart had good flavor, but the rhubarb was a little on the firm side and the crust a little mushy.  The wine list was decent and the bar also offered some period style mixed drinks like whiskey sours made with egg whites, etc.  They also have a kids meal with the usual suspects for $5.  It's nice to see a real food option in Old Town.  I am looking forward to going back and trying some of the other dishes and cocktails.

06/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Stan R.
We had an absolutely magnificent meal this week here on the first day of Restaurant Week.  Everything we had from starter to dessert was outstanding--Calamari, Clam Chowder (awesome!), Salmon, Pork Cheeks, Chicken/Carne Asada, Pot de Creme, homemade Churros, and Tres Leches.  We Sat on their large patio with overhead heaters and were totally comfortable and relaxed. The performer was low key and did not interfere with the conversation.  Our waiter was very nice and welcoming.  Only down side of the evening was that it took forever to get our drinks and forever more to get our starters. No idea why the delay, but at least our waiter recognized the problem and graciously comped our drinks. Hopefully, this was just a fluke occurrence, and since we were with good friends, we didn't mind the wait.  That issue aside, we were very impressed with the meal we had here.  The Calamari was the best we've ever had, and the Pork Cheeks were sublime--melted in our mouth.  We WILL be back.

19/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. Cyndi B.
I  live very close to Old town and have been disappointed with the restaurant scene since Diane Powers left. Been to the Cosmopolitian about four times since it's restoration and reinvention as a fine dining "period" experience.  The food has always been superb but the service beyond bad.  Last night, we had an excellent meal with average service.  The pork cheeks with quinoa in a maple apple reduction was outstanding.  My dinner partners had salmon, which was cooked correctly (moist) and the other dish was carnitas which looked average for old town.  Perfect margs were good.  I like the new menu that paired fine dining choices with Mexican dishes.  You can eat in the over $20 per plate category or the $12 Per plate category (the Mexican fare). Service was average to good but I told the waiter ahead of time that our experiences there were frustrating in the past.   The atmosphere is nice.  Outdoor dining is pleasant.  Recommend locals give it a chance.  Go to restaurant.com for discount coupon.

31/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
4. Rachel W.
I am sad to be giving Cosmopolitan Restaurant a 2-star review because we used to love it there when there was another chef and a different menu.  We went earlier this week and things have definitely changed.  The menu is not as good, and there are not too many appealing vegetarian options.  Also the service was really sloooooowwwww!  It was painful.  We were seated at our table and it took about 15 minutes to get menus and waters.  From then on, each and every step of our dinner took about 3 times as long as it should have.  The server was curteous and nice, but unfortunately that did not make up for how slow it was.  I'm really not sure what the problem was, but unfortunately they just do not have their act together there.  I had a feeling that when we got our bill, something would be wrong (because there were so many visible issues there), and sure enough I was right, we had to send our bill back for some revisions (which, of course, took a really long time!).  Overall I think this place has gone downhill, unfortunately.

16/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
5. jay b.
so..we finally receive the estimate...a month after it was due...and all the prices had mysteriously risen..hmmm..room rentals went from 2100 to 2150, cake went from 6 per person to 8 per person, etc.  AND they failed to mention to us earlier that any guests over 150 will be charged extra...a good $24 more per head!! WHICH they had already known from the get go that our guest count was 200 people!! That would be an extra $1200 on top of everything!!! Keep in mind that before they sent the estimate they had wanted us to go into contract with them and put a deposit down without even seeing a run down of where our money was going to!!!!! Seems like they were trying to pull a little bait and switch action on us!!!!  God forbid anyone throw an event there, but if you do happen to do business with the devil, make sure you see in writing the charge breakdowns and that you monitor them closely to make sure everything is on time!

06/03/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
6. J G.
We had such great service at the Cosmopolitan. Our waiter was Mustache Guy. I forget his name but he does go by Mustache Guy. He was awesome! I would go back to this place just for him. He was so attentive and interesting. He went way above and beyond to make our experience awesome! After dinner he gave us a tour and told us all about the history of the place. If you go there, ask for Mustache Guy as your waiter. You will love it!

10/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Andy W.
Nice to be back in Old Town again.  Haven't been there too much in the past few years.  But this place is worth the trip.  The cider glazed pork cheeks were phenomenal.  Loved it.  The suckling pig appetizer was also delicious.  The bread and olive plate was ok, though  I'm not a huge olive guy, but my companions were.  I'm a fan of the Con Pane bread.  And the desserts were a knock out.  The churros were delicious, and I actually preferred them without the chocolate sauce.  And the apple tart dessert also rocked.  Service was great, plenty of space outside, and really good prices.  I'm a fan and will be back again.

27/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. L R.
yellow and red watermelon salad with arugula is amazing! one of the best bloody mary's per recommendation from our host and it was pretty damn good! :) server was a little slow, but did not deter me from wanting to go back again!

19/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. barb m.
Very poor dining experience last night at the Cosmopolitan. First, we ordered drinks before dinner. The waiter brought the first course and then the drinks. Albacore tuna was awful. Fish was old tasting. The waiter never brought any bread, and was supposed to bring decaf coffee but brought regular instead. Don't waste your money here; there are lots of better places in Old Town for the price.

17/04/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
10. A D.
The food here is so delicious..I had the sirloin steak and it was cooked perfectly. Roger was our server and he made the experience so much better.  I'm a huge fan of old fashioned cocktails and the cosmopolitan does them right.  I agree with one reviewer about the outdoor eating area lacking ambiance.  It's very clean and pretty, but could be stepped up a notch to make it feel cozier.  That's such a minor detail though and I will definitely be back.

07/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. teacherme H.
I came here with a group of 10 colleagues in San Diego for a conference.  The food was great, the atmosphere even better (we sat outside in the courtyard).  I got the carnitas sopes.  They were solid.  The pork was superior, but the overall dish could have used a bit more seasoning.  the muddled lemon drop cocktail was yummy.  I tried a friend's churro which was perfect.  I'd come back, for sure.

05/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. patrick f.
We couldn't have had a better time. Need to know that it is more a high-end B&B than a full-fledged hotel. That said, nothing to complain about. The cuisine is superb. We recommend highly, especially the work of chef proprietor Joseph Melusso and kitchen and waiter/waitress staff.

16/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. claudia h.
What a wonderful surprise.  I had no idea that the Cosmopolitan Restaurant had such good food at a very good price.  We went in to just look around and decided to try it.  We loved the fajita's and the pollo asada, as we did the on tap microbrewery beers.  The ambiance was wonderful and wait staff very experienced.  I will be back.

22/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. paula l.
A gem in the heart of old town, but with great thought and care made for being inviting to locals.  Out of town visitors who come here should count their lucky stars.  The kitchen pays attention to quality, including the details.  Did you know all of the salad dressings are made in-house?  The bleu cheese vinegarette alone is worth coming here.  At happy hour you can get the house burger for $5.95, and it is excellent.

25/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. Camille J.
OMG !!  Very impressed!! Great Drinks, Excellent Food & Service . . . I live in San Diego, and noticed mostly out of towners, however, believe that San Diego will support its own!!  Just went for Happy Hour with grandkids.  One of the kids wanted fried pickles (not on menu), and they accommodated!!  The best we've ever had!!!   MUST try the Berry Basil Martini and Bourbon Smash!!!  Classic Margarita was better than most!!!

22/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Ronald N.
awesome hotel close to many places Las Vegas has to offer.

20/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Georgi G.
What a shame. We've given this place four chances. The first time we went because of Amy who was the chef at the time. We were. Ot disappointed. The second time she was still there and even tho the service was sketchy the food was great. Then we went with my friend who is the publicist. Amy had been replaced. The food wasn't so great but we were treated well since we were in good company. Tonite. Oh it was truly awful   Three out of four things we ordered were not available. Service crept along despite the fact that we told them we were going to the theater. We will not give it another chance. Overpriced and over rated. Left disappointed and unsatisfied

11/06/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
18. Cindy M.
Had the most delicious and fancy Thanksgiving meal here.  The crab cakes were heavenly!  I am from Maryland and I am picky about crab cakes but the Cosmopolitan had excellent ones. I have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed.

29/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. K M.
The food is amazing! I highly recomend the pork cheeks!!! The staff us super friendly and I love the old-fashioned costumes they wear. The drinks are superb and they've got a great happy hour and a nice wine list. The rooms are fantastic and we had a continental breakfast on the balcony with fresh homemade scones and strawberry jam...it was incredible! I highly recommend this place for weekend visitors or just a 'staycation' as you truly feel like you're away from the day to day hustle and bustle here.

12/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Ted P.
I would not eat there again

08/01/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
21. M H.
Just left this restaurant with a large group of friends... Food was okay... Nothing special... Several of us were a little annoyed when our checks came and the math didn't add up... When we asked the waitress she said "Oh, yeah, instead of well margaritas you had Cadillac margarita's... That adds $4 per drink. I guess I should have told you at the beginning..." I guess  so. Seven dollar drink turned into eleven dollar drink for eachof us. Kind of a fast move to find out about on the way out.  Each of us paid about $25 for one simple lunch item and one drink.  Our group of 12-15 won't be going there again...

21/11/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
22. Martin P.
We had a wonderful time.  Great old building.  Fantastic piano player setting the atmosphere.  Friendly staff in costume.  Extensive menu, from Mexican, to seafood, to steaks.  Prices OK value.  Service very attentive, from the manager/owner Tom, to the hostess, to the waiter Alfie.  There was a singer/guitar player in costume who was talented and amusing and friendly.  We'd definitely go back if we return to San Diego.

26/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
23. E E.
There were many things wrong with our visit. The food left much to be desired. First, we were told we would get chips and salsa, instead, the server brought us old bread and a small dish with chunks of butter, nuts, and some kind of fruit and apologized that they ran out of salsa even though there was only five other tables filled. It was disgusting, I do not want to eat a full stick of butter for an appetizer. Second, we ordered a seafood pasta dish and a soft taco dish as our entrees. The seafood dish was ok, a little sour tasting which I wasn't sure about. The taco dish was dry because it did not come with any tomatoes or salsa, just rice, beans, meat, and tortilla. The bus boy tried to take one of our plates that we weren't done with and when we said no, he looked at us in disgust and said, "dude, that's just broth left." Being a woman, I took that very offensively because it was my $18 plate that I wanted to finish eating with bread. In addition, nobody refilled our tiny water glasses and we had to literally get up and retrieve a water jug ourselves while our server watched and never came over to help or apologize. The food wasn't very good and the service was awful, do not eat here!

22/06/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
24. IBmama I.
Had lunch today as a celebration for my daughter's birthday, called ahead to make reservations and treated well beyond expectations from the first contact with the charmingly period-dressed hostess.

Absolutely delightful lunch, with excellent food and service - ask for Chanel - in the restored structure that was formerly Casa de Bandini - now totally transformed back to more accurate period reality: initially this is a bit of a shock if you loved the old place's atmosphere, but don't let it discourage you.

We sampled many dishes no doubt described more elegantly on the menu on their website*: fajitas were served with a corn, squash & bean succotash that made a wonderful mix of textures when contained in the corn tacos with a terrific salsa & avocado slices; appetizer of smoked salmon with potatoes served in a stack with greens; BLT on foccacia with chicken, again terrific sauce, served with french fries; rhubarb tart with their home made creme fraiche ice cream; freshly made churros served with a dark chocolate fudge dipping sauce: note - dip not mentioned in menu; cookies. Didn't try lots that looked great on other plates and will be back for them soon.

"Historically-themed" menu with 1870s fare by executive chef Amy DiBiase sandiegofoodstuff.com/20… . Locally sourced, often changing. Highly recommend.

We were generously comped several dishes by the ever-charming owner Joe Melluso who I knew from when he ran THE TIN FISH on the IB Pier, who joined us for terrific conversation. Even after years not seeing one another, we connected again immediately, and felt treated like SD celebs - which we are not.  He's excited ab the menu and hotel and really wants his guests to experience what he has to offer.

For those with kids, there is a special menu and plenty of high chairs available. Eventually plan shop with specialty items available for sale on site. Great place to recommend to out-of-town guests or for dinner before going to the Cygnet Theatre up the street.

Joe is a sophisticated music lover and hired a pianist we are told is amazing - piano is on patio, call for nights playing. While we were there a harmonica-playing street musician in period dress entertained us and got us to sing 'Oh My Darling'  - turned out to be fun, despite our initial reluctance:) Terrific bartender, too.

Hotel sold out for weekend! This 3rd week they've been open. Would be great party space, IMO, inside or outside and has private dining room.

* oldtowncosmopolitan.com

28/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. Ron S.
This place is great. I love it. Joseph is awesome. A must try when you are in Old Town. The food is first class. Best I've ever had. lamb chops. My family loves it here.

09/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
26. Victoria K.
Their New Years Eve Venue was a smash hit....however, some of the food left me scratching my head in disbelief! Service was excellent.  Food came out timed properly.  However, when it is cold outside and you are eating outside, perhaps using heated metal chargers under the plates would keep food proper temperature.  My meal, the shrimp and scallops with spaghetti squash was lukewarm at best.  The beautiful fresh kale was abruptly interrupted by a weed that was bitter and foul that got mingled in.  I promptly spit it out into my napkin, aghast!   My appetizer, the spinach salad....they need to RE-THINK that one, chef.  The gross strips of COLD BACON LARD, NO BACON, on top with an overly citrus dressing was in no way palatble. Perhaps a nice honey dijon, warmed with some red onion and real bacon may be the way to go.  The taste of the chai in the chai infused creme brulee was masked by WAY too much sugar in the desert. For the cost of the food, I expected better flavor and prep.  I will give them another chance on a non-holiday.

02/01/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
27. Alex S.
Do you enjoy waiting 10-30 minutes for a table when a restaurant is almost completely empty?   If so, Cosmopolitan is right up your alley.

We went on a Monday, waited 10 minutes for a hostess to show up, and she said it would be 5 minutes before she could seat us.   I thought she was joking, because there were only two tables occupied and 4-5 servers walking around.   We waited another 20 minutes to get seated.   I was ready to walk after 10 minutes but my GF talked me out of it.

The meal itself was quite tasty (pork confit, charred romaine salad, carnitas sopes) and our server was pretty good when he was around - which was about every 15 minutes.  The rest of the time I could see the servers strolling around the courtyard.    

After the horrible was this place is run I won't be going back for dinner.   If you are in the area and need something besides tourist food this would be a good stop if you sit in the bar area.   Otherwise, stay away.

30/11/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
28. JoAnn B.
After a disappointing experience last September, I am very happy to report that my February 11 visit was a truly lovely experience.  Everything from the wait staff (very solicitous and helpful) to the meal itself was superb.  The dining room was comfortable and faithful to the period.  Dining in Old Town is always fun, but the Cosmopolitan is a treat.

29/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Lauren D.
My husband and I ate there in September, 2010 for the first time and had an absolutely wonderful dining experience. Delicious food: where each bite was better than the last. It felt like they knew what they were doing in the kitchen and whoever the chef was, had a good command of his staff. The attentive service and the charming "historic" decor added to a delightful evening. We were excited about this new addition to San Diego's restaurants.

Having worked in food service (fine dining and other) for over 14 years, I know what it takes to exceed expectations in a restaurant and I am fairly critical about service and what comes out of the kitchen. For our time and money, this was a great meal. The owner came by our table as we sat, to ask how things were. We were happy to give him good, positive news. We've spread the word among our friends about what a surprisingly great restaurant the Cosmopolitan is... in Old Town.

When the Cosmopolitan offered a $50 value for $25 or less on DealOn, I bought 2 so that we could eat there more often.

Fast forward to tonight. We did not have cocktails or wine this evening. We arrived in time to go for their Prix Fixe meal; starter, entree and dessert for $29.95 when ordered by 7pm. Inspired from our weeks with San Diego Restaurant Week. My chicken vegetable soup; although it looked very yummy, was a surprise to see it served in an espresso sized cup and I was equally surprised to be chewing little square chicken pieces... just like canned soup. And then we waited. And waited. And waited. When I looked at the time on my phone, I realized that it had been 1 hour since we ordered. Where was our food and how about that waiter? I was about to ask for the check, pay for the soup and go. A different waiter walked by with a plate for his table and we asked where our food was. Blah blah blah. Our waiter shows up to apologize for the mix-up in the kitchen. Offers us 2 glasses of wine but we're not drinking tonight. He asks if there Is anything he can bring us? I'm eating gluten-free, so I didn't have any of the sour dough bread. I said "how about a corn tortilla?" Our food comes, it's average. My Chicken plate looks lame: 1/4 of a chicken surrounded by chicken broth on top of a bed of salty greens with cubed zucchini mixed with black beans on the side. Salty. Cold. Too late. The tortillas I asked for to tide me over until the meal came arrived in the form of greasy chips after we'd had our entrees for 5 minutes. Because the prix fixe included dessert, we thought we should try that and my choices were limited. sorbet: 2 flavors. blood orange tasted like fake orange flavor. Weird. And when I sliced through the scoop with my spoon, it disintegrated. Was not appetizing at all.

All in all, it was a disappointing evening. We talked to the owner and told him what had just transpired. He offered his apologies, a business card and a promise to make it right the next time we come.

Ah, why didn't he make it right immediately??? Will there be a next time?

07/02/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
30. Analisa A.
i do not have anything bad too say   Everything Was Perfect :}

30/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
31. Steve B.
We went for dinner on Thanksgiving day. It was helpful to see the menu in advance online and looked forward to a relaxing intimate dinner that would take us back in time. We were greeted immediately on arrival in the lobby by a beautiful hostess in a period dress and she took us to our table. The cowboy erra bowtied waiter arrived just after we were seated and took our drink order and another gentleman brought us water (liked his costume but not his gum chewing). We admired the furnishings and wallpaper and planned to tour the saloon & hotel after dinner. It was fun to see the happy families and couples enjoying a Thanksgiving from the 1860's. The hostess came by to welcome us and make sure service was good and chatted a bit. I had noticed that their facebook page announced the presence of Albert Seeley's great great grandson was expected. That's cool! I like experiencing and reliving history and had watched the restoration of the hotel and restaurant on our many visits to Old Town. We've had breakfast and lunch outside but never dinner inside. This was a new treat. Our appetizers were the shrimp cocktail and blue crabcake. I had the traditional entree of turkey with succulent breast slices and delicious dressing and mashed potatoes and asparagus accented with baby carrots. On the side was tangy cranberry with something added that may have been grapes- I'm not sure but it was yummy! Kathy had the boulaibase with ample portions of shrimp, scallops, calamari, and sausage with a delicious broth. She couldn't eat all of hers but I did! Dessert was bread pudding among several choices. I know the grandkids would have chosen the s'mores with graham crackers,chocolate and melted marshmellow! The entertainment was the staff in period costume, some of the guests as well were dressed in Old Town Garb, (maybe employees of other Old Town shops? and the piano player and accordian music.
Very delightful- some day we'll stay at the Hotel to wake up back in time!

25/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. Tammy R.
Stopped in for happy hour, and the drinks were amazing!  Sat inside the inner courtyard and listened to the group, Nova Menco, who were fabulous.  Food and historic building is a nice change from all the Mexican restaurants in the area.  Ask for Alfie, the cute waiter who provides outstanding customer service!

05/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. Rich G.
At first blush it looks like the Cosmopolitan Hotel would have existed comfortably ub the 1860. The renovation did not cheap out in a single stage.You must look around in awe at the work which has been done both inside and out. Manager Sheila and owner Joe were gracious and helpful. It was like you were a guest in their new home.

Chef Amy, formerly of Roseville in Point loma has stepped way out of comfort zone. Her use of spice brings everything to life without being heavy handed. Each item on the menu stands alone and will knock your sox off. Make sure Roger the server helps with the wine parings. Your taste buds will sing and dance as few San Diego eateries can match,

Spend time in the  bar room.. First of all it is beautiful. The bar tender (Paul) Knows his way around the inventory. He makes things up on the spur of the moment. You"ll be amazed at the taste and modest cost.

Reservations suggested. This place will be taking off soon and you are going to want to be part of tne experience.

15/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
34. Teri B.
When Diane Powers was pushed out of  Old Town I was like many who boycotted going there or to any of the restaurants in the park area.  Now that DNC is out we heard good things about the restaurant and that the restoration to the former Casa de Bandini is authentic to it's original historic attributes.  Great atmosphere inside and out.  Has original bar and historic photos.   Staff dressed in period costumes.

Went there for my husband's birthday for brunch this past Sunday.  We had an outstanding meal and really enjoyed the singing and harp music played in the courtyard.   (sang Happy Birthday, too!)  Prices were very reasonable.

Food:  Eggs Benedict with Spinach & Tomato - perfectly cooked.
French Toast - just the way we like it, not overly sweet.
Chorizo with eggs - really good.

Drinks -  all very good.   Bloody Marys, Vodka with fresh OJ

Servers and hostess - very pleasant and very good service.

Great spot for a group event or celebration.  We picked up business cards at the hostess station and found out the owner also owns the Tin Fish restaurants around San Diego.  We hope SD gives this place a lot of support and plan to go back and try lunch and dinner.

09/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. foodie l.
Chef Amy is wonderful, the food, the service, just everyhting went well.
We will be back many many times

24/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. Elena G.
AWESOME bar & drinks! go for happy hour because drinks are kinda pricey otherwise BUT they are old school drinks that are worth the price because sooooo few bars know know to make the classic cocktails. even a margarita tastes better than most.....no sweet mixer. i cant wait to go to Kracken Rum Wednesdays $5 a drink!

The happy hour food was okay too. Not your typical old town shitty mex food. This is more fusion food and seasonal so waaaay better quality. However I was really excited for the happy hour charred salad but was dissapointed in the flavor (i have to admit my bf loved it) but the sopes were good.

Def a place to go to get drinks...romantic....delicious...and classy.

10/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Linda M.
We chose this place for lunch after a trolley tour and on our way to the airport to return home. We were pleasantly surprised by the charming restaurant and friendly staff our guacamole, locally sourced of course, was delicious,and we are tough customers when it comes to guacamole! The home made salsa which they get from a local fellow they call "Pops" was very tasty, made with roasted tomatoes and mild peppers. My husband had the roasted vegetable salad and I had the pollo asada, both of which were fine. The only glitch was that they didn't know how to get us a tai to the airport which was unfortunate since it was 50 degrees and pouring rain. We'll return on our next visit , hoping for better outdoor weather.

27/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
38. George W.
Excellent dinner. Had a bowl of eggplant soup then the Top Sirloin Steak was cooked perfectly medium rare with french fries. Only wished there was an option to change from fries to baked/mashed potato.  If you are hungry and looking for a huge meal don't look here but if you are looking for good eats without getting tempted to finish your plate, this is it.

09/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
39. Jamie L.
Raelly enjoyed this place. It's huge, and was practically empty when my family went for Restaurant Week. We sat outside, where a gas firepit and heaters kept us toasty. The food was very good, though my Dad (a mussel lover) said the mussels were acceptable at best. I enjoyed every dish I had, and the servers were friendly and attentive. Great place for a nice meal.

15/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. Deanna D.
We went here for breakfast/brunch on mother's day.  I expected things to be a bit slow due to the holiday....but it was worse than I could imagine, especially since it was not that busy.  We had to flag down the waiter several times.  In addition he was not familiar with the menu.  I sent my pancakes back since they were raw/undercooked in middle.  On a positive note, the bacon was good and we did get alot of good laughs.

13/05/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
41. Kate J.
Went there with my Mom, thinking we were going to have a nice meal since the place looks so nice. WRONG! Not only did the food taste bad and we found a long hair in it, but WE BOTH got horrible food poisoning! I get sick every time I walk by that place!

21/02/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
42. Janet O.
Love the restaurant and got a tour of the rooms.  Would recommend my family from out of town to stay there.  It is right inside Old Town State Park.  The food is delicious. They grow some items right on site!  The staff and ambiance are from the 1880s.  Live music at times too. A wonderful experience for all 10+ times I have gone there.  Great happy hour specials too.

27/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
43. Tricia M.
Went today for the first time for Happy Hour.  What a brilliant experience.  The prices, food and service are just outstanding.  The great news is that HAPPY HOUR runs everyday from 3 to 6pm.  The H. Hr. menu has a wonderful selection fo Mexican and American dishes.  The prices are so good that we tried several of them.  My favorite being the juicey Angus burger.  The chips and salsa were the weakest item.  Chips tasted like they were refried a few times...but everything else was just great.  We really enjoyed the food...the drink specials are a great bargain....and every staff member was extremely polite, prompt and attentative.  They all seemed like very cheery people.  My friend and I will be returning and bringing friends!  Shout out to Chrisine the bartender!

13/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
44. miles c.
My wife, my son, and I ate dinner here on June 3, 2011.  In a nutshell, the meal was mediocre at best and I would not recommend this restaurant!

I ordered the chile relleno and a soft chicken taco; both the relleno and the taco were tasteless.  My wife ordered a tomale and enchilladas and the tomale was nothing more than a ball of massa--tasteless.  My son had the carne asada, which he thought was "ok."

Service was extemely slow and non attentive and there were only 3 tables occupied in the dining room at the time.

Needless to say, this restaurant was a great disappointment.

We are San Diegans and we normally don't eat in the Gaslamp or in Old Town due to the parking issues; parking was a problem on June 3rd and reinforced my tendency to avoid both venues.

13/06/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
45. L A W.
Went there for dinner.  Pork carnitas were decent but the pollo asado burrito was pretty bad.  Our order was messed up by our waiter and by the time he brought out the correct burrito, everyone else had finished eating.  It was relatively inexpensive though.

14/03/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
46. STEVE H.
Rotten service at a group meal.  We paid $54 for ok food.  Half of the meals were served step wise as the other guests receuved and ate theirs.  Some drinks were on time, others took forever.  One meal was finally brought after everyone else had eaten.  No apologies, no comps.  One of  the late drinks paid cash and was brought coinsand a five dollar bill for change.  A typical try to gouge tourists worthy of San Francisco.

18/11/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
47. Bells H.
drinks were on the light side on the pour and although had nice sounding cocktails were not what I had been hoping for, that said beautiful location, barman okay, greeter excellent left a little disappointed.

30/04/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
48. J H.
This review is for the restaurant only.  The restaurant gets one star for service and ambience.  The food, however, was awful.  For fajitas I would definitely go somewhere else.  Anywhere else.  The soup was tasteless.  I'm glad we didn't order anything more expensive on the menu (and the menu was pricey for the quality of food).

13/11/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
49. Jennifer C.
Came here out of the blue because someone recommended if to my bf.
I liked Bandini's and the old Old Town, but decided to try it out since we were searching for something new.
The place is very kitchsy, in a different way than it was before. Sort of how I'd imagine an old time saloon - servers/staff all dressed in old skool outfits etc. We got there about 8:30 and wanted to sit inside - we were the only table in the dining room - kinda spooky since the Old Town area is supposedly very haunted. We could hear the loud piano player that was performing in the the courtyard, but couldn't tell if there were any people sitting out there. We actually were debating leaving since we didn't know if they were closing - i hate being the last table in a restaurant.
Anyway - we ordered drinks - a muddled lemon drop for me and a draft for the bf. Drinks took forever, but I guess great care is taken in the muddling of the lemon and sugar for my lemondrop :)
We started with grilled corn and a grilled romaine wedge. Both were really good - the wedge of romaine was dressed in a really nice cesar dressing and had huge slices of fresh Parmesan. Ask for no anchovy if you're not a fan because it's an actual whole anchovy on the wedge.
Our second round of drinks took even longer and my lemondrop no longer seemed muddled... :(
The BF had the chicken which is served with a corn gratin - the gratin was INSANE. The chicken was a nice portion size - a breast attached to a little wing - the BF said it was very good
I had the swordfish with a caper relish served over purple potato mash. It was so-so.. I was in love with my bf's corn/mushroom gratin!
After our main courses - figuring we were the only table left since the piano player had stopped playing and we were told we could go out the side exit since main door was locked - we decided to get desert elsewhere... LOL
Our server was great and the food was good but I thought the prices were a little high, but we were in a very touristy area so it's to be expected. And I don't mind paying for amazing food, but after $98(incl tip) I would have chosen a different place to spend that at.
All in all - I would give this restaurant a 3.5 stars and I would come back for drinks and apps if I had people visiting from out of town.

20/09/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
50. Laurie O.
What a nice surprise to find a restaurant that far exceeds expectations. We had a truly fabulous meal last night on the patio of Cosmopolitan Hotel. The food was delicious - not at all what I would have expected for Old Town. The cuisine was innovative continental style, with fresh fish and vegetables, savory sauces and unique pairings. The halibut entree, watermelon salad and churro desserts were outstanding. The meal was greatly improved by excellent, attentive, service. Our waiter's specialty is finding the perfect drink to pair with a meal, and what an experience that was. The rum chata with the churros was inspired.
Perhaps the only negative would be that this is an expensive restaurant, and of course, being in Old Town parking is difficult. We will definitely return. I hope this restaurant does well and stays in business. A great addition to San Diego dining.

11/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
51. Nance B.
So disappointed in this place.  I remember the bright, cheerful Casa de Bandini.  This one is gray--both the decor and the food.  Really boring lunch menu.  Don't order the fish and chips. UGH! My friend thought the mussels and clams were good or I'd give it no stars.  If it is authentic from the 1800s, I'm glad I don't live in the 1800s.  My friend was using a cane to walk, and the wait staff did not point out the ramp, but had her go up the stairs.  We saw the ramp as we were leaving.  There was an off-key harp player, but, thankfully, we could barely hear her.

24/10/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
52. Sherry R.
It pains me that I do not live in San Diego just so I can go here to eat the Enchiladas Suiza....it was a transcendental experience to say the least!  The place is beautiful and the drinks are great.  Very nice place.

11/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
53. Michael R.
We are from San Diego, so we stayed here two nights for our 'staycation', ate at the restaurant, met the owner, met the chef.
The experience could not have been better! The food, service, music, ambience, everything. No TV and no phones make for a restful experience. It feels like 1880, yet you are in the heart of San Diego.
Try the '1800 Hombre' margarita - it's like nothing I'd ever experienced.
'Great' doesn't begin to describe it.

One cautionary for hotel guests: parking can be very tough, more so on weekends. If you arrive with luggage, call the hotel on your cell-phone, ask them where to unload and/or park. They will come and carry your bags to your room for you, even if it's from several blocks away. The hotel is in a pedestrian area; you can't pull up in front of it with a car, but you can get fairly close to a side entrance.

13/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
54. william p.
Was craving Mexican food and this used to be the Xtremely-popular Casa Bandini; however, the margaritas were not flowing and the Mexican music is soooooooo mild, this could be the nursery section at the Home Depot, LOL!  Food ingredients are good but basically Food for the Gringo...and we must pay for chips-n-salsa and the "tortialla" misspelling on the Mexican menu !  WTF, where have all the happy Mexicans gone?!?!?!?  $60 for two peoples....SERVICE~4; FOOD~3; AMBIENCE ~1; PRICE~1 blahblah..forgettable :(

30/05/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
55. Raynaldo M.
We went here during happy hour for a light snack before dinner. We were impressed by the atmosphere. Although there seemed to be a bar inside, we opted for the outdoor courtyard. Nice selection of spirits, three drafts and a much better happy hour menu than we expected. We ordered the cheese plate and the polenta fries. Good portion size on both. The dipping sauce on the polenta fries could of used a little more flavor (ie. some kind of salt). The bartender was friendly and attentive. Not to many people there, but it was 4pm. Can't wait to try dinner.

16/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
56. A. W.
Note: This place is not a Mexican restaurant anymore! I loved this place when it was Casa de Bandini! When it was changed to the Cosmopolitan Hotel many years back, I went there several times and was still impressed with the authentic Mexican food. However, a recent visit revealed that this place has totally changed (and not for the better, I might add.) The menu is now American fusion, and not traditional Mexican. There are a couple Mexican dishes on the menu, but the selection is no better than what you could find at any restaurant in San Diego. I had a chicken quesadilla, and wasn't really impressed at all. I had to pay extra for guacamole, which typically comes standard with most quesadillas. No chips and salsa were served when you sat down, which is unusual for the Old Town area. We were surprised that this place was the only one with no wait during a busy summer day, but now we know why. If you are going to Old Town for an authentic Mexican meal, pass on this place. The service was adequate, but not outstanding. The outdoor patio is pretty, but doesn't make up for the lackluster menu.

23/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
57. Pegah M.
It was alright. I had a coupon from readercity. Probably wouldn't go there w/out a coupon. Kinda over priced. We ordered the organic chicken goat thingy. It was just okay. Nothing spectacular.

26/06/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
58. Amberie K.
This review is for the Hotel only.

Reservations - Super easy! They have their own website and you can pick the exact room you want. I avoided the haunted rooms and chose Room 3.

Rates - Cheaper or on par with the more decent hotels in the city. Especially worth it because....

Location - It's a part of Old Town San Diego! Not adjacent to it. It is the oldest building in San Diego and restored to look like it did back in the Old West saloon days. You exit the hotel and lo and behold--there's the Old Town district with its little shops, covered wagon, blacksmithy and Mormon Battalion visitors' center. Super fun! It wasn't too noisy in the day, and at night, it was perfectly still. (Except for this weird bird...)

Atmosphere - You really feel like you've warped back in time to the Old West. The room is decorated in antique style, with a couple pieces of genuine period furniture. There's no TV, but that made it even more fun! There IS working A/C and a huge, beautiful bathroom. I actually enjoyed having a toilet that you flush by pulling a chain. Even the toiletries smelled extra good.

Amenities - I already mentioned some above, but the real kicker was the breakfast served outside your door on the balcon. The table was done up formally--we felt quite pampered. You get a couple of sweet corn biscuits, OJ, coffee (which I didn't have), and what looked like homemade jam to go with the biscuits. It's like a classy continental breakfast. So fun!

A couple of notes: the room did smell a little moist, but you are situated near the coast. And the waters inside aren't free. Parking can be hard to find in the middle of the day, so be prepared to walk a block or two with your luggage. The streets are quiet, so it's not a big deal.

We were so happy with our stay and the character of the hotel. It was infinitely more memorable than a cookie-cutter Holiday Inn. Love!

10/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
59. lisa f.
Went on a crowded nite in July (our mistake).  Had a reservation, so no wait - star on their side.  Everything from service to flavor to atmosphere was meh.  We ordered blackberry basil martinis, meh.  Ordered the chips quac, salsa appetizer.  - extremely blah especially since these were chips and salsa you had to pay for (and fairly dearly).  Entrees ranged from carne asada, pollo asada, shrimp fajatas, and sirloin steak at our table - the clear winner here was the steak - others not so much.  The grilled ceaser salad - blah (even with shrimp, which were not grilled, added).  But the iceberg with blue cheese vinegarette - Yum!  Definate star of the night, just wish I had been the one to order it.  Service was with a smile but kinda hectic, as to be expected with the crowd.
Was rather looking forward to trying the bread here, but none to be found or offered.

Made use of our coupon for here, but won't be returning.  I understand that expecting something special in such a tourist trap is reaching, but we were just kinda hoping.

01/08/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
60. Dan S.
I've been there twice recently. Once for Happy Hour--a beer and a burger which hit the spot. Then for a weekend brunch. The food was great, the service prompt and attentive. And the live harp music was beautiful. The main attraction is the historic architecture which was completely restored to its original look as the Cosmopolitan Hotel. A Genuine glimpse of San Diego History.

19/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
61. Lorraine S.
Okay so it's Cinco de Mayo, it is a must to have some good Mexican food to celebrate...preferably at a sit down restaurant with a tub of margarita and a mountain of chips and salsa. Old Town has some of the best Mexican restaurants in SD.  So when we finally managed to find parking we were pretty much famished.  We came around to the Cosmopolitan after seeing that it had High star rating on Yelp. I believe this used to be Casa Bandini a long time ago which used to be one of the favorites.  I noticed they remodeled the place a bit and it looked fancier.  I liked the courtyard and even the western saloon feel of the place.  I really really wanted to love this place...but alas the food and drinks let us down.  

First off what Mexican restaurant doesn't offer free chips and salsa as you sit down?  It was $9.95 for chips and salsa and guacamole.  Which we ordered since we already had a craving for it.  Our first red flag was  that half the menu wasn't your typical Mexican menu that I have come to expect. We even had a point where we debated if we should stay or go but ended giving it a chance despite our gut feeling.  We thought how bad could it be??  The margaritas came and went, they weren't mind blowing or anything special at all but I guess when they're $5 I shouldn't expect greatness. Then our small pile of chips and dips came, the salsa was decent but it wasn't worth the money.  Finally the food came; I ordered the Carnitas and of course it was also bird portions which is fine if it was deelish but alas again... It was bland and flavorless. You got a small side of rice and a small ramekin of beans.  Even the limes I drowned it with didn't add much flavor.  Sour cream was not on the plate because they charge extra for it :(  My corn tortilla was kinda mushy and ripped in half.  I didn't even finish my plate (imagine that) and just asked for more chips and just ate that.  I'm kinda bummed since I really wanted to like this place. I would much rather have gone to Por Favor, Cafe Coyote, or Mama Testa for my  fix.  Left full but nowhere near satisfied.  Will need to make a stop at Lolitas or elsewhere sometime soon to satisfy my cravory.  The two stars was more for the ambience and service.

05/05/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
62. Carolyn L.
Love the atmosphere, outdoor courtyard is wonderful, food was delicious. Though the waiter was very friendly, he was not extremely attentive, forgot to put in a drink order, food was brought out at different times, the Cosmopolitan drink from the bar was not very good. All that said, I would love to go back

21/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
63. Joel H.
Ok, the food was good; desserts were awesome.  But, service was terrible and don't even sit anywhere close to the piano if you plan to have a conversation.  We asked to be relocated and at first they said there are no other available tables (yet there were many open tables).  Then I said it simply wasn't going to work and they moved us into the back room.  We had a nice dinner, yet the ladies went without any wine until the dinner came.  Not good folks...get the ladies some wine early.  The staff was pleasant with good manners, but just didn't provide as much attention as they should have.

16/10/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
64. Kendra E.
This hotel is wonderful.  The atmosphere was amazing, we got the room with the copper tub!!  We got a great deal on the room as it was a Sunday night and not booked.  We didn't even know about the breakfast included so that was a nice surprise.  The staff was so friendly, they even came to our door to let us know the restaurant was closing soon if we wanted dinner.  I wouldn't mind waking up in this room again.   =)  =)

13/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
65. Stuart K.
Last night's meal.  Ok.  Great presentation.  Beautiful patio.  Great music playing via the piano.  Waitress was nice.  Drinks took a long time to get here though.  I loved the fajitas and everyone else liked their meal too.  One slight concern (call it a personal one), chips and salsa were an appetizer?  All the dishes were Mexican food, so one might expect otherise.  Again, nothing took away from the food

29/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
66. Austin T.
So I was there yesterday and only went for drinks so that's why i am giving it a 3 star because I don't now how the food is. But the drinks are AMAZING and the bartender is AWESOME. If you are in old town stop in for a drink here, go into the court yard and walk to that bar in the left corner and pray Ryan is working, he has the handlebar mustache. We could of hung out all night drinking with hi because he was so nice and friendly and made it a great time being there. If there is a number one bartender contest in San Diego, Ryan takes the cake.

13/12/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
67. Brian S.
Happy hour mussels & clams were a highlight, as was the pot creme dessert. We had caramel, but apparently chocolate is even better. Orange chili carnitas were good but the sauce was a little bland. Beautiful courtyard and happy hour drinks alone are worth the trip. Plus the guitar player was a sincere sweetheart to my grandma. Overall great experience!

12/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
68. stephanie c.
I can't comment on the food because I ended up walking out of this restaurant before I was served.  My husband and I made reservations for dinner but when we arrived the hostess, although nice, seemed confused as to where to seat us.  The three of us wandered the very unattractive patio for several minutes where there were many empty tables but none of which seemed available.  We were finally seated at a very unlovely table which was dirty and smelled like beer.  I finally had to ask a staff person to clean it which he tried to do with a dry paper towel until I suggested he try a cleaning agent.  In the meantime, a better table became available a few feet away from us so we asked if we could move there which seemed to create more confusion and we were eventually told that the table was reserved.  When I asked how it could be reserved since there were other tables, I did not get an answer.   At that point I was done with the less than stellar customer service and we left.  We ended up having a nice meal at the very lovely patio at El Fandango.

I am at a loss as to why we, with a reservation, could not be seated at a table of our choice, were placed at a dirty table and then denied a change to a better table.  The prices at this restaurant are pretty steep so I think I should at least be able to have a decent environment.

The so-called renovation must have skipped the patio.  I remember in the Casa Bandini days it was very charming with lots of greenery and ambiance.  No longer--this generic setting does nothing to stimulate the appetite or provide a pleasant dining experience.

16/04/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
69. K T.
I used to love Casa de Bandini and after a featured article in Westways magazine my husband and I decided to give this place a try.  Let's just say that they're in desperate need of Gordan Ramsey.  

The hostess seemed dazed and confused and sat other groups of people that came in after us before us and said there was a 10 minute wait even though the patio was less than 20% full.  We had a 2 hour dinner not by choice but because the service was so slow.  The server did not come by once to see if we needed anything and we were finished with our food, plates clear, for at least 10 minutes before anyone came around to notice that we had finished.  the weather was chilly and they didn't even turn the heaters on.  

Beware of the pricing because they hand you a menu which says that well drinks, etc are $3 until 7pm and then the bill comes and on the recipt they show $4.50 with a note saying that pints are $3 until 6pm and drinks are $4.50.  

Do not go there unless you'd like to be ignored and charged more than advertised.

25/05/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
70. linda P.
I went there for a friends birthday and will never be back. The bartender was great but that was it. It was a large party and per organized by their event planner but it ended up to be disorganized.  The food was ok, they didn't have enough desserts for the group and when it came time for the bill no one knew what was going on.  The manager was brought in to try and help which didn't.  It ended up taking almost an hour to settle the bill and everyone was so frustrated we all decided to leave instead of having drinks out on the patio. I felt awful as my friends birthday was ruined and it wasn't right to see her upset.  They did nothing to help her or try to make her happy. My husband and I will not return!

26/10/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
71. Andrew N.
This restaurant has a bit of an identity crisis.  It went through a major renovation from when it was Casa de Bandini (one of my favorite places), and touted the changes as a move to a more authentic establishment, truer to its connection to the area's centuries-old roots.  So I'll address the food and decor separately.

As to the food, it is definitely more for the tourists than for anyone wanting an authentic Mexican food experience.  And that's fine...this is Old Town after all.  They have to cater to tourists, and I understand that.  The food is fine.  Because of its target audience, it tends to be a bit bland (folks from the heartland can only take so much spice, I guess).  Standard dishes that come with rice and beans.  The beans I had were so bland that I didn't bother eating them.  They had no taste.  The carnitas dish I ordered was fine.  It was quite tender, but again needed some kick.  Adding salsa or salt or anything after the cooking process is just never the same.  By the way..no chips/salsa while we wait for the food?  That was disappointing.

Now for the decor.  It may be more "authentic", but it's just not as attractive as it used to be.  Maybe there's a reason places have changed over the past 200 years.  The old place was just more attractive and eye-catching.  There was a lot more going on, from colors to table styles to decorations.  Touristy, perhaps, but that's why people go to Old Town.  I suspect that if I had access to a time machine, it would be really cool to go back and see what things were like back around 1800... but that doesn't mean it would more attractive.  I will give them props for having live fruit trees scattered around the outdoor seating area.  That is a nice touch.  Finally, there was a pianist who was playing some Mexican tunes when we sat down.  However, it soon changed to Disney tunes.  I'm sure the kids at the next table liked it, but if the restaurant is going for the "authentic" thing, I don't want to eat to score of Beauty and the Beast or Alladin.

So that explains the 2-star rating, an uncharceristically low rating for me to give a restaurant.  But this place seems to have only gone part of the way with the "authentic" move.  Unfortunately, they applied it in a way that incorporated the less derisreable parts of the old town theme, leaving it with the same so-so food and less charm.

17/09/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
72. stormy r.
.This will be short and sweet.  The service extremely slow.  I just didn't go to Old Town  to sit at there restaurant and eat.  It sure felt like it. 3 1/2  hours wasted. It took time away from sight seeing.   The food was ok. I had better at other restaurants located in the same area. They did have good churros.  This place is not worth a second  visit just for the churros.  I do not recommend this place.  Go here only if you want to waste time

22/08/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
73. Anh V.
mixed bag.

with a kitchy location and theme, the bar kicks *ss.

but i like to keep my buns toasty by the fire pit and listen to the live tunes.  we had a bit of a hiccup with management deciding when the kitchen was closing but it went in our favor.

one dock for the white corn soup being out of stock.
thumbs up for the heirloom tomato salad and their twist on a classic with a touch of mint, cucumber and red onion.
4 thumbs(?) up for the top sirloin with shareable fries or rather me digging my fingers into another person's plate -  fries.

with few bars round town that carry my need for raw egg whites in my cocktails (pisco sours rule!), this place gets high kudos.

04/12/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
74. Lia T.
Went for a friend's birthday and all the staff were more than accommodating. The servers were so patient with laggers, children and seat changes. We even got a tour of the "haunted" hotel rooms.
  The hotel and restaurant have been beautifully restored with attention to historical accuracy. The hotel rooms don't have TVs or phones. Love it, but that's got to draw a very specific audience.
   Food, unfortunately was just so-so. I had an appetizer for an entree and it was pretty good, but on the whole, the food was very much like most hotel food. Drinks were creative and good, but at $9.00, hard to have more than two.
    The outside area is gorgeous. Lovely bar and fire pit. Lots of heaters. BUT, all is ruined by cigars. And since the owner was passing them out, that policy is not likely to change any time soon. So if you are a cigar smoker, by all means, hurry on down. If, like me, cigar smoke makes you seasick, go anywhere else.

13/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
75. Kyle M.
I was a huge fan of Casa de Bandini, the restaurant that used to occupy this courtyard adjacent to the hotel, so I figured I'd give this place a try. Bad Idea.  the places was very slow, about 6 tables and 3 servers.  The service was incredibly slow and the food, when it finally arrived, was boring.  The waiter bought our table a round of beers to apologize for the slow service and for delivering the wrong food (ordered chicken enchiladas and got shrimp), but it really would have been nice to see a manager.  I will never go there again and advise anyone going to old town to stay away.

03/06/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
76. Andrew M.
Delicious food, excellent service, friendly people, great portions. Angus flank steak was cooked to perfection, the iceberg salad was crisp and fresh and the pork T-bone was moist. Gelato for dessert was great and the s'more dessert was also excellent. Highly recommended!

21/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
77. L S.
Review is for the restaurant, not the hotel. Had dinner there for first time since changed from Casa De Bandini. Decor is bland and phony antique. Seems like they could have put a bit more effort into it. Felt like one of those theme park restaurants but not as kitschy. The food was meh. Had the Pork cheeks and steak. The pork was yummy but the sides were bleh. Steak was Applebee quality. The grilled romaine salad was weird and the ceviche came with grocery store chips. Really? In SD?
Desserts were uninspired. Sad. I wanted to like this place and the waiter was nice and got a good tip but I probably wouldn't go back since it was over $110 for 3 people and they charge $10 corkage fee since we brought our own wine. Just not impressed.

15/02/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
78. Edie G.
Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant: as of right now I can only comment on the restaurant. As we have not yet had the pleasure of staying in the hotel. We have been to The Cosmopolitan many times since the opening, that is, their more recent opening in I believe it was 2010, not the original 1869 opening. Ha-ha...Although it feels like you have strolled back in time, the atmosphere and authentic decor makes it seem like you have. We have continued coming back as they have went through many changes, in menu, staff and chefs. Some we really liked and some, well let's just say, it's perfect now. It all starts with someone friendly to take your reservation, answer your questions and someone willing to help you with your specific needs and requests, thank you Laura. We enjoy the friendliness of all the staff, I would recommend sitting in Samuel's section (he's is our favorite), it's like having dinner with an old friend, Its very peaceful to set out in the garden like setting and listen to music and enjoy a glass of wine and a nice dinner and have impeccable friendly service. We even had the pleasure of meeting Chef Andrew last weekend, he's delightful.  We can't wait to come back and bring more of our friends.

29/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
79. Kenneth B.
On Cinco de Mayo, the place was packed. But, that does not excuse the horrible service and rudeness of the bartender. The only positive was food quality; else this would have been "zero" stars.  Waited 20 minutes to get our name on the list; 45 minutes longer to actually be seated. I stood in a second line directly in front of a bartender for 15 minutes without him acknowledging my presence.  When I politely asked if I was in the wrong line, he sternly told me I would be served after he took care of the servers' drink orders first.  I was charged $17.00 for a single cocktail & house Margarita during happy hour.  After ordering the food, it took another 30 minutes to arrive. Furthermore, it wasn't until I asked that the server brought the complimentary chips and salsa, because 90 minutes is a bit long to wait for the food. When I questioned the drink prices, the manager told me I got a "deal" because they had canceled Happy Hour due to Cinco de Mayo, even after I told him of the sign sitting by the front door prominently stating otherwise. My first and (last) visit to this establishment.

05/05/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
80. Jessica S.
I miss Casa di Bandinis. We ate there last night with friends and it was a little disappointing. The atmosphere was nice, as was the wait staff, but the food was underwhelming. I think the menu needs to be more focused. It ranged from fish and chips to chile relleno. We wanted the ceviche, which was on the menu, and the didn't have any. One person wanted chowder....they didn't have any. Another person wanted chicken tortilla soup....and (you guessed it) they didn't have any. My hubs got the pork cheeks and it came with a stewed tomato....I think they need to throw a way the can. I really was hoping this place would have delivered.

27/11/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
81. Lolita W.
My review is based solely on the churros, which I read about prior to my visit for dessert.  Most places this side of the border tend to offer frozen churros, unlike the delicious ones in Mexico that are made right before your very eyes. The Cosmopolitan's churros are amazingly fresh and delicious.  They're crispy on the outside, but the inside is moist and the cloud-like consistency just melts in your mouth.  The bitter-sweet dipping chocolate is also superb and has hints of spice and citrus - YUM!

02/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
82. Yvonne R.
We just spent two days at the Cosmopolitan.  The hotel is refurbished very well.  Loved all aspects from the room to the courtyard to the outside porch.  The staff were all very nice, very friendly and accommodating.
The only thing that keeps me from giving the Cosmopolitan more stars is the fact, that we were in this lovely room enjoying our stay, when low and behold 6:30 in the morning the septic service arrived to pump out the tanks right in front of our room!  Anyone knowing anything about septic, knows HOW GROSS this process is!  The guy was loud when slamming the iron lids of the tanks and obviously the pump  in itself was loud, NOT TO MENTION THE HORRIBLE STENCH that filled our room instantly upon this entire process.  Literally got under the covers with perfumed spray to try and eliminate puking!  Ok so that was a bit of hiccup... So thinking this could only happen once during this visit....WRONG.... This morning the C O 2 delivery driver arrived promptly at 6:41 no awful smell this time, but our chance for 2  peaceful nights getaway from our already hustle and bustle life were kinda busted.
We did mention it to Hazel and she did say she would talk to the delivery services about it which is good, bit meanwhile....IM TIRED and would have loved to sleep in on my vacation!
Hope that situation can be remedied because the place truly does deserve 4 and 5 stars...

20/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
83. Marquette N.
Came here on a Saturday night to celebrate a friend's going away party. We had called ahead to have a space reserved and felt it appropriate to arrive 1/2 early to set up. Must say I was a little disappointed to arrive and see that the tables had not been set at all and that other patrons were still sitting and drinking in the area. At about 10 to six the tables were finally set up and the waiters introduced themselves.
Food and drinks flowed all night. Let me tell you about what food was excellent:  the calamari, sweet potato fries, quesdilla, steer burger. I mean all of this food came out HOT and really, really good!!
Drinks were okay, a little disppointed in the Vodka Buck. The presentation of it in a copper cup is nice, but there is so much ice in it that it tends to water down the drink and the copper cup gives the drink an almost copper taste, if you order this make sure you use a straw to limit the copper taste in your mouth.
I will say we had the best waiter ever! CISCO was amazing. He knew just how to interact with all of us without going to far. You have a real gem in him and don't let him get away.
Keep up the good work cosmo!!!!!

11/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
84. Y A.
Poor and very slow service.  If you don't have all day to spend at a restaurant, avoid this place.  It has a nice atmosphere and on a Sat afternoon, live music.

29/12/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
85. Riya G.
Bob is the best bartender around. He is attentive, kind, and has an amazing memory.  The restaurant has great food, strong drinks, and even our dog is welcome.

11/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
86. Ken K.
Disappointed. They don't have parking. Parked far, far away and dragged our luggage across town. Upon our sweaty arrival, we were informed that a wedding reception was underway. After that, we were completely forgotten by the staff. This hotel staff cannot serve their regular hotel guests and special event guests at the same time. The staff is not empowered to do anything. At the outside bar, we asked to order bar food. The bartender put up his hands and said he was told he couldn't serve food because of the wedding, but we could go into the restaurant and ask. We did. The manager brought chips and salsa to us at the outside bar where the "I Can't" bartender grumbled excuses. Restaurant, half hour after ordering food, "We're out".  That would have been nice to know half an hour ago...

12/09/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
87. charlotte b.
Ok, aside from the fact that I'm a history nut, aside from the fact that this building is one of the most important structures on the west coast, aside from the fact that it's tastefully decorated with antiques.

Thay have a bangin' happy hour. Seriously, 3-6pm has $4 wells and wine and really good quality food. Burger is $6, Steamed clams also $6. Fish tacos, grilled corn on the cob were less. Everything was very fresh and good quality, and the service was very friendly.

Fun Fact#1. They have a kids menu - They gave out chocolate handlebar mustaches to children at the opening, I'm not sure if they still do.

Fun fact #2.If you come in Old Town Historical attire you get 10% off your bill. Cosplayers and costume geeks rejoice (and drink)!

Fun fact #3: Just like in the 1800's the upstairs of the Cosmo is a hotel. Don't expect big screen tvs, do expect lovely romantic rooms filled with antiques. A friend of mine proposed to his wife there- they went all out for him with rose-petals, candles, the works. How could she have said no?

20/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
88. Merton G.
My wife and I went there last Sunday for lunch and it was dazzling! I was not too taken by the hotel venue and think the dining room is a bit stuffy, trying to uphold the period decor and dress. But the patio was great with its own bar.

We were the first visitors so the ambiance was not very warm. But the wait staff was super, though the old-west dresses were a bit too kitschy for me.  

The owner Joseph came to our table and it was great fun talking to him. The Chef came from Roseville and Laurel so had good chops.

We chose the Corn Chowder, Watermelon Salad, Salmon Tart, and Carnitas, all of which were first rate. The salad was stunning, a wonderful combination of the sweetness and the feta cheese. The Corn Chowder was the perfect!

I love Carnitas and think it is pretty hard to beat Ortegas, but Cosmo might just have done it. But the home-made corn tortillas beat anything I've had and were the perfect accompaniment.

We had been forewarned to try the Churros so we behaved even though I hate them! WOW!! They are a MUST, even for the skeptical; not overly sweet, crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. I was so impressed that I made sure the nearby table with 2 young boys ordered them, or I was ready to send them an order.

This was a great finish for a wonderful meal. We are very anxious to try it for dinner so we can enjoy the super cocktails passing by.

BRAVO!! This is a first-rate addition to our restaurant scene that SD sorely needs. We will be back with friends.

15/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
89. Chrissie B.
This is truly a beautiful restoration.  The dinner menu is not Mexican food probably because there are plenty of good Mexican restaurants in Old Town.   The dinner of sirloin steak, salad and herbed fries was all I expected it to be and had no complaints.   Live music, first a pianist and then three guitars made it an especially memorable evening.  You have an option of dining in a beautiful indoor room or on the heated patio which I chose.

14/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
90. Kevin V.
My hubby & I went this last weekend with a couple friends - wow what a difference 6 months can make.  The service was very slow and the food was a little over cooked.  I actually felt back for the waitress, given a lot of tables and having the run back and forth to the kitchen, which is no where near the dining room.  Sorry Cosmo, but I have to give you a thumbs down now - I probably will not be back.

03/01/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
91. Michael S.
I recommend the short rib sandwich, it was very tender and had excellent taste.  Service and location was excellent; one should defiantly sit outside.

10/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
92. John L.
Fabulous restoration and great value but service is slow in restaurant.

22/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
93. J. N.
The blended strawberry margarita was too icy so that was a no no. Their fish taco was deep fried with only one piece of fish on one tortilla for $3.50 taco (happy hour menu) so I didn't think it was worth the price when I can get street tacos for far less with same to better taste. I recommend going when they have happy hour from 4-6pm and definitely try their CHURROS! It's delectable, deep fried and indulgent after being dipped in warm fudge.

25/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
94. Clara B.
My boy friend and I stayed a weekend here and it could not be more romantic. Not only is there no TVs in the room leaving only one on one time, but your door opens up to fresh air, a wrap around balcony were they bring fresh breakfast to your own out door dinning table! It was great! And the in-house restaurant/bar will bring any thing Including cocktails right to your room. I will be back, for the food, the great drinks, the room, and the friendly staff!

07/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
95. Emily E.
One of the best waiters I have ever had. The food was amazing, and the menu was surprisingly diverse. Good CA wine list, too. I highly recommend this place!!

27/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
96. Cool R.
Nice dining option in Old Town. Place has potential but with the majority of customers being tourists, it will probably remain mediocre like majority of places in OT.  
Nice outdoor seating area with heaters and gas firepit.  Menu choices were OK.  Food was OK. Service was pleasant albeit slow. Sweet tater fries were yummy.  Grilled salmon was OK- tad overdone.  Taters accompanying needed more flavor.  Butter lettuce salad w/ grapes, apples, walnuts, and lemon vinagrette was good.  Butterscotch pot de creme was delish!  Stingy pour on the wine.  Spouse had cheeseburger which he liked.  
Renovation is kinda cool in an old, historic way. Give it a try.

26/04/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
97. Joshua M.
We checked out the Cosmopolitan for happy hour a few days back, so I can't comment on the hotel or dinner, but the happy hour is pretty decent.  They have a really good burger for around $6.  Service was friendly... the only thing worth mentioning is that the bar area is totally outdoors.  Not a huge deal with San Diego's climate, but could be an issue on a rainy night.

09/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
98. Kristen S.
Go to Cosmopolitan Hotel on a sunny day and sit on the porch out back. Drink a fancy cocktail and eat some fantastically prepared fish. Do it.

07/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
99. Fabianna M.
The renovation of this property is truly amazing. It doesn't have a trace of an Old Town Mexican restaurant at all. The atmosphere makes you feel like you have stepped back into the late 1800s.

The bar is beautiful, and the drink menu is unique. I recommend trying The Mule or The Hombre. Andy, the bartender was knowledgeable and friendly.

Have a seat in the outdoor eating area and relax. Chanel will happily spoil you with fine service, and Doug will entertain you with his fabulous piano playing while you wait for your tasty food. This menu is not the average Old Town Restaurant menu. Fresh Gourmet food. I loved the Charred Romaine, and the fried oysters. Great kids menu too. My son especially liked the complimentary Chocolate Mustache.

It is so refreshing to have other cuisine options in old town besides mexican.

27/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
100. Kay B.
We have stayed in the rooms (in November) and also had food/drinks.

I want to love this place but it really needs to find its groove.
The rooms are fantastic! And the innkeeper gentleman is sensational.

But the front desk is always a little chaotic. I think the same person is used for checking in and also seating at the restaurant. Not that it warrants 2 different people as there are only a handful of rooms- but still...something always seems off.

The bar and the drinks are FANTASTIC! And yes...I am man enough for The Hombre ( ass it challenges you on the menu)

We have been there a handful of time and everytime the people who were once there, are always gone before we have come back. I know this because I tend to meet the staff, and chat, and then they are no longer there.

One hint as to why that might be...I have now on 2 occasions seen the manager/owner talking down (in a super rude way) to his staff. And I mean- within ear shot of customers. Bummer

I am hoping that this place falls into a grrove and holds onto it's staff so that people can really get the hang of working here.
We will be back- especially for a little weekend getaway in th fantastic rooms.

25/01/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
101. Bob H.
Great brunch- very doggie friendly, they even have a doggie menu. Really enjoyed the venue and the service was excellent. Frederick was very easy on the eyes! We'll be returning soon.

18/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
102. Christopher H.
What a disappointment!  And the menu looks so damned good!!

This is my second time there - last summer I brought my fiancée and my mother (who was visiting from NY).  We found that the appetizers were good to very good (the sopes) - unfortunately, we found the rest of the meal to be mediocre at best.
My fiancée and I were in Old Town today (11/02/12) to see the sights for Dia de los Muertos - she is from Mexico - and decided to try the Cosmopolitan again, mainly for the sopes.

We arrived a few minutes before 3:00 pm, and were seated at an outside table that wobbled.  The establishment was not empty, but had only a few tables occupied.  Our first complaint was the service, or lack thereof.  We waited almost thirty minutes for our two drinks (a Cosmo & a club soda).  After a little over 35 minutes, we had not received the appetizers we ordered, not even the chips, salsa, & guacamole.  We witnessed numerous wait staff and kitchen employees standing around outside talking, but were pretty much ignored by all.  After 40 minutes, another waiter (not ours) took notice of us, and asked how everything was.  We explained that we had not received any of our order as of yet.  He assured us that he would notify the kitchen and speed up the process.  He returned within 5 minutes with our chips, salsa, and guacamole.  He told our waiter (in Spanish) that he was too slow, and needed to take care of his customers - I wish I had gotten his name, to thank him properly.  Our waiter then brought us our appetizers within a few more minutes (total wait time was about 50  minutes).  Our apparently complicated and difficult to produce order consisted of: 1) - a "Mozzarella and Tomato Salad"  (Caprese) & 2) a "Slow Roasted Carnitas Sopes.

The food could not have been more of a letdown.  The only reason I ordered the mozzarella & tomato salad was due to the fact that the waiter assured us that the mozzarella was fresh, made in-house, and from buffalo milk.  I'm from NY, and have had wonderfully fresh, oozing buffalo mozzarella - this ain't it, unless hard, dry, and tasteless is the new norm for Mozzarella Di Bufala.  There were no basil leaves (whole or shredded), just some type of basil "pesto chimichurri" glob on the plate.  I have to admit that the yellow tomatoes were pretty good.  

The sopes were nothing like they were the last time we went - my future mother-in-law does a much better sopes on a bad day - these were tiny (the size of a cookie), dry, and hard.  The pork was dry and stringy.  

The chips, salsa, and guacamole were ridiculously bad.  Stale, cold chips?  Really?  When you can walk out the front door and trip over women who are making wonderful handmade tortillas??  These were tasteless, and not nearly as good as regular store bought chips. The house-made guacamole was also tasteless - lordy, please somebody point out to the kitchen the judicious use of salt!  So bland - I'm of Irish/German descent - and I make a much better guacamole.

Another relatively minor issue - it started to become somewhat chilly (I heard other people commenting likewise), but the wait staff made no effort to put the patio heaters out (they were sitting off to the side).

A big disappointment to my fiancee - who definitely did not think these dishes were "autentico" - and to me.  I had such high hopes after reading their menu -  we had planned on ordering entrees and dessert.  We decided to end our meal after the appetizers, and eat elsewhere.  With all the excellent restaurants now in San Diego, I see no reason to ever return here.  Too bad - it looked like they had such great potential.

03/11/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
103. wiz z.
Today was the yearly "Blessing of the Animals"  in Old Town Square and what fun it was!  The Yorkie-Meetup-Group was there: along with Monsignor and an entire lawn full of canines, felines, bunnies, parots, hamsters, guinea pigs and myriad of four and two legged beings.   It was a beautiful spring-like day.  A dozen tents filld with interesting booths- I even picked up a $5 off coupon at Freds!

But, then we looked around for a great lunch place and...THERE was the Cosmopolitan.  A gracious Old Lady, beckoning us into the patio with her feminine wiles.  My pup and I slipped into the umbrella'd garden, and a dish of water  promptly arrived for my guest.  The server was well informed as to the menu selections:  I particularly enjoyed the Sopas: presentation of three dollar sized cornmeal cakes topped with moist pork, creme fresh, avacado, sauce and greens.  The chef stopped by, and we sang our praises.   It's a lovely spot!

16/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
104. Betsy R.
I was very pleased with the service I recieved here. I came for dinner on sort of a whim celebration night, and was extremely surprised by my experience here.
I had my reservations: I am typically very careful about local places, especially those that claim to be "the best," or "famous" or "historic" in any sense."
But The Cosmo does have history. I did know that much from the jump. It is said to be the most haunted building in California. Perhaps it's true! Who knows... perhaps the ghosts are helping in the kitchen, too... if so... thank you to the spirits who aided in the preparation of my delicious charred romaine wedge salad (with ripe anchovies, a spicy dijon dressing, and other delectable fixings) and fennel pollen dusted Scottish salmon, too. (Only complaint - portions a tad too small! I was still quite a bit hungry...)
I know there was the option of the "famous churros..." but I'm so very partial to carnival types, the crunchy ones with the soft gooey centers, and I feared these wouldn't be the same, and for all the money, what a waste if they weren't.
Frugal and fickle, yes that's me.
The service was wonderful, prompt and cheerful, free chips and salsa, bread drizzled with some fragrant oil and fig butter - we're up my alley now.  The ambience was great, to me. I don't like frilly, I like comfortable and classic. I love the architecture, the preserved building. The rooms are large with high cielings, many windows, and wooden floors. There are a lot of special vintage touches throughout that can be appreciated.
I am very fond of Old Town, and to me, this place encapsulates what this town is all about.

01/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
105. Cher H.
Fabulous renovated Casa de Bandini ... a must have is their "mussels & clams" which is the absolute BEST in SD (yah, betta than any of the seafood houses around town from north county to south bay)...great bar area with inviting patio that has an open fire pit ambiance when it gets a bit chilly (yah it does get chilly in SD)...then as a treat...stay in the room with the BIG COPPER TUB and enjoy a bubble bath with your lover or just indulge by yourself!  Owner/Proprietor/Executive Chef is the perfect host and always seems to be on property to make sure you're catered to and enjoy your visit or overnight stay!  Definitely 1st class service with the all of the staff!  

I should have written this review months and months ago when I happen to hear of their new ownership and found the renovation was so beautiful and true to historical Old Town San Diego!

PS my other FAVS from the menu:  New England Clam Chowder (has large chunks of clams & soooooo warming & filling) + Cosmo Salad with grilled Salmon (fresh salmon & grilled to perfection) + homemade fresh hot bread that is endless and great for dipping in the chowder and the mussels/clams!  Ending with the churros served with chocolate pot de creme!!!  You can always ask the Chef to surprise you and prepare something off the menu?!?!?!  You'll never be disappointed but always satisfied!

09/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
106. tom w.
Old town, we go often (from san francisco) and stay in the local hotel.  Every time we have eaten at least one dinner in Old Town during our stay   and it has been, of course mexican food.  And, as usual, it is cheep but of mediocre quality.   We expect it, but its fun.  We have  walked by the Cosmopolitan Restaurant and never go in.  It is a bit pricy and we assumed that its food would also be mediocre, even though it was not Mexican food.

This time we went in and took a chance on the Cosmopolitan.   Wow, Wow, were we ever wrong about the food,   It was as good as it gets, even by San Francisco standards!!!.  

I had a sirloin steak,   it was so tender and well prepared I thought at first they made a mistake and it was really a filet... but no it was sirloin and delicious.   The vegetables, baby carrots, white asparagus were cooked perfectly crispy and tasty.  We had  a an ahi tuna sushi first course.  Amazingly good,   Desert was a banana foster desert... wow wow wow,
Service was impeccable.

so long mexican food,  I will wait to return and try a second time to evaluate if I should give 5 stars.  

t

29/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
107. Adam J.
Actually only stumbled across this place when 25 Forty was closed on a Tuesday night...apparently the ONLY night they're closed. Seriously, who is closed on Tuesday night only? Argh. Anyway, I whipped out my fantastic HTC EVO (shameless promotion) and started the Yelp app. Opened the "Monocle" feature, which if you havent used is super cool. It showed me all the restaurants nearby along with their avg star rating. I saw Cosmopolitan on there, clicked on the link, read some reviews, and voila! Walked over to that restaurant.
As soon as you walk in you get the feeling that you're back in 1860...but in a remodeled, higher quality kind of way. There's a bar room with a very authentic-looking 19th century feel to it, along with an adjacent waiting room with some seating and a chess board. Once the hostess greeted us, she asked if we wanted inside or outside seats, and we could see a fantastic looking courtyard behind her and asked to sit out there. It's HUGE, plenty of tables, a really nice outdoor fireplace (see pictures) and very nice outdoor decor.
*BONUS: Right after being seated, I wanted to use the restroom to wash my hands. Without a server in the remote vicinity, I got up and walked back to the entrance to ask the hostess where the restroom was. Instead of pointing me in the right direction, she actually said "follow me" and walked me almost all the way to where the restrooms were. It wasnt hard to find, and she couldve easily just motioned in the direction and said "right over there". But that little bit of customer service really resonated with me, and made me feel like they really want to give a nice presentation of friendliness and service.
Our waiter worked in similar fashion, offering up several of his favorite menu items and being very honest about which ones "weren't necessarily his favorite" . His recommendations were spot on and included a great watermelon salad, which I recommend. Also the Top Sirloin which came with a bleu cheese salad, herbed fries and a red wine sauce. They also have a really interesting selection of 19th century- themed drinks.
Old Town may be a little "tourisy" for some, but this place is a great local place to come for drinks and/or dinner at any time
Recommended!

22/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
108. Peter H.
This review only applies to the restaurant, and only for dinner.

The Cosmopolitan seems to have somewhat of an identity crisis. It tries to ride the line between Old Town kitsch and chic fine dining, to mixed success.

I think I would have liked the Cosmopolitan much better if it didn't seem like it desperately wanted to be a fine dining establishment. There is a dissonance created between most of the staff wearing period (wild-west) clothing and the menu employing a fair amount of French. Our waiter was a bit pretentious, seeming offended that someone asked (unsuccessfully) if he could order fish tacos (as seen on the lunch menu) for dinner. Ok, so this place takes itself seriously at dinnertime, I thought. Which makes some sense given the both the descriptions and the prices of the dinner items.  They've added a classy-looking fire pit to the center of the outdoor dining area, but the whitewashed barn-style walls are still there as well.

The food itself was good, but not great. I've cooked better steaks, and ordered worse. The consensus around the table was that everyone enjoyed their dishes, though no one found it particularly spectacular. The only one disappointed was our vegetarian friend- there isn't a true vegetarian entree on the menu, so the waiter had the kitchen make something up for her. A nice gesture, but it wound up as a relatively uninspired collection of sides.

Some mixups with splitting the check, listing 18% gratuity for large parties but adding 20%,  and messed up orders all detracted from the experience, but I'm not actually marking them down for any of that, because that sort of thing can happen everywhere.

If the food was a little cheaper and not offered with any pretension, the Cosmopolitan could succeed as a kitschy Old Town restaurant that offers above average quality.  Heck, they even gave us free shots of whiskey when we sat down! Maybe, then, the best time to go is lunch. But by acting like a fancy establishment for dinner, they subject themselves to tougher scrutiny, and they don't quite stand up to other places for the same price.

07/11/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
109. Adam W.
Slooooooooow service, but very cool patio area

28/02/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
110. Levon N.
Happened to pop in and check out the "new" bar and was amazed at the attention to detail. A spittoon? Authentic as it gets. Sonny is a great bar tender and let us try a Clover Club he had made, it was great. My first Gin drink and it was great. My buddy and I shared a Heneppin beer and it was great. Can't wait to go ba...ck, hopefully Thursday for my birthday. Can't wait to try the restaurant, fish tacos look so good.

15/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
111. D S.
You wouldn't know it walking by.

Atmosphere: dirty touristy old town (exterior) and bright vibrant garden (interior). Food: good. Portions: small. Parking: can be difficult. Walk: short. Service: poor.

22/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
112. H L.
Went here for a work event.  

The food was average.  We had a carne and polo asade buffet.  They did not make enough food for the entire group, we had to wait awhile for them to restock the area.  The food was not very flavorful, had to add salt to the food.  The churro was good though.

The service was horrible. (There was only four other tables during lunch time)   I ordered a coke and midori for my drink.  The coke came first, and then the midori 15min later.  The servers kept asking everyone what their drink order was.  According to my co-workers, the margaritas wasn't very good, that was evident when they did not finish their drinks and got beer instead.

The chef came out with a high end bottle of tequila to apologize for the problems we had with our meal.

19/06/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
113. Kim L.
Went for SD Restaurant Week.  Three courses for $30 - the food was excellent.  Watermelon salad with greens, melt-in-your-mouth pork cheeks, and the bourbon creme for dessert...  amazing food at an extraordinarily reasonable price.  The wines they paired with each (for an additional $15) were well-chosen.  

The staff are entertaining and knowledgeable about the historic renovation of the former "Casa de Bandini," although the history changed a little bit from person to person (was it Lincoln's wallpaper, or Pico's?  Are these actually Bandini's floorboards upon which we stand, or are the located underneath?)  Still, look for Kimberly (hostess) and Justin (waiter).  They enjoyed their jobs and had endless patience for questions.  

Be sure to stop into the interior bar for a "libation."  I had a Vodka Buck (Finlandia, Ginger Beer and Lemon) served in an "aged" copper cup... May have been too mild for Wyatt Earp, but it was a sunny summertime cocktail.  Pricey at $9, but where else are you going to get one?

The piano outside was a little too loud, so we sat indoors.  I didn't quite understand the music choices - first historic medlies, later "Margaritaville"(?).  Whatever.  

But they've done a nice job recreating the atmosphere of 1870 with all the modern conveniences so you don't feel like you're in hokey Tombstone.  I was ready to hate it - but (sorry Diane Powers) ... they did a good job.  I'll still come to the relocated "Bandini" in Carlsbad, but for an entirely different and wonderful experience, check out the Cosmopolitan Restaurant, and bring all your visitors!

25/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
114. Lauren M.
This place is excellent.

My friend and I went in for a drink a few days ago on a Thursday evening. The ambiance is very relaxed and fresh. and the service is exceptional.

They also have great happy hour specials on food.

I also love that a lot of their ingredients (limes, lemons, mint, apples, oranges etc.) come from their own garden

This place is a must when visiting Old Town.

17/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
115. sebplace J.
Our experience was pretty horrible during our three hours there on 11/2/2012.  It took 45 min for our order to be taken.  I wish I was exaggerating believe me.  It then took another hour for the margaritas to show up, we were told the bar was backed up.  The food actually arrived about 40 min we ordered while we were still awaiting the drinks, even water.  We then waited for another 30 min or so for the check.  We asked many people for the check or a manager we were so frustrated at this point.  
Finally I decided that our group of 7 people should stand up at the table to see if we got any attention, than a lady walked by the table that looked like she may have been the manager.  She was actually the owner of the restaurant.   We told her of our experience and she was apologetic, but had a lot of reasons about our waiting.  We at this point felt that we should have gotten a discount or our dinner for free.  As it truly was a horrific dining experience, after some discussion she told us that our dinner was on the house for the 7 people.  I feel this she really wanted to turn this experience around, and I commend her for making this decision.  Some in our party had been here before and said it was an awesome experience which is why we decided to go there for their birthday celebration.  Because of the owner made the decision of customer service over making people pay for the experience that we had. I will give this restaurant a chance again in the near future.  I think you should do the same, the food was really good.  I have given them 3 stars because of how she fixed out particular issue, it was a 1 star prior to that.  I hope to give it an even better recommendation after our next visit.

03/11/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
116. Stefanie F.
Went here for brunch with a group of friends. The decor, staff, and atmosphere of the patio was AWESOME! It was a sunny day and perfect for eating outside with friends.

They have free flowing mimosas for $11? I think. I'm not 100% sure on the price. The champagne was hard to drink alone (which is what I usually do) so I was forced to add OJ.

I only had potatoes and some fruit and I thought it was very good. A little expensive for the amount of fruit but yummy and fresh.

Everyone else ate a full meal and said it wasn't amazing. Good but not amazing. I liked the chips app with the three different salsas. Very nice!

I can't honestly say I'd go back for brunch since I'm not a fan of mexican food and the champagne wasnt too good. But it could be fun when family or out of town friends come to visit b/c of the location and decor.

24/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
117. michelle h.
What is with all of the bad reviews!  This place was wonderful! It had a nice, relaxed atmosphere with music in the background.  The hostess and wait staff were in 1800's period attire.  Nice glass tables and stemware.  I loved the remodel.  It looked great and we loved sitting on the outside patio!  The fajitas and carne asada were great.  Even the fish and chips on the kids' menu were really good.  Also had the best churros I have ever had!!!!!    Loved our waiter Bobby.
Definetly coming back.

11/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
118. Jen W.
I used to come to this place when it was Casa de Bandini, if that's what you expect and are looking for you will be disappointed.  However, if you loved the food at Roseville and are looking for something similar in quality and taste, head on over to Old Town for some non-Mexican food.  

I really enjoyed the suckling pig and my sirloin, but I thought the butterscotch pot de creme was a little heavy.  Other desserts I tried, including the churro, were solid.  

As for the decor, it's a little off.  It's clean and new, but it's missing some charm, a little too stark and out of place.  However, there is a great large outdoor area and the bar looks like it could be a good time (also noticed they have good happy hour deals). They are also have coupons in the Downtown Magazine and I think it's definitely worth checking out for the food.  

Note: I hate Old Town parking on Friday and Saturday nights, if you're patient you will have no problems, if you are like me and tend to get filled with road rage, just park far away and walk there.

24/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
119. Zoot V.
Great place painfully restored in every detail with amazing churros and house made salsa & chips.

22/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
120. Dan W.
I have to struggle to keep my love for Casa de Bandini from influencing my opinions about the Cosmopolitan.
Perhaps, then I could forgive the antiseptic atmosphere. Putting your staff in period clothing does not make up for a stark and drab patio. A little less beige paint could have helped.
Maybe then the food could have resuscitated  my dining experience.... fail again. I had calamari and sopas and both were uninspired.
The one highlight was the drink prices at the bar during happy hour, but the bar on the patio is as devoid of flava as everything else about the restaurant. Why not incorporate that beautiful bar just inside the door?
So, moral of the story... fix the atmosphere, because that make up for the lack of great food.

12/02/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
121. M B.
This place should seriously consider changing their attitude and start treating there customers like they want them to have a good experience and less like they just want our money,,, when I went there the whole staff seemed so unhappy to be there and I can't say I blame them! I overheard one of the managers or owners scolding a bartender for trying to accommodate their customers with a discounted drink while they waited over 30 minutes for service!!!
I had the sea bass it was very dry and poorly seasoned, not to mention it took over 5o minutes to come out.  What a waste of an AMAZING historic location!  Do not waste your time or money on this place!

03/02/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
122. tessa m.
Came here for the first time on the night of the grub crawl.  They had an amazing stew.  Came back a few days later and enjoyed a delish iceburg salad and cocktails.  The complimentary fire roasted homemade salsa was fantastic and couldn't have been better.

24/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
123. Jessika P.
My man and I took my parents here for a relaxing lunch to celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary. Our server Erin was so nice and gave us great tips when we asked about the best drinks that they offered.

The men got the carna asada and loved it. The lunch menu isn't as big as the dinner menu so I ended up getting the blackened mahi fish tacos. It was okay but nothing great. I would of been better off with a salad I think.

They still get five stars for being so friendly and accommodating. We got a seat by the fire pit and they were happy to turn it on even though it was the middle of the afternoon. I would suggest this place if you aren't in a hurry and would like to eat leisurely.

15/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
124. Allen H.
Great place, love the restoration back to the c. 1870s - the Cosmopolitan looks better than ever!

The food is great, check out the early evening specials - all tasty, the staff is wonderful, friendly, etc.

I traded the owner a c.  1880s Lincoln rocker for food! My wife and I went to the Cosmo a lot last year - we enjoyed it very much, we live nearby and considered the Cosmo our home away from home there for awhile...

I also went to a SOHO (our local preservation group) fund raiser at a great Cliff May home a few months ago and the food was catered by the Cosmo - they are slowly moving to more Mexican food and less 19th century faire - either way, their  food is awesome, I would recommend lunch or dinner at the Cosmo for both tourists and locals - if you are visiting, check out their rooms and say hi to my old rocker!

03/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
125. Jenn T.
I went to the Cosmopolitan with some coworkers to celebrate a birthday. This place is in the old Casa De Bandini location in Old Town and my first impression is that this place was very charming. The servers are dressed in period outfits, which was fun. We sat out on the patio, which was big but it could have used a little more panache. The lunch menu was a nice size and had a variety of things to please many palates. I had the carnitas plate; it was very good and a large portion for lunch. Two of my dining companions had the burger, which they said was good; another dining companion had the mahi sandwich. She said that the mahi was good, but a little on the skimpy side.

The wait staff was very nice, but over all, the service here was less than stellar. We had to wait quite a while to place our drink and food orders. Later we had to inform the waiter that we were only on a lunch break and would need to head back to the office soon. After this, the service was better.

This place has a lot of potential, but with the dining competition in Old Town the Cosmopolitan really needs to step up their game!

15/02/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
126. Boozefighter C.
This is a newer place.  Bar tenders here rule.  Everybody that works here is friendly and on top of things.  Food menu is pretty legit and prices are pretty fair.  It's almost never crowded when the rest of the places in old town are, because it's newer.  Want something new? Give this a shot, I highly doubt you'll be disappointed.  Stamp of approval

-B

11/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
127. Richard H.
There were 4 of us who had a dinner reservation on Sunday 2/13 and were totally thrilled with the entire experience we had for dinner to celebrate a birthday.
Our server Paul was very helpful ordering us some of the most fantastic margaritas we have had here in SD. He was also helpful offering suggestions for dinner.
During our dinner the Executive Chef and Owner Joseph came and introduced himself and checked on our meal, which was very nice.
The outdoor seating with heaters was very nice as is the outdoor fireplace. The bar is outside too, which is awesome.
We can not wait to go back! Highly recommend it!

16/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
128. lori p.
Oh yelp, give us some half stars....see bottom of review!
The "cool kids" and assorted family members (13 of us) went for dinner on Friday to celebrate a birthday. Nice outdoor setting, interesting menu choices with some thought put into creativity.
Tried the pork confit with polenta and arugula for an appetizer. The pork is probably the same as the carnitas listed on the menu, but decent. Loved the polenta in a small saucepan! Really wanted to steal the pan but the husband shut me down.
Had the Kobe sort ribs for an entree and they were good with mashed potatoes. Boring veg consisting of 2 pieces of asparagus and 1 baby carrot. So I'm jaded about good veggies, shoot me!
My biggest issue about this place was: half of the table's food came out in random order 10 to 15 minutes before everyone else!!!!! WFT?
Also, I watched whom I assumed was the chef walk around as this was going on!!!!
I really wanted to take him aside and have a word with him. Well, I wanted to tell him to get his ass back on the line and tear into his kitchen staff. What do I know with my 30 years of experience? Good leadership can make or break a place with great food.

21/05/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
129. stephanie b.
For Mothers Day I was really excited to go here because we don't normally like to visit Old Town due to the parking and more of a tourist spot. However, it looked really nice and great outside seating. It was really disappointing though as far as service...it seemed as if there where more busser than servers and I don't really think you should constantly have to 'ask' for items or simply just water (especially when your spending the amount of money we did). They where really fast on cleaning the tables and getting people in, but the minute they did it was like they where ignored.  We heard the waiter tell the customers next to us that just had been seated that there was a wait for food and they needed to just sit back and relax. I've never heard anything like that!

Our server I think was just a tad under experienced and when they said the mother's day desert was gone, you would of thought that she would of ask if we'd like to see a desert menu or offer something else - no - she just brought our check :(

As far as the food was concern, the carnitas sopa app was really good and I'd say it was "okay" on the entrees (a little skimpy on some of the food portions for what you pay) and my pasta wasn't really good (very watery and lack flavoring).

Honestly, this place just needs some good attention to customer service training and a bit more detail to the food. Otherwise the ambiance was great and pleasant.

14/05/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
130. Sophia W.
Went here on a date with a super cute French guy (le sigh) and was blown away by the delicious food, attentive service and kitschy ambiance.  The restaurant is modeled to look like a wild west saloon, but they play Spanish music.  The outdoor patio area, which is where we sat, is very romantic.

We ordered the Olive Tribute, which included olives, tapenade, olive oil and foccacia bread, for our appetizer.  The olives were good, although we both liked the complimentary bread better than the focaccia.  For our entrees, I ordered the top sirloin with blue cheese salad, fries and a red wine reduction and my date ordered the pork cheeks which came with quinoa and a smoked apple-walnut puree.  The steak was good, but the pork cheeks were totally tender and flavorful.  Good thing my date is generous and doesn't mind me eating all of his food!

Our waiter was so sweet and kept coming back to check up on us.  We never felt rushed even though we arrived right when they were about to close.  

Such a wonderful experience!

21/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
131. Kimm D.
I say don't bother with this place. There are so many better restaurants in Old Town. The hubby and I came here with the buy one get one coupon from Metro and were really looking forward to finally checking this place out. It started out good- the hostess was really nice and friendly and that is pretty much where it ended. Our server Eduardo (at least that is what it said on our bill since he never introduced himself) greeted us by kinda yelling from 4 tables away. We got a bowl of the chipotle chicken tortilla soup to split, the angle hair pasta with mussels for me and 2 enchilada plate for Kyle. The soup was pretty good but after he gave it to us we didn't see him again for a really long time. I had to wave down another server to get refills of our drinks. So after what seemed like a ridiculously long time considering how relatively empty the restaurant was, we finally get our food and big surprise... mine was wrong. I was given the appetizer of mussels instead of my pasta dish. As soon as it was put in front of me I let the guy know that it wasn't right so Eduardo walks over and accused me of ordering the wrong thing. OK now I'm pretty pissed and I reminded him that I even pointed to it on the menu and considering the dish I ordered was called roasted angel hair pasta I thought it was a given that I wanted the pasta dish on the lunch menu not the non-pasta mussel dish on the appetizer menu. Before he even offered to have them make the right dish he tried to convince me that this one was better. What the crap! I said I would give it a try since it took so long for this to come out and we didn't have time to wait for my actual meal to come. One bite is all it took and I knew I couldn't eat this. A mouthful of oil and the grittiness of sand with a chewy mussel was not what I had in mind for lunch. I had Kyle try it to make sure I wasn't crazy and his bite was pure white wine- the cheap kind. My guess is that it had been sitting for a while and had separated. Our server was MIA again so Kyle tried to find someone else back by the kitchen area but had no luck so I actually had to go back to the hostess at the front and ask her to hunt down our server for us. I just sent it back and said I would get food elsewhere and he didn't even apologize- but he did like crazy when we asked for the bill (can you say fishing for a tip after you ruined our lunch!) He did bring out the pasta dish I had ordered along with the bill so we took it to go. Too little too late Cosmopolitan.
EDIT: I had written this whole thing and given them 2 stars but I just read the other reviews and a bunch of them mentioned complimentary chips and salsa- ummm where the heck was ours?!? Really, you have a customer sitting there without food because you blew it and you still don't give her free chips that everyone is supposed to get. FAIL

21/05/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
132. Janeen P.
This is one of my favorite places to eat in Old Town.  I try to go as often as I can.  Happy Hour is the best because they half prices on appetizers and they have good drink specials.  Their shrimp and fish tacos are really good.  The steamed mussels and clam dish is also really good.  I crave that dish all the time and I'm not a big shell fish eater besides shrimp.  The atmosphere of the restaurant is a lot of fun, especially being able to hang out in Old Town after eating and having a few drinks.

06/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
133. Shayna S.
The Cosmopolitan is a great Restaurant! There food is excellent, and the atmosphere is awesome.

I have visited the Cosmopolitan for Lunch, dinner and happy hour. Each time, they didnt dissapoint!

Their happy hour specials are very reasonable. $3 beer and wine specials, as well as inexpensive appetizers and treats.

I highly recommend the Cosmo for a good time.

18/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
134. Cameron W.
We loved this place when it was Casa de Bandini and have not been there since the change several years ago.  Usually Casa Guadalajara is our choice in Old Town, but we thought we'd give the Cosmopolitan a chance.

Loved every part of our experience!  Amazing variety of unique cocktails! Delicious food! Personable and friendly waiter (Alfie). Fun live pianist during brunch.  

We will definitely be going back for Gin Juleps and different dishes.   Can't wait for a Saturday dinner with live jazz.

14/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
135. Livia G.
Alfie our server was great! Loved the short ribs soooooo yummy. Great romantic court yard with live piano. We had a great night!

20/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
136. Su T.
I just love the old world charm of this place. The food's pretty good too. They had live music the day we went for lunch and the pianist took requests. The waiter was nice too. I'd give it 5 stars but the food was a little slow to come out.

24/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
137. Jose C.
Had to check it out, after seeing it on Ghost Adventures. Took my girlfriend for dinner. Everyone was very friendly, the ambiance was cool. Food was okay, but nothing to write home about.

22/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
138. James B.
We stayed at the hotel and had a great time!  It is tailored more towards somebody that is willing to spend the money to have a nice, relaxing time, as the prices won't likely be drawing most hotel hopping goer's anytime soon (130$-170$+)...

Set in the actual heart of old town San Diego, the rooms are redone to model the 1800's style of rooms, with modern comforts that you'd find in any higher priced room.  Over the head ventilation and heating made our night as we were very comfortable in the overly cushy bed (if you don't like cushy pillows, beware these are REALLY cushy).  There is no t.v. in the room, which at first, was a shock, but after the initial shock, we ended up on the balcony of this beautifully redone hotel and enjoyed the company of our neighbors as well as the sights and sounds of old town San Diego during Cinco de Mayo.

The bathroom is beautifully done, with a glassed shower and high, overhung shower nozzles that will make even Andre the Giant comfortable in this shower (room # 2).  One thing that could have made the shower experience better, would have been a rack in the shower to hold the great smelling toiletries that they provided for the room, other than that the shower was great and spacious.  The toilet draws it's heritage from the gravity drawn toilets of yesteryear and it went well with the bathroom, including the nice old-style porcelain sink.  Everything seemed top notch to help you feel like you were in the 1800's, but had nice contemporary modern touches as well.

Morning breakfast with the scone's was delightful.  Very tasty and homemade scone's made the morning with freshly brewed coffee to wake us up after a long night of romance... We decided to eat lunch here as well and we are surely glad that we did.

Unlike the other patron that wrote about the chips and salsa not being free, we did not mind this as it is typical when you go to a more upscale restaurant (they use premium ingredients)... It is meant to draw in the older crowd, not the crowd looking for a handout...

Anyways, the food IS the best we have had this side of the Mexican border in this area of San Diego (next to Poncho's in El Cajon of course)... and if you are looking for great food, at a decent price, this is definitely the place to be!

The posole was outstanding and they used the good meat to cook the carne asada and posole!  The salsa is a chipotle salsa and is very tasty, with a little kick to it, not hot, but again... very tasty.  Overall, this destination made our weekend and we are glad that we stayed here, even with the high cost of the room!  Ole!

08/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
139. M S.
This used to be Casa de Bandini which was one of my favorite places in San Diego. They restored it back to the original hotel it used to be but lost the amazing food they used to have and large margaritas in many flavors. Our food was ok but now it's down to a one page menu down from multiple pages of enchiladas and every other kind of Mexican food. It's not even a Mexican restaurant as the server pointed out. They do have very good Parmesan fries though.

The courtyard is completely redone and they took out the fountain and it looks more up to date but lost a lot of it's charm.

06/06/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
140. Michelle W.
We were referred here for dinner after the last stop on our Coaster Train Wine & Food Tour.  The food was good and the ambiance was nice.  We were seated outside (I'm not entirely sure if there is indoor seating) near the fire pit.  It had been raining earlier in the day but the staff was very accomodating in wiping down the table and chairs for us.  I would visit here again when I'm in the area.

01/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
141. Sue S.
We went for a late lunch.

Food and service was good, but people, fries should come with a burger, not $4.50 more.

12/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
142. Manni S.
True example of what it was like to have lived in Old Town in the early 1900's.

Seven of us had breakfast on a Sunday before the Charger game. The waiter was excellent, helpful and friendly. The food was excellent and the linguisa was a treat.

Their cocktail menu is very interesting. The chipoltle Blood Mary was indicative of early San Diego, hot and spicy. The all you can drink Mimosa (orange juice and champagne) was a enjoyed by all who imbibed..

The food was hot off the grill and portions were large, ie., three eggs.

Prices were very modest.

Though we only had breakfast, three in our party had eaten there many times and swear that every entree is excellent. They are also noted for their happy hour.

I would recommend the Cosmopolitan as a must for both tourists and locals.

They also have hotel rooms available. Old Town (the original location of San Diego) is a very central location for visiting the Gas Lamp, San Diego Bay, etc. You are conveniently located with in walking distance of the Trolley and public transportation.

17/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
143. Danielle M.
I gotta say I do miss Casa de Bandini. But I'll put that aside for a moment.

I went here for some drinks and appetizers with some friends. I had an awesome blackberry basil martini. Delicious and strong!! They have $3 wine specials during happy hour which is pretty cool. Didn't try very much of the food, just an appetizer of french fries that was on the happy hour menu. I wouldn't mind coming back to try dinner. Our waiter was friendly and funny and had a crazy handlebar mustache...lol.

Odd note: This place was extremely empty and quiet for a Friday night.

21/02/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
144. Danny P.
Went here during happy hour and the mood seems to have changed from the old way it was. Really quite and not what I expected. Decent drinks but I think I liked the old Casa De Bandini better. Not the place to really hang for just drinks. Good food and pretty awesome guac.

13/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
145. Geoffrey L.
Giddy up!

What a wonderful western find on the north end of Old Town.  This hotel beams with the ornateness of the original Victorian style hotel.  The dining parlor whisks you back 150 years.  The food seems of a better era too.

The mussels and clams go beyond just white wine and butter.  The sausage and onion saute cowboys it up.  The pork cheeks are surprisingly lean and perfectly glazed with a kind of honey.  In fact, honey seems to be a stock in everything, including the quinoa side as well as the red wine reduction glaze that comes on the top sirloin.  It nearly bordered oversweet.  But nothing that a little red wine won't rinse away and have you yearning for another bite.  

The posse here has lassoed and hogtied my interest.

30/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
146. Michelle M.
I did not eat here (though if I'd had time I probably would have).  I went through the free tour of the hotel and saloon yesterday on my last day of a business trip to San Diego.  And, I suggest anyone who has the time do the same- what fun! We had an energetic, knowledgeable, and personable tour guide dressed up in Old Western garb.  He took us through the saloon and hotel giving us a thorough feel to this hotel, which I thought looked nice from the outside but I had not expected to have such a rich history.  He was funny and sincere and gave personal accounts of the "haunted" portion of the hotel.  I was so thoroughly amused by the tales and tidbits he shared that I actually shared them later that day and am going to be checking out the hotel on "Ghost Encounters."  I'm seriously considering staying there (preferably the Isidora Haunted Room) the next time I'm out there.
Btw, I took the extremely convenient trolley from the Gaslamp District to get there- no problems with parking and only $2.50 to get there- $5 round-trip if you overstay the 2 hour time limit for transferring trolley lines like I did.  And the whole of Old Town State Park was a fun experience, so don't forget to give yourself the time to check it all out :)  Just remember to wear sunscreen and bring a personal fan and sun umbrella

24/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
147. Carolyn S.
I've admired the location and the outside appearance of this hotel & restaurant for months now. From the outside it reminds me of a quaint hotel somewhere in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Unfortunately, their food is some of the lousiest Mexican fare we've come across in Southern California. I mean it. Once the food comes to the table you could close your eyes and actually believe you were eating the "Mexican cooking" of some inbred gringo from a greasy spoon in Julian.

Their children's menu has only about 4 super greasy items on it. The only bread they stock is white bread. But the kids' menu aside...their adult lunch fare is extremely limited and poorly presented.

My bother & I both ordered their three taco plates. Both were served at about room temperature. Not remotely warm. No salsa whatsoever. Not even a side bowl of salsa on the table.

The taco plates came with rice & beans. Both of which were crusty, congealed and cold. As though someone had scrapped our portions from the bottom of a cold and crusty pot. Our refried beans were so congealed they actually stood at attention on our plates.

Worse than any of this was their "salsa". We asked for salsa for our tacos (not an unusual request in a Mexican restaurant). Our waiter finally brought over a basket of cold corn chips...so greasy they were shiny with the extra cold oil. The salsa for our tacos and these chips was nothing more than a cup of cold enchilada sauce.  We  poured this slop on our tacos and regretted it the second we bit into the now congealed tacos. I could have barfed.

The Margarita on the rocks I ordered was okay. Nothing special. Adequate if overpriced.

Our waiter was painting by the numbers.

I give this place 2 years. They don't shape up this place will be closed.

13/04/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
148. Parker S.
Happy is great!!

Had a regular dinner with two friends - all of us thought great food and service.

Had a happy hour dinner here twice - great deals and food.  Everyday 3pm- 6pm.  Must sit somewhat near the little outdoor bar. GREAT burger about $5.  Great margaritas too. Great ambiance in the courtyard.

Big tip - Use the parking lot off of Juan st near fiesta reyes.

01/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
149. Jen H.
Came on a Sunday night with my family. The margaritas lagged, but they were quite tasty when they arrived. I ordered the chipotle chicken enchiladas with the green tomatillo sauce and they were perfect. Well seasoned and very flavorful. The rice had carrots and peas and was well seasoned. The black beans were also very good. My family all enjoyed their meals, and we will definitely be back! The renovations from Casa De Bandini are beautiful and the food was even better than I remembered.

02/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
150. Don D.
My galfriend and I attended thanksgiving here for dinner- a get out of town trip. Although we did not stay here, we had an opportunity to speak with the staff, and owners about the property... all restored to it's old time 1800s glory...without tvs etc.. We will surely check out a stay here as the place has alot of character.
And you can just sense the pride they have in the place-- it's contagious.

Although it was slammed due to the holiday - we didn't have a problem with a delayed meal.. Everyone was super friendly and took pride in great service... they have an outdoor bar where we had a couple drinks and met another friendly couple to speak with ... They had an according player .. staff dressed in 1800s era garb.. just great!

Dinner was a 8/10... so reasonable... much less expensive than most turkey day meals out there... ... they had some corn soup that my girlfriend mentioned about 10 times over the course of this past weekend... apparently it was that good... I loved the the turkey, the shrimp cocktail (the sauce was great) and the desert was fantastic-  We ended up being one of the last tables there, the other couple ended up joining us by the piano they have and my girlfriend played to a very happy staff- it became a small sing along- staff, patrons, folks passing by...
Just a very memorable time- we will back for sure.

27/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
151. James F.
Went during restaurant week. Pork cheeks were pretty good (flavorful and really tender).  Even though I ordered the Pork chops and got the Pork cheeks by mistake, I was very satisfied.

Desserts were awesome.  The Smores rich was awesome.  Definitely sit outside.

31/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
152. Mike M.
Have been here numerous times for drinks, but, never for food. Every time we come here, the drinks have been unbelievably awesome! The service is always good and the drink selection is amazing. They even serve the hard to find Sazerac drink from New Orleans. Now, the one they serve is not better than the one that I make, but, no ones perfect. If you're looking for a nice rest spot during your day in Old Town San Diego, look no further and go back in time at the Cosmopolitan.

05/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
153. Steven R.
Great food and better service!

Appetizers
Salute to Olives

Entrees
The espresso braised sort ribs are delicious, but so is everything else on their menu I have had the pleasure to eat.

Desserts
Churros! The best I have ever had. If you enjoy eating the churros served at baseball games and amusement parks try these, or don't, because every other churro you eat will be but a pale imitation of these delicious, deep fried, cinnamon-sugar-sprinkled bits of heaven.

15/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
154. Brent W.
Excellent food and really good mixed drinks.  It is now my favorite place to eat in Old Town.

10/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
155. Patricia A.
When my visiting mom and sister said they wanted to get dinner in Old Town, I really had to rack my brain for options.  I remembered the Cosmopolitan from a few years back (I believe they've gone through some sort of renovation since then) and I'm glad I did.  

The restaurant has the touristy factors to make it a special visit for my family (mariachi band, staff in period garb) but overall is still a nice dining experience.   I like the private nature of the patio dining area and it's neat to be in a hotel that has some legitimate history to it.

We received excellent service from our waiter.  The menu is standard Mexican/American fare.  The prices are reasonable (my mahi burrito was $7.50).  Their prohibition style craft cocktail menu is a nice touch.  My mule was strong and served in a traditional copper mug.  This will definitely be my go-to dining choice in Old Town.

05/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
156. Anna P.
We went to dinner here last night, and were excited about the renovation and the beautiful patio for dining.  I hadn't read reviews on this place beforehand, but now that I have I agree with what someone else said - it's weird that the hostess is in period clothing but no one else is, and the metal patio furniture and big red paper lanterns do not seem to fit the period.  Nor do most items on the menu.  My wife's food was pretty tasty - chicken and churros - but nothing that she would necessarily order again.  I had the macadamia nut crusted halibut with potatoes and edamame succotash - all of which was dry and basically tasted like a singular taste bite after bite.  The waitress we had was pretty quick to drop stuff off and head on her way, but the rest of the staff was very sweet and seemed genuinely interested if we were enjoying our dinner or if we needed anything.  Overall, I doubt we will go back.  In a way, it seemed like a pretend restaurant.  It does have a lot of potential, but they have a long way to go.

08/09/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
157. J W.
We ate in the courtyard overlooking lemon trees and looking up at the spot where the first mission in California was founded and I suggest that if you are going to eat here, then eat in the courtyard as well, it has a comfortable and historic feel to it. Our waitress was California laid back but the food was delivered fast enough. The food we had, fish tacos, burgers and so on, was good, tasty and well priced.  I was told the churros had won awards so I ordered them, okay...not bad...in fact they were probably pretty good, it just isn't my kind of desert.

My one suggestion for the management is better control of the bar near the courtyard, although it was mid day when we ate there, a bunch of people were drunk at the outside bar which is right next to the courtyard. They were loud and pretty much drowned out our conversation. Finally, a man seated next to our table got up and asked them to tone it down, which they did.

07/03/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
158. Captain U.
First off.  I want to like this place.  I want to LOVE this place.  I'm a fan of vintage buildings in general and drop this one in a historical park, I'm glad to drop my cash there!  

But...this place was a huge disappointment sadly.

We gave it a whirl for lunch.  Beautiful San Diego day, wanted to stroll around the Old Town park and then enjoy a cocktail or three with some good food.  I had been wanting to try the Cosmo, especially with it's rich history, so I talked my girlfriend into going.  Boy, I should have talked myself out of it and punched myself in the face for thinking this would be great.

Was around midday on a weekend and it was not busy in the least.  Greeted promptly and shown to a table.  But I did get the sense of disarry in the air between the servers and the hostess.  Though I dug the retro 19th century garb.

Service was neither great, nor bad.  So no negative marks there, well...yet.  We did have to ask several times for some silverware on our table.  They kept forgetting to bring some to us.  My dish was forgettable (no really, I forgot!) but the main problem we had was with her chicken dish.  She cut into it and it was rubbery.  I took a bite and promptly spit it out.  Yeah, they didn't cook the chicken completely.  We show it to the server and told her about it.  TShe takes it back to the kitchen and later.  Much later. So much later we finished my dish together. She returns and says:  "Yeah, the chef agreed, it wasn't cooked."  

Long pause.  Longer pause.  Uncomfortably longest pause ever.  "Is there anything else I can get for you?  Dessert?"

Ok, so either she didn't 'get it' or their training for servers sucks or maybe she was just that bad a server, I dunno.  But if you bring us a plate of uncooked chicken.  Then don't offer a replacement.  OR even take it off the bill.  Yeah, sorry, I'm writing my experience on Yelp for all to see.

You want to check out an old building that is supposedly haunted?  Cool, go for it.  But just don't eat there.  The place looks fantastic.  But it's a great disappointment as a restaurant.  I'd really have to think hard about coming here again.  There seems to be a lot of positive reviews, so maybe things are turning around.  But for now, I'm staying away...

PS:  I started this with a two star review.  But as I wrote it, the anger bubbled up to the surface of how badly cooked that chicken was.  So yeah, it dropped to a one star.

02/02/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
159. Lisa W.
I remember eating at Casa de Bandini back in the day! There was always a wait and a hustle & bustle about the place.

Not so much at The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant. Okay, that could have something to do with the fact that we arrived smack-dab between lunch and dinner, or the large wedding ceremony and party that was about to take place in the courtyard. Then again, the restaurants down the way seemed livelier.

So here is the scoop: The food was good but not great, and the service, while friendly, was slow. There was a guy in yellow leather pants serenading us with a guitar from the front porch - I suppose that  adds points.

I didn't realize that The Cosmopolitan is a real hotel, that's cool and adds points too, I guess. But over all, I would recommend the place when the wait is too long at the other Old Town eateries.

28/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
160. Rodrigo L.
This place rocks! Went to visit Chef Nico and the food was awesome. We sat in the patio with live music in the background. The staff was great and stopped and gave us the scoop on all of the antiques and hauntings in the place. With 1000s of restaurants in San Diego I would say this is the only one that can boast about having Wyatt Earp's bar!

29/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
161. siang h.
I didn't get a chance to eat here, but I did stay here. My husband and I watched an episode of Ghost Adventurers where they visited the hotel. So we immediately got on the internet and booked a night on a weekday. It was a great experience. From the welcome we received, to the nice clean freshly washed sheets, I really felt at home. Ok, I have to go on again about the bedding and sheets. I am one of those people who can't sleep knowing the sheets are not as clean as could be, and the bed cover is yucky and unwashed. At this place, everything is freshly washed, you don't get the feeling that you are sleeping in someone else's bed.

Lots of towels, and a robe for the ladies. The bathroom is also very very clean. The place also has Wi-Fi, but you won't want to work when you get here. This place is definitely for relaxing. No tv, no desk. It dares you to do work. I recommend bringing a book.

When I woke up the next morning, I got a knock at my door, and there was a linen covered bistro table set up with orange juice, a pot of fresh coffee, and freshly made scones. I am now spoiled when it comes to scones. Remember all the hard dry things you thought were good? Now that I have eaten these, I won't be able to enjoy scones from now until I stay here. These were so fresh, it was tempting not to eat my husband's. (We got 2 each).

Oh I forgot to mention, they pour generous drinks here too. This place is perfect for couples. I love staying here. No ghost encounters, oh well.

22/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
162. Julie P.
Food is lackluster, and don't eat the pickles!
*ahem*

Ok, now that I got that out of the way, I haven't written a review in a while, but the visit to the restaurant of the Cosmopolitan Hotel gave me the spark to write again!

This place is a blast for photo ops on the front steps, peeking around the windows, and listening to the guitar player.

But I don't recommend eating here. I ordered the burger from the dinner menu. It came with no sauce or condiments, just a patty with cheese. The menu said it came with red grilled onion, and what it actually came with was a slop of stewed tomato, 1 wimpy leaf of lettuce, and the most god awful pickle. Now, I like pickles, and I had to force that one bite down. It tasted like it had soaked in a sink, so very soggy.

The fries were ok, but didn't taste seasoned like the menu said. I suppose the rootbeer was good... meh. Is making a good burger really that hard?

We were sitting there for 30 minutes before the food came, so the waiter gave us chips to keep us busy. They were the typical red and green chips from a bag, with very (very) bad salsa. And I usually like salsa.
(I wish I liked the food, I really did.) I was with a party of 3, and we all walked away disapointed. :(

What topped the whole thing off was the waiter making my friend try the pickle, after I had warned her earlier it was disgusting.
She tried it in front of him to be nice as he proudly told her they brine their own pickles. It was too dark to tell, but I'm fairly certain her face turned a pale shade of green...

So go, have fun looking at the hotel, but avoid the tourist trap that is the restaurant.

2 stars for the cool ambience.

10/10/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
163. Chris L.
Great menu & excellent service!  Would definitely eat here again.  Love the location in the heart of Old Town.

04/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
164. Lesley C.
Came here last night for Restaurant Week. It wasn't my choice and I was skeptical after reading the mixed yelp reviews but I figured why not?

Décor: The outside of the restaurant/hotel is beautiful. The courtyard is defiantly a place I can see hanging out at during the summer sipping on a margarita or a signature cocktail ( I had the bourbon smash and it was yummy!). Very quaint and romantic. Unfortunately once you enter the building all that goes away. I guess the place is supposed to be a theme restaurant ( ?) because everyone was dressed in old west clothing and the walls were covered in horrible wallpaper with strange and out of place oil paintings. There was a picture of a lion and lioness in my eye line for our entire dinner. I felt the costumes was unnecessary.

Service: Julian was our waiter and he was very attentive (although he did forget the straw I asked for) & friendly. When one of the dishes we had ordered came out as the wrong dish, he quickly fixed the problem.

Food: All in all we enjoyed the bulk of dinner. We all shared guacamole, salsa, and chips and the tomatillo salsa came out warm which really enjoyed and had not had before. The guacamole was pretty basic but that didn't stop everyone from wolfing it down.

Appetizers - Shrimp cocktail was a little weak. It was advertised  tequila infused tomato with fresh horseradish and avocado relish. It was basically 3 shrimp with some cocktail sauce, fresh horseradish, and sliced cherry tomatoes. I had the Bay Scallop Martini which was huge ( I took half home) and decent, but nothing special and not super flavorful as being described as chili-lime. Our friend enjoyed her charred romaine wedge and I got to taste the carnitas sopes which were filling and served as three on some sort of grain substance underneath. I still am not sure what it was. Cornmeal? Polenta? Couldn't tell.

Entrées: I had the roasted capellini with shrimp, mussels, and clams. I don't know how it was roasted but besides that it was delicious! Tons of seafood and sausage and just the right amount of broth and pasta. I ate the whole thing and didn't even give my boyfriend a taste! My friend's pork T-bone looked great and my boyfriend said his top sirloin tasted like a filet, it was that tender. The other members of our party each ordered a Mexican dish and were all pretty satisfied. carnitas, enchiladas, and chili rellenos all were a good size and tender and flavorful.  All in all everyone really enjoyed their entrees.

Dessert - This is where things fell flat. I had the "Award Winning" churros which made me really wonder who gave them an award for what I was served? The churros were super crunch and crumbly and not warm and soft in the middle. Honestly I like the ones served at the amusement parks better. The Pot de Crème Trio included 3 flavors. Raspberry (which tasted like whipped laffy taffy), vanilla (which tasted like whipped cream), and chocolate (which tasted like restaurant fudge that comes out of a Costco sized can). The campfire smores tasted burnt, the lemon meringue martini had no meringue, and while the cherry bread pudding was bigger than all of our deserts combined, the cherry wasn't very evident and it wans't warm throughout (maybe because it was so immense).
Every one of us left half of our desert on our plate.

Honestly the entire experience was very hit or miss. Some portions were huge while others were tiny. Some things were delicious while others were weak . Our dinner took 2 1/2 hours and it wasn't because we were dawdling.  

Not sure if we'll be back for dinner but come summer we may just swing by for a cocktail on the patio.

17/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
165. Vivian P.
I highly suggest the Ahi tuna two ways. It was delicious. The host was awesome but our server was a little slow.  Overall pretty good.

24/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
166. Andrew S.
I feel like Homer Simpson, food critic, sometimes, because how bad would a dish have to be to not eat all of it and love it?  Well, I think I know now...  But, as I do, please don't trust a bad review or even a great review, because people, places, whatever have bad days.  And, on the other extreme, a super-great review could've been written by Homer Simpson.

So, I got a Groupon for a 'ghost tour' in Old Town.  Sounded kind of cool and I like history, so I went.  The tour was supposed to meet at the Cosmopolitan around 9pm, though, they changed the meeting place and didn't tell me, but I luckily saw someone carrying same Groupon and followed them...  But, when we were originally meeting at the Cosmopolitan, I thought we could also eat there.  The plan seemed flawless even though the service was stressfully slow to begin with.

I would always forgive slow service, especially during a busy time, but it wasn't busy.  I have no idea why it was 10+ minutes between waiter visits.  The main concern for me here, though, was the food.  We got steamed clams/mussels and fajitas as well as the calamari appetizer.  The calamari was okay.  although there were bits that looked more like bait than anything and there was not enough cocktail sauce and nobody to ask for more.  Both entrees seemed to have been sitting out for a long time after cooking as the fajitas were not steaming and the refried beans already crusted over.  The clams/mussels were just that, only, no pasta or anything.  They were good, but pretty basic and $ .01 worth of pasta would've made a huge difference.

So anyway, I would have to give a 2 star review in the hopes that it would be better for you.  The atmosphere was worth 1 star, I guess, in that it was quiet and friendly.  Service was slow and the food suffered because of that.  I give it a solid 'meh minus'.

10/09/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
167. Bridgette R.
My boyfriend and myself stayed last night, in the beautiful turn of the century-styled Cosmopolitan Hotel. All furniture dates to circa turn of the century. We were told, that the bar was shipped from one of our mid-western states, and is also from this time. Even the wallpaper (,we know downstairs atleast,) was specially ordered.
Our room consisted of an 1800s bed, vanity, and side-table. A crystal-chandelier hung above us, and a gentle- glowing Victorian light fixture sat beside the bed on the side-table as well as the vanity.
Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to eat at the Restaurant, but our breakfast was more than delightful. We awakened to authentic scones and "real" jam, set for us on the patio.

It was great to be a part of history and everything was so clean. It was also surprisingly refreshing to get away from technology.

21/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
168. Christianna W.
Especially for dog lovers and food lovers alike, this place is excellent.  They allow dogs on the patio and bring you a bowl of water and treats for your beloved pet.

Went her for lunch with my 95 year old grandmother , mother and dog Yogi.  Wow! Yummm....!!! This was my second time here (first time with Yogi as well).  The resident singing mariachi spent some time with us because he loves dogs, and he told us they have a new chef from NY. Andre??? Anyway, OMG, this guy is good.  The BEST wedge salad and bread with spreads I have ever had.  

Catherine, the owner is a love.  We know her family very well and she came to our table to make sure we were happy.  Very classy woman who runs a classy, fun, delicious establishment.  

I hear the entertainment is very good too.  I have only been here for lunch and early dinner, so haven't heard the bands.

If you have to go to Old Town (I don't like touristy places) go to this restaurant! You will be happy you did.

02/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
169. Michael N.
You know, it's sort of a funny story.  We were in town for a conference and while we had stayed in Gaslamp many times, we were unfamiliar with all of the neighborhoods in San Diego and booked this hotel thinking it was just like any other hotel and Old Town was just any other neighborhood.  Instead, we find ourselves in a tourist trap, which would potentially be annoying however...

- Hazel was very, very friendly and took good care of us during our four day stay
- The scones were really delicious!  When I first picked one up, I was expecting a dry stone, but instead I found myself listening for their arrival every morning!
- The Internet got slow at times, but I was able to get all my work done

There are some negatives though.  They do tours and the tours will walk right past your room so if you're in the room, you feel like you're trapped until they clear out.  Also, that restaurant (while providing very friendly service) served us what was easily the worst meal that we had during our trip.  

- The scottish salmon omelette contained scallions, creme fraiche, and brie.  I don't think it needed the brie and I swear that it contained mayonnaise instead of creme fraiche.  I also considered it overcooked.

- The fish and chips had a very thick batter that hid all evidence of fish

But you know...the place did a good job of sweeping you away from San Diego while being literally only minutes away from downtown.  It was nice to escape the crowds and buzz of Gaslamp and go back to a place that felt a lot like Catalina Island.  Tourist traps with their mediocre food and overpriced goods are not really my thing, but in this one case it was a welcome diversion.

27/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
170. Ericka N.
SO GOOD!! We went for brunch this morning and it was better than expected! Apparently, they were rolling out a new menu today and it was delicious. Chef Nico even came out to ask if we were enjoying our meal. It was a classy touch. We started with Bloody Marys, which were perfect and only $6. My husband ordered the hash skillet (2 eggs on top of carnitas and potatoes) and I ate most of it! The carnitas were so moist, so much flavor. Our friends ordered the breakfast burrito and the huevos rancheros. I tasted those as well and they were great! I ordered the smoke salmon eggs benedict and I loved it...hated sharing! Sometimes the biscuit can get soggy with eggs benedict but these kept a nice crunch until the last bite. We were there for almost 3 hours! Our server Ashley was funny and attentive, the bartender made great drinks, and the atmosphere in the outside dinning patio was great. It was a wonderful experience. Really, having the Chef come out and take time to talk to us about our experience and food was a great touch. We are definitely coming back to eat at the Cosmopolitan

27/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
171. Chris K.
Love Old Town.  There is pleanty of good food and is a good "home base" for a San Diego stay.

We actually statyed in Gas Lamp to see a show on Saturday night and ventured out to look for a good bite to eat and decided during a stop in Old Town to check out the Cosmo.  I could not have been more pleasently surprised with the experience.

On a whim we walked in and considering we were on the downside of our tight travel budget I cringed when I heard my wife ask for the Brunch Menu, however the prices were great.

Atmosphere:  Very quaint and relaxing.  Nice breeze through the dining room with a piano player.  Everyone was dressed for the original time period of the hotel, however, it did not interfer with your dining experience at all like some tourist traps often do.

Food:  I had the "Orange / Vanilla French Toast with Rasberry Sauce" and it was very good.  My wife on the other hand shared with me her "Salmon Eggs Benidict withh Arugala and Potatos" which was outstanding.  The best Eggs Benidict I have every had, ever.  There is a vegitible garden in the courtyard and from the taste of the food they must get all their viggies and herbs right there.

That said, if you are looking to lose the overcrowded resturaunt and overpriced chains and if you are looking for an outstanding Brunch you have to put this on your list.  Did I mention the price you could not beat?

Oh, the meal came out very fast as well.

30/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
172. Sandra C.
Food and service were average and I would not return.

The setup of the restaurant is not well done.   While one of the entrances has an arrow to see hostess, she was not there for over 5 minutes. Then we had to walk through a second door by the bar to enter into the courtyard for the dining area to find her.    (It's better business practice to have a hostess at all times to greet people while another person actually seats you).

The two fried fish tacos ($10.95) were decently sized, and came with flour (not corn) tortillas with a grilled corn of the corn.  But the two pieces of carne asada ($13.95) was very mediocre (acocmpanied by 3 tortillas and nopales--grilled cactus--slighlty bitter).  

It has a nice outside courtyard but that's about it.

25/09/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
173. David U.
Valentine's Day was the second time we'd been here and we didn't come back because we had no other choice.  The first time we came I had the pork cheeks and my date had some kind of seafood.  I don't remember exactly what she had but I remember she loved it.  The pork cheeks were fabulous also.

This time we brought some friends to celebrate Valentine's with and since no one wanted to be a designated driver we said "what the hell" and arranged to spend the night at the "Cosmo".  While waiting for our meal their strolling troubadour, Carlos, serenaded my love with "our song", Besame Mucho.  When I asked him where I could get some red leather pants, such as he wore, he told me, but for some reason it made me the brunt of occasional ribbing, for the rest of the stay.  Our waiter Alfie was attentive, efficient, respectful without being toady nor over the top.  He was just right.  The owner, Tom, stopped by to make sure we were being well taken care of.  We were.

This time at the Cosmo, I had the flat iron steak with various veggies.  It was mouth wateringly good.  My girlfriend had the mixed grille special with New York steak, prawns and duck which she enjoyed immensely.  My buddy had the short ribs which he said was delicious.  I think his wife had something Italian with shrimp.  Everyone was very happy with every aspect of the meal ... except me.  The only shortcoming was that I was craving the lemon bars that I'd had there, on the previous visit, but a menu change had pulled them from the menu.  While disappointed I realize that restaurants cycle through different things to offer patrons a varied and interesting experience.  I would not count this as a negative since all of the remaining desserts are great.  I just wish they'd make the lemon bars a regular item.  I'd go there just for those.  Try them when they bring them back.

After we ate we walked around Old Town a bit to walk off 0.1% of the exquisite calories we'd each ingested.  It was a relaxed easy way to wind down, visit some shops, have a few drinks, tell tall tales and generally unwind.

Then with no one needing exemplary driving skills we went back to the Cosmo to retire for the evening.  Our friends went to #9 and we to #8.  Both rooms had been carefully restored to match the expected decor of an bygone era.  Unfortunately, the rooms were not perfect restorations being constrained by modern building codes and the obligatory sprinklers, smoke detectors, temperature controls and the like.  The beds were comfy and the rooms charming.  In keeping with the theme there are no phones nor television.  I loved that.  I hate television and haven't wasted my life on that crap for years.  In room #8 we had a modern glass shower enclosure whereas in #9 they had a cool "claw footed" tub.  Our friends, artists and designers, thought the only thing that would make the experience better was one of those stamped tin ceilings.  The absence of that didn't bother me one bit.

Breakfast arrived on the balcony at 7am which was perfect as we all had to go off to work.  The coffee was hot and good.  The O.J. was pulpy, cold and good.  Just the way I like it.  The scones were hot out of the oven and fabulous.  Lori treated us with kid gloves and we loved it.  We were a little surprised to see the same lady we had seen late the previous night.  She told us that when the hotel is busy (as it often is) but there is a room empty, she'll sometimes stay the night to avoid the late commute home and 5 am commute back from Imperial Beach.  The night before Lori had also helped orchestrate some table surprises especially for Valentines Day.  She was a gem.

We took as long as we could sitting on the balcony and pondering how the view had changed in the last hundred years or so and then, reluctantly, wound the clock back to modern day, to once again, attempt to become responsible grownups.  We went to work.  The magic was gone but the memory lingered.

17/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
174. Sasha R.
The restoration of this building is truly incredible!

I was there for a mixer and I had amazing cocktails including (but not limited to) a berry basil martini and two.. yes two.. bourbon smashers. Insanely good! We tried samplings of the menu and everything was great. And as an added bonus, the owner of the Tin Fish chain owns this place so the fish taco's are on the menu! Score!

The new Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Hotel is worth checking out, and stay for a bourbon smasher.. or two!

05/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
175. Nicole F.
The charred romaine salad is lighly grilled first and that smoky flavor really works with this authentic caesar dressing.  

Mussels & clams were delicious in a broth so tasty you wanted to drink it like a slurpee.  The orange and chili carnitas were also pretty good.  They sometimes have coupons in the community magazine and I really like the decor since they remodeled.  A good place to bring your out of town guests when visiting old town.

05/11/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
176. L. C.
Wish I had yelp before I ate here. Not kid friendly at all. The food was horrible the prices were horrendous. $5 for hot cocoa? The staff was very nice and attentive but that's about the only good thing.

03/04/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
177. X J.
Alfie is gone. On a taco Tuesday night, we ordered churros and they were out?!! No!! I went back a few days ago, and churros were back but not as good as I remember. Prices have gone up, quality down ;-(

28/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
178. John N.
Even though I have not stayed the night there, let's just say that both the food and the drinks are top notch at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant.

My gf and I often visit there for two reasons.  Either to enjoy the amazing and unique food there at a reasonable price, or to visit an awesome bartender that serves one of the best Manhattan drinks.  Ryan.

This guy you will find with the handlebar moustache.  He possesses a very friendly personality and has a great knowledge of the drinks.

Overall, this place is definitely worth the stop if you're ever walking around Old Town San Diego.

31/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
179. Heather W.
How did I not know about the Cosmopolitan before?!? There is nothing about this charming gem I didn't love! Can you just see me gushing?

I attended a luncheon here yesterday and truth be told, I didn't want to leave! I know I'm a local, but  I may just have to book a room here for the weekend to "get away" from my condo just three miles away...

I'll start with the venue itself. There is an upstairs and a "bottom" as they call it. It is decorated for the period in which they added the hotel area - 1870. They actually researched to find wallpaper that was authentic to that era. I believe the bottom was built in 1820. The staff and servers are all dressed in their 1870's western wear (with European influence, of course!) dresses with curirasse waists, suits and top hats.

We were all seated and then proceeded to eat some mighty delicious food. Chef Joseph came out to our table and gave us an explanation of everything he was preparing. To start, I had the pumpkin soup with the salad. People actually exclaimed it was the best salad they had ever eaten in their lives. No exaggeration there, folks! The balsamic they make is delish!

Next was enough to feed an army! Chicken breasts, macadamia nut encrusted ahi that melted in the mouth, salmon with just a touch of herbs, delicious Mexican/Western rice and this medley of white beans and veggies that I wish I remember what it was called, but I couldn't get enough! I'll be dreaming about swimming in a batch of that veggie deliciousness for a long time to come!

Dessert was pumpkin cheesecake and churros with a Mexican Chocolate Dipping sauce. The churros were amazing-freshly made. Some of the best I've had. The Mexican Chocolate sauce had just the right combination of orange and pepper.

I could not begin to disagree more with Peter down there. There is NO pretension here. At all.

After lunch a couple of us went to the outdoor area which is just too cute! The drink list is so interesting and there is truly something for everyone. Such a departure from the same ol' same ol' around town.

We had the treat of touring some of the rooms too. One had a copper tub and another had a wood tub. Too cool for school! All of the wallpapers were different and the beds were custom crafted during the 1800's.

Then we went into room 11, one of the only interior rooms and it felt "off". We learned that's the haunted room! Adelaide didn't make an appearance, but it sure felt eerie.

I have a guest room, but I liked this place so much I may just put the 'rents here when they come in from Florida.

Such an enjoyable experience. Looking forward to going back!

11/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
180. Sean B.
I never thought myself the Old Town type. It's a bit touristy for me, a bit 'false', a bit contrived. But when a good friend recommended the Cosmopolitan for brunch on a sunny Sunday afternoon I figured I would humbly acquiesce to the suggestion, as I'm typically the overbearing foodie who recommends/insists on going to a certain place at a certain time, and frankly, it was refreshing to have someone take charge and pick for once. I figured that even if it wasn't the best brunch ever, it would be a change of scenery and something for me to complain about on Yelp (kidding... sort of).

I had to admit, from the outside, the Cosmopolitan was impressive. It was spotless and reconditioned to the point that it looked like i was there on opening day. Sure, the old-style outfits were a bit garish (the bartender even had a handlebar moustachio'ed effect) but it's all in fun. We were seated in a beautiful courtyard in the center of the hotel, and again, everything was spotless, sharp, and clean. I felt like someone could have performed surgery on our white linens with our silverwear. That spotless.

Went with the server's recommendations; fish tacos. They were amongst the best I've had, and I do indeed loves me some fish tacos. Served with a grilled ear of corn, it was rustic, gourmet, unpretentious, and delicious at the same time. Impressed.

Ended with the churros which were also highly recommended, and they were the lightest and tastiest I've had.

Bottom line: Went in with low expectations, yet would return in a heartbeat upon my next trip to San Diego, it went from a grimace and an acquiesce to brunch in Old Town to the discovery of one of my new favorite places. As long as my mother doesn't buy turquoise jewelry on her way in...

16/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
181. Barbara S.
How would you like to wake-up in the 1800s? A night at the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park provides that opportunity. The original late1820s pueblo and second-story hotel have been brought back to historic life. The second story was added when the property became a stagecoach stop in the late 1860s. Old time hospitality is what you'll find. The staff is there to serve.

The ten rooms have been painstakingly restored with period furniture and Bradbury & Bradbury wallpapers. Comfy beds and charming amenities. Homemade scones, OJ, and coffee served to your door each morning or in the historic dining room.

Wake-up overlooking the Plaza de las Armas and explore historic buildings in the park. An old wagon was, without a doubt, the most popular spot for photo-ops.  The hotel restaurant is wonderful and includes a lovely courtyard...and they serve some interesting cocktails whose origins also date back to the 1800s -- sample the Bourbon Smash! The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.

Plus, no surprise, there appears to be some paranormal activity in rooms 11 and 4-5. They believe it's Ysidora Bandini, daughter of Juan Bandini the original owner.

San Diego State Historic Park is an easy touchdown from the airport. Less than five miles away, it's an quick trip back in time from the airport by taxi or rental car. Great shopping, entertainment and dining are a short walk inside or out of the park boundaries. Not to mention museums that showcase the history of San Diego dating back to the early 1800s.

This is not the Casa Bandini of old. While the menu includes some Mexican favorite, it is so much more. And if you're looking for that very special wedding venue....check-out the Cosmopolitan! Oh, yes, you can see SeaWorld  fireworks from the balcony. Bonus!!

This 4-star review was provided by the California Travel Insider.

02/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
182. Heather P.
Beyond perfect for happy hour!  Beautiful courtyard, super attentive service, and great deals.  Yummy fish tacos and amazing margaritas.  My book club (don't laugh!) meets here a few times a year. It's always great.  I always bring out-of-town guests to The Cosmo too.  Love it.

14/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
183. Jim S.
My wife and I had lunch at the restaurant and were pleasantly surprised.  The service was excellent and the food was great.  The plate presentation was as good as any top rated restaurant anywhere.  One of the better experiences for lunch in a while without spending a ton.

09/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
184. Maribel F.
EXCELLENT!!!!  :-)

We came to this recently opened restaurant on the last day of Restaurant Week.  We had such an amazing dinner!  We ordered both from the RW menu & from their regular menu.  This is what we had...

First Course:
*Steamed Mediterranean Mussels & Venus Clams in a roasted roma tomato based sauce, salsa verde, preserved lemon & silva linguica (portuguese sausage)- Very good.  Fresh, plump mussels & clams.  Nice portion size & heavier than expected.
*Red & Yellow Watermelon Salad with herbed goat cheese, arugula, olive & vincotta- Really good & refreshing!
*Albacore tapenade with avocado & some home made chips - Fresh & delicious!

Second Course:
*Coriander-Apple Cider Glazed Eden Farms Pork Cheek
with lecano kale, quinoa & smoked apple-walnut puree- This dish was heavenly!  Too good...in fact I kept saying this is sooooooo good after every bite!  The pork was incredibly tender & the dish as a whole had these complexities of flavors.  I will definitely be coming back for this!
*Citrus Marinated Swordfish over olive oil crushed purple potato & roasted bell pepper relish- Delicious!  This is the most perfectly cooked piece of swordfish that I've ever had.  It was moist & the citrus flavor really came through.  My friend also ordered the swordfish and he loved it so much that he jokingly told our waiter after we finished eating dinner that he could eat another plate.  So the waiter actually brought him a complimentary second serving of the swordfish entree!

Third Course:
*Apple Galette with sea salt caramel, rosemary, pomegranate & crème fraiche gelato- Very good with an interesting (in a good way) combination of flavors.
*Bourbon-Pecan Pot du Crème with pecan shortbread & citrus chantilly-Delicious!  
*House Made Churros with a chocolate dipping sauce.  These were freshly made & warm.  So good!  The best churros I've ever had!

I had the wine pairing (additional $15) with my dinner which included a sauvingnon blanc, pinot noir, & a riesling (in that order).  I was very happy with the choices except that I would have preferred a lighter wine with my swordfish, so a pinot grigio instead of the pinot noir.  The BF went with the cocktail pairing ($20) with his dinner which included a Bourbon Smash (made with different fresh fruit every time, honey, ginger juice, champagne float), Violet Fizz (Gin, St. Germain Creme D'yvette, lemon juice, sugar), & Rum Ramos (Barcardi, egg white, creme, pressed lemon, soda water, orange flower water).  All very good & interesting drinks!

This restaurant is located in Old Town where the Casa de Bandini used to be.  I haven't been to Old Town in ages but now I'm happy that I have an excuse to go!  They did a great job restoring the place.  I love the central courtyard where we chose to sit!  With the fire pit nearby, it felt like you were in a friend's backyard.  They also have a small bar/"saloon" in the back corner with an awesome bartender who knows how to make great drinks!

Service is excellent (as I mentioned earlier, they brought my friend a complimentary second helping of the swordfish!).  The owner happened to be there that night also.  He came by & chatted with us a little bit...nice guy!

They do have a daily Happy Hour 3-6pm and a $29.95 price fixe menu daily!

Their outside patio is also puppy friendly!

One of my new favorite places!

03/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
185. Brian K.
Good food at reasonable prices that federal employees can afford even with the proposed pay freeze. Good food in Old Town? I know, shocking.

The food didn't blow me out of the water but it's not supposed to; it's more "quaint dinner" than "Hodad's flavor bomb".

I saw their happy hour menu online: There is nothing happy about the food prices during happy hour; only drinks are discounted. So we chose to have dinner.

There is a free dirt lot by the hotel; park there.

The grilled salad was delicious and I really liked the dressing. This is big enough to be a meal for most people.

The suckling pig was served a la pulled pork. It's not your run-of-the-mill pulled pork dish that is overly salty and as a result, many of you may not like it. It came with polenta and a small salad.

The complimentary bread was, how do I put this eloquently, erratic but very edible (I saw mixed reviews on Yelp). Our bread was warm and fresh.

The service was sincere and there was plenty of it (albeit a quiet restaurant and bar area). The "this is just a gig, you're just a stupid complaining patron but you better tip at least 15%" attitude wasn't  there.

The draft beer selection is weak; I settled with a Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale (boring).

My only complaint is that the food came out too fast and all at once but we easily overlooked it. If you know me, my philosophy when eating out is to enjoy company rather than merely jump into eating or going to a restaurant just to eat.

Am I planning to come back? You bet (but not during the busy tourist season).

01/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
186. Gretchen E.
I can only review the restaurant as I've not stayed at the hotel. Met some friends for drinks and loved the atmosphere. They have a beautiful outdoor seating area. This is a great place to unwind after the work day. The staff here is great - very friendly, good service. Of the appetizers we tried, my favorite was the 3 cheese quesadilla with shrimp. I would definitely recommend this place!

06/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
187. Stan P.
Best damn Blood Mary I have ever had.

On the plus side, the food is good, the setting out side is pleasent day and night.

29/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
188. Tricia J.
Just had lunch here but it was great. My husband had the pulled pork sandwich he loved it. I had fish tacos they were very good. Kids were FREE with  a paid adult so that was awesome and a nice surprise for old Town. I would for sure say try this place.. the outdoor seating area on their patio is beautiful.Linen napkinks, beautiful tables and the service was great! Just a nice dining experience.

10/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
189. Emily R.
We decided to try this place out, well I did atleast,  and dragged the Better Half along. Service was OK. Wasnt busy at all, and our waitress was at times, never to be found. Ceasar Salad was good... Drinks were tasty! and Dinner was average. With that being said, I did like the location and ambience. Maybe just go back for Drinks and the Churros, which were Good!

28/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
190. Michelle J.
Went to dinner here last night with a group for a girls night out & had a great time! The outdoor patio was a great atmosphere with the built in fire pit & plants growing around us. There is also indoor eating & a bar area.

We had lettuce wraps, a cheese platter & the calimari for appetizers & everything was delicious. All 6 of us loved our entrees! We ordered the ribs, marinated skirt steak, & 1/2lb hamburger. We shared a couple orders of fried ice cream for dessert & it was so good.

The service was also great! Our server (can't remember her name) was very friendly & attentive. The manager came by to greet us & make sure everything was going well.

We had a great time & will definitely be back!

02/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
191. Peter W.
Disappointing. Ordered their eggplant special, one of he most expensive items. Portion was very small, just two halves of a baby eggplant with a small side of potatoes, mushrooms and squash. Eggplant was very tough and we had to send it back. Not much on flavors. We left hungry. On the plus side, the staff was very caring. The manager very apologetic. Lots better choices in Old Town.

02/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
192. Mark S.
Easter Lunch, made reservations through Open Table with high ratings, what a joke! We sat at our table for 30 minutes and got no service, waiters and manager walked by and completely ignored us. Finally we asked the hostes for some service. The table next to us got the same service. Food was okay but service sucked!

Like my dad use to say to us kids "take a good look at this place" we arent coming back!

08/04/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
193. Cathy E.
My daughter had her vintage wedding ceremony here at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.It was so beautiful staff excellent and the manager is so patient. Our wedding ceremony was later than planned but in the end turned out great.The food was good and the ambiance was nice.I definitely suggest this restaurant/hotel for a vintage wedding I also live in Old Town for 8 years I know what its about. Its a great place.

15/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
194. Emanuel H.
After being probably seated, we did not see a waiter for over 10 minutes. no one ever came to take our drink order nor our food order. Even after getting up to leave we couldn't find a manager to tell them how horrible service was. I do not recommend this restaurant.

29/12/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
195. JC D.
My wife and I attended the Jazz at the Cosmo last Saturday. What a wonderful treat!
Chef Andrew Sasloe prepared a sumptuous meal. My wife's Braised Short Rib was superb ( I always have to check it out) , my Capellini and Shellfish was absolutely delectable as were the salads and focaccia breads. The wait staff and hosts were prompt and courteous.
   Now for the music.....Bruce has been a San Diego staple for quite a while. He and Full House put out a stellar performance with Michela Della Pozza  on vocals.
    And OH !!! the Belgium Chocolate Cake!

12/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
196. Penny L.
I went to the Cosmopolitan to see if they could make a good Cosmopolitan.  I was depressed.  I went to the outdoor bar around 5 (Happy Hour, I think?) and there was no one there.  I had to wait a while before the bartender showed up.  The drink was terrible, and it was way too expensive.  It was listed on the menu as a $10 special and they actually charged $0.75 tax!!!!  How ridiculous!!!  I have never had this happen at a normal bar...I don't even know if places like Chili's do this sort of thing!!!  While I was there, a couple came in, sat down for a while, and also complained about the lack of a server. When the bartender reappeared, I asked him what time it would be busier.  He said it wouldn't be.  Not until summer when the tourists get here.  Pretty sad, huh?  I used to come here when it was Casa de Bandini.  I have to say...they ruined it.  My favorite feature was the fountain in the courtyard.  It was so beautiful and peaceful.  Now the courtyard is built up...maybe pretty to some, but now it feels claustrophobic.

The bartender offered chips and salsa, but I didn't want to wait another hour.  And I didn't order any food because I didn't want to call my bank and take out a loan.

Do yourself a favor - pass this place up and go to someplace good and reasonably priced like Guadalajara's or OTMC.  The Cosmopolitan was such a disappointment.  Old Town, you made a mistake with this place.

17/04/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
197. Erica C.
My boyfriend and i love old town SD, and when he FINALLY turned 21, we knew exactly where we were going to celebrate!

From the outside you have a beautiful (newly renovated) building with a wrap around porch, we were greeted by a man playing guitar, super excited, we told the host "BAR PLEASE!" My boyfriend and I sat at the bar and over looked the happy hour menu, he decided on a beer and i got the fish taco/margarita combo. While waiting for my taco, we shared some laughs with a couple next to us and also conversed with the best bartenders EVER...Ryan and Dustin!! We had hands down THE best customer service EVER..yes EVER!!

We ate fish tacos, drank, talked, drank some more and laughed into the night! We thanked them and said bye, only to come back an hour later for more!! I seriously cant stress enough what an amazing first time at the Cosmo we had, all thanks to Ryan and Dustin, kudos to you guys! Cant wait to visit again!!

28/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
198. Kristie L.
Came here last week after work with my co-worker and her friends, and I was less than impressed. The service was not great and the food was blah. We tried the calamari, burger, mussels & clams, sweet potato fries, chips & salsa, fish tacos, and shrimp tacos with our house margaritas.

FOOD & DRINKS:
1. Calamari: good, but typical

2. Burger: patty was bland, too much bloody meat juice... yuck, onions cut too thick

3. Mussels & Clams: salty

4. Sweet potato fries: mushy, and probably closer to mush than crispy fries... I personally like them crispy on the outside and soft inside, but these were soft all over and dusted with powdered sugar... not my fave. Maybe they should drizzle honey?

5. Chips & Salsa: we had to pay for these at a Mexican restaurant?! Seriously?! And they weren't even fresh! Pico de gallo/salsa was decent though... but hard to eat with stale chips

6. Fish tacos: good portion of fish, but didn't come with option for corn tortilla which would have been preferable. Also, it had cheese... I've never had a fish taco with orange cheddar cheese in it before... odd.

7. Shrimp tacos: Cheese again... don't get me wrong, I love cheese... just not in a fish/shrimp taco. Way smaller portion than the fish taco. Shrimps were tiny. If I ever entertained the idea of coming back, I would prefer the fish taco... but actually, I would rather just go to Rubio's for either a fish taco or shrimp taco for half the price.

8. House Margarita: Waiter spilled a fourth of my friends margarita on the ground... laughed and went to get another cup, but didn't refill or even offer to refill the spilled portion. It was ok, but missing something... can't figure out what.

9. Water: Mmmm.... best thing on the menu! Too bad I had to leave the table and go up to the bar to order it since I was soooooo thristy and hadn't seen a waiter in 10 minutes AND it never got refilled after I drank it all in the first 5 minutes after it came (and we were there for 2 hours... not by choice)

Overall, service was slow, the food was meh, the drinks were ok. I don't think I'll be back unless it's for a social event... and even then, I'll just have water.

This review is just for the happy hour at the restaurant/outdoor area.

26/05/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
199. John A.
In a time when guest service seems to be an outdated concept, the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant is a refreshing exception. Rarely have I encountered a more welcoming staff at every level of the guest experience. I have friends that live in Arizona and visit San Diego four times a year. Every time they are in town, I meet them for lunch or dinner at the Cosmopolitan. Each and every time, I am amazed by the consistently great service. At lunch today, our server Lori (i'm not sure if that's how she spells her name) flawlessly took care of every detail of our meal (which, by the way, was impeccably prepared and presented). Her warmth and enthusiasm were genuine and she added immeasurably to our experience. Near the end of our meal, Chef Niko came over to our table and we had a pleasant chat with him. This truly personalized our visit. I watched as Niko walked around the patio where we were seated and touched every single table. Truly amazing! Most of the hospitality establishments out there could learn a lot from watching how things are done at the Cosmopolitan. Most incredibly, in my dozen-or-so visits there, the service has been at the same high level every time. Obviously, the owners are doing something right.

30/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
200. Tim D.
Went there this past Sunday.  I had the carnitas plate.  Most of it was pretty good.  I had a little fat on the side of it that wasn't so good.  I also had one of the best bloody mary's ever!  And my wife had some very tasty chorizo eggs and, since he couldn't eat them all, I got to sample my son's chocolate chip pancakes.  Our waitress was very friendly and attentive.  All-in-all, a very good dining experience.

07/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
201. Shanna W.
The food was really, really good. Service was a bit slow (only reason it gets 4 stars) but very friendly. The waiter talked to us a good deal about how excellent the chef was and I have to agree....my breakfast was wonderful. I had Eggs Florentine and everything was cooked perfectly and seasoned well. Have to say I much prefer it to the banquet-tasting food Bandini used to serve....blech. They had bottomless mimosas (pay once, they keep 'em coming) but we didn't partake.

I think the remodel looks great....I actually prefer the patio now to how it was during the Bandini days. It's fresh and clean with just a hint of touristy. I like the kitchen garden terrace all around where you see mint, sage, oranges etc. I understand lots of people miss those jacuzzi sized margaritas but I think this place is more special now.

Will be back and hope to stay in the hotel next time....they will serve you meals on the balcony in front of your room if you like! That looked awesome.

14/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
202. Lucy M.
The food was okay. It was not spectacular. Way better places to eat in old town if you want something yummy. I really enjoyed their chips and salsa. I ordered the carne asada with nopales and it was ok. The meat was good and tender. The nopales were a joke. They came sliced and it was a tiny slab of them placed on top of the rice.

Also, the service was not tip top. We waited about 20 minutes before our waiter showed up. The busser was actually a lot more helpful and on top of it compared to the waiter. Seems like the waiter was not happy to serve us and had no interest in making our dining experience better. The tip we gave was highly given because of the busser.

I love to eat and try new places and this was a new place for me. I will probably not go back since it was not the greatest.

25/02/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
203. Roxanne S.
We will never go back!  The service was abysmal.  We (2 adults 2 kids) went to the restaurant on a Saturday at 12:45.  The restaurant was dead, that should have told us something...We were seated and waited about 10 minutes before our server greeted us, I think we were his only table.  It seemed like everyone working there was in slow motion.  That said, It is a quaint place, beautifully restored.  They were having a wedding in the large outdoor patio that looked like it would be beautiful.  

Our food came before we received our drink order, two cocktails, two juices.  When we asked the food runner about our drinks he said, "I wish I could do something about that but I can't."  That was it.  Our server got a cell phone call at our table and answered it as he walked away.  At this point I felt I should complain...so I mentioned it to the two hosts and two servers who were just standing in the lobby, they said, "That is not good", and proceeded to nothing about it.

Our server then did pick up the customer service a bit and checked on us regularly.  He comped one of our cocktails, which was nice.  The food was good.  Portions were small but tasty.  They really seemed to be just a tourist attraction, not worried about developing return customers.  Too bad.

02/06/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
204. Craig C.
Great food, really friendly staff. The churro was extremely light, flakey and flavorful!

16/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
205. T-Bone R.
The new owners of this place seem to be lacking passion and restaurant experience. The location is beautiful but there are far better places all over old town.

03/06/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
206. Andee S.
Great, beautiful location and ambience.  A little strange that the hostess is in period costume, but no one else is.  The patio if furnished strangely, and not really period.  The food was very hit and miss.  The spinach dip was terrible, but my braised short ribs were very good.  The flavors were just a little strange.  Lots of ginger in my short ribs dish, even though it wasn't mentioned in the description.  All in all, I was hoping for something special given the historic location.

30/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
207. Alex E.
I've been here a couple times.  Every time the food is tasty, and the service is quite accommodating.  There's usually a band on the patio, and a mariachi on the porch.

I absolutely LOVE the churros: perfectly crispy on the outside, perfectly gooey on the inside, and a delicious chocolate sauce to boot.  Not to be missed!

The other food doesn't stand out in my book.  It's all good, but not great.  But the churros are to die for.

07/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
208. Andy T.
A few reviews on here are for the restaurant but this review is for the hotel itself and the bar. I stayed here from Monday through Thursday last week with my girlfriend and we just loved it! From the start, the desk clerk was very polite and he walked with us to our room and explained how to use the AC and what the different keys were for which were handed to us. The rooms here have no TV and no fridge or coffee maker, which is okay because you still feel right at home here. The room was super clean and tidy. The bed was very comfortable with soft, clean sheets. The housekeeping here really does their job good. The was a table outside our door where we could enjoy our drinks on the veranda with a wonderful view of the park. The location is amazing, walking distance from the Old Town restaurants and shops.  We went to the hotel bar one night and it was also a wonderful experience. The bartender was very polite with a great attitude and made us feel comfortable. The drinks made a cheap night out while the bartender made them pretty darn stiff. Gotta try the sour smash if you come here. Overall, I very much enjoyed my stay here over any other hotel that I have ever stayed at before. I strongly recommended it to my peers and I strongly recommend it to anyone on here. I can't wait to stay here again in the future.

23/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
209. Amber G.
Went to celebrate my dad bday with the fam! Service was awesome, didn't have to ask for anything! Got the espresso braised short rib it was excellent! Chef niko came out n introduced himself n was very accommodating! Thank chef Nico for making my dads bday a great one!!!

04/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
210. hans k.
This is a pure restaurant review for outside , I have come to this site since the 70s as a local ,,,  under different owners and food selections . While the old bandini crew could fill the place any weekend  in the 80s. The new management has a quieter and less packed table arrangement .

We ordered the waiter's pick and staff were always checking our status on water / drinks .
I was ready for some Wisconsin theme park food as the menu had limited Mexican food on it . So we had ordered salmon and shrimp mushroom ravioli .  The food was 5 star all the sauces Flavors were perfect . I wished they brought a biscuit to wipe up everything . The meals run low teens to under 18 bucks .

The place was half full as we were there at 1 - 2  pm after lunch . A nice breeze and a piano guy played nursing home music or civil war hits which was fine .

The whole cosmopolitan theme just doesn't fly for me . Sure its clean and great food ,waitresses in "little house on the prairie " dresses .  It shines as quiet and relaxed  without the PA barking  " party of 6 miller , party of 6 " .

If you don't want spicy or greasy come here . I recommend it .

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Edit     .  Our second time with 4  people , I notice the food is always outstanding .
Never packed , so a relaxed feel at any table .  Limited but great Mexican food choices  .  Still the best place for a quiet meal without brass  band blowing in your ear ,

09/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
211. Sabe E.
The staff are great, the bartender is great, the ambiance is great, but my husband and I got NO sleep the whole time we were there. Full size antique bed was rad until you have to roll over. My husband and I took turns rolling over and waking the other one up for two nights straight. The beds are super creaky and loud and made sleeping difficult. There were also some super creepy noises in our room at night. We also visited the restaurant (or at least tried). The hostess sat us at a table and no one ever waited on us. The waitstaff were preoccupied with big parties, but a we will be with you shortly would have been nice. Needless to say we got up after about 20 minutes of waiting and made our way to the bar and were promptly served and asked if we wanted food, but then we were told the kitchen was closed. Completely understandable, kitchens have to close, but why did they seat us in the restaurant to start with. Hotel pretty awesome, but the restaurant needs a little work. Great experience, just quirky.

29/11/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
212. Joseph O.
Awesome restaurant, kids under 12 eat for free & is most definately NOT haunted. C'mon, son!

16/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
213. Valerie E.
The service was amazing, the manager and chef checked on us.  Try the Parmesan crusted shrimp scampi!  Only problem was hostess was missing in action when we arrived.

16/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
214. Michael N.
I'm a foodie, so don't normally think of Old Town as a dining spot.  The re-do at the historic Cosmopolitan Hotel Restaurant has changed that.  REALLY excellent.  Inventive new menu, attentive service and beautiful make-over on the heated patio for dining alfresco.  Live guitar music to add to the ambience.   Excellent sauces, fresh ingredients with creative twists.  No item over $17.  A separate Mexican menu and kids' menu as well.  Killer triple-berry cobbler for dessert.  Special "Cosmo" cocktails and a good happy hour.  Kudos to Chef Nico for a spectacular metamorphosis.  He even stopped by the table to say hello.  A new Destination Restaurant !  Go !

15/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
215. David R.
While visiting Old Town San Diego, my husband and I decided to lunch at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant.  It was a VERY wise decision!   :)   The environment was nothing short of delightful, our server Dylan was one of the friendliest, knowledgable and informative servers we have ever had, and the food was marvelous.  The fare is creative, generous, very reasonably priced and it is all served in a setting surrounded by fruit trees, grape vines and a relaxed sense of what it was like to eat al fresco in yesteryear.  My grilled peaches and strawberry salad was fresh, delicious and beautifully presented.  My husband's Wagyu Beef Pot Pie was so tasty that I forced him at fork-point to share it with me!  This is a very fine place to eat, relax and enjoy yourself!

22/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
216. William B.
Took a party of 6 there on New Year's Day 2014 because they advertised they were open with full service all day.  We had to wait 45 minutes because only 2 servers showed up for work that day.  The manager was over-whelmed and unqualified to deal with the situation, and gave me "attitude" for being impatient and disappointed. Our server was pleasant but simply couldn't pull it together.  Our food came out slowly and intermittently and getting drinks took far too long.  This is clearly a tourist trap that doesn't rely on repeat customers.  I will NOT go back and will NOT recommend this place.  My advice - AVOID completely.  There are far too many good places to eat in the area.

17/01/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
217. Miss Maggie C.
I came here for the jazz night, by Full House which was awesome, and for some wine and churros.  The churros with chocolate... they are not like the ones from Europe, which I was hoping for, but, o m g, these churros were warm and crispy with melted chocolate.  Too delicious!  There is a reason the menu says world famous churro with chocolate!

12/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
218. Jill S.
Great place! We had a nice lunch in the courtyard. Food, drinks & service was excellent!

08/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
219. Norma R.
we came for the Thanksgiving holiday buffet, and we were so impressesd by the food selection, ambiance, and great service!!! the food was delicious, and at such an affordable price!  met Chef Nicko, he was so friendly and you can see how much he enjoys what he does...making others happy thru food!! Great time...indeed a Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

27/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
220. Joey K.
Arrived for dinner around 5:30, the patio was filled, but not busy. We ordered 2 appetizers which were each amazing, the service was exceptional and we had no problems. The menu has a pretty wide variety and I even tried something new and loved it. I would more than likely go again. They accommodated for a birthday we had in our party with a free dessert and the chef Niko even came out and told us a bit of history of the business and owners and such. Overall a good experience.

20/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
221. Kari M.
What a great little place to hang out and have a drink. I love their little patio/bar area. There was a guy playing the piano who came around and asked for suggestions as to what to play.

Drinks are decently priced and they don't skimp on alcohol. Our waiter was nice and he helped us pick out fun olden day drinks. :)

I would come back for sure.

05/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
222. Taylor P.
We didn't eat dinner at the hotel because there was an event going on so the restaurant was sold out which was a little weird so we ate out then came back to the hotel to uncomfortable  and loud beds (no one in my family got sleep). Once we woke up we decided to eat breakfast in the hotel which was finally open and enjoyed a nice breakfast outside with a  WONDERFUL   waitress named Ashley (she was the best part of the whole experience). The worst part was when my mom got a call from the hotel saying "check out is at 11, which was 27 minutes ago" so my mom went inside to explain that we were eating to which the woman said "well... That should be okay" so once we thought we were okay we continued eating until management came out and said they had a wedding party in our room and we needed to check out. It was extremely rude and I know I won't be staying here again.  Unless Ashley's here.

13/04/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
223. Cristina J.
I have been coming here for years when I come to San Diego. Tonight was a sad disappointment. Not only have the prices been raised greatly but the menu has changed and not for the better. The short ribs were very good but I have always had happy hour hamburger. It was always beyond delicious. But tonight was dry and nowhere near the last one I had. Then on top of it all we did not recognize any of the staff a sad change from the people that used to greet us. After asking we were told Alfie was no longer here. Alfie always went above and beyond to make our dining experience amazing. Not only was he friendly and helpful he went out of his way to make the visit a good one everytime. On the way out we were happy to see Christopher who thank goodness was still there! He's friendly and if he had been bartending I would have stayed for drinks. So sad to see the place I love gone :(

27/08/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
224. Elizabeth C.
The spot is historical, the location is good and ambience was a 5 star status. The service was super friendly but super super slow! We ordered chips and salsa at the bar while waiting for our table (15 minutes) and we got the chips and salsa after asking several time AT our table (15 minutes later...total 30 minutes). The refills of the chips and salsa came out fast so we don't think they were making the chips or salsa per order.

They drew in our business because Kids eat Free per adult purchase and that was awesome but I almost want to say that the kids meals (grilled cheese, chicken strips, and pizza) were yummier than the dishes we ordered.

We had calamari which was yum, i'd order again. The cobb salad was yum, i'd order again. The ravioli with shrimp was a little too creamy but ok. The short ribs were ok. The carnitas were ok. The burger was not cooked the way I asked. I asked for medium and it came back well done. Wasn't sure if they used the best meat for hamburgers so I didn't ask to redo my order. The bread was a little too hard as if it was frozen then toasted? not sure.

29/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
225. Zoi F.
I loved to stay there, Hazel was so kind and gentle.  The place is just lovely.  The food and the service excellent.  I highly recommend this hotel.

07/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
226. Pam I.
We have been frequent visitors since our move to San Diego 1 1/2 years ago.  We have gone many places and are by no means bar goers but this year on New Years eve we went to the bar and met our favorite bartender Laurie.  We were 3,000 miles from home, friends and family and she adopted us into hers.  She makes a mean margarita, will make you laugh, and treat you as if you were family.  We are regulars now and the happy hour specials cant be beat.  They have the best burger in town and I am not much on meat, not to mention their salads, and salmon.   We will be back next week Laurie!!

02/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
227. Dave H.
Everything we ordered was very good.  The Chile Rellano (sp?) was crispy and very good.  The Kobe short ribs were plentiful and tender.  An unusual smore for desert was very interesting.  We will go back

08/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
228. Dale K.
we stopped in there for a drink while in Old Town and the Bartender was not very friendly and screwed up my drink the vibe was very Negative will never return, she was a older lady working the bar

22/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
229. Shannon D.
I haven't stayed here, yet, but I really want to! We stopped by shortly after the renovation and the bartenders described the hotel to us. Basically, its an "of the era" hotel. No television in the rooms, no modern electronics. Supposedly they have giant free-standing tubs in the room for you and your partner to relax in. The hotel is supposed to be a "romantic" getaway where you relax and enjoy your partners company..probably not the best place for kids.

The saloon downstairs is super cool and everyone is dressed the part. They've also got a courtyard restaurant.

It's a really cool hotel and hopefully I'll get to update this after we stay there!

15/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
230. Bob W.
Very nice surroundings and atmosphere - it feels like you really are someplace significant or historic. The building is almost 200 years old. The indoor bar was supposedly visited by Wyatt Earp. Supposedly the place is haunted by the ghost of a cat. And, room 11 of the hotel is supposed to be haunted. Every single employee we dealt with was exceptionally courteous and friendly. The piano player on weekend afternoons is terrific. Food was OK, drinks were good (and strong). Prices are not cheap, but the happy hour on weekdays is reasonable. I think they could bring up the quality of the food, to equal other restaurants that are charging the same prices, but other than that, no complaints. Long-time San Diegans will remember this building as the former Casa de Bandini.

09/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
231. Dimitri T.
Surreal bad service for four of us at an otherwise pleasant historic old town hotel/restaurant.  Maybe they were having a bad evening.   Waiter started off saying that five tables sat at same time and to be patient.    Took about 35 minutes before we were able to order drinks and dinner.   Drinks took another 15 min to show up but only after we flagged down a busboy to beg him for water and drink status.  Drinks were tasty!   Delicious Soup and some bitter tasting biscuits showed up shortly after. Waited another half hour for dinner then complained to manger and waiter.  Chef came out to apologize and offer free drinks and meal discount.  Short staffed in kitchen.  Apology accepted but still no food.   Free drinks took another 15 min to arrive but only two of four drinks came. Had to wait some more for the other two drinks to arrive.    Chef finally brought out the main course after more than an hour of waiting for dinner.   Waiter, chef, and manager did try to mitigate the unfolding disaster.   Food was okay. Staff disorganized.  Too long a wait for anything.  No amount of apologies or discounts on the bill could salvage this dismal dining experience.  Not coming back.   Sorry cosmopolitan - get your team together and train the entire staff on how to run a successful restaurant - please don't make any more customers go through what we did.

09/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
232. Jorge G.
Right to the point.... My party of four waited one hour and twenty minutes before our dinner got served on a Saturday evening. And the place was not even that crowded. It took about 30 minutes before we got our drinks. Had to chase a busboy to bring us some water. We complained to manager who apologized and send the chef to our table who apologized as well and said they were short staffed in the kitchen. We were running out of time to catch our show.  Said he was going to expedite our meal. Still took another twenty minutes before it arrived. Food was ok tasting and my rice and beans were cold. Service staff was disorganized. Not really looking around to see which customers needed help. They compensated one round of our drinks and even that came to the table in installment. Over all not a pleasant dinner experience. It's such a shame because the hotel and restaurant area look really nice specially the patio and the bar outside.

09/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
233. Terri R.
Went here for lunch and it was so good, we went back the next morning for breakfast!  Their salsa isn't spicy, but has an excellent flavor.  The service was very good both times we visited.  The huevos rancheros is delicious!  We will definitely be going back here in the future.

11/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
234. J D.
So - the food is not terrible but the service was random and slow. You know, one of those places where they asked of you wanted another drink but you had just ordered one 5 minutes ago.

Also - I asked the waiter the obnoxious "do you have gluten-free options" question (I hate asking but must) and our waiter checked to see if the corn tortillas were in fact GF (he assured me they were and I really did appreciate his effort). I ordered pollo fajitas (corn tortillas of course) and when they came out, well I guess it was dark and I assumed - which I shouldn't do - but as soon as I bit into the tortilla I realized it was flour. Ugh. So...

The drinks were really good - I had a basil berry martini. The space is lovely - less noisy than other restaurants in Old Town ad a sweet outdoor setting. I think our waiter meant well but I think at least 5 different members of the waitstaff visited us during our meal which was odd. Seems to need more coordination from mgmt -  will help witstaff and the patrons.

04/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
235. Serena W.
Food was good but the service was awful. My mojito had to be made 3 times to taste somewhat decent. Then when our server came up she had such an attitude. We told her we had a magic show in an hour and she said she would try to do her best. Never came back to the table without us having to wave her over. 45 minutes later and still no food...had to get the manager to see what was going on with our food. He doesn't come back over for another 10 minutes. With all this nothing was done and the bill was $160 for 4 people. I work in a restaurant in San Diego and this is definitely not how we work and manage our restaurant. Wouldn't recommend it

26/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
236. Sila B.
I can't review the restaurant, but I can review the bar (typical).

I walked into the saloon-style bar to someone playing some tunes an old-timey stand-up piano. I half expected to turn around and see a bartender with a white button down shirt and extreme handlebar mustache, but alas. There was none. There was however, a very nice bartender who was more than happy to whip me up a margarita. Which is almost as good. When I handed her my card to open a tab, she refused it and just informed me to pay later. Such a good feeling--I felt so trusted!

After grabbing my margarita, I retired to the "parlor" for some poker. It is a small room adjoining the bar with 4 tables set up. We had a large group of people, and were able to get this room reserved. So fun! The bartender even delivered another margarita to me when mine was empty.

Overall, the place has a great, historic feel to it--you kind of feel thrown back into the 1880s based on the friendly staff, piano music, and wood-everywhere decor. I definitely wouldn't mind going back!

21/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
237. Douglas E.
This is a review for the hotel (and restaurant, sort of).  I was so looking forward to staying at the Cosmopolitan Hotel as a unique experience with the charm of Old Town San Diego as a backdrop.  I wasn't going to let a little fact like being charged $80 more than I was quoted get in the way of a fun weekend.

Ugh!  Not fun at all.  When we arrived on Saturday, we quickly learned that the hotel had also booked a fundraiser for a theater nearby.  This caused a number of problems.  First and foremost, the (friendly) staff seemed very distracted, long wait to get checked in, confusion.  Tables for the fundraiser guests were blocking the handicap ramps to the front door making it difficult to get to.  While we were checking in, we were informed that the restaurant we've heard so much about and were looking forward to was closed due to the fundraiser.  And the Spanish guitar promised on their website?  Canceled.  The courtyard, where the fundraiser was setup, was apparently off limits as well.  We got to the room (#2) and the room was nice albeit small.  I called down to ask for more pillows, preferably 4.  My wife is pregnant and she needs additional support.  The bellman brought up 1 and apologized that that was all they had.  Seriously?  Only one pillow in the whole hotel?  Grr.... After we settled in, I went down to the saloon-style bar that I had been hearing about and saw on the way in.  But... you guessed it... that was closed as well.  The noise from the fundraiser ever present.  

Cosmo advertises itself as a Bed & Breakfast on its site.  So given everything else, the breakfast has to at least be decent, right?  Wrong.  All they offer are scones and coffee.  And instead of tables and chairs, they put us on barstools at the bar, next to a decapitated head in a jar.  Nice.  We went out to eat after our Cosmopolitan "breakfast".  

They only good thing I can say about our stay is that the ghosts left us alone.  In the future, I hope this hotel makes it clear to people making a reservation what will and will not be available on the day guests intend to stay.  Our experience wasn't good and we felt cheated.  Maybe you will have more luck.

29/04/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
238. Christina B.
We were here late on a Saturday night, they were not to busy. We had ordered three salads and one entree. Two of the three salads were ok nothing spectacular, but the Cesar salad was the worst my husband has had, it actually had anchovies on it. The waiter never said they were on the salad when we asked. When we told him how bad it was he chuckled and said most people like it, not even offering to take it back. We just asked for the check and gave him our coupon. When the check came my fault for not really reviewing it he never even applied the coupon, I tried to call after leaving but just an answering machine, that I could not even leave a message on. So I emailed the email address they give on the machine, but no one has contacted me. Very poor service and the staff is not trained well. I would NOT recommend this restaurant.

24/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
239. Kim B.
I came here on a Sunday night and there were barely any people eating there. I ordered the short ribs and was very happy with my choice. The meat was tender and juicy. The sauce on the meat was very good. I thought the portion size was perfect as well. I tried some of the pork cheek and it was just as good, if not better, as the short ribs.

The "award winning" churros were good, but I was expecting better. I think the churros we got were fried a little too long, but the chocolate dipping sauce made it less noticeable. I also tried the s'mores dessert, but was not pleased with it at all. Everything was made from scratch: graham cracker, marshmallow, etc. But I would prefer a regular campfire s'more over the one I tried here.

16/02/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
240. P S.
I was totally surprised at how good this was. The menu is eclectic to say the least but really tasty. We had the short rib hamburger, (huge!) shrimp fajitas, (good), parmesan shrimp scampi, (delicious) and fried chicken and churros. Interesting drinks too. It was a nice menu change from all the Mexican food offerings of the surrounding restaurants. The service was attentive, the setting quiet-easy to talk. I am defiantly going back again!

27/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
241. Carolyn G.
I've been here a few times and the food has always been good...but...after my recent visit last week, I love this place.  The front saloon area has taken on a Disney-esque theme.  When you walk in to the front bar area you are immersed back into the 1870s.  Every last detail is perfected from the staff's costumes, to the authentic decor, to the piano player and his song choices.  When I say Disney-esque, I'm referring to the theme park company's ability to make you forgot about the outside world when in one of their attractions.  The Cosmo feels like an Old West saloon in an authentic way (not cheesy at all).  There's even an outlet's head in a jar with a description of how so many people in the Old West claimed to have killed the same outlaw that many places kept his "head" in an attempt to collect the reward.  The head is behind a curtain and you can lift it up at your own risk!  

I brought a group of 30 to 35 people in to get drinks for happy hour last week.  The restaurant reserved the "game room" off the saloon for us.  We had a few card games going.  It was really fun and different from our usual happy hours at dive bars.  Everyone loved the historic feel of the Cosmo.  It's great for groups, especially if you want to hang out in the saloon.  The owners are very accommodating and will work with you on drinks, menus and prices.  I thought the cheese board was delicious and had a great presentation.  I also liked the chicken quesadilla and the calamari.  The Cosmo recently brought on a new chef and I am dying to go back to try the shrimp scampi with mushroom raviolis.  

Overall, the Cosmo will make you feel like you have traveled back in time to the original Old Town of the 1800s.  It's a welcomed and authentic change from the array of mediocre Mexican food places in this part of town.  I am a local; my office is in Old Town, so believe me when I say this place is worth visiting!

21/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
242. Bhagamshi K.
This restaurant is awesome, food is amazing with any of Nico's dishes and the service is awesome with Ricardo and Stephanie helping me out as well as the manager Bryan when I was there.  The evening started off great with a hostess named Angela who was made to carry the nice classy dress that is from the western style of movies and on top of just being elegant in the dress, she is a super nice person.  The restaurant was restored amazingly with much of the original and good restoration.  Definitely money well spent on bringing this gem back to San Diego.  I have never been to old town but have been to many high end restaurants in San Diego, I was amazed that the best restaurant in San Diego is in old town San Diego.  The food and experience is a bargain and it is easily worth double to 4 times what I spent for the evening there.  Amazing staff, and food, I already want to go back for the gnocchi and amazing bread.  Awesome job as always from Nico on the food.

03/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
243. Lisa B.
Fantastic! Food, atmosphere, service (Greg). The brussel sprouts and berry cobbler alone will brim us back. Coffee is very good too!

30/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
244. Jika J.
I loved this place!  I was very well greeted and had an amazing dinner.  We started with the server's recommendation, mushroom spinach and artichoke dip which was delicious and then ordered a chicken and churros and a marinated skirt steak.  My husband and I both enjoyed our meals and will definitely come back!  Our waiter, Dylan, was the sweetest and his recommendations were spot on with the way the food came :).

04/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
245. Doris S.
Must say the food has improved immensely since my first visit in May 2013. Highly recommend the Parmesan crusted shrimp scampi and the caramelized banana cheesecake! The atmosphere was very pleasant and my server Jessica was awesome. Be sure to have a Cosmo margarita too!

02/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
246. katrina r.
I love the atmosphere of this place and food is always excellent.

11/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
247. Natalya C.
Loved the atmosphere on the outside back patio, but the food was definitely a let down.

Had dinner at Cosmo on Friday night, got sited on the back patio next to the fireplace. The patio is nice and open, very green..the place had a relaxed vibe going... not too many people were dining.. probably because it was getting pretty late.

Our waiter was very informative regarding the menu, he really praised pork cheeks, but i was in the mood for some seafood. After listening to his recommendations (he suggested 2 most expensive dishes on the entire menu) we opted for Albacore entree (w/ braised sunchokes, roasted tomato) and Shrimp Fajitas plate with couple glasses of wine.

Shrimp fajitas was good.. i mean.. nothing out of the ordinary..
My Albacore was another story, on the menu the dish sounded very appealing to me but when it arrived it looked a bit different from what i thought. The albacore was seared and was "swimming" in some sort of broth (i believe it was olive tapenade). First bite was OK, not much flavor.. the broth tasted extremely sour and had very unpleasant bitter aftertaste.. pretty much spoiled the entire dish.

My verdict : Would i go back there.. probably for a glass of wine.. not for the food.

15/06/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
248. Kristin B.
Located right in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, the Cosmopolitan is full of Old Town-ness:  employees wearing period garb, some Old West décor, and an obligatory few Mexican dishes on the menu.  These characteristics could very well lead to a cheesy themed experience, but, fortunately, my boyfriend and I had a great dinner here last Friday to celebrate my birthday.  

Pretty big space with what seems to be quite a few tables.  We were seated outside where the fire pit and heat lamps did their job quite well; I had bare legs and was wearing a sweater and I didn't get chilly until the last few minutes of our meal.  A couple negative comments regarding our table set-up:  water spots on my silverware and a streaky and fingerprinted glass table top.  

Live music in the form of piano.  The pianist played traditional piano songs as well as some more mainstream music; I picked out Bon Jovi's "Dead or Alive," very cool!  When the pianist took a break our ears were treated to Sinatra, which made my Upstate New Yorker boyfriend blissfully happy.    

A big pass on the complimentary bread.  I'm usually That Person who ends up eating all the bread.  Cosmopolitan's bread though?  No, it was cold, rock hard, and cardboard-esque.

My entrée, the pork cheeks--easily one of the best restaurant dishes I've had this year.  My God.  There were 3 cheeks (a piggie and a half) on the plate alongside, among other things, a generous amount of apple-walnut tapenade.  Sizable lumps of luscious, sweet, rich, dark meat.  Mmmmm...

The main--and significant--disappointment regarding our food was that my guy's swordfish entrée plate was visually worlds smaller than my pork cheek dish, taking both the protein portions and the side portions into consideration.    

Jason, our server, was really knowledgeable regarding the dishes (as he should be, but, hey, I don't take that for granted) and quirky-cool.  He sort of reminded me of Ruxin from "The League," which is totally a compliment.  I liked that he cared to elaborate.  For example, when I raved about our chicken fajita plate and asked if there were diced yams and zucchini in it, he let us know that, yeah, Cosmopolitan likes to incorporate seasonal veggies.

Word on the street is that Cosmopolitan is on Restaurant.com .  I'll be picking up some gift certificates in the very near future.  Will be dreaming about those cheeks for hours/days/weeks/months to come...

21/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
249. Kailey S.
My bf and I are always looking for new places and we usually skim through the coupons that come in the mail to decide.  We stumbled upon this place and decided to give it a try.

When we got there it was pretty empty and thought they might be closed.  The were open, just not busy, which worried us.

The place is not that memorable.  I thought the food was just okay but there was nothing special.  It is a nice change from all the typical mexican food in old town.

02/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
250. Christy B.
We used to LOVE this place. The food is an odd choice for Old Town. Most of the food is not Mexican oriented at all. Pot pie!?!

The wait was extremely long just to get a table, even though there were plenty of open tables. The hostess was rude and snooty. She gave our table away to another group, even though we had been waiting for over the 15 minutes she stated.

Once seated, we got a wonderful waitress who was borrowed from another restaurant (their sister restaurant). She was fantastic. However, I can't say the same for anything else.

Cigar smoke kept wafting in the window throughout the whole meal. The bartenders forgot who had been served and who hadn't. They were rude to customers. There were tables requiring the busboy to clean it for 45 minutes.

The food came out very slowly. The food was bland and under seasoned. I just wish there had been more Mexican choices.

We will not be coming back. Instead, we will go visit our waitress at her restaurant Casa del Reyes.

15/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
251. Sarah V.
Take a step back in time to the 1800s, um-er, not that anyone would want to.  Women's sexual repression and horrifying clothing that they had to wear, slavery, no working sewer systems, deadly diseases, radical religious ideologies.  Yuck.  I'll stay right here in 2012, thank you.... not that we don't have that today, but, you know.  

But feel free and admire this saloon style restaurant and hotel for what it is.  From the 1800s garments that the hostess wears, to the wild west bartender-wait staff garbs.  They've done great renovations.  Haunted, I hear.  You can't renovate ghosts.  I hear they refused to dress up in modern attire, so they had to stay true to the era, or risk sacrificing their authenticity.

As for the food:
The complimentary chips and salsa were meh.  I could have done without the salsa. It was rather flavorless.  Actually, I couldn't decide between 2 dishes, and the dish I did not order came with a fig and peach chutney sauce.  I asked for a sample of that, and I used it on the tortilla chips.  I wish they jarred that stuff in mason jars and sold it individually.  I would buy it all.

Roasted sweet potato soup with curry spice.  A comfort food of sorts, if you will, eh?  Yum.  I licked the bowl.  I ordered the pork beef cheeks.  Which snowballed the discussion, from which cheeks are they from?  Front or back?  I've been known to eat some booty cheeks, but I think these once graced the faces of some cute porkers.  

If I would have had room, I would have ordered one of everything from the dessert menu.  Actually, my friend and I were talking.  You know how In N' Out has a secret menu?  I'm wondering if when 2 woman are seen in a restaurant together that a secret menu should be offered.  One of the PMS sorts?  There could be a prohibition style secret password, a wink, and the special menu is brought that offers one of everything, no questions asked.   Screw Groupon!  I came for your secret menu!!!!

12/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
252. Martha M.
We came here for my boyfriend's birthday.  We stayed in room 1 for one night.  The room and overall hotel was beautiful. I just love how well it was restored from the wallpaper to the lamps in the room.  The tub was AWESOME!  We had dinner at the restaurant in the hotel and we were very pleased with the food and service.  

We heard of this place on one of the episodes of ghost adventures.  We took the ghost tour of old Town San Diego and learned the history of this place (really worth it). The ambiance was wonderful.  We also visited Fiesta de Reyes, the food was really good.  I would recommend this place, you will not be disappointed.

We did not experience any paranormal activity in the room.  We did take a couple of pictures in the room and noticed some white lines on the mirror.  Also we took pictures at the Casa de Estudillo (next to the Cosmopolitan Hotel) and seen an orb, and also at the park towards the canon.  This trip was memorable, I will definitely visit again.

18/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
253. Scott C.
Arugula Salad with an entire pear had too much onion and $35 for two salads is a bit pricey but the wedge salad with blue cheese and apple Wood bacon is outstanding.  The cheese puffs that come with the meal are perfect with fig butter.

18/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
254. Dustin P.
The food is pretty good here. It takes a lot to g et think a 5 from me and this is just shy of that. Had it not been for the terrible service of 1 waiter it would have been a 5. Being here about a month ago, I can say that the food was just as good and the atmosphere just as pleasant with live music as it was tonight. Also we are staying at the hotel which is very nice. The reservation came with a certificate for a bottle of wine with dinner which was nice as well. When we were here a month ago for brunch a new waiter on his second day (I believe his name was something like Rorey) told us about the hotel which inspired us to stay for a vacation. While dining tonight we saw him (he was waiting the table next to us) and his interactions with the guests was stellar. It was disappointing not to have him as our waiter. You should ask for his section if he is working. He went into detail about all the dishes and was very attentive. I would recommend this as a quiet and quite romantic place to have a getaway. If you stay at the hotel, it is in old town and 10 minutes from the zoo or seaworld. You will not regret either the hotel or restaurant.

30/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
255. Nicole W.
Following extreme disappointment in what was Old Town and after heartbreak at the root beer and candy stores, I decided enough was enough.  

I went to the bar.

I saw a sign on the Cosmopolitan advertising a saloon.  Well what kind of Old Timey fun would be complete without a trip to the saloon?  So up the stairs to the saloon I went, dragging my husband along with me.  I swung open the door and had a seat.

We had a really friendly bartender who chatted us up while we were deciding what to order.  I thought about going real cowboy and ordering some straight whisky (see: Cowboy Club in Sedona), but a signature cocktail of theirs caught my eye.  Vodka, ginger beer....some other stuff.  I can't remember what was in it but I know it sounded good at the time.

And it was!  A nice refreshing drink on a warm San Diego day and the price wasn't bad.  It wasn't too strong (which I was hoping for) but not weak either (which I hate).  I would have gone for another but we were short on time.

The best part was that we caught one of the tours that go through the Cosmopolitan.  While we were finishing our drinks, we got to learn the history behind the bar in the saloon.  It was a really interesting story (involving a fire, Wyatt Earp, and 100 years in a barn) and we got to hear it for free!  

Although Old Town didn't impress me tremendously, this was definitely a fun stop along the way.

Note: we did not try the restaurant or see any other part of the hotel other than the saloon.

31/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
256. Hugo M.
Not sure what the theme is for this menu? Somewhat of a Mexican bent but not really.

Food was scant 'course I was pretty hungry. Wait time was borderline unacceptable even though we were almost the only ones in the dining area.

The chicken flautas appetizers were the best for our party of 6. Loved the remodel, but the food is lacking.

28/12/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
257. J L.
About a year ago, my wife took me here to stay on my birthday. Had a fabulous, memorable time! Service was great, staff was super-friendly & attentive. Said we'd be back for sure! :-)

Went back this week for a night.

Holy S**t, what a complete 180 degree flip!!

The staff seemed more concerned with their Cigar Club party than the staying guests. Only gave us 2 choices for breakfast...early & SUPER early. Woken up before 8 by a unecessarily loud pounding on the window...shouting one word.."BREAKFAST!!!". Wth?? A bird had helped itself to our boysenberry jam...no problem, I'll go down & get another.

Nobody in the entire place...even the kitchen. Maybe a GHOST had brought our breakfast.

Leaving the bill for the entire stay at the breakfast table is really dirtball too! Really!? Didn't do that last time! Way to kill a relaxing breakfast!

Did they put PEPPER in these scones?? These aren't the same ones from last time.

Housekeeping pounds on the door at 9:30. 90 mins before checkout time!!!

I decide to call for a late check out. (The lady in the lobby had instructed me how to do so.)

She was wrong. :-(

Ended up calling the wrong people...I think I had interrupted their morning off. :-(

This is getting frustrating.

Trying to hustle and depart, the housekeeping ladies are constantly gravitating around the room...now we're feeling hustled to get out! Even going as far as to park their cart in front of our door...and repeatedly poke their heads around the corner and into the bathroom window! :-( DAMMIT!!!

No one in the lobby to leave the key with. Found a bartender setting up for the day (a sign of life!!)

Couldn't help walking away without showing a little distaste.

What the hell happened to this place!? Went around telling everyone what a special, unique & fun place this WAS! Spoke too soon. I feel stupid now!

We are at agreement.

This will be the LAST time we stay here!

13/04/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
258. Mike S.
I recently had my wedding at the Cosmopolitan (04/06/2014) and it was fantastic!  Lynn Simpson was our venue contact for the big day, and my wife and I instantly loved her. Although she does get a bit scattered from time to time and we needed to correct her on a few items each time we met, but the closer it got to our day the more focused and attention detailed she became. She made sure everything was set and by the end she wasn't just an employee of the hotel, she really felt like a friend and we were truly blessed to have her as a guide. (She really knows what works well at the hotel so if you're stuck on colors or ideas, she'll put you in the right direction).
The staff at this place are the nicest and most expedient servers I've ever seen (this includes the bartender, the waiters/waitresses, and busboys), for the over one hundred guests we had they got that food out hot and delicious. Also, the chef is AMAZING! We had three meal options, chicken, beef, and mushroom wellington. The beef was by far the best, no question! My 64 year old father stated it was the greatest beef he had ever tasted in his life!  
The hotel rooms are exactly as seen in the brochures. They are stunning and you truly feel like you're in the past as you enter (but they still have air-conditioning but it doesn't take away from the feel of the room). No tv's but you can live without tv for your stay, there is so much to do in that direct area alone. If you know Old Town, you know the parking can be bad but honestly, you can park at the trolley station and you'll have no problems getting a spot there for free and it's less than a five minute walk from the hotel. I parked there every time I went to Old Town and never had a problem getting a spot. My only negative about the hotel room itself is not really the hotels fault but it needs to be said. I'm 6'6" and my body is just too big for the bed. If you're 6' and under though, the beds are very comfortable.
The only negative about the entire place is that there was new management in the middle of our whole wedding ordeal so there was new management on our actual wedding day. The pair of managers (I think they're brothers) were introduced but I felt as if we were a nuisance, kind of like we were the "old" management's people and not theirs. The owner (I believe he was the owner) was awesome though, he asked several times how I was and even took his time discussing sports in South Africa with my wife's grandfather.
All in all, our wedding was out of a fairy tale and it was because of this great hotel and restaurant. If you want a beautiful wedding with awesome staff (and don't forget about Lynn!!), this is your place!

13/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
259. Betty P.
We celebrated our anniversary at The Cosmopolitan.  Everything was great.  We loved our room, Estudillo #3, the staff and the food.  Our name was on the chalkboard outside to welcome us.  Staff made us feel so welcome.  Our room was amazing as it was furnished with antiques and decorated to a time long ago.  We loved that there was no TV, WiFi worked perfectly.  Food in the restaurant was amazing so was the free bottle of wine.  The breakfast included homemade scones, yummy.  A gift certificate to Barra Barra was appreciated.  This would not be a good place to stay with children or pets.  The room is historical and to the period (it does have electricity).  There is no TV and no closet.  The room was very clean, bed comfortable and the veranda so nice.  We even had "visitors" our second night plus the door to a secret hallway kept opening and closing, such fun!  The only little thing that bugged us was when the room was cleaned our toiletries and water weren't replaced.  Parking was very close and there was always spots available.

23/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
260. Lynn H.
Wow!!!! This was truly an amazing experience. We had dinner and everything was outstanding. Food was delicious, nicely presented, perfect food temperature, lovely atmosphere, great historic setting, excellent service, beautiful smooth yet lively guitar music (Thursdays), and the prices were very reasonable. We had the pork chops, short ribs and berry cobbler... all delicious! We will definitely be coming back soon, and often.

17/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
261. Chelle M.
Restaurant review only.  Went to visit Old Town and found this quaint restaurant located at the Cosmopolitan Hotel open courtyard.  We had to wait 20 minutes for our party of 6, since they were just wrapping up their Sunday Brunch crowd at 2:00 pm.  Hostess wasn't too friendly and inviting but our server was excellent!  Food was excellent we started with their fresh, melt in your mouth, delicious rolls, followed by their homemade potato chips with artichoke, spinach, and mushroom dip.  The kiddos had their French fries and ate it all up.  Do try their angus burger with extra onions, angus pot pie, and their portobello mushroom burger, kids had their grilled cheese and chicken fingers which were all excellent.  We didn't have room for dessert but must come back to try their fried ice cream and their caramelized cheesecake.  We had the pleasure of meeting the head chef, Nico, and he took the time to ask us about our food and explained how he prepared it.  Overall, we will definitely come back to this place and by the way kids under 12 are free with an adult entree meal.  Great food and great service.

27/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
262. Lorna A.
Food was good! Our waiter Subea was amazing! Their salsa was sooo good I asked for the recipe so the cook Niko came out and personally told me how to make it! He was so friendly and upbeat he even gave us a mini tour of the place! I will definitely come back this place is awesome!

14/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
263. Michelle M.
We just visited today and it was truly a highlight of our little trip. We planned to visit a store in Old Town but were drawn to the hotel/restaurant and asked if we could just look around. We had no intention of buying anything, but everyone made us feel so welcome (a family with 3 kids in tow) and invited us to look around and make ourselves at home. We spent an hour or so wandering around Old Town before we decided to take advantage of the Happy Hour specials. Even though it took us a while to order anything more than some drinks and munchies, everyone was so accommodating. It isn't uncommon to feel unwelcome with young children (ours are 9, 6 and 4) in a nice establishment like this, but the staff was so welcoming. Truly, everyone was so kind and welcoming! The food was awesome and I was amazed at our tab....the quality of food was top notch and well below bills we have had at chain restaurants with mediocre food and no adult beverages. Amazing ambiance, wonderful staff, and exceptional food. I just wish we could have stayed in the hotel for the night (we had to be home this evening and couldn't or else we would have tried). A definite cut above the other Old Town options.

13/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
264. James L.
The new menu is interesting, we had several dishes and were pleased. Service was attentive. Good value for money and nice evening ambiance with live music. Look for promotional coupons for deals!

10/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
265. Tina T.
So happy to see what a beautiful job Cosmopolitan has done with the former Casa de Bandini. The bar, restaurant, and patio are all gorgeous, and who doesn't love this type of Olde Timey Decor?

Service is excellent, great bar staff and drinks. Food is delicious, sampled the beef stew with root veggies and it was wonderful.

Can't wait to try this place again!

10/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
266. Kathy H.
Love the restaurant, delicious food, great service & the courtyard garden patio is wonderful.  This is one of the nicest patios in town.  In the past the service was erratic, but the new manager has done a great job.  Started with the Kung Pao Calamari, sweet & spicy, with chopped peanuts & a nice slaw to compliment.  The Espresso Short Ribs were fork tender & juicy.  The Caesar salad on grilled Naan with Shrimp was tasty.  The prices are decent too.  A winner that we will return to again & again.

08/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
267. Jory D.
We went to this place for the traditional feel of course and that's exactly what we got. Everything about this place lives up to the hype! The food is great, the menu is very diverse, kids eat free, and the service is absolutely amazing. Our waiter Michael was by far one of the best waiters I've ever had. This is also a hotel that has a reputation of being haunted.

19/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
268. Vikkostya V.
5+ for the staff
4 for ambiance
3 for the fish I had
5 for free kids meal with adult purchase

25/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
269. Tim H.
$3 draft beers including a local IPA.  Great staff, and resident ghosts, I'm told.  Beautiful space.  I don't know if I'd stay there, but if I did, it wouldn't be Room 11.  Unless they create a "ghost scratching at your door all night" discount.

14/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
270. Rickey J.
Review is for hotel only! We had other plans so we didn't get to eat here. Loved live music in evening and during brunch which was great ( music) . Staff is wonderful. Rooms are spacious and clean. Large tub was fantastic! Felt like they should've had bubbles for tub- would've been a great touch . We felt info was the only thing lacking such as a list of meal hours, procedures etc should be told on check in and avail in room . Mgt were open to changing this when we mentioned it. No tv or modern things in room which I loved tho I did wish for coffee in room. Cont breakfast was served for extended hours and was fresh and lovely. Just wished for coffee delivered in room or coffee pot in room. Beds and linens great. We did have several ghost experiences - nothing terrifying but we didn't sleep much . We stayed in rm 7. Go and read about our experiences in the room journal ! Can't wait to go back. Will eat there at restaurant - we wanted Mexican which they didn't have . Maybe well try brunch too. Fun!!!

23/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
271. Bruce A.
Braised short ribs were awesome. Service excellent. Atmosphere was quaint and relaxing. Would definitely return.

04/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
272. Jamie S.
I have given this place so many chances. Never again! Today I stopped in to get the Angus Burger on my break from work. I was told that all take out orders must be placed at the outside bar. I went to the bar in the courtyard, and waited. 12 min passed and no one showed, and the waiters that buzzed by kept telling me that the bartender would be back soon.  A couple seated at a table nearby started laughing, and told me that they had been waiting almost 20min  for someone to show.

The bartender came back, and told me that I had to wait to place my order because she was busy. (Only the single table of 2 people in the whole courtyard).  I think it was because of the  expression on my face, she pulled out a scrap of paper and took the order. She said that it would take 15min to make it. I told her that I would be running up to the Whaley House to buy a gift and I would be right back. I returned about 20 min later... she had not placed the order.  She said she would get it right in, and I could have my food in about 10min. I left to put my packages in my car,  and returned to find that she STILL HAD NOT PLACED THE ORDER... I just walked away.

The only thing that is consistent about this place is that they come up with new ways to disappoint. Last New Years we were turned away at the door because they "lost" our reservation (placed in October, and confirmed 7days before the dinner). I asked to talk to the manager, and as I was explaining the situation, he must have rolled his eyes 4 times.

I am a local, and this place will never see me again, or be recommended. A written letter will go to the gentleman leasing the property in the morning.

15/12/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
273. Kelcie B.
What a great place. The Cosmopolitan Hotel has a lot of History and the staff is so friendly. They allowed me and my family to look around as much as we liked. Unfortunately, the rooms were all booked so we did not get to see inside any of them :( The place has a great feel to it and the ambience was very pleasant. I had their Cheeseburger on a pretzel bun and It was great. The ingredients were fresh the patty was cooked just right and even their fries were awesome. I had a Bourbon Smash cocktail which came in a cute mason jar. I loved it so much I went to the bartender and asked how to make it . I will definitely come back here when I'm in San Diego. Hopefully there will even be a room available.

22/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
274. Michelle M.
Came in for a quick drink and was greeted by a very outgoing bartender named Laurie. She made a great drink and was a blast to talk to. She was also very knowledgeable about local places I could go check out while i was visiting. I would definitely go back to see her. Great job!

09/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
275. Heather J.
This is for restaurant service only...made reservations here for dinner with my family (my husband, myself, 2 year old and 13 year old).  Sat down and it took about 10 minutes to order. We were so hungry, we ordered an appetizer.  We were waiting 30 to 40 minutes for our food and my 2 year old lost it (I almost did too).  Finally our food came...appetizer didn't make it out.  My son ordered a burger that tasted great but came with very few fries.  My 2 year old had a quesadilla with maybe 5 French fries on the side. Overall, very small portions.  My husband complained we never got our appetizer and waiter said he would bring it and take it off the check.  I asked for more fries on the side...they never came.  I asked for no ice in my little one's drink, of course it came with ice in it.  Every time we asked for something it either wasn't done it took FOREVER!!  I finally asked the manager if it was because they had a wedding reception outside.  She said it shouldn't affect anything.  Ok...then what the heck was the problem?!  Waiter apologized for everything and threw in dessert.  Overall, we were there over an hour!!  I was constantly looking around and commenting to my family on how there was no wait staff to be found!!  Totally ridiculous service!!! On the good side,   the food was actually pretty darn good but we won't be back to see if this was just an "off night".

15/02/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
276. Amanda C.
This was our first timehere.  Our server's name was Ricardo and he was really nice. Super attentive and very polite. Really knowledgeable when it came to the drink and dinner menu.  Gave us the history of the hotel which was really cool. I had the Parmasean shrimp scampi with a glass of red sangria and it was great.  My boyfriend had the carnitas and the plate was huge. There was a live band that is apparently there every Friday which was nice. The manager made his rounds making sure everything and everyone was satisfied. All in all we had a really nice night. I'm looking forward to coming back. Thanks for everything.

25/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
277. Ruben R.
REVIEW IS ONLY FOR SERVICE: One word: Terrible. The initial wait to dine inside was only 15 minutes then grew to 30, once seated the dining room only had 1 other party of 8 and all other tables were empty and set but entirely empty. They explained the kitchen was backed up but to not even  be seated and order drinks at the table to wait inside an empty dining hall is ridiculous. Now after a 40 minute wait our drinks and meals are ordered. Food arrives and the first person who ordered never receives her salad with her meal. The head chef comes out to ask why her salad was on a rush order and had to explain that it was never ordered with the initial order. Now the explaining to the manager the situation regarding the service a member of our party request to not be charged for the salad as It was never written in the first order and taken down as a rush order to arrive at the end of the meal but the first manager gave a sarcastic chuckle at the party member and said nothing else, right away we needed another better manager. Robin came along and had listened to the concerns and handled the problem professionally. In the end it was an awful experience, this old town establishment is better as a landmark.

26/12/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
278. Candice L.
Found this place by chance one day walking through old town and very happy we did. The food was good and the drinks were good. I got the chicken flautas and my boyfriend got the sizzling fajitas both were great.

I had some cider beer and vodka that came in a jam jar and it was really good. It sounds weird, but it was good.

The atmosphere is cool and we really had a great time. I would go again and I would recommend those in the area to check it out.

03/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
279. Lady M.
The Cosmopolitan Hotel Saloon is hands down one of the best Saloons in all of San Diego.  This is 100% attributable to the bartender LB (aka Laurie). Her personality makes the atmosphere fun and inviting.  We met her here a year ago and she remains the only reason we come back!

31/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
280. Laura B.
Totally and completely average.

Lacking my iphone, we randomly chose this antique hotel for our Old Town lunch. Despite the fact that we were starving, we were still not overly impressed with the meal. The complimentary chips (freakishly bright green and red) and salsa were nice but nothing to rave about; the chipotle tortilla soup- spicyish- decent; the portabello sandwich-redeeming.

Not the worst, but definitely not the best that San Diego has to offer. Use your yelp and find a great meal!

11/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
281. Shelby T.
My husband and I met two friends for an al fresco dinner at the Cosmopolitan. The ambience was really lovely, and the cocktails were great as was the service which was the perfect amount of attentive. (Not too much, not too little.) I am a vegan and was a little concerned about what there would be for me to eat. I ordered the vegetarian fajitas, thinking I'd be stuck with onions and green peppers (boring!). I was happy to see my fajitas come out with a beautiful array of veggies from broccoli to brussel sprouts. My dinner was really good. Hubby got the parrillada and was equally happy with his choice.

We kinda shut the place down. After we were finished with our meal, the manager Steve came out, brought us a bottle of dessert wine to share and sat down to chat with us. Very cool! We got the lowdown on the history of the place, and even got a tour of a few of the hotel's rooms (old-world gorgeous!!), including the room that is supposed to be haunted. It was in complete disarray and really hot in there. My friends were rather skeptical about the haunted part but I don't know, the ghost Isabella may like that room and want it for herself. I can tell you that I'M not taking any chances by staying in that room!

Overall GREAT and really fun experience. We'll definitely go back when we're back in town.

07/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
282. Jenina S.
This is definitely a 3-star place, but the weather and the service were so good that I had to bump it up.

I took a random trip to San Diego with my bestie and somehow, our first stop was Old Town. The bestie had heard about the churros at Cosmopolitan so that was our primary reason for going.

We started with two giant margaritas, and our server brought over some chips and salsa. The salsa was so fresh, it must have been because we were in California! After, we ordered the shrimp fajitas and fish tacos. We probably should have held off on the fish tacos since we had some awesome seafood places on our itinerary, but we couldn't wait. Of course, we ended our meal with the churros which were heavenly. Be careful with eating too many chips!

15/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
283. Chun P.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  

Eeerrr...uhh...sort of... mostly...well eventually...The staff and management screwed up big time in the beginning.  To make a long story short, we weren't seated until a little past 9:00pm for our 8:15pm reservation, and even then we still had to flag down the staff because we were just sitting there for 15minutes without menus, water, or even a greeting from anyone.  It was looking like a 1-2 Star review...

Samuel the Waiter was the hero of the night, single handily saved the Cosmopolitan's review...he took charge of things, worked his ass off, and helped make this a 4 Star New Year's Eve.  One of the managers came by later to apologize, but she didn't seem ready to comp or discount anything.  Is it really that painful to comp a bottle of champagne that costs only $7-8 from your supplier?

Once the food and drinks showed up, things got much better.  The Cosmo offered a 3 course dinner for $40, which included admission to the jazz/band party which would've cost $25 if you just wanted to see the band.  Lobster Bisque: Good, nice chunk of lobster in it.  Filet & Crab Legs: I ordered Medium, got Well Done, but it was still delish. Baked Alaska: Not quite Baked Alaska, but still a tasty interpretation. I think Samuel and his Busboy/Wingman each burned at least 1000 calories taking care of us. The band was great, and the outdoor atmosphere was beautifully decorated and even had a balloon drop at midnight.  This was one of the best deals in San Diego for New Year's.  

I was on the fence if this should be a 3 or 4 star review...I decided to go with 4 since I "may" have snatched a 2nd helping, or 3, of the complimentary champagne toast ;-)

02/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
284. Joseph M.
We completely were caught off guard how nice this place is.  The dining area is surrounded by the hotel with relaxing music playing in the background.  While we placed our order, Nico the chef, came out and introduced himself.  It has been a great experience, food & atmosphere.  We can't wait to come back.

14/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
285. Amanda A.
Great place! Dustin was our bartender/server and Niko was the chef. The food was amazing! And Niko came out to meet us and invite us back..SO friendly! And Dustin's drinks were AMAZING! My family & friends really enjoyed themselves! Thank you to the staff there! Everyone should check them out!

01/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
286. Jesus O.
The best churros I've ever had + some really good coffee = perfect dessert spot. I will definitely come back regularly.

11/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
287. Gil E.
On our way out of Old Town and saw this spot had been remodeled so the wife and I poked our heads in and couldn't have been any happier with the results. Amazing bar tender Lori made our afternoon and decided to stay for happy hour burgers. Met Nico the chef who was just as excited about the food as we were. Plan on coming back and staying next month. Family run business at its finest.  Keep up the good work!

26/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
288. Vicki G.
Love the bartender Lori!!!! Fun place to hangout! We had a great time talking and drinking!

04/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
289. Collette O.
We landed up giving this restaurant another try this past Friday and I really have to say, it was a MUCH better experience in service! All the waiters were awesome, very  friendly and attentive (we even ran into the waiter that we had on our first visit. He swung by to say hello! We were surprised he even remembered us, so nice of him!).  The food was excellent, and oh hey, we met the chef! What a great guy! That was also a pleasant surprise. The atmosphere, as always, was wonderful. It's so charming there, you almost don't want to leave. They had a singer and a guitar player playing music which only added to the ambiance. It was such a nice evening. Perfect night for dining out in their beautiful patio. We go to Old Town at LEAST once a month, for the most part, twice a month. The Cosmopolitan is definitely going to be in our rotation from now on. Thank you for a great evening guys! We will be back!

28/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
290. Debra W.
Our food was so delishious! Our server Aurelio was so wonderful and nice! Good job!

03/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
291. Lee M.
Came here for my birthday. We got the calamari: a little salty, but very good.
Chicken on the Mexican menu: I believe it was the last item on there. It was very tasty.
Gnocchi: very good!
Fried ice cream: though it tasted good, it was fried and stuck in the freezer and then served to us so the ice cream and the crust were all way too frozen.
Cheesecake: very good
Enchiladas: excellent
Pork chop: very good

We loved the atmosphere and our waiter was so nice. I think his name is Ricardo,

The only issue besides the ice cream above is that almost every entree on the menu is fried. Even my chicken seemed pan fried.

06/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
292. Susan J.
My husband and I reserved rooms  for a weekend here, but there was a mixup in our reservations. The management relocated us to another very nice hotel nearby for the first night and we stayed here the second. They were beyond courteous and went to great lengths to see us satisfied. The Cosmopolitan Hotel is wonderful and historically interesting (baths updated a la restoration hardware) and our room and bath was immaculate. They provided us with plenty of towels, a terry robe, first-rate toiletries.
We also had dinner in their restaurant, perfect service, very good meal and beverages and a good price. It is a nice experience to stay here, walk around Old Town in the evening after most of the park's visitors have gone home.
The management and staff pay great attention to detail and deserve success for their efforts.

This is their website: oldtowncosmopolitan.com

07/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
293. Chris J.
So Fun and interesting and Alfie our waiter/bartender and was amazing. Love this place and love the service!

31/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
294. Kristil S.
This review is for the restaurant only as we are local and have never stayed at the hotel.

The Cosmopolitan really is the gem of Old Town. (Locals, don't turn up your noses because it's Old Town. This place could just change your thoughts on the area.) They serve a varied menu that's sure to have something for everyone instead of the usual Old Town fexican (faux Mexican) fare. We're eaten there more times than I can count for brunch, lunch, happy hour, even just drinks and churros. (You think you know what churros are. You're wrong. Have the churros here for an education in how light and pillowy they should be!) The food has always been fresh and very good. But maybe more importantly, the service is always fast and friendly. I love having servers like Ashley who are knowledgeable AND friendly. She's a freaking treasure!

I could probably write a poem (an ode perhaps?) about the cocktails! Lori & Kat welcome people to the bar like they're old friends who've come to hang out on their patio for something yummy to sip on. These ladies mix a mean drink, and the fun I always have with them keeps me coming back.

01/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
295. Jack L.
After looking at numerous seemingly identical Old Town menus with expensive burritos and other typical Mexican items, we opted for a meal at the Cosmopolitan Hotel with its reasonable prices and far more interesting menu. We ended up choosing the marinated skirt steak with its kale and chimichurri vinaigrette and the espresso-braised Kobe short ribs with amazing pan-fried garlic Brussels sprouts. Wonderful! Even the unique dinner rolls were great.

The outdoor garden setting was delightful and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We asked if we could tell the chef how much we liked the food, so we were pleased when very friendly chef Nico came out and carefully explained how to prepare the short ribs and Brussels sprouts. In all, a remarkably good experience in every way.

07/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
296. Laura B.
The bartender who works in the evenings during the week is fabulous.  He's very attentive, great with recommendations and always offers a taste of a drink before you order.  When I was there, the bar went from being 3 people to 12 in five minutes, and it was 15 minutes before happy hour ended, he made sure everyone got drinks and happy hour priced foods before it ended, and cashed put two bills.  I highly recommend this bar if you're in Old Town in the afternoon.  Their good is also really good, and they have a little bit of everything for everyone.

02/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
297. Michael B.
We ordered off the American menu as aposed to the Mecican menu.  The food was excellent, high-quality and tastefull. The atmosphere is relaxing and enjoyable. Live music playing during dinner. Greg our waiter was outstanding. I must go for a piece of local San Diego history. We ate outdoors in the courtyard surrounded by fruit trees and flowers.

30/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
298. Adrienne M.
I had the pleasure of having my wedding at The Cosmopolitan Hotel. When we were first looking for a venue I wasn't sure about this place because the pictures online and on The Knot weren't that great, but we figured that since it was in Old Town and it looked like there was a courtyard we should check it out. We are so glad we did! We easily got an appointment with Lynn and when she met with my husband, parents and I she was so knowledgeable and personable. She was excited to hear about us and what we wanted. Then she took us through the whole hotel and walked us through what could happen and what our options were. It was great, I could actually envision it all. All of the staff and the managers were great to work with as well. They were very helpful and quick to reply to any of my emails.

We ultimately picked this venue for a few reasons...

1 - we could have the ceremony and reception in the same place
2 - we could reserve all 10 rooms and block out the hotel for our event
3 - the courtyard outside is beautiful on it's own
4 - they provide the food, beverages, tables, linens, dance floor, everything, so the only vendors I had to deal with were the flowers, DJ and cake (so much easier)

I always wanted Mexican food for my reception, and where better to get that than Old Town?! The food was absolutely yummy! Carnitas, pollo, chile rellenos and all of the fixins!

The drinks were good too! We opted for the Cosmo Mule as our signature drink (Moscow mule) - yummy! The alcohol and beer selection was great too, they even had sculpins! The house champagne for the toast was great too, not too sweet and not too dry.

The day of the wedding us girls got ready in the wedding suite, room 4/5. It had great lighting and air conditioning. And it made for some absolutely beautiful pictures. We even had sandwiches and house made chips delivered for lunch. The chef delivered the tray himself and it was so good.

The ambiance for the reception was beautiful! We had market lights hung over the fire pit and I asked the hotel to hang mirror garlands over the dance floor. The lighting and the foliage was just beautiful! Because there is so much foliage you only need minimal center pieces.

All this positive stuff being said, I have 2 semi complaints. One is that the Cosmo does have marked saved parking for hotel guests only. But because it is old town and people are rude, there were people parked in the spots who weren't staying at the wedding. Unfortunately, since it is a state park, there isn't really anything that can be done. I don't know that the hotel can do anything about it other than really blocking out the spots and having an attendant there. Some people just don't abide by the signs. Not really the hotels fault just an annoyance. Parking is something to consider and this hotel being in old town makes that a little more difficult. I don't think my guests had too hard of a time finding parking but I'm sure it wasn't the easiest thing for some of them. Guests can also park at the Cal Trans building. My second complaint is that when the staff went to cut the cake, they cut way too small of pieces. I feel like the pieces they served were only and inch wide by however tall the cake was. This is such a minor complaint. In the end it made us have a lot of cake left over, which was both good and bad. They did box up the cake for us and keep it in the refrigerator until we could take it the next morning so that was great.

All in all I had a perfect wedding and would not change any of it for the world! Everyone did such a wonderful job and all of my friends and family loved the food and the venue! And now for our anniversary we have a place we can come to and relive the night!

05/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
299. Jeff H.
Another great meal at the Cosmopolitan .  Gnocchi w / scallops.  Good service even though one entree arrived bit late. It was, however, hot and done as specified.  Good food, good service.  Those who didn't choose this for Valentine's Day missed a great opportunity.  Warm evening, great little combo for dancing.

14/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
300. Hans-Peter G.
Great food in a pleasant historical setting. Great for kids with a "kids eat free" offer. With free wifi it's also great when you eat out with kids with iPads.  Friendly service, as well. The location in the historic center of the old town is great, too.

01/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
301. Shanah C.
Ok, this review is only for the outdoor bar area...
Very friendly waitress! Just stopped in here to order food to go, but did lounge for a few to check out the "vibe". It looks like it would be a hot spot for happy hour! Lots of tourists in this area. Would be interested in seeing the actual hotel (and what the rooms look like). Outdoor patio is huge and had a fun "party vibe".

09/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
302. Helen H.
Great place

10/10/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
303. Julian N.
Dustin makes the best conversation in Old Town! Depending on the climate, he may have a hard time properly explaining himself, but we're in bat country now. Where'd you get that goddamn knife? Room service brought it. For what? For the limes. What limes? Also, try the churros!

01/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
304. Judi M.
This review is only for the restaurant, as I did not stay overnight at the hotel, however I definitely would put this place on my list of staycations in San Diego.

Parking: Let's start with parking.  For those of you familiar with San Diego and Old Town, we know parking in Old Town is not free, so you have to either drive around for free parking or pay. There are a few lots near the Hotel.  It is Old Town, so expect to do a little bit of walking.  

Ambiance:  Once you arrive, this place takes you to an era of history.  Steps lead you to the entrance of the Restaurant which is like an outdoor southern porch.  Upon arrival, the Hostess greet you with a smile and they are adorned in a dress that take you back into time.  There are two ways to view the foyer, 1) "Old" or 2) Embrace the history, the character, the beauty preserved in this building.  

Food:  I enjoyed every bit of dinner.  Started with Mussels and Crab Cakes.  WOW! If you like Garlic this is a party in your mouth.  Same with the Crab Cakes.  Deliciously filled with chunks of crab and the sauce that came with it, enhanced the flavors.  Entrees were Short Ribs, Marinated Skirt Steak and Pan Seared Salmon.  Short ribs and steak perfectly cooked, moist, melted in your mouth. Flavors were amazingly delicious.  You can taste the natural flavors of the meat, with seasonings/marinade enhancing the flavors. Dessert we had the cheesecake and truthfully, you can't go wrong with cheesecake.  

Service:  Absolutely on par with Hospitality and Friendliness.  Everyone was attentive, said hello and made sure you felt welcomed.  

After dinner, we walked over to the courtyard/bar/lounge area.  Live Music playing in the background, lights strewn across, the gazebo, a fireplace by the bar, make me feel like we weren't in San Diego.  Gave me the urge to book a night at the hotel that instant, because I did not want to leave.

30/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
305. Kyle D.
Had a wonderful time here recently when my husband and I decided to eat here for the first time. We liked the atmosphere of the outside garden and the food was excellent, but our favorite part of the experience was our waiter Greg. He gave us excellent service, was charming, funny and very knowledgable about the food and the area. We plan on coming back to eat and drink and will definitely request him.

15/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
306. Kong N.
one of my favorite spots to lounge, talk, drink and snack.  it has nice old fashion feel and hidden from the busy traffic of tourist crossing.  very friendly staff except for one person, you will be able to recognize.  wont even let you look at the drink menu and would already ask you what you want.  but let's not let one apple ruined the bunch.

07/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
307. Maricela M.
I dinned at The Cosmopolitan last night for the very first time and let's just say it was memorable. Shortly after we placed our drink order we were greeted by Niko the Chef who shared his suggestions about the menu...... Let me just say this is the first time Ive been greeted by the chef of the kitchen and this had me feeling like a million bucks. The suggestion were spot on. I enjoyed the Chipotle Salmon yum!!! We even heard a few ghostly encounters the server has had which had me and my friend smiling from ear to ear. I left extremely happy and shared my awesome experience with a few friends I later met up with. We can't wait to go back, and I'm working on convincing a few to stay the night in one of the haunted rooms

20/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
308. Vicky S.
We decided to try this place out since we were going to catch a play at the Cygnet Theatre next door. I had checked out the menu beforehand and really wasn't sure about this place initially, however it was my friend's turn to choose a restaurant. I am a fan, and will be back!

We went here on a Thursday late afternoon and were out on the patio. It was comfortable with the heatlamps, and there was a guitarist playing in the background, a nice distance away where you could still enjoy the mix of flamenco/Spanish/Metallica hints of music that he was playing (yes, he did an instrumental of "Nothing Else Matters" in his repertoire, in addition to the Spanish music).

The service was great. From the hostess out front, to our waiter, who was wonderful in giving us his feedback on drinks that might be ideal. The manager stopped by to chat, and the chef even stopped by as well to say hello to patrons and give his recommendations on dishes we should consider trying. I thought that was really great and it is a part of the reason I'll be back.

We were in time for Happy Hour in the beginning, however we continued adding more plates since the atmosphere was perfect.

Drinks: Razzmopolitan and the Sangria (thumbs-up)

Dinner: I had the $6 Happy Hour Burger and Fries (perfect and juicy) -- I had read a review complimenting the Burger here and decided to try it, and I was not disappointed.

What I would order again: Artichoke, mushroom and spinach dip; the burger; the brussel sprouts;

What I would order if they added a bit more spice: Mac & Cheese fritters

We also ordered the fig/nut/olive plate (this was fine, but next time I'd add cheese);  we had also ordered the pork cheeks because we heard rave reviews, but I don't know if we missed something, but we weren't that crazy about it (the pork was dry)

What I didn't have a chance to order because we had enough on our table (but we will make sure we will order next time): churros; gnocchi (recommended by the chef); and chicken mole wrap, and more drinks

We will be back. Oh yes, we will be back.

23/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
309. Armin A.
We had an incredible experience. Ambiance and food were terrific. Mike was amazing as out waiter and chef Nico came by to check in. Food was incredible (try the shrimp and ravioli) as well as the biggest toad drinks.

18/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
310. Clarissa S.
Delicious food, awesome service, and the ambiance is great. My husband and I had our wedding reception here, and highly recommend this venue! Our guests loved it, and we didn't have to worry about a thing. The event staff was very helpful, and took care of everything. Lynn was our coordinator and she handled all the set ups, ordered our linens, and helped us customize the menu. She was also flexible about outside vendors. Her personal attention to our event throughout the entire planning process was reassuring. Our guests gave us a lot of positive feedback about the food and service. We had a fun, stress-free time.

25/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
311. Roxie P.
Was hoping for the same restaurant as they had a couple years ago but it is entirely different. Nice atmosphere great service but we missed the old menu!

03/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
312. Debby R.
My husband and I were recently in San Diego, visiting our son and daughter in-law and our son suggested we stay at the 'Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant'.  We of course took his spot on advice and so enjoyed our stay.  The staff was friendly and the 'Old West' decor and ambiance was amazing.  Employees were dressed dating back to the 1800's.  The first night our son and daughter in-law joined us for dinner and let me tell you the cuisine was amazing.  We all enjoyed our meal of choice, the tender/tasty short ribs, oh so juicy/delicious salmon, and juicy and flavorful pork chop.  We so enjoyed our whole 'spot on' meals, wine and other special drinks.  The amazing chef (Niko) came out to our table a couple of times, once to help us decide what to have as everything sounded amazing....then to see how we were enjoying our food.  It really showed that he cared about his customers, restaurant and the food that came out of his kitchen.  Chef Niko wanted us 110% satisfied with our meal...and I can honestly say we all were!  Thank you and we look forward to our next visit

Mark & Debby
Sacramento, CA

27/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
313. M M.
Super friendly service.  Delicious food.  Nice setting.  Good prices especially at happy hour.  Couldn't ask for more!

27/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
314. Lisa S.
This review is for the hotel and restaurant. We chose to stay in room #11 hoping to encounter something paranormal. I can honestly say we were not disappointed! In each room, they have a book where you can write about any personal experiences you may have had. Between three of us, we managed to write a page each. The staff is incredibly friendly, they walk you to your room and tell you how everything works (ac unit,pull flush toilet, etc). It's such a small place, they will remember your name, which room you are in, and ask if you are having a good stay/need anything.

The restaurant is equally awesome! September 2013 was our first dining experience here, that was what brought us back to stay in the hotel. The first time in September, we had the chicken & churros, and the peach & strawberry salad. This time between three of us, we had salad, the portobella burger, and angus burger. All of it was fresh and tasted amazing. Definitely not run-of-the-mill food.  After walking around Old Town, we decided to head back to our room but stopped by the restaurant for something sweet. We didn't realize the restaurant was already closing, but they happily welcomed us and we shared root beer floats. Breakfast the next morning was tasty, the scones and juice were just enough.

The staff really go above and beyond to make sure you are enjoying yourself, and we will be back as soon as we have another break. As for the paranormal experiences, you'll have to read about them in the book that's in room #11! Thanks Cosmopolitan staff for the wonderful memories!

15/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
315. ciria e.
Came for brunch with my 2 boys. In the heart of Old Town.  Really tasty food, ordered Monte Cosmo Cristo, mole chilaquiles and Goat cheese veggie omelette...delish! Excellent service, food came out in less than 10... Gotta give it a try. I remembered when it was Casa de Bandini. It has changed in a different but good way.

27/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
316. Skyla R.
Let me begin with saying the rooms are AWESOME!! I don't have one negative thing to say about that. It's definitely taking it back to the old days. You pay for a room, you get a room with a bathroom. No tv. No phones. No room service. But that's what I loved about it.

HOWEVER... I booked this hotel for my husband and on on Valentine's day. My review is strictly for the restaurant portion.
I was going through many yelp reviews on nearby places and decided, why not just dine at our hotel? I checked the menu prices, they seemed reasonable. Nothing fancy, but my guy and I don't really do the 5 star places either...

For the evening of Valentine's day they had a $30 special. That included a shared appetizer, two entrees and a shared dessert. Simple enough. Great deal. We did it.

To begin, the lights were dim, very romantic, quiet whispers, the whole setting. Then some waitress goes and turns it up quickly and it totally changes the mood. It gets loud, it's bright, like isn't it Valentines day?!?
Now this is my assumption. Because it was such a great dinner deal, the hotel assumed many would get it so they had the cook just keep whipping out what was on the special. When we ordered our appetizer, it was on our table no more than 3 minutes later. Some could say excellent service, I say otherwise. It was cold. Absolutely disgusting. And almost ruined both of our appetites. When we received out entrees, same scenario, ordered and it magically appeared on our table within 5 minutes. Cold. The dessert, we tried a bite, and decided to we better go elsewhere for that.

We sat waiting for 20 minutes looking around wondering where our waiter was? And while we were looking around, we noticed MANY tables getting upset. My husband and I kept our cool, but we really just wanted to leave. Shortly after, our waiter appeared and we requested our check.

Maybe the joke is on us, like, you get what you pay for? But I know the next time we visit Old town, we will be going elsewhere.

28/02/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
317. Dollyroseis D.
Restaurant week - definitely needed to try out. At the time I went I was not aware of the haunted history.

Dinner was fair, but the cocktails were the bomb!

13/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
318. Sunny D.
This place was pretty good..good prices good food I forgot to take a breakfast pic mybad it was good the oj is over priced for a small glass 3.50$ the server was fast I'll eat again here

31/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
319. Travis H.
My fiancé and I stayed here for the first time. We arrived and were immediately and graciously greeted by the staff at the front desk.  

We were walked to our room by the hostess  as she explained some information about the hotel and gave us a run down of the standard rules and regs as guests on property. The room is great. Now, keep in mind you are staying in a state historical park so there is no reason to expect the rooms to have televisions or anything of that sort. Although, the rooms do have AC.

The staff: overall and individually the members of the staff from the cleaning lady being gracious enough to share her stories and talk to us about her favorite room; to Steve the new GM bringing us more OJ and fresh fruit with our breakfast after he heard they forgot to bring us a second coffee cup.
We felt at home in the care of these warm and welcoming folks. They certainly have gained our trust and we will definitely return in the many years to come!

Experience: we stayed in room 8 for 3 days 2 nights. On the first night we read the in room journal of the many experiences of past guests. We walked around the park, looking at the local shops before taking a tour at the Whaley house (within walking distance of the hotel). As we awoke the next morning and prepared for the day we were bummed about no paranormal experiences; however, when I picked up my shoes, I noticed that one of them had been tied in a "sailors slip hitch knot." Now, I had to look that knot up because I have no idea how to tie such a knot. We then discovered my fiancés right shoe (same shoe as mine) was also tied in the same manner. Keep in mind we wore these shoes all day and they never were left unattended.

We shared this story with Steve and he was elated at the fact there were experiences while he was on site. He informed us that the folks in room 7 checked out at midnight after witnessing a chair in their room slide across the room on its own.

The restaurant: the service was amazing and the food really brought it home. I had the braised short ribs and my fiancé had the lamb shank. The food was very good and only added to a great experience.

If you get a chance you MUST come stay here and enjoy the experience.

28/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
320. Jen R.
My experience from beginning to end at the Cosmopolitan Hotel was definitely one that I can say I will always remember as this was a location/venue that my family chose to have our Dad's surprise birthday at.

The room that my family rented out was certainly big enough to occupy 66 guests that showed up for the event. This room was separated in 3 sections... First main section was the seating "dining" area for most of the guests as well as the area where the birthday cakes were placed for everyone to see. In the 2nd section (middle) were extra seating tables where the children sat and the 3rd section was utilized for the foods as there were 5-6 heated buffet trays lined across the table that contained some delicious and delectable items.

Upon arriving, we entered the room which reminded me of an old saloon. The theme that was chosen for our Dad's party was that of a "Las Vegas/Poker" theme as tables were decorated with red and green floral arrangements and small giveaways like custom made poker chips and cards that had our Dad's picture and birthday script labeled on them. The host/hostess and servers were all very attentive and very helpful with our guests. We had an open bar from 11-3PM which was great and kept our guests happy. Once our Dad arrived, the host played his part well and secretly led him along with other members of our family to the main dining room where we all yelled aloud "SURPRISE!!!" and the look on our Dad's face was that of pure joy! The whole act was well played and he was very surprised as he could not believe that we all were able to put together something of that magnitude without him finding out.

As soon as he arrived, that's when the party began and everyone was certainly having a great time. The food was delicious, the drinks were well made and the servers were on top of their game. The location was easy to find, however parking may be a bit of difficult if you don't arrive early. We didn't have any issues with that as we decided to park next to the golf course where we paid $5 and received 2 free vouchers for meals at a local restaurant which was worth it. My family settled on this location for the party as a friend of ours had their wedding and reception here and had nothing but great things to say about it.

Overall, we had a wonderful time. Good atmosphere, food and space. The party ended exactly as scheduled and our Dad was one happy man.

03/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
321. Judy L.
I don't like to give bad reviews but for what we paid ,i feel it should have been better.
My first thought was "this hotel is really neat" ,the room is cute as well,nice wooden floors,def. very 1800's,charming.
So to begin....the bed was so uncomfortable,hard,and made the loudest noise when getting in and out of it. We woke each other up with every bath room trip.
The A/C - heat pump unit did not work properly ,it got super hot or super cold,we turned off the fan,it kept running.
Went to the restaurant to get a cup of coffee and was told they were out of cups and to go to barra barra or fiesta de reyes to get one.
And i feel their menu is very very limited,as a vegan i'm very used to not finding many options,but usually restaurants do come up with something, Not this place, i called the restaurant and was told the same thing,try Barra Barra or Fiesta de Reyes.
So we didnt stay for the whole 2 days,we changed hotels.
On a positive side,the young man that checked us in was extremely nice,the maid was also very nice and the woman who checked us out was great as well.

19/02/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
322. Ethan D.
My girl and I were in old town for the Cinco de mayo festival. We decided to stop in to the cosmopolitan for breakfast. Atmosphere was perfect. They had an extremely talented guitarist playing on the patio where we were dining and the staff was more than helpful for some of our special requests we had for drinks. After our meal we were getting ready to pay our bill and the chef (Niko) came out and made his way around the entire restaurant making sure everyone was satisfied with their meals. When he came to our table we had a very educational conversation with him concerning the history of the cosmopolitan and the geographics of old town. Then Niko took the time to take us on a short tour of the cosmopolitan and gave us a history lesson on some of the 200 year old flooring, furniture and pictures. My girlfriend and I have made it a goal to eat at a different restaurant every week and we have eaten at hundreds of restaurants and this had some of the best hospitality we have seen in a while and the food was good as well.

03/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
323. John E.
Awesome staff, killer food, brilliant drinks and family own! This is the heartbeat of old town and with good reason!

You cant understand the Cosmo until you get inside and spend an afternoon in the back terrace! Grab a drink and burger durring happy hour and your sure to make this a must everytime your near old town!

Our family was greeted by a welcoming staff and member of the family that proudly owns the Cosmo! Its establishments like this taht are changing the culture and quality of old town for the better! Great work everyone, we'll be back soon!

26/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
324. Vicki D.
My family vacationed in Old Town for the week of spring break.  We decided to go into the hotel for happy hour thinking that maybe my two young boys could get a root beer in the old saloon.  They do not serve drinks in there, but we were taken back into the hotel's courtyard.  They have a bar area set up in the back and in the middle is the restaurant.  This was a hidden gem for us!!  The atmosphere was fantastic and so relaxing.  We ended up spending three evenings there.  Dave was our bartender each night and he was fantastic!  We also ordered dinner off the happy hour menu and everything was really good.  In fact, we thought it was the best burger that we had in a long time.  We also ordered other items off the happy hour menu and all were very good.  All of the staff there were great as well.  My two boy made friends with some of the restaurant staff and were "helping" them with their jobs.  We thought it was really nice of all of them.  The chef even came out and spoke to us a few times to tell us about other menu items. This is a place that we will visit every time we come to Old Town.  We felt like it was the best kept secret there and can't wait to go back.

08/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
325. Raechel S.
Deeply disappointed in the service and the food!  There aren't a lot of highly rated Happy Hours in the Old Town area, so I was really excited about checking out the hotel and the bar.   When I arrived, there was a wedding reception in tow so I wasn't sure if I was allowed in.   The hostess assured me that everything was fine and I was seated at a cute little outdoor patio area where I could see the activity.    After 10 long minutes (I know this because I was waiting for my friend to arrive and wanted to get Happy Hour prices before they closed), the server approached me and said he would bring waters while I waited for her.    Another 10 minutes go by...nothing.  My friend arrives and wants to sit at the bar, so I happily agree. Maybe the service will be better there.  Not so.    My friend had to go up to the bar in order to get our drinks and food in and were then largely ignored until we were done with our food.    The food (from the jalapeno poppers to the pretzels to the flatbread) were cold.   The best thing was our house salad-who can mess up tomatoes, lettuce, and dressing mixed together? We would have nicely requested for a fresh batch, but we never saw our bartender or server.   It wasn't until we had literally stacked up our plates that the bartender came over to apologize profusely and stated how "slammed" they had been all night.  As a former server and bartender working in the Gaslamp district, there is "slammed" and then there is "just forgot".   Since we were sitting at the bar tables the entire time, we had an unobstructed view of the bar and how "slammed" it was.    The two bartenders literally had five to six people sitting around the bar, and no more than 10 people come up to them in the hour and half we were there. Steady, perhaps...but by no means, was it slammed.  We will never be back here again.

19/11/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
326. K W.
I have to be honest, I didn't want to come here. We were seeing a play around the corner and wanted some food beforehand. From the outside this place has no energy, it's just flat. Then you peek inside the door at that beautiful bar, and there is no one. Hellloooo? We decided to leave but read Yelp reviews as we walked away and decided to turn around try it out. Glad we did.

We, like most San Diegans, came here when it was CaSa di Bandini. Yes, that place had energy and giant drinks and probably the worst food ever yet people still mourn it. It was fun. But it was awful people and we all know it.

Walking into the Cosmopolitan courtyard it all looked mostly the same, maybe not as cute. We hit the hostess stand and within seconds a staff member who was actually off and on her way out the door stopped and made sure we were taken care of properly. Nice.

We sat at a table ( those tables are short so long legged people be warned) in front of the awesome guitarist. Our server was Bill. I hope when you go there you get Bill. He was sweet, attentive and full of information. He was a delight.

We started with drinks. They were a good stiff pour. And tasty. The bartender here rocks.

We opted for starters. Overall the menu was a surprise. I was expecting cheesy old town-esque Mexican fare but no way. I mean they do serve a Mexican menu too but why would you get that when there were countless different things to try?

-We had a cheese/nut/fig plate that was nice. Hard to mess up nuts though.

-Bruschetta that was perfect. You know how restaurants will both over garlic and then toast the bread until your gums bleed? not here, thank God.

-We had a flatbread with pork & arugula topped with chicarones. Delish! And filling.

-The star of the show however were the pork cheeks. In a light puff pastry these things disappeared quickly and caused a small war over the last bite. Next time we are each getting our own. Too good to share!

Bill was awesome at keeping us on perfect time to get to the play. Even boxed up the leftover cheese and nuts for a theatre snack. I may love Bill, he did have the happiest eyes ever.

I will without a doubt come here again based on service and food. The ambience was lacking, with the exception of that nice guitar, and they need to learn some/any marketing techniques to pull people into this dead looking place but this chef they have is talented and the staff is sweet.

This is a step above other old town resturants.

18/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
327. Chuck S.
Real History Here -

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and its Cosmopolitan Hotel are within walking distance of the Amtrak train stop; wheeled luggage is helpful.

The Hotel began as an adobe La Casa de Bandini in 1829 and the wooden second story was added in 1869 to create a stage stop hotel. In 2010, the State reopened a restored hotel. The three year restoration, history, archaeology, and construction are documented in dozens of Cosmopolitan Chronicle one page reports; some of which are bound and placed around the Hotel. All of the Chronicles and other items are in a time capsule that has been placed on the property.

The hammered copper bath tub in Room Number 7 has an historic basis and it will hold about 1771 pounds of water if filled to its overflow. Located on the second floor above the dining room, it brought interesting pictures to mind.

Like other stage stop hotels, there is no lobby. We registered at the restaurant seating lectern. You are pretty much on your own overnight.

Just across the street is the 1830 adobe La Casa de Estudillo where a tenuous connection to the wedding of Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona brought tourists and helped revive Old Town in the early 1900s.

Spending time here surrounded by Hotel and area history was very satisfying.

23/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
328. Koren O.
This review is for the restaurant only. My hubby and i are currently staying in San Diego for his job. We live only about 5 minutes from old town and have walked around the area before and ate at some of the restaurants that everyone talks about there and thought they were just OK. Finally on this night while walking around we discovered this restaurant. We decided to share some items to be able to try different things. We ordered the espresso rubbed short ribs, the mac and cheese fritters, and the goat cheese bruschetta. The short ribs came with roasted Brussel sprouts and potatoes. Everything  we ordered was  delicious and our waiter was great. And the prices were reasonable. The entree was approx 16 and the apps were 6.95. Our drinks,which were a martini and a sangria were also very very good,no watered down drinks here,at least not on this night. We will return and hope the service and food are just as good as this evening. We hope to stay in the room soon just to see what the hoopla is about the paranormal activity.

20/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
329. Carrie H.
Just had my wedding here and overall a great wedding venue.

Pro's: Besides the fact that their buffet option is extremely reasonably priced, it's also super convenient! Everything is there since it's a restaurant and hotel so if kids get tired they can be put to bed or you can run up to the room to change. Rented out 7 of the 10 rooms so was super easy to have all my "stuff" right there. They pretty much let me decorate however I wanted but honestly not a lot of decorations are needed since it's a lovely garden patio setting in a gorgeous historic hotel. The wedding coordinator Lynn is super sweet, knowledgeable, and helpful, and has years of expertise to help guide first time brides. Servers were top notch and all my guests felt well attended.

Cons- only reason I took off a star was the music situation was pretty stressful, since I didn't do a full buyout they forced me to allow the house flamenco band play, then the band didn't even show up the day of, so I had to scramble for the music to fill up their time slot. Most guests didn't notice but it was something that added to my stress level. Also there are no TV's or phones in the room so you may want to let your guests know that prior to booking. I didn't care but my Dad did.

Overall I would highly recommend this venue for a wedding or event.

08/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
330. Jason M.
SERVICE: EXCELLENT!  

5 stars on staff alone.

Didn't try a huge variety of food, but the Angus burger ' s and the appetizers were very good. We had the chicken floutas and the mac'n cheese fritters... both were really good.

Most of all,  my wife and I were very happy with the friendliness of the staff. We have three young children (4, 6 and 9) and everybody was very nice and accommodating... From the hostess girl (super cute) to the bartenders and all the wait staff.  Will definately be back.  Will probably even contact the customer relations and leave a compliment with them.

The set up is really nice too.  The building is kind of a historical hotel/parlor/saloon with a late Victorian era old wood decor. The bar wad 150 or something years old and 200 yr old piano.

The courtyard is beautiful.  Tall trellises with Vining bougainvillea,  heat lamps and a bar. Lots of other flowers and plants make it a very nice atmosphere. It's the kind of place that if you had a big group. it would be real nice to hang out all night.

Oh,  and good happy hour.

13/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
331. Alex G.
My wife and I had lunch today in the wonderfully relaxing patio setting of the Cosmopolitan Hotel,  in Old Town San Diego.  Since it was our first time there Kimberly,  our server, made a couple of excellent menu recommendations.

My wife had the Seafood Parrillada,  a delightful combination of seasoned shrimp, oysters, salmon made fajitas style on a bed of bell peppers,  tomatoes and onions.  I had the Expresso Braised Ribs...fall off the bone tender...made my taste buds stand up and say, "Whoopeeeee! "...all on a bed of braised Brussels sprouts and baby potatoes.

We topped it all off with a recommended fried ice cream...all the while being cooled by a breeze that wafted across the softly shaded veranda.  What an awesome time.

After lunch, Chef Niko came out to visit...he's quite personable and concerned that we had thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at the oldest functioning hotel/restaurant in California.   He even plucked and washed a fresh fig, sliced it up and brought it to the table for us to sample.  Delicious.

If you are looking for a truly rich and enjoyable dining experience then look no further that the Cosmopolitan,  in the Bandini House, in Old Town.

26/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
332. Dan B.
Great happy hour!  The outdoor bar has a tropical ambience.  Lots of trees and greenery. $3 IPA!  The bruschetta is  amazing.  Feels like you are on vacation when at the outdoor seating area even if you live a block away. I recommend the restaurant and bar.

21/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
333. Jessica C.
Came in for luch today and ordered appitizers and margaritas.  Food was good drinks were also. Our server did make fun of tourists though. He also made a point to say the previous owners were awefull and that made us uncomfortable. Would have looked past it but he had a way of lingering at our table.

03/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
334. Virginia C.
My husband and I stopped by before a performance of "Sons of a Prophet" at nearby Cygnet Theater. Though it was a cool evening, the Cosmopolitan had warm heaters in both the bar and outside patio dining area. I ordered the chipotle salmon and my husband had the Chicken and Churros entree. The service was fast and friendly, and the salmon fresh and generously proportioned.  Previously, we had come to the restaurant just for coffee and churros, so I already knew the churros would be amazing.  A musician performed during dinner and the entire dinner was quite lovely.

We regularly attend Cygnet performances and appreciate the fresh, healthy options offered at the Cosmopolitan. (And of course, the churros!)  The outside patio is surrounded by well-tended fruit trees, herbs, and vegetable plants.  The prices are very reasonable and the waitstaff very professional.

07/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
335. Adriana K.
All right.  I'm sold.

A few friends and I booked rooms at this hotel and had dinner at the restaurant.  I saw it in a whole new light.  Loved the Victorian style rooms, especially those located on the balcony.  All the rooms are different, so check them out online before you book.   cosmopolitansandiego.com

My only complaint was that the beds could be softer and check out took longer than it needed to. My favorite thing was that since it's a bed & breakfast type place, we were served freshly baked scones and marmalade in the morning with coffee at the tables on the balcony.  It was really something special to sit there having breakfast, watching the flags wave in the ocean breeze, with a fantastic view of the Old Town square. I had one of those "my life is pretty awesome" perfect moments.

We did have dinner there and it was better than my previous experience. I really liked what I ordered... although everything is good with shaved truffle. (See photo.) The lemon drop martini wasn't bad. I wouldn't mind hanging out in the Saloon area at another time when I could wear my Victorian/Steampunk outfit.

The remodel on the building was done really well. It's such a wonderful hotel now, in the middle of Old Town, and allows you to relive a piece of history.  They even said it was haunted... but we didn't see anything.  I'll probably stay here again.

And for those interested... "Casa de Bandini" restaurant relocated to Carlsbad, CA. casadebandini.com

15/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
336. Amanda D.
I was invited back to cosmo this Sunday. They treated me like a food souvenir and the experience was top notch. New brunch menu is stellar and they named it in a sassy way: Albert's benny and Sheeley's omelet...etc. These people knows how to toss their salad and make veggie omelet ( with goat cheese, spinach, tri-color peppers, onions). Amazing how the management really cares: how many restaurant out there tries to make up for the customer and ensure they are happy?   Although still waiting to try the Chinese-Long-Beans,  come and try out the San Diego's oldest bar and a beautiful garden in old town... I am sold I think you will be too :)

27/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
337. C M.
My review is for the restaurant only.  Dined here last night before catching Spring Awakening at the Cygnet/Old Town Theater.  It's just steps away from the theater and I highly recommend for a pre-show meal.

We entered the restaurant through the hotel and into the courtyard.  My immediate reaction was "Wow! So cute! I feel like I'm at Disneyland!"  And I mean that in a very good way.  The hostess was dressed in a 1800's style gown, like you'd see in Frontierland or New Orleans Square at Disneyland.  You can see second floor hotel rooms around part of the perimeter, and the colorful painted doors added to the cheerful ambiance.   There was ample courtyard table seating with heaters and a fire pit type thing, and a jazzy duo played cool music while we dined.  

We started with a couple of margaritas.  After first sip, I said "these are REAL margaritas...doesn't taste like mixer!"  Very fresh and tasty.  Not ginormous like you'd see at a lot of places, they were really just right.  

For an appetizer we had the kung pao calamari.  Crispy little rings with a tasty peanut sauce.  The cabbage mixed in was a nice touch.  It was just the right size appetizer for 2 people.  We enjoyed this along with the house bread, which is jalapeño cheddar popovers with fig butter. What?!  Flavor sensation at its best!  The popovers were light and tasty, great texture, and oh so scrumptious.  We ate the 4 they brought out in the first basket, and asked for a second, which was brought out promptly and with a smile.

Next came the entrees.  The fellow who brought out our meals said 'are you ready for an experience?" and he wasn't kidding!  I had the parmesan crusted shrimp scampi on top of wild mushroom ravioli, and my bf had the sizzling seafood parradilla.  I cannot say enough good things about the food.  The shrimp was perfectly cooked, nice and succulent, with a crispy parmesan crust.  The ravioli were very slightly al dente (which I like), and the mushroom filling was delicious.  This was dressed with just the right portion of white wine butter sauce with capers.  This sounds like a lot of flavors going on in one dish, and it was, but it was not overdone.  Every flavor complimented the next.  It was really perfect!

I want to make special mention about the seafood parradilla.  It comes with a mix of seafood, including mussels.... which my bf doesn't like.  He asked if they could sub something else, and our waitress Ashley said they'd be happy to add more shrimp (great!).  A few minutes after placing our dinner order, the chef came out and asked my bf if he is allergic to mussels, because the seafood is pre-portioned with the mussels and he wanted to make sure this wasn't a problem.  We really appreciated the personal attention to this detail!  The dish itself was really good, and the fresh tortillas were a nice touch.  

When it came time to pay the bill, I asked Ashley if we could take the 3 leftover popovers and fig butter... she came back with them boxed and bagged, stating "I added a 4th, just to round it out".  That says it all, about our dining experience at the Cosmpolitan.  Great food, reasonable prices, and attentive service.  We will absolutely be dining here again!

05/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
338. Oliver Family -.
Yelp has always been our go-to when we're looking to try something.....but let's just say we had to create an account just to yelp our experience here!
 Spent our anniversary here and had a fantastic, relaxing and enchanting time!
The historical aspect was just so cool to absorb. Staff was welcoming and pleasant. Room was unique and comfy with an amazing tub. Restaurant=fantastic.... Ambiance is charming, drinks were solid yet reasonably priced, acoustic guitar player was awesome & chef Nikolaus came out & personally recommended food and everything was mouthwatering. Very impressed with the Cosmopolitan Hotel and restaurant. Wish we could have stayed longer but we WILL be back to stay and again to eat! Thank you everyone!

02/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
339. Carrie H.
Just realized my honest review was deleted from a few weeks ago. So here I am again... Recap: attended a rehearsal dinner for a lot of people visiting from out of town. Event planner was no where in sight and never met her. Raw chicken was served to guests. No one to greet guests. Rude servers. The list goes on and on. Wish I could say something good, but when these issues are completely ignored and not acknowledged when we reached out to manager/owner, then that says a lot about this place as a whole...nothing good. It all comes down to that. Go else where!!!!

24/01/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
340. Raul F.
The only real reason we came here was due to the other restaurants being really busy. All of the other restaurants were 45min to 1 hour wait. When we got here it was only a 1 minute wait. That should have been the first red flag. To make  his short... The food was horrible and lukewarm and the waiters were horrible. Never coming back.

14/03/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
341. Veronica V.
The food is amazing I started with appetizers my main course was the shrimp scampi which was cooked to perfection and tasted great the dessert was the flan and it was the best flan I ever had I totally recommend this place for the food and good service the Chef De La Riva was very generous and even gave us a quick tour of the Hotel. Overall my experience was wonderful.

13/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
342. Anna G.
Excellent food, excellent staff and service. We've never been here but pass by often. Glad we stopped this time. Salsa is home made and hits the spot; the calamari is the best in town, flavorful but not too spicy. I recommend the shrimp scampi w/ravioli. Amazing! All I can say is we'll be back!

03/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
343. Jeremy C.
The Cosmopolitan was a pleasant surprise...haven't been since it was the Casa de Bandini.  Gains extra points for being in Old Town, such a great place to stroll through before or after dinner, great place for a date.  The happy hour at Cosmo is unbeatable, and the dinner menu was great - nice to have something other than mexican food options in Old Town.  The Chef (Nico) came out and greeted guests at their tables, and spent a few minutes telling us the history of the hotel - very nice.  I'll definitely be back.

02/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
344. Diane B.
Brought 5 adults and 6 kids for a celebration dinner.  Our server was fantastic and the owner was attentive and made sure our needs were met.  The food was nicely prepared and the best part was that the kids are free!  (One free with each paid adult).  I did not expect that at such a nice place.  We ate on the patio and enjoyed nice drinks from the bar.  I was very pleased and will make this a new regular stop in Old Town.  As an added bonus the restaurant has a varied menu both American traditional and south of the border.

09/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
345. Dakota K.
The Cosmopolitan is a restaurant with only a casual interest in being a hotel.

THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE HOTEL ONLY.

We drove in from Los Angeles to attend a friend's wedding and stayed two nights in Room 4/5, the Seeley suite.  From beginning to end, this was the worst travel experience I can remember.  There was lots of chit chat about ghosts visiting this hotel.  The only ghosts I found were the staff -- they were invisible.

We booked in October for a December date.  They grabbed the total charge a month before we arrived.  I called to complain; they said sorry, that's our policy.

Comes the wedding and we were running late out of Los Angeles. I called to tell them we needed to check in between 10 and 11 that night.  The manager says sorry, we close at 9 and no one will be here to let you in.  What?  No late check in?  He said sorry, that's our policy.  

So, what happens if the toilet breaks after 9, if there is an emergency, or if you want a late-night snack? Sorry, we close at 9.  You're on your own and good luck. That's our policy.

We get to the hotel on the rainiest night in memory.  The manager finally gave us his cell number, and there he is to let us in.   We get to the room and I realize my laptop computer is missing.  The next morning after a sad complementary "breakfast" someone runs out of the kitchen to give my computer back.  Yes, the manager found it last night ... so he kept it in the kitchen over night.  But he knew our room number.  Any other hotel would have brought it up to the room immediately.  Customer service? Sorry, not our policy.

No in-room phones, no television, no service.  The bed was hard as an ironing board -- no sleep either.  

That Friday night they hosted three loud parties in the restaurant just below our room.  We enjoyed raucous shouting, a heavy bass from the DJ's station that shook the walls, and a regular "Ya-hoo!" chorus screamed at full voice 3-4 times an hour.  Any respect for paying guests?  Sorry, not our policy.  

This is a restaurant with only a casual interest in being a hotel. No customer service.  And a book full of "policies" that violate common sense. The rooms are quaint and whisk you back to 1870 but, in fact, it was a hard life back then.  I came to celebrate a friend's wedding.  In the end, I couldn't even get a full night's sleep.

Would I stay again at a hotel that provides no service and has little respect for its guests?  No.  Sorry.  Not my policy.

13/12/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
346. Edelisa C.
Went here for Sunday Brunch shortly after opening at 10am. The only ones patronizing this restaurant was my party of 3 and an elderly couple to the left of me. Let me tell you, dining here at the start of the morning is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the likes of Old Town Mexican Café and Café Coyote which I frequent as well. It was a nice change of pace and the atmosphere made me forget that I was in "Old Town". We were seated outdoors in the "Orchard Patio" which is surrounded by terraces and an array of fruit trees and grape vines. The atmosphere felt serene and I was able to enjoy my company and the food.

Speaking of food, I had the Old Fashioned French Toast with berries that was cooked to perfection and was delicious and I had a blushing mimosa to complement my meal. My party ordered Mole Chiliquilis con Huevos and since I had a child with me, a kids size breakfast burrito. I sampled the Mole dish and it was delicious as well. Who would've known that adding mole sauce to the traditional breakfast egg dish would be a nice touch? I may have to order that in the near future.

Our server was Lourie. Her attentiveness made our dining experience enjoyable and I am definitely going to frequent this place again in the near future for lunch or dinner. For now, I can definiltey recommend this restaurant for Sunday Brunch.

20/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
347. Jimmie F.
Despite having to wait a bit for someone to come over and seat us we still had a wonderful time. The servers were funny and friendly and the service was great. They were quick to refill my drink before it was even empty. This was just a nice spontaneous date and the atmosphere made it so amazing. Beautiful scenery, neat music in the background to add to the experience and it was nice that I could feel some heat coming down from the heaters since it was a little chilly out.

Next, the food. OH. MY. GOSH. YUM. I ordered the short rib burger ( I think that's what it was called) and it was cooked perfectly. It was so juicy and flavorful that my tastebuds wanted more but my stomach was so full. The potato bread it was on was different but delicious too, I really liked that cause it was very soft. Oh and the fries!! OH so good, crispy yet soft in the middle! Even the pickle on the plate was so freaking good! (which I think I read they make there too, not sure). I will definitely be back! Thanks for the great experience, I hope our next visit is just as wonderful.

27/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
348. Michelle K.
Our server was gone for long periods of time. The cheese on the pulled pork and grilled cheese was not melted.  Our server even messed up our bills. We were a party of 3. The atmosphere was nice.

17/05/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
349. Stephanie P.
History:
The Cosmopolitan's history goes back to a man named Juan Lorenzo Bandini, one of San Diego's pioneers who settled here in the 1800s and a colorful and important player in San Diego's early development. He designed and constructed his grand residence, the largest in Old Town at the time, between 1827 and 1829.

Bandini's goal for the home was to make sure his wife and two daughters were most comfortable. The home had seven rooms, an entrance hall, an enclosed courtyard, a corral, and several sheds and barns. It was designed with Spanish Colonial architectural features such as thick adobe walls, muslin ceilings, pane-glass windows, and a brick-lined patio. The Bandinis lived in their home until 1859.

After Bandini's death, Emily and Albert Seeley, a stage master, took over the building to create a place where travelers could have comfort, style and entertainment at the same time. In the fall of 1869, they celebrated the grand opening of The Cosmopolitan Hotel, having added a second level to the adobe structure. The architectural theme was Greek Revival. Some of the amenities of The Cosmopolitan Hotel were a bar, sitting and billiards room, a barber shop, and a local post office. The hotel's main attraction was its grand balcony that wrapped around the second story, where guests to San Diego enjoyed seeing the crowd and activities in the town square below.

During the 1950s the hotel and restaurant became an upscale tourist motel owned by James H. and Nora Cardwell. In 1968 the property was sold to the state of California; the same year the original buildings in Old Town San Diego evolved into Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

Today, the Cosmopolitan remains a 10 room bed and breakfast, furnished with 1870's antiques. Most of the rooms still open onto the wrap around balcony.  In addition, The Cosmopolitan offers outside sitting to a full-service Tradition American restaurant and bar open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.

Parking:
Free parking provided in a lot adjacent to the hotel, as well as other lots and street parking. When parking on the street be sure to read the posted signs.

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m.-10: p.m.
Sunday 1:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

This is more of 4 1/12 star. I would have rated this a 5 star had I been able to tour a room or two.

03/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
350. Sue H.
The headline: Delicious, eclectic menu, gracious service, beautiful patio and bar, and lively music. The details: I came here on Saturday night of Cinco de Mayo weekend in Old Town, part of a group of 22 people who had spent all day in a meeting nearby. No restaurants were accepting reservations, but the Cosmopolitan welcomed us and made room for us at 2 long tables. My lamb chops with mole sauce and mashed red potatoes were wonderful. My husband loved his Angus beef pot pie. Dinner was preceded by fluffy herb-scented biscuits that were light as popovers. The margaritas were tasty and generously sized. The bluegrass band was excellent-- people were dancing, but it wasn't so loud as to inhibit conversation. Oh-- and the prices were a nice surprise-- $7 for a margarita, $18.95 for my lamb chops. In LA, we'd have paid at least half again as much. I strongly recommend the Cosmopolitan!

03/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
351. Joanna V.
The food at this place is pretty average. Not terrible but not great. This is probably why there is never a wait here. It's good if you're i. A rush in Old Town, but if you have time is probably go some place else. Especially, if you're looking for Mexican. They have a very small selection of Mexican food.

09/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
352. Paul B.
Nikolaus De La Riva the Chef, has put this restaurant on the map. We had the pleasure of dining here , our second time and the food was amazing! The ambience, music and the food made for a wonderful evening. We'll be back thanks to Nikolaus!
A must try in Old Town!

26/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
353. Tj S.
I can't say enough for the manager and staff at this place.  We needed a place for an no host informal memorial for a colleague. We expected about 50 people, so we were given an area on the patio. We had tables set for us. We had a special menu for us. We had waitstaff dedicated to us.

Special shout out to Rourke!  We were a hot mess with out individual bar tabs and sharing of appetizers. He never lost that smile on his face or his pleasant demeaner.

The food was good and tastly. If you take a night to say "whatever" to your New Years resolution and your high cholesterol to eat healthy then I highly recommend the Artichoke Dip and the Macaroni and Cheese fritters.

Request the patio. It has a nice ambiance.

My new Old Town fav.

28/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
354. Mike W.
We were immediately brought to a good table, patio heaters everywhere, and music playing.  Great atmosphere!  We were sat between two different tables each with a dog at the table, not sure if the restaurant is dog friendly or if they were "service" dogs.  

Waited 5-10 minutes, never saw a waiter, eventually waitress comes over to take a drink order and we ask for water.  She starts to walk away, but who are you kidding, we've been sitting there looking at the menus for ten minutes, so we go ahead and order.  Another 5-10 minutes go by and eventually we get our water - it's served in an 8oz cup and you know what the service is like by now... I drain my water cup in about 15 seconds and then try not to die of dehydration before dinner comes.

My carnitas arrive - I realize carnitas are not a made to order dish, they take hours, but they're not exactly hot.  Beans and rice on the side, the rice could have been made yesterday or last week, I'm not really sure.  Lukewarm.  Beans were cold, as if they'd just come out of the can from Smart and Final.  Wife gets the hamburger (there are totally better choices, but I didn't order it, okay?), first off it's the wrong hamburger, secondly it looks like a frozen patty from (again) Smart and Final.  Flag down the waitress (we actually had to call Sheriff's Search and Rescue to find her, but we eventually did), after an eternal back-and-forth we get the correct burger (wait, let me correct that... we get the same burger, but with the correct toppings on it)... meh.

Their kids menu reads straight out of McDonalds.  Grilled cheese, fish sticks, cheese pizza, quesadilla... hey Cosmo, we're not all raising kids with the aspirations of being on one of those Discovery Channel documentaries where they cut the wall off the house and take the 1000lb man out with a crane - HOW BOUT A VEGETABLE OR SOMETHING OTHER THAN BREAD AND CHEESE???

Paying the bill was a total disaster (By this time there are 10 staff wandering around and 3 parties left in the restaurant), I kid you not that it took 20 minutes to get the check, hand my card, and get it back.  The manager actually brought the check back (apparently Sheriff's Search and Rescue was otherwise occupied and couldn't find the waitress), I let loose on him, and he didn't so much as apologize.  

Ahh well, lesson learned.  I'll never be back.

08/03/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
355. Marissa K.
The restaurant was good when we ate here. my husband surprised me with a vacation to San Diego last minute. San Diego was booked up in Downtown but my husband found this hotel through Expedia. It was close to Old Town which is so beautiful and historic. I want to come back to San Diego and bring my daughters.

11/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
356. Matilda A.
Dined here last Friday night before going to the Old Town Theatre.I was pleasantly surprised by the menu which has clearly been upgraded since my last visit here years ago.
Nice selection of appetizers and well drinks for only $5.00 during happy hour. We ordered the Short Ribs and they were delicious! Great atmosphere too.
I'm going to have to stop here more often.

13/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
357. Ellen L.
I really hate these reviews where the food is so bad that you just want to warn people. I've three times taken large groups there for dinners and never has the food come out together and never has the food been hot.
I have talk to the management several times there's definitely a huge problem in the kitchen. As for the hotel I love it I've stayed there for Day of the dead festivities and the rooms are beautiful spotlessly clean and it's just really a fun time.
I sure hope they get the restaurant situation cleared up soon because the patio is really beautiful as well.

02/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
358. Bonnie G.
I went here for a birthday party on a Saturday night.  I can't comment on anything except the food and service at the party since I didn't stay overnight.

The room the party was in was cozy.  The servers were friendly.  The food was pretty good (salad, some type of red meat dish, one vegetarian dish, salad, veggies).  It was buffet style.

The cake was really good, but I think that was from a bakery, not the hotel.

4 stars instead of 5, why?  Well, one dish on the buffet line was dirty and when I ordered a beer, the server left it at the head of the table instead of bringing it to me.  I didn't care about the location part, but I had no idea that was my beer.  So, it just sat there until I realized it.

01/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
359. Leslie B.
First, what a great place to stay. Theme is 1800s and  the staff dress and act in the period. Service is outstanding and experience a 5 star even before the $20 food coupon and free bottle of wine you get for staying. Then there's the restaurant. I had the salmon my first night and it was absolutely delicious! Next two nights I had the Kung Pao calamari which is served on top an Asian salad. It was so good I might have to drive back from home base in Huntington Beach just to have it again! To top off the experience, the chef comes out to get feedback and the owner is around. This is a place that cares and delivers -- a truly special experience!

10/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
360. Dana M.
The food was amazing! I had the most tender espresso short ribs with perfectly roasted brussels sprouts, my husband had amazing steak and lobster fajitas, and my friends had a yummy burger.
Good drinks and good guacamole too!
We used our two  for one passport card and we would go even without it.

15/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
361. Jamie C.
This place was fantastic! I was in the area for work and needed some place to answer a few emails. They luckily had free wifi! I ordered some ice tea and the chef brought out some free desserts for myself as well as a few other people nearby that were delicious! In addition to that every single person working was beyond friendly and helpful! I strongly suggest it!

12/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
362. Bridget A.
Are you looking for somewhere with ambiance, great service, exquisite food and reasonable prices? Well this place has it all! Our server Kelly was divine! He answered all my nosy questions and gave me food suggestions. Hubs ordered the mole chilaquiles and I ordered veggie omelet with a fruity mimosa. Whooey! Those mole chilaquiles are to die for! I would drive back here anytime for more! the coffee was so good too! I don't drink black coffee but their coffee was so good, you didn't need to add anything else.

I can't wait I stay here one day!

27/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
363. Rob W.
This is a really cool Hotel in the Old Town area. I would love to stay here sometime. It looks like it comes right out of the wild west era. They have a nice restaurant located downstairs, and the Hotel is above it.

23/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
364. Kal K.
First time here! Food was amazing! Prices were very very reasonable which does not match the extremely fresh and rich quality of the food. This is a truly five star menu.

The Salmon was an excellent mix of flavors.  The Shrimp scampi ravioli was out of this world. The crown jewel was the red velvet chocolate flan. Highly recommend!!!!

The new Chef's approach brings a very unique twist to classic menu items. His modern fusion of fresh flavor is five star! This is our new favorite place to dine!

07/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
365. Diana B.
My friends and I have been here before during the nighttime but never during the day. I was kind of bummed to hear that they only offer brunch on Sunday's, would have liked to have the option at least. Onto the entrees we go, and I ended up deciding on their herb-crusted pork chop. It is as delicious as it looks. The potatoes were good, but I really liked the combination of veggies on the side. And this is coming from someone who is not a big fan of veggies (it was a mix of spinach, edemame, corn). It came with a tarragon cream sauce on the side, for which I was grateful for because I found the taste to be more on the sweet side. I only wanted a bit of the empowering taste at a time. I can't say anything about the pork chop except it was cooked just right, and was tender and juicy.

Overall for this visit, four stars. The staff were accommodating. The ambiance was nice. Perfect for different group settings, and it was just so actually when we were there - group of friends, young and elderly couples, families too. Good place to stop, rest, and eat and energize again when in Old Town!

07/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
366. Terry L.
Stopped by for cocktails & stayed for dinner.  Aperitif and dinner was excellent!  They were willing substitute the edamame succotash for roasted Brussels sprouts(much better!).  4 stars due to the flat and boring atmosphere in the dining hall.  Would have preferred the patio but it closed for a wedding.

28/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
367. Tami D.
When we shopped at Old Town the other day, my son really wanted to eat at the restaurant of this cool, old Cosmopolitan Hotel. With the staff wearing clothing from the era and a restaurant (and bar) full of antiques, we really feel a unique sense of history when dining here.

Although there was a man playing the piano and taking requests on previous visits, he was no where to be found today. When we asked, the hostess mentioned that they now hire a band for special occasions. Please bring back the "piano man". He was really great!

Okay, now on to the food! While we weren't as impressed with the food on a previous visit, this time the food was excellent! Sitting out on the patio was wonderful on this beautiful day in San Diego. I ordered the  Grilled Peach and Strawberry Salad. With roasted almonds, fried goat cheese, strawberry, and grilled peach slices on a bed of fresh lettuce, this salad was delicious! Even the raspberry vinaigrette dressing was wonderful! My son said his chicken tenders were delicious as well.

We had a chance to wander through part of the restaurant and bar after our meal. The antiques are truly unique. The old pictures and furniture give this place a slightly spooky feel. When we bumped into a friendly staff member while walking through the restaurant, he had some fun stories to share about the hotel. I told him that I heard rumors about the hotel being haunted, and he said some of the hotel guests had seen and heard "funny things" in their room while staying here.

Whether shopping in Old Town, going to the theater next door, or even staying at the hotel itself, the Cosmopolitan really provides a unique look into the area's past and is a great place to grab a delicious lunch or dinner while you're here! We really look forward to have brunch on our next visit!

24/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
368. Stacey M.
This place is great! They have a decent happy hour and a make a great Mojito. They have a great variety of appetizers. We ordered the Brussle Sprouts they were very tasty. We also had the cheese and nut platter once again very happy. The staff is great! Great outside bar.

07/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
369. David D.
Good place, very good food and nice service. Anyone in the area should eat here. Very busy today on mothers day but its worth the wait. I cannot stress how much i loved the food. Im a very picky person and this hit my stomach perfect.

10/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
370. Crystal R.
Chef Niko cooks up a delicious burger and server Bill brings it to you with charm and grace.  We absolutely loved the taste and atmosphere of this delightful place. Must try!

02/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
371. Helene H.
Love going here for Happy Hour!  Great atmosphere, terrific service and really nice selection of drinks.  Most impressive is the happy hour menu.  Some of the regular items include an amazing burger with home made fries, artichoke dip with home made chips, fritters made from mac and cheese, and little fish tacos.  There are also surprise items depending on what the Chef creates. If you're lucky, the Chef will come by to chat.  He's so enthusiastic about his food - and rightly so because it is yummy.

22/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
372. Robert A.
First timer! We stopped in after my daughter's school field trip. This place has a wide variety of food and drinks. I had the short rib-angus burger and my wife had the carnitas tacos...both were excellent!! My daughter's meal was "FREE":) kids eat free too! We actually met Chef Niko, who gave us a quick tour/history of the Cosmopolitan. Niko and the serving staff were outstanding!!

10/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
373. Ryan A.
So a friend and I went for a drink and had Ben as our server he was great fast very personable and all around great guy if you go to the restaurant I suggest you get his section will be back because of him

21/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
374. Allison I.
Dined here on a Tuesday (St. Patrick's day 2015) and was seated immediately. It was nice to have a sweet, old waiter -- seriously found it so cute when I had to repeat my order twice. No sarcasm here, I thought it was adorable and totally endearing.

I ordered the fried chicken and churros and they did NOT disappoint. I'm originally from LA and swear by Roscoes Chicken and Waffles, and I think these are comparable (if not better). The chicken was sweetened with some kind of maple syrup type glaze, yet the breading was savory, slightly spicy and perfectly crunchy. I didn't think the churros would hold up the way waffles would, but they did and I loved the cinnamon sugar and chicken combo!

Only thing I'll complain about was how long it took us to get our check. We waited about 15 minutes after making it clear we wanted boxes to receive our check.

Sit outdoors! We got here before sunset and it was nice enjoying dinner while it was still bright out.

04/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
375. Gabe M.
Talk about service, we were greeted by the head chef! We came here just for the churros and were blown away. I will defiantly come back for a entire meal next time. Place looks awesome and really neat environment. Thanks so much for making our family feel special!!! Check out the photos

10/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
376. Stacy C.
This place was wonderful. We went here for dinner and it wasn't very busy. The waiter was great and there was a big party and they were singing and playing the guitar and it made it for a nice relaxing evening.

22/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
377. Aileen S.
Waited 50 mins for a app. The middle aged, blonde bartender forgot our order and there were only 3 small groups at the bar. She commented it was a slow day. By the time the app arrived, my blood sugar was shot and I was very upset.

The forgetful bartender asked why I waited so long to eat and that I shouldn't do that! She tried to cover up her mistake and make it look like it was my fault. Wow...

01/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
378. Ed M.
We've been going here for over a year at least once a month and every time it's not only fun to sit at the bar and visit with Laurie but the food is is very good as well. The last time we were there Niko the chef came out to see us and have us try a new creation of his. It was a Grilled Mako Shark Sandwich and it was amazing. Hope they add it to their menu. Anyway, I would recommend going to experience the Atmosphere, Delicious Food and just to get away to have a break from the norm.

14/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
379. Emily T.
This is a review of the bar only. I've visited a couple times and the service is quick and very friendly. It is a relaxing atmosphere for a margarita among the lemon and lime trees in their courtyard. A real oasis in an area that can be packed with families and tourists.

17/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
380. Allyson L.
My family and I came here for dinner on Friday night. We used to come to Casa de Bandini (what The Cosmopolitan used to be) all the time and didn't know what to expect from the new restaurant. We were very pleasantly surprised!!

We started with the Rustico Bruschetta and the Crispy Brussels Sprouts and could have left happy with those alone! Both were absolutely delicious. Chef Niko came out and greeted us too. He was very friendly and gave us his recommendations.  I highly suggest listening to what he says! We had the Pan Seared Chipotle Salmon dish he recommend and it was probably the best salmon I've ever had. We will most definitely be back for more!!

27/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
381. Nadia R.
Amazing.

One thing that needed work: we came in at 8pm. It closes at 9. For our drinks and order, the waiters were quick to come to the table, but it was difficult to find anyone to get any refills, and I had to get up and track down our waiter to get our check.

The reason I am giving 5 stars instead of 4 for that is because everything else is jut that great.

The atmosphere is extremely romantic with all the flora and plants and the glowing lanterns hanging. The semi-outdoor vibe creates a nice breeze, but there was a heat lamp right by our table so the temperature was perfect. Wanted to cuddle up and go to sleep next to it, it was so cozy. A band was playing there until about 8:30, and they played a bunch of great jazzy, but very sweet and romantic songs like "The World Smiles with You", which really made it feel like an old time vibe like you are back in the day of the hotel at it's early years.

The restaurant, which is in the hotel courtyard, is perfectly placed amongst the antique setting of Old Town, which is in general a very romantic looking place. Food was truly delicious and unique- it was hard to choose what to eat because it all looked SO good. We went with the bacon bourbon wontons, which were larger than expected- super delectable. Then for dinner I ordered the chicken and churros (WOW soooo good) with tempura green beans (delish) and my husband ordered the scallop homemade gnocchi. It was all so delicious that we were too full to order dessert, which is a shame because it all looked so good! Looks like we'll just have to go back :) :)

11/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
382. Chrissie C.
The best decision I made in my entire wedding planning process was my first one: choosing the Cosmopolitan as my reception venue. I don't even know where to begin my praise. My now husband and I came to the Cosmo for our first site visit. Lynn was friendly and fair and drafted a proposal we both thought was more than reasonable for our tight purse strings. But green as we were, we wanted to see what else was out there since the Cosmo (as charming and perfect as it was) wasn't DIY enough for us.

But after a venue search adventure that took us everywhere from San Diego to San Luis Obispo to Pioneertown in Joshua Tree and pretty much everywhere in between, we ran straight back into Lynn's loving arms at the Cosmopolitan. And never looked back.

First of all, getting married in Old Town is the single best thing you can do. Something about getting married in a place where vibes are positive and teetering on celebratory is a wise choice. People are just happy in Town...whether it's the Mexican food or all that tequila...it's just a rad place. Add to that the historical appeal and beauty of the Cosmo with its gorgeous outdoor courtyard and old-timey charm. There's no better place for a festive celebration.

I opted for my ceremony to take place at the nearby Temple at Heritage Park as I felt I wanted a proper transition from ceremony to reception. It worked out great and the Cosmo was more than accommodating with this choice. Steal this idea: have a mariachi band lead your guests in a procession from ceremony to reception. Magical! And so Old Town!

My guests absolutely loved the Cosmo. I've been told since my wedding by many of them that my wedding was the "best ever" and that the venue was "perfection". They were also over the moon about the food served during cocktail hour and for dinner. The size of the courtyard makes a wedding of more than 100 feel intimate enough but not crowded. Although I'd imagine a much bigger wedding may be too much.

My advice to any couple getting married at the Cosmo is to really take the time to get to know the venue and the people who work there. It's truly a special place with such rich history. And the employees of the Cosmo are some of the best people you will meet.

Can't wait to come back!

06/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
383. Kellie P.
This review is for the hotel exclusively.

This place is a dream!

Staff are courteous and helpful. They show you around the beautiful outdoor restaurant and inside nook where they serve breakfast each morning. I would take the trip down here for the scones alone -- oh my goodness, they are perfection. The staff consistently keep it clean and refreshed. If you'd prefer, you can take your breakfast upstairs and eat outside on the deck. Each room has its own table, perfect for taking in the views of puzzled tourists, looking up at you as if you're an attraction.

At night, you can watch the sun set over Old Town. On the night I was there, a man walked around playing his guitar and we caught the fireworks display at one of nearby amusement parks. I mean, seriously? I felt like I was in a rom-com waiting to be proposed to. Incredible.

The rooms are decorated per the time period. There are no TVs or radios. You do get wifi, it's not great but it's there.

I'd recommend room 9 above all. I could sit in that tub all day. There is a separate shower as well. I'd say this room would also work best for families. The two rooms give you plenty of space!
Room 4/5 is also spacious and has a sliding door in the middle of the room to divide the seating and bed area. Shower is a bit high as it's a claw foot tub combo so any one who might have a problem should be advised.
Room 1 is perfectly fine just a bit too small.

If you're looking for ghosts, word is Room 4/5, 6, and 11 are your best bet. A woman in housekeeping told us she always left those doors opened while she worked and said guests had a lot to say about their time in them...

Other things to take note: they often host events in the restaurant. It can get a little rowdy but the noise always dies down by about 10/11. Also, you can hear other guests walking outside on the deck at all times. If you're a light sleeper, I'd take ear plugs.

None of the mentioned complaints would keep me from this place. I love this hotel. Take my advice: stay here for a night. You won't regret it.

10/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
384. Jen E.
We were searching for wedding venues and the Cosmopolitan was one of our top 3 choices.  To help us make a final decision, we visited the restaurant one night to test the service and food quality.  I'm happy to say that we had the best experience that night.  

Ben was our server and he did an amazing job.  He was professional, knowledgeable, and extremely friendly.  Our small group ordered 5-7 different dishes and EVERYTHING was delicious - compliments to the Chef and kitchen staff.  Needless to say, Ben and the good food is what made us choose the Cosmopolitan as our wedding venue.  I'm now excited to work with the staff in planning our wedding!

16/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0