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Rating: 4.11

Address: Westgate Hotel, San Diego, CA, 92101
  • Mon: Closed
  • Tue: Closed
  • Wed: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Thu: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Fri: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sat: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sun: Closed

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Comments (65):

1. Addie N.
I felt like I've died and gone to heaven, foodie heaven.  The restaurant was absolutely beautiful and romantic.  The pianist was exceptionally good and the service is fabulous.  Since it's Restaurant Week, they have a special menu for $40 per person.  I would've paid the regular price because the food is soooooo delicious.  As an appetizer, we ordered the Macadamia Crusted Sea Scallop which was tender, juicy, and literally melts in your mouth.  There's shaved black truffles on top as well as  risotto on the side.  I can't believe there's actual truffles since those things are so expensive.  The Maine  Lobster & King Crab Cake was perfectly seasoned, crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside.  For the main entree, we ordered the Prime Beef Tenderloin, which was definitely one of the best I've ever had.  It was perfectly seasoned, perfectly cooked, and the meat is tender and juicy.  Finally for dessert, we had the Baked Alaska, which is really hard to find at any restaurants these days.  It is ice cream on top of a thin layer of sponge cake, wrapped inside a meringue and topped with grand marnier.  The server lights the whole thing up at the table, soooo cool, sooo good!  Love it, love it , love it!!!!

29/01/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Netoy D.
This review is for their Seafodd Soiree that occurs every Friday.

This is the second time that we dined at this event. Went there last Friday for my sister's and my niece's birthdays and they couldn't find my reservation (I even called them twice - the second time was to adjust the size of my reservation). Michael, the maitre' d was so kind and gracious that he was able to accomodate us (and offered us unlimited champagne because of the gaffe). He was the epitome of an excellent host - very professional!
Service was truly exceptional! Our table was cleared immediately of just-used dishes, our drinks refilled, etc. Can't say enough about how excellent their service was.
Food was equally good. My only negative comment was the lobster - as I've said this is my second time and on both times, the lobsters were rubbery as they were probably kept in the steamer too long. I commented this to Michael and he offered to have the chef cook us a new batch (we declined as we were just completing our dinner) - how's that for service?
My niece who is a picky eater, went back to the table so many times. She particularly loved the chocolate fountain!!!

30/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. T T.
Le Fontainebleau at the Westgate Hotel in Downtown San Diego

This is the place to go if you want it all:  impress a date, great food, great ambiance, great service.      We recently discovered this place through restaurant week, and this is the new place to go for us.

The restaurant is most spectacularly impressive.     Spacious and elegantly decorated.   There is a piano bar and dance floor for the diners in the mood to swing the partner around during the meals.

The food was top notched.  We paid for a 3 course meals, and they brought out 5-6 courses for us:  extra soup,  samplers, deserts.     They did this both times that we visited last week.  Yep, it was so awesome that we went back twice!    The food were delicious.  The best things to order is their Chilean Sea Bass, their chateaubriand.    For desert, you have to check out their Alsakan flambe.   The portions were larger than most four stars restaurants out there.  They also had excellent wine pairing for the wine enthusiast.     Overall, they really catered diners with excellent service.
They have this Seafood Soiree on Fridays nights that we have been hearing great things about too.
We ate out for most of Restaurant week, picking only top notched establishments:  Oceanaire, ElBizgotcho, Mille fleur, etc...  However, Le Fontainebleau at the Westgate is clearly the winner in fine dining for us.    Bon Apetit"

12/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. paul t.
Went for restaurant week.... awesome food desert and wine.  Service was A1 and beautiful place to take your date.
Went to Oceanaire, El Bizcocho and Rainwater.  This ranked highest with me and the wife.

03/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Cat G.
Excellent Mother's Day Brunch! The food is delicious and the restaurant is beautiful. A bit pricey, but worth it!

26/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Zoe R.
I'm mad at you, your NY Day Brunch sucked AND was a rip off.  AND no validated parking!  Just like a hotel to jack up the prices and perks.  No more love from me.  I found the Valencia in LJ, it blows you out of the water!

14/07/08 | Link | Rating: 1.0
7. Haruka M.
The Sunday brunches are $42 with some signature beverages such as champagne, Bloody mary, Margaritas. The food here is excellent! I recommend it for special occasions such as birthdays or anniversaries!!!

07/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Leo C.
Mother's day brunch... Anniversary Brunch... Birthday bash? Where to go for or my loved ones for a special occasion? Le Fountainbleu is my choice. This place is on my speed dial! A great Sunday buffet, great food (caviar, fresh made crepes and waffles anyone?) great waiter service (my mimosa has never run dry) at an excellent price. The pianist is awesome (even let my mom sing along with him [face palm]). It's all elegantly good here... No schmaltz (like at the Hotel Del) just good food and an excellent experience... If you want a perfect anniversary or even a first date, this is the place on a Sunday morning. The food in the evenings is great too.... so boublepluss..

08/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. D G.
I know this is the restaurant of restaurants.  But I withhold a star just because they didn't get us our forks after we asked a couple times.  I can do that when you pay such prices as charged in a place so incredible.  TO NOTE:  the buffet is AAAAAWESOME!  It was Easter and we decided to go and enjoy.  So great.  I can't even began to share how much amazing food they had.  Station after station.  Hats off to Richard Cox the General Manager!  Awesome crew!

24/03/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Kevin R.
This was the only seafood heavy buffet I've ever been to that really impressed me with the freshness and quality of ingredients. Totally worth every penny. However, I'm pretty sure this place is closed now and I'll never get to eat there again :(

10/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Jenn N.
The decor and setting itself are quite nice. They have a pianist playing some music.  with this said, The food itself is just ok. They have quite a bit of seafood like caviar and oysters.  Maybe it's because I went for lunch but I was expecting a lot more variety. The desserts were quite good. My only complaint was the sushi didn't seem as fresh. All in all, I don't think I'll be coming back here anytime soon not for lunch anyways.

12/08/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
12. M D.
Best. Seafood. Buffet. EVER.

Went for the Seafood Soiree and was blown away. So elegant, so magical, so delicious, so exceeded my expectations. Fresh sushi, excellent shrimp, mussles, oysters, steamed Maine lobsters (with the de-shelled claw sitting on top for your scarfing pleasure), all kinds of baked/steamed/sauteed fish varieties, black caviar on little pancakes (they said it was blini, but I know blini and that wasn't blini), leg of lamb and prime rib for the carnivores, delicious complementary champagne and the most excellent dessert bar ever. They had a chocolate fountain. 'Nuff said.

But here's a warning: the first flute is free. Each subsequent glass of champagne is $15 each. OUCH!

09/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Ann N.
best $42pp sunday champagne brunch i had!!!
and delicious!
all u can eat crab, caviar, anything breakfast, cheeses, meats, shrimps and a whole spread of dessert.  BUT the best part is all you can drink champagne and orange juice = mimosas :)  they also had sushi items with a carving station of 3 different meats that you can pick.
each dessert, i think we tried every kind they have, was soooo good.  
their fruits were super sweet...soooo good.
we got there at 10am....OK we might have been the only underdressed group but we still got treated very well.  Very upscale setup and the service was extremely attentive.
If you have ever been to the Bally's Sunday Brunch in vegas, this compares to it but you do not have to pay $100pp.  
we did not eat again until 5pm as we consumed way too much but everything was so good.  
I will definitely come back the next time we are in SD.
recommend that you make reservations.

14/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Plemmie V.
Without a doubt, The Westgate has the Best French Chef in San Diego County!  He continues to create scrumptious , mouth-watering lunch and dinner menus that not just taste fantastic but also look divine! If  you like to impress someone, take them for lunch or dinner to The Westgate and it will be an experience you will not soon forget!  As a matter of fact, you will be dreaming about it for a long time. Seriously, it's a treat, do yourself a favor and start out with a Brunch on Sunday and you'll be convinced that this Chef is into serving serious delicious food business.

08/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. Jen T.
The only reason I come to this restaurant is for thei Seafood Soiree on Friday nights.

It is a buffet focusing on seafood. Why is this different? Because they have whole lobsters. And its prepared 2 different ways. One steamed with butter, and the other is some sort of cream mushroom sauce topping. The lobster is split in half. Its all you can eat lobster people. And no, I dont mean slipper tail lobsters, these are like one pounder suckers with the claws. On top of the lobster, they also have other wonderful seafood entrees. There is a carving table where you can get a meat dish too. A lot of selection. But again, i come here to gorge on lobsters. Ive been known to eat about 3 whole ones in one sitting. Gross? Perhaps, but at a little less than $50/person, its well worth it. Dont come if you dont like seafood tho. There aint much for you. But if you love lobster, than this is the place to be. It only happens on Friday nights tho.

They also have delicious desserts with fresh made crepes and a chocolate fountain.

Oh yeah, nice ambiance and elegant setting with piano player, but I just come for the food.

25/06/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Chad K.
Simply amazing.

Before even stepping foot into the restaurant, the hotel itself is a total blast from the past -- from a time when going out was a really big production.  There's a huge grand staircase and everything is so elegant that you feel like you are arriving at a black tie affair.

The restaurant itself is a small, intimate hotel ballroom (an oxymoron I know) with high ceilings, pictures, and decoration everywhere.  The servers here wore white gloves, white tuxedo coats, and were incredibly friendly and helpful.  The live singer and piano really are the cherry on top.  

Oh yeah, and the food here is really, really good.  I had the bay scallop appetizer and beef tenderloin entree.  Both were excellent.  And each was preceded by a small treat of some kind.  My favorite was the passion fruit flavored shave ice.  Yeah, you heard me.  Shave ice between courses.  We also took advantage of the wine pairing option which was a good choice.  The flambe I had for dessert was a little singed, but that's probably because we encouraged the servers to make a big show of it.

After we finished dinner, the couples in our party ended up on the dance floor for a few numbers.  Thanks for such a wonderful evening!

Disclaimer: I went there during restaurant week.

24/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Brian A.
This restaurant is the epitome of fine dining. It is located on the second floor of the Westgate Hotel but does not provide the stunning views that i have become accustomed to when eating at nice restaurants. Despite this insignificant accessory, the food, service, and ambiance are all exceptional. The dining room gives you an "Old Rich" type of atmosphere decorated with golden light fixtures and exquisite crown moldings. They even had live music.

My main entre consisted of Kobe beef topped off with foie gras which was nothing short of amazing. The beef literally felt like it was melting in my mouth. It was great.

18/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. Ani P.
When people ask me what I want for my birthday, I ask them to take me here for brunch.  I love it!

I usually start with the seafood.  Some shrimp, maybe some sushi and smoked salmon.  But the best is of course the caviar!  And the greatest thing is they have blinis instead of just the toast points.  Awesome. (Now, granted it's not russian caviar or the best out there, but it's good enough to hold you over.)

From there I move on to the fresh fruit, where they also have an array of salads and deli meats and cheeses.  And in the meantime you can wash it all down with orange juice or champagne, or a mimosa if you so choose.

They have differents meats, oysters rockefeller, chicken, fish, potatoes, bacon, sausage, and an omelette station.

But, to me, their crepe station is the best.  I usually pig out and ask for them to make me two at the same time instead of one. The berry ones are delicious (my mouth is watering just thinking about them).

And lastly, to finish off the feast, is the main attraction (for me at least): the chocolate fountain.  If possible, I would just park my butt under it with my mouth open, but I don't think that would be a very pleasant sight.  So, I usually just stick to the strawberries and marshmallows and dunk them in there instead of my face.  Mmmmm.

Oh, and one more thing.  It's nice that they have someone playing the piano or harp because it really adds to the ambiance of the place.  And the staff is all very friendly and helpful.

You can bet I'll be here for my birthday this year. :)

21/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Tracie W.
My husband and I went to the Sunday Brunch at Le Fontainebleau yesterday, and all I can say is OMG!!!!  I read some of the other reviews on yelp. talking about the fact that it is pricey, and I guess that is personal, as I felt the $42 price tag was incredibly reasonable for what you get.  Unlimited vodka, tequila or champagne to begin with, and I for sure ate my weight in caviar, Florida stone crab claws and oysters.  The food was EXCEPTIONAL; fresh with an unbelievable amount of choices for any palate.  The decor was very elegant as well, and we enjoyed the live piano music to accompany our delicious meal.  I've done brunch at the Ritz, the Four Seasons, and other luxury hotels, and this was by far the BEST I have ever experienced.  What a find, and I highly recommend this phenomenal brunch to all!

20/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. sugi o.
i LOVE brunch. it is indulgent, fun and way too much food. especially when you get to go to a gorgeous hotel and have bottomless champagne, crepes made to order, a seafood station, an omelette station, a hotfood station, dessert station, and a chocolate fountain. Yes, the seafood might not be the best quality and they may not have 200 food items like the bellagio... but cmon, for $40 something dollars, can u really complain?? i think for the value, it's awesome and the setting is so pretty.

one tip - noticed that the stone crab claws ran out around 12:30 so definitely get there early to make sure you get some~

30/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
21. Shane L.
Took my wife for a weekend getaway for our on year wedding anniversary.  We went to Sunday brunch here.  Its classy, and the service was top notch.  The even gave us a special table right in front of the piano which had a very nice gentleman playing it.  Now the food...there was the perfect amount and choices.  Sometimes, I notice that buffets have too many choices, and the quality of the food decreases.  This was not the case here.  There was a lot of premium seafood choices like oysters.  The deserts were a def favorite.  The lady making the crepes was amazing!  We will definitely go back!

17/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Alison F.
I WISH I took pictures because the current ones posted don't do justice to this grand buffet. The upscale french decor adds to the rich ambiance this hotel has created. The elevators take you to the restaurant and when the doors open you are walking right into the buffet. ( It's sort of a weird set up.) The piano man plays a little of everything...Elton John, Whitney Houston... This is not your typical buffet. A lot of the food is served European style. Each appetizer has its own plate. For example, one slice of ahi was presented on a small plate with a dab of wasabi sauce and a sprig of parsley (I think). The food was excellent. Some of the items on the menu today were: prime rib, omelet station, crepe and waffle station, lamb, spare rib with truffle macaroni, chicken piccata, mashed potatoes, ceviche, shrimp, crab, sushi, salmon, oysters, caviar, and the list goes on! Desserts...DESSERTS! A chocolate fountain with your choice of strawberries, pineapples, or marshmallows, chocolate/hazelnut mousse, tiramisu, creme brule, and more. The icing on the cake....mimosas! It was so worth the $42.
One note: I think this place deserves some respect when it comes to dress code. This is not a Vegas buffet. It's fine dining, white table cloth.You shouldn't come in with jean shorts and a tank top or a wife beater shirt or a club outfit. I think you will feel awkward if you do.
This place is an excellent choice if you feel like being pampered.

13/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Nick T.
Wow, I'm craving the brunch here. Its been too long and I need to make a re-appearance.

$42 per person. Yes thats not a typo. $42 man ! Start saving some dough now people.

With the amount of money that Ive been spending going to the local spots with the other Yelpers, it sounds like a freakin bargain.

Just bring a flask and pour the contents into your OJ and and your buddies OJs and voila ! Instant cocktail.

17/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. VICKY C.
Sunday Brunch. $42 per person

Went there on 2/14/2010. Great food Great environment !
Clam, oyster, mini crab cakes, prime ribs, lamb, waffles, crepes, omettles, desserts...etc

4 stars for the food + environment.
Minus 1 star because of the waiter. Even though it's V-day but wasn't that busy. He was pretty slow, I have to ask every time for more drinks (juice/coffee).....

2 persons was $91.xx after tax.... with the gratuity $15.xx actually i wanna pay less of it becoz of the service, but i couldn't. :(
so end up is about $107.xx for 2 person !

I recommended this place !

16/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. Joe G.
Beware. This is not the Fountainebleau of the past.. The waitstaff is horrible. If they greet you, it is with a blank stare and a bad attitude.

The Food is horrendous.  Cold overcooked food abounds.  Their desserts make Marie Calendars seem 5 star. It is best described as bilge.

Their wine list is nice and reasonably priced.  Their manager seemed genuine, but over-worked.

AVOID this establishment at all costs.

14/12/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
26. Stu S.
$42 a person...worth it if you like caviar and seafood.  

My folks took the wife and I for my birthday brunch.  We loved it, but we all ate our monies worth of caviar alone.  We really enjoy champagne and caviar, so we just loaded up.  I also like raw shellfish  and oyster shooters, so I was happy.  

I've read a couple reviews saying that the seafood was not hot or that the menu was different.  They do have a hot seafood night on Fridays for $52, so make sure you're looking at the correct menu.

A couple reviews mentioned the chaffing dish items being blah; however, Le Fontainebleau does a great job of making these items in small portions so the chaffing dish items don't get messed up.

The other plus was the prime rib, pork, and lamb.  We tried all those meats and they were very nice.

The other plus was the crepes bar, the desserts, and the chocolate fountain.  

If you don't like seafood, it may not be your thing, but if you like seafood and caviar (full service), you can't beat the price.  We all agreed it was one of the best values we've come across with respect to brunch.  When compared to the Ritz Carlton ($78) and the St. Regis ($65) brunches in South Orange County, we all agreed the value was much better for Le Fontainebleau.

If you're idea of a good brunch buffet is scrambled eggs, homestyle potatoes, and bacon, you may not appreciate this brunch and it's probably not worth the money for you.

19/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. MAY J.
The best Champagne Sunday Brunch you will ever eat. For a price.

$42 per person includes:
Unlimited Champagne, Fresh orange juice, Coffee
+ tons of amazing food.

Caprese salad, fresh berries, haricots verts, crepes chocolate mousse, chocolate fountain with marshmellows and strawberries were my favorite.

I hate seafood, but if you like seafood this is the best place in the world for you. They have a guy making sushi, they have caviar, oyster shooters, lobster or crab?, and like 20 more kinds of seafood dishes or bites.

Menu is on this page:

The place is very fancy, modeled after 18th century France.

The bathrooms are also the cleanest fanciest bathrooms you have ever seen in your life. lol

07/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. Zee M.
I was thinking I went on a Saturday evening and the price for the buffet (I am loath to describe it as such, given the nationwide penchant towards troughs that claim to be restaurants) was less than $40.  Of course, that was ~2003, before gas prices and seafood-threatening oil spills gave people the rationale for jacking up costs.

ANYWAY...I love this place.  I went all by myself and didn't miss the company, as my new friends kept appearing on my plate.  Albeit temporarily.

Yes, I loved the caviar, the lobster, the seared ahi (I believe) tuna...wow.

One of my favorite buffets I've been to in the country...right up there with Aquavit's Sunday brunch in NYC.  From what I gather, it's STILL great.  This is that "big splurge" you need to do for yourself once in a while.  Enjoy.

02/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Erica Y.
On vacation in San Diego, and on Friday night went there for the famous seafood buffet.  For $52 a person, it is a great deal in my opinion.  First of all, it's old-school French luxury, the perfect place to try impress a date.  Second, impeccable service.  You are taken care of, period.  Also you get a complimentary champagne toast too, not bad.

Now food wise it is still a buffet, nothing taste exceptionally great, you do get whole lobsters, oysters, ahi tuna, prime rib, the whole nine yards.  However, they taste just ok.  You get more quantity then quality (lots of rice in the sushi).  Dessert however was amazing!  Every dessert we tried (and we tried them ALL) were sooooooo good.  We ATE every dessert there (and there were many different kinds) and some twice, like the bread pudding.

It was definitely a memorable experience, and love the piano player too, he was very entertaining.

23/08/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. Christine S.
A true 5 Star dining experience

We just tried this for the first time during restaurant week- what an incredible experience!  This is totally old-school with the flowery wallpaper and carpet and knick-knacks a-la Louis XVI.  But beyond the old antique/stuffy kind of ambiance-- this place is very cool.  Our head waiter was extremely attentive- there were a total of 4 waiters in all who each seemed to have specific responsibilities and all had great attention to detail.

We enjoyed the  3 course prix fixe menu which became a 5 course menu with the "chef's surprises" which included ahi tartare and a yummy raspberry sorbet to cleanse the palette.  I ordered the diver scallops- broiled perfectly with a complimentary kiwi and mango relish. The main course was a beef tenderloin with caramelized shallots and mushrooms.  Each of these dishes was so much more complicated in flavor and in presentation than I can describe.  It was an adventure to sample each one.  I selected the semolina cake with chocolate mousse and caramelized bananas.  I loved the mouse and bananas- the cake was more like a rice pudding using semolina granules- not the most exciting.  We chose the recommended wine pairing-- it was very complementary- I had a fruity sauvignon blanc with my scallops-- perfect combo!

Did I mention that we were serenaded by a pianist who provided an assortment of classical, pop, show tunes, and American standards-- very nice touch to dinner.

Overall, this is definitely a place to come back to and splurge once in a while.  The quality of the food and service is incomparable. You don't have to be rich to enjoy "the good life" once in awhile.  Just choose wisely!

23/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
31. Sara B.
This is what my kiddo calls "The Princess Brunch!". Pretty fancy place!  Not a super huge buffet set-up, but it's nice.  Definitely a must do; at least once.  Oh, and my fave, bottomless champagne!

14/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Mellie P.

The staff is very professional, the coffee was delicious, the atmosphere was sublime, seating was comfy, food was tasty and the mimosas were bottomless, which is always a nice reminder that you're getting your moneys worth.


There doesn't seem to be a dress code.  Not that I was in a dress but the most casual attire should be jeans and a button down shirt, at the very least.  Watching three douchebags stroll in after their workout (still donned in jogging suits) made me queasy.  That's something the hotel should demand nobody should see.  It may not be the Ritz, but it's a nice enough hotel that we should keep it classy San Diego!

No sashimi, dissapointing.  The sushi was both weak and mediocre.  Supermarkets serve better sushi, honestly.

The prime rib cuts were laughable.  There were only about 12 people in the dining room and it didn't increase much in the two hours we were there, could you spare a slice sir?  I got two slivers, and it was a bit tough at that.

The bread server seems mad when you decline.

The coffee came at the rate of stop.

Either way, an enjoyable experience, and I'll be back.

31/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Sunny B.

Was kind of a disappointment. Maybe I got myself all worked up for my birthday brunch, but I was not impressed. SEVERAL items on the published brunch menu (available on the website) were not available - no where to be found. Heartbreak.

I had dreams the night before about guzzling warm seafood dipped in butter and washing it down with champers. Be warned - the seafood is COLD and honestly, low quality.

The hot dishes were sitting out in individual platters/dishes and wouldn't you know, became hard and stale under the heat lamps. The swordfish with polenta cake had so much potential but was ruined by the dryness from the heat lamp. Pity.

All the staff were outstanding - seriously wonderful! Champers glass was always full and dirty buffet plates removed.

Only 1 thing was good enough for a yummy dance - my first mimosa of the day. That's not saying a lot especially since I tried almost every dish there - flat-lined. I definitely won't be returning. The stuffy atmosphere and average food just isn't my thang.

05/02/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
34. Michelle C.
Why isn't there an option to give zero stars?

1. Crab claws - We showed up at 1:00 (one hour before brunch ended) and there were NO crab claws.  Actually, there were about 5 one inch pieces of the end of the claw with no meat in them.  I wish I had taken a picture.  The restaurant never replenished the bowl.  If they aren't going to replenish the items that they advertise are going to be available, they should clearly indicate that items are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2. Food poisoning - I was extremely sick several hours later.  Don't eat here unless you want to spend the rest of the day in the bathroom.  The health department seriously needs to make a visit to this establishment.  The "whipped cream" sat out all day in a bowl in its somewhat liquified form.  In addition, a number of cooked seafood dishes also sat out all day.  I'm guessing it was one of those items that made me sick, since my boyfriend was fine and didn't eat those items.

I remember this brunch fondly as a child, but the food is nothing like it used to be.  It's a shame...

19/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
35. Anh ..
Buffet is a dirty word among elitists...but here...it is oooooooooh so right.

The only buffet in SD that beats their buffet is the Hotel Del.

You can thank me when you have food coma.

04/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. Diana L.
Wow.  My honey took me here for their Sunday brunch buffet to celebrate our anniversary.

The place itself is really classy, because it's located inside the very luxurious Westgate Hotel.  Classy, as in my bathroom stall had marble walls and its own chandelier, as in there was a guy playing the piano for our listening pleasure, as in our champagne glasses were always filled to the brim.  And the FOOD.  Oh man.  I've never had a brunch buffet like this before.  some of our favorites:

-Salmon steak with pastry crust
-Fresh sashimi, cut to order
-Oyster shooters that actually have vodka in them
-Brie and strawberries
-Chocolate fountain
-Crepes, cooked to order
-2 kinds of egg benedict
-Creme brulee
-Scalloped potatoes

I was really surprised at how fresh the seafood was... and then I found out about the Seafood Soirees on Fridays.  Yes, the seafood here is outstanding, even when it's not a Friday.  The presentation of all the dishes were beautiful... I'm bummed I didn't get to take pictures for y'all, but it didn't really seem like a picture-taking type of place.  All around a taste-bud-boggling  and very romantic experience.  Take your honey here, and you will get lucky!

19/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
37. Yilian P.
Buffets these days can get quite expensive, and with this place charging $52 for a dinner buffet, it was still definitely worth it!  Le Fontainebleau is in the beautiful Westgate hotel and when I went there for a office Christmas dinner, the place went all out with the Christmas decorations.  Complete with a live pianist, ice sculpture, chocolate fountain, and a make your own crepe station, I was in heaven.  The best part of the buffet has to be the lobsters, it's declawed for you!! All you can eat sashimi was awesome, all you have to do is to ask the sushi chef to cut you some salmon or tuna instead of making you a roll.  

While the buffet is expensive, I think it's still a great deal compared to San Diego's restaurant week where each person goes for $40 a head and sometimes you leave still feeling empty.  Nothing beats all you can eat, especially at this seafood buffet, so save up and splurge a little!  Oh and go with a date, the dinner  ambiance is so romantic, and the lights are so dimmed that if you go with a bunch of guys, you might feel a little bit weird.  Well... who cares, the food will make up for it!!

02/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
38. Butterfly Y.
This review is for the Sunday brunch at the Westgate Hotel in downtown. We went to this brunch just a little over a week ago.  I truly recommend it to anyone who appreciates FINE service. For $45 per person is beyond worth it! I'm surprised that a city such as San Diego does not have that many places for (buffet) brunch.  I could only find (online) the Hornblower's  brunch and this one. I wasn't that torn between my 2 options, since the menu for the WESTGATE Hotel brunch has much more variety and higher quality food, such as the carving station that has prime rib (one of the reasons I came here); eggs benedict, a full station of seafood, omelet station with everything you can imagine, antipasto dishes, and a great array of desserts, between MANY other delicious options. I wish I had a bigger space in my stomach so I could enjoy more of their options.  Take your time between courses, (because there's a whole lot to choose from) don't rush it, but enjoy it, order cocktails, take your time. They do offer mimosas; they're included with the brunch. The ambiance is very elegant, they have a pianist so you can enjoy much more for the time you are going to be here. I saw people who weren't dressed according to the standard; they seemed like they came straight from a marathon.  Please consider your appearance when you come here, casual clothing is not appropriate, but that is just my personal opinion, the first time I had brunch here, I wore jeans, and I did feel out of place. All the food is delicious and displayed beautifully; you can tell they put a lot of effort into it. If I had one complaint, it would be the crème brulee, it had liquorish in it, not my favorite ingredient, but that's just me. I think they just started adding liquorish because, before, it tasted really good. Other than that, all the desserts were sooo good. I truly recommend the westgate brunch!

17/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. Kong N.
I did reservations here and have been here a few times.  THey should have notice that i am a regular and gave me better seating and service.  I havent gone back since Valentines day.  The review is late but the non satisfaction still lingers

13/12/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
40. Erika H.
This was an okay buffet, but I was under impressed and won't go back.  For two people plus the tax and tip, our bill came to $100.00 even.  Trust me, there are better brunches to be had in that price range.

Today, the selections were heavily skewed towards seafood dishes (I'm not sure if this is typical), and my husband and I aren't that big on seafood.  I tried some shark and it tasted really weird.

Many of the buffet selections were warm but not hot, because they were just warmed by heat lamps.  I hope I don't get food poisoning.

Besides that, the prime rib was the best I've ever had!!!  It was absolutely delicious.  The vegetables were crisp tender, and I liked the mashed potatoes and many of the desserts.  Plus, I enjoyed sipping on the Spanish sparkling wine.

The decor is like an overly ornate French wedding cake from the 1700s.  It kind of felt like dining inside of a museum, like The Huntington in San Marino, but dustier and not as well-maintained.

The most disappointing aspect of this buffet was the absence of service.  The wait staff almost never came around to check on us to see if we needed more water, to clear our plates, etc.  I had to flag the workers down as they were clearing or setting other tables to make requests.  I asked for more orange juice, but the server never came with the pitcher.  The lack of service was unacceptable.

Also, when I called to make my reservation ahead of the time, an employee read me a long list of dress code requirements.  Because of this, we got all dressed up.  But when we arrived, we were way too overdressed.  There were women in daisy dukes, tank tops, and flip flops, and men with jeans or shorts and t-shirts, etc.  Since there is not really a dress code in practice, then they should not tell customers that there is one over the phone.  I recommend wearing casual clothes so you don't end up feeling silly.

18/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
41. Malia P.
$42 for sunday brunch! yum!

The time passed by rather quickly and before i realized we had eaten for two hours straight. Cold seafood,  chocolate fountain, omelette station, crepe station, carving station everything I could want! I think i finished a bowl of caviar...

It's not your ordinary brunch. You won't find lemon wedges here. They wrap half a lemon in a mesh bag tied with a ribbon.

It's a good place to bring visitors.

31/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
42. Tony W.
I was here twice in the last month.  My parents decided to get away from DC for a few days and they did it separately because otherwise, there'd be nobody to take care of the furballs,  That was fine by me because it meant I got treated to this place twice!

Once again, the food was excellent, and so was the service.  We came in a couple of weeks after my mother's birthday so I told them, and they did a little desert for her.  There was no cheesy having everyone gather around and sing to her, but the piano player did play happy birthday when it came to our table.

My dad surprised me by doing the same thing to me.

It's not cheap here, but it's well worth it.  This is the kind of place where it'd be worth cooking at home all week to save up enough money to go here for brunch every week.

30/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
43. Louisa E.
The most elegant brunch I have ever been to.  The staff was attentive and wonderful.  The foods were elegant and so diverse.  I was not able to try even half of the foods served and am still impressed by the presentation and style.  The Crepe station was wonderful, there were traditional breakfast offerings, fresh seafood, and so much more.  It was also much more reasonable than other hotels in the San Diego area.  The live pianist was also great fun!!  A definite must try!

18/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
44. Stephanie H.
My husband and I are huge brunch enthusiasts, so after living in San Diego for a bit over a year, we've finally discovered this beautiful place.

I hold the brunch at the Hotel Del as a pretty high standard, and Le Fontainebleau is very much in the same league. The Westgate Hotel and the ballroom are absolutely beautiful with an ambiance that makes you feel like you are dining in a classy regal establishment. If you want to feel like you're dining with glamorous French royalty, then try this place! Such a wonderful change of scenery from San Diego as well.

As for the food, yes, the buffet is amazing! When we went, I was extremely impressed with the variety, quality, and presentation of the food. There was plenty of fresh seafood, smoked salmon and the waffles were extremely good. Totally worth checking out if you're feeling a little indulgent and extra classy!!

14/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
45. Johan V.
I live in San Francisco, but we were visiting my parents, and I thought I'd find a nice brunch to bring them to, so I found this place on Yelp.

I wanted to like this place, but there were some problems that I'll talk about in a moment, but the main thing is:  

                                          FOOD POISONING!

We had Sunday Brunch and by the middle of the night on Monday, I was dying.  By this time we were back in San Francisco, but the next day I called my dad, and he had the same problem.  He and I had both eaten the oysters.  My wife and mom didn't.  After some detective work, I'm 100% sure that was the culprit.

So of course, when it comes to oysters, it's kind of buyer beware, but I thought I'd call the hotel to let them know that there was an issue, and they were not concerned in the least.  

This was my second call to the hotel.  After leaving brunch on Sunday, I gave my bill some thought and realized that we were charged for an extra person.  We also had our 7 month old infant with us.  Wonder if they charged for her?

To their credit, they did take care of that charge.

Like I said, I wanted to like this place, but forget it.

20/09/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
46. Kim W.
2013 Christmas buffet was horrible! I have been many times for brunch and it was always outstanding. but the crap they put out on Christmas was awful. They actually served venison that looked dry and hard (who eats this crap anyway). Some kind of "ribs" with green sauce, cold Prime rib, had a big wedge of cheese that I guess you were suppose to hack chunks off of, had a 12" plate of small pieces of fruit, stale bread, and mounds of ugly raw seafood. They did serve one fried shrimp on a plate that was good...ONE! And the desserts were unappetizing, chocolate fountain with MARSHMALLOWS and UGLY strawberries! The other desserts were the size of a golf ball. And for $69 (not including tax/tip) you had to pay extra for a mimosa!  I hardly ate anything because nothing looked or tasted good.  The ONLY vegetables they served were mixed that had so much garlic you could not taste the vegetables. They had au gratin potatoes that were good and the only thing I ate.  Hometown Buffet would have been a better choice! WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. Will go to Catamaran from now on for brunch. I never expected this at the Westgate, what a waste of $100!

27/12/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
47. Chelle N.
I ate ramen for a week so I can try Le Fontainebleu's Sunday Brunch Buffet.

Seriously.  Self-supporting College Student here..

At $42 a person, it's not a meal you can have very often but it's definitely worth it! I liked most of the things I tried but a few were a little disappointing.  For example, I was really looking forward to the lamb but it was so dry! I didn't even finish it and I loveee lamb! And the salmon didn't have much flavor, even with the lobster sauce.  

However, everything else was really good.  I had so much caviar.  I must have finished half the bowl myself.  You have to try it with the blinis!  One week later and I'm still dreaming of caviar.  Also, the prime rib, zaru soba, crab cakes, and cocktail shrimp were so good.  They didn't have a ton of selections but most of them were really good.  The dessert station had everything I could ever want (Crepes! Creme Brulee! Chocolate Fountain!).  Did I also mention that you get mimosas with your meal?  

Also, everything about this buffet was so pretty.  The food (check my pictures), the decor, and they even had a pianist!  Anyway, I'd definitely come back here again when I feel like rewarding myself.  I love buffets, especially good ones.  And now I don't have to wait to go to Vegas to get my grub on.

22/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
48. Vikki S.
We had brunch at Westgate Le Fontainebleau for my 50th birthday.  We had a party of 17 people adn everything was wonderfull.  It was easy to make resevation, communucation without any problems. Great dining room, great food.  Drinks were great, no limit, they keept to bring us more.  We had so much fun, I was happy with my choice.  Not cheap, but worth it.  I was amaised when they came back with my bill and said that I paid too much because tips were already included and refund the difference.  We definately will be back!

07/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
49. Shannon D.
So, we went to brunch today and arrived at about 1:30. The drinks were delicious and the bartender was awesome. I don't know if it was just because we arrived towards the end of brunch, but the food and service otherwise were mediocre. It seemed like the food would be really good but too many hot dishes were cold. Also, our waiter (who did seem overloaded) was very inattentive. We had to ask for a napkin and water. We weren't notified that they had pastries that should have been brought around to us; we only saw other people had some so we had to ask. I would probably give it one more try, maybe earlier in the day, only because the food that we had that was the proper temperature was really good.

27/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
50. Nagarjuna S.
One of the best place to go. Food and service and environment are simply straight ***** five star. There is not a second place that matches it close. We are very pleased with their high quality business.

28/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
51. Nicole P.
Overall this was a wonderful brunch experience. The only issue is that some types of seafood are left out for too long on the buffet, so they get dry and lack flavor. The oysters, mussels and clams were all dried out and bland, not freshly opened as they would be in a restaurant during dinner service. The oysters were difficult to get out of the shell and had no brine. Other than this one issue, brunch here is lovely. There is a wide selection of food, from breakfast items such as an omlet station, to carving stations and desserts. Crepes and crab cakes, and bread pudding were all standouts. The price is very reasonable for what you get. Champagne, juice and coffee are served at your table, along with a delicious table side cheese cart. Service is wonderful and attentive, and I enjoyed the live piano music as well. It's so nice to have an alternative to the usual brunch madness!

04/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Jonathan A.
Having eaten at dozens of brunch places I truly believe that for the price, this is your best bet for brunch.  It is elegant, fancy, and everything is always perfect.  The food and selection is wonderful and the service is the best.  This is the place to eat in San Diego on a Sunday morning.  You will not be disappointed.

23/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
53. Steve M.
The family went for Sunday brunch. Was it good. Yeah. Great? No.  I think I'm being generous with three stars.  

The service was pretty good. Contrary to some reviews, we didn't have a problem with the wait staff clearing plates and bringing the cheeses to the table. However, they never refilled the water.

The food was pretty good but limited. If you look on their website, the menu is pretty extensive. In reality about 25% of the items were not available.  It's a little misleading.

The food was pretty good but nothing spectacular. If your spending this much money, go to the Hotel Del Coronado. Yes, it's almost twice as much, but it's about four times better.

It was an ok experience, but I wouldn't come here again.  They validate parking, but you still have to pay $3 instead of $8.

08/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
54. Foodie P.
The Sunday Brunch at Le Fontainebleau is excellent.  They offer a wonderful array of dishes.  The selection is more lavish and the dishes are more refined than what you'd normally see at a brunch buffet in San Diego.  They have black caviar on the buffet.  I've never been to a buffet that had all you can eat black caviar.  Usually, you only see salmon roe.

The service was excellent!  I will definitely be back and would highly recommend Le Fontainebleau's Sunday brunch.

29/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
55. Justin H.
Honestly? This is the best buffet I've ever been to, ever. Ever.

My aunt and uncle were visiting from DC, and they work in Congress so they are used to exorbitantly fancy fare. I wanted to impress them, so I asked around, and everyone told me to go to Westgate for Sunday champagne brunch.

By the time we were done eating, all we could talk about was how wonderful the entire experience was. The sitting area is very pretty - a bit frou frou but it's champagne brunch for crying out loud. The waiters purposely lead you past giant blocks of aged stinky cheeses that they later bring to your table. These cheeses are lethal and decadent, and they cleared out my sinuses.

Onto the food itself. Buffet. Several tables. Well-organized. Gorgeously plated. Bonus points for the chocolate fountain that I didn't go near because I'm an Angeleno.

The seafood was so fresh and delicious. All you can eat fresh sashimi for $42? Seriously? Wait, that's not even true, because there's also AYCE lamb, prime rib, oysters, gourmet food that I can't pronounce, and - wait for it - caviar. My aunt and uncle were astounded, and I was very proud of myself, especially after my third glass of bubbly.

Now, there's one thing that I do have to pick on. It was getting near the end of brunch, and there were only a few parties left. So I politely asked the waiter if it was time to go. He said, a bit snappy, "We are waiting for you." Did he mean it in a rude way? I don't think so. I was food coma'd and happy and full of delicious fresh seafood and lamb and prime rib, so I let it go.

Westgate Hotel itself is a bit of a trip. It's like Versailles took E and threw up on itself. A bit tacky and silly, but just go upstairs and gorge on this wonderful champagne brunch.

03/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
56. D L.
My girlfriend and I went for Sunday Brunch.  We had a reservation from opentable at noon.  We arrived and they did not have my reservation.  We waited about 15 minutes and then was seated.

It did not seem very busy at all.  Our waiter come over promptly and took our drink order.  We got up to go get our first dish.  I was craving the crab and went straight for it.  Too bad there was none! I asked the worker standing around if they can bring more crab out and he asked the woman bringing out oysters if she could bring more crab out.  She tells him they are out and speaks to her privately.  He comes back to me says they'll be out in 10 minutes.  I come back ten minutes later and there's nothing.  The same woman comes out and puts out more food and I ask her directly and she tells me they are out.  How is that possible? You are only half way through brunch and you are out of crab? Paying $45 I expect to get crab.  I was highly disappointed.

Besides missing the crab, I was not impressed by any of the other food offered.  I like hot food and all the food was luke warm and/or cold.  $45 is highly overpriced for the type of food you receive.  Besides no crab and cold food, I also was unimpressed by the service.  The waiter was very slow in clearing our table.  Sitting at a small table, you can only fit enough plates for 2 people.  If the plates don't get cleared we can't put our new food on the table.  I was constantly calling over random waiters to clear out plates.  

In the end, I will not be coming back and I was highly disappointed in my experience at this restaurant.  I'd rather go to brunch at Tom Ham's for $10 less.  There's a view as well as hot food and food that does not run out.

26/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
57. Sinni L.
I love this place for brunch (in San Diego). Crown room at Hotel Del does not compare and the price at Le Fontainebleau is reasonable (unlike the Crown room). I personally like the atmosphere & the food is amazing. A great place to host birthday's, anniversaries, and any special occasion for brunch.

03/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
58. Leslie K.
Delicious brunch! Food is fresh and I like the way they serve a lot of their food in little dishes that you take back to your seat (instead of big trays where you could easily take more than you should). They had a very nice selection of seafood, like crab cakes, ahi, coconut shrimp, crab claws, and shrimp. Will definitely be hitting this place up again!!

19/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
59. Brianne J.
Lovely Brunch! The dinning  room is ornate and feels very old European.  Live  piano music played. It was a nice touch but a little loud based on were we sat. There was a large variety of food- meats, cheese, seafood, crepe bar, omelette station.  Dishes were served in individual serving dishes. The Prime Rib was delicious.  The dessert buffet was amazing. Our Mimosa's were always filled.  Our waiter was very attentive. Valet parking cost $4 with validation from the hostess.

15/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
60. D K.
Although the price tag was hefty ($52 adults and $29 kids) for Sunday brunch, everything was wonderful. I particularly enjoyed that the chafing dish foods were in individual dishes so it looked (as well as tasted) fabulous. My favorite foods were the mac-n-cheese on top of a short rib, the chocolate croissants, the fresh made crepes and the chocolate fountain (with high quality chocolate). I also liked that margaritas and bloody marys were included as well as champagne. If you do not like seafood, you may find this buffet a little limited - there were other options, but it was very heavy on seafood. It also does not include sparkling cider if you want that as a champagne alternative.

18/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
61. JandZ W.
We've been to the Sunday brunch buffet more times than I can count. This is one of our favorite places to celebrate special occasions and to take our out of town visitors. At $45 per person, it's the best brunch deal in town *and* you get to feel fancy while you stuff your face to live piano music in a rococo inspired dining room. Having said that--please dress appropriately! There's always a handful of ragamuffins that taint the
frou frou ambiance.

(As far as the price is concerned, it should be noted that for special occasions, such as their Mother's Day brunch which we attended recently, the price usually shoots up to $65; the food offerings remain mostly the same except its way more crowded and the service is worse).

Over the years, the food selection has been consistently impressive. The spread ranges from salads, seafood, hot dishes (which, given its a buffet, are actually lukewarm), made to order breakfast items (i.e. omelets, crepes, waffles), carving stations, and an array of little desserts and a chocolate fountain with strawberries, marshmallows, biscotti, and mini donuts for dipping. As with any buffet, quality and creativity are sometimes limited and compromised because the food needs to sit for long periods of time and be continuously refilled, but they do their best.

My go-to favorites include the crab cakes, fried shrimp plate, the ceviches, scalloped potatoes, and gnocchi. I always order a crepe with berries, as well as a waffle, and I try one of every dessert--except for the brioche chocolate chip bread pudding, of which I have at least two servings even if I've already stuffed myself to the point of nausea.

Bottomless mimosas are a must for us, but they also offer margaritas, bloody marys, and champagne. There's also coffee and tea if you don't feel like getting sloshed at 11am on a Sunday.

While this may be the best brunch in town for the money, I have been irked by the level of service we've received over the past year or so. For instance, I *always* have to ask our server(s)--usually repeatedly--for crab crackers, for their table-side cheese service, for the table-side pastry/muffin/bread service, for mimosa refills, and for plate clearing.

Its incredibly annoying and disappointing, but I try to eat and drink my feelings instead of giving the staff major "tude." So, if this is your first visit, just keep in mind that they do offer these table-side services & they are not to be missed! You might have to ask your server multiple times, but the gouda and croissants are worth the uncomfortable nagging.

Though there is certainly room for improvement, this brunch is definitely secured as one of our favorite places to celebrate with the people we love.

21/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
62. Chris S.
Certainly not worth the price of admission! Food was good, service was barely adequate, atmosphere is kind of fun because there is nothing else like it in San Diego! Considering how little the server staff has to do, I always had to ask for more water and more champagne which I find unacceptable. I walked into the men's room and the door hit a female staff worker on the rear and as she was bent over picking up trash, and yet there was no warning on the exterior door that the bathroom was closed or there was a servicemember inside. Ironically, she acted put out that I rammed the door into her, in spite of the fact that I was a man in the men's restroom and she was female, and after I apologized, she finally softened and said, "oh, ok?!" Really???! The more I think about it, the service was actually terrible, our dirty plates were never cleared in a timely fashion......yeah, I know it was Mother's Day, but I still found the service to be terrible considering the level of restaurant that they position themselves to be.

10/05/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
63. Faye L.
This review is for their Sunday Champagne Brunch...

One of the most memorable things a friend once told me was that being a friend (in his circle) meant that I was in their 'flock'. That the way a shepherd takes care of their sheep, his friends take care of each other. I thought that was one of the coolest things I've ever heard.

Well two of those friends are leaving SD soon so I wanted to plan something nice. So a group of 5 sheep got together last rainy Sunday for one last possible get together.

I was sold about their Sunday Champagne Brunch by the menu they have online.

- $45/pp
- includes ts traditional champagne, Mimosas, Bloody Marys (!!) and Margaritas (!!)
- array of artisan cheeses will be offered on table side
- new Juice Bar composed of locally grown freshly squeezed fruits and vegetables
- caviar, oysters, crab claws, prime rib, sushi: did I mention CAVIAR?!
- Chocolate fountain!!! Crepe and waffle station

I figured each one of us could easily get our $45 worth with the menu that I repeatedly studied last week. For example, friend#1 doesn't like brunch stuff per se but she loves drinks so I calculated that she would need to drink 'x' amount of drinks and eat 'x' amount of oysters in order to get her $45 worth. Or friend#2 would need to eat two orders of prime rib, drink 8 fresh juices, and make 3 trips to chocolate fountain in order to get HIS $45 worth. Something like that. I had it ALL calculated in my head.

I wrote a ridiculously long and more detailed review of this Champagne Brunch on my blog posted at the end of this review.

To summarize: (go to their online menu to see list of items served that day)

- Bloody Mary tasted a bit too clamato for me but the others at the table loved it. Nice presentation and they don't skimp on the booze

- Margarita : A.W.E.S.O.M.E!! Our server even asked me if I wanted a double shot of tequila in this drink (which my overly protective friend said 'no she does not').  There's fresh lime, tequila, orange juice, sweet & sour mix (I think) in this beautifully presented drink. Even the salt lined rim of the glass tasted good!

- I thought someone would be squeezing fresh veggies and fruits for the Juice Bar but that's not the case. There's 3 juices to choose from in that department : I believe they're 1) carrot & ginger; 2) kale, spinach, green apple; and 3) pineapple and acai berry.

- most of their hot food items weren't very good. Wellington of Salmon with lobster sauce, chicken breast with mushrooms, scallop/shrimp pot pie, and both eggs benedict were all pretty bad

-  I've never been a caviar person because it always tasted a bit strange to me. But when it's included in a Champagne Brunch, you betcha I'm gonna try it and try LOADS of it (I figured it was the most expensive item that day so this would be the item I would make them go broke on... that was *my* smart stupid thinking).

I topped my little blini with creme fraiche, chives, and a big ol' dollop of black caviar (the name of the caviar wasn't displayed). It looked pretty but just tasted too fishy for me. Maybe this is the way it's supposed to taste and I, for lack of better judgement, don't really know my caviar. So perhaps there are those out there that would really love this dish. But all I can say is that no one at the table went back for seconds for this caviar.

- Jonah crab claws: the version here is semi cracked and there's a crab claw cracker on each table. But dang man, these were a pain in the buttocks to crack. The shell is super hard and even though they partially crack it, it still takes some intense work to get to the crab meat. And not sure if you've cracked a crab claw recently, but it isn't exactly a non-messy type of chore. Needless to say, I had a few crab pieces in my hair and dress

- oysters were fresh but not the meatiest of oysters

- Sashimi: It's not that this wasn't good. It's just that it wasn't amazing for what you think you'd be getting at The Westgate Hotel for a Champagne Brunch. My second serving of the hamachi sashimi was questionable : the slice of fish looked unhealthy

- my 2 favorite items: Prosciutto (perfect amount of salt and fat) and Duck breast with
walnut truffle vinaigrette sauce

- crepe and waffle station: VERY GOOD. Everyone said this was the highlight of their meal

- Chocolate fountain: they have strawberries, mini donuts, marshmallows for you to run through the chocolate waterfall !

- valet is $3 for first two hours, $4/hour thereafter

The restaurant and 2nd floor felt eerily quiet, old, and haunted house-ish to me (I don't mean this in a negative way - I'm just a scared-y mouse when it comes to this type of stuff).

Service was attentive and we never felt rush. It was a fun meal : not b/c the food was all that great but b/c of my flock that beautiful, rainy March afternoon...

Visit my blog for more detailed review and pics

04/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
64. Garrett B.
I have loved brunch at the Westgate Hotel for years and have counted on it many times for special occasions.  In particular, I have appreciated the elegance and refinement that is part of the experience. These are the qualities that set this Brunch apart and which have made it a San Diego institution.

Unfortunately, my last two visits have not lived up to the standards that I have come to expect. Most of the food is still great, the mimosas are above average, and the piano is lovely which is why I have given 3-Stars in this review.

However, here are the reasons that the experience is not 4 or 5 stars.

1) The service was mediocre at best. In my last visit, we sat at the table for 15 minutes before having any contact with a server, we were ignored for long periods of time while plates sat in front of us, we had to constantly ask for water/utensils/coffee, our waiter was no where to be found when we were ready for the check, and once I gave him my credit card he disappeared again.

2) The fish for the sushi was just bad, it was clearly not fresh, Further, the attendant serving it, did not appear to know anything about sushi. For instance, he did not know that one of the types of fish he was serving was called hamachi and the sashimi cuts that he was making reminded me of the way that you would chop meat for stew or a saute.

3) The dining room was in disrepair. The sconces on the wall were almost all askew and the chair that my son was sitting in had a broken arm. At one point during the brunch, my son's finger ended up getting pinched between the broken sections of the chair.

4) Finally, there were many people in the dining room who were dressed down. They were wearing jeans and casual shirts or sweaters. I don't know what conclusion to draw from this fact. Maybe its just the reality of living in a laid back city like San Diego or maybe it reflects the institution's lost prestige. I don't know.

In the end, I will go back and appreciate all that Brunch at the Westgate has been for so many years. But,I will also be on the look out for a new special place that can deliver on the elegance and refinement that I am looking for.

28/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
65. Brad G.
For a beautiful, elegant yet relaxed brunch, with excellent food choices, champagne, and live piano music, this is the place. There isn't another brunch place that could even come close in San Diego, so save yourself the time searching - make a reservation for Sunday brunch, you won't regret it.

This has become our regular brunch get away.

19/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0