Impeccable service, excellent cuisine, and an extensive wine list are to be expected at any Bertrand Hug establishment, and Bertrand at Mr. A’s lives up to the highest of expectations. Perched atop a skyscraper on the brink of downtown, the restaurant offers one of the most outstanding dining experiences in San Diego. Modern American cuisine elegantly complements the cosmopolitan backdrop, with a menu that offers awe-inspiring “glimpses” of both land and sea. The seasonal menu incorporates the utmost quality meats, fish, and accompaniments, resulting in a fresh and tantalizing selection of dishes. The main dining room offers a premier dining experience, while a more casual, although no less sumptuous, selection of dishes is available in the patio and bar.Read More ...
Bertrand at Mister A’s is a veritable fine dining institution in San Diego, synonymous with impeccable service, savory cuisine and most notably unparalleled and breath-taking vistas of America’s Finest City. Located on the top of a twelve story building in the heart of Banker’s Hill, Mister A’s provides diners with the unique opportunity of eating a decadent meal with the stunning Downtown and Coronado Island skylines as their exclusive backdrop. Equally distracting, Executive Chef Stephane Voitzwinkler’s French and California-inspired menu combines gourmet, luxury ingredients with an approachable lightness and seasonal freshness.
Riding up the spacious elevator up to Mister A’s immediately sets the exclusive tone for our evening. Upon arriving to the twelfth floor, we are immediately guided through the brightly refined dining room, awash in taupes and shades of deep, earthy eggplants, to our table next to the window. Hints of vibrant color, like the red and yellow flowers in dark blue glass vases found at every table and Provençal-style printed china, add a cheerful French whimsy. The view however steals the show: even on this hazy evening, we are able to see clearly all the way to Coronado Island. Outside, guests enjoy signature cocktails and samplings from the restaurant’s Light Menu while soaking up the sunshine on the terrace.
Chef Voitzwinkler’s menu is a conglomeration of influences. Originally from Alsace, the region of France bordering Switzerland and Germany, Chef Voitzwinkler’s menu draws heavily on the cuisine of his native country. Certain German dishes like spaetzel and choucroute, infiltrate the mostly French and California-dominant menu and reflect the multiculturalism of this unique European region. Additionally, Chef Voitzwinkler is heavily invested in using local, seasonal ingredients, resulting in a menu that is constantly evolving to reflect an emphasis on the freshest of flavors. Bertrand at Mister A’s staggeringly extensive wine collection of over 500 predominantly Californian and French bottles provides ample opportunities of exquisite pairings with Chef Voitzwinkler’s ever-changing cuisine. And through it all, Mister A’s knowledgeable and gregarious staff act as expert guides, offering copious suggestions for delicious pairings to ensure that the dining experience is as complementary and personalized as possible.
Our meal begins with the delivery of an amuse bouche of the Macaroni and Cheese, A’s Style. It is served at the top of a tower of nesting dishes, alternating between blue and white that recalls the colors in the Provençal pattern found on the bottom dish. The macaroni and cheese itself is piled in a tiny square dish at the top, permeating the air with the pungent aromas of comté cheese and truffles. Sticking my fork in releases the bubbling richness of the béchamel sauce and forces its tasty surprises up through cracks between the pasta. Each bite reveals new layers of flavors: the earthy truffles hit first followed by the sharp comté and then the crisp saltiness of pancetta bits. It is an excellent start to the evening, full of the promise of decadence and awe.
We are next presented a sampling of the Fresh Baked Mussels Provençale. Served on a bed of sea salt and kelp, each of these massive Carlsbad mollusks have been breaded and lightly pan fried in a garlic Pernod butter before being returned to the shell. Pungent with garlic and the anise notes of the Pernod, the mussels prove light and refreshing, despite the potential heaviness of their presentation. Crisp and tender, with powerful flavors and a delicate finish, they are a memorable twist on a familiar appetizer.
One of Mister A’s best known dishes, the Maine Lobster Strudel, more than lives up to its fame. Large sections of the crisp filo dough-wrapped strudel are arranged architecturally on the plate, displaying their impressive innards in cross section. A tantalizing cognac lobster sauce forms a pool below the strudel for decadent dipping. The crisp dough offers textural complexity to the tender lobster morsels inside, while their buttery sweetness similarly contrasts with the strudel stuffing’s mushroom medley. We are also treated to a small tasting of the Lobster Bisque as a surprising accompaniment, its frothy broth mimicking the deep-bodied cognac sauce with its own hidden lobster nuggets.
The Multicolored Beet Salad proves a pleasant diversion from the richness of the preceding courses. Large, round slices of purple, pink and golden beets are sprinkled with candied walnuts, fennel slivers, greens and gorgonzola for a fresh and hearty dish. A crisp, warm goat cheese-filled filo triangle rests in the center, introducing a gooey warmth that acts in beautiful juxtaposition to the salad’s cool flavors. The hint of spice from the horseradish vinaigrette activates the beet’s earthy sweetness.
We are served a Fritz Vineyard Chardonnay and a Gunderlach Riesling as accompaniment for our appetizers. Each offer subtle accentuations of the flavors of the dishes :the Riesling’s candy-like honeysuckle bouquet bring out the sweetness in the beet salad and buttery richness of the shellfish while the crisp, grass notes of the Chardonnay complementing the oceanic saltiness and verdant freshness of these sophisticated dishes.
To cleanse our palate between courses we are served a pink scoop of Blood Orange and Coconut Sorbet swimming in a delicious sea of Champagne. The tart citrus of the sorbet mingles with the bubbly champagne, tingling the tongue with refreshment. Our palates primed, we are ready to embark on the rest of the evening’s culinary adventures.
In the spirit of indulgence that has characterized our meal thus far, we are presented with two “duos” for entrees: the Duo of Roasted Rack of Lamb and Osso Buco and the Duo of Alaskan Halibut and Sea Scallops. Deep, red-blooded scents attract my attention to the Lamb and Osso Buco first, tempting my more carnivorous impulses. The massive mound of Osso Buco, with a sage leaf stuck jauntily in its bone like a feather in a cap, contrasts markedly with the slender, dainty lamb lollipop balancing next to it. The Osso Buco proves so impossibly tender that with the slightest touch of my fork it immediately falls apart and dissolves with buttery succulence. The equally juicy lamb infuses the palate with potent gamey flavors and blends deliciously with its woody rosemary and garlic jus. The bed of green flageolet beans, red piperade and golden fried pommes dauphines adds a rainbow of color and texture for a pleasing, summery accompaniment. The Côte du Rhone blend paired with this duo enhances its heartiness with full-bodied, toothsome creaminess.
As much as the Duo of Roasted Rack of Lamb and Osso Buco is a tribute to the delicious offerings of terra firma, the Duo of Alaskan Halibut and Sea Scallops acts as an ode to the bounties of the sea. A large piece of golden pan fried halibut rests on top of a bed of shaved fennel between two plump scallops all of which is drizzled with a bright yellow saffron sauce and accented by dollops of garlic foam. The mild, flaky halibut and sweet, buttery scallops, both cooked to mouthwatering satisfaction, are enlivened by the spicy, almost floral exoticism of the saffron sauce. Two nests of green angel hair peppered with red tomato cubes accompany the fish and add color and freshness to the dish. The Tantra Pinot Noir proves a surprisingly exceptional pairing, its spicy notes enriching the flavors of the fish with resonant bravado.
In classic French style, we are brought the Artisanal Cheese Plate to help guide our taste buds toward a satisfying conclusion. Generous pieces of Humboldt Fog, Trésor de Normandie, Tête de Moine and Taleggio cheeses offer a fast education in the complexities and pleasures of fromage. While the creamy, camembert-like Trésor de Normandie seduces with its richness and the Tête de Moine and Taleggio entice with their pungent, brawny aromas, it is the Humboldt Fog, and its tart, milky decadence, that proves impossible to resist, and has me and my dining companion scooping up every last bite.
Our evening ends on a sweet note with the Blood Orange Tartelette and the White Peach and Brown Butter Torte dessert special. The Blood Orange Tartelette is dominated by its fluffy meringue top, which blends together with the tart blood orange for a light and airy treat. A pink rhubarb “soup” delivered in a shot glass and topped with unsweetened cream cheese foam, is a unique and intriguing accompaniment, amplifying the Tartelette’s flavors.
The unanimous favorite, however, is the White Peach and Brown Butter Torte. Served with a puckering raspberry coulis, it blends fruity tartness with an almost shortcake-like subtle sweetness that makes our taste buds dance. The house made caramel ice cream pairing adds additional richness to this dreamy confection, whose flavor memory lingers long after I leave the restaurant.
From start to finish, a dinner at Bertrand at Mister A’s promises incomparable indulgence. The stunning view, Chef Voitzwinkler’s impeccable cuisine and the attentive staff all ensure that diners at Mister A’s are treated to an unrivaled experience of full-sensory pampering.
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A great first impression of an elegant dining room with a spectacular view was followed by a magnificent dining experience.
This venue is always one of our favorites for special occasions. It has been greatly enhanced by the current quality of food preparation and selection.
Picked up my daughter from UCSD at start of spring break and found this restaurant on Zagat. We were way under dressed but no one said anything. Great staff, very attentive to every detail but yet not annoying or intrusive. Food was terrific! View was awesome. Pricey but worth it.
The view of San Diego was unbeatable, the food was delicious, and the entire staff was welcoming and hospitable. I would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or just a nice night out. Try to reserve a time about 30 minutes before sunset for the best view.
The restaurant is amazing. The food is excellent. The staff are attentive and wonderful. The view is incredible. The restaurant is expensive, but the experience was worth it!
Not the place you go every week; Bertrand at Mr. A's is something you savor in sips over time, like a fine Reposado.
I love the salad and the bread.
Great service and selection, topped off with a great view of San Diego. The patio is a nice place to relax with a couple of drinks during happy hour and the dinner next to the window during sunset is unbeatable. I will definitely return!
My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary at Mr. A's and were incredibly pleased with our experience. The service, the food/wine, and of course the view were all outstanding. It was a fantastic evening out which we hope to repeat in the future!
Foremost the service at Bertrand at Mister A's was exemplary! The food was top notch as well. From cocktails, appetizer, to entree they did not dissapoint. You must try their Mac & Cheese--to die for! We will definitely return to the restaurant as there is no place like it in San Diego.
The view is second to none. Wonderful! We all loved our food. I can not recall the last time I had tomatoes that actually tasted like they were just picked. The salmon appetizer very interesting with the crunchy roe. The duck was cooked perfectly. So was the Halibut and the and the lamb. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Top notch wine selection at a fair price. We lingered for for five hours and the staff never rushed or disturbed us. Just attention when we needed it. I can not wait for my next trip to San Diego I will eat there again.
Thank you for making our dining experience and my husband's birthday celebration one to be remembered. Linda and Dale.
We celebrated our 13th Wedding Anniversary at Mr. A's and had an amazing time. We enjoyed the view, food, and wine. The staff were so friendly a d gracious. From the moment we were greeted at the entrance they made our experience one to remember. I highly recommend for any occasion.
What is not to love about this resaurant-everything is top notch. This is the second time I've been this spring/summer. I loved the place the first time, the second time was every bit as good - cant wait to go back. The only way to improve the experience would be if I got to San Deigo more often and could go to Bertrand at Mister A's more often- if you want an outstanding meal and wine, dont waste your time looking for other restaurants.
Attended this restaurant based on reviews on Yelp and G+. If anything it was better than advertised. It was easy to find and located nearby my hotel. I had Halibut and the girlfriend had Steak. Both meals met my expectations, being delicious without fault. The steak was cooked perfectly and the view was amazing. It is worth noting that this location has a dress code, but it seemed to be no shorts/flipflops and all else goes. I visited San Diego for such a short period of time that I didn't have any suitable business clothing packed, as I was packing light. It was acceptable for me to wear some khaki pants and a red Henley. Overall I would say my experience was easily one of my best dining experiences this year and I doubt it's possible to top it without broadening your area of search significantly. Excellent food (both selection and quality), Excellent view, Excellent location and Excellent service. Not much else you can ask for.
We absolutely loved the ambiance and the service.. it was kinda clear that we are not the richest people in the world and the waiters gave us every bit the same respect that was lavished on other diners with much larger orders...the food as outstanding and the decor of the restaurant a dream! We will be back!
The view at Bertrand's is spectacular and the food is remarkable. Service has always been top-notch.
My wife and I visited Mr. A's for our 1 year wedding anniversay. We couldn't have made a better choice. The food and the view were amazing. I will make sure to visit again the next time I visit San Diego. To top it all the chef made a complimentary special dessert in celebration of our special day.
I normally don't respond to these requests, but have to say we had a wonderful experience at Bertrand at Mister A's. The food and service was excellent; the staff was professional and friendly. My husband and I really enjoyed our dining experience and we will definitely come back!
The dining experience combined with the increadable view can not be matched.
Having eaten on consecutive nights at Bertrand's and Truluck's it is easy to say that Bertrand's is the BEST. Everything, from arriving to the end of the meal was great. Service, food, ambience.the meal just kept getting better, beautifully prepared and presented and outstanding flavors. Great wine list and selection of after dinner drinks too. Bertrand at Mister A's is my new favorite place to eat in San Diego, and is right up there on my list of top places to eat anywhere.
Very nice Ambiance and helpful people working there. Loved the food and view very much. When I return to San Diego I will return!
Whenever I visit San Diego I always have dinner at Bertrand at Mister A's and once again the meal was outstanding, service fantastic and views breath taking.
Spectacular ambiance at this 12th floor restaurant. The service was excellent. The food would be rated at the highest level.
For a special dining experIence this exceeded our expectations. The view, the service and the food were excellent and we highly recommend it.
The restaurant has beautiful view, great services and food.
I could sit and look at the view all day. The food was excellent. We had Kobe beef burgers cooked perfectly medium-rare and truffle fries. Those were addicting. The service was excellent also.
This is the best place to take someone special you want be disappointed!!!!
I celebrated my birthday, very good restaurant, very romantic and awesome view, i would recommend it to my friends and family.
We had a lovely time. The view was spectacular. The salmon was great and my husbands prime beef short ribs melted in your mouth. It was a little pricey, but the food was delicious. The creme brulee was exceptional. Excellent waiter staff. The only thing we didn't really care for was the garden salad dressing. It was bland.
If you want an excellent meal with outstanding service and romantic ambience overlooking San Diego harbor with all the twinkling lights of the city, Bertrand at Mister A's is the place to go. It is my favorite restaurant in the city!
The reviews do not do Bertrand at Mister A's justice. Easily one of the best restaurants I have been to, I will definitely be going back.
I absolutely have no complaints with the place. My wife and I wanted a quiet, fancy dinner with a romantic atmosphere and we were not disappointed in the slightest. Be prepared to spend, but be prepared to be blown away by the service and quality of the overall dining experience. Thank you for a perfect evening!
We had an awesome experience!
WE LOVED IT OUR SERVER NATE WAS JUST GREAT! THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE :))
There's no other restaurant to compare. The service and food was outstanding, I will be going back!
Very romantic place to take a date. Mac & Cheese is incredible. Ask the wait staff for suggestions. Our waiter suggested a different dish for me based on my original choice and it was incredible. Our waiter was great. Can't remember his name.
We had dinner for my 60th birthday and it was the best ever. Great staff, food, view and company. Bertrand at Mister A's made it a wonderful celebration, low keyed and just what I wanted.
This was our first visit to Bertrand's in San Diego and one of the most exciting eating experiences we have ever had! From the receptionist to our waiter, the young man bringing water, the dessert and meal were outstanding! Plus where can you find a view like this!!!! Please bring this dining experience to Butte, Montana!
Everything about this place was outstanding
if you can only go to one resturant in San Diego, then this is it. The view is amazing and watching the planes pass by is a treat! The fine dining experience is filled with flair and the service is 5 star. Highly recommended.
This was our first visit to Mister A's. We have heard about it since we moved here 15 years ago, and finally got to it! We absolutely loved it from the parking, onto the escalator and into the lovely restaurant with it's "to die for " views! Our waiter was superior, the food superior, the whole experience was superior. We will be be back soon, with or without a special occasion.
What a wonderful choice for a sumptuous Friday lunch. The food was prepared fabulously and the service was truly impeccable. This restaurant should be called "Mr. A+". In fact, the word "restaurant" doesn't even come close to describing the entire experience. I can't wait to go there again.
The evening was excellent from start to finish. We were escorted to our table promptly and the view was spectacular. The menu choices were excellent; our waiter was helpful with his suggestions, and everyone in our large group enjoyed the experience. Thank you!
Having a bit of trouble finding the elevator to take you up to the dinning level makes sense now after you enter this fabulous restaurant: I'd want to keep it a secret too! Almost immediately my girlfriend and I were seated 30 minutes prior to our reservation with our waiter only seconds shy of beating the host to our table to situate us. The view: Amazing. The Lighting: Perfect. The food: exquisite. The Service: Outstanding. If you want to impress your date come here; you may find yourself paying more than you are comfortable paying but its positively worth it.
We flew down from Seattle for our 8th Wedding Anniversary and our experience met all of my expectations.It was a surprise to my wife and she was moved emotionally.The attention to detail was impressive. We plan to dine with Bertrand on Mr.A's again when we visit San Diego in the future. L&G in Seattle
We took a group of senior citzens for our March lunch outing....it was a Outstanding experence
A very, very good restaurant with excellent service. Five out of five.