Osetra

$75 - $100 Editor's Pick Special Offer

In the mood for a night of great food, conversation, drinks, and relaxation amidst the hustle and bustle of Downtown San Diego? Come enjoy an evening at Osetra at the corner of 5th Avenue and E Street. Their menu portrays some of the finest culinary creativity of today’s restaurant scene. Osetra hosts a happy hour six days a week, has an extensive award-winning wine list, and offers banquet facilities to help plan any special event you have in mind. Cocktails are savvy, hip, sophisticated, and hand crafted. The restaurant’s ambiance is romantic and cozy, yet maintains a trendy city hotspot feel. Take your taste buds on a culinary adventure of masterpieces at San Diego’s Osetra.

The Modern Kitchen Table

Situated in the heart of Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and E Street, is Osetra.  With a nod to the highest quality caviar in its name, Osetra stands as the epitome of premier seafood.  The menu showcases rich imaginative flavors that maintain an air of simple sophistication.  Osetra’s ambiance is quiet and intimate, and feels like a getaway in the middle of the city.  This downtown landmark was established in 2003, and brings the upscale chic trendiness of the Manhattan and Vegas restaurant scenes to San Diego.

My guest and I arrived at Osetra on a cool Tuesday evening and were immediately greeted by the restaurant’s general manager Sara Arjmand, who promptly introduced herself and escorted us inside to see the wine tower and its angels who “fly” about the 3-story structure retrieving bottles for the restaurant’s guests. She also took us on a tour of the main dining room and the bar.  Since the bar was still hosting happy hour, my guest decided to order Osetra’s signature cocktail, The Fire Breathing Dragon, while I opted for a cool glass of their Non- Vintage Gruet Rose Champagne from New Mexico.  The Fire Breathing Dragon cocktail is hand crafted with Habanero -citrus infused Seagram Vodka, shaken with fresh orange juice, a dash of triple sec, and then served in a uniquely shaped glass.   This drink is loaded with flavor, spice, and innovation. The heat of the Habanero is balanced by the citrus of the orange juice and the overall cool temperature of the drink.   Guests are in for a treat as they wind up and taste both hot and cold in one sip. My champagne was a beautiful rosy pink, crisp and bubbly with a clean finish. It was served in a chilled flute and paired well with each of my courses.

Shortly after admiring the restaurant’s décor with a color palette of the sea, which had dark cherry hardwood flooring with white linens and chair backings, we stood in awe the wine tower which holds the restaurant’s 5000 bottle wine collection. . Sara then escorted us to our table on the outdoor/ street front patio lined with ceiling heaters and tables covered in yellow and cream colored linens that were topped with flatware, flowers, and candles.  Our server, Judy, came by with freshly baked bread that is made in-house daily and reminiscent of a home kitchen to ready our palates for the culinary adventure that was about to begin. Osetra’s menu features much variety and offers contemporary twists on classic dishes as well as a slew of signature creations that capture the spirit of world travels.

Our plunge into Osetra’s modern European, Asian, and American fusion-based cuisine began with their Seafood Napoleon. Boldly colored layers of lump crab, spicy tuna, and guacamole are stacked in a cylindrical fashion, drizzled with wasabi oil, and topped with a dollop of caviar. The spices infused into the tuna complemented the smooth texture and buttery flavor of the avocado, accompanied by the meaty and sweet tones of the crab.  The garlic crostini served alongside the Seafood Napoleon added a new level of complexity to this simple, clean, and already zesty plate.  Just as we saw earlier with the Fire Breathing Dragon cocktail, the coolness in temperature of this dish was nicely juxtaposed against the heat of its seasonings.

The next appetizer we sampled was Osetra’s signature Tempura Mexican Shrimp. The shrimp was cooked tempura style and served over a watercress salad, with a crisp flattened wonton garnished with mango chutney.  This dish exemplifies the meeting of East and West, as Asian and Southwestern flavors combine.  The shrimp were fresh, well cooked, and tender with an additional crunch from their tempura coating.  The watercress salad, which sat beneath the layers of prawns and mango chutney, was refreshing with its colorful spring mix of greens and red and yellow pepper strips covered in a creamy dressing.  The mango chutney contributed a citrus zing that tied the entire dish together. Osetra’s Tempura Mexican Shrimp is a fantastic starter for your meal, and its decorative structure wherein one can see all the ingredients used crates an astonishing presentation and feel.

Following these plates, my guest and I enjoyed the Spinach Salad consisting of organic baby spinach, strawberries, red onions, crispy bacon, and gorgonzola cheese with raspberry vinaigrette.  The salad was presented simplistically in a white ceramic bowl, and was a light transition into our main courses. The bacon’s smokiness simultaneously countered and enriched the gorgonzola’s creaminess and the sweet coolness of the strawberries.  In fact, the strawberry chunks along with the raspberry vinaigrette were a fun and unexpected twist to this classic salad.  In one bite, we tasted something sweet, savory, smoky, crunchy, and creamy-- a unique ability for a single platter.

Next, we moved on to our pasta course, during which we were treated to a warm comforting bowl of Lamb Fettuccine that felt like home.  The dish is prepared with in-house-made fettuccine noodles and lamb, green olives, mushrooms, and fresh mint. The ingredients are then dressed in a light red wine sauce that unites and enhances this menu item’s distinct and most subtle flavor notes. It was a rather developed dish reminiscent of the Italian countryside on a winter’s day.  This pasta dish, served to us Tapas style, managed to be both gourmet and homey in one bite.  The saltiness of the green olives mixed with the meatiness of the mushrooms, the coolness of the mint, and  strips of lamb bathed in a red wine sauce, The Lamb Fettuccine was hearty, rustic, and simply warmed our hearts. 

Our hearts grew warmer still when our seafood entrees arrived.  Seeing as Osetra is known for their seafood, I happily indulged in the Yellow Tail while my guest’s taste buds were pampered by the Mahi Mahi.  Osetra’s Yellow Tail is sesame seed encrusted, pan seared, and finished with a soy sauce reduction and wasabi that sits atop sautéed shoestring carrots and bokchoy. The dish was presented in a vertically stacked tower held together by two long wonton strips stuck through the center like wooden dowel support rods.  The thick cut of Yellow Tail was seared just beyond rare so the fish was still pink in the center. It had the texture and tenderness of a medium rare cooked steak with an additional sweetness from the soy sauce reduction and sautéed vegetables. The sesame seeds coating the yellow tail’s exterior provided a toasted nut aroma and caused a synergy between the dish’s ingredients.  

The Mahi Mahi I was citrus marinated, then pan-seared and served over lobster mashed potatoes and French green beans, and finished in a lemon brown butter emulsion with roasted almonds.   The yellow, orange, and red colors displayed in the sauces on the plate were reminiscent of a tropical sunset surrounding an island of fish, lobster mashed potatoes, and French green beans.  The Mahi Mahi was a full bodied fish that soaked up the citrus marinade and was soft on the palate.  The lobster mashed potatoes were rich and fluffy, but not heavy.  The French green beans buried beneath the layers of potatoes and fish surrounded by a citrus based sauce brought color and architectural support to the plate’s presentation.

Both the Yellow Tail and Mahi Mahi entrees conveyed a high level of care, respect, love, and passion for food.  They exhibited a harmony of flavor, texture, color, and presentation.  Each was as simple as it was complex. Nutty, sweet, creamy, citrus, and aromatic notes combined to provide exceptional balance.  The colors were vibrant, fresh, and inviting, welcoming the diner to the dish sitting before them.

As our meal began to draw to a close, we looked over a dessert menu and settled on Osetra’s Gelato of the Day, we chose Pistachio, and their signature Pear and Cranberry Tart.  The pistachio gelato was presented in a cocktail glass with pistachio nuts mixed in topped with fresh strawberry chunks and a sprig of mint.  The gelato was a cool, creamy, and delicious way to bring our extravagant meal to a close. 

The Pear Cranberry Tart, served on a square plate, was a sourdough tart filled with apricot jam, amaretto, almonds, and dried cranberries, and topped with pear halves.  This tart is an Osetra original recipe, and it was displayed with mint, quartered strawberries, drizzled chocolate, and powdered sugar.  It was rich, but not heavy.  Instead, it had an airy quality in texture reminiscent of toasted shortbread infused with notes of fruit and cinnamon.

Overall, our experience was nothing short of spectacular.  Parking was easily found in Horton Plaza’s structure off of 4th Avenue wherein ticket validation machines can be found.  Street parking is more difficult, though it does exist. There are also several valet and park and pay lots located in the surrounding areas.  The staff was friendly, welcoming, and attentive.  Osetra is a fantastic venue to host a banquet, anniversary, rehearsal, business dinner, or simply a romantic date.  The restaurant’s ambiance is elegant, classy, and enchanting with soft jazz music in the background.  It truly captures the spirits of Sin City and The Big Apple with a Southern California and West Coast twist.  Come check out Osetra and entertain your senses with invigorating and innovative flavors that entice your senses, pique your curiosity, and leave you happily satisfied. But be ready to try another masterwork of creative culinary genius, constructed by Chef Vincenzo Lo Verso and his staff. 

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  Restaurant Info

  • 904 5th Avenue
    San Diego CA 92101
  • Address: 904 5th Avenue, San Diego CA 92101
  • Cross Street: E Street
  • Location: Downtown
  • Cuisine: None |
  • Cost: $$$$ | Expensive | $75 - $100
  • Category: Fine Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual Elegant
  • Meals Served: Dinner |
  • Parking: Street | Valet Parking |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Diners Club |
  • Corkage Fee: 25.00 | Per 750ml bottle.
  • Staff: Vincenzo Lo Verso | Executive Chef
    Veronica Covey | Director of Sales
    Sara Arjmand | General Manager
    Veronica Covey | Marketing Director
  • Phone: (619) 239-1800

  Business Hours

Monday
Main Dining Room | Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Happy Hours 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday
Main Dining Room | Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Happy Hours 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday
Main Dining Room | Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Happy Hours 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday
Main Dining Room | Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Happy Hours 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday
Main Dining Room | Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Happy Hours 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday
Main Dining Room | Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Happy Hours 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday
Main Dining Room | Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Happy Hours 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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  F.A.Q. - Frequently Asked Questions

The restaurant is .9 miles away from the San Diego Convention Center, which is about a 4 minute drive or a 13 minute walk.
Osetra Watergrill offers happy hour Sunday-Friday from 5:00pm-7:00pm, which includes 50% Chilled Bar and appetizers, as well as $1 Fresh Daily Oysters, $2 Beer Battered Fries, $3 Draft Beers, $4 Well Spirits, $5 House Wine, and $7 Organic Martinis.
No, but reservations are always recommended.
The wine bottles are retrieved by "wine angels" that are hoisted up the tower.
There are quite a few recommendations for parking: there is valet parking available in front of both the Wyndom Hotel and the Gaslamp Plaza Suites, Horton Plaza offers 3 free hours of parking with validation inside the mall before 9pm, and there is a parking lot located on 5th and E.
Yes, Osetra Watergrill is wheelchair accessible.
Osetra Watergrill can accommodate up to 250 guests.

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 User Reviews

Such a Great Place to Dine!!  

I usually don't write these types of reviews, but I had such a great time at this place I thought I better. Went last weekend with my fiance and we were so pleasantly surprised. The place had such a contemporary stylish decor and great ambiance. We were greeted by very lovely pleasant hostesses and seated upstairs. Our first impression was breathtaking when we first walked in. You get this feeling of class and elegance with a overwelming feeling of coolness. We have nothing but great things to say about the food and service! We were so pleased we are going to go again this weekend to try the bar and lounge downstairs. The very congenial mangager invited us back for tapas and drinks. Great job Osetra! Very impressed.

Great Place,  

Very Impressed, Loved IT!  

I went to Osetra Watergrill last weekend for my 25th wedding anniversary with my wife and about 8 of our closest friends. We entered the restaurant and were so impressed with the New York style lounge. We were seated promptly upstairs, but the lounge was downstairs--definitely want to come back to enjoy it more...We were waited on promptly and our waiter was friendly. My wife ordered the chilian seabass with a salad called "blood orange beet salad". It was excellent and I had the ribeye steak-very impressed with the meat cut. We had a night to remember and felt like we were given the red carpet treatment-I don't know if it was because of our anniversary or not, but I don't remember mentioning it. Great night--Thanks for such a great 25th! I highly recommend.

Great Vibe and Food  

WOW, I have been there several times and the food is always "to Die for" I have tried several dishes but my favorite is the Chilean Seabass. Love the service and the remodel. While you are there don't forget the super wine list. Great friendly service.

Excellent  

I was hosting an executive business group in San Diego and was concerned about finding good restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter due to the tourist nature of the area. Osetra's was one recommendation by my hotel concierge and after doing a little research on the feedback and speaking with the management directly, I decided to select it as one of the restaurants. I was not disappointed...both the food and the service were excellent and the wine list is extensive. Overall it was a big hit with my colleagues, many of whom were from San Francisco. Very well done!!

Spectacular Wine Tower Angels and Dining Experienc  

I recently had a company event and have been there many times with friends and family. I must say that the food was delicious and the service was superb. My co-workers were equally impressed and since then Osetra has gained new repeat customers since the company event. All my co-workers raved about the entire experience from service and most importantly the FOOD!!! What really impressed me the most was that the manager was going from table to table asking and ensuring everything was going as expected. There's never a time when you don't have multiple waiters filling your water, and looking at the smallest things as making sure the service is top notch. Every time I've been to this restaurant, I'm amazed by the wonderful hint of Italy all their plates carry. By far this is the best Fish House in San Diego!!

Great Place to Dine!!!!  

Osetra is a very romantic restaurant that is top class! I have been to every restaurant from here to Italy and I always am treated excellent and had the best experience. The restaurant has recently been remodeled and is so rich and romantic now. The service is excellent and the food is really top notch. I had the sea bass, which was excellent, a blood orange beet salad that was very fresh and tasty, a chocolate martini and the chocolate lava souffle cake. Everything was very tasty and the staff from the moment we walked into the restaurant until the time we left was amazing. I think people should give Osetra a try and see the new digs. They won't be disappointed. By the way, the manager told my husband and I that in February they will start having live Jazz. We can't wait.

Fabulous Dining Experience  

Every time I travel to San Diego to visit my daughter and son-in-law I am given a wonderful gift; eating out at Osetra-The Fish House in the Gaslamp District in downtown San Diego. What a wonderful experience. From my first step inside and seeing the wine tower with wine angels flying up for ordered bottles of wine (quite a novelty), and the marbled bar curved around the tower, then looking up towards the second tier and seeing mood lights like birds in flight turning different colors. The lights in the ceiling come down to each individual table, so it is romantic and private in the midst of other diners. We are waited on immediately; no waiting, and from the moment our server arrives, we are treated so special; right up to the moment we walk out the door! I love this about Osetra. Even with all the other diners, we are still given excellent personal service. The food is unforgettable and unbelievably wonderful. The Executive Chef even comes to our table; talk about feeling special...I just can't say enough about the personal service. I have never had a bad experience at Osetra's, and I have been there many times since 2005. Last time I was there, in October, I was told they are going to renovate and have a permament jazz band. THIS IS DEFINATELY MY PLACE TO GO TO IN SAN DIEGO!

Spectacular Wine Tower Angels and Dining Experienc  

I recently had a company event and have been there many times with friends and family. I must say that the food was delicious and the service was superb. My co-workers were equally impressed and since then Osetra has gained new repeat customers since the company event. All my co-workers raved about the entire experience from service and most importantly the FOOD!!! What really impressed me the most was that the manager was going from table to table asking and ensuring everything was going as expected. There's never a time when you don't have multiple waiters filling your water, and looking at the smallest things as making sure the service is top notch. Every time I've been to this restaurant, I'm amazed by the wonderful hint of Italy all their plates carry. By far this is the best Fish House in San Diego!!

Amazing Dining Experience-Great Food and Ambiance  

I have lived downtown since 2002 and I have seen the transformation of the downtown eateries. We have been to Osetra 4-5 times. Not sure when they opened, but the ambience is a 10++ all the way!!! It far exceeded my expectations. The service was phenominal. I felt like royalty. I went in December and I noticed that when I went back this month (in January) that it was completely remodeled and the menu was new and improved. The Chilean Seabass was served on a bed of polenta and 2 spears of asperagus. The presentation was beautiful. Finally, San Diego is able to compete with New York and Beverly Hills' fine dining establishments. ;-) Yeah!!! Thanks Osetra!!!

IMPECCABLE  

From our waiter Thomas, to the presentation, to the taste. Everything was Impeccable!!!!! I went there to check out the restaurant before we had a group dinner. It was wonderful!! We then had a business dinner the next for 23 ppl and it went off beautiful!! The wine fairy was so much fun to watch from the balcony. Going back again in October for another tradeshow and reserved for another group dinner!

Wonderful  

Everything at this restaurant was perfection from beginning to end. The unique and whimsical lighting made for a fantastic ambiance while staying unpretentious and comfortable. The appetizer of crab cake was wonderful and had the best mango dressing I had ever tasted. Very tropical and light. The Chilean SeaBass is not to be missed and the same is to be said for the fantastic clam chowder. All meals were generous portions and included potato and vegetables (a rarity now adays!) The wine angels were our soul purpose for ordering a bottle of white and I am so glad that we did as it is entertaining to watch your wine retrieval. Have been back twice already and will continue to visit. Well worth the money!!

GREAT DJ's and FOOD!  

We stopped in to view the beautiful venue with my date and friends and ended up having wonderful appetizers (Ahi-tartar) and (Smoked Trout) and ending up staying for the great DJ's and house music until closing. We will be back again soon!

Divine dining  

My family and I had the privelege of dining at Osetras in early July 2005. This was not our first experience at Osetras, and it will not be our last. On occasion, we've stopped in for dinner and drinks before the going to Petco Park. On this occasion, it was to enjoy family. My steak was melt-in-your-mouth, and my husband couldn't stop raving over his chilean sea bass. We chose Osetra because we've had such wonderful experience there before. We eat downtown frequently. Osetra is our favorite place. The chef has delighted us with his expertise every time. I look forward to enjoying the experience again, soon.

Exquisite!  

We had a family reunion dinner that was fabulous. The service was great, the food was incredible and the evening was very memorable. We were seated upstairs and enjoyed all there was to be had. Appetizers were delicious, the entrees - THE BEST! and the desserts were the perfect. Would highly recommend. A true dining experience.

Culinary Explosion  

It just keeps gettin' better...from food to staff to bar to ambience...you name it, they got it!

Outstanding !!  

You want great food and drink you've got to start here. It is not inexspensive by any means. expect to pay dearly for your meal, oh but what a meal you will recieve. Enjoy!!!

Fantastic!  

Osetra's was our choice for my brother's birthday dinner. We arrived early and sat at the bar where the bartenders were very friendly and the wine angels were entertaining. We were seated on time according to our reservation upstairs at a nice table where we had both an outside view as well as a bird's eye view of the lower part of the restaurant and wine tower. The pictures in the review on this site don't show how nice it actually is. I ordered the Sea Bass which was recommended to me by the bartender. It was the best I've ever had. The sauce was just mild enough to compliment the fish which was very fresh and delicious. My brother ordered the Tuna also recommended by the bartender which I was lucky he let me try because it too was incredible. The presentation was beautiful. My husband had the Ribeye, which was lightly breaded and cooked perfectly medium rare and tender and the size of Texas. We had the salad with pears and candied walnuts, the lobster bisque, and the shrimp appetizer with the chinese 5 spice. The salad dressings were heavenly and the shrimp was amazing! The bisque was served with a dash of fresh cream and a little caviar on top. They had several great wines by the glass and a huge wine list. Both the Chard and the Cab I ordered by the glass were great. The birthday dessert was a creme brulee just the way I like it. We also tried the cheesecake which was gone before I could try it. They had a nice variety of after dinner drinks and the espresso was quality. There was no rushing at all once we were finished. The place was so big there was plenty of room for everybody to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. The color changing lights added to the mood like a continuous sunset. This was a perfect dinner.

With Great traditions!  

Like Greystone, Osetra brings the great service,selection and superoir qualities yearned for in a great restuarant. The food was excellent, including the Osetra cavier eaten with the "Gran Dame" champange for starters. I now have two favorite places to entice my tastebuds. Thanks for a great birthday gift for my love.

Osetra- Unique, Amazing, Delicious  

So I met this amazing girl last week and I wanted to show her an amazing time. She told me she loved seafood so of course my first thought was La Jolla…. But I had recalled hearing some one talk about this new restaurant Greystone just opened on 5th called Osetra. So I went against my initial idea of La Jolla and decided to take her to Osetra. We walked in and were greeted with a warm welcome and we were seated up stairs. I couldn’t believe how beautiful this place was. The wine list was very extensive and they had a very neat way to get the wine bottles down. I wont spoil the surprise of this feature of the restaurant; you will have to find that out on your own. Our waiter explained all the lights our fiber optic and change uncontrollably it very neat. I had the Halibut and my date had the Salmon, Both nothing short of amazing. I must say if you’re looking for a romantic place, amazing food, great wine, and great service this is the place to go! To top the night off the manager of the restaurant personally came up to us and made sure we had a perfect time. This place is going to be a very dominant seafood restaurant in San Diego, if you get the opportunity please take advantage of Osetra!

great spot for a sexy date  

Went there with my wife on new years and it was a great experience. Food was excellent, price was fair and I enjoyed myself

Awesome service and food, but pricy  

The food is so good just to look at it. But the price makes up for it. You got to bring special people there, and not just because.

This Place is BEAUTIFUL!!!  

What a beautiful restaurant. I was walking along fifth avenue with my husband and stumbled upon this very beautiful restaurant. We decided to go in and we were very happy with our dining experience. for appetizer we had the tuna tartar and the ravioli trio (oh, boy, you have to try--they said it is not always on the menu, but if you ask they will make it and then I asked the chef if he could make me something off the menu (Seafood linguini) and he did and it was so delicious. There was everything from clams, jumbo shrimp prawns (not the small ones that you usually get when dining out) crab, mussells, assorted fish, just DELISHHHHH!! THE CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE FOR DESSERT PUT ME IN ORBIT. WARM AND CHOCOLATELY. YOU CAN'T GO WRONG!!!!

Quite nice  

Lovely service (unique for San Diego), nifty bar, surprisingly good caesar salad, but mediocre scallop entrees...

Excellence  

My boyfriend and I were celebrating an Anniversary. Not only was the service professional and attentive, but the food was superb! We will be coming back.

Not quite as good as expected  

The service was impeccable and most of the food was good. I had the mahi mahi and a lobster salad. The lobster salad was fantastic and creatively presented and the mahi mahi had good flavor. However, the frog's legs special was a letdown and they didn't have several of the wines on their wine list. Also, the dining area does not allow a good view of the wine angels and we never saw one. The surf and turf was not up to snuff either with the lobster being tough. The bread was excellent and the staff eager to please, in fact, willing to alter sides and ingredients for the health concious or food allergies. All in all, a good experience but for the price and reputation, it was a bit of a let down.

Good Stuff  

We had quite a nice time at Osetera. The ahi was very creative and different than the norm. My wife had seabass and I did not even get to taste it. If nothing else, go for a cocktail and catch the show at the wine cellar. Good spot to celebrate a special occasion.

Great Ambiance, Salty Food  

We went here for restaurant week, meaning a fixed price and a fixed choice menu. The setting was very urban, very trendy. The service was normal/good. We didn't wait too long for beverages or food. The noise level was fine. The food itself was a bit on the sodium laced side of things. Overall, if I had to pay full price, I would have to pass due to the food not being worth that amount of money.

Friday night  

The hotel made a strong recommendation for this restaurant. We made reservations for Friday night. The weather was nice enough to be seated outside. We ordered soups for starters. The lentil soup was outstanding. I had the clam chowder. It was ordinary at best. We had salads and the best was the blood salad with oranges. We wanted to order scallops but they were out. We have the lobster ravs and lobster with risotto. Again, these dishes were ordinary. To make the dining experience lackluster our waitress left us to take other tables. After waiting a waiter finally came and explained the current situation. We were not impressed. After reading such great reviews, we were greatly disappointed in the entire experience.

Good Service. Bad Food.  

The two points I gave Osetra were purely for service. The waitress was very attentive and recommended a very good bottle of Riesling. The host was also very courteous and seemed genuinely concerned for our well-being. The food on the other hand was bland and tasteless. Never in my life have I been so utterly dissapointed by the entire selection of dishes throughout the meal. The spicy calamari appetizer was nothing short of watery and awful. The $40 shellfish platter tasted like it had just been defrosted. Even the lobster was cold and insipid! The duck salad made me gag, literally, since it had pieces of disgustingly textured duck fat/skin. And finally the main dishes were pretty looking at best. Even the cheesecake was awful. 5 out of 5 people in my party were displeased. We were convinced the chef has no tastebuds and none of us will ever return. A disgrace really, considering Panevino, their sister restaurant is superb.

not worh it  

Well the wine angel is cool and everything.... this place was recommended by a local hotel as one of the best places to eat in San Diego. I brought a friend, and restaraunt owner, and a few friends there for dinner. Our experience was so average it was unbearable. We dropped a grand and had average service, food that I could have made better at home, and a ho-hum atmosphere- cool lamps though.

From the Beginning  

We were able to be seated promptly without reservations on a Friday night. However the table was located near the rear of the restaurant and a peculiar odor was present. It took me a moment to identify that it was dirty mop bucket water that we smelled, a memory from having my own restaurant. The service was good to begin with but deteriorated as time went on. Our server was neglectful and indifferent. Our entres took 45 minutes to arrive after the appetizer plates were removed, he came by once right before serving it. When asked about the delay he was not apologetic but actually rude. The only reason I gave this rating a #2 is that the food was very good.

Very Disapointed  

The best thing about my experience was the wine fairy and the fiber optic lights. The servers were rushed and barely stopped by to check on you. The bread was cold, my dinner (crap legs) was cold and not all that tasty. My father's dinner (stuffed shrip) tasted great, but was also not very warm. We ordered a chocolate desert and were served lemon sorbet. The prices were much higher then the food deserved. We were out of water for about half of the evening, and our server only stopped long enough to take the order. I was hoping to give my father a great evening while he was out visiting me, but it turned out to be a bust.

Skip lunch  

The food was great, but the service was poor. For the freight this place charges, they should have taken A+ care of us. Instead, I had to ask for some attention several times. 20 min to get the check and get my credit card processed was unacceptable.

Not as good as expected  

First off, food was great. As for the service, my husband and I felt like we were looked down by the staff, as though we were not good enough to be in thier restaurant. We got seated by the restrooms in the corner and while there were waiters/managers going around asking other tables how thier food was, we were not approached once. The wine list didn't have a great selection either. I'm not much of a critic, but this is the first and last time my husband and I will be dining there.

Good Setting - Cute Roaches  

The place was great, the wine rack was fun to see, the drinks were strong, even Bruce Bochey was there enjoying dinner. Everything was fine until we were paid a visit by the roach that escaped from my lobster mashed potatos. Obviously dinner was compted but we will not return. PS, we named the roach Bochey.

Osetra has gone downhill  

I used to love this restaurant, but now everything has changed. I visited on a Saturday evening, but yet they didn't even open the upstairs area. All guests were overcrowded on the ground floor. They don't offer my favorite appetizer anymore, oyster rockefeller. For the main course, I ordered lobster ravioli which lacked in flavor. My husband ordered the special of the day, swordfish, which was almost well-done. When we explained the problem to the waiter, he said that we would have to specify medium to medium-rare to have it any less done. In a white table cloth restaurant with a specialty in seafood, this is unheard of.

Good Atmostphere suprised at some pricing  

The atmosphere at Osetra was nice and everyone enjoyed themselves. I made the mistake of ordering their surf and turf special. I should have asked for the price as the entree was not worth the amount I was charged. On the good side their Starters are nicely laid out. Back to the surf and Turf. The steak was nice and done to order. The lobster which was at market price was nicely set on the plate but was rubbery. for a $79 item I would have liked the lobster to melt in your mouth as I have had when out on the east coast. So a lesson learned it to make sure you find out what the pricing for the specials is before you order it. I would have sent it back if I knew it was $79 for the entree but I thought I would be nice thinking that the special would have been around the $40 range. If the price and lobster was better I would have been happy to leave a review that way.

Very disappointing evening  

My wife and I dined at Osetra on a Friday evening, one day after Valentine's day. We were looking forward to the evening due to the great reviews we had read on this site. We were seated at a 2 person table right near the upstairs railing where we were constantly being bumped due to bus boys and waiters moving past us.

We were greeted by a rather unfriendly waiter. We asked him to recommend a Chardonnay but he seemed to have no clue which one to suggest. Both my wife and I like a full bodied, oakey, Chardonnay. The sommelier did not provide much assistance either. Both my wife and I ordered the Lobster bisque. It arrived after about 30 minutes and was served at room temperature. The top of the bisque was skimmed over and the consistency of the bisque was similar to gravy thickened with flour. In addition, the bisque had very little flavor. It was certainly not what I had expected for $15.00.

The main course was the "Jumbo" Mexican shrimp stuffed with crab and lobster. They arrived at our table looking as if they had been sitting under a heat lamp for quite some time. The shrimp were also a very large disappointment. They were dry, lacking flavor, and the presentation was amateurish. By the time our main course was complete (after a few bites actually)we were anxious to leave and get away from the cramped table and people passing by all the time.

I asked for the check and the manager stopped by the table to inquire how our dinner was. We expressed disappointment with both the location of the table and the food. He commented that we should have raised an objection to the table sooner. I indicated that I did not want a discount, nor a free desert, we just wanted to leave. After not receiving the bill for about another 5 minutes, they brought desert to the table. We indicated once again we just wanted to leave. We felt like we were being held captive. In conclusion, I did not feel that the quality of the food was befitting the prices. I felt that the wait staff was inattentive. We deeply regret not visiting any of the tens of fine restaurants within a 2 block radius of Osetra.

Horrible  

I had dinner last night at Osetra... What can I say, this restaurant was the worse... Rude service, poor quality food (still paid over $40 for an entree ) and overpriced wine list. This reminded why I should not dine in the Gaslamp....

The Worst  

Unbelievably disappointing for such an expensive restaurant. Interesting and unique decor and that's about it. They should try not to be so "hip" and concentrate instead on the food and service. My wife and I both had less than adequate dishes (how can you screw up sea bass??) Service was slow and inattentive (we waited 10 minutes before the waiter arrived and asked if we would like a drink and then he realized we never received a wine menu). Our glasses on the table were dirty and had to be removed. Served luke warm coffee and never got a refill. A final bill of $145.00 for two without tip was a major rip off. Bob Sherwin, Agoura Hills, CA

Nice food, sub-par service  

I just returned from a Saturday evening dinner at Osetra. Our party of 8 had service that I'd expect more from, especially at these high-end prices. From the moment we stepped into the bar the help was missing a step. Here's how: 1. the bar's waiter asked two in our party for their drink orders without asking others for their requests. Those two were immediately served but the rest of us were never queried about our orders. 2. Our waiter was clearly preoccupied with a larger party nearby in the private room. He rushed our dinner orders before even asking if we wanted drinks. 3. When we asked to order cocktails first, he took the order of one of the men in our party (a Glenfiddich on the rocks) then left without taking any others. 4. When we aked if we could order the rest of the cocktails he said he didn't take cocktail orders and that he'd get the other waiter for that duty. (I'd never heard separating the duties for cocktails and dinner). 5. It took another 5-8 minutes until we could order our cocktails from the appropriate waiter, whereupon our sole order was delivered, but that order was incorrect (it arrrived as a Glenfiddich and water). 6. When we pointed out the incorrect cocktail order the dinner waiter yelled down from the second level to the bar below that the bartender had gotten it wrong. Bad form. To our final disappointment, the tip was included for our party of 8, at 20%. In our opinion the waiter would have received a 10% tip as a reflection of the marginal treatment we received.

Less Than Adequate Experience  

The restaurant has spectacular ambiance, however the food was horrific. The seabass was a disgrace for a "fish restaurant" and the service was poor.

Not worth the money, Drink Only!  

This place is expense and filthy the bathrooms are horrible the service is ok note excellent as the price suggest. If your gonna spend this much go to Mortons, or Oceanaire where u pay 4 the service and the food.

Poor Food +Table Games Makes Osetra's a Loser.  

Newly opened Osetra's was a real disappointment. Service was poor, food was medicore, and on-line reservations don't mean a thing to the restaurant. After waiting 30 minutes "for the best table in the house" we were seated at a table next to the exit door on floor two. On top of that the food was just o.k. No big deal. Over salted, uber-spiced shrimp comes at a high price. I've tasted better fish in a can.

Better Places in San Diego to spend your money  

Waited twenty minutes and waiter failed to take our wine or food order. Nobody offered to help, even after we signaled waiter, bus boy and hostess numerous times. They only had 1 waiter to handle the first floor, which the hostess filled every table in a 15 minute time period. We got up and left and will never go back. Went to Greaystone, down the street and had a wonderful mealk and outstanding service. san Diego has too many great restaurants to waste your money or time at Ostera Watergrill.

Worst experience ever, horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Please people do not go to Osetra Watergrill for dinner or ever! Horrible place I've ever been too. I am super upset

Terrible!!!  

Buyers beware! We had reservations for dinner Saturday night. The service was beyond unacceptable. We ordered an appetizer and decided to leave immediately after the dish was brought to our table. The appetizer should have never left the kitchen. The tomatoes were green and not even close to being ripe. When we were leaving, the table behind us noticed and commented “we are right behind you”. They had an oyster appetizer that they said was awful. The staff never questioned why we were leaving and didn’t seem to care.

YUCK  

When my entree was placed in front of me, I was nauseated by the overwhelming fish smell. I found the staff and the environment pretentious and gimmicky. Wine angels? How about spending some time training your staff how to select a wine instead. I will never return.

Worst ever!  

We came to Osetra mid-week, early in the evening to celebrate our anniversary. The restaurant was empty altho' we waited for our table... they were aware it was our anniversary. We were seated at an odd table right next to the kitchen door. I asked for another table and we were seated next to a woman dining alone, in an odd side section of the bottom floor. We ordered a VERY good bottle of wine, appetizer, salads, dover sole, oysters and dessert. Our waitress disappeared right after the appetizer, and we NEVER saw her again. Why? It appears (as we were told by the busboy taking care of us) that the restarant was sold out to a convention... we watched as buses pulled up and men and eomen poured in -- most wearing t-shirts, jeans and sneakers. The proceded to take over the whole joint -- standing around jostling our chair, yelling back and forth between tables and floors of the restaurant. We were literally thrown our food by a mixture of cocktail waitresses and busboys. We asked to see the manager and were told he wasn't available. Our very mediocre dinner cost well over $200 -- we got no explanation, no comped dessert, no apology -- NOTHING. If we had been told, when either making our reservation or when we entered that evening, we would have gratefully left and gone elsewhere... but we had no idea until we were well into our evening. We left as soon as we could. We called and wrote tothe manager and neer received any response. Osetra is not worth the money and will never get our business again -- we tell everyone to stay away!

Precious staff  

We pre booked a table for 10 through the concierge at the Marriott, who reconfirmed our reservation as we left the hotel. On arrival, our table wasnt ready, and took 45mins to prepare, we ordered drinks while we were waiting but the drinks didnt arrive. repeated requests from the maitre'd/manager and staff fell on deaf ears. All they seemed to want to do is pose around looking good but were unable to offer any service. The same happened once we were seated. Our appetizer arrivedbefore the wine waiter even took our order and when he did it was SLOW. Entrees arrived and were almost finished before the red wine appeared, even though I had ordered it at the beginning of the evening. Then the staff dissappeared, we had to learn over the railing to ask for service from downstairs, as an 18% service charge was added to our bill they didnt care about service as they were getting a tip anyway. The food was slighly above average but the staff left us with a very poor impression. Its a pity because we spent a significant ammount of money on top wines etc. Other restaraunts we went to in San Diego were all fantastic and I would especially recommend Laurel, great service and food plus terrific setting.

Dissapointed  

Made reservations at least two weeks in advance. Specifically asked for indoor seating. When we arrived 45 minutes early we were told we would have to eat outside. We had a drink and left. To many other good restaurants to waste my time here.Based on this I do not recommend.

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