About Bertrand at Mister A's
You’re just a few minutes from downtown San Diego; take the elevator to the top floor. You won’t believe your eyes! Huge jetliners sweep past at eye level. Our beautiful city’s skyline, San Diego Bay; why settle for just an ocean’s view when you can see the entire city from one vantage point.
San Diego, CA 92103
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 2:15pm. Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Sunday, 5:00pm - 9:30pm. Sunday Brunch: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Appropriate attire is required. The dress code is dressy business casual, meaning nothing you would wear to the beach or a sporting event. Nice jeans or Bermuda shorts are fine with a collared shirt but nothing overly casual.
Dinner Dress Code 2 PM until Close is Fashionable evening attire is acceptable for dinner. For gentlemen collared shirts and slacks are appropriate. For ladies a dress or blouse with a skirt or slacks are appropriate.
Jeans are permitted, provided they are not ripped or torn. No shorts are allowed during the evening. Beach wear, gym attire, athletic apparel, hats, flip flops, and open toed shoes for men are never permitted.
$31 to $50
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Bertrand at Mister A’s restaurant offers one of the most exceptional city views in all of the country. A true site seeing experience with a panoramic view; which encompasses the breathtaking city skyline, San Diego Bay and harbor, Coronado Bridge, Point Loma, Sea World, Balboa Park, the world famous zoo and Mexico high a top Bankers Hill.
For parties of 10 or more, it is necessary to call the restaurant directly for reservations.
Street and valet parking available.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Private spaces include our Park Banquet room seating up to 75, Boardroom seating up to 20, Rotunda seating up to 30 and a semi-private space the Downtown room seating 45. A full buyout can accommodate 300 seated, more standing reception style.
Bertrand at Mister A's Ratings and Reviews
We have dined at Mr. A's in the past and have always had great service. Although arriving for cocktails prior to our reservation @ 5:30 PM, the bartender was too busy to serve us and did phone for backup, which did not arrive. So, we were seated without cocktails as our table was ready. Also, we spent an additional 30 minutes waiting for our waiter to refill drinks and take our dessert order. I don't know if he had too many table to wait or what the issue was. There was no apology and although we were wanting a calm, relaxing evening, spending 2.5 hours to dine on a Sunday evening was a bit disconcerting.
Having come here since the 60's for many gatherings, we've tapered off since it became "Bertrand's At Mr. A's".
Last night was a reminder of why.
Service was top notch; the view table we asked for, lovely. Servers were careful with our elderly guests and just so sweet to both of them - many thanks to all.
Our starters were delicious, especially the crudo. Entrees all seemed to be just average. Dessert was amazing - especially the Baked Hawaii. Excellent martinis.
Our main problem with the place is that :
A. It's very dated inside... woe to you if you don't get to look out a window. The atmosphere is early 2000 with a big whiff of cafeteria - they have way too many tables crammed in there in an effort to maximize profits. My high school lunchroom had a more open feeling. Faux paint, big columns, lots of odd art all harken to an earlier age .
B. Full of people on a first date, celebrating an anniversary or making business deals. This creates an odd atmosphere where everything seemed a bit tense - nothing like the warm feeling of pampering and treats you used to get here. Most people were careful to stick to the dress code, which was great.
Dinner for four with 9 cocktails, 3 starters, 4 entrees and 2 desserts was well over $130 per person before tip. Our guests were happy though and that made the night. Not sure about another visit for awhile... but judging by the happy crowd, we won't be missed!
There are very few places in the downtown San Diego area that offer such a superb, sophisticated, adult dining experience. We live in San Diego; have eaten here often over the years and have never been disappointed. Owner Bertrand Hug has assembled a stellar team of chefs and front of house staff. Of course the view is spectacular with panoramic views of Balboa Park to the East, downtown and the harbor to the South , airplanes making their final approach to the airport, the harbor marinas and Point Loma to the West. The decor is subdued and elegant. Please..dress accordingly: men should wear slacks, collared shirt and jacket, women dressy attire- dress, slacks and jacket or sweater or dressy blouse. This is not a casual dining locale; it is not a steakhouse or "old school" cuisine, it is not a noisy bar scene or a place for children. We dined last Thursday; Nate was our congenial maitre d'; Roman and Andrew expertly provided table service. Service is friendly, professional, knowledgeable and not overpowering. The wine list is extremely well curated. The menu is exceptional: starters vary from Kurobuta pork cheeks to caviar to braised local octopus to Maine lobster strudel. We enjoyed the king salmon crudo, black mussels provencale (baked), and the Hudson Valley foie gras. Prices varied from high teens to $24 for the foie gras. Everything was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. For mains we chose the grilled sea bass with crispy leeks, the Hudson Valley duck breast with huckleberry sauce and the 72 hr braised Brandt Farm short ribs with root vegetables and leek mousseline. The prices were in the mid-$30s and entrees are a la carte. The roasted carrots ($14) were terrific. Thank you Mr. Hug (who was in attendance Thursday evening) for continuing to provide San Diego with a such a memorable and exceptional dining experience; it reminds us of Michelin starred restaurants in France!
Bertrand at Mr. A's is phenomenal and this is coming from someone who dined in many different 4-5 star restaurants across the country from Alaska to Florida. Great setting as it gives a panoramic view of the city which arguably gives you the city's best view. I had the surf and turf with the Grand Prime. Highly recommend. And of course their truffle fries is a staple! Exceptional service from very well dressed and professional employees. Over all everything is great! Love love this place!l
The food was excellent and the views from the patio were wonderful. Our table was delayed by a little over 30 minutes from the time of our reservation at 8:45 and it had appeared that a table was seated before use who had a reservation later than ours or they were late arriving for their reservation. After that hiccup, the rest of the night went off without a hitch. Our waiter was great and very friendly willing to discuss his international travel with us.
It's always a pleasure to dine here for the excellent service, cuisine, and the ability to carry on a conversation without intrusive music and loud background noise.
Isn't that why we dine out with friends? To be able to VISIT while we enjoy a meal??
Keep up the good work, Bertrand's, and don't cave in to the current trend of inflicting a cacophony of ambient sound which prevents the ability of diners at the same table to actually talk to each other! Bravo!!
Good restaurant. I asked for a table with a view if possible. We were given not outside, not by the window, but table back. I don't know if they looked at us and knew we were out of town. To be honest, every seat in the place, I think has a view, but I got the feeling they changed our table at the last minute. Our server was wonderful at first, she offered ideas about what she liked off the restaurant week menu. Then some friends of hers came in and sat in her section. The service suffered after that. She spent a fair amount of time talking to them, we waited on a couple of things. We were charged 18% gratuity, we will normally tip 25-30% for good service, we did not add an extra gratuity. The food was good. We went to several restaurants this week as we were on vacation. It is good, inventive food. Service for me is more important than cutting edge menul
Fantastic! Best dining view in San Diego! The food is phenomenal! The staff is world class! We arrived for a Saturday, date-night dinner when the doors opened at 4:30, ascending the twelve stories in the sky to be greeted by a smiling, professional staff. There were tables on the outside perimeter of this rooftop venue but we chose a seat just inside the windows to avoid a cool breeze that was blowing that evening. It was Restaurant Week so we had a 3-course meal that was fairly priced. A sautéed shrimp appetizer, a perfect cut of Sea Bass for dinner and the Pumpkin Royale for dessert all unleashed a cacophony of flavors that I won’t soon forget. If you’re a local, make the time to go there...at least once; if you’re from out of town, this is just one more reason to visit “America’s Finest City.” In the 360° view you’ll see Balboa Park, all of downtown, the bay, Point Loma, the naval base and you’ll delight in seeing airliners flying into the valley between you and the city, flying past and down below you to land at San Diego Airport. All in all, a truly memorable dining experience.
Visiting Mr. A's is always a pleasure and it was the quintessential San Diego day so the view was breathtaking. Our waiter, Matt, provided impeccable service and the food was delicious. The wild mushroom soup placed me in the forest and the chocolate cake was heavenly. All the wait staff were personable and attentive and my friend and I were able to have a lovely conversation because the environment was quiet and serene. I definitely would recommend dining here. Consider sitting on the outside deck and drinking in the San Diego sunshine!
This was not my first time in this restaurant and I always have liked the food. It is one of my favourites to take out of town guests to for dinner and an impressive view over the city. A couple of years ago we also selected this restaurant for Thanksgiving. This occasion was again to entertain an out of town guest. So I made this reservation more than a month in advance. I was extremely disappointed when we are assigned a table in a room, separate from the main of restaurant, which to me looked like an event room with absolutely not a worthy city view at all. Actually I did not even know that this room existed. In all fairness the food was still great, service however on the mediocre side. What it is the point of making a reservation well in advance for a nice table if you get the one we were assigned? There are other great San Diego "ground level" restaurants where the view is not a part of the dining experience, and I will take my future out of town guests to these places instead.
Phenomenal service. We were seated promptly, which I always appreciate when I make a reservation at a restaurant.
We went to Mister A's this time around for Restaurant Week - I have to say the menu offerings were amazing, as were the upgrades.
My partner and I enjoyed a ravioli & foie gras starter, filet & lamb duo entrees, with the pumpkin royale and pavlova to finish. Everything was beautifully cooked - the meat nearly falling off the bones on the lamb entree, with my filet cooked to the perfect medium rare as requested.
With a couple of old fashioned's and sangrias - the meal was perfect. My only thing was that the pavlova was a tad too sweet for me, but I'm not much of a sweets person, so that is purely opinion.
Some plates exceptional, some almost inedible. Service was equivalent to a low grade cruise ship. Stunning views. Mandatory 22 percent service fees, when I would pay twice as much to serve myself and save the embarrassment of being treated like a numbered cattle. it was apparent our server would be paid sufficiently without having to behave gracefully.
We went to Mister A's for lunch during San Diego Restaurant Week and were super impressed. The food was delicious, the service was impeccable, the view was amazing, and the ambience couldn't have been better. I took my 85-year-old aunt who hadn't been there since the 1980's- and she can't stop talking about the food, service and view. SD Restaurant Week made our outing affordable - it's a memory I'll always have with my aunt and sister-in-law.
Great deal during Restaurant Week. Food and drinks delicious, The View spectacular as always. Only quibble was our waitress it was just a bit too attentive. That may sound like a strange criticism, but she kind of hovered over our table, and basically snatched the menu from my son's hand. Also, it is not necessary to address me as sir every time you say something.
We arrived late at the restaurant, and perhaps she was anxious to have us complete our meal so she could clean up and go home. In any event, it was not enough of a distraction to prevent me from going back again. My son however feels otherwise.
It was an excellent experience. We asked for a patio table and it was wonderful. It had a quiet atmosphere in which we could speak easily to each other. Bertrand at Mister A's also has a great view of San Diego. It was absolutely delightful. What a pleasure.
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