About The Westgate Hotel - Sunday Brunch & Le Fontainebleau Room
For more than 40 years, the Westgate's Sunday Brunch has been a San Diego tradition. Enjoy lively music while sampling a feast of the freshest seafood, gourmet cuisine, bountiful fruits, freshly baked breads and pastries as well as traditional breakfast favorites. Accompany your meal with our full beverage and dessert bar.
$45 per person, Children under the age of 12, $29
Contemporary American, International, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer 24 hour valet parking for hotel and dining guests.The Westgate Room and the Sunday Brunch validate parking for two hours at a charge of $3.00. Special event and Holiday parking rates may apply.
Directions to Hotel Parking:
Please proceed to end of Second Avenue and turn right immediately before trolley tracks, ignoring the "Left turn only" signs (it is OK to turn right if turning into the hotel). Proceed down the ramp to the valet desk
Private Party Facilities:
For a detailed description of all available private dining facilities please contact our Catering Sales Manager Anna Geiss Travis.
Private Party Contact:
Anna Geiss Travis: 6195573722
Banquet/Private Rooms, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
If you are joining us for our Mother's Day Brunch please note the following: Credit card guarentee is required with a 72 hour cancellation policy. Guest will be charged 50% of reservation if they are outside of the policy. We require that guests arrive within 15 minutes of their reservation, arriving outside of this time frame will result in automatic cancellation of reservation. Valet parking is available at the special event rate of $8.00. We look forward to welcoming you on Mother's Day!
The Westgate Hotel - Sunday Brunch & Le Fontainebleau Room Ratings and Reviews
I expected more based on the cost of thi ...
I expected more based on the cost of this brunch. I was disappointed with the quality of food. Many of the seafood items were plated and sitting in rows on the table. There was no ice under them. I picked up a dish with two slices of ahi tuna, but the ahi was dry when I ate it. I also wondered how long it had been sitting out at room temperature. While their spread was large, and they certainly had yummy desserts, I don't plan on paying $50 for brunch here again when I thought the best part of the meal was my bananas foster and mixed berry crepe.
It is great that drinks are unlimited - margaritas, mimosas, and bloody Mary's - all were yummy. The servers were very attentive and were quick to clear plates and refill champagne.
Our server charged us for 4 people, reversed the charge, then charged us for 2. So instead of spending the expected $108, we left the restaurant with a $324 charge on our debit card which, "should be credited in around three business days." This was very frustrating. We didn't want to make a scene, so we left quietly, but this is an extremely careless error to make as a server...especially when I'm paying $50/person.
As always the Westgate was elegantly del ...
As always the Westgate was elegantly delightful with a wide range of small plates, a seafood bar, caviar, fish, fowl, and meat mains, omelette station, chocolate fountain, and endless champagne. The only disappointment was that no small cake arrived to celebrate my husband's birthday although I had included this information on the Open Table reservation.
One of the best brunches we have every h ...
One of the best brunches we have every had. A lot of seafood, both cold and hot preparations, including sushi and caviar. Desserts were out of this world. They made fresh baby donuts with a variety of dipping sauces.
We were married at The Westgate and hadn ...
We were married at The Westgate and hadn't been back since. So it was cool to have brunch in the same room, 15 years later! And it didn't disappoint--everything was tasty and the presentation was especially lovely. It was a little chaotic and crowded due to it being a brunch holiday (Father's Day) but the staff was gracious and we didn't have to wait long. Our table was lovely and the service was attentive. We loved everything we tried. Sadly, we are not seafood fans, but I think the brunch would be even more delightful for those who are--it all seemed to be very high quality with a lot of variety.
The best brunch in San Diego!
The brunch at the Westgate was the best brunch that I have had in the four years that I've lived in San Diego! The buffet is extensive - I mean extensive! Fresh made-to-order sushi, oyster shooters, delicious prime rib, awesome cheese and meat boards, fresh ceviche, and a chocolate fountain! The small desserts were perfect for tasting them all :) And, the most important part, bottomless mimosas, margaritas and bloody marys! We have found our Sunday brunch place :)
I was in town for a business conference ...
I was in town for a business conference and had invited an old friend who lives in San Diego out for brunch. We chose the Westgate due to reviews and also the proximity to our hotel (US Grant). The food was plentiful, varied and of good quality. Our server was great. Very professional and helpful without being intrusive. We stayed a bit longer because we were catching up with my friend and I never felt rushed or felt that they were anxious to clear our table.
Unfortunately there was a glitch in their computer systems which resulted in our getting charged for brunch for 6 instead of for 3 people. It had something to do with the codes being left in the system from Mother's Day. The server apologized profusely and said that he didn't have the permissions to make the change but the manager did so he asked her to help. She immediately blamed the server and pointed the finger at him saying he should have fixed it or let her know sooner.
Whether she was correct or not it left a really bad taste with us that her immediate reaction was to blame an employee instead of just apologizing and fixing the problem. When we return to San Diego we will not be returning to this restaurant.
Loved the brunch on Mother's Day. Reall ...
Loved the brunch on Mother's Day. Really special for my 98 year old mother who enjoyed the champagne and the piano. Service could have been better. We did not get to see our server for a long time and had to wave her down to get some coffee (that was served too cold).
For me not the best Mother's Day brunch ...
For me not the best Mother's Day brunch in town. That for me is still La Valencia in LaJolla. The ambiance was wonderful and we happened to be in one of the prettier rooms - there were three. One would have been even nicer and one disappointing. I had also read that they serve Bellinis of all kinds I'm a review somewhere and was disappointed when mine was made with peach schnapps versus nectar. Service was lovely, although we weren't told to go right to the buffet at our leisure so we did wait a bit for someone to come to the table after we sat down. When we realized no one was coming, we got up and got started. Very elegant and old fashioned feel. Nice change of pace. And sooo much food. Wow.
We were there for Mothers Day Brunch. The food selection was everything one could ask for, from sushi to stone crab to prime beef--far to many things to mention, including 10 to 15 dessert options. The organization for a very busy day was excellent as well, with good service and no sense of being hurried in any way. The pianist was, as usual, a wonderful touch. We have dined here several times, and it is always the best
Brunch on Sunday was very good and a lot of fun. The fellows handling the drinks in the little room off to the side of the hostess were the best. They kept trying to convince me to have a drink whilst I waited for my friends to arrive until I finally gave in. There was a little trouble getting drinks refilled or getting tea once in the dining room. However, the overall experience was great and I look forward to going back for another brunch.
This is a "must do" for visitors and locals
Some may be put off by the price for "breakfast", but this isn't pancakes and eggs! We were escorted to our table promptly at our reservation time. Sarah Hafner had helped us with our reservation change a few days earlier and was able to accommodate our special request, even sending me a confirmation email. I was impressed by the personal, caring customer service. As soon as we sat down and got comfortable, our waiters (there were three, and a buser!) came by to get our beverage requests and poured champagne and mimosas. The coffee is strong but not bitter or burnt tasting, and was always hot. Important if you need coffee early in the day.
The food selection in the buffet area is always impressive. Since you're in SD, sample all of the seafood being displayed. The omelet station has every ingredient you can think of. The hot food items were actually hot, but not dried out or unattended as others have suggested. The extent and variety are impressive. The dessert table had some really interesting plates. One is a cocoanut mousse/merangue that had a great light tropical flavor. I also had a made-to-order banana crepe that was worth the cost of the buffet alone!
Three hours of food, drink and good company in an elegant, Old World setting, with a wait staff and kitchen who care deeply about what they do made for an unforgettable brunch. This is a "must do" in SD, for visitors and locals alike.
what a jewel hidden at the Westgate hotel !!!
the moment i walked in we had fantastic service from all of the staff the food was out of this world, i work for British Airways and will be recommending this to all my fellow work colleagues it was a fantastic Sunday Brunch the best that i have ever been to, well done to all the staff who worked the socks off will be going back again and again from London UK
After having celebrated a decades birthday here with fine linen, silver and china here, I'm looking for another reason to return soon to the Sunday brunch at the Westgate. Although the tables are a bit tight, as others have noted, this repast has traditional favorites as well as sushi, kale salad with pine nuts, caviar, smoked salmon, oyster shooters, and endless champagne. Since a chocolate cake with rasperries and white shavings was served with 2 singing waiters, I need to return to try their chocolate fountain and other desserts. A truly enjoyable fine dining experience.
Lovely place but cold food for Easter Brunch
Beautiful rooms and elegant dining, but sadly many of the hot items were cold. Last year's lamb was excellent but this year it was just okay. No mint jelly or a sauce for the lamb. Many dishes to choose from but not enough breakfast items, for my family. Love to see a cheese fondue like the hotel del coronado. Excellent price for the brunch! Nice staff too.
Beware of holidays and the overflow.
Even though we had reservations for over 3 weeks, when we arrived, they acted like our table wasn't ready. We were initially escorted into the main dining room, then abruptly turned around and told to wait for the manager. Then were lead all the way around the dining room and into a hallway where they had set up extra tables. They made us sit in the hallway!!! Right next to the restrooms. It was horrible!! And the service was poor as well.
Our family enjoyed the variety offered at the Sunday brunch. We celebrated Easter here and we were impressed. The ambiance is opulent. There was a huge amount of people there for the brunch but it never felt crowded or loud. The staff was friendly and patient with the kids.
The food was high quality and too many different things to mention. Lovely.
Great despite the increase in price
I really enjoyed the new selections they had as well as the made to order food. I can understand the increase in price as well as including belinis in the included drinks with your meal. Sad to see some items go such as the lamb, but the salmon was a nice tasty change.
If you love Brunch/ Seafood this is a good choice
The dining room was old school beautiful, the buffet for the most part was very good. It might not be the best choice if you don't care for seafood as those items were the best. Our service suffered that day. Our server was extremely unattentive. He let my champagne glass go completely empty every time and I had to ask and wait for several minutes for a refill. We also sat there for 10 minutes before greeted. Not a great start, however I hear that usually the service is top notch.
I had never been to this hotel nor had e ...
I had never been to this hotel nor had experienced the food. The timeless European decor and antique ambience was wonderful. Staff was incredible and I could go on and on about the amazing food. What I lived must was the presentation of the buffet and food. This chef knows his stuff. With mist items in individual ramekins or bowls, little food could ever be wasted and it really gave guests the opportunity to try everything. I am now intrigued by their bar where they have award winning mixologists. I will definitely be back and recommend this to others.
I have been to the Le Fontainebleau Room many times over the past 40 years, and the experience has always been wonderful. Not so this past Sunday (14Feb16). To start with, as my party and I got off the elevator there was an overwhelming smell of seafood. It was very off putting. Secondly, after I made the reservation on Open Table, I followed up with a phone call to the Westgate Hotel. At that time I specifically asked to NOT be seated in the ball room. Sure enough, we were placed in the VERY noisy ball room. Had we known that was going to be the case we would have gone elsewhere. Thirdly, some of the food items were delicious, while some of the food items were not, for instance: the wedge salad was wilted, the Asian dumplings were hard, and the coffee was luke warm. The Westgate can do better--MUCH better. Also, the service was substandard. When you have to chase down the server to remove dinner plates so we could then bring dessert plates to the table--totally unacceptable. It took 15 minutes to finally have the dinner plates removed from the table.
Delightful brunch. Coffee and water coul ...
Delightful brunch. Coffee and water could have been filled more often, but otherwise good service. The open table profile states that valet parking is $3 for the first two hours. That's not the case. Please correct the error.
This was wonderful food in a wonderful setting. Although $50 might seem like a lot for brunch, the champagne or mimosas are included and you can eat enough to forgo another meal. While there are some breakfast type items such as omelets, the majority of the buffet is lunch or dinner menu items such as seafood, roasts, casseroles, salads and deserts. Focusing on these items really makes the meal a financial bargain. All of the food was of high quality and delicious. The piano music in the background was lovely and relaxing. The waiter was attentive and kept our champagne glasses full.
Best you will find
I've recommended this brunch for years. The Del and all the rest don't hold a candle to this brunch. The value far succeeds and of the others. The group I was with went to the Arvari and said it was no where near this brunch at double the cost. The service was also top notch. We never had to ask for anything. Thank you.
New Year's brunch
After reading positive and negative reviews about the Westgate Sunday brunch, we decided to try for ourselves with the New Year's day brunch. After talking to a few of the employees working the brunch, we were assured that the New Year's brunch was the same as what is served on Sundays.
We were the first ones to arrive for an 11:00 opening(20 min. early), and the hostess was very friendly and informed us that they were still setting it up. This gave us a little time to walk around the hotel and explore.
When we returned we were seated immediately to a comfortable table. We had assumed that this might be a little dressy but we did see several other guests in everything from quite dressy all the way to jeans and shorts. Of course this is pretty typical of California dining at almost everywhere you go.
The price of the brunch on this day was $69 each. We have dined at a lot of Sunday brunches, everything from the ones at $10-15 on up to the ones at $100-125. We felt this brunch pricing was pretty much in line. With brunches you have to take it as an entire experience, not just the food.
At the Westgate, the food is truly gourmet style as opposed to a large insert of filler food. Here there was an omelet station, meat carving station, crepe station and sushi station. Very good!
When I go to a brunch I try lots of things and everything we had was tasty, some things more than others but that also has to do with individual tastes. However, the one and only negative thing we experienced was, the lack of the food being hot. Part of this may be because we were the first people there as they opened. They set up all the food in advance and much of it had cooled down waiting for the opening. As the first foods are taken, and they start to bring out the next batch, there was more hot food at that time. Too bad it couldn't also have been hot earlier.
Other than that, we enjoyed our brunch very much and would go back for the Sunday brunch.
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