Sheerwater at Hotel del Coronado
The Hotel del Coronado, or “The Del” as it’s known, is one of America’s most iconic resort hotels. Situated right on the shores of the Pacific Ocean on Coronado island, its iconic red turrets have been beckoning guests since it was built in 1888. Recognized by USA Today as “one of the top ten resorts in the world” the Del received recognition in 1977 as a National Historic Landmark. Visiting the Del is a “must” for anyone visiting San Diego. Just a short, hop, skip, and a drive over the Coronado Bridge, this place is not to be missed.
While visiting Coronado Island, my husband and I made plans to enjoy a nice lunch at the Del’s Sheerwater restaurant. With a lovely outdoor patio that overlooks the lush green lawn, and then looks further out to the sparkly blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, the Sheerwater is a nice, relaxing place to spend a lazy day enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner. The day we were there, the weather was warm, the sky was blue with not a cloud to be seen, the beach looked immaculate. We were seated in their lower outdoor patio area, and had a nice leisurely 1.5 hour lunch.
The meal started off with the artichoke & crab dip appetizer. The dip consisted of lump blue crab meat, artichokes, spinach, bell peppers and melted gouda cheese. It was brought out in a small cast iron dish all warm and bubbly and crusty on top alongside a loaf of toasted ciabatta bread. The dip was heavenly. The flavor of the crab meat permeated the whole dip and the cheese was nice and creamy. You can’t really go wrong with a crab and cheese dip!
I opted to continue the crab theme by ordering blue crab cake b.l.t. for lunch served with fries. When it came out, I was astounded by the large heaping of blue crab cake itself. It was like a solid crunchy, golden brown crab cake. No breading, no fillers, no veggies. Just straight up crab meat. It was crab heaven! The b.l.t was served with 2 slices of thick, salty bacon, creamy avocado slices and a helping of tartar sauce, all on toasted brioche. The tartar sauce was a bit too much for me, but toasted brioche was delicious as were the bacon and the avocado. I will admit that due to the huge size of the crab cake and the smaller size of the brioche alongside the other stuff in the b.l.t, trying to eat this as any sort of a sandwich was difficult. Eventually, I just got rid of the lettuce and the tomato and the bread and just ate the crab cake by itself and accompanied it with the bread and the bacon, etc.
On the other hand, my husband ordered a turkey burger. Also served atop a toasted brioche role, the spiced turkey burger was also served with marinated apples, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. My husband’s been on a real turkey burger kick later. And he said this one was pretty good. It must have been, as messy as it was, he finished the entire thing!
Finally, we ended our meal at Sheerwater with the warm caramel banana chocolate cake. It’s basically 2 halves of a banana caramelized with a sugar topping, served alongside a decadent piping hot chocolate cake with a scoop of Haagen Daaz vanilla ice cream on top and chocolate sprinkles. The cake is so hot, that the ice cream begins to melt immediately. My husband and I absolutely devoured this cake. The hot chocolate cake mixed with the cold ice cream alongside the sweet and caramelized banana was a terrific combination.
This was a great restaurant for seafood and a terrific view at one of America’s greatest resort hotels. Next time you find yourself in the area, the Sheerwater, or just a visit to the historic Del is worth the trip alone.