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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If you want to show class, Bertrand is the only way to go...that is unless you want to go to his other restaurant. The view, the food, the drinks are world class! All I can say is try it for yourself and don't take my word for it.
This restaurant is amazing, everything about it is perfection. The ambiance is relaxing and romantic. I love that it's tucked away but in a great location at the same time. If it is warm enough sit outside at night and look at the city lights. You can watch the planes landing as well while enjoying your meal. The food is outstanding, wine is great and dessert is wonderful. My favorite restaurant in San Diego!
The service wad excellent, excellent food, good price amd a very nice wine list. The waiting staff was extremely helpful and polite.
Highly recommend! Balcony is fantastic. Great for a date. Great Great Great views. Great service
We took out of town guests to this restaurant and they absolutely loved it. The food is excellent and the view of downtown San Diego and the airport is fabulous. Can't beat this place for a very special occasion.
Great View; Great Food
Bertrand's does not disappoint. Waitstaff is solicitous but not overpowering. The menu offers a wide variety of dishes to appeal to just about any palate (including several vegetarian dishes). The dishes are presented in an eye- and palate-pleasing manner. The food is delicious, flavorful, fresh, and the portions are just the right size. All this, and the most amazing view - well worth a visit (or two).
Wonderful place for a special occasion. Parking was abundant, and the view was magnificent. The menu is a bit intimidating but the staff was very knowledgeable about the items. Food was cooked to perfection. Should have brought my own wine, although impressive, the wine list is quite expensive. Stunned my girlfriend when happy anniversary came written in chocolate on a free plate of cookies.
I loved the persoal attention of the waiter and the presentation of the meals. I also loved the tast of the food. The entres were cooked just the way I asked and served hot. The view was incredible and the atmosphere made me feel special.
If you've never been to Bertrand at Mister A's, you've gotta go. If not for the food, the view. However, the food matched the spectacular view. The salmon was seriously the best I've ever had. It was so moist it melted in my mouth and the mushroom soup was so creamy, but not overly rich. The whole experience was one to remember and I can't wait to go back and try one of their other dishes. I highly recommend going. Susan L.
The food is outstanding- the presentation, the portion, and the taste. Restaurant atmosphere is relaxing and classy.Staff are all professional and well mannered. Price is just right with the overall service.
My two daughters, Dana and Jodi and granddaughter Leanne decided to hire a limo and dine at Mister A's prior to attending the Legally Blonde theatre production at the Civic Center. I had eaten there several years ago, but the girls had not experienced it. It is a perfect place to dine before attending one of the city's events. We were surprised when Mr. Bertrand stopped by our table and felt honored by his comments and presence. The food was out of this world delicious and prepared in just right portions. The atmosphere including the beautiful view of America's Finest City is something to see. Personnel were not intrusive but were right there catering to our every request. It could be compared to grand dining at home with one's own personal servants. I was so impressed with the service. I think Mister A's is a place where all people should have a chance to dine at least once in their lifetime. Loved it! It really set the stage and offered us a great send off to theatre.
This is a lovely restaraunt with amazing views - a beautiful sundeck for outside lunch. Very upscale, particularly for San Diego - please dress up a little...jeans don't look so nice.
I have been to many restaurants in my life, but Bertrand's is #1 on my list. Everyone there made it their personal goal to satisfy us and they excelled at it. The food was a breath of fresh air in this world of common foods. I had the lamb cooked to the chef's perfection. The perfect flavors of fat and meat mixed with wonderful veggies made it a perfect meal for my pallet. I topped it off with dessert which was wonderful almost heavenly. I want to thank everyone there for the most wonderful experience in dinning.
One of the best restaurants in San Diego. We enjoyed the food, view, service, and restaurant layout. All service representative were courteous and professional and well dressed.
My wife and I celebrated our 29 year anniversity at the restaurant and had a wonderful evening. The service, food, wine and view were all excellent. I was in town on business, we are from Pennsylvania, choose to celebrate at Mister A's. Great choice and overall great evening. We would return and highyl recommend the restaurant.
Excellen place for a anniversary dinner or birthday.
Excellent place for a anniversary dinner or birthday.
The service was great, fast, clean, best view in town. i will recommend this to any one who wants to experience the best in san diego. 4 diamonds goes to the food, to the place and to the service.
The food, the view, the service - everything was outstanding! Last time we were in Mister A's for our anniversary. And the staff made our visit special.
My wife and I had a great experience for date night while visiting from out of town. The great food and service were matched with an amazing view. It was fun to watch the planes fly in at eye level!
Last Wednesday I had the fortune to dine once again at Bertrand at Mister A's, with this, my forth. It has always been a pleasure to my senses. The exact amount of food, with the perfect taste. The service is unique and the waiters do understand what you are looking for. Their recommendations have always been a hit. I can't imagine spending some days in San Diego and not visit Bertrand.
I was very impressed with the service, the food and the beautiful view at Bertrand's. Wonderful experience!
San Diegans are spoiled! The climate is perfect 288 days a year! Never too hot or too cold. The city is friendly, the restaurants are top rate. But a few places distill the magic of San Diego into its essence. Bertrands at Mr. A's is one of those. The view is incredible, high on a hill overlooking the city, at eye-level with descending airliners, which you can then watch land at the charmingly small airport. Get your camera ready! One could easily accept food that was just "good," well worth the not-extravagant yet not-economy price. But the fact that the food is also seriously wonderful makes Bertrands a place that you HAVE to go to if you visit San Diego. I spent a Sabbatical year in San Diego and became a "regular." It didn't take long for Jerry to get to know me. He always had something new and wonderful for me to try. He found out that I loved vegetables, so extra ones mysteriously appeared whenever I came to dine. He knew my passion for good desserts, so he always had a new one for me to try. Entrees were always memorable. Best Swordfish I ever had. And I had it again and again! Consistantly excellent! Enough said!
It was simply romantic. We sat outside looking over downtown San Diego. The view was so perfect. They had outside heaters which made the temperature so comfortable. The food was delicious. It's an experience that if you live in San Diego you have to enjoy. We will absolutely visit again.
We let them know in advance that it was our anniversary. The hostess seated us at a table with a wonderful view and the waitress greeted us with "Happy Anniversary!". The service matched the quality of the food and the wine recommended by our waitress was excellent. This is the second anniversary we've celebrated at Mister A's and it won't be the last.
I took my wife to Bertand's for a surprise birthday dinner with friends and the evening was outstanding. The service was wonderful, the food delicious, and the atmosphere special. We'll definitely be back to this special place.
the view is worth the cost
Everything is excellent!
I had a great night and I was very pleased with the service. It was my 5th wedding aniversary and the night went great.
Our 9 year wedding anniversary and Mister A's gave us a dessert with Happy Anniversary written on the plate. A great surprize. The service, food and ambiance were remarkable. We are definitely coming back. Thanks for everything. Very Respectfully, Jason and Janet Paulino
A really lovely, relaxed yet attentive place to be. The whole experience was perfect from beginning to end and the price wasn't too scary either!
We had a wonderful experience. The service was about the most friendly we have ever had. It was like going to a friend's house! The food was excellent and the view at susnet was outstanding!
enjoyable place for lovers.
We had a group of 12 and they accomidated us all with a wide variety of selections. Food and waiting was excellent only to be surpassed by the view.
I travel frequently on business and pleasure. Great overall dining experience -- great venue -- make it part of your San Diego visit.
In a few words service and food are absolutely one of the best in town, I was expecting something good but at Bertrand at Mister A's my expectations were exceeded
A very, very good restaurant with excellent service. Five out of five.
We took a group of senior citzens for our March lunch outing....it was a Outstanding experence
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Everything about this place was outstanding
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!
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.
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.
There's no other restaurant to compare. The service and food was outstanding, I will be going back!
WE LOVED IT OUR SERVER NATE WAS JUST GREAT! THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE :))
We had an awesome experience!
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!
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.
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!
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.
I celebrated my birthday, very good restaurant, very romantic and awesome view, i would recommend it to my friends and family.
This is the best place to take someone special you want be disappointed!!!!
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.
The restaurant has beautiful view, great services and food.
For a special dining experIence this exceeded our expectations. The view, the service and the food were excellent and we highly recommend it.
Spectacular ambiance at this 12th floor restaurant. The service was excellent. The food would be rated at the highest level.
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.
Very nice Ambiance and helpful people working there. Loved the food and view very much. When I return to San Diego I will return!
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.
The dining experience combined with the increadable view can not be matched.