Beautiful San Diego Bayside Dining at the Oceana Coastal Kitchen

Disclosure: Oceana Coastal Kitchen invited members of the San Diego Filipino Blogger Network for a complimentary tasting. All thoughts are my own.

There are quite a few hidden gems in San Diego that I have not been able to experience, and I am definitely adding the Catamaran Resort to that list! I am a San Diego native, born and raised and a bit ashamed to say that I don’t take advantage of some of our famous tourist spots as much as I should. I had a chance to experience a dinner at the Oceana Coastal Kitchen a couple weeks ago and the food and ambience was really a treat. This seafood-inspired restaurant is nestled inside the Catamaran Resort in Pacific Beach, and has beautiful views of Mission Bay.

We had a chance to tour parts of the restaurant, some of the spa amenities, and fitness center: all had views of the bay and made you feel like you would be promised some tranquil times during your stay at the Catamaran Resort. We were then seated at our table and treated to some delicious signature dishes of Oceana Coastal Kitchen. Below are some of those items!

Passion Fruit Margarita: Of course, I didn’t have the opportunity to partake in any alcohol at 36 weeks pregnant, but they kindly made me a virgin Passion Fruit Margarita. It included some delicious passion fruit puree and I am really looking forward to trying the real thing because my virgin version was delicious!

Orange Scented Biscuits: I am a biscuit fan. We were pleasantly presented with warm, fresh biscuits as we sat down and I think I may have been okay eating a dozen of these for our meal. Be sure to have 1 or a few with butter (lots of it!) and honey.

Oceana Seafood Tower: Let me tell you, this tower was impressive! It includes a shrimp cocktail, crab claws, king crab, oysters on the half shell, ceviche, mussels and clams. This was a yummy appetizer and great to share with our table of 6.

Oceana House Roll: If you are in love with Crunchy Rolls like I am, you will love this roll. It includes Eel, Tempura Shrimp, Crab and of course, some crunchy powder on top!

Two Duck Risotto: It took me awhile to decide on an entree, but I continued to be drawn toward the Duck Risotto. Oceana Coastal Kitchen featured Mary’s Farm Duck Breast (which I love, because Mary’s Farm is local!) with a risotto of that included braised leg confit and summer squash. I really enjoyed this dish and wanted more.

Warm Chocolate Cream-Filled Doughnuts: If you have seen my past posts, you also know I’m a doughnut fan. These were fluffy and filled with the most decadent cream. It was a good thing I was pretty full by dessert time otherwise I may have had the whole plate!

New School Banana Pudding: This pudding was also a creamy treat topped with carmelized bananas. It really paired well with my doughnut (because I just had to try them together).

Trudy’s Black Velvet Cake: Chocolate Fans, this is your cake! This cake was light and really had a rich chocolate flavor. You won’t be disappointed.

Warm Skillet Brownie & Cream: I unfortunately did not have a chance to try the brownie due to the nut allergy, but dessert fans should know that anything in a skillet paired with ice cream is going to be a winner. My friends did mention they enjoyed this dessert and I’m sure it’s one of Oceana’s popular picks!

All in all, I loved my dining experience at Oceana Coastal Kitchen and the gorgeous ambience of the Catamaran Resort. It’s a perfect spot for out-of-towners (and also San Diegans) to enjoy what our beautiful city has to offer. We were also told that they have perfect views of Sea World’s fireworks – which happens nightly in the summer. I am looking forward to possibly enjoying a date night here since we also live about 5 minutes away. If you have had a chance to stay at the Catamaran or dined at Oceana Coastal Kitchen, I would love to hear your thoughts below!

Disclosure: Oceana Coastal Kitchen invited members of the San Diego Filipino Blogger Network for a complimentary tasting. All thoughts are my own.

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Raquel Cusi is a wife, mother of 4, and owns The Stronghold CrossFit & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with her husband, Mike, and brother Ray. She loves to blog about Marriage, Parenting, Health, Fitness, Christian living and her love for Disney. She's also an aspiring crunchy mom who loves organic and natural products, breastfeeding and babywearing.