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Island Prime Restaurant

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880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-1005
619-298-6802
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Resting on stilts atop San Diego Bay overlooking the city skyline and...
Resting on stilts atop San Diego Bay overlooking the city skyline and Coronado, there’s nowhere better than Island Prime & C Level to experience quintessential San Diego.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 309
    Excellent
  • 122
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Another fantastic Cohn Restaurant experience

I have been to Vintana in Escondido countless times and it is always a fantastic experience, so we tried Island Prime. AMAZING service, views and food. Every associate in the restaurant smiled at us, greeted us and displayed genuine hospitality. Jerico (sp?) was our busboy (I know that's not the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
tsgil
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Escondido, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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Escondido, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I have been to Vintana in Escondido countless times and it is always a fantastic experience, so we tried Island Prime. AMAZING service, views and food. Every associate in the restaurant smiled at us, greeted us and displayed genuine hospitality. Jerico (sp?) was our busboy (I know that's not the right word but I don't know what is) and when... More 

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Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The restaurant was lovely. The service was good, the view was wonderful and the cocktails were excellent. However, and this is a big however, the food is hard to rate. The popovers, salad, and lobster bisque were really good. The entrees we ordered ranged from average to a head scratching mess. The prime rib (a staple in a steak house... More 

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San Diego
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It was Valentine's Day and love is in the air for this restaurant ... Okay, and for my partner too. They went all out, with every attention to detail. The view is of course majestic (hint: always request a table by the window, the view is a showcase for San Diego). That's all well and good, but a restaurant also... More 

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Los Angeles
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant was above the rest ! It was so good and the atmosphere was great! It was romantic and had a great wine and champagne selection . I can't wait to go back!

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Springfield, Illinois
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105 reviews 105 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Went last night with a party of four, looking for seafood. The waiter really liked their rack of lamb, so I allowed myself to be persuaded; I'm not sorry. The lamb was perfectly done, tasty and filling. Two of us split a salad (per the waiter's advice) and it was big enough. The raw oysters were delicious, and the oysters... More 

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Restaurant was recommended for special dinner in San Diego - and it was! This is out on Harbour Island by the airport, but has an entire wall of glass overlooking the water. The service was very attentive and the food was worth the fairly steep prices. The bread was brioche style and was REALLY delicious. My colleague and I both... More 

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Sacramento, California
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242 reviews 242 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

On Harbor Island drive, east end curve, this elegant restaurant sits right on the edge of the island with fantastic views of downtown San Diego and Coronado. The view is worth a drink in the bar, and happy hour is a really good time to take advantage of that! We shared a bottle of wine at happy hour prices, stayed... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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292 reviews 292 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This is a nice place for lunch and I would recommend the clam with mussels. The view of the city is great and there is outdoor seating. I must admit that dirty cutlery was a bit off-putting.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We ordered salads & the special of the day, filet & lobster. While tender the filet was bland without searing. The lobster was undercooked. The view was nice but take your ear plugs, the crowd that frequents this place is unbelievably LOUD.

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70 reviews 70 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

My husband and I decided to go here and when I tried to get same day reservations they were booked. The hostess told me we could still come and try the wait list for cancellations, etc. I was doubtful but we got there early, put our name in and only had to wait about 20 minutes! That gave us plenty... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-1005
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-298-6802

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Resting on stilts atop San Diego Bay overlooking the city skyline and Coronado, there’s nowhere better than Island Prime & C Level to experience quintessential San Diego.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?