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Island Prime Restaurant

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880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-1005
+1 619-298-6802
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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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  • 320
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    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 18
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  • 11
    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
Great food with a Better View......

If one 'googles' the 'best restaurant in San Diego', funnily enough "Island Prime" is the top choice, best restaurant in San Diego. After running the San Diego marathon, we decided this was the best place to go for a celebratory lunch. Greeted nicely, we were seated swiftly. The menu is varied... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
patrick_hogan
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Tokyo, Japan
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Tokyo, Japan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

If one 'googles' the 'best restaurant in San Diego', funnily enough "Island Prime" is the top choice, best restaurant in San Diego. After running the San Diego marathon, we decided this was the best place to go for a celebratory lunch. Greeted nicely, we were seated swiftly. The menu is varied and the wine list good. Our waiter Justin was... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

we used "Open Table" to make a 7:15 pm reservation for a Harbor Window table and did mention it was our Anniversary. Due to the Boat Race several guests stayed in their seats to watch it to the end so we were not seated until 7:50 pm. Our dinner came at 8:25 but our Waiter and Hostess apologized for the... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A trendy spot right on the water. Reservations are recommended if you want to eat in the main restaurant, but the C level is just fine with a great view of the harbour.

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San Diego, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Stopped by with friends after work. This place is amazing. Awesome service. Great food. The view is unreal. Feels like you're on a boat in the middle of the bay. Watch the sunset with your favorite beverage and appetizers, then enjoy a dinner you will never forget.

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Cornelia, Georgia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We made reservations a couple of weeks in advance knowing we would be in town on business. We were given a table by the window as requested and it did not disappoint. The views of the skyline and the bay were gorgeous. The wine list is impressive. Our server was knowledgable and professionally friendly. Everyone (party of 4) enjoyed their... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Loved the fantastic service and food. The prices are a tad high, but you get what you pay for at a high end restaurant. Reservations are a must.

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Chula Vista, California
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105 reviews 105 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Early Mothers day on Thursday, no crowd, no rush Excellent service! Six of us went for dinner and had a great relaxing time. Entree's are expensive, the sides easily feed three people each. Servers were very knowledgeable. Food was good. I had the prime rib and have had better cut for a lesser price. Apps, drinks & entree's for six... More 

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Indiana
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81 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I have eaten here many times. The food is always good, as is the service. The views are great of the harbor and skyline! It is a bit pricey, but you are paying for the view! Great view of the Coronado bridge, ships and boats in the harbor, the San Diego skyline and sometimes seals or otters playing in the... More 

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South Pole
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82 reviews 82 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This is our new favorite steak house in San Diego, although in our view, it does have room for improvement. Most of their beef is all-natural, humanely-raised, single-source. On some nights they have specials such as Australian wagyu NY strip cut. The beef has always been cooked as requested (I prefer mine medium to medium-, while others in our party... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I arrived as a solo business traveler intending to dine at Island Prime. But the hostess did not ask me- apparently C-Level and Island Prime share the same space but have different menus. I came for the Prime menu and she seated me in the bar area instead. The server was helpful enough to offer me the full menu of... 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: +1 619-298-6802

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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