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“Two Great restaurants in one” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Island Prime Restaurant

Island Prime Restaurant
880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-1005
619-298-6802
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Ranked #35 of 4,100 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $31 - $40
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
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.
West Linn, Oregon
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119 reviews 119 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Two Great restaurants in one”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We were told that we couldn't get into Island Prime but that we might be able to get in it's sister restaurant that shares the same building called C Level. We arrived and everything was packed so we managed to snag some seats at the very crowded bar as a couple was leaving. That was a coup because we found we could order from both restaurants at the bar. My wife had the lobster from Island Prime and I had the clam fettuccine from the C Level; both were outstanding. If your staying at the Sheraton, this is a great find and only a short walk down the road. The views are to die for and the service excellent; a must do in San Diego.

Visited August 2013
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London, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great steak, appetisers and view!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

As mentioned view is stunning, $5 starters a must- it's right next to the steak place and shares some of the dishes- I got the steak and wasn't disappointed.
Very tender, some fat marbled throughout the meat (t-bone I think) made it succulent. Went for a romantic meal and it didn't disappoint at all.
Definitely worth the trip!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hull, UK
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69 reviews 69 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“One of the best experiences”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We decided to have a romantic meal to celebrate the first night of our holidays and chose this place and I'm so glad we did. The fact we had to wait an hour for a table confirmed our choice was a good one and we sat in the bar and waited with spectacular views of the marina and bay and across to San Diego city. Our table was only about 30 minutes to wait and our server was excellent. The steaks were out of this world and probably one if the best we've had in our 11 years of visiting California. The manager, Debra was very professional and courteous when we asked about leaving our car so we could have a few drinks. The only moan I have is that's I wasn't keen on any of the wine I tried and I tried 3 different glasses but perhaps I should have chosen a more expensive one. The price isn't cheap but you certainly get what you pay for and it was a great start to our holiday.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, Texas
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136 reviews 136 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
“Food, service, view....this place has it all”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Island Prime was recommended to us by some locals. We are very picky foodie types who also happen to be great cooks so we are hard to impress. We absolutely loved Island Prime. We had the 5 course tasting menu ($85 per person with wine pairings).

All the courses were great (a kind of surf and turf experience) and we loved the wine pairings. The view of downtown San Diego was spectacular and oddly reminded both of us of just a little of being in Hong Kong (OK that is a stretch but is was slightly evocative).

Our server was good to very good....just attentive enough. We liked the place so much that we tried to make reservations to go back two nights later. Sadly, they were fully booked except for very late reservations.

We would highly recommend this restaurant to all of our friends and business colleagues. We will definitely be back on future trips to San Diego.

We learned that this is part of a group of restaurants (Cohn Group). We would try their other restaurants too. One of them is located in Balboa Park....The Prado.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Milan, Italy
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Overrated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

Noisy, dark, service improvable, quality of the food average at best, the view is unmatchable, we booked via OpenTable and they not even confirmed we went there and as a consequence did not get the points

Visited July 2013
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