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Brigantine La Mesa

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9350 Fuerte Dr, La Mesa, CA 91941-4107 (Severin Drive)
(619) 465-1935
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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San Diego, California, USA
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64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Like the re-model job inside a lot. Big improvement! Service is great (always). Food is tasty and the prices are very fair. A good time had by all !

Thank Fritz991
San Diego, California
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visit The Brigantine often and since the new remodel, this restaurant looks gorgeous. The food is consistently tasty and the service is top notch!

Thank Bradford T
San Diego, California
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52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of my favorite places, especially love the happy hour. Great fish tacos, crab cakes are excellent as is the spinach salad. Actually never ordered anything I did not like. Enjoy the happy hour beer choices as well as drinks. Typically sit at the bar which has great service and very friendly wait staff. Love their oyster shooters!!

Thank robinjk3
San Diego, California, United States
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you need a romantic upscale restaurant without the stuffiness this is your place! Best drinks and best happy hour, we come every Tuesday for tacos and margaritas. Patio is charming and always packed limited parking always park on back. Fine dining for special occasions.

Thank Eddie P
San Diego, California
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

San Diego offers plenty of great seafood restaurants. However, finding something "above average" in East County can be a bit challenging. The venerable Brigantine Restaurant located in beautiful Mt. Helix just off the I-8 (Fuerte Drive exit) provides one of the few options I truly recommend. On most evenings you will find mostly locals (all ages) mixing it up with... More 

Thank Todd M
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great portions and prices in the Bar/Lounge. Grilled Fish tacos in the bar are right on! cod or swordfish, even chicken tacos, Brig salad tasty. Entrees in the dining room are pricey. Recently remodeled, from carpet to hard surface, a little noisy till they work it out. One of the best places to meet in East County.

Thank LouieSD
State of Rio de Janeiro
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the fish tacos and the Margarita. One of the best Sea food restaurants I've been. Great service and food.

Thank psouzamarques
Friant, California
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138 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go here whenever in town, and usually have a good meal. So maybe hit an off day this time, but for for what i had, this is very unexpected. i usually have swordfish when here, not the best but usually good. This time the portion was very small and rubbery. The rice looked like it was dumped on the dish;... More 

Thank TScpatraveler
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279 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we visit San Diego, we often visit the Brigantine, La Mesa. Since the last time we visited they have upgraded the dining room and bar. It looks terrific. The food and service are the same great standard of delicious fish and meat and professional attentive service. The featured wines make choosing wine easy. We will be back next trip.

Thank Giffoni
La Mesa
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to this restaurant four times; three times, after eating there, I became quite sick to my stomach. My sister loves this restaurant, but I will not return with her or anyone else. The menu is varied, and the ambiance is good, but the food is not for me.

Thank WatermelonLady

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $50
American, Seafood, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9350 Fuerte Dr, La Mesa, CA 91941-4107
    (Severin Drive)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  La Mesa
  • Phone Number: (619) 465-1935

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?