Brigantine Escondido
Brigantine Escondido

Brigantine Escondido

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.brigantine.com/
  • Phone: 7607434718
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 4:30 - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Marcelino Moreno
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Brigantine Custom Catering offers cuisine options from our Brigantine Seafood Restaurants and Miguel's Cocina.



    From take-out hors d'oeuvres and party platters to full-service dinners with bar, Brigantine Custom Catering will tailor a menu and service package to meet your individual needs.



    With more than 15 years experience in San Diego, your most important occasions will flourish under our attentive expertise.



    Call Gabe at 619-298-9840.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining areas are available for groups of 20-80 guests.

    Rock Room - Seating for 60-80 guests
    Patio - Seating for 30-75 guests
    Pond - Seating for 20 guests

    Food and beverage minimums apply for private space. Please contact our group sales representative for current menus and detailed information.
  • Private Party Contact: Jennifer Hawley 8582681030

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Centre City Parkway
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The Brigantine is located at the south-east corner of West Felicita and Centre City Parkway. There is ample free parking in the shopping center lot, as well as two handicap spaces in front of the restaurant's entrance.
A word from Brigantine Escondido
A San Diego tradition since 1969, the Brigantine has received many accolades in our 40+ year history: "BEST SEAFOOD", "BEST CASUAL SEAFOOD", "BEST HAPPY HOUR", and even "BEST SWORDFISH IN THE WORLD", according to USA Today - just to name a few.



Well-known for our signature Clam Chowder, Grilled Swordfish, and Crème Brûlée, the Brigantine is a favorite among locals for consistently fresh seafood, succulent steaks and grilled meats.



Located near the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, the Brigantine features fireside seating in a casual dining room, and in the adjacent lounge. Outdoor dining is available on one of our intimate patios, which include both fireplace and water features.



Private dining is available in the elegantly-appointed Rock Room.



The Escondido Brigantine serves dinner 7 nights a week, and lunch Monday-Saturday. Join us for our signature Happy Hour.
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Brigantine Escondido reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)great for outdoor dining (29)special occasion (27)great for lunch (23)good for groups (22)fit for foodies (20)vibrant bar scene (14)romantic (11)great for brunch (10)kid-friendly (10)notable wine list (7)hot spot (6)scenic view (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Sports Bar
    NickVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Haven't been to Escondido for a couple of years. Came to Brigatine for an old time restaurant experience. Surprised to see brigantine as a sports bar. Did a nice make over.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of seafood
    Reader
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We were looking for something fresh and local -- with a good seafood selection and we found it here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Strange décor; loud music, too many t.v. no quiet space; not even outside. would never go there again. The Brig in Del Mar is best onel
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Steve
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Very good quality of steak and prime rib. Vegetable portions small. Enjoyed the friendly efficient service. Desert was not especially tasty. Restaurant is too noisy for us. Seems more for the bar crowd.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The recent remodel produced a restaurant that is too "modern". The romantic feel is no longer there. It is too noisy. Service and food were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sampetro
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The only real problem was the fact that even though they have a rather limited menu they were out of two,different seafood items. Mind you, this is a SEAFOOD restaurant. They were out of scallops and one fish item. This was at 7:00 on a Tuesday. Hard to figure.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not As Good As The Pre-Remodel One
    Bronzit
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The place is no longer romantic or quiet. It is like sitting in a domed room. We preferred the pre-remodeled atmosphere MUCH more. The service is great and the food is prepared & presented well. But now it is too open & no longer quiet.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exellent experience
    moamz14
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have a very good experince in the restaurant , nice people good food and very good service , I really liket and Of course recomendation whit my friends thanks for everything !!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Anniversary Disappointment
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had our wedding reception at Azul La Jolla 12 years ago and have supported other Brigatine restaurants over the years. To my surprise, the Brigatine removed "steakhouse" from their title. My husband's prime rib came out cold - TWICE with hardly any other food on the plate (one little pile of mashed potatoes and 5 small veggie slices for $32!). He went without dinner. My rib eye came out warm except there was only 4 little slices of potato, no veggie, and maybe 1 TBS of sauce and 2 mushroom slices for $27. The kid's burgers could have been better at Denny's the way they were slopped on the plate and the fries were McDonald's quality. The Brigatine has gone downhill and we will not be returning. They did treat us with anniversary dessert.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to chat & eat
    Susan1484VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Love the new setting, colors, and space. Enjoyed a pleasant, non-rushed, tasty meal with great service. What more could anyone want?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lovely summer afternoon
    DianaHill
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We found the Brigantine in Escondido thru OpenTable. What a pleasant surprise! The atmosphere is light and airy, and the menu is fit for foodies. The patio sports a graceful canopy, fire pit in a granite table island, and wall chain fountain. It was Sunday brunch. My companion had the calamari strips with jalapeno cream sauce. I had the carnitas stack, with marinated corn tortillas layered with savory pulled pork, 2 poached eggs, guacamole & sour cream on the side. His Mai Tai is described as a Citrus beverage, lightweight, a little fruit juice, vitamin C, tempered with alcohol. I enjoyed a fragrant mighty leaf Earl Grey tea. All in all a perfect combination for a balmy summer afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our go to place
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Daniel and Anan (sp?) were outstanding servers Daniel remembered what we liked from our last visit and was spot on with the timing of our courses. He's very knowledgeable about the food as well. Adan (sp?) was the first server ever to ask me how fine or coarse I wanted the pepper out of the mill. It may seem like a small thing it's those special touches that are important. We've almost never had a bad meal here and this time we weren't disappointed. The oysters, the Brig salad, the clam chowder all delish as usual. This time we tried the big eye tuna with a perfect sear in a piquillo pepper sauce that was absolutely smoky and delectable. I had the almond crusted mahi mahi with a goat cheese polenta. What a great choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    EmerIreland
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I've eaten here on many occasions and never had a bad meal. Unfortunately this time, my fish was horrible! There was a lot of blood lines and veins running through it and it was so over cooked it was rubbery. They made it right immediately--their service is amazing. I won't let that deter me from returning; like I said been here many times and this is the first time this has happened.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Birthday to Me!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great place for celebrations. The staff here really goes out of their way to make you feel special. Wonderful food and great staff!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time; Just as good
    HappyHal
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Whoever hires the wait staff is doing an excellent job. Service is excellent, as well as the food and prices. This is our second time and we will keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Renovation is great!
    Susan1484VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This spot has had a major renovation and the new space is totally unique, clean, and updated - the menu is also new, food is still excellent, service was outstanding and the entire lunch was a peasant event. A pleasant meal with new surroundings. Worth a look and a meal if you haven't been.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites in Escondido
    Teuf
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We have always enjoyed this restaurant when in town. They have completely gutted it and it is now an entirely "new modern" looking place. The menu has changed some, but still looks good to us. Our dinner meal on a Monday was very economical with happy hour prices all night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow Pace
    fnediningqueen
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    we ordered water to start off as we didn't know liquor selections.....water came immediately; we then wait bout 10-15 minutes for waitress. We were then asked if we were ready to order. I asked if there were specials for the evening; I would have thought waitress would have shared that before asking us what we wanted to order. After that waitress did check on us. It was on cooler side in restaurant and my food got cold so asked if they could reheat which they did and brought out right away. I would visit again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    HappyHal
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Was told a little darker a little stuffier place. It was anything but that. Bright! Cheery! Great service! Friendly and knowledgeable waiters! Great food! Definitely coming back! Great date night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food & very good svc
    finedinerVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food is consistently good but not great. Service is very good
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WAR2
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The surroundings were very nice. The service was extremely good, but the steak was tough and had grizzle. The chicken was very good. The prime rib was extremely good. The price is a little high for what you receive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    wantfishtacos
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    My husband and I were celebrating our 38th wedding anniversary on 7/4. We picked the Brigantine because they offered steak and seafood and it was some where we hadn't eaten. We had a great dinner everything was fresh and was prepared perfectly. The fondue we had as an appetizer was to die for. They were very attentive and even gave us a cute anniversary card. We had a wonderful night and we look forward to eating there again soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit after remdel
    williscontractors
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was our first visit after the new remodel. It is a lot lighter inside and a much better use of the space. We sat indoors , but the outside looked nice as well. The food was good , the service good. It seems they lost some people during the closure and the new ones are still learning. I am disappointed the prime rib is offered in only one cut size. They used to have a Mate's cut and a Capitan's cut. The salads were good, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a wonderful Father's Day Brunch
    MLB1
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We took my husband here for Father's Day brunch. We sat in their new patio area. It was really pretty and relaxing with the water feature. We had the fish tacos and I drank their mango sangria’s which were delicious! My hubby was very happy with their beer selection as well. The children enjoyed their lunch as well. We will definitely come here again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Suprise
    icmorgan75
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Had forgotten that the Escondido location had a major renovation done. All I can say is WOW - what a surprise. Open floor plan makes it a welcome site. As always the service was excellent and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • briglover
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We love the brig and your remodel is great.. wonderful food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service made the night
    laviniaisme
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We have been to Brigantine many times. We are very disappointed in the new decor. The place used to have a more ship-like appearance and romantic, dinner, atmosphere. Now it has a bright open look that resembles an IHOP only with fish on the wall. The food is still pretty good. our server Daniel was extraordinary. Knew his stuff and was extremely kind and attentive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing remodel
    EmerIreland
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This restaurant looks amazing after its new remodel! It always had good food, but now it's actually hip now and a place where the young crowd will feel comfortable (not just a place you go to with your grandparents anymore).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    The service was great. Everyone was very helpful in taking care if us. I did order from the happy hour - taco Tuesday night and good good. We sat out on patio area as appeared a little more quiet than inside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great re-model
    shadow274
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    All new Brigantine still has great food and service and now a great new look. Will be back
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    3jsssVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We loved the variety of choices as to where to sit. You could choose outside, bar area, inside next to windows, or inside a dining area. Our raw oysters were excellent. My husband had the tuna, which he thought was ok and I had the swordfish tacos, which were very tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must Go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The newly remodeled Brigantine is impressive ,chic and definitely a place to go for special occasion as we did but just for a wonderful meal or brunch too. Highly recommended.. .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Portions
    WineRob
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Service and food were great!! Everything wonderful. Only issue I have; I thought the portions were a tad skimpy based on prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still good after all these years
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We celebrated an anniversary dinner here. The waiter was good, but his timing was off a little. He brought out the first entree THEN the salads and THEN another entree! They comped the salads. Overall, the remodel made us feel like we were in a cafeteria. It was very sterile with NO character. And it's much louder than it used to be. But the food was delicious. SUGGESTION: One thing we didn't care for were the side dishes because of the lack of variety. There were WAY TOO many potato dishes. Why don't more restaurants offer mac 'n cheese, creamed corn, creamed spinach, fruit, or a micro-salad as a side dish? Nothing like this was available, even on the "Small Plates" section on the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice!!
    JimboVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Good before the remodel. Great job on the new look. better now!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 452 reviews are from the Brigantine Escondido reviews archive.
  • The romance is gone
    dinerDon
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My wife and I looked forward to a quiet, romantic dinner at the Escondido Brigantine. We weren't aware that it had been renovated. The changes have, unfortunately, completely destroyed the atmosphere we loved so much. Too many hard surfaces make the noise level unbearable. It's light and bright, kind of like a hospital critical care unit. The warm and cozy ambiance that made the Brig ideal for an escape from the hustle and bustle, is now gone forever. Very sad. We did have a minor issue with our server seeming to ignore us for 10 or 15 minutes after she took our beverage order. No excuses were offered, but the staff bent over backwards to make it right once they realized what had happened.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The new Brig
    Neal
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Can't believe how much this place had changed. Gone is the ambiance of a huge warm fireplace and coziness of the place and enter the very loud, cold modern, chrome feeling of the texting crowd. We Miss the good old place. Food was still good but service was not so good. This is our second visit since the new Brig makeover,may not come back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Portions are disappointing
    EscondidoRes
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I recently went to check out the renovated Brig with my husband and friends for his birthday. The service was good and our waitress was very attentive, but we were all very underwhelmed with the portions of our food. My husband had the ahi and for $24, he barely had any vegetables and a really sad scoop of rice. Also, two of us at the table ordered the burger, and the maybe had about a dozen fries on our plates. We wanted to really like the new Brig, but it left much to be desired. The only positive was that my husband really enjoyed his oysters.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    much improved from the last time I was there. food was great service was above avg.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice renovation & tasty lunch
    PtLomaPhyllis
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Met my daughter for Mother's Day lunch, and had a delightful meal. The restaurant has been renovated and it looks very smart. The service was, as always, stellar--friendly and professional. We will return again next year!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet