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Brigantine La Mesa
Brigantine La Mesa

Brigantine La Mesa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.brigantine.com
  • Email: LM@brigantine.com
  • Phone: (619) 465-1935
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Adalid Estrada
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • 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, Weekend Brunch, 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 event areas are available for groups of 20-80 guests.

    Mt. Helix Room - 70 seated
    Patio - 60 seated; 80 standing

    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 (858) 268-1030

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Severin Drive
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in upper & lower lots. Valet parking is available in front of the restaurant entrance on weekend evenings for a nominal fee.
A word from Brigantine La Mesa
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.

With an updated nautical decor, the busy Oyster bar is hands-down the local favorite. Lush flowering foliage outdoors creates an elegant dining experience on one of two charming patios.

The La Mesa Brigantine serves dinner 7 nights a week, lunch Monday-Saturday, and brunch every Sunday.

Join us for our signature Happy Hour.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "Our server, Miles, was amazing! His recommendations for wine as well as our meals were spot on and he was so personable and service oriented. He is one of the best servers we have ever had anywhere! We will be back!!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We eat at the Brigantine often, but mostly in the bar. This evening we ate in the restaurant -party of 6. I had a lemon drop from the bar... It had no alcohol in it. Don't waste your money. Our service was SLOW. Appetizers and salads came out at a reasonable pace but it took forever for the main course. I had the macadamia crusted Alaskan halibut at a cost of $33. My piece of fish was so small and barley had any 'crust' on it. The green beans were badly undercooked and were difficult to cut with a dinner knife! There are so many more wonderful restaurants that serve great fish with better quality and less cost here in San Diego. Stick with the fish tacos in the bar at the Brigantine."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The Brig is the best restaurant choice in East County for continental (especially fish) cuisine."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The whole meal was excellent, particularly the mahi which was a lovely thick moist fillet with just the right crunch to the coating. The blue cheese bacon potato salad was exceptional as well. Terrific service."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I almost always order seafood here. It can't be beat. Love the swordfish and macadamia crusted halibut (especially when it is the wild Alaskan). Sides and salads are always great too. Never disappointed."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "My wife and I had our first date at the Brigentine and go back every year. That's the only reason I will go. Food is soso..Items we ordered weren't put in so we cancelled, Overall very dark .. Staff was friendly"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "There were 6 in my party. Everyone ordered something different and each commented on how good their specific meal was. The service was very good. A good time was had by all"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "we had a great early dinner on a Saturday night. The food was delicious and the service was superb."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great spot for dinner. Nice atmosphere. Excellent food. Good Service. Would definitely come back and recommend to others. Maybe a tad pricey for some just out for a casual dinner. Might consider it more of a special occasion location."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My wife and I go to this brig location, often and the food is always so good. This had to be the most disappointing experience I have had at this restaurant. My wife's halibut was under cooked and served with no sauce. While my sea bass, which I looked forward to because it was sour dough crusted, was way overdone and also served dry. The wait staff was inattentive to the point that we had to push our empty drink glasses to the edge of the table to get noticed. Again, this is not common for this restaurant, but when you pay 80 dollars for a meal, you expect it to be consistent. This makes me second guess why I go here, when I could go to other restaurants that are consistent and have great wait staffs."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The Brigantine is our favorite lunch restaurant. The fish is always grilled to perfection and the sides are delicious. I love that they almost always have Risotto on the menu, as not many restaurants seems to serve this side dish, and it's a favorite of mine. Lunch is a bit pricy (but worth it for the quality food); however, we still try to go to the Brig at least once or twice a week regardless."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I have met clients here a few times for a business dinner and always very nice. I ask for a quiet booth and have gotten great service and food."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Great food. I ordered the pecan crusted mahi...I asked for it to be lightly crusted, which it was perfectly done. The traditional calamari is lightly battered and delish. Tom, our waiter, was fantastic. Very nice, in a good mood, and back to check on us just the right amount of times. I've been going here for about fifteen years, but it's improved the last few times I've gone. Glad to come back."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This traditional gathering for a group of four friends was a big success thanks in large part to the Brig. Food (particularly seafood) was well prepared and delicious. Large booth was comfortable; lighting pleasant. It's wonderful to have such a reliably good restaurant in La Mesa, where the choices have always been limited. But in my experience this is the best of the Brigantines, anywhere in San Diego, particularly when it comes to the food and atmosphere. A special nod to our busser Jorge (George), a delightful person with a sweet smile who did his job well and helped us out by taking photos. (Our waiter was apparently new and not as personable or skillful one usually finds at the Brig, but maybe he just needs a little time.)"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "While the family enjoyed perfect swordfish and encrusted halibut, I had a perfectmedium cutof prime rib.very little fa t"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "If you love seafood, this is the place for you. Best clam chowder, best fish, great deserts!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "It was my first time visiting this establishment and I was impressed. The service and food were on point. I will definitely be a returning customer."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Loved the macadamia nut encrusted Halibut! It is our favorite. Our waitress was perfect in every way. It was an outstanding dinner. We will definitely be back. Thanks to the chef and staff. Great job!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We've been dining at Brigantines for years. This was the best dinner yet. Great selection of crab/artichoke over mahi mahi."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Thank you very much for making the lunch meeting gathering a great success at the Brigantine in La Mesa. The food and service was impeccable. I will certainly include this restaurant in future events."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant to have intimate dinner with your sweetheart."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "When we arrived we were told there would be a few minutes wait. That was o.k. Others came in and were meeting groups and were seated immediately. Then a couple walked in and said they had reservations and they were told "we can see you now". Excuse me, but we have been sitting here waiting!!!! I walked up to the front counter (where FIVE young ladies stood behind it!!!!) and said: We, too, have reservations!!!!! Oh, we can seat you now. Let me tell you -- there were no shortage of tables that I could see. Would I go back there. Probably not if I have a choice. The one in Point Loma is far better. The food was definitely very good."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We celebrated our 30th anniversary at the "Brig" in La Mesa, had great service, great food, and creme brulee for desert. The stuffed salmon was moist and delicious. My husband's end cut of the prime rib was so tender, it cut with a fork.Our server could not have been more gracious or attentive. The wine list was ample and a great selection to choose from."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Our family gathering was off to a disappointing start after waiting almost 15 minutes to place our cocktail and appetizer order. After the order was placed, one soft drink was delivered; finally the wine was presented and after reminding the server a previously ordered beer was served. Service improved and the dinner was excellent. The manager came to the table, introduced herself and apologized for the bad beginning. When the check was presented it included a 10% discount and I thanked the hostess and manager as we left and assured them the Brigantine was still our favorite and we would return again and again."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We are regular customers. Have always enjoyed the Brigantine in La Mesa."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Me and my boyfriend ordered a medium new york strip steak and a seafood platter. My steak was cooked perfectly and the sides of veggies and fries were great. The food was excellent and the server and their helpers were very friendly. Our waters were always filled without needing to ask. The restaurant had a good dining setting which made it a great dining experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The Brig is consistently delicious! The Mahi Mahi was seasoned perfectly and the sea bass set menu plate did not disappoint!. $5 happy hour wine - how can you go wrong!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Brigantine is a go-to restaurant in East County with good service and always very good food. The swordfish is better than anywhere else and the hand-shaken margaritas are the best! The Sunset specials are a bargain for a delicious three-course offering."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Very nice ace to dine seafood great and service was very well mannerd"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We had lunch at the Brigantine to celebrate Valentine's Day 2 days early as we knew how crowded it would be on that day. The food is always well prepared and well presented. I had sourdough sea bass with a lemon sauce and it was delicious. It was on a bed of rice and with a side of veggies that looked like they came straight out of a garden. My husband had fried seafood as his main dish with 2 sides - I do not eat fried food so it didn't look appealing to me. However, he loved it! A dessert of creme brelle is to die for. The servers are always very friendly and helpful."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The meal was delicious and our server was attentive and helpful. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Seabass and wine was excellent. Wish you could open up a place in Lake Havasu City."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Went here after an Aztec game, had reservations (luckily) the place was super busy and the bar area was really hopping!! They took care of us (we were even a few minutes late) very nicely....the service was excellent and very friendly staff.... the food was good, wine selection was good....very fun experience...would do it again..."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Since this is the only upscale restaurant in town, we do not have others to compare it to"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Even though our experience was great, we found out that if there are no places to fit our initial request YOU automatically select whatever is available. We were told that we could either wait for inside or, sit out on the patio. We went ahead and sat on the patio but, in the future I think you should let people know that they may be asked to sit outside as their request was not able to be accommodated as requested. Thank you"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The Mrs' and I have dined here many times, and The Brigantine never let's us down. Brunch, large parties, or a nice table two. We've always been well taken care of. The service and support staff are very attentive and the menu offers a great selection to please any palate."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My parents, my two kids, my husband and I really enjoyed our dinner! The kid's menu was a good variety--and they were willing to serve to my picky kid's taste with no problem! The adults enjoyed appetizers (calamari is always delicious) and the drinks were perfect! My crab stuffed shrimp wrapped in bacon was delicious, rich, and filling--even though there were only four--it was plenty! The blue cheese potato salad is a must-choose side dish! Our server was great--I wish I could remember her name! Slightly older than the other servers, she was just super sweet and made sure I was taken care of as the birthday girl! THANKS!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We eat at the Brigantine whenever we return to San Diego once or twice a year. Have been doing so for a few years and have never been disappointed with anything. Sometimes we do not have a reservation and wait but are well taken care of by staff. Food always excellent as are the wait staff."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "I took my wife there for our anniversary. We had also been there on a few other occasions, some special dates, and this restaurant never fails to provide good service, excellent food, and the prices are reasonable."
    Dined on 1/21/2014