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Island Prime
Island Prime

Island Prime Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.islandprime.com
  • Email: team@islandprime.com
  • Phone: (619) 298-6802
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch/Dinner (C-Level Only): Daily, 11:30am - Close.
    Island Prime Dinner: Sunday - Thursday, 5:00pm - 9:00pm;
    Friday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm.

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Deborah Scott
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining room for up to 65 guests, with waterfront views.
  • Private Party Contact: JoAnn Salem (619) 298-6802 x204
  • Special Events & Promotions: Contact JoAnn Salem at joann@islandprime.com.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking available or dock in Sunroad Marina.
A word from Island Prime
Chef Deborah Scott's Island Prime highlights her innovative and eclectic style, which will only be enhanced by the spectacular panoramic view and attentive Southern hospitality. Overlooking beautiful San Diego harbor.

C-Level, our bistro style restaurant, is open for lunch daily beginning at 11:30am and stays open through dinner. C-Level offers a beautiful outdoor, heated patio overlooking the San Diego skyline.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "This is by far my favorite Cohn group restaurant! Deborah Scott is amazing! The menu is incredible and leaves your taste buds craving more... The next night, the week after, etc. I can't get enough of this place! And to top it off, the views are the best in San Diego, especially at sunset! "
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "There were two large groups near us that were very loud. It was difficult for us to hear each other across the table. Not sure how to avoid that. The service and the food were excellent though."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My date and I arrived a few minutes early and the staff was very helpful and able to get our seat within minutes. I had previously gone in early to deliver some flowers to my table before we arrived and they had them set up at the table before we sat down. Everything about the night was wonderful. The view, the wine, the food, everything. I will definitely be dining here again! Thank you for a magnificant night!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We love Island Prime! The view, ambiance and Food (not necessarily in that order) make it a favorite place to bring out of town guests to. I had the OPAH and the fish was excellant, my wife had the trio of filets (mouth watering, melt in your mouth) and my mom had the Cedar plank salmon! Great View, Outstanding cuisine and Great service! "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had a reservation. Waited 25 mins to be seated despite reservation. Table was not near a window so the scenic view was not enjoyed. Waited 15 mins to be greeted by a waiter-restaurant was not busy. Insane prices for less than mediocre food. We had street tacos the following evening that were a million times better. Save yourself the hike to the restaurant and pretentious pricing. I believe in paying good money for delicious food and an amazing experience. Island Prime does not fit the bill. Huge disappointment La Puerta is amazing! Delicious street tacos and guacamole! Forget Island Prime. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Great food and great service! Always consistent which is why we are large supporters of Jon and his staff. Keep up the great work! We love C Level and Island Prime! If Island Prime can run so smoothly with reservations we continually hope that C Level will begin taking the same. Especially during the summer months. It is a bit annoying to "Locals" to have to share a 45min. - 1hour wait. Please consider reservations for both sides of the restaurant... not just Island Prime. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Great scenic view of the bay. Would be nice for a romantic occasion however the noise level counter balances that. I had to move seats and sit next to my wife just to be able to hear her. The food wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything to write home about either. I ordered the bike in rib eye medium rare and it was served to me medium. It's not a big deal but when you pay $30+ for a steak you expect it to be served to you as you requested. I could have sent it back but it took fairly long for the order to come in the first place. granted the place was pretty busy though. It wasn't a terrible experience, but it's not one to remember either. It's a shame because the view is fantastic, I just wish the food was on the same level"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We chose Island Prime for a celebration of Dad's 80th birthday because of the fabulous food and scenic view of the harbor. I have never had a disappointing meal at a Cohn establishment, and this was no exception. The food was outstanding and the staff exceptional. From the hostess to the wait staff, everyone greeted my father and made him feel special. His seared Ahi tuna was, by his own admission, "The best I've ever had". The steaks and halibut ordered by the rest of our party were all outstanding, and the brussels sprouts had us all talking the next day. All in all, a perfect night for my family."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We wanted to try this bay side restaurant for some time. The view at a window was great. Our server was very explanatory and helpful. The lobster bisque was quite good. The entree was a bit disappointing. The lamb was unevenly cooked. One end was medium and the other less than rare. The double pork chop was also unevenly cooked. Good on one end, dry on the other. The side of macaroni and cheese was supposed to have had bacon in it and did not. The noise level in the restaurant was rather loud and did not really allow for a "quiet" romantic dinner. Perhaps a mid-week dinner would be better. The prices are relatively high and because of this we actually expected more and came away less than satisfied."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We love the place. It's scenic and we even got lucky to see dolphins in the water. The tables are covered with white linens which makes it perfect choice for a special occasion. The Alaskan king crab legs are tasty and easy to eat because they have been opened unlike other restaurants. The fresh oysters came with the right ingredients or seasonings which other restaurants that we have been to don't use. We also love the bread. The rib eye was very good and the vegetables that came with it. And the service was great. We would definitely go back there soon to try other dishes."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This was our first time and the experience was outstanding. All our requests were recognized, the staff were super nice and friendly, the view is one of the best and above all the food is terrific. Don't miss this one. Always make a reservation for the main dining room and ask for a window table."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Everything is great except the noise level! I was expecting somewhere quiet to enjoy a birthday dinner but it was too noisy !"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Were lucky enough to have a window seat on this visit and it was amazing. Such a beautiful view and the food was amazing!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "With frequent trips to San Diego, it's great to have a reliable restaurant where the food is great, the service is friendly and timely, and the view is breathtaking. I try never to visit San Diego without visiting Island Prime. Home away from home!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here to celebrate our 6 month anniversary and this place was just fantastic! Everything lived up to my expectations and more. The food was fantastic, we both loved the appetizer that we shared, a crabcake, as well as the fresh bread ( a pop over) with the Jalapeno butter that went with it. Both our steaks were cooked to perfection and cutting through them was like cutting through butter, so juicy and savory. The twice baked potato was ridiculously big and we didn't even finish it and had it boxed but it was fantastic with every little bite. Definitely coming back here again at some point!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I've eaten at C-Level many times but hadn't at Island Prime yet. Another great restaurant from the Cohn's. We really enjoyed the evening, the food, and the service. Thanks Island Prime for making our night so great."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I book this restaurant for my wife's birthday because it had a nice view of the bay and others that I know had all good things to say about it. When we arrived we had an ok table ready for us but they quickly relocated us to the best seat in the house with the best view after we asked. The server was knowledgeable and friendly and so was the service manager. The food was very pricey but worth every penny. The brie, sea bass, steak, and even the bread with the jalapeno butter was top notch."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Very Good Food, excellent service. A little pricey ... but not outrageous, especially if you use Costco Gift Cards."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Food was great, service was great, view was perfect. Went for my anniversary and they made it special. 10/10"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Strange vibe at first with out waitress. She seemed a bit put off we weren't ordering wine or wanting to even look at her ipad wine list. Then after a while the awkward vibe wore off and the rest of the meal was wonderful."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I recently spent our 1 year anniversary here and certainly were not disappointed! We shared the lobster bisque and LOVED it! I paired it with a sparkling rose wine they had by the glass. Then my boyfriend had rosemary garlic crusted ribeye which was a huge portion. I had the special which was round roast ribeye with morello mushrooms and bernaise and bordelaise sauce on the side. I paired with a glass of pinot and it was gorgeous. They even gave us a free dessert (peach cobbler) because we spent out anniversary there :) The best part is the view of downtown- we had reservations at 7pm and got to see the sun set and the lights of the city come out as we wined and dined."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The minute I stepped out our car with my husband I knew this place would be a delight to be having a dining experience. Everyone was very helpful: professional even. Although I had to lower score down 4 stars for the misconstrued understanding of the double name restaurant. I made the reservation for "prime island" thinking it'll be more of the land meat version as what I assumed to it by-side restaurant "c level" due to the fact my husband only consumes as aforementioned for why reservation was made. But partly my fault as well for not paying close detail to what the entirety has to offer. But my husband was met with a smile and an impeccable understanding for his wants. What I had that night was delicious as it was beautifully presented."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We had a fabulous time with friends from out of town. Although we stuffed ourselves, it was because the food was so delicious we couldn't stop. The Prime Rib was outstanding, as were the rolls that were given to us before our meals arrived. Absolutely outstanding, and a real treat! It was not cheap; however, it was for a special occasion."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I booked a table through the open table app that afternoon and put a simple request for a sea view... When we arrived, the hosts were extremely nice and gave us one of the best view tables in the house! Our waiter, Enrique, was incredible! So friendly and knowledgable. Pleasant to have conversation with and extremely attentive to our needs. Nice to have someone who knew the food well and suggested a great wine that was on special and even got us a sample. Overall, the perfect date night. Perfect dinner. Perfect in all ways. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I'd been to C-Level before but never next door to Island Prime. It was outstanding! How could you go wrong. Had an out-of-town visitor and the view was spectacular. Service was excellent. It was a bit loud for a nice restaurant such as this, but overall, a wonderful evening. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had dined in this restaurant in the past, but had not been there in a long time. We were very happy to see how great the food and service still were. It was a delight to show this wonderful place to relatives who live in the San Diego area, they will be back!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My girlfriend and i came to dine at island prime(best to make reservations). Island prime is a quiet romantic experience with a wonderful menu. Ribeye was awesome as was the sea bass. We were thinking of continuing the night at the bar at the C Level, which is on the other side of the restaurant. It was extremely crowded. i over heard some people saying they were waiting about an hour and a half to get a table at C Level. if the food was nearly as good as island prime than it is totally worth it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Besides fantastic food, our server was outstanding.....knew her wines as well as the menu.....to a "T"."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I've been to Island Prime a few times and it's always a great experience. When you make a reservation and tell them it's a special occasion, they make every effort to make it extra special, like wishing the person happy birthday and providing a free dessert. Little touches like that. And the food is great! I also recommend their Long Island Iced Teas!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Wonderful experience. Food was great, service was even better. Couldn't ask for a better night."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "While visiting my daughter, we decided to try Island Prime based on Tripadvisor reviews. It's a pretty place, very expensive and tasty, but the patrons dress like slobs. It's a bit dark, but the service is terrific. I'd skip the appetizers and go right for your main meal. Not fantastic or creative food, but not bad. It's just not worth the money."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "This restaurant is a great spot for an evening dinner. The view at night of the city lit up is amazing. The menu is a la carte, so the steaks do not come with side dishes. One side dish, however, is large enough for 2 people to share. The bread was very good and the restaurant even offered a gluten free option in addition to its tasty dinner rolls for my boyfriend. This restaurant does offer a variety of sauce selections for its steaks which I enjoyed, and since we were celebrating my birthday, our waiter allowed me to choose any dessert from the menu. The creme brûlée trio was wonderful. Overall, the food was great in quality but steaks were not as tasteful as some of the other steaks we had on our trip."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My friend and I were in town from Las Vegas for the weekend. We are both in the service industry and Island Prime was recommended by a co-worker. The food was delicious. The service was excellent and the ambience was great. Certainly a highlight of our weekend getaway. The steaks were cooked to perfection. Dylan definitely made out dining experience superb, along with the rest of the staff."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Everything was excellent except twice baked potato. Ambiance, Waiters, Food, View!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We went to Island Prime for a special occasion dinner. We had a romantic table for two with an excellent view of the harbor during sunset. The service was excellent. We did the 5 course tasting menu with wine flight, excellent pairings, everything was delicious and prepared to perfection. The atmosphere in the bar was energetic, lots of families and couples celebrating. Our section of the dinning room was more sedate and quiet, with many couples sharing a special romantic dinner. Kudos to the management for providing areas for both boisterous groups and couples seeking a romantic night out."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "For our wedding anniversary the table location was perfect, the service was excellent and the food outstanding."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Colleagues from out of town visiting enjoyed the beautiful view, serene ambience and exquisite meal. Thank you for the wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Super restaurant. On the high end but great, innovative food and perfect for a special occasion. Wonderful view."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I have reviewed this place many times, but it is till always the best. Staff, food, drinks, view, everything! I will keep coming back and bringing my friends. Thanks!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Took my special someone out for her birthday and it was awesome! Beautiful view, great tasting food, and great service! Made for a very romantic and amazing dinner! Would definitely recommend to friends and family for special occasions!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014