Island Prime
Island Prime

Island Prime

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cohnrestaurants.com/islandprime
  • Phone: 6192986802x
  • 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 6192986802x204
  • Special Events: 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Island Prime reviews from OpenTable diners
321 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (284)special occasion (252)romantic (212)fit for foodies (107)notable wine list (97)hot spot (48)good for groups (40)great for outdoor dining (30)vibrant bar scene (29)neighborhood gem (28)great for brunch (16)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (13)great for lunch (12)Show More
  • Our Anniversary Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The last couple of years we have gone to San Diego for our anniversary and this is the location we go to for our anniversary dinner. You have good choices to choose from for all the courses of your meal. We are beer drinkers and love trying new and local beer. You get a decent selection and our server was knowledgeable about the beer to lead us in the right direction to our liking. So far eating any of the seafood dishes are superior food. Professional demeanor by the whole staff. Great view of the harbor and close to the downtown life where cab cost wont be a problem. Overall this dining is one of the calculated reason why we love coming to San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our new favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We've lived in San Diego for over 20years and tried this restaurant for the first time. Everything was fabulous. We had a perfect night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Dinng at Island Prime is always a treat and a wonderful experience from the atmosphere, view, fabulous food and great service. Just a delight every time we go to a Prime which is often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Above & Beyond!
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We recently dined at Island Prime to celebrate 2 birthdays in a party of 5. The service was impeccable and the food was excellent. We really benefitted from the wine sale which occurs on the last Wednesday of the month. It was such a great deal that we purchased wine to take home too. The birthday girls were delighted with the special treatment and the entire evening!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in Years
    PickyEater2
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Excellent food & service. We special ordered just about every item and it came prepared exactly as requested. Best Restarant experience I have had in years.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good
    TeeTee
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We love this restaurant and the popovers are to die for. Great food, good service, and even value!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • High end cuisine
    Momonaroadtrip
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I have two kids, so I don't get out much, but I was very impressed with Island Prime. All of the staff looks and acts very sophisticated from the moment you walk in the door, so I felt special from start to finish. I ordered the devine lobster bisque and the filet that melted in my mouth. Even my son's chicken was interesting and delicious and piping hot, but not overdone. (Our waiter did mention the "verbal" children's menu, but we ordered off the main menu. This was not the kind of place that passes our crayons!) Compliments to the chef and her staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place! First time.
    PhilippeGratton4545
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We both thoroughly enjoyed every element of our dining experience. The hot bread was a great touch!I am glad I made reservations for 5pm and first seating. As we left, the lobby and outside area were crowded with people and their buzzers. I would not like that. If I were to come again, I would make the same reservation for 5pm. The C Level side was too boisterous for my taste. But I would come back to Island Prime for a special occasion, as it is quite pricey.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience but come early
    Aliza
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a 5 pm dinner reservation which is a good time - still very private and good ambience. Once 6:30 or 7 pm hits, you can't hear yourself - it gets loud. The front desk hostess is a little aloof and seemed to have a little aloof attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great atmosphere and view. A little pricey but worth the trade off/
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    After eating here over a year ago for my wedding anniversary, my husband and I decided to take his parents there for dinner to celebrate the upcoming birth of our first child. To make a long story short, we will not be returning to Island Prime Reataurant. The food, service, and price for the low quality was our breaking point. I am not opposed to paying for ambiance or quality, but at Island Prime I felt as though I was strictly paying for the view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pretty stale menu
    IeatouttoomuchVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Ouch. California cuisine from the 90s. That is not so bad if it is well done. It was not. Set ups had sat around and food was cold. Oysters were good and wine list is varied and fairly priced, though. Stick to the steak I guess.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and food
    yoej8
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I wish I could have tried it all, but what we did have, was very good. The service was great. And when I say that it is because there is a moderation of service. They are there when you need it and they do not "over" service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok
    Valover
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I loved the view of San Diego harbor and the skyline. This romantic view is what ultimately made me choose the restaurant to celebrate my anniversary. The service was okay. Nothing stellar. Nothing I couldn't get at a Red Lobster or Outback Steakhouse. Everything is a bit over priced. My center-cut filet was delicious and cooked perfectly but my baked potato was burnt beyond repair. The mac and cheese was bland. The bread rolls and kale pen cheese were pretty good. I would take some of that home. Otherwise, I'd say Island Prime is charging for the ambience and view rather than the food quality and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impressed
    Dcalf03
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Luckily we made a reservation - we walked up to find a huge group of people waiting to get into both restaurants. Once we were ushered in, the madness ended and we were in a different world. The tables were appropriately spaced which limited the noise. However, our romantic evening was interrupted by a family with a child that was climbing all over the furniture (nothing the restaurant can do about this, I'm sure), but it was distracting. At 8pm on a Friday night in a restaurant such as this, I was hoping to relax, and couldn't until that family left. Other than that, great service, food, and drink that impressed, with a terrific view of the harbor.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great place to celebrate a special occasion! It's one of the best locations in the city with a beautiful view. The food is equally delicious and a great ambiance for a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Everything
    yourlov21
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Tried this place for a birthday an was blown away by everything. My new favorite place
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • island prime
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Reserved a table through opentable. Asked for a table near the window. Got it, enjoyed everything about it. The food was good, our server was good, and the view of downtown San Diego was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always!
    gillian
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Celebrated another birthday at Island Prime enjoying the sunset menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mimi
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We loved our food and the service was outstanding. Justin was our waiter and we could not have had better service! Our filet was so tender and perfectly cooked. The wedge salad was out of this world! For excellent food and a beautiful view of our city this is the place to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lexbigs
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great restaurant!! Good food, killer ambience, and awesome service. The view is spectacular, great for groups or just for two.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    JustWantToShare
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My husband had requested to go to Island Prime for his 60th birthday. It was on a Tuesday night so I didn't think that making a reservation would be a problem. I found out that there were no 730 reservatios so we chose 745. He had requested a window seat when we booked and stated that it was his 60th birthday. When we arrived we found that the we had to wait for the window seat, which is well worth the wait. What a surprise for a Tuesday night. The staff said they are fully booked every evening during the summer. My husband was greeted with a happy birthday from several staff members and he was treated to a lovely dessert at the end of the evening. We have been to Island Prime many times and the food is consistently good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romance...but NOT on a budget.
    RomanceOnABudget
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Perfect evening to celebrate an anniversary. Romantic view by the window and a special complimentary anniversary dessert made for an excellent touch! Food was delicious, but very pricey. We ordered off the somewhat affordable 3-course Sunset Dining Menu - I had the lobster bisque & filet mignon, and my girlfriend had the tenderloin carpaccio & salmon, then we shared the creme brulee. They were all more than satisfactory, but the cost of the meal came out to over $80 - the sheer food quality seemed a little closer to $60 in my opinion. I justified it by telling myself I was paying for the bay view and the classy steakhouse ambiance...which WAS all it's made out to be on these reviews!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Evening
    careski
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Had another amazing meal at Island Prime!! The escargot was excellent, has was the shrimp cocktail. Wasn't a fan of the oyster rockefeller, seemed dry. Best crab legs I've have had in awhile and everyone really enjoyed their meal and our evening. Staff was slow at the start to get us our cocktails and the bread, but once they caught up with the rush, all went well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super moon dinner
    HmmmmnVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Everything was great. We had one of only a handful off window tables to see the super moon Come up. Be aware the less expensive partner C level actually has the better views of the city and moon rising.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food that night 8-10-14
    asianwhitemixed
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My boyfriend and I go to this restaurant a couple of times. That night, he ordered a prime steak and the meat did not taste good at all. It tasted like it was a bad meat. Everything else was good. But we got that taken off of our bill. I just wanted to let you know about this. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ocean view
    DMoney
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had a window table and the view was just spectacular. The water, boats, jet ski's looked all so fun.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yo, over here!
    crgfan
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I'm a big fan of the Cohn Restaurant Group. The service is usually great in any of their restaurants. They really run a tight ship. This time, though, our server left us alone for about 15 minutes before we had anything to eat... bread or whatever. But once he appeared out of the shadows, he picked up on our disappointment and got things moving. The food was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Table with a view
    shoppermama
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Requested a table with a view and was seated at a great corner table next to the window! Perfect for my out-of-town guest. Crab legs were served with tons of melted butter and the Sea Bass was done to perfection. Wine list was on an ipad!!! Great way to scan for the perfect bottle. We will return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eh
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Not impressed. So I've eaten at almost all of the Cohn Restaurant venues - usually a big fan. My first time to Island Prime on 8/9/14 - reservations at 5 pm so got a nice window table. Waiter initially was great - attentive and informative - but later distracted and forgotten due to patrons at next table talking him up regarding the wine they brought in and woman at the table sending back food items to the kitchen. At any rate, the martinis were diluted to the point of virgin drinks, the appetizers were so-so (do not order the study in lobster), and my pork chop entree was eh. The actual pork chop was almost well done although I ordered it medium and the sauce was bitter. Blue Pointe is a much better choice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jillian2
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We enjoyed island Prime very much! It was our 61st. Anniversary and my husbands 86th. birthday! They gave us an excellent table for the 6 of us with a view that was fantastic! Our server and the food were excellent! We have been to Island Prime several times before and will look forward to going back again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice setting
    scottsdaleRon
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Overlooking the water in San Diego Bay is tough to beat - the food was very good but not more so than other fine dinning restaurants in the San Diego area - but, all-in-all a very fine dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excelent food
    Paola
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Everything taste delicious, awsome view, extensive menu and good waiters attention.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant
    Valiente
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinnerontime
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Had our first date at Rubins 34 years ago so it has always been a special place for us. Now that we live in Phoenix, don't get there often. This evening was very crowded waiting in the bar but folks were friendly and accommodating. The first bottle of wine we opened was not to our liking ( still think it was corked) and two different foods had to be sent back because not what was ordered. They did bring us a free, lovely dessert to " make up" for it. The issues were all handled well. Our evening was still lovely and we will come back. Just not the usual exceptional dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great birthday celebration
    Mkmoores
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I took my husband here for his birthday and what a treat! We had a wonderful window table overlooking the bay and the view was breathtaking! My son and husband both had the filet mingnon and were in heaven! I had the salmon and it was terrific. Our waitress was very attentive and brought out a birthday treat for my husband. The entire experience was wonderful and we will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been a great view
    KmacVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were seated at the table farthest from the window in a dark corner near the kitchen (we requested a table with a view when making our reservation and there were empty window tables that seemed to be available). Due to our table location we were not able to enjoy the view. The food was good, but not great. In addition to our waiter, the manager stopped at our table to ask how our food was at least 4 times. It was at the point of being very disruptive to what we had hoped to be a romantic anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Luvbeingdad
    Luvbeingdad
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great environment and spectacular views. The service was great. They were responsive without being invasive. Half of our party was 45 minutes late so we had appitisers and wine while we waited and the the waiter never rushed us. The food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a special occasion
    hiker
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Had our 26th anniversary here. Requested a window seat through Open Table, which was provided. View of the harbor was beautiful. Food selection was excellent. I had Ahi and my wife had steak. Both were great. Portions generous enough to take us through dinner at home the next night. Recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys fine dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sister's Birthday
    SDFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Celebrated another special event at IP. Sister's first time there and she was very impressed. The day was clear and the views of the bay, downtown, North Island are unparalleled. We enjoyed watching the boats sail back and forth. Our service from Diego was friendly and professional. He anticipated our every need. We never felt rushed and food courses were perfectly spaced. The filet trios are always a hit with my family but we also enjoyed the ahi & crab cake starters along with the mixed green & chopped salad. Of course we had to sample the lobster bisque. The evening ended perfectly with a trio of sorbets, each of us loving the nuances whether it be the tequila & orange, or Ginger, or the Hibiscus and cayenne. Delightful meal! Thanx IP
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate