Island Prime
Island Prime

Island Prime

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.islandprime.com/
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Island Prime reviews from OpenTable diners
298 reviews since March 30 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (257)special occasion (236)romantic (197)fit for foodies (112)notable wine list (88)hot spot (44)good for groups (43)vibrant bar scene (33)great for outdoor dining (32)neighborhood gem (29)great for brunch (22)great for lunch (19)late-night find (18)kid-friendly (12)Show More
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Me & my boyfriend loved it. We especially loved the delicious bread they served, we even got some to go!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    KittyVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food is fine but not great. The shrimp cocktail is great bu the crusted ahi and prime rib are just ok. The view is lovely. There are better places to try first...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Food
    Kenneth
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food is incredible, no doubt. Its a bit pricy but you are paying for the location, ambiance, and quality of food. Definitely a great place to take a special someone if you do not mind spending at least $100 for two.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whiskey1
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great view great drinks great food! Skip the Mac n cheese, always dry. Unless you drown it in sauce before it goes in the oven it'll always happen. Crabcake was forgettable (a drizzle of two sauces, while great, weren't enough) not a fan of backfin, lemon would've been appropriate also. Scallops and the trio were amazing. Dessert, perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    loved the location, view, and service. The food was amazing as well! I would definitely go there again. Dress attire ranged from dressy to casual
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Date night
    MickyMic
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We were looking for a nice restaurant with great food and awesome view. We found it! Island Prime has great cocktails, their ahi appetizer was delicious. The filet was amazing as well as the crab legs. Service was great and the view of the bay was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Gr8tnt
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The location & view were fantastic. Our waiter was not the most attentive. The food was good. For the price I expected something special but it was typical for this price restaurant. So I would recommend it for a special occasion not your everyday restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for dinner!
    Foodlover1
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Everything from the service to the food was delicious. I highly recommend the pork chop!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kneesitch
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food was good, Fr. fries were not up to par, needs improvement.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable birthday dinner
    FR2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Amazing view over the water of downtown San Diego and our dining experience was made especially memorable by the amazing staff at Island Prime who went above and beyond. The portions (especially the sides) are quite generous so bring an appetite! We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food & Service
    FoodieHunters
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband and I truly enjoyed our evening at Island Prime. My husband ordered the special - cap steak on a bed of Kale with a croustini and thick bacon. The meat was perfectly prepared and delicious. I ordered the scallop dish - the presentation was beautiful and the meal was amazing. Only criticism is the ladies restroom was a mess - probably just the result of an extremely busy bar and C-level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We went w/ a party of 6 for a special occasion. Perfect view of San Diego. One of the best meals I've ever had. Perfectly cooked steaks & each side dish was over the top delicious. Worth every penny!
    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 7/19/2014
    One of the best locations in San Diego Bay! The food was great and the wait staff attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • less than impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I went to Island Prime for dinner for the first time with my husband and father, & we had heard good things. We reserved a table & asked for a good view, which is why we went there. It is a first come, first serve basis for the window seats. We were sat as far away from the windows as you can get, & we saw an open table by the window. The prices are normal for a nice restaurant, but the food was only ok for the price. After a little while, our waiter appeared and gave us the electronic wine menu. He then left us alone, 20 mins or more, w/o offering any tips until we finally chose a bottle. There are other restaurants nearby w/ cheaper menus & better service as well as a good view that it's easier to get a table near to enjoy. Won't return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I highly recommend Island Prime! The view was amazing, our waiter was outstanding, and the food was nothing short of fabulous! Highly recommend for date night!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic view!
    YumYum
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Price/food/wow factor falls just a little short. The food I had was very good, but just did not knock it out of the park for me. For instance, when I go to Indigo Grill, I am (was) wow-ed by the Trout dish. It is (was) incredible! (why is it not on the NEW menu??!!) On my recent visit to IP, I had the Macadamia nut encrusted Sea Bass. It was good, but it did not elicit the reaction I have when tasting IG's trout. (usually there is moaning and unintelligible uttering) My wife had the Plank Salmon. It was kind of mushy. (Maybe because she ordered it med/well, I don't know. The staff was A-1, very accommodating. We had the Trio Creme Brulee for dessert and it was very, very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • INCREDIBLE!
    KCalVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This was our first visit to Island Prime, although I attend a conference in San Diego every summer, and it was worth every penny. First off we were seated at a table that was about a quarter of a circle, which was very romantic in itself, but with a view that was breathtaking, we could see the San Diego skyline, the Coronado bridge, the Navy ships on the Coronado side, the bay. The wine list is on an iPad and is very extensive, including a great list of half bottles, we were able to start off with a nice champagne (yes it really was) with appetizers and a very nice french red with dinner. The food was perfect, the filet was the most tender I've ever experienced, and the flavor was exquisite, and the scallops were spot on. Go! NOW!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Island (Almost) Prime
    geofoodie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Wonderful location on the water. Service impeccable. Food not spectacular but certainly very good. Overdone pork chop with sugary coating with an equally sugary melange of onions/bacon. Seared Ahi nothing special but done correctly rare with nice black rice. Dinner with cocktails, one glass of wine and no dessert was $140. The more economical choice at the same location is to eat at the attached C-level restaurant particularly for lunch.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memories with my Husband Todd
    4love2dineHere
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I love dinning here. Everything is wonderful eat drink and be happy. I enjoying coming here. I been dinning now for 7 years in a row. This is special place for my husband and I
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • beautiful harbor view
    Powayfoodie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Had their Sunset Menu, the popover bread is excellent, the steak was great and dessert (trio of creme brulee) is good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Timer
    Vazquezdianna
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I really enjoyed the food it was amazing, and all the waiters are great and so friendly. The view of Downtown San Diego is great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was wonderful as always
    Tracey
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The food, the service, the wine, the view was all wonderful as always. Bill, our waiter was very good as well as the rest of the staff. This is one of my favorite restaurants. They have the best Brussels too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good but.....
    Diner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I realize that everyone cannot sit by a window. I made the reservation far enough in advance that my request for a window could be honored but I was told that windows are on a first come first served basis. I have eaten here twice and always end up in the middle of the restaurant looking at a mirror. The food(large helpings), service, and wine were awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Magnificent
    TAG1
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    My wife and I we in San Diego on vacation, had heard terrific things about Island Prime. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening, service was fantastic, from the greeting at arrival through the entire meal. The food and the presentation were both extraordinary. The view of the bay was fabulous. We will definitely return on our next visit to the San Diego area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding experience. Going Back
    TudTat
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Had wonderful window seating with view of the bay, Coronado Island, and San Diego skyline. The staff are to be commended for service and attentiveness. Enrique, our waiter, was excellent. He was cordial, helpful, and attentive. Seemed like a well oiled team effort. Definitely consider this place for observance of special occasions and a place to show-off to friends and visitors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This was my husband's birthday and I had ordered a "small birthday cake". What was served was a disappointment. It consisted of a very small (muffin size) pound cake with a slice of pineapple and a birthday candle on the side. Otherwise the dinner was lovely and the service was impeccable. iPad type of wine list was a plus!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SERVICE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The service was exceptional, our server was very helpful and attentive. We found it very loud, but we are in our seventies and agitate easily. The food was to die for, our compliments to the Chef! Over all a pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service issue
    12ManyVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The meal and ambiance were good. The issue was the service. Besides being a bit inattentive, one of the waiters spilled a full glass of water on the table. My wife's skirt was completely soaked and I got a bit wet too. We did not make a big fuss, but everything was so wet that they had to come and change the tablecloth. I've been in these situations before. I think the right thing to do is at least comp a drink or offer something to show they are sorry for the mess they created. Not this restaurant. They charged full price for everything. We are not from here, but I would not recommend this place to others. There are too many other fine restaurants with good service in this town, especially at these prices!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic dining
    Copaco411
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We had a beautiful view of the sunset and the San Diego skyline. The food was excellent with ample portions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mrs
    imkatwalk
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Steak, lobster, brussel sprouts, (Cohn restaurants really know how to prepare sprouts !) potatoes, everything was really good. The only thing I would change..... the 'complimentary' dessert for our anniversary. Not sure what it was... bread pudding ?? Hard and no flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as Always
    Potsie
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The food is good and the service is top notch. Only once or twice did we have reservation/request issues and they seem to have worked those out (or at least hope so) we love coming there. Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful view & atmosphere
    Angela
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    A wonderful dining experience with a gorgeous view of city skyline, bay, & Coronado bay bridge. The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. Cocktails were very good. Restaurant offers impeccable good service also. A new favorite place to dine!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Intimate Setting!
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great view, great service, amazing food, nice ambience. They even picked up flowers for me to surprise my girlfriend with! Awesome! The only thing I was unhappy with was the lobster bisque, it came in a small bowl and that bowl was only about half full. It was gone pretty quickly. But other than that, the steak, lobster, oysters, mac n cheese, all top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing view!
    Homer
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I was here 5 years ago with my girlfriend and we came back 5 years later and the food was just as amazing as we remembered! We sat in a booth the first time that we were there and kind of had a view but had to look over a couple of other tables. I asked for a table with a view the 2nd time and I was seated at what I thought was the best seat in the house, a corner table that looks out towards the Gaslamp district. I got there at around 715pm and the sun was still up. As we sat and enjoyed our Ahi tuna appetizer we slowly watched the sun set. We had our Prime rib and Lamb dinner, we stayed till it got dark and saw the city light up! Its always a amazing experience when I'm here. Cant wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is Island Prime past its prime?
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We have been coming here from out of town for the last 4 or 5 years. It used to be one of our favorites in San Diego. Saturday night, not so much so. The service was great even though our server needed assistance on almost any question we had. For example "Are all these steaks prime?" The chopped salad was so marginal it could have come out of a box. The same thing with the lobster bisque. The "prime" ribeye, the special was very choice in taste and over cooked to boot. We may have too find a new go to place when we visit in the future.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing popovers and a great view
    Kendra
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We love this restaurant and take almost everyone who visits here, and they all love it too. We had to wait about 20 min for our waiter to take our order which was disappointing, but he was helping two very large tables and they took the whole time to place their orders so I understand, but I would expect the restaurant to be better staffed on a Saturday night to accommodate large tables and not leave others waiting. After my mom called that out, he was great and the rest of the dinner was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go early and enjoy C-Level
    SDdining19
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We arrived about 90 minutes early for our reservation knowing that C-level has one of the best views in the city. We enjoyed the brie appetizer and some wine before going to Island Prime for dinner. They seated us on the window for both and we were able to enjoy the sunset lighting up the San Diego skyline along with the passing ships. My wife enjoyed the seared Ahi and I had the Filet. Both of us were very satisfied with both the quality and portion size of our food. The servers at both were terrific, unfortunately I cannot recall their names.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    TJMC
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I've been eating here for years This time my tuna appetizer was messy Worse the lobster potato had little lobster and was significantly overcooked and dry
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    xlaurenamandax
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I recently came here to celebrate my mom's birthday and we absolutely loved it. The food selections were great! The food is pricey, but it is well worth it for how much you get. The side dishes can feed the whole table as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place for date night
    date
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The salmon was great! My pasta was good but a little too spicy for me. My date had the ahi and he loved the seabeans. The portions were perfect. We were seated at a window with a fantastic view.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.