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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Island Prime reviews from OpenTable diners
316 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (282)special occasion (249)romantic (210)fit for foodies (108)notable wine list (99)hot spot (47)good for groups (46)neighborhood gem (33)vibrant bar scene (30)great for outdoor dining (27)late-night find (15)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (12)great for lunch (12)Show More
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food never disappoints. Steaks are cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mostly positive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food. Service was slow between courses. Pork chop was huge! Could have went without the dessert - trio of brûlée was nothing special. Beautiful view of the bay/harbor
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply the best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The entire staff, the valet parking attendants, hostesses, the servers were wonderful! The food and drinks were the best I've ever had! It was the most memorable dining experience I had while visiting San Diego! We were celebrating our son's graduation from Marine Corps Recruit training. It was our "Praise God Boot Camp is over dinner"! Thank you for making it so special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stellar experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Though we have eaten several times at the adjacent C Level, this is only the second time we have been to Island Prime. The experience was stellar. From the impeccable service, to the stunning views of the harbor, to the exquisite food, everything was just great. There were unexpected flavors that worked well together and the food presentation very nice. The popovers with jalapeño jelly butter were especially appreciated. I cannot say enough good thongs about the wait staff! When everything is considered, the price is very reasonable. We do not live in the area but when we are in San Diego we will make it a point to come here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The view was awesome. The food was really good, the service as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The air conditioning did not work; it was stifling hot inside. Our whole party was sweating and uncomfortable. The fish and chicken were overlooked. The ahi tuna stack was cut poorly or seemed fresh/ frozen. The food was timed poorly and service unusually slow. We arrived at 8. By 10:30, we had not even been offered desert. We were a party of 4. We have dined here many times in the past and had a great experience with good food. This overall, was a terrible dining experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • From japan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    It was worth coming from Japan. My wife and I had a very good time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need to work on service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My experience at Island Prime was on a Sunday night at 8pm. I was seated right away and the views were spectacular. We sat a bit too long before our server got to us, and sat a bit too long before he came back to get our wine order. Everything went great from that point on, however. Steaks and sides were excellent. Wine list is great. Service was good, just not great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner with stunning view
    Mrpicky
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is a great venue with a stunning view of San Diego as the sun goes down and the lights on the tall buildings come on.Our server was very pleasant and knowledgeable on the food and wine. The food was what you would expect from a meal at this price so worth the money. We would go again. The only issue was yet another set of parents brining a poorly behaved child into the restaurant . Whilst it did not spoil the meal it was annoying as if they cannot control a 3 year old they should have some consideration for the guests as this is not a fast food restaurant .
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Our go-to spot to dine
    Chuck
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Island Prime, with it's fantastic view of the beautiful San Diego Harbor, great service, fantastic food and bountiful wine selection is our favorite dining spot for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    First time going to this restaurant and it the whole time there was just excellence. Will defintely come back to this place again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gloria King
    Theglor
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We loved this restaurant . The food was amazing and the wine our waiter recommended was perfect for our meal. The veiw was one of a kind. I will recommend it to all My friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    luvsandiego
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was our first time at Island Prime. We were so pleased with everything that on the way home we were planning on when we would come back again. The service and food were awesome. The ambiance and views were spectacular. I would highly recommend Island Prime when you visit or if you live in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect for out-of-town guests
    Powayfoodie
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    sunset menu is an excellent value and cannot beat the view as one enjoy the meal. tried most of the choices on the sunset menu as we were party of 7. everyone was happy and full with takeout bags.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Service was outstanding. Loved the Filet Mignon and the brussel sprouts were fabulous!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best ever.
    delta77
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Wow. I took my girlfriend here for her birthday (which also happened to be our 1 year) and we were very impressed. I had the filet mignon and it was quite literally the best thing I've ever eaten, cooked perfectly. The service was excellent, the view incredible. Well played island Prime....well played.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The window view of the full moon floating above downtown San Diego was amazing. Thank you! for the great service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Romantic Spot
    to3349
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I reserved a table for two at 6PM and put a note in that it was for my wife's birthday. We were given the best seat in the house with a fantastic view. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    TayLei
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The whole experience was great for a romantic date night and the view was to die for.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice view, great steaks
    luv2bike
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Steak was great. View is amazing (it is right there on the water and you have a clear view of SD bay). Service was great, atmosphere was great. Side dishes was kinda disappointed.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Special Date
    TinkGirl
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We planned this special evening to celebrate our birthdays. It was perfect. It was like there was no one else in the restaurant. Would highly recommend it to anyone!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CELEBRATING A SPECIAL OCCASION
    RAP32
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    YOU WOULD NOT WQNT TO HAVE CELEBRATION AT THIS RESTAURANT.. THEY WILL SAY THEY DO A GOOD JOB.. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY DROPPED THE BALL ON 2 SEPARATE OCCASIONS WITH US.. WE WERE VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious with a View
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Whenever I am going to eat at a big restaurant by the water with a beautiful view I always think "well the food will be terrible but the view will make it all worth it." Well, much to my surprise this place was actually quite good. I split a Hearts of Romaine salad with a friend. Very tasty. The fried anchovy was a nice touch. My main course was the decadent Brown Sugar Crusted Double Pork Chop. Cooked perfectly. Couldn't even finish half of it. Portions here are HUGE. Would definitely return (with a bigger appetite).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place
    Good4food
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great steak and fish limited dessert selection wish they had something with chocolate gat wasn't burdened with something else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Anniversary Spot
    Adamstastebuds
    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
    sdfoodie
    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
    JanEisen
    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.
  • Amazing
    piqpst
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had a wonderful experience here. Everything from the amazing waterfront view to the superb food was above and beyond our expectations. I am unable to provide any critical comment for this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
  • No view!
    WernerB
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    If you sit opposite the kitchen door, there is no scenic view and therefore not worth the money!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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