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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Island Prime reviews from OpenTable diners
307 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (263)special occasion (238)romantic (207)fit for foodies (103)notable wine list (98)good for groups (50)hot spot (42)neighborhood gem (30)vibrant bar scene (30)great for outdoor dining (26)late-night find (14)great for lunch (13)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (8)Show More
  • Excellent evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Island Prime was recommended from a friend and it was without a doubt a beautiful view, excellent service, and great food! Will definitely go there again when we visit San Diego!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated and overhyped!
    jonapVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We arrived for our dinner reservation at 7:45pm. The bar service was excellent, everything went well until we sat down . The waitstaff was very slow to acknowledge that we were sitting there, we had to make ourselves noticed. From the appetizers to the main entree the service was very slow. The entree ordered was seafood, took forever, when it got to our table, it was lukewarm. A real turnoff!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall Good Experience
    dine2luv
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Went there to celebrate our anniversary, had a great time, food was good, service was good. The only thing I would mention is the wait for the table even though we had a reservation and got there on time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place to dine in San Diego!
    MishK
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We are from the East Coast, but every time we visit family in San Diego, we make it a point to dine at Island Prime! The food is always amazing, and the view is unbeatable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food.
    Dontjudgeme
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Stopped in for quick dinner ordered the filet trio and twice bake potato it was delicious
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Expereince
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Exceptional experience from the start to the finish. the restaurant went well above and beyond to make this a special visit and they hit a home run,,, thank you Island Prime!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant, but been better.
    DLW81
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I have been lucky enough to go here on a number of occasions. Anyone that has been here knows that you go for the amazing view. I took my girlfriend here for a milestone bday and informed the restaurant of this as well. I had requested, in advance, a table next to the windows if possible. I know this is not always possible. We made a late reservation (7:45PM) knowing it would not be as crowded. When we arrived the host noted the bday and window request. They asked us to wait (took about 15min) so they can accommodate us. Yet we didn't get a table by the window despite open tables. Then they did not give any dessert for her birthday. I was overall disappointed, perhaps more so because I have been here in the past and really enjoyed it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location location
    TSlice
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Location is perfect breathtaking views but food is way overpriced and found it to be just okay and not that great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome time!
    Minasnoda
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We didn't realize how " fancy" this place was. Dustin was our waiter and was great. Our view was amazing. And the food was SO good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Location
    Joyce
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I made reservations via OpenTable the night before based on the restaurant reviews on TripAdvisor. The restaurant courtesy-called me the next morning to confirm that they received my reservation and inquired if we were celebrating something (daughters' 16th birthday)...I thought that was nice that they called. Upon arrival, the hostess sat us by the window to watch the beautiful sunset. Food was plentiful yet delicious. The lobster bisque and escargot in blue cheese & butter were outstanding appetizers as for the caramelized brussels sprouts. Daughter ordered filet mignon (cooked to perfection) and I ordered the prime rib, which to my surprise was a huge cut and enough for two people Service was steady and well-timed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Henry
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was excellent , great view of downtown skyline and the service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not very satisfied
    Notmanenuf2complain2uface
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Her ahi was great. My filet was not. I ordered the 8 oz. and asked for medium well. The waiter said the chef would butterfly because it was the size of a baseball. I said okay. When I cut into the steak, absolutely no pink (I like a teeny bit), absolutely NO juice, and it was luke warm. The taste was good. It's my fault for not sending it back, but after the $152 bill and at a restaurant such as this one, I feel inclined to tell somebody. I have no idea why the waiter suggested that the chef butterfly it. The sea salt and butter mashed potatoes were drier than I expected, same as the brussel sprouts. If this happens again, I promise to confront in person, but it will most likely be somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great night out!
    Canamericaneseaters
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We went there for my sister's 50 the birthday, taking along my 8 year old daughter. They were very relaxed and laid back about everything. My sister didn't want to make a big deal about it. The waiter asked if we were celebrating anything. We told him but also said she didn't want waiters coming over and singing to her or anything. After the meal they brought out a small piece of cheese cake and nonchalantly just said congratulations. They accommodated sharing a plate with my daughter and willingly prepared a Togo box.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Every time I visit San Diego this restaurant has been on my list of "musts" As usual we thoroughly enjoyed everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Justin was the man!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Mr and my girlfriend celebrated our one year here this last weekend. Justin was great, he had some great suggestions for us and really made us feel at home. The food was amazing as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 35th anniversary celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    lovely venue, great food and service-they didn't rush you which was wonderful. really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Touch
    Dale
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My family was celebrating 2 family birthdays and having the family out for a special evening sharing good food. We were able to be seated at the window per my earlier request and got to enjoy the beautiful sunset. We selected different menu items and each and everyone was delicious. The quality of food was outstanding and served timely. The staff was very attentive and made our evening just perfect. Special desserts were provided to the birthday guests so they were pleased.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Typical Deborah Scott
    alnhb
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    As with all her restaurants, she takes a menu staple and adds her special flair to make it terrific. We took advantage of San Diego Restaurant Week to visit Island Prime. The filet mignon was perfect, as was my prime rib. The wine selection is so large, they had to go high tech and put it on an Ipad to search for the perfect wine. Enrique, our server was a pleasure, never intrusive but always there if needed. Ms. Scott makes it a point to visit several tables to ensure everything is to our satisfaction. All in all, a very pleasant dining experience. And the view of San Diego Bay is the delicious icing on the cake.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    One of the most delicious restaurants I've experienced in a long time. The salmon is a treat. Go to his one. You won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful view, fabulous food!
    meandfood
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We were celebrating my grand-daughters 21st birthday, the staff was wonderful and the food was to die for! I had the prime rib and I must admit it was the most tender and most flavorful I have ever had. I requested a table next to a window and we were given one with the most amazing, beautiful view of downtown San Diego. Great place to dine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary gem!
    GoBearcats
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    First time diners to Island Prime and we will definitely be back! Perfect spot for our 30th anniversary, very romantic and cannot beat the view on the water. My filet mignon was tasteful, cooked perfectly and cut like butter. The bernaise sauce was a perfect compliment. Went during Restaurant Week and upgraded my meal to include a delicious cold-water lobster tail. Very sweet and good texture. Baked potato a little undercooked. Husband's prime rib was tough in spots but cooked nicely with good flavor. He had more than enough good parts to eat. He'll get filet next time. He told Lyla, our wonderful server, it was our anniversary and my delicious blood orange cheesecake plate was stamped Happy Anniversary. Nice touch! Great evening!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful time!
    Lisa
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My first visit to Island Prime during Restaurant Week 2014 and we had an amazing meal with a beautiful view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avoid Restaurant Week!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Love the restaurant - always have, always will! Great food, great views, great service... and then we decided to celebrate my wife's birthday during Restaurant Week! What a disappointment! Same great views... service was fine... but the menu didn't have our favorite things on it! And when we tried some 'other' items, they weren't good - at least not up to par for such a fine dining place. We were really disappointed!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We have been to Island Prime numerous times and everytime we have great experience. It has amazing food, amazing service, and an amazing view of the San Diego skyline. The blt wedge salad, the twice baked potato, and the filet minon are my go to everytime.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The lobster bisque was excellent but prime rib and fillet were disappointing. Restaurant week is a wonderful way to enjoy different meals.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfection!
    AC85
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We recently dined at Island Prime during Restaurant Week. Everything was spectacular. From the ambiance, to the service, and especially the food. Sean was our server and together with the rest of the staff he made sure we always had anything we needed. The Restaurant Week menu was very good and a great deal. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This review is for restaurant week. We had a group of 10 for a Birthday Celebration at Island Prime. The food and ambiance was great! I would definitely dine there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodhappiness
    foodhappiness
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Wonderful as always! Great food & excellent desserts
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go wrong
    TMTFoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    may be a little pricey, but when you weigh the quality of the food, service and the view, you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome place
    Awsome
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    You will not be disappointed with Island Prime everything was above and beyond expectations. if you get a chance make this place
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Primetime @ Island Prime
    ddotwdot
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Took the Mrs. here for our anniversary and it was AWESOME! Great service, food and water view. We'll be back!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service
    Eatums
    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
    Run2eat
    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!
    LeeLeeLovesGreatFood
    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
    Fussbudget1
    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.
  • excelent!
    AGonFre62VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    A must have to restaurant. Excelent service and food, good ambience an extraordinary views.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    Izumi
    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.