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Island Prime
Island Prime

Island Prime Details

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

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

Getting there

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

C-Level, our bistro style restaurant, is open for lunch daily beginning at 11:30am and stays open through dinner. C-Level offers a beautiful outdoor, heated patio overlooking the San Diego skyline.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    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"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We had a beautiful view of the sunset and the San Diego skyline. The food was excellent with ample portions."
    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."
    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"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Made my reservation 2 months in advance to get a window table for family of 5 But as u know the maitre d has all the power he took a look at my wonderful family 3 kids ages 15 twins and 11 and sat us near the kitchen when i asked to be moved denied Because if that i will not recommend or go back"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Our previous eating experiences here had been outstanding, however this time both the service and food were disappointing. The organic green salad was not fresh and was drenched in too much salad dressing. The macadamia nut crusted fish was dry and the service was awful. We waited over an hour for our food with a cryptic apology but no explanation. We had brought dear friends out to dinner here and were embarrassed by the lack of high standards and exceptionally long wait. We will not be returning."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Island Prime was a wonderful place to spend a special evening. The water view with boats going by was perfect. The service from the moment we got out of the car was outstanding in every way. Must try!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Amazing view, valet parking, great service. The food was almost better than sex. The bread pop-over dipped in the available soups will leave you breathless. Much better than the other local seafood fair. You know when you're at the right place when they comb your table between courses. Make reservations on line while your enjoying Bloody Mary's in old town San Diego."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We loved the atmosphere and service. The food took forever to arrive at out table and it was terrible....The white Sea Bass was overcooked and very dry and my New York steak was tough as rubber. It led me to believe that our food had been reheated a few times. How disappointing!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "For the money, the food wasn't worth the price - husband had bone in steak, I had prime rib and I can tell you, we are foodies... but the meat was no where near as tender as most other steak restaurants in San Diego. it also was not as flavorful. The twice baked potato was extremely overcooked and was a very big miss. The pop-overs are completely inappropriate given the dinner menu... that was kind of shocking... they didn't pair well at all with what we were eating. The lobster bisque was over-done and by this I mean it didn't have to be that rich or sweet. Chef Scott should be doing much better. Nice wine, nice views."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We were visiting San Diego and did the Island Prime 5 Course Tasting (w/ Some Surprises)-- Everything was at least very good. The menus descriptions do not do it justice. http://www.cohnrestaurants.com/islandprime/menu I like that the chef has created some interesting flavor combos. The 3 Oz Center Cut Filet Medallion was probably the least impressive thing on the tasting, having said that it was very good. We added a lobster tail on to this so we were overdone with richness by the end of the meal. Especially as there were a few muses added. The Pear and sake infused sorbet palate cleanse was something I wanted more of. Courses were well presented/described and timed well."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "First and foremost, the amazing scenic view, followed up by the most incredible meal. Every bite was delicious and savored."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Service was lacking considering the fine dining label: 1) have a suggestion if you do not have the correct wine, 2) offer to reduce the bottle price if it is the wrong vintage and 3) be aware of when to interrupt your guests (pause a few moments before interrupting for menu questions). Food was good. C-Level seems to be a better equation for this restaurateur."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food was fabulous, the service was super and the view was spectacular! It was definitely a splurge for us but totally worth it! I had the steak and lobster and both were impeccable! Not to mention those popover things....OMG!!!! My hubby and I were very happy and will send peep you way!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We took a friend here for his birthday on Sunday night. The food was outstanding, as it usually is, but the service was poor. That spoiled the evening. The wait staff were inattentive, indifferent. When we finished they cleared two plates, but leaving the third person with a dirty plate for 20 minutes. Giving us two menus instead of three. Asked us if we wanted dessert (yes, we did) and then never returned. I finally flagged someone down after another 20 minute wait. We've been here a dozen times and never experienced such bad service. A couple seated next to us about 30 minutes after we arrived had soup and then their entrees before we were served anything. I did leave $0 tip, and I hope they got the message."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "At this price point, you have to have it all: view, atmosphere, service, and great food. The view is top notch. The atmosphere is quite good; however, the service and food is not up to par. We arrived at 5:45 for dinner and left at 8:45. Three hours!!! We missed our boat. The food is the way below par. I would fire the chef and find someone who knows how to cook. It can't all be about presentation, you have to have taste. Cheesecake factory's food puts this place to shame, and their price point is lower. The wine list has a limited selection of California wines....ahem...it's in California. If you want a view try Chart House in North County, but not on the weekend as they bump "members" ahead of your reservation, or Poseidon in Del Mar"
    Dined on 6/21/2014