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Island Prime
Island Prime

Island Prime Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.islandprime.com
  • Email: team@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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "With frequent trips to San Diego, it's great to have a reliable restaurant where the food is great, the service is friendly and timely, and the view is breathtaking. I try never to visit San Diego without visiting Island Prime. Home away from home!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here to celebrate our 6 month anniversary and this place was just fantastic! Everything lived up to my expectations and more. The food was fantastic, we both loved the appetizer that we shared, a crabcake, as well as the fresh bread ( a pop over) with the Jalapeno butter that went with it. Both our steaks were cooked to perfection and cutting through them was like cutting through butter, so juicy and savory. The twice baked potato was ridiculously big and we didn't even finish it and had it boxed but it was fantastic with every little bite. Definitely coming back here again at some point!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I've eaten at C-Level many times but hadn't at Island Prime yet. Another great restaurant from the Cohn's. We really enjoyed the evening, the food, and the service. Thanks Island Prime for making our night so great."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I book this restaurant for my wife's birthday because it had a nice view of the bay and others that I know had all good things to say about it. When we arrived we had an ok table ready for us but they quickly relocated us to the best seat in the house with the best view after we asked. The server was knowledgeable and friendly and so was the service manager. The food was very pricey but worth every penny. The brie, sea bass, steak, and even the bread with the jalapeno butter was top notch."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Very Good Food, excellent service. A little pricey ... but not outrageous, especially if you use Costco Gift Cards."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Food was great, service was great, view was perfect. Went for my anniversary and they made it special. 10/10"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Strange vibe at first with out waitress. She seemed a bit put off we weren't ordering wine or wanting to even look at her ipad wine list. Then after a while the awkward vibe wore off and the rest of the meal was wonderful."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I recently spent our 1 year anniversary here and certainly were not disappointed! We shared the lobster bisque and LOVED it! I paired it with a sparkling rose wine they had by the glass. Then my boyfriend had rosemary garlic crusted ribeye which was a huge portion. I had the special which was round roast ribeye with morello mushrooms and bernaise and bordelaise sauce on the side. I paired with a glass of pinot and it was gorgeous. They even gave us a free dessert (peach cobbler) because we spent out anniversary there :) The best part is the view of downtown- we had reservations at 7pm and got to see the sun set and the lights of the city come out as we wined and dined."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The minute I stepped out our car with my husband I knew this place would be a delight to be having a dining experience. Everyone was very helpful: professional even. Although I had to lower score down 4 stars for the misconstrued understanding of the double name restaurant. I made the reservation for "prime island" thinking it'll be more of the land meat version as what I assumed to it by-side restaurant "c level" due to the fact my husband only consumes as aforementioned for why reservation was made. But partly my fault as well for not paying close detail to what the entirety has to offer. But my husband was met with a smile and an impeccable understanding for his wants. What I had that night was delicious as it was beautifully presented."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We had a fabulous time with friends from out of town. Although we stuffed ourselves, it was because the food was so delicious we couldn't stop. The Prime Rib was outstanding, as were the rolls that were given to us before our meals arrived. Absolutely outstanding, and a real treat! It was not cheap; however, it was for a special occasion."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I booked a table through the open table app that afternoon and put a simple request for a sea view... When we arrived, the hosts were extremely nice and gave us one of the best view tables in the house! Our waiter, Enrique, was incredible! So friendly and knowledgable. Pleasant to have conversation with and extremely attentive to our needs. Nice to have someone who knew the food well and suggested a great wine that was on special and even got us a sample. Overall, the perfect date night. Perfect dinner. Perfect in all ways. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I'd been to C-Level before but never next door to Island Prime. It was outstanding! How could you go wrong. Had an out-of-town visitor and the view was spectacular. Service was excellent. It was a bit loud for a nice restaurant such as this, but overall, a wonderful evening. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had dined in this restaurant in the past, but had not been there in a long time. We were very happy to see how great the food and service still were. It was a delight to show this wonderful place to relatives who live in the San Diego area, they will be back!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My girlfriend and i came to dine at island prime(best to make reservations). Island prime is a quiet romantic experience with a wonderful menu. Ribeye was awesome as was the sea bass. We were thinking of continuing the night at the bar at the C Level, which is on the other side of the restaurant. It was extremely crowded. i over heard some people saying they were waiting about an hour and a half to get a table at C Level. if the food was nearly as good as island prime than it is totally worth it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Besides fantastic food, our server was outstanding.....knew her wines as well as the menu.....to a "T"."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I've been to Island Prime a few times and it's always a great experience. When you make a reservation and tell them it's a special occasion, they make every effort to make it extra special, like wishing the person happy birthday and providing a free dessert. Little touches like that. And the food is great! I also recommend their Long Island Iced Teas!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Wonderful experience. Food was great, service was even better. Couldn't ask for a better night."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "While visiting my daughter, we decided to try Island Prime based on Tripadvisor reviews. It's a pretty place, very expensive and tasty, but the patrons dress like slobs. It's a bit dark, but the service is terrific. I'd skip the appetizers and go right for your main meal. Not fantastic or creative food, but not bad. It's just not worth the money."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "This restaurant is a great spot for an evening dinner. The view at night of the city lit up is amazing. The menu is a la carte, so the steaks do not come with side dishes. One side dish, however, is large enough for 2 people to share. The bread was very good and the restaurant even offered a gluten free option in addition to its tasty dinner rolls for my boyfriend. This restaurant does offer a variety of sauce selections for its steaks which I enjoyed, and since we were celebrating my birthday, our waiter allowed me to choose any dessert from the menu. The creme brûlée trio was wonderful. Overall, the food was great in quality but steaks were not as tasteful as some of the other steaks we had on our trip."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My friend and I were in town from Las Vegas for the weekend. We are both in the service industry and Island Prime was recommended by a co-worker. The food was delicious. The service was excellent and the ambience was great. Certainly a highlight of our weekend getaway. The steaks were cooked to perfection. Dylan definitely made out dining experience superb, along with the rest of the staff."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Everything was excellent except twice baked potato. Ambiance, Waiters, Food, View!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We went to Island Prime for a special occasion dinner. We had a romantic table for two with an excellent view of the harbor during sunset. The service was excellent. We did the 5 course tasting menu with wine flight, excellent pairings, everything was delicious and prepared to perfection. The atmosphere in the bar was energetic, lots of families and couples celebrating. Our section of the dinning room was more sedate and quiet, with many couples sharing a special romantic dinner. Kudos to the management for providing areas for both boisterous groups and couples seeking a romantic night out."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "For our wedding anniversary the table location was perfect, the service was excellent and the food outstanding."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Colleagues from out of town visiting enjoyed the beautiful view, serene ambience and exquisite meal. Thank you for the wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Super restaurant. On the high end but great, innovative food and perfect for a special occasion. Wonderful view."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I have reviewed this place many times, but it is till always the best. Staff, food, drinks, view, everything! I will keep coming back and bringing my friends. Thanks!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Took my special someone out for her birthday and it was awesome! Beautiful view, great tasting food, and great service! Made for a very romantic and amazing dinner! Would definitely recommend to friends and family for special occasions!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This was the best. The food was so good my husband and I couldn't stop thinking about it the next day...I think he was dreaming of it."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Service is great. Plus the complimentary dessert for a special occasion was great. Never expect that so that was a surprise... Server is very tentative and helpful."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "It was my our honeymoon dinner and I mentioned that upon making our reservation. They gave us a fantastic seat, a free h'orderves and a free dessert! The service was amazing and the cocktails were delicious. The food was right on spot. We couldn't have asked for anything more. I highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Went for romantic dinner but the noise level was so loud it was hard to have a conversation , by the end of dinner I couldn't take it anymore. The food was good and the Bloody Mary was excellent."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Terrible meal from the appetizers to the entrees They get the high prices with inferior food"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "They serve incredible giant popovers which you cannot resist eating entirely. The portions are large and could be shared. In fact the loaded baked potato should be shared. Ordered a bone in rib eye which was flavorful and tender. If you are the type that get's embarrassed easily, don't order the mud pie because it makes a statement when it's served and everyone will look at it and who's going to eat it. I could be very happy just eating the popovers and mud pie and call it a night!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Great Service, The Entire Staff Was Extremely friendly. Great Spectacular San Diego Bay Views. Food was Delicious! Thank You for a wonderful night."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I have always had great experiences there. This is great too because of the parking."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Island Prime is always a special treat, whatever the occasion. I recently dined there with a group of friends for my birthday. One of the reasons I chose Island Prime is that I know the food is always outstanding, but more importantly, the service is always above par. This time was no exception; Marina is an outstanding server and made sure everyone in the group was attended to. Even with a vegan diner in the group, her service was impeccable and seamless. The wine list, the food, and the great service are always top notch at Island Prime!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I was with a group attending a FinishMaster and PPG Leadership Dinner from the Palm Springs area and the instructor and his wife from Atlanta, GA. The instructor and his wife who travel quit a bit remembered the table and seating we were at 2 years ago with my at that time 8 year old daughter. The high level of service, quality of the meals, and great suggestion on the wine made this a memorable event. They all will be back."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Ordered ribeye and scallops. Did not meet expectation."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Island Prime was not up to par Sat night, a little confusion with service we had 2 servers tell us the specials, not sure which one was our server or if it was a poor team effort. Food was great overall do not order the cauliflower fritters, they were awful and we sent them back, several tables were very loud so it was hard to have a nice conversation, it wasn't the me restaurant we have been to many times before."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "There wasn't anything that was served to us that I would have changed. The steaks were high quality and cooked perfectly. And watch out for the twice baked potatoes...they are ginormous and delicious!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014