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
328 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (290)special occasion (255)romantic (219)fit for foodies (113)notable wine list (104)good for groups (48)hot spot (46)neighborhood gem (36)vibrant bar scene (32)great for outdoor dining (27)great for lunch (15)late-night find (13)kid-friendly (11)great for brunch (11)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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    • 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