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
310 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (277)special occasion (246)romantic (204)fit for foodies (107)notable wine list (97)good for groups (45)hot spot (45)neighborhood gem (32)vibrant bar scene (29)great for outdoor dining (26)late-night find (14)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (12)great for lunch (9)Show More
  • beautiful harbor view
    Powayfoodie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Had their Sunset Menu, the popover bread is excellent, the steak was great and dessert (trio of creme brulee) is good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Timer
    Vazquezdianna
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was wonderful as always
    Tracey
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good but.....
    Diner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Magnificent
    TAG1
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding experience. Going Back
    TudTat
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SERVICE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service issue
    12ManyVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic dining
    Copaco411
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We had a beautiful view of the sunset and the San Diego skyline. The food was excellent with ample portions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mrs
    imkatwalk
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as Always
    Potsie
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful view & atmosphere
    Angela
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Intimate Setting!
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing view!
    Homer
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is Island Prime past its prime?
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing popovers and a great view
    Kendra
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go early and enjoy C-Level
    SDdining19
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    TJMC
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    xlaurenamandax
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place for date night
    date
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maitra d snob
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
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  • Disappointing Experience
    Underwhelmed
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Evening and Wonderful Food
    Funevening
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was delectable.
    Tychoblu
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful view, terrible food
    couldnoteat
    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!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great views, So-So food
    Sandisandiego
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Combinations
    MarkP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must experience!
    Nancy
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    First and foremost, the amazing scenic view, followed up by the most incredible meal. Every bite was delicious and savored.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service Lacking
    JPKP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful & delicious!
    Fabulousfoodies
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, indifferent service
    AlanR
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Service Bad Food
    Local
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    Robin
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    So many service people, but not the best service. Ask for butter for bread, never got it. Salad came after the main course, sent it back. The scallops were cold, should have kept the salad and sent back the scallops. Dinner was over in less than one hour and they were seating the next table. Had to take a taxi to and back from hotel, next time do Anthony's.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Won't Disappoint
    MrsC
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I asked for a romantic table with a view for my 25th anniversary. We were seated on time at a perfect spot and received fantastic service. The drinks and food could not have been better and the price was very reasonable. We couldn't have been more pleased with out evening!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good meal, lost my sunglasses
    Tryanythingfood
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We started off with the shrimp cockstail and oysters. They were fresh. We all got steak, I had the bone in filet and lobster special. Wish the restaurant would go from wet aged to dry aged. The food was cooked perfectly. The macaroni and cheese is a must try side. Large enough for a table of 4.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Special
    BigTeg
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I love this place and was bringing someone for their first time. They hit everything right this night and did not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A classy steakhouse
    drretire
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Can you imagine eating a steak, etc and also being located on San Diego Bay watching the boats go by. This is what you get at Island Prime Steakhouse. My wife and I shared a wedge salad (plenty large) and then she had a NY Strip and I have Rack of Lamb. Add some sides and this is a perfect meal for Fathers Day. Melissa, our waitress could not have been better. She is a darling of a person, plus being totally knowledgable. She, and the rest of the equally great staff, made the evening priceless. I highly recommend this restaurant for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great time
    lovedit
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Enjoyed a beautiful veiw and had great food. The prices were reasonable for the portions and although fancy it was still very much kid friendly.
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    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We've been here before and couldn't wait to get back. This visit was for our anniversary. We had the 5 course meal with wine pairings and everything was superb! I've already recommended this to others and we're making plans to come back. The benefit of being local is we can go often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.