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
305 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 (261)special occasion (237)romantic (206)fit for foodies (103)notable wine list (99)good for groups (49)hot spot (40)vibrant bar scene (31)neighborhood gem (30)great for outdoor dining (26)late-night find (14)great for lunch (13)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (8)Show More
  • Consistently good
    JustWantToShare
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My husband had requested to go to Island Prime for his 60th birthday. It was on a Tuesday night so I didn't think that making a reservation would be a problem. I found out that there were no 730 reservatios so we chose 745. He had requested a window seat when we booked and stated that it was his 60th birthday. When we arrived we found that the we had to wait for the window seat, which is well worth the wait. What a surprise for a Tuesday night. The staff said they are fully booked every evening during the summer. My husband was greeted with a happy birthday from several staff members and he was treated to a lovely dessert at the end of the evening. We have been to Island Prime many times and the food is consistently good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romance...but NOT on a budget.
    RomanceOnABudget
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Perfect evening to celebrate an anniversary. Romantic view by the window and a special complimentary anniversary dessert made for an excellent touch! Food was delicious, but very pricey. We ordered off the somewhat affordable 3-course Sunset Dining Menu - I had the lobster bisque & filet mignon, and my girlfriend had the tenderloin carpaccio & salmon, then we shared the creme brulee. They were all more than satisfactory, but the cost of the meal came out to over $80 - the sheer food quality seemed a little closer to $60 in my opinion. I justified it by telling myself I was paying for the bay view and the classy steakhouse ambiance...which WAS all it's made out to be on these reviews!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Evening
    careski
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Had another amazing meal at Island Prime!! The escargot was excellent, has was the shrimp cocktail. Wasn't a fan of the oyster rockefeller, seemed dry. Best crab legs I've have had in awhile and everyone really enjoyed their meal and our evening. Staff was slow at the start to get us our cocktails and the bread, but once they caught up with the rush, all went well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super moon dinner
    HmmmmnVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Everything was great. We had one of only a handful off window tables to see the super moon Come up. Be aware the less expensive partner C level actually has the better views of the city and moon rising.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food that night 8-10-14
    asianwhitemixed
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My boyfriend and I go to this restaurant a couple of times. That night, he ordered a prime steak and the meat did not taste good at all. It tasted like it was a bad meat. Everything else was good. But we got that taken off of our bill. I just wanted to let you know about this. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ocean view
    DMoney
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had a window table and the view was just spectacular. The water, boats, jet ski's looked all so fun.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yo, over here!
    crgfan
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I'm a big fan of the Cohn Restaurant Group. The service is usually great in any of their restaurants. They really run a tight ship. This time, though, our server left us alone for about 15 minutes before we had anything to eat... bread or whatever. But once he appeared out of the shadows, he picked up on our disappointment and got things moving. The food was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Table with a view
    shoppermama
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Requested a table with a view and was seated at a great corner table next to the window! Perfect for my out-of-town guest. Crab legs were served with tons of melted butter and the Sea Bass was done to perfection. Wine list was on an ipad!!! Great way to scan for the perfect bottle. We will return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eh
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Not impressed. So I've eaten at almost all of the Cohn Restaurant venues - usually a big fan. My first time to Island Prime on 8/9/14 - reservations at 5 pm so got a nice window table. Waiter initially was great - attentive and informative - but later distracted and forgotten due to patrons at next table talking him up regarding the wine they brought in and woman at the table sending back food items to the kitchen. At any rate, the martinis were diluted to the point of virgin drinks, the appetizers were so-so (do not order the study in lobster), and my pork chop entree was eh. The actual pork chop was almost well done although I ordered it medium and the sauce was bitter. Blue Pointe is a much better choice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jillian2
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We enjoyed island Prime very much! It was our 61st. Anniversary and my husbands 86th. birthday! They gave us an excellent table for the 6 of us with a view that was fantastic! Our server and the food were excellent! We have been to Island Prime several times before and will look forward to going back again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice setting
    scottsdaleRon
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Overlooking the water in San Diego Bay is tough to beat - the food was very good but not more so than other fine dinning restaurants in the San Diego area - but, all-in-all a very fine dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excelent food
    Paola
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Everything taste delicious, awsome view, extensive menu and good waiters attention.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant
    Valiente
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinnerontime
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Had our first date at Rubins 34 years ago so it has always been a special place for us. Now that we live in Phoenix, don't get there often. This evening was very crowded waiting in the bar but folks were friendly and accommodating. The first bottle of wine we opened was not to our liking ( still think it was corked) and two different foods had to be sent back because not what was ordered. They did bring us a free, lovely dessert to " make up" for it. The issues were all handled well. Our evening was still lovely and we will come back. Just not the usual exceptional dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great birthday celebration
    Mkmoores
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I took my husband here for his birthday and what a treat! We had a wonderful window table overlooking the bay and the view was breathtaking! My son and husband both had the filet mingnon and were in heaven! I had the salmon and it was terrific. Our waitress was very attentive and brought out a birthday treat for my husband. The entire experience was wonderful and we will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been a great view
    KmacVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were seated at the table farthest from the window in a dark corner near the kitchen (we requested a table with a view when making our reservation and there were empty window tables that seemed to be available). Due to our table location we were not able to enjoy the view. The food was good, but not great. In addition to our waiter, the manager stopped at our table to ask how our food was at least 4 times. It was at the point of being very disruptive to what we had hoped to be a romantic anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Luvbeingdad
    Luvbeingdad
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great environment and spectacular views. The service was great. They were responsive without being invasive. Half of our party was 45 minutes late so we had appitisers and wine while we waited and the the waiter never rushed us. The food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a special occasion
    hiker
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Had our 26th anniversary here. Requested a window seat through Open Table, which was provided. View of the harbor was beautiful. Food selection was excellent. I had Ahi and my wife had steak. Both were great. Portions generous enough to take us through dinner at home the next night. Recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys fine dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sister's Birthday
    SDFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Celebrated another special event at IP. Sister's first time there and she was very impressed. The day was clear and the views of the bay, downtown, North Island are unparalleled. We enjoyed watching the boats sail back and forth. Our service from Diego was friendly and professional. He anticipated our every need. We never felt rushed and food courses were perfectly spaced. The filet trios are always a hit with my family but we also enjoyed the ahi & crab cake starters along with the mixed green & chopped salad. Of course we had to sample the lobster bisque. The evening ended perfectly with a trio of sorbets, each of us loving the nuances whether it be the tequila & orange, or Ginger, or the Hibiscus and cayenne. Delightful meal! Thanx IP
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Open Table Scored!
    zona37
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    While en route, checked with Open Table to see times available. Only two choices: 5:45 PM and 9:30 PM (on a Monday night!). Selected the 5:45, arrived slightly early and were directed through the groups clustered ( and presumably waiting?) outside the entry door. We were given a buzzer, had just occupied seats when we were summoned to an excellent view table. Service and quality impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant
    AnnieOOO
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great experience, the food, drinks, and service were outstanding. This is a return visit to this beautiful restaurant and the high standards remained the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Favorite
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Me & my boyfriend loved it. We especially loved the delicious bread they served, we even got some to go!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    KittyVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food is fine but not great. The shrimp cocktail is great bu the crusted ahi and prime rib are just ok. The view is lovely. There are better places to try first...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Food
    Kenneth
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food is incredible, no doubt. Its a bit pricy but you are paying for the location, ambiance, and quality of food. Definitely a great place to take a special someone if you do not mind spending at least $100 for two.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whiskey1
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great view great drinks great food! Skip the Mac n cheese, always dry. Unless you drown it in sauce before it goes in the oven it'll always happen. Crabcake was forgettable (a drizzle of two sauces, while great, weren't enough) not a fan of backfin, lemon would've been appropriate also. Scallops and the trio were amazing. Dessert, perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    loved the location, view, and service. The food was amazing as well! I would definitely go there again. Dress attire ranged from dressy to casual
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Date night
    MickyMic
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We were looking for a nice restaurant with great food and awesome view. We found it! Island Prime has great cocktails, their ahi appetizer was delicious. The filet was amazing as well as the crab legs. Service was great and the view of the bay was beautiful.
    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.
  • Special occasion
    LuvagoodmealVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    What a perfect spot to impress my out of town guests and to celebrate a birthday! The ambience was perfect. They were so impressed with the view, the food was perfect and our service was outstanding. Our waiter, Diego was genuine, had a great attention to detail, made sure our water glasses were never half full, our beverages of choice were replenished and anything we needed was taken care of. We've often been to Chef Deborah Scott's restaurants and have had one superb meal after another. This was no different!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary
    Gr8tnt
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The location & view were fantastic. Our waiter was not the most attentive. The food was good. For the price I expected something special but it was typical for this price restaurant. So I would recommend it for a special occasion not your everyday restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for dinner!
    Foodlover1
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Everything from the service to the food was delicious. I highly recommend the pork chop!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kneesitch
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food was good, Fr. fries were not up to par, needs improvement.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable birthday dinner
    FR2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Amazing view over the water of downtown San Diego and our dining experience was made especially memorable by the amazing staff at Island Prime who went above and beyond. The portions (especially the sides) are quite generous so bring an appetite! We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food & Service
    FoodieHunters
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    One of the best locations in San Diego Bay! The food was great and the wait staff attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • less than impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
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  • Amazing restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic view!
    YumYum
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • INCREDIBLE!
    KCalVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Island (Almost) Prime
    geofoodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.