The Lion's Share
629 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101Neighborhood:
Downtown / Gaslamp
Wild GamePrice: $30 and under
The Lion's Share
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.lionssharesd.com/
- Phone: 6195646924
- Hours of Operation:
Daily: 4:00pm - 2:00am
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Wild Game, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Chef Scott Mickelson
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
A word from The Lion's Share
In addition to modern American fare, The Lion's Share features exotic meats seldom found in other restaurants. The menu pairs well with an interesting wine list focused around small production wineries.Continued
Last, but not least, they offer hand-crafted cocktails considered amongst the best in the city in an eclectic atmosphere with a friendly staff.
Last, but not least, they offer hand-crafted cocktails considered amongst the best in the city in an eclectic atmosphere with a friendly staff.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
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The Lion's Share reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since May 24, 2014
- Ambiance4.4Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (25)fit for foodies (22)late-night find (16)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (12)romantic (9)special occasion (6)good for groups (5)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- Great food and cocktails butPembVIPDined on 11/30/2013Great food and cocktails but definitely a bit noisy (other guests / noise travels).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- More like a bar with foodTiflabrunoDined on 11/23/2013My drink was excellent *the Pepperdine*. The eggs were okay but had been chilled so long they had no flavor. The sausage trio was very good, the mussels were decent. It is very loud and very fun, but I would not recommend for a date or if you needed to have a conversation while you ate.Special Features:
- Unique menu, fun place.TasmanVIPDined on 11/22/2013Had a nice meal, not very large so Make a reservation!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lion's Share Does Not Disappoint92101CondoGuruDined on 11/15/2013Joined some friends for dinner on a Friday night. 4-top at 7PM. We got there early to enjoy some cocktails in the bar before dinner. Our table was ready right on time. We ordered the cheese board to share - fantastic. I had the frisee salad and the venison chili. Both were outstanding as was my wife's burger. Great wine and beer selection. Service was phenomenal. Go!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very disappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 11/12/2013Very disappointing restaurant, most of the "interesting" dishes that are on the online menu are not available in the restaurant. The few dishes (we tried the sausages) that are there do not taste like the "suggested" ingredients, and taste like regular supermarket sausages. The restaurant smells weird and service is horribly slow.
- Solid experience, novel menuFerBDined on 11/7/2013I was impressed by the execution of the dishes; not gimmicky despite the "exotic" meat take on classic items like a burger or steak.Venison tartare was fantastic. Good cocktails but limited wine choices, and even some listed were out. Friendly but professional service. I already recommended this place.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Plus!LakeviewNeighborVIPDined on 10/18/2013From looking at the menu, we just had to try The Lion's Share on our short San Diego trip and, boy, am I glad we did! It was the best meal we had in San Diego. Our server was attentive, informed and very courteous. The dishes were intriguing yet still accessible and were bursting with flavor. The cocktails were the best part -- the "Federal Buffalo Stamp" with bourbon, lemon, maple syrup and ginger was the stuff of dreams! This spot is a must for adventurous diners.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Love the GameDrewDined on 10/5/2013Love the game meat options but was bummed the Kangaroo wasnt available. The sausage sampler was amazing as was the venison tartare.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 9/6/2013Calling all adventurous meat eaters- you have arrived your destination. Enough said!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic Food!! New foodFun4FourDined on 9/1/2013Fantastic Food!! New food to try with amazing taste. Will definitely be back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- From the moment I walked invioletDined on 8/25/2013From the moment I walked in I was instantly welcomed and brought immediately to my reserved table. The waitress was nice, knowledgable, and paid close attention to detail! I was referred to this restaurant by a friend and she did not disappoint. We started off with cocktails and wine, everything was amazing! We tried a little bit of everything and wow! The bruschetta was unique and full of flavor, the meat selection was thoughfully put together, and some dishes can be made veggie...big deal in my book! The coolest part is that they were open and happy to the change I made to the tacos. All in all, not only will I be back but I have already recommended it to all my friends. Thanks for making my date night so special!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GrrrSammy00Dined on 8/7/2013Very trendy, hip vibe. Interesting menu options & delicious drinks!!! Definately worth trying!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unique place to go for a niceCitrusCilantroVIPDined on 8/3/2013Unique place to go for a nice dinner! We had the antelope sliders, sausage board and lamb tacos. All were great, but would have liked a few more options without meat. Also, they were out of at least 3 other things we tried to order.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- This restaurant offered aOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/2/2013This restaurant offered a great opportunity to taste game meats not regularly found on local menus. I had the kangaroo steak and it was wonderful. I used to live in Australia, so I know kangaroo and this was great. My teenage son loved his grass fed beef burger with boar bacon and my four year old loved her fresh pasta. Our only concern was the bar. We didn't realize that the bar was such a draw. Seated next to the patrons, it was difficult to carry on a conversation at our table. Next time, we'll ask for a table further away from the open bar. They do not have a separate kids menu, so be sure to ask if they can take something on the regular menu and alter it for the little ones. They had no problems accommodating us.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious drinks and odd artOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 6/27/2013It's just part of the charm of this place, the drinks were amazing, staff very gracious and the food was top notch ^^_Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent local findSigneDined on 6/20/2013I have wanted to go to the Lion's Share for a long time and finally got the opportunity. A wonderful experience all around. The food was delicious, the atmosphere very welcoming and the service was splendid. Our server was helpful in so many ways and suggested some terrific cocktail choices, asking what kind of drinks we liked, what kinds of ingredients appealed to us. I couldn't have been more impressed. The Lion's Share is truly a gem of a place. I'll be taking friends there in the future!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic As AlwaysRWAlfordVIPDined on 6/4/2013Having been here twice, I already knew exactly what to have a second time. Deviled Eggs are a must, Frog Legs are definitely a must, and this time I had the Kangaroo Loin since I loved the Kangaroo Tartar so much last time. Joey was great, professional, made few recommendations however since we already knew what we wanted and stated it right off the top. Everything was refilled and asked if we would like more drinks in a timely manner, and there was no issues with the timing of everything either. All in all a stellar experience for such a small place.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Too drafty... almost chilly.44MagDined on 5/29/2013Too drafty... almost chilly. The food was all tasty, the menu had some curious gaps (e.g. no coffee or tea). We were a bit early to comment on their list of "regulars"; but they clearly make their profit from the bar. And despite the fact there were almost no other customers, they'd rush to clear dishes... either attentive or as if to say "this is a drinking place, not a dining place to relax and visit... unless of course you're drinking" depending on your point of view. The kangaroo steak did look delish (I sadly didn't get to taste it) and to their great credit they refused to (over) cook it to the way my buddy originally requested it. (I respect that... if you want to resole your shoe with any leftovers, get a cheaper cut of meat.)Special Features:
- A taste of the wild sideMicheleDined on 5/18/2013We loved the kangaroo tartare and the lamb tacos were great. My husband said the mushrooms in the risotto were unusually flavorful. Our only regret was we didn't have room for dessert! Definitely next time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Carnivore HeavencerriseVIPDined on 5/18/2013The emphasis in this restaurant is exotic meats with veges definitely a side dish! We had antelope sliders; pheasant, duck and elk sausages; bison roast, a burger with wild boar bacon, and kangaroo tenderloin. All were great! Only downside is the lack of parking so expect a hike to the nearest parking meter unless you get very lucky on your arrival.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- PriceyJanelDined on 5/17/2013We just moved to the neighborhood and thought that this might be our "go to" place. We came in for apps, wine and dessert and it was well over $100! It was good, and it's close by, but I'm pretty sure that we won't be coming back soon. We could have a couple of nice dinners for the same price and not leave hungry.Special Features:
- Mother's Day BrunchOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 5/12/2013We enjoyed our experience at The Lion's Share on Mother's Day. I'd like to return when the menu isn't limited. The food was good as was the service.Special Features:
- fun adventurous dinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 5/4/2013This place is great had a wonderful dinner; frog legs, duck tongue tacos, Antelope sliders, caviar deviled eggs, and kangaroo tartar. Our server Jason was awesome and very knowledgeable. As a diner I appreciate all the details put into service and menu planning. Thanks for a fantastic meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very unique menu.WorldtasterDined on 5/1/2013Fun, out of the way place. The menu has some incredible dishes that we had never seen before. Fun crowd. Not a table cloth and candle place. More an out-of-the-way experience just six block away from Gas Lamp District, but yet seats alone with nothing else around. Opened late !!! Good parking available. We parked just right in front of it. For sure go check it out.Special Features:
- Game on!ElisabethDined on 5/1/2013The Lion's Share has a great cocktail menu, mostly rum-based, and both the cocktails we ordered were delicious. The food offerings are mostly game and unusual: deviled eggs with quail confit ( divine!), frog's legs, antelope sliders, kangaroo tartare (we tried this one - and enjoyed it!), and a wonderful beef burger with boar bacon and fried egg. Great food experience. The restaurant is dark and wooden, with garish paintings on the wall and mounted animal heads displayed. An upscale hunting lodge, I think. A great joint to try for the carnivorous!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The service at the Lion'sOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 4/27/2013The service at the Lion's Share was really nice. Everyone was friendly and helpful. The food was unique and tasty. I liked the music playing in the background and the decor in the eating area. I will be back!Special Features:
- Food and service were excellent!OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 4/26/2013Food and service were excellent! Dessert was the onlyDisappointment after such a deliois meal! Wild definitely Go back !Special Features:
- I'll be back.OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 4/26/2013Absolutely loved the chef's prep of such exotic meats. Joey was an awesome server. Had the Kangaroo tartare and loved the shredded shallots with green apple side. The wild boar meatloaf was OK. Wine list was nice.Special Features:
- Best thing on the menu wasOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 4/18/2013Best thing on the menu was a cocktail borrowed from another restaurant. Food was underwhelming. Our waitress was super friendly and nice. Went on our date night and wished we had picked another spot.Special Features:
- Great cocktails; fun atmosphereOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 4/12/2013Visiting San Diego for a convention, and wanted to try something unusual. The Lion's Share fit the bill for that. The decor is dark and interesting, the artwork on the walls definitely conversation-worthy. The cocktail menu is a fun read, and the ones that we tried were delicious. I'm not really the target audience for this place, since I don't eat red meat. The frog's legs were interesting, but way too salty. The salad was wonderful - I think they used almond oil in the vinaigrette, which enhanced the nuts in the salad, and was just yummy! My companion had a wild boar special, which he raved over, even though he ordered it medium-well and the meat was nowhere near cooked that much (quite red in the middle).Special Features:
- Unsurpassed!OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 4/3/2013As a seasoned traveler and a person who has had the fortune of dining in many of the best US restaurants this was one of the best meals I've ever had. If you're looking for a stuffy boring steakhouse this may not be your place but if you're a foodie and are looking for one of the best meals of your life from a brilliant chef with excellent cocktails a cool decor and a staff that is extremely knowledgeable friendly and helpful look no further.Special Features:
- My wife and I had a greatvolksterDined on 3/30/2013My wife and I had a great time at the Lion's Share and the food was great. Not a big place so make sure to get reservations.Special Features:
- Great character and nice people.LovesToEatSpicyDined on 3/22/2013Great character and nice people. Wonderful food too!Special Features:
- I had a really nice dinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 3/17/2013I had a really nice dinner at The Lion's Share. I had the deviled eggs to start. They are very creative and flavorful. Also had the kangaroo tartare, which was my favorite dish. It comes with an egg yolk and some crispy greens which complement the kangaroo well. For dessert, I had the goat cheese and vanilla mousse. It's light and sweet, with only a hint of goat cheese tang. The waitstaff had good recommendations and were very attentive. I would definitely recommend this place.Special Features:
- Good food but overpriced.JBoyleDined on 3/17/2013The quality of the food was good but the price point for what was served was quite high. Also, I know the restaurant prides itself on cocktails, and specifically craft cocktails, but when I order a Martini, serve it in a Martini glass, not a tiny 1920's champagne glass.
- Minimal words are needed toOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 3/14/2013Minimal words are needed to describe Lionshare..OUTSTANDING! I am a foodie myself and it was without a doubt one of the best meals (and cocktails) I have had! I am such a fan and cannot wait to go back! Get couragous and try as much as you can. YUM!Special Features:
- Scrumptious TreatsOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 3/8/2013I came here for birthday dinner with my boyfriend who flew in the night before from England to surprise me. I had only been here once before for drinks and appetizers but had been wanting to come back for quite some time. The decor is very cool and fun. I think they need some more soft surfaces though, as it was pretty noisy in there. I'm glad it was busy though, because the previous time I was there, it was fairly new and much quieter. It is nice to see the place is doing well. Our drinks were SO tasty. We each had something off their cocktail list and they were very well crafted. I had the lamb bolognese for dinner and it was a greet treat. It was very rich and flavorful. Definitely go for drinks or dinner soon!Special Features:
- This place was simply amazing.OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 3/6/2013This place was simply amazing. A true hidden gem in San Diego. The atmosphere and decor have a steam punk-ish type vibe with artwork on the walls dominated by animal hybrids. The food was immaculate and cocktail list was great too. Recommend to everybody 5/5 starsSpecial Features:
- One of my favorite placesOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 3/6/2013One of my favorite places in San Diego as it reminds me of Brooklyn, my hometown. Food and customer service is always fantastic. We were asked if we minded moving a few tables down after sitting down because our party size changed and another group got bigger. The hostess and server were so thankful and nice about it even though we didn't mind at all, a testament to how great they are to patrons. Our server Taylor was super helpful recommending food and drinks.Special Features:
- this was a most enjoyablepeggyDined on 3/2/2013this was a most enjoyable experience! the crowd was young, the food/drinks interesting and tasty. definitly the hot spot to be if you want to try something different! seating is limited so it may not be the place for a large party but it would be a fun "gathering" location. service was excellent for this service snob!Special Features: