The Lion's Share
The Lion's Share

The Lion's Share

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lionssharesd.com/
  • Phone: (619) 564-6924
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:

    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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: G Street
  • Public Transit: Located next to the Seaport Village Trolley Stop
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Most guests find it easier to park on G street or Pacific Highway.
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.

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
The Lion's Share reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (24)hot spot (18)late-night find (17)vibrant bar scene (14)romantic (7)notable wine list (5)good for groups (5)special occasion (5)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Best thing on the menu was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    Best 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:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great cocktails; fun atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    Visiting 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:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unsurpassed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    As 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I had a great
    volkster
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    My 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:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great character and nice people.
    LovesToEatSpicy
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Great character and nice people. Wonderful food too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had a really nice dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    I 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:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but overpriced.
    JBoyle
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    The 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Minimal words are needed to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    Minimal 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:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scrumptious Treats
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    I 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:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place was simply amazing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    This 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 stars
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my favorite places
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    One 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • this was a most enjoyable
    peggy
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    this 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:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The wait-staff was outstanding,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    The wait-staff was outstanding, professional and very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quite frankly it was the loudest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Quite frankly it was the loudest restaurant I have ever visited...conversation was impossible
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I was disappointed in the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    I was disappointed in the taste & quality of food. the atmosphere was wonderful & we had great service !
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • looking forward to trying
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/28/2013
    looking forward to trying additional cocktails and menu items
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you are a meat lover than
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    If you are a meat lover than this place is for you! Menu focuses on exotic meats and all are very good. Great food and very cool theme. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We dined at Lion's Share on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    We dined at Lion's Share on a Friday night and the place was really hopping! Initially lured in by the eclectic decor and tempted by a menu that featured unusual game, we enjoyed every minute of the vibrant experience. Not only is this a great place to spend an evening; it's great bar and inventive cocktail list invites one to drop in for a drink enroute to somewhere else as well. Our supper of game sausages and grilled octopus, followed by new to the menu entrees of kangaroo and rabbit were artfully cooked and generously served with seasonal vegetables. Add attentive service to the list of what makes a spot great, and you have an exceptional evening! Bravo
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Funky place - loved the art
    rick
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Funky place - loved the art on the walls. Excellent food. I can hightly recommend the duck meatballs
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • More of a bar with good bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    More of a bar with good bar food than a restaurant with a good bar. Makes sense?
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were a little disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/7/2013
    We were a little disappointed that the kitchen was out of two of the entrees on the menu. My friends wanted the Flat Iron Steak, and the Trout, and neither were available that evening. They both ended up with hamburgers, not quite the dining out experience we were looking for. They also don't serve coffee, tea, or Pelligrino, so my friend just drank water. The martini was very small as well. I think the concept was good, just not what we were looking for that evening.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it… And now I'm hooked.
    JC4Wine
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    If you're open to trying something new (and even if you're not) this place is a must-try. I recommend ordering a few starters and sharing mains so that you get to try everything, but that's just me. Also, if you're going to try the burger, go for it "Wild Style"!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    Menu was certainly unique and food was tasty. A great respite for the carnivor. Their signature cocktails menu has some unique combinations and they were expertly prepared. The Hunter Thompson is my new favorite!!! Atmosphere was great for an enjoyable evening of savoring food and good company. The only small critique from our visit was the service. It was a little inconsistent. Certainly will not keep me from going back or recommending to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lots of places try too hard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    Lots of places try too hard and fail in flames. Lion's Share shows how to craft excellent food and a wonderful experience with ease and simplicity. I live in NYC and will greatly miss having this great restaurant at hand. So those of you who are in SD get over to this tremendous establishment and enjoy some unique plates!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood meeting
    BuckVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    Great neighborhood meeting place! Recent changes to the menu are not particularly positive, and service this time was extremely patchy and slow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very High Quality Bar!
    Caitlin
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Love this place! Excellent drinks, and very very skilled bartenders! My whole family went a few days before Christmas fro drinks and bar food and we loved everything!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not your typical downtown scene
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    I only found out about this place through some contacts on Instagram and I'm so glad I did! I love this place and I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great unusual (in a good way) place
    RetiredeaterVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    Great unusual cocktails. Very good food and service. Seats a little uncomfortable. Loud, but I think that's what they're going for. Went with six friends and we really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise Is Not Ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 12/12/2012
    The food and service at this restaurant were very good and the offerings are unusual, with game like wild boar on the menu. The sausage platter was especially good. However, the evening was marred by a level of noise that made talking among our party of four nearly impossible. My ears were actually ringing by the end of the night.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and great drinks.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    Great food and great drinks. A perfect place for a fun date!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food & drink very good, as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    Food & drink very good, as usual. Have had better luck re preferred seating without reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food & service, too noisy
    JAS6
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    I have been to the Lion's Share previously and on this night the bar scene was overcrowded and very loud. Our table was right next to this area making conversation impossible and our view of butts as people smashed next to our table not a pleasing sight. The staff apologized as the scene was atypical and did provide a free dessert which was quite yummy (bread pudding). Overall the staff are wonderful and the food delicious, we just caught them on a bad night. Highly recommend the French Onion soup.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Won't go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    This place was LOUD, the stools were uncomfortable, the drinks small and the service spotty. And, it's expensive. I also had made a reservation and an hour before the reservation time, I received a voicemail telling me that if I didn't show up within the 15 minutes following the reservation time, the reservation would be given away. When we arrived, I expected the place to be packed, but there were empty tables. What's up with the attitude?
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If I could give ten stars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/22/2012
    If I could give ten stars for the service, I would. I met a business associate there for dinner and I don't know if I got lucky with the young lady that served us but seriously, she was witty, knowledgeable and made the experience an absolute pleasure. I hope the owner of the establishment realizes what a gem she is. The food was delicious, but again, the server explained the ingredients and delighted our table with every dish she presented with humor and grace. Thank you for a wonderful evening!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food. The Sausage
    Feastybeast
    Dined on 10/21/2012
    Amazing food. The Sausage Board, Chicken skins, Cheese Board and drinks are worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The antelope sliders were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    The antelope sliders were the star of the show. The game meat was definitely the star of the show, between the sliders and the sausage plate. Cheese plate and French onion soup were very good, although not as memorable as everything else. Cocktails were fantastic. Will go back to try wild boar ribs.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go for the drinks, dinner optional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/9/2012
    Food was good, but nothing that really stood out. The drinks were great, very creative and probably better than the food. I would recommend this place, but not for straight dinner, it would be perfect for a night to get drinks and a bite to eat with friends.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One the best spots in San
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    One the best spots in San Diego. Great food, different and unique.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I visited San
    JRreviews
    Dined on 9/16/2012
    My wife and I visited San Diego for her birthday, and I chose The Lion's Share based on previous good reviews. So glad we did! We started off with couple of excellent potent cocktails, (Monk's Gone Wild and the New York Sour), casting a pleasant glow over the noirish atmosphere (see their website artwork to give you an idea). We chose a few of the evening's specials: the grilled octopus with white bean and arugula (outstanding!) along with a dish of mixed olives, and for our main dishes, the Grilled Niman Ranch Hanger Steak and Grilled Local Fish - both tender and seasoned perfectly. Excellent wine selection as well, to accompany our main dishes. Service was friendly and attentive. Worth seeking out if you are in the area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The chef does a really outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2012
    The chef does a really outstanding job, but for a place that sells itself on having a wild game menu, there is very little wild game to be had. I mean really, they could at least have Bison in their burger instead of the usual beef. The waitress was probably hired to tend bar, as she had no idea what waiting on tables was about.
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    • Noise LevelModerate