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Blue Wave Bar and Grill, San Diego, CA

Blue Wave Bar and Grill

4.1
4.1
205 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 6:30 am–12:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–5:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 223-2572
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Christopher Spayde
  • Catering
    For Inquiries, please call 619-222-0561 and ask for the Sales department.
  • Private party facilities
    Offering over 6,300 square feet of waterfront event space, The BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel can accommodate up to 200 people and provides the ideal setting for the perfect wedding or for your next group meeting, sports group, tour, conference, banquet or special event. In addition to our indoor facilities, our ample outdoor space encompasses lush courtyards and gardens, two pools and spectacular views of our private yacht marina.
  • Private party contact
    Andrea Davis or Jason Galvan: (619) 222-0561 ext. 306
  • Neighborhood
    Point Loma
  • Cross street
    Scott St.
  • Parking details
    Complimentary parking is available in the lot directly across the street from the Island Palms Hotel.
  • Entertainment
    Happy Hour is offered daily in the bar and bar patio from 4pm-7pm.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 205 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

205 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the seafood tower was good.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Both of us cleaned our plates! Very good food!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentines day

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  4. Caroline

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I was looking forward to a better dinner since it had been recommended by @SanDiegoMagazine and my expectations were higher. Food and service was ok but you could see it had been cooked hours ago and put under a heat light giving the sauce and meat a dry appearance. It wasn’t terrible but definitely not memorable

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  5. JohnR

    San Diego

    70 reviews

    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We’ve been here a few times and I’ve read many of the posted reviews. Most state similar stories, the views are great and the food is an excellent surprise! Great kitchen and staff helpful but at peak times service is slow and another server needed. But a good value if your willing to wait n use patcience.

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  6. DeniseH

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We stayed at the BW Island Palms for 3 nights. We were thankful that there was a restaurant on premise. My husband and I are not huge eaters, and often share meals. The one thing we didn’t like, was that there was a charge to split meals, if the kitchen divided. We said no, and we divided our own plates, N/C. The meal we had was delicious...Pork Shank, that was very tender. We also had drinks in the Bar area...lively upbeat. Overall a satisfying experience.

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  7. grampam916

    Sacramento

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had two reasons for choosing Blue Wave: location convenience as we were staying in the hotel, and fresh fish choices. Both of us ordered fish entrees (Sea Bass and Swordfish), and we were not disappointed. The fish was cooked just right—not overdone, and the respective sauces were great. The one odd thing for us was the absence of a host..for an upscale restaurant where we had reservations, it was strange to see a sign saying seat yourself and grab your own menu. The adjacent bar was pretty full and somewhat noisy but not overwhelming.

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  8. RobertK

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, Good service, reasonably priced. Open on major holidays with no buffet.

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  9. JenniferH

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoy eating there when we come down to vacation for a couple days. We get down there about 4 or 5 times a year and always eat breakfast every morning at the Blue Wave. We love the morning servers Jose and Roberto! Sometimes we eat there for dinner and enjoy the soft lights, glow from the pool and the twinkling lights on Point Loma across the water. We’ve come to know the staff at the hotel and restaurant very well. They are apart of the charm that keeps us coming back when we get to escape to Shelter Island.

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  10. shainh

    San Diego

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A nice facility. I had expected something a little fancier, upscale. The entrance and the restaurant were somewhat shabby, but the facility was clean and well maintained. We ate on the patio. The service and food were very good. It seemed to us to be a great place to hang out if you has a boat moored in the area.

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  11. Cher

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed happy hour before dinner . The appetizers, especially wings and chowder fries were delicious. It was very busy but the service was very good. Dinner was also very good. There was no hostess but you could tell everyone pitched in and there were no complaints about the service or the food. I already look forward to going there again.

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  12. vailsuz

    Denver

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was delicious. View great and service outstanding.

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  13. TraceyM

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Dined for our Anniversary. We sat on the patio, which was nice, although lacking in service. The wait staff was friendly, but seemed overall inattentive. The food on the other hand was very good...wedge salad, scallops, Hawaiian fried chicken, with sides of brussel sprouts and fingerling potatoes. The potatoes were a little bit of a downer, cooked well, but the duck fat preparation did not come across. My cocktail was strong, but to the point of being one note. Overall, a nice evening and Would go back.

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  14. DannetteM

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Don’t bother making a reservation. Made one on open table. Walked in no hostess, sign that said seat yourself. Really? After sitting down after about 10 minutes my husband had to get up and go in the bar to get someone to help us. Food was ok but not worth the prices. Another customer in the mean time was complaining to THEIR waitress about there food. I would not recommend.

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  15. dplocal

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent. But, service was terrible. Too bad for such an exquisite restaurant.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We decided to not keep our reservation. When we arrived there was no one to even check us in and the bar was over crowded and Extremely loud. There was a reunion taking place and the place seemed short handed. We would not recommend this place!

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  17. ockb

    Orange County

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Beautiful setting. Servers are great! Wish we lived closer to go more often!

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  18. Grumpyoldman

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We’ve eaten there before, and I wanted to try something new, the pan-fried Sea Bass. It was tasty, but I thought the Forest Medley underneath was not as good as others we have had in the past. My wife had the short ribs, but asked for the garlic mashed potatoes, in lieu of the cauliflower. Much better, but the ribs were kinda fatty. The clam chowder was tasty, as was the carrot cake, we shared for dessert.

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  19. Gatomum

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was mediocre at best. Items are either over cooked or under cooked. Service was good.

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  20. sharita

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brunch to celebrate graduation and new jobs. Great selection on the menu. Something for everyone.

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  21. JennyR

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The BWB AND G has a very comfortable yet classy atmosphere both inside and on their patio. The view of the harbor and city is quite nice. The service was very good, as the was the food and wine. I would definitely eat there again when in San Diego.

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  22. Suenose

    San Diego

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The view from the patio was lovely! The food was ok. The service was ok. The value wasn’t great. Not sure I will return. Plenty of other nice views with great food is available at other restaurants.

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  23. JoelD

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Drinks in bar were great! Unfortunately we went for happy hour and I did not realize my lemon drop wasn’t included, so had to pay full price. Lady at bar attentive Waitress on the patio was not Food was good Would go back but will definitely ask if my drink is included in happy hour

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  24. GeorgiaR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was amazing view, amazing food!Will be going back again & recommending to friends and family

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  25. Marie

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Fish was terrible as if old or going bad. chicken came slightly uncooked, fruit bowl had jalapeño in it. We showed it to the waitress and the hostess.

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  26. gustavoc

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Looking for a different restaurant, we found this very nice place with a very nice atmosphere, very quiet even though it was Friday. Great service, good food , good value!! We will come back soon!!🙏🏼🙏🏼

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  27. LynneH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Justine our server was very knowledgeable, and helpful with my husband who is blind!

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  28. ChrisS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good service and food. View of harbor was great

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  29. LanaG

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We used to come here a lot and haven't for awhile. We decided it was a nice day to go again. It took several minutes for the waiter to come to us and we had to remind him we had no water. Then I asked him for iced tea and again I had to ask twice. So we ordered and it took no exaggerating half an hour to get fish and chips, which were overcooked and dried out, and the fries were skinny obviously frozen ones. My husband had sea bass and it had a strange too spicy sauce. The prices are too high for the quality of the food. I asked for a refill on my iced tea and he brought me something that tasted like it had alcohol in it. He acted totally confused and brought my iced tea. Took a long time to get our bill and I did not leave any tip...worst service I've had in a long time, and you would think in a high end bistro like this the food, service and experience would be top notch. We will never go back and will tell others not to waste their time. Hate to see a previously good place go bad.

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  30. bonnieblue

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The outside patio was very nice for our gal pal lunch. The food was okay - weird chicken waldorf salad - thought it would have the chicken in it and a mayo dressing - no!! So a bit disappointing. The beet salad was nice with the shrimp and one of us had tacos - she did not say one way or the other. However, price okay and for the nice ambience with a view of the boats/dock it is worth the visit. No cost for parking either - nice!!

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  31. ockb

    Orange County

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful table at the window overlooking the marina activity. Food was good. Nice selection on menu. Service was good. Very happy with decision to eat there and will return in the future.

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  32. PamelaL

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant had several special events which left the dining room without enough wait staff. Drinks took 40 minutes, food was cold when it arrived. For a $300 dinner (with tip) I expect more.

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  33. ATBster

    San Diego

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great, really great service in an out-of-the way location that only locals know about. Situated on the water, without the hype of neighboring options. Wonderful food options, making it hard to choose once you've been several times. The bar is fantastic To date we've only tried dinner, but I understand that breakfast is good too. Later this week! Go, and enjoy!! ATBster

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  34. MickC

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Sat outside, initially we were by ourselves but it soon filled up. Our server was very pleasant but lacked (only slightly) in attentiveness. Apps were sub par. Crab cake was just a mush of the mix not a cake. Chowder was tasty (what isn’t when it has bacon in it!) but not quite thick enough. Entrées were very good and good respectively. Price point was spot on.

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  35. IllonaC

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our table was ready on time. We were seated by a window with a lovely view of the harbor. The drinks arrived promptly. Food was good, not exceptional. We would eat there again if we were staying at the hotel.

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  36. CalebG

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Mother’s Day. We sat on the patio which was very pretty on such a nice day. The family at the neighboring table had a few too many drinks and were incredibly loud which was nothing the restaurant could really help but took away from the day. Also the metal tables themselves on the patio are very loud. Any plates or cutlery that are on them are very clangy and loud especially when being bussed. Food was disappointing. Salad that sounded delicious on the menu came completely drowned in mayonnaise like dressing, not citrus vinaigrette that was listed and overdone rubbery shrimp. Rolls we had to request 3 separate times finally came and tasted stale and sad. Ordered the carrot cake and it came with several day old berries on the side and what tasted like a thawed from frozen little square bit of cake. Just a very disappointing experience. Will not be returning.

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  37. JackH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the last unknown gems on San Diego Bay. Good food, excellent service, reasonable prices in a quiet atmosphere and marvelous view. Did I miss anything?

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  38. SanDiegoGirl

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great view, service and food for a romantic dinner out before a Humphreys concert.

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  39. ShellyT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous setting, outstanding service, fair prices for the location and average food.

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  40. Foodie4two

    Seattle

    45 reviews

    1.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This restaurant is inside the Beat Western. That should have been enough said there. The service was awful there was a very loud group, having a good time, so I don’t fault them, but it detracted from the ambiance. The views were gorgeous and the food was outstanding. Outside would have been great if it would have been warm enough. They have big heaters, but the winds were cold. So... bottom line work on the service. Waited 15 minutes for our beverages when we were only people in restaurant, 20 more minutes for appetizer and then a full 40 minutes for food. Never saw server more than twice. Had to actually ask one of the other servers if he could get us more water and check on our food. His answer... “sure, she’s probably Making it now”.

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Blue Wave Bar and Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 223-2572.

Blue Wave Bar and Grill is rated 4.1 stars by 205 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Blue Wave Bar and Grill

2051 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Scott St.
  • Neighborhood
    Point Loma
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 6:30 am–12:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–5:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Complimentary parking is available in the lot directly across the street from the Island Palms Hotel.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Christopher Spayde
  • Entertainment
    Happy Hour is offered daily in the bar and bar patio from 4pm-7pm.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 223-2572
  • Catering
    For Inquiries, please call 619-222-0561 and ask for the Sales department.
  • Private party facilities
    Offering over 6,300 square feet of waterfront event space, The BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel can accommodate up to 200 people and provides the ideal setting for the perfect wedding or for your next group meeting, sports group, tour, conference, banquet or special event. In addition to our indoor facilities, our ample outdoor space encompasses lush courtyards and gardens, two pools and spectacular views of our private yacht marina.
  • Private party contact
    Andrea Davis or Jason Galvan: (619) 222-0561 ext. 306
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