Brigantine Escondido

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$30 and under
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Seafood
A San Diego tradition since 1969, the Brigantine has received many accolades in our 40+ year history: "BEST SEAFOOD", "BEST CASUAL SEAFOOD", "BEST HAPPY HOUR", and even "BEST SWORDFISH IN THE WORLD", according to USA Today - just to name a few.



Well-known for our signature Clam Chowder, Grilled Swordfish, and Crème Brûlée, the Brigantine is a favorite among locals for consistently fresh seafood, succulent steaks and grilled meats.



Located near the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, the Brigantine features fireside seating in a casual dining room, and in the adjacent lounge. Outdoor dining is available on one of our intimate patios, which include both fireplace and water features.



Private dining is available.



The Escondido Brigantine serves dinner 7 nights a week, and lunch Monday-Saturday. Join us for our signature Happy Hour.
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S
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had swordfish with rice and vegetables. The vegetables were hard as rocks. We had to ask for bread and they never asked if we wanted refills of water.

K
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our waitress Melissa was fabulous!! Very patient taking many photos of our group and very attentive

RC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Christy, was fabulous as was the food. We were very happy with our overall dining experience and will be back again soon.

LL
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Usually I love going to the Brigantine, one of the best restaurants in Escondido. This time the food was disappointing. Don’t order the vegetarian curry, it’s not very good, and certainly not a curry. Scallops also were disappointing, not as described in the menu. I should’ve ordered a more reliable entrée like the swordfish. However the atmosphere is nice, and the service was good too.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food was really mediocre. Veggies were undercooked, mashed potatoes a bit watery.

F
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful experience. The wait staff was attentive even though the restaurant became busier and busier. We were seated quickly. Our various orders were taken promptly. Food delivery was reasonable and the food quality and temperature was right on. Kelly, our server, did a great job. Even when the restaurant became quite busy over time, she checked on us from time to time. We did think the restaurant could have used another server in our dinner area when business became hectic, but Kelly worked hard to be pleasant and attentive.

JD
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Andy was a great server. The seating was comfortable. The reasturant decor is fresh and modern with a slight nautical theme.

L
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice spot, food is generally tasty. Love the outdoor patio! Tonight are vegetables were served nearly raw. I need Brigantine to either serve their vegetables with a steak knife or cook them more. Butter knife can't cut through!

SC
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

f
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Other than the peppercorns on the two filet minion dinners, everything was perfect! Great food, great service, great place to eat!

S
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. They have the best spinach salad around.

LC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good evening overall

OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had the Mahi Mahi with macadamia crust. It was bland. We also the scallops which for three pieces was not worth the price. The y charged a 4% surcharge for something the server couldn’t really explain so just be aware.
The only food I liked was the creme brûlée and it was nice that they gave a free dessert because it was a birthday celebration.

OT
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at very reasonable prices. Highly recommended for any of their locations.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing! I had the macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi. It was delicious. Our waitress didn’t check on us until the end of our meal. So I would say the only negative is that the service could have been better.

B
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I would have given 5 stars for everything but the lobster tacos had fish tempura and not lobster. Otherwise everything else was great. Especially Spencer our waiter

l
San Diego
121 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brigantine gives you a free mud pie and $15 off your meal for your birthday. Sign up today! The food was excellent and the service was great. It is a bit noisy, though..

W
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

One of the salads served had very little dressing on it. Slow to bring check.

SA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We had a 2 o’clock Sunday reservation. We did not realize that their brunch menu ended at 2:30. Our chicken and waffles were cold as well as both of our brunches potatoes were obviously cooked earlier in the day and served to us cold. I will say the special mahi-mahi that my son had was amazing. Don’t go to this restaurant right before their brunch ends. You will get cold, old food.

DT
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We have been here many times. This visit was on the patio and that is why I rated it quiet. The main dining room also has a low noise level. The bar area is noisy like any other restaurant but fine for Happy Hour visits. The food is normally very good and well prepared. Two of us had blackened halibut and it was a wimpy as far as the blackened flavor goes. It also had a weird sauce on it. The other meals were very nice. We like this restaurant and will continue to go to it.

ER
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I ordered the house special and it was very expensive for the portion you get. The seafood was good but not served hot. No salad or soup comes with a $32.00 meal! The bread was not good quality - too airy and light like sliced white bread. Had to keep asking for more because they hardly give you any for 4 ppl. 4% surcharge for "increased costs"? The high priced meals don't already cover that? Unfortunate that you can't get a good seafood dinner here without paying over $50.00. Service was mediocre and very warm where we sat.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Brigantine is beautifully redone inside. The food is delicious and the service is excellent. It is a great for getting together with friends or special family occasions.

OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with daughter in town for business! Last night before going back home.
Excellent food and service!

S
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner for my sister. We both had Catch of the Day featuring swordfish. House salad, main course and desert all delicious. Swordfish beyond delectable. Our server Melissa was delightful - ready smile, efficient, responsive. Will return soon.

DA
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We hardly ever come to Brigantine, not sure why, it just isn't in our list of usual options. We came on a fundraising night and the parking lot was absolutely full, had to park by the grocery store. We waited about 5 minutes to check in while other parties in front of us were seated, no big deal. The table we got was very comfy, benches on each side with plenty of room to adjust the distance to the table, view of the outdoor patio seating. I really love squaw bread and theirs was kind of meh, dried out. The white bread was also less then stellar. The clam chowder was great though, and the house salad was pretty tasty although a bit oily. I had a hard time deciding what to have for dinner, lots looked good. Everyone enjoyed their entrees very much (fish and chips, macadamia crusted mahi mahi and swordfish), although a little on the pricey side. The Parmesan risotto I had as a side was great. No room for dessert so I can't speak to those. The bar was crazy busy with lots of large groups enjoying the bar menu, I've heard the fish tacos on there are amazing.

NW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would absolutely recommend Brigantine to a friend! Great food, good atmosphere, helpful waitstaff... Overall, a wonderful evening.

A
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to the Del Mar location multiple times and this location was just as good. I had had Scallops and my bf has fish and chips. Both amazing. Our server was also attentive and friendly!

CH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It's okay. Nothing spectacular. It's clean and ambiance is nice.

TT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with the 🦀 and 🍤 fondue, (its actually a dip with toasted bruschetta) my husband and I devoured it with delight. I ordered the 🦀 stuffed 🍤 wrapped with 🥓. The bacon was crisp and flavorful the shrimp was cooked perfectly and there was plenty of crab stuffing, 5 stars plus. My husband ordered the salmon and unfortunately it was lacking in flavor so only a 3 star on that.

We will def be back.

TT
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I met a colleague at Brigantine for dinner. The food was good. It was warm, not piping hot. I don't want to burn my mouth but I was surprised that it wasn't hot. The portions were excellent and the service was good. The basket of bread was super---bad for my hips---but tasty and soft/fresh. I visit Brigantines fairly routinely. So the food warmth item is not a concern for me. It was still warm and I ate all of it!

2
Milwaukee
104 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another pleasant meal without hoopla. Just good!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good and plentiful for the price. Service and waitress was outstanding. Will return.

r
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brigantine is a frequent visit for us, We always enjoy the varied menu and the attentive service (tonight it was Jose)z

P
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was "fair", bar area noisy, and service was slow. However, the big negative with this restaurant was the 4% surcharge to your bill to help them with rising costs.

AL
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was good and service and wait staff were excellent and friendly.
Nice environment, however, seems like we were bumped from our Reserved indoor garden view table to the bar area due to a larger party with only 1 hour's notice. Although outdoor garden table we ended up choosing since the bar was too dark, was nice, it was too hot and no fans were supplied.

PH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had my favorite dish, Macadamian Crusted Mahi Mahi. The fish was exceptional as always. It came with seasonal vegetables, which I normally like, they were a bit undercooked for my taste. Next time I will ask for them to be well done.

f
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. We sat on the patio ... it was lovely!

DW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service outstanding. Nose level too high. Maybe we'll try outdoors next time.

e
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two of us went for Saturday lunch. OpenTable informed me that only the oyster bar and outside patios are open on Saturday, before the dinner hour. We were seated at 11:30 in the oyster bar, and with the new remodel that I hadn't seen before, it was perfect. We had one of the best servers - ever. Two lobster/crab cobb salads were perfect for the hot Escondido afternoon....another enjoyable meal at the Brig. Thanks!

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The staff were very nice, but I expected a better dish than what we paid for. I keep trying a new dish and get disappointed each time. My mother had the mahi mahi with risotto and I had the burger, the only thing that we liked the most was the French fries and dessert.

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