Brigantine Escondido

4.5
1233 Reviews
$30 and under
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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LizS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful salad, patio was pleasant, service was very good.

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LauraR
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Brigantine has two lovely patios, one off the dining room and the other off the bar. Service is polite, approachable, and efficient. The food is very well prepared and very tasty.

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vipcalviCQ
San Diego
58 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Brigantine and frequent there often. However, I would have given them all 5 starts if we could have sat outside. When we made our reservation through Open Table we requested outside ... when we got there we were told that it was full outside. Since we love eating here we sat inside and have an enjoyable time but would have preferred outside. Quite noisy inside.

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JackA
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service; good food & a full, happy place

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had reservations for outdoor but when we arrived they gave us an excuse that OpenTable doesn’t notify them and that the outdoor tables were already reserved. The hostess walked us to an indoor table and as we looked outside, it was mostly empty. We decided to politely leave. As we left the entrance door, we overheard another hostess mention to incoming guests that there were outdoor tables available if they wanted them. We didn’t feel accommodated for the error and didn’t feel welcomed.

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LisaC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was super nice. All of the staff was very friendly and attentive to our groups needs.

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RogerM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was first time at Brigantine and it was a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and the staff and atmosphere was a pleasure to be in. We will most certainly recommend it and be back ourselves.

JB
JohnB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Brig is our go to restaurant for over forty years. Thank you for making our 56 anniversary special.

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TrudiK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Food was good, the only reason I marked a 4/5 was because my fish had bones in it. Nice place. Wish the location was a bit nicer, not so close to the gas station.

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ManaKai
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice patio experience. We all had different seafood entrees and were very happy with our choices. Service was great and we weren't rushed but at the same time it was attentive. Made for a pleasant evening with friends.

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Birdy
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I enjoy The Brigantine, however I don't think I would have breakfast there again. Stick to what they are known for - seafood.

DJ
DeeJ
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a good meal at the Brig. Try the calamari sticks for an appetizer....the best in town!

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JudithE
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service left a lot to be desired! Drinks delivered without napkin underneath so moisture became an issue. The napkins were brought one at a time?!?!?
Drink (vodka tonic) delivered minus the vodka....server apologized as she ‘forgot’ to write order correctly!?!?
When separate bills presented for 3 ladies, drinks and meal orders all mixed up....had to redo all the bills.
My hope is the waitress was new and will improve....otherwise hope I never get this absent minded waitress again!

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VictorG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still an outstanding place for a really good dinner.

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Scurvy
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The Mahi Mahi was very good as was the risotto that came with it.. The service was excellent and the noise level was low. My only complaint was that the vegetables weren't cooked. They were so tough that I couldn't cut them even with a knife. I know that the current trend is to cook al dente, but this wasn't even close to that. My husband had the halibut and his asparagus was fine. Overall the food was very good, except for the mixed vegetables.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Enjoyed our meal.

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RubenG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the food at Brigantine. All servers were super focused on creating a great dining experience. Highly recommend.

JB
vipJosephB
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food
Great service
Nice ambiance

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JulieS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fish tacos were awesome as always but they took them off happy hour menu now :(

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Oyster Rockefeller were great!

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MarshaS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day lunch

JP
vipJohnP
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brig is always a strong go to. I sense the worker shortage from Government subsidies in wait staff, but we are grateful to be out and enjoying FREEDOM.

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melissah
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was good the wait was long to get our food and to get our check took 30 minutes

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vipSusan1484
San Diego
297 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Trying to support our local restaurants who are attempting to be creative and resilient in these hard times. Indoor dining is now closed down again . . . patio dining is fine but when the temps are 93 to 100 degrees it makes for some uncomfortable seating. Not the restaurant's fault. Menu was limited to the bar menu, not a lot of privacy on the patio seating areas. But food was good. Service was excellent and I will continue to support this spot all I can to help them stay open

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RaymondY
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reservation was for the patio but it was missed. Was seated in the bar patio which worked out great. We were not in a hurry and the patio at no time was full. The waitress served us well not being in a hurry she did not rush us either. Food as always was delicious. There was just a bit of noise from the street on occasion again not an issue.

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vipHectorH
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Whenever we stay in Escondido (we have a time share) we always make time to have dinner at The Brigantine. We've been coming here for years and always have a great meal. This year we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary and were given a slice of their delicious Mud Pie!

Thank you Brigantine for always feeding us right!

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vipMary
San Diego
113 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice restaurant primarily for fish entrees. Well prepared. Very good service.

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lovegreatfood
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Asst waiter had mask below his nose standing 18" away from me, I am an older person, first time to a restaurant since March. I now checked with San Diego county which requires servers to cover mouth and nose. I will not consider returning for a bit. Food was average, mine small portions.

JB
JimB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Manager was a bit rude. Server was great although she had too many people to attend to to stay on top of our table with our needs.
Not the same as before in prior visits. Food was ok. Not thrilled with the lobster. Will stick with Red Lobster for that. Steak was ok. Calamari like usual was great, as well as the clam chowder.

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specialplaces
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding seafood... wonderful relaxing atmosphere.

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Neal
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A very good meal and service was great. Good social distancing and care.

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SDIslander1
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lobster was great, just a little under-cooked.
Calamari was great.
Burgers were great.

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MusicProducer
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I know you are a seafood restaurant, but your steaks are to die for. The ribeye was excellent.

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vipDinner
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First dinning out experience since covid restrictions lifted . Appreciated the many safety practices implemented, enforced and followed . Felt they really cared about ensuring we had a comfortable and SAFE experience. Will return .

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RandyW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a good dinner here!! So glad you are back open!

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love2eatout
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I had the Sand Dabs and they were great as usual. Of course, it was not crowded and the waiter was great too.

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CathyG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As always, the food was very good at the Brig. They did not have any specials, but hopefully that will come soon, they always have great specials. We had a great experience, my only negative, which is no fault of the restaurant, is having to wear a mask before being seated.

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Kell
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I went for our anniversary dinner a couple days ago and sat out on the patio which was so beautiful! Our waitress Charline (I believe her name was) was amazing!! She was joking around with us and having a good time given the circumstance in the world right now. First time and won’t be our last! ❤️

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Rinz
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had their wagyu burger, it was really good! French fries were okay. Hubby ordered the fish tacos, those were awesome!

JM
vipJulieM
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alexander was a very nice server and the food was delicious

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Brigantine Escondido is rated 4.5 stars by 1233 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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