Brigantine Escondido

4.5
1212 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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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
25 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
103 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.

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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
24 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
10 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!

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vipJulieM
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alexander was a very nice server and the food was delicious

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larrye
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Too expensive for what you get. Very loud and I didn't see anyone sanitizing the tables after people left. We won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was nice and service was great

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MarkO
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We had been eating at the Brig at least once a week pre-Covid because the food is exceptional. Not so this time. The batter on the fish and chips was thick and greasy. Normally one of our favorites. Maybe not the same chef, or just having an off day! We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time. The service was excellent.

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Carolm
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Excellent service and so nice to go out again. The menu was a little limited which was a little disappointing but food was great!

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vipSheilaS
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have done a great job of social distancing and I felt very safe. The food was as good as ever. So happy to get my Fish Taco “fix”.

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Catherine
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was prompt and courteous. Menu is interesting, not run-of-the-mill. Food was very good too delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

shut kitchen 2 minutes before arrival (8 pm) after we called to confirm the restaurant was open until 9:30

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Steph
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with my 3 friends to celebrate my birthday. everything was amazing! Food incredible, our server was the best! 10 out of 10.

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vipNewguy
San Diego
124 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our visit to Brigantine Escondido. The food and service were both very good. The dining room was comfortable.

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punkin
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The ambiance is very nice and our service was great. However, my husband's prime rib was tasteless and his vegetables were raw. I, however had the salmon plated over a mixture of diced sweet potatoes, spinach, cherry tomatoes, and cippilina onions. It was quite delicious and a generous portion. For dessert, we shared the cheesecake which was ok.

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vipSpiderroller
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Fish & Chips.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brunch was delicious! Also our server treated us to some special treats as well to celebrate a birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Made a reservation for the day after V-day. It was a busy time. But they worked us in. Food was very good but the Maine lobster tails were the size of California lobsters. The staff was very friendly.

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Ellen
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a reservation for Valentine’s Day. Confirmed at their request. Day if they called and asked if patio
Seating was OK. It was not our preference but turned out to be OK. Meal was great. They have very tasty Oysters Rockefeller.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the food and the service. We stayed a long time and didn't fell rushed. I highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The server did not know how to properly serve lobster tails. He did not remove the lobster from the tails nor remove the tails. Nor did he provided the proper fork. The tails were moist and tasty.

Also server failed to tell us of that night’s specials. We overheard him telling other patrons but we had already had our meals. This server needs more training.

We go to the Brig often. This is our first unsatisfactory meal.

Yes we will return and overall recommend this restaurant. We assume this is a one-off.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our waiter. The entire staff did flawlessly. I really enjoyed my time. I’m very picky and demanding so my high ratings should tell you that I was very happy with everything. Will be back and thank you.

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SuzanneP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Extremely attentive staff with focus on ensuring a good quality meal. Ahi appetizer superb. Salads a little heavy on dressings. Coconut shrimp had good flavor but was unfortunately overcooked. Mud pie a delicious way to end a very good, satisfying meal.

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EverettS
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scillies and prime rib were excellent.

Service was good and friendly

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S2K2
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding steak and soft shell crab. Extremely tender and flavorful beef. The crab was crispy with a wonderful sauce. The entire party was also delighted with the quality of the food.
Service could have been a little better at the beginning but it was a busy Friday evening and the place was full.

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LindaL
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was wonderful. Good for dinner before a play or concert.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly service

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Brigantine Escondido is rated 4.5 stars by 1212 OpenTable diners.

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