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Wed, 5/23
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Brigantine La Mesa

4.6
1685 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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.



With an updated nautical decor, the busy Oyster bar is hands-down the local favorite. Lush flowering foliage outdoors creates an elegant dining experience on one of two charming patios.



The La Mesa Brigantine serves dinner 7 nights a week, lunch Monday-Saturday, and brunch every Sunday.



Join us for our signature Happy Hour.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Oyster Bar Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-10:00pm; Oyster Bar Friday-Saturday: 11:30am-10:30pm; Oyster Bar Sunday: 10:00am-10:00pm
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Phone number
(619) 465-1935
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Adalid Estrada
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Private party facilities
Private event areas are available for groups of 20-80 guests.

Mt. Helix Room - 70 seated
Patio - 60 seated; 80 standing

Food and beverage minimums apply for private space. Please contact our group sales representative for current menus and detailed information.
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Private party contact
Restaurant Manager: (619) 465-1935
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Catering
Brigantine Custom Catering offers cuisine options from our Brigantine Seafood Restaurants and Miguel's Cocina.



From take-out hors d'oeuvres and party platters to full-service dinners with bar, Brigantine Custom Catering will tailor a menu and service package to meet your individual needs.



With more than 15 years experience in San Diego, your most important occasions will flourish under our attentive expertise.



Call Jenny at 619-298-9840.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Severin Drive
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Parking details
Parking is available in upper & lower lots. Valet parking is available in front of the restaurant entrance on weekend evenings for a nominal fee.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1685 People Are Saying
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4.5
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Complimentary dessert for birthday. The crab fondue is fabulous! I really liked the dressing on the cashew chicken salad, was a little surprised by the quantity of kale, but it was much more tender than expected. My husband’s baked salmon meal was quite small. Our friend’s fish tacos with sides was more generous, and less expensive. Everything was delicious. Our server Corinna was so friendly and open!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Very good food and the service is excellent. My Cobb salad was loaded with crab and lobster, and was lightly dressed. The clam chowder was quite good with a nice briny clam taste. The bits of clam were tender, had just the right amount of potatoes andcseasoning, and was the perfect consistency (not too thick).

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Ali is phenomenal at customer service! His attention to detail and smiles are wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Alaskan halibut was excellent as was the service. We appreciated getting a booth as requested.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great service by everyone especially our waiter. Great food

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Loved are waitress she was very nice and knowledgeable of the food!! She got me to try Osters for the first time!! I loved my friends lobster tacos!!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Tammy was our server and gave professional and personable service. Will ask for her next visit if possible.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

I keep coming back to The Brig because the food is consistently good and the service is outstanding. Every effort is made to accomodate the customer and the menu is varied and always interesting. So creative. Great place for a celebration!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The Brigantine in La Mesa is a well established restaurant that has served the community for many years, all the while maintaining the quality of food, service and ambiance that makes it a very good restaurant. We have always found the service staff to be attentive, helpful, and with timely in service. It is a restaurant where you can have a conversation and not feel rushed, where good friends and family always feel it is a special treat.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The Brigantine in La Mesa has never disappointed us. We ordered the special of the day and were rewarded with well-prepared and presented halibut and salmon dishes. The service provided by the team was excellent and our server Miles was exceptional. We will return again for sure.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Perfect weather to sit outside for an evening meal. Less hustle and bustle than the other locations for a more peaceful meal

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Everything was fine except the booths are too tight and the waitress handed a very hot plate to our good friend who was a female and didn't appreciate the blisters she received from getting burned on her finger tips.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

As usual the “Brig” did not disappoint. Great Food, excellent service and patio seats! What more could you ask for on a Friday night

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The staff is always friendly the food is always good, this is our go-to place when we have retirement birthday parties, and lunch meetings.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was excellent, as usual!

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Very expensive for what you get. Best part is (sarcasm) we went for our anniversary. We let the server know. At the end he brought us a dessert to honor it, BUT found out when the bill came, he ALSO charged us for the dessert that we never ordered.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

As always a very good dinner. Really recommend this restaurant. Will naturally go again.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Love it every time!! Conning again soon and we have for 30 plus years. But your anniversary card membership don’t work any more, bummer!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

One of the great qualities of the Brig is the consistency of quality. I always know the food is going to be really good. Had the grilled swordfish tacos and they were just splendid! Plenty of swordfish, great seasoning and an all around great lunch. Yum. Must do it again....soon.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

After all the hustle & bustle from a long weekend of work it was a fabulous way to relax and refuel for the coming week.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Ali was our waiter and he was friendly, accommodating and great service without hovering. Food was very good and would recommend for a date night.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

I think I could eat the blackened salmon all day long. My wife was similarly impressed with the macadamia nut encrusted halibut. Your waiter, John, was especially helpful and attentive.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The manager knew it was my birthday and paid for our drinks.
He is gracious, friendly, and thoughtful

So nice of him!!!

THANK YOU MANAGER RYAN

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great restauant. Hae never had a bad meal here. The different seafood dishes are creative and presented nicely on the plate. Tuesday's happy hour (fish and shrimp tacos) is a great time to come. Great prices and delicious tacos.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Took my 87 year young mom and sat in the open seating outside. Great environment

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We dined with new friends. Unfortunately, they were out of several of our first choices. No scallops or rib eye at 6:00 on a Sunday nite. The food we did order was wonderful. Monica and Karly were great. We will return.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent experience. We will definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

By far my favorite restaurant. Never disappointed. Xlnt as always

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Good for seafood; A bit pricey though. The sliders were really good!

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The swordfish was excellent. Server was very accomodating.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Wife’s Birthday

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Delicious food, nice setting, not stuffy but not too casual, fabulous wait staff, reasonable prices!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We celebrated Easter Sunday dinner at the Brig. Our sever was Brandon was phenomenal! Attentive and knowledgable about the menu. He also recognized our daughter’s 21st birthday earlier in the week!
He is an assist to the company!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went there for Easter and it was a very pleasant experience. Our res was @ 4:30 and there was plenty of parking and the wait was short. Since we were first in line, we were seated first when they re-opened. We had a view table and the waitstaff were pleasant and attentive. We plan to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday brunch was great. Highly recommend the Salmon Oscar Service was very friendly and efficient. Our champagne glasses were never empty. Highly recommend the Brigantine in La Mesa for lunch, dinner or brunch.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Our favorite spot in east county. Easy to get to. Great food and service. Always enjoy the variety and especially the fish and happy hour.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food was prepared to perfection. The Alaskan Halibut was tender, juicy and very tasty. Our service was great and we thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience by using a gift card received at Christmas. The carrot cake though was a little dry - not the best we have had to eat.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food was great! Both my date and I had a blast! The service was a little slow! For example we didn't get water or bread for the firest 8 or so minutes! But the waiter did pick up the pace when he learned we were old enough to drink.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Matt was an excellent server, food was A+. The swordfish was succulent and grilled to perfection, great salad, hand-shaken Margarita was balanced with sour fresh citrus and sweet orange liquor undertones. The Creme Brûlée and cherry cake desserts were a nice finish to a wonderful evening. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

BrigLaMesa is one of our favorite restaurants and a regular venue. As seafood is the Brig's specialty, cuts are very rarely overcooked, which can be a problem in many non-seafood restaurants. This evening, however, was exceptionally good in other ways and therefore worth reviewing. Both my partner and I immediately noted that the bread was the freshest and most flavorful we'd ever been served. It was the same bread as usual, just much better. Maybe it was a fluke, but if the restaurant has improved its bread preparation, I hope they keep it up. The brig salad, too, was particularly fresh and artfully presented. They serve a lot of this tasty salad, and it doesn't often look as though much care has gone into its presentation. This time it did. My salmon was superb; my partner's California halibut was excellent as well (he prefers Alaskan, so was skeptical at first). Beautiful restaurant -- simple, delicious food.

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