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About Brigantine La Mesa

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.

9350 Fuerte Drive
La Mesa, CA 91941
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, 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-11:00pm; Oyster Bar Sunday: 10:00am-10:00pm

Cross Street:
Severin Drive

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 465-1935

Website:
http://www.brigantine.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Adalid Estrada

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.

Private Party Contact:
Restaurant Manager: (619) 465-1935

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

Brigantine La Mesa Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.6

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4.3

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (55)
Good for Birthdays (47)
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Good for a Date (36)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Casual (32)
Happy Hour (28)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Great for Lunch (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Business Meals (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Romantic (19)
Worth the Drive (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Great for Brunch (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Cozy (15)
Fun (13)
Healthy (12)
Notable Wine List (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Seasonal (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Authentic (7)
Kid-friendly (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Live Sports (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
People Watching (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

Family in town

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 (Dallas)·Dined 5 days ago

Love the Brig ❤️❤️ Awesome service and wonderful food!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, People Watching, Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Great ambiance, service and the food is amazing! Always a delight to go here. My only regret is the difficult parking situation.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and outstanding service. Sat in the patio area where it was quiet and comfortable.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

We went out with a group of friends that just had Birthdays. Even though we had to wait pass our reservation time we had fun at the bar. It was great just being there with friends. We often go to the one in shelter island but this one was close to all our house. Thanks for the good time. The Ybarras

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

It was a busy evening with a lot of people celebrating the holidays. Our server was friendly, but either super anxious or pressured to get us out as soon as possible. The steak was cooked well, but tasted the char from earlier in the day. Management comped our desserts, but it was still somewhat disappointing.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Went here for dinner with friends, good drinks, decent wine list and several noteworthy micro-brews on tap. Always have selection of fresh wild-caught fish plus seafood and steaks/prime rib. This is our go-to nice dinner spot in the east county.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Birthday Celebration

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I've been to Brigantine many times. The food and service is always good. Great ambiance. It's a great place to dine and spend time with friends and family. It has a great happy hour.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

My halibut dinner was great but my wife's sand dab dinner was to greasy/buttery. She was unable to eat all of it. She always orders this and this is the first time that she did not like it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Had not been there for awhile. I was disappointed in the menu. My wife had the potato chip crusted cod which was excellent. The poor selection of red meat protein was the damper on the evening meal.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Early (5:30pm) sitting found the dinning room less crowded than previous visits, the wait staff more available and the noise level much lower. Beyond the normal menu, there was a 3 course option for early guests and four Chef Specials added to the menu for the evening.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The swordfish is the best anywhere, though I would prefer eliminating the avocado in the crab salsa garnish. Salads are crispy and delicious with exceptional dressings and croutons and good fresh bread. Actually serve chives with baked potato! And don’t miss the hand-shaken margarita. Always professional service.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Been going to this location for years for different events. Always had great service, food and atmosphere. Would recommend the Brigantine to everyone I know and then some.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Don't miss taco Tuesday! We try to go here as often as we can on Tuesday . Also, discount gift cards now on sale for the holiday season.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Brigantine is our go-to place for a little more special get-togethers. We know the food will be good and the service has always been great. At times it can get a little noisy but by going to an earlier dinner, the less crowded restaurant has a semi-quiet ambience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Live Sports, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Consistently good food and choices. Always attentive wait staff. Our go-to for date night and seafood options.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was the 2nd time we had eaten in this restaurant. Food was very good. The Food was fresh In the service was excellent. Will be back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I have been going the Brig/ Top Shelf La Mesa for over 35 years and have been disappointed lately. It has almost become a sole seafood restaurant with few meat and or chicken choices. The prices have increased also. So sad as the only nice restaurant in East County.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

I made the reservation earlier in the day. We arrived 15 minutes early and checked in. We were the first ones seated at 5:00. We had a booth, which was comfortable. Our server, Angel, was helpful in explaining the specials. Our food arrived at proper temperature and was very filling and flavorful. Because it was my husband's birthday, $6.50 was taken off our bill...an appreciated bonus which was unexpected. We had a large family get-together at the Brigantine in August and enjoyed it so much that we came back in November. We don't go out to eat very often. When we do, we want to go where we feel comfortable. Although the noise level was a bit high, we enjoyed our night out.

Tags: Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2017

This has been our favorite East County restaurant for the past 10+ years. My friends and I frequent it often because of great food, service and value. We've never been disappointed. And they never kick us out when we've continued to visit long after the food was eaten and enjoyed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Server did not introduce herself, she spoke too softly so we could not hear her, she talked too quickly so we could not understand the specials and had to have her repeat the offering several times, the service was poor and slow, the prime rib was tough, served cold, and came raw for requested medium rare. We will not return to this dining establishment nor recommend it. 11/14/2017

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We got right in with our Open Table reservation. Food was good as always.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Pleasant surroundings, good service and good to excellent food.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The reservation was perfect. The food and service was wonderful. Mandy did a very good job, friendly and helpful.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I had a dinner reservation using my Brigantine birthday coupon. Even though I had a coupon and was a table for one, my server John treated me like I was his most important table. The food was great, my favorite mahi mahi, and was followed with a slice of mud pie and coffee. Brigantine is my favorite place for special occasions or out-of-town guests. Never disappointed by the atmosphere, food, or service.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Prime rib was very fatty. Half of it was nothing but fat. They compt the meal, but I won’t order that again. Luckily the baked potato was edible.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had visited the Brigantine La Mesa on recommendation from our host and were thrilled with the experience. The waiter was attentive and the service was quick. The food was delicious and the prices are reasonable. I would definitely recommend the Brigantine La Mesa to anyone visiting the area.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our dinner was excellent, and the wine choice recommended by our waiter was great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The Lobster/Crab Cobb small order was divine and really big! A bargain at $12.50
Amazingly huge oysters perfectly shucked. I wish I'd saved room for mud pie!!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 31, 2017

As always a great meal and beautiful setting,
And fortunate to still have wild halibut

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Love Brig LaMesa but
Last 2 times I was there on Saturday they had run out of prime rib by 715!
Since it’s their signature dish that’s ridiculous

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our experience was perfect. It was a busy night and the only thing that is difficult is parking.
Lucky we were able to find a space after the second go round of the lot.
We were seated immediately and our waiter, Angel Duran, was outstanding.
He was professional and catered to our needs.
We were very pleased!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great meal and service as usual. They were able to accommodate the bday celebration with a booth and window seating as requested. Thank you Brigantine.

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

I took my friend to Brigantine for a birthday dinner. The food, drinks, and service were all excellent. Both of us enjoyed our dining experience there.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Took my friend for a birthday and preconcert dinner. As usual, the food and service was great and got out in plenty of time to drive to venue...The Brig has always been consistently great. Love it!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Another great experience at the La Mesa Brigantine. We all liked our meals, and Coco did a great job of serving.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The crab cake was wonderful! I just wanted a light lunch so it was perfect in size and very tasty. Sarah was attentive and very accommodating. My friends had the fish tacos and they both enjoyed them. The Brig is our go-to place for lunch with the girls as has been for years. We’ve never been disappointed!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Took some out-of-town friends to Sunday Brunch, was taken outside into the patio—at our request—and taken to a perfect corner table in the quietest part of the area; the waiter was excellent, the best we’ve ever had in the 35 years we’ve been going to La Mesa Brigantine! The food was excellent and our guests were delighted!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The Brigantine never fails to delight. With the newly renovated dining area, it is much lighter and open. The food is always impeccably prepared and the service is outstanding. While the specials can be quite pricey, no one can deny the food is delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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