Brigantine La Mesa

4.7
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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.



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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time! It was our first time at this location and first time for our friends! They said they want To come back next time they are in town! We will
Come with them! Fantastic!!!

JZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were fortunate to have had Forest as our server, although all servers seemed to be efficient and friendly as well. The overall experience was outstanding -- quiet room, nice ambiance, very organized and trained employees at all levels, great tasting food, nice food selections, and other diners appeared to be having a satisfing experience as well. I highly recommend the La Mesa/Grossmont Brigantine Restaurant.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time with my family! Service was great and we loved the ambiance. Will be coming back.

N
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had a reservation and we were given an awful table right next to the noisy kitchen entrance. Two nice booths were opening up and when we asked if we could sit at one of them instead we were rudely told “they were for regulars”. We decided to eat outside where we could hear each other. We were with friends from Olympia, Washington and we only have a chance to get together once or twice a year.
The terrace table was great (a little chilly). I’m a realtor with Coldwell Banker West and I bring friends and clients to the Brigantine all the time. Was just there with clients 2 weeks before and would have appreciated the reception staff being more accommodating.

D
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal and service. The swordfish was extra good, juicy and not over-cooked. Salad with bleu cheese and ranch dressing outstanding and fresh and crisp. Loved the mud pie.

y
Phoenix
58 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner! Had the swordfish and it was really good while my sister and her husband had the artichoke and crab stuffed sea bass. Great time and our server Tammy was a real doll.

BF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As expected, outstanding food, and A+ service! East county premier location.

RE
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than I remember! The smoked rice was yummy!

YO
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for the first time for my 5 year anniversary and I absolutely loved it. The oysters were the best I’ve had and my mahi mahi plate was so delicious. Our server Armando was amazing as well.

r
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great meal overall as usual, service was spot on, food was perfect, my only gripe was the table location being in a high traffic area, servers and wait staff passing between the tables was a little distracting. Next time I’ll be sure to reserve a booth. Thank you

DN
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was wonderful, the service outstanding,the seating was great, the staff were amazing, and the food was so good. Our party had San dabs, filet mignonette, and salmon, all very tasty!

RD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always good prime rib and an excellent atmosphere to take your spouse or out of town guests. Never
disappointing !

MN
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Brigantine La Mesa. Food is outstanding, service is great, the restaurant very nice and simply had a great date night out with Charlie Mr. Jones, husband.

DK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was busy but the wait was not long at all with a reservation. The food was great and Coco our server was outstanding, attentive, and personable. Definitely going back!

RR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good, great service. Our server was very nice and funny.

OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation was right on time, excellent table, service and food! 👍

ED
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome, food was DELICIOUS. Would highly recommend this restaurant to our friends & family

VW
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints. Whether you are catching a quick meal in the bar or having a dinner in the main dining area. Service is always great, food excellent and atmosphere relaxing. Our go to place in East County.

DE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful...Staff even helped add an extra person...Brig is our favorite place to go for all occasions...Thank you, and Happy New Year...Debra Emerson

BS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful New Year’s Eve experience. Food was outstanding.

SS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Coco was a wonderful server. The filet mignon was superb. The white asparagus was under cooked. The grilled salmon was excellent.

M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our wait person (Diane) was exceptional. Would return if she was working.

e
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, La Mesa Brig for a holiday dinner with family was perfect. Angel and the wait staff were all fantastic. From the crispy coconut macadamia shrimp, to the lobster/crab cobb salad, to my favorite crab stuffed white sea bass.....everything was absolutely wonderful. Thank you, Brig and Happy New Year!!

K
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meal was wonderful! It was our first visit to Brigantine La Mesa and we will definitely be back. Thank you!

PQ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I invited 2 girl friends for lunch. Neither liked the clam chowder saying no flavor and a lot of potatoes. Then one of them wanted baked potato, which was not available. They will not return.

Me, on the other hand, liked my food and have been enjoying ALL the Brigantines for many, many years. As a matter of fact, the previous week I brought a couple from Texas and they loved it!!

DS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. I had the sand dabs and the house pinot. The sand dabs were served over vegetables with rice - delicious. Service was very nice. For two people it was $100 before tip for 2 seafood entrees, 1 shared appetizer and a glass of wine each. Well worth the price.

There is an upper & lower level to the parking. Our reservations were for 6:30PM on a Friday evening. We lucked out and got the very last available parking spot. When we left at 7:45 there were plenty of open spots.

I can't wait to go back again!

MF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and food. The Old Fashion was nothing to write home about, but the prime rib and halibut were awesome! Thanks!

K
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Brigantine is always an excellent choice for a great meal. We met an out of town friend there who was delighted with all the seafood options

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate my birthday. Food, service, and atmosphere were exceptional.

MB
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on recommendation of a friend. Clearly a good friend well worth listening too!!
Everything was excellent- cocktails, oysters on the half shell, appetizers, main courses, desserts, wine by the glass

NJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was a great supper.....best oysters (blue point) I've had since Grand Central in NYC. Coco was a great and attentive waitress. Looking forward to my next visit.

LP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Parking was a nightmare. Otherwise, this is a great place for lunch.

m
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Christmas celebration with my friends. Our server, Miles, was great and the food was fantastic, as usual.

D
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here regularly, and this visit was as good as it gets. Our server, Karla, was exceptional, friendly, efficient, and delivered all that we asked. The swordfish and halibut were perfect, along with all the side dishes and margaritas. Timing of drinks with entree was right on, and our special requests were honored with a smile. We left very satisfied and anxious to return.

SR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in the east county. Food is always delicious and service is outstanding.

KL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall a very good experience with attentive service and good food. Price is a little high but still acceptable.

CD
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio was very nice. Inside during a busy lunch time is quite noisy. Hard to conduct a business meeting when you are shouting!!! Food was excellent and fish was well prepared. Service was attentive but not pushy!

CC
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been to Brigantine too many times to count. I love going there because the food is high quality. This time was particularly noteworthy because of our server, Forrest. He was very attentive and offered excellent recommendations. He clearly knew his food and drink. My prime rib with the homemade horseradish was deliciously prepared, and my sisters enjoyed their seared Ahi. We all thought his wine recommendation was perfect. We sat in the main dining room which can sometimes can be noisy, but on a rainy day my friends and I enjoy the fire pit in the bar. The outside patio has a lovely ambience on a warm day. I’ve never had a bad mealy at the Brigantine.

Y
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks, served at the right time. There were 2 large tables of 15 people near us, which were noisy so hard to hear each other talk. But a great birthday experience none the less. Waiter could have smiled at least once but didn’t. I will return, maybe different area for table, different waiter. He was very knowledgeable of all foods though.

RM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and tasty, fulfilling cuisine

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