Brigantine La Mesa

4.6
1883 reviews
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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.
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OT
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

the hostess gave us a great table and the waitress was very accommodating

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l
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for Sunday brunch as well as casual patio dining.
Food was well prepared and special requests were no issue. Will go again

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MZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Calamari awesome as usual.

Great service and food.

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n
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Brigantine La Mesa was a great choice for our birthdays celebration. Thank you to all for delicious food, a neat patio seating area and wonderful service!

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San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was the first time this particular group of people gathered to have a meal together so as everyone knows, that can be iffy at best. I chose The Brig because I can almost always count on the food and service to be excellent. I'm happy to say, this time was no exception. Great service, everyone liked their choices and all in all, it was a successful first of what I hope to be many culinary outings with this group at this restaurant. Great job!

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SW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great and service with Tailor was also great.
We just wish they would serve a larger portion on the entree plates.
Some men have large appetites and it is not good to go home and have to find something to feed him right after leaving lunch.

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d
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food selection and service. Park in the lower parking lot for peace of mind.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming in for the early bird specials. We have been coming here for years.

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T
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Have always enjoyed the Brigantine in La Mesa. I was somewhat disappointed in the noise level during this meal. And our waitor, who did nothing at all wrong, seemed a bit strident. Possibly a bad day!

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JW
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a Joy & Delight

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4
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal and service. It was a busy night and very noisy in the corner we were sitting.

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I had a great swordfish steak although it could have been cooked a little more. My husband had lobster tails that were luke warm along with the corn. It was served without drawn butter. Ten minutes later his plate reappeared. Meantime my dinner got cold as we waited. They were very busy.

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DM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Restaurant with good food & service. The
Lobster tails were excellent and very reasonably priced.
Get them while they are still available.

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MR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Always our go to for Sunday Brunch, have never been disappointed!

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was just. "OK" for dinner. We had the Macadamia Fish special on Saturday, the New York and the Seafood Jambalaya, I believe. It was good.. Nothing that we were all ranting and raving about but good. Took a bit of time to get beers and even water refilled with lack of anticipation of needs as well as a steak knife given 2 minutes after food delivered rather than before. Calamari was not impressive. Octopus, was so-so. Although I do LOVE the brunch there and to come in for Fish Tacos on Tuesdays. BEST Fish Tacos in all of San Diego at the La Mesa Brig!

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K
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good local restaurant that has great fish tacos and many other dishes.

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SM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had to change my reservation to accommodate a larger party. I was put in contact with the manager and she was able to take care of the changes. The warm hospitality and professionalism was a breath of fresh air compared to other establishments I have visited. The wait staff went out of their way to accommodate my group's requests. Hats off also to the ladies at the front desk for hooking me up to make sure the wait staff got my credit card and not my guests.

We will keep coming back for all of our events.
Respectfully.
Sammuel Marotta

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JH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food always arrives piping hot. Mostly seafood options. I don't particularly like fish but there is always non fish options.

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GB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

The service was awful! Our server disappeared for 30 minutes before she took our order and the again after we ordered.

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w
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch spot!

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OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had made reservations but were early. Got a seat at the bar and barely received our drinks when the table was ready! Our server was quite attentive and the food excellent. All in all a lovely dining experience.

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MG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great as always! Our server Brandon was wonderful. He was so kind to read off the menu special for us and we made our selection right away. Our choice was perfect and the timing was superb. We are very satisfied with Brandon's service and will definitely recommend our friends to come for many future occasions.

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J
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

I was disappointment for a seafood restaurant it had a very limited seafood seafood choices and more than half of the menu was made up of appetizers.

There was also a very extensive choices of alcoholic drinks. It is mostly a bar.

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DG
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Swordfish tacos are good and the reason we come. We got the lobster crab roll and it was just okay. Not something I would order again. Maybe stick with the fish tacos next time.

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OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were at the Brigantine for New Years Eve. Our server was Forest and he was amazing. He took the dining experience to a new level. Forest knew the menu items and specials. He was friendly but professional. He saw what we needed and brought it to our table, sometimes without us even having to ask. At His recommendations my husband ordered the barramundi and I had the Ahi. They were both delicious. It was a Wonderful evening.

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MR
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Very good food. Good service.

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F
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always friendly, and always enjoyably delicious.
The Brig has an interesting small bites menu, larger dinners, and great value meals.

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FJ
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Outstanding service from our waiter Miles. One of our favorite restaurants

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AB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service is always Fantastic at the Brigantine in La Mesa. It is our Favorite restaurant when we want a special meal at decent prices. Great staff! Never disappointed here. Highly recommend it.

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AG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Went on New Years Eve and should have known better, it was noisy, crowded, and rushed. The food was mediocre at best, tasted like it had been prepared way early. Our server did her best and was very pleasant. We try to get there often, sadly, there aren’t a lot of choices in East County. But we definitely won’t go there again on a holiday.

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RG
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Enjoyed the great food and heated patio. Lobster & crab Cobb salad was delicious. Our server Coco was awesome!

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WW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

If fish is on your mind you must try the Brig. Some of the best I've eaten. I think the one thing I'm most impressed with is the Brigs consistency. I receive a meal to tell my friends about every time.

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VW
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Brigantine La Mesa never disappoints us. It is our go to place here in East County. Service and food are always excellent.

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SD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed in this place. I come here once a week for dinner and food and service is always consistent and very, very good. Highly recommend current wild blackened salmon entree and macadamia crusted barramundi.

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OT
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

A definite regular at Brigantine however this time around was not so great. The service was great the place was busy filled with people the drinks were great most of the appetizers were good however we ordered the fish tacos and they served us tortillas that were molded the manager tried her best to ensure us that it wasn’t mold however she gave us two other orders and neither one of those were molded not the best experience this time around And probably won’t make it back there again unfortunately.

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S
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a reliable great place for cocktails and dinner.

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OT
San Diego
105 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early seating 3 course menu was superb. Our party enjoyed pork chops, swordfish, tenderloin beef and scallops. All were perfectly prepared. Brig La Mesa remains one of the top 3 east county venues.

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j
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner would recommend for any occasion prime rib amazing

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Was disappointed with the bass it was not as good as Season’s 52. It must have been slightly old fish because it was too fishery tasting. The seasons 52 bass was like butter nice and light with an awesome taste no fishey taste

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GE
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

I ordered Oyster Rockafeller...Do you know how awful it is to bite into bits of sand? That's what happened to me. I will never order Oysters again. I had the same thing happen a few years ago when I ordered Scallops. I never order them either.

Our waitress, Ann, was wonderful.

I will go again. I love the Brigantine.

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