Brigantine La Mesa

4.6
1779 reviews
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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.
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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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 1779 People Are Saying
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DP
Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great return visit to a place we used as our go to spot in La Mesa when we served in the Navy. Swordfish is the best in the world.

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AB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing great place and the food was the best I have ever had. Service was on point.

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M
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Halibut - large for lunch, excellent, love the macadamia nut crust preparation.

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T
San Diego
145 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Stopped by for a late dinner after a long flight. We got there just before closing, but they welcomed us with a friendly greeting and seated us right away. Food was very good and service was as well. We will dine here again.

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RT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

service was great, personable without being in our faces. Food was amazing, This was our first time there and it was for a birthday. It would make a great special date night, or I saw the bar and it would make a great happy hour hangout.

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LM
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a good meal, good wine list, relaxing, casual atmosphere and close to home, too! Our server was friendly and efficient. Appetizer of seafood fondue was delicious but rich. Invite others to share it! Seafood entrees were well prepared and portion size was perfect. Dessert list was inviting and worth saving room for - although we didn't.

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IV
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

every thing was great they seated us right away and our server was very nice she kept checking to make sure everything was good. Great food.

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Daughter and I got sick eating their salads. I had lobster and crab and she had chicken Cesar

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SG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was pricey and tasteless. Atmosphere was nice and the service was great.

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HM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and well presented. Server was very friendly and knowledgeable about both food and wine.

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C
San Diego
77 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed are dinner and birthday celebration at The Brigantine. The food and service were SUPERB and I want to THANK our server MILES who has an AMAZING personality and a great sense of HUMOR to match for his entrée recommendations and OUTSTANDING customer service, we look forward to dining at The Brigantine soon.

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G
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, attentive service. Made for a lovely birthday lunch!

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EC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The waitress was fantastic, great energy and detailed with our dinner. She was aware of that fact we where celebrating a Anniversary. It made us both feel special.

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I was really disappointed that they no longer serve cioppino-my favorite dish-😞

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LR
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food. We had such a good time.

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JO
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fingerling potatoes were hard, not cooked through.

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AP
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ENJOYED BEING ABLE TO MAKE RESERVATION ON-LINE. NO WAITING WHEN WE ARRIVED. EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Anniversary

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OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, excellent servers. They’ve redone the menu with much more variety and the new updated interior is a welcome inviting change.

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C
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my La Mesa friend's go-to place for birthday celebrations and for anytime we want a good meal in cozy atmosphere with great service.

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OT
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, food was excellent and the service was superb.

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HT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We don't eat out often but, when we do, the Brigantine is one of our regular go-to's. The food is consistently good and the calamari appetizer is a must-try. Service is friendly and good. The decor is good, but we preferred the original layout. It was a bit more intimate and quieter. The noise level is a bit more irritating than it used to be, Great overall experience though.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great time at the La Mesa Brigantine. We had a fabulous waitress wish I could remember her name. We always have a great time here. Food was delicious as usual 😊👍

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B
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always we enjoyed our dinning experience. It was a birthday celebration with our two daughters from Virginia Beach. We all had fish and it was outstanding and the service impeccable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional, couldn,t be happier. waitress was delightful, food prepared as you wish, cannot wait to see you all again

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OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sand dabs are my favorite and my sister loves the macadamia nut crusted Halibut- yum!!! Always a good wine list and waiters are helpful and friendly. Open Table reservations make it easy. Love this place!!!

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Meal was outstanding. Mahi-mahi stuffed with artichoke crab. My husband had Macadamia crusted salmon that was exceptional as well.
I go there for the fabulous fish tacos as well.
Another great meal.
Thank you.

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g
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service. My only complaint is that they are falling into the "under-seasoning" trap in an attempt to reduce sodium in their dishes. Some dishes are rendered too bland.

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KL
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

I had not dined at this restaurant for quite some time as my friend and I both had a good visit and a bad visit, so it seemed very hot/cold on whether it was good or not.

Service was great, but the portion sizes for the $ was very miminal. I had an appetizer (which was very good), my meal and dessert and was still hungry because my main course was really skimpy.

Probably will put this restaurant on the pass list and let's try somewhere else next time .

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FJ
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Excellent bar drinks as well. One of our favorites.

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DB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was upbeat and the food was absolutely delicious. Forest was our server and he made the experience a great one. Make sure you make it to Brigantine La Mesa and make sure you ask for Forest!

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SL
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good consistent faire. Nothing really interesting or outstanding. Our waiter was excellent. I had requested a booth and it was accommodated.

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SL
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was easy to make a reservation on the same day as the event. Food was great. Service was great and the ambiance was great. I haven't been to the Brigantine in La Mesa in years. The remodel is awesome, so many areas for dining and the decor is great We had a great evening.

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ST
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I have celebrated our Anniversary at The Brigantine in La Mesa for the last few years. It has become one of our favorite places to go for celebrations. The wait staff is attentive and are very aware of the menu/specials and can give you great advice. If you like the bar scene, they have a wonderful bar here too.

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OT
San Diego
99 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Early dinner for 4 was handled well by servers. Each order was a modification of a menu or daily special to switch out a vegetable or change the toppings on the fish. Food was good, service was good. New pork chop item is very good.

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M
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious as always, our server Emir was great & the new busboy Dale was so delightful that I’m sure he’ll be a server soon!

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as always the Brigantine never disappoints

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YU
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

ALWAYS AMAZING FOOD AS WELL AS SERVICE. A 20 YEAR PATRON

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JE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to the Brigantine for our anniversary and as usual the food was delicious, service outstanding and was surprised when the waiter brought us a dessert to finish off our wonderful meal.....at no charge. Loved the idea that we were able to make our reservations at Open Table, so convenient. Always love it when we go to the Brigantine for dinner, never disappointed!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice, Tate was a great server.

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