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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WG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me, my son, and husband had a nice dinner at your restaurant. I had been to a Brigantine previously, but they had never. They enjoyed the food very much and the dessert was awesome. Our server was very sweet and attentive. We will definitely be back!

CS
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Menu, great food, excellent service. From entrance to exit this is a great spot for a meal with friends.

s
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the Brig but tonight's dinner was truly amazing. The halibut special was so delicious!! I would recommend putting that sauce on the menu permanently.

SM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I took my dad out for his 87th birthday. Forrest was our waiter and he was fantastic, played right along with all of my dads jokes. The food was as it always is, excellent and fresh. We started with oysters Rockefeller and calamari. Although I am not an oyster person, I am told they were fantastic, the calamari is AMAZING. The jumbo prawns, Halibut Special and Lump crab cake were all wonderful.
We love this place.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I changed the reservations and there was no problem what so ever, also added two people. Table in 5 minuets tops then we were seated and attended to quickly and the waitress was very knowledgeable and kind. The food was fantastic I ordered the filet mignon and it was to die for and the potatoes were delicious we ended trying each other’s items. The atmosphere is nice it’s a little noisy but seemed like a busy night but nothing too bad at all. Wonderful place and love to go back!

VD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Forrest, was outstanding and top notched...he did your restaurant proud!

ED
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

THE FOOD AND SERVICE WERE VERY GOOD. Both my wife and I were disappointed in our salads. The lettuce tasted like it was old, very little crispiness. Although, when the bill came the waiter informed us that we weren't being charged for the salad, we had sent over half of it back. So, thank you for that. We have been eating at the La Mesa location for 20 some years and will most assuredly be back

TD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

My $20.00 lobster tail was surprisingly small 2 bites at best wont order that again. Especially after a tab of over $150.00 for 3 people. Total $193.00 whew!!!

RL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Main course came before appetizer. Macadamia crusting more like breading than as have gotten before. Desert not offered. It’s a very busy day for restaurants so I’ll give it a pass.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome food service was great.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Valentine’s day

TB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

All was well. It was a busy night and a bit loud in the slightly enclosed area where we sat, but the service and food were excellent.

KS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. The crab and artichoke stuffed mahi was in my opinion a great dish.

BT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, top-notch service!

DB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The reason for the 3 star was one dish was great and the other one was not. Fish and chips was really bad. Hopefully that was just a rare occasion. However, we will most likely be back.

2
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing waiter named Brandon. We have had a few bad weeks and he made us forget all that for just a few hours. Also Manager was very nice guy too.

CB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brigantine La Mesa has been a reliable destination for delicious food. This visit was a birthday celebration. Besides our yummy food, I was treated to a birthday dessert. Over the years we have ordered a variety of dishes and have never been disapointed.

RT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Brigantine-La Mesa made my birthday brunch quite memorable.

DY
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very busy evening, large party by our table maybe causing slower service. Took a long time to get our check after dinner - waited 20-30 after we were done eating. My Wife got the prime rib and the mash potatoes. The mash potatoes tasted like they came from a box, not freshly made. Had the boxes after taste. Our waiter was great! Would recommend him, he was just very busy which caused slower service.

WD
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Very good service and the menu is always of high quality.

CP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was very poor although my guess is that was affected by a party of 20+ people right next to us. Our server was not efficient and seemed focused on the big party. We have had better service at other times.

OT
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the first weekend off for the both of us in years.
We Decided to have a quiet weekend brunch without overpriced food and over indulging ourselves.
The patio at the brigantine in La Mesa was the Obvious choice

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service from our server and the halibut was perfect.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and wonderful ambiance!

FH
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our meals at The Brig! The food and service are great!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food is usually very good. They had a new dish...Chicken Milanesa. Seemed like a Brigantine version of chicken Parmesan. I wouldn’t order again. Everything else. Very good.

GE
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner! Great service! It was a terrific evening with friends. Our waitress was awesome!

RA
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had crusted mahi mahi and it was very delicious moist and flavorful. The vegetables and risotto were especially good. Our waitress was charming and vert efficient. It was our 60th wedding anniversary and we were treated with a delicious desert. We'll certainly return.

BR
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's great to have luscious food and be waited on in a courteous, down to earth manner.

M
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for our business meeting. Waiter was very helpful to accommodate our needs. Food was great too.

Y
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We love this place, but this is the second time in a row we have gone and our fish, mashed potatoes and vegetables were cold. For this kind of money, the food should be hot.

SM
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent time with family

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always have excellent food and service here. The horseradish salmon I had was tasty and of corse my weakness, the bread they always bring.

F
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service... not rushed and each course was well spaced.. a truly enjoyable dinner experience...

d
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It looks like the menu was changed since we were there last, and it's not quite as diverse as before. Otherwise, very nice place to eat.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
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!!!

GA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Davia was outstanding. Very courteous and great service.

JZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
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 on January 17, 2020
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 on January 17, 2020
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.

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