Brigantine La Mesa

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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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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and tasty, fulfilling cuisine

TB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration

SD
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the perfect spot for celebrating a 91st birthday lunch with a friend. The daily special of Scottish salmon was superb. The patio seating was quiet and pleasant at 1:00 pm. Kelli was a professional, pleasant, caring waitress.

PM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

we seem to always get seated where there is large group and it is extra noisy and lots of people movement and kids open/closing the door brought cold air in frequently. Otherwise it was a good evening.

M
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place. Location and service. Hostess should require to dress better not casual. At least in all black.

MM
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to go for lunch. Its easy to get a reservation, staff is very friendly and helpful. Lunch is so yummy and so affordable!
We highly recommend.

RT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best seafood in La Mesa! Parking is a challenge, though.

FH
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tables, great service, great food. . . and oh, the champagne!!

R
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall1food4service5ambience5

Great pork chops!

B
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parking awful

LC
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal and Service was fast and A+. Plenty of self parking.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dessert was complimentary and the best creme brûlée ever!! Crab and lobster Cobb great as always. Wine choice was disappointing so our waitress exchanged it for another. Never disappointed at The Brig!!!

SJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best waitress, let us enjoy an evening with girl friends and always attentive. Provided great menu recommendations.

BF
Palm Springs
46 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us ordered one of the specials of the day, the sea bass, and we all loved it. The fish tasted so fresh and it was perfectly cooked. THe fourth person ordered the tempura lobster tacos and was disappointed. She said the batter was too heavy for a tempura batter and there were too many onions in the taco. SHe also wondered why french fried were served with it??? Otherwise we enjoyed our lunch.

SM
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic, our waitress was wonderful and extremely attentive. Food was great always enjoy the Brig.

D
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service, great food, and would recommend to anyone. We went Sunday around 1 p.m., and it was a bit noisy but it did settle down after a while.

AB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always! You can always rely on getting a great meal and great customer service at the Brigantine. Our waiter Miles was very friendly and always has a great attitude. Have eaten here for many years, and will continue to do so! You won't be disappointed if you have a meal here....For either a quick stop in or a special occasion. It is our favorite place to eat in East County.

E
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous night

OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely for my mom’s birthday.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Coco our waitress was awesome!

OT
San Diego
119 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner special provided dinner for 2 with soup or salad, 2 entree for$50. NY steak and swordfish were both excellent. Service by Coco was superb. Happy Anniversary to the Brig.

OT
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 30 wedding Anniversary and had a wonderful time!
Thanks to the Brig. and their team mates for helping us celebrate.

GG
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Rhonda was excellent and explained the menu options and specials.
We were celebrating 2 birthdays and each lady received a desert choice.
We will be back.

MD
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic spot for a quick work lunch. Plenty of food options to please many and the food is always delicious

TR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Steak was gristly, only ate 50%

AK
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though I live in East County I don’t eat here because I like to eat by the water. But the restaurants by the water have gotten ridiculous! They are way too expensive! This was a great value, great food, great service and I can’t believe I have not gone here very much.

SL
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to this location several times before and this time was a little more personably and the service was great. Thanks for a happy birthday

s
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The Brig is always good, we go there a lot and are never disappointed. Too bad there are not more restaurants like this in the La Mesa/El Cajon area.

D
San Diego
64 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They actually had the best dish they have ever made as a special! The calamari relleno used to be on the regular menu and is the reason I got hooked on the Brigantine. I still ask for it every time I dine here, which is often, at least once a week. The oysters Rockefeller are also delicious.

CB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch. Amazing specials. Stuffed Mahi Mahi was to die for :) Good Service as well.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night thanks to great food and even greater service. Thanks Sheila!

JO
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

enjoyed, as usual. However, one thing that bothers me almost every time I visit the men's room. Towel waste basket always overflowing. Toilet floor wet and toilet messy. Sink counter wet and messy.
This is a turn off after an otherwise nice evening.
someone should have the duty of policing the restrooms on a regular schedule.

JM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at the Brig was incredible! From the service to the food, we had a wonderful dinner last week. Our server recommended the Wok Charred Ahi and I couldn't have been happier! Was great! My son got the crab and artichoke stuffed seabass and he said it was one of the best seabass dishes he has ever had. Would definitely recommend this Brig!

H
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Brigantine is always a great place to dine. My favorite dish there is the swordfish. It’s always fresh and delicious! The service has always been excellent and my family and I have been dining there for many years.

G
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I have never had fish and chips where the fish was tough!! Who ever heard of tough fish?
Overdone fish , and fries they should be ashamed of. Overdone yet soggy.
Clam chowder was very thick and gluey, but flavor was good.

SS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I made my reservation a few weeks ago. It’s my 12 year old son’s favorite restaurant and I thought we would go to celebrate my 47th birthday.
We arrived early and had to wait for our table. When the were finally ready to take us back, they took us through the main dining area, to another room and place us at a tiny two-top table right next to the serving area. WTF? This is where you place me to celebrate my birthday (they knew about this beforehand as I had mentioned it in my reservation notes).
The clam chowder was the worst I’ve ever had and the entrees were mediocre at best.
This was our last time at Brigantine.
We’ll take our business to Anthony’s.

XS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Candy was an excellent waiter. The menu has great variety and the food is delicious. The Brigantine in La Mesa provides a great dining experience with local convenience.

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