Brigantine La Mesa

4.7
2637 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2637 people are saying
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ECSince68
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorites are the brussel sprouts, the crab fondue, and the bacon-wrapped jumbo prawns. Service is always top-notch.

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Kittmomkatt
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive and welcoming staff. We sat on the front patio surrounded by tropical plants and the sound of the waterfall fountain. They were able to accommodate my Dad's request to order from the bar menu so he could have his favorite tacos on his birthday. Everything was very delicious. Our server, Armando, gave great service, going above and beyond. Great asset to the La Mesa location.

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vipGenevieveW
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location for a business meeting. Food was great and service excellent. Parking can be a bit of a challenge, but it’s worth it!

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vipSusie
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So consistent every time! The fish taco plate is the best value at any restaurant and absolutely delicious. My mom always gets the sand dabs and loves them. Seriously...you can’t go wrong. Our waiter was AJ the last 2 times...so sweet and efficient!

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LovesFoodAdventures
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While the restaurant was very crowded, we were seated immediately since we had a reservation. The server was fabulous-friendly, attentive but not intrusive and remembered we were celebrating a birthday. The Spanish Octopus was great, although we would have liked it a little spicier. I had the Scallops with Pureed Sweet Potatoes and it was amazing-I recommend the dish. My son had the Crab and Lobster Salad, which he enjoyed.

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KimberlyT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience5

I am sad to report that our experience was not what I expected. We were there for taco Tuesday. I had reservations and we were seated in a timely manner. We waited for maybe 15 minutes for a waitress to take our order. When she found out we wanted taco tuesday we were told we had been seated in the wrong area and to return to the hostess station. There was a short wait and we were seated outside on the patio which was nice. We had an early reservation at 515 and the venue was not crowded so we were surprised it took so long to get our food. The skirt steak taco was delicious and well proportioned. The mahi mahi taco was ok but did not have a great amount of fish. The beer battered fish was tasty but not much of it in the taco. My son liked the flavor and ordered an additional mahi mahi taco. It took 30 minutes for that taco to come. The fish portion was maybe 2 inches long and covered in a generous amount of sauce. The flour tortia was also hard and crunchy were his first two had been soft tortias. I had two tacos and went home still hungry. At the Poway location I have a hard time finishing two as they are so filling. I think they need more staff as our water cups were filled up only once and we had empty glasses for most of our meal. I think next time we will take the drive to Poway venue. Have always had great service and food at that location.

KC
KarenC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite lunch spot with friends.

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YAJT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch with my friend on the outdoor patio and the setting was perfect; nice breeze, tables were comfortably spaced, and the music was low enough that everyone could quietly chat with each other at their tables. It was a happy atmosphere! Our server was very friendly, professional, and efficient; we enjoyed talking with her and hope to have her as our server again. My grilled salmon was absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection, and the side of green beans were also perfect. My friend had the grilled swordfish tacos and loved them! For dessert we each had a mudpie -- they were delicious! This is our first time back dining in at Brigantine and we had a wonderful time, as did many of the other diners.

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Faris
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rhonda is a terrific server!! We have enjoyed her customer service, friendly smile and excellent sense of wine pairing! thanks!

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Marbeq
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Would have given 5 stars if the food had been hotter.

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BrianG
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

great service. our server seemed very friendly and energetic because they had a full house. we never wanted for anything. he was on top of it. great food. oysters had very good flavor. a little to noisy for us old folks

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Gronitz
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every aspect!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful evening! Service and food was great!!

BP
BetsyP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

fresh, friendly. Helpful staff; courteous. unhurried and relaxed.

JZ
JohnZ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

service great, food great. seemed kinda crowded with the covid thing going on

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Anne
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The fish tacos were delicious! I wish they would bring back their skinny fries instead of the larger cut fries though. The skinny fries were delicious! The larger fries are just mediocre!

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Mary
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

food is always delicious, good service, comfortable pleasing ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

REALLY GOOD

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Marcijean
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

You will need a reservation for dinner at the Brigantine La Mesa. We went on a Monday night and I am happy I booked one, it was packed.

MC
vipMichelleC
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out for over a year and it was perfect!

TM
TonyM
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice to visit The Brigantine, my favorite la Mesa restaurant. We both ordered fish, mahi and halibut, and both were perfect.

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Kris
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a birthday brunch shortly after the restaurants opened up at partial occupancy. The service was amazing and the food outstanding! Very comfortable and quiet surroundings.

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vipBeverlyR
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even after the shutdown, the Brigantine has kept it's high standards of delicious food and excellent service!

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KathleenF
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I brought my mom for dinner. The only thing I wasn't happy about, was that they were trying to sit us by the service entrance, due to the fact my mom had a walker. We ended up getting another table, after I complained twice that we weren't sitting there.

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Charley1
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding service!!

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GinaA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Brig burger is grrat. Tasty meat. Very large. We split it. The fries are good but the homemade chips are the best. Best fish tacos around. We leave off the red cabbage and put some of our coleslaw side on them. Outstsnding!

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CherylH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a delightful place to spend our 20th Anniversary. The food was delicious and we were treated special for the occasion.

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vipmmeygra
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We will be there again soon.

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vipLinda
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived for a late reservation. Our server was amazing. Polite, attentive, had great suggestions. Food was delicious.

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vipBsquared
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Realizing the times we have lived within, I am not trying to be too critical. However tonight service was poor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were seated before our reservation time. After more than 20 minutes of being seated we had only been offered water by a non-server. We watched what we believed to be our server take orders at an adjacent table but they did not make time to greet us or ask if we had a drink order. Needless to say, we left the restaurant without receiving any service, except poor service. Worse experience ever! At least acknowledge we are seated in your section. Yeah, this is COVID and yeah, you may have been busy, but there are no excuses. Also they had a family couple, with children, taking up bar seating during happy hour! What is this about? We regularly eat here and always spend a decent amount. It is not appropriate during happy hour, or in the bar area period, to have children taking up half of these seats. Your loss, no regret here.

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TobieS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The sea bass was slightly over cooked on one end. Otherwise, it was really nice.

JW
vipJWP99
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frequent visitor. Tried the crab & shrimp fondue for the first time. Always enjoy the BLT wedge salad. Extra generous today. Thank You

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DebbieW
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having not dined out for a year due to Covid, I felt Brigantine did a great job with social distancing, service, the ambiance, and the food, as always is wonderful! I had their special - Seabass stuffed with crab and artichoke. There was also a birthday party at one of the nearby tables, so it might have been a bit noisier than usual. I cannot wait to go back!

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vipCH23
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect as always. Food was on point and Heather in the bar area is always amazing.

DE
DebbieE
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had excellent food and the service was first class.

LD
LindaD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service. Cocoa was a top notch server!

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vipConnieV
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

With the limited options around this part of town, the Brigantine has always been the go-to for business lunches. The food is good consistently although overpriced in my opinion. The service was not great this time around but overall it was still a good experience.

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MelanieM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server John, was totally awesome! He was on top of everything ! Food was amazing as usual! Not super crowded, and the people that were there were talking but it never got annoyingly loud! Great night all around. We went for my husbands birthday dinner! We will definitely be back. We have never had a bad dish there!!!

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Steve
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fast friendly service, good recommendations from server Coco. Consistently good food and service, would definitely recommend!

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You can order delivery directly from Brigantine La Mesa using the Order Online button. Brigantine La Mesa also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 465-1935.

Brigantine La Mesa is rated 4.7 stars by 2637 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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