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About Brigantine La Mesa

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.

9350 Fuerte Drive
La Mesa, CA 91941
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, 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-11:00pm; Oyster Bar Sunday: 10:00am-10:00pm

Cross Street:
Severin Drive

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 465-1935

Website:
http://www.brigantine.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Adalid Estrada

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.

Private Party Contact:
Restaurant Manager: (619) 465-1935

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

Brigantine La Mesa Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (45)
Special Occasion (44)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
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Good for a Date (35)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Casual (27)
Happy Hour (24)
Great for Lunch (24)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Good for Groups (20)
Business Meals (18)
Romantic (16)
Bar Seating (16)
Fun (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Great for Brunch (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Cozy (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Healthy (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Authentic (6)
Seasonal (6)
Live Sports (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 2 days ago

Our group all had The Brig's famous Fish Tacos; the fish is deep fried but can be ordered grilled instead. They come with coleslaw and fries, but you can substitute green veggies. The tacos were delicious and the meal was fairly priced. We were there for lunch on a holiday and it was very quiet. The service was excellent.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Was not happy with The Brig this time. They have changed their menu and several of the items that we love are not on the menu anymore. Also, the items that they did serve were not outstanding, like they have been in the past. My husband ordered the Blue Point raw oysters and he said that were great, so he ordered another dozen and they brought out a different kind because they had ran out of the Blue Points. They did not even ask if he wanted the other kind, just brought them out. We've been dining at the Brig with our friends for years, but all of us were not happy with the changes that they have made.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

We ate on the patio so the noise level was good, inside it was a bit loud. It was early so the tables were not full yet

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We arrived early for a dinner reservation and were seated right away. The front end wait staff were excellent. Our wait time for our food was a short 15 minutes from the time we ordered. The food quality and quantity was excellent as well. The price was moderate and well worth it. All in all a great experience as it has been several years since my last dining experience at a Brigatine.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Love the Brig. My husband and I have been going there for years. My sister always loves to go there when she's visiting. THE BEST FISH TACOS!

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Casual, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

In both of our meals the fish was very over cooked.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Most succulent salmon I've ever had! Out waitress of lovely and I have already recommended the Brigantine to a number of friends.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We just recently learned on Wednesdays all wines are 1/2 price what a great value.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Everyone enjoyed their meal choice - my scallop dish was 2-die-4 - and the service was terrific! I could only reserve a table for 4 online but I called and they gladly increased the reservation to 5.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 2, 2018

I think the Brig is pleasant and generally really good. I don’t recommend ordering steak if you enjoy them on the rarer side. The quality is good but the prep was a swing and miss. Stick to the fish!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great Service!waitress was very good!, they can use a higher quality prime rib, was a little tough, even when it was ordered medium rare
Thanks

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and service I love eating here

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The lobster tails were extremely small for the price. I have had better tails at Red Lobster.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 28, 2017

My sister's birthday. They treated her to a birthday dessert. Everyone wished her a happy birthday. The food was great and Karina was awesome. Thanks for making my sister's birthday special

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This has been our go-to place for anniversaries and birthdays for many years. This year however we were very disappointed with the food. My husbands favorite filet wrapped in bacon has been taken off the menu. He ordered the ribeye and only ate a small portion of it. It was fatty and tough. I ordered the filet medallions and they were so-so. Sad to say we will not be going back for our special meals. Our meal was $125.00 including tip. Too much for a mediocre meal. Our server was very nice however and most efficient.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

My husband and I celebrated our 41st Wedding Anniversary. We both had seafood, I had the macadamia crusted Halibut and my husband had cod with Brussels sprouts. Definitely perfect choices.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Seafood cooked to perfection. Great service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Brandon was an amazing server & our food was fabulous!

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Service was outstanding. We both ordered different fish dishes, they got one wrong though, didn't get the Halibut that was ordered but the fish they brought (I think it was Mahi) was very good so it was ok. Given the price, I thought the fish portions were very small, but it was well prepared and tasty. We go there once every few years, and will continue that frequency.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Once again a delightful lunch with delicious food. My friend and I shared the lobster/crab fondue to begin. Never hurried even on a busy Holiday week. Plus our sever, Ali , was attentive but not overly so and even brought the chosen dessert already shared for us . A very nice young man. Thank you.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Brigantine La Mesa is one of my favorite restaurants! Service and food are always impeccable and, since the remodel, a more pleasant dining environment.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Always a delight! Food was great as usual and we enjoyed our time again

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Went out for dinner with my partner and my best friend. Love the restaurant, the food was amazing. My partner and I had the cod, it was light and fluffy with a wonder veggie mix and bacon potatoes. My best friend had the Scallops and she loved them. The drinks were great and we really enjoyed the evening. Great service and friendly people.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food, great service. Always on our list of favorites!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Family in town

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Love the Brig ❤️❤️ Awesome service and wonderful food!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, People Watching, Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great ambiance, service and the food is amazing! Always a delight to go here. My only regret is the difficult parking situation.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great food and outstanding service. Sat in the patio area where it was quiet and comfortable.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

We went out with a group of friends that just had Birthdays. Even though we had to wait pass our reservation time we had fun at the bar. It was great just being there with friends. We often go to the one in shelter island but this one was close to all our house. Thanks for the good time. The Ybarras

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

It was a busy evening with a lot of people celebrating the holidays. Our server was friendly, but either super anxious or pressured to get us out as soon as possible. The steak was cooked well, but tasted the char from earlier in the day. Management comped our desserts, but it was still somewhat disappointing.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Went here for dinner with friends, good drinks, decent wine list and several noteworthy micro-brews on tap. Always have selection of fresh wild-caught fish plus seafood and steaks/prime rib. This is our go-to nice dinner spot in the east county.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Birthday Celebration

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I've been to Brigantine many times. The food and service is always good. Great ambiance. It's a great place to dine and spend time with friends and family. It has a great happy hour.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

My halibut dinner was great but my wife's sand dab dinner was to greasy/buttery. She was unable to eat all of it. She always orders this and this is the first time that she did not like it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Had not been there for awhile. I was disappointed in the menu. My wife had the potato chip crusted cod which was excellent. The poor selection of red meat protein was the damper on the evening meal.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Early (5:30pm) sitting found the dinning room less crowded than previous visits, the wait staff more available and the noise level much lower. Beyond the normal menu, there was a 3 course option for early guests and four Chef Specials added to the menu for the evening.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The swordfish is the best anywhere, though I would prefer eliminating the avocado in the crab salsa garnish. Salads are crispy and delicious with exceptional dressings and croutons and good fresh bread. Actually serve chives with baked potato! And don’t miss the hand-shaken margarita. Always professional service.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Been going to this location for years for different events. Always had great service, food and atmosphere. Would recommend the Brigantine to everyone I know and then some.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Don't miss taco Tuesday! We try to go here as often as we can on Tuesday . Also, discount gift cards now on sale for the holiday season.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Brigantine is our go-to place for a little more special get-togethers. We know the food will be good and the service has always been great. At times it can get a little noisy but by going to an earlier dinner, the less crowded restaurant has a semi-quiet ambience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Live Sports, Worth the Drive
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