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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

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (56)
Good for Anniversaries (49)
Good for Birthdays (49)
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Neighborhood Gem (37)
Casual (36)
Good for a Date (34)
Happy Hour (29)
Great for Lunch (28)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Business Meals (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
Worth the Drive (21)
Romantic (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Good for Groups (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Fun (16)
Healthy (16)
Cozy (15)
Great for Brunch (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Disabled Access (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Seasonal (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Authentic (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
People Watching (4)
Tapas (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Sports (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Consistently good food and choices. Always attentive wait staff. Our go-to for date night and seafood options.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

This was the 2nd time we had eaten in this restaurant. Food was very good. The Food was fresh In the service was excellent. Will be back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I have been going the Brig/ Top Shelf La Mesa for over 35 years and have been disappointed lately. It has almost become a sole seafood restaurant with few meat and or chicken choices. The prices have increased also. So sad as the only nice restaurant in East County.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

I made the reservation earlier in the day. We arrived 15 minutes early and checked in. We were the first ones seated at 5:00. We had a booth, which was comfortable. Our server, Angel, was helpful in explaining the specials. Our food arrived at proper temperature and was very filling and flavorful. Because it was my husband's birthday, $6.50 was taken off our bill...an appreciated bonus which was unexpected. We had a large family get-together at the Brigantine in August and enjoyed it so much that we came back in November. We don't go out to eat very often. When we do, we want to go where we feel comfortable. Although the noise level was a bit high, we enjoyed our night out.

Tags: Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2017

This has been our favorite East County restaurant for the past 10+ years. My friends and I frequent it often because of great food, service and value. We've never been disappointed. And they never kick us out when we've continued to visit long after the food was eaten and enjoyed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Server did not introduce herself, she spoke too softly so we could not hear her, she talked too quickly so we could not understand the specials and had to have her repeat the offering several times, the service was poor and slow, the prime rib was tough, served cold, and came raw for requested medium rare. We will not return to this dining establishment nor recommend it. 11/14/2017

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We got right in with our Open Table reservation. Food was good as always.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Pleasant surroundings, good service and good to excellent food.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The reservation was perfect. The food and service was wonderful. Mandy did a very good job, friendly and helpful.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I had a dinner reservation using my Brigantine birthday coupon. Even though I had a coupon and was a table for one, my server John treated me like I was his most important table. The food was great, my favorite mahi mahi, and was followed with a slice of mud pie and coffee. Brigantine is my favorite place for special occasions or out-of-town guests. Never disappointed by the atmosphere, food, or service.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Prime rib was very fatty. Half of it was nothing but fat. They compt the meal, but I won’t order that again. Luckily the baked potato was edible.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had visited the Brigantine La Mesa on recommendation from our host and were thrilled with the experience. The waiter was attentive and the service was quick. The food was delicious and the prices are reasonable. I would definitely recommend the Brigantine La Mesa to anyone visiting the area.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our dinner was excellent, and the wine choice recommended by our waiter was great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The Lobster/Crab Cobb small order was divine and really big! A bargain at $12.50
Amazingly huge oysters perfectly shucked. I wish I'd saved room for mud pie!!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 31, 2017

As always a great meal and beautiful setting,
And fortunate to still have wild halibut

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Love Brig LaMesa but
Last 2 times I was there on Saturday they had run out of prime rib by 715!
Since it’s their signature dish that’s ridiculous

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our experience was perfect. It was a busy night and the only thing that is difficult is parking.
Lucky we were able to find a space after the second go round of the lot.
We were seated immediately and our waiter, Angel Duran, was outstanding.
He was professional and catered to our needs.
We were very pleased!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great meal and service as usual. They were able to accommodate the bday celebration with a booth and window seating as requested. Thank you Brigantine.

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

I took my friend to Brigantine for a birthday dinner. The food, drinks, and service were all excellent. Both of us enjoyed our dining experience there.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Took my friend for a birthday and preconcert dinner. As usual, the food and service was great and got out in plenty of time to drive to venue...The Brig has always been consistently great. Love it!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Another great experience at the La Mesa Brigantine. We all liked our meals, and Coco did a great job of serving.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The crab cake was wonderful! I just wanted a light lunch so it was perfect in size and very tasty. Sarah was attentive and very accommodating. My friends had the fish tacos and they both enjoyed them. The Brig is our go-to place for lunch with the girls as has been for years. We’ve never been disappointed!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Took some out-of-town friends to Sunday Brunch, was taken outside into the patio—at our request—and taken to a perfect corner table in the quietest part of the area; the waiter was excellent, the best we’ve ever had in the 35 years we’ve been going to La Mesa Brigantine! The food was excellent and our guests were delighted!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The Brigantine never fails to delight. With the newly renovated dining area, it is much lighter and open. The food is always impeccably prepared and the service is outstanding. While the specials can be quite pricey, no one can deny the food is delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The Brigantine is always a very reliable and consistent place to dine. The experience is great from the moment you walk in. Service is always great and menu/drink options are always wonderful. Even though I entered we were celebrating our anniversary on the open table reservation, not one person mentioned it, so not sure if there is some disconnect with Open Table and the restaurant or the hostes don't pass on that info to the server? Anyways we had a great evening and enjoyed our food! We mostly enjoy the happy hour and bar area but for our anniversary decided to eat in the main restaurant and it was good choice!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food and Service were excellent. Marked down ambiance due to noise level. Restaurant was very busy (Friday night crowd) and the noise level made conversation difficult.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This local restaurant is popular with all ages! We love dining there for special occasions or just anytime. The staff knows excellent customer service and the food is always delicious!

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Awesome meal, great service, nice ambiance...... Probably the best meal I've had in a long time. Calamari was out of this world. We visited San Diego for my wife's birthday and she said our meal was end of a perfect day.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 4, 2017

I took my wife here for her birthday because it’s our favorite restaurant! Our meal started off with a choice of salads, soups, and other items; for the main course she had the Swordfish and I had the Salmon; both were excellent, and I highly recommend their fresh Seafood to anyone! For dessert—because it was her birthday—they served us Mud Pie! But we asked for two servings of cream brûlée to take home. This dinner was extraordinarily satisfying, and my wife was so happy I took her to the Brigantine!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Classic seafood and generous portions. If you enjoy macadamia encrusted grilled fish (halibut, true cod, mahi mahi), this place offers the best in town. Enjoy their frequently changing wine selection.

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

The seafood entrees are perfectly prepared, fresh and delicious. Our server, Tami is outstanding—so genuinely personable.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Lobster fest was delicious. Hope they will do this again.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We dined with friends at the Brigantine during their End of Summer Lobster Feast special. Maine lobster, clam chowder, mashed potatoes, and corn on the cob for $30. The ambience, service and food was great. We had a great evening. We'll be back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The lobster was fantastic as was the service. The triple berry tart was so good, I recommeded it to all my friendss. The food is ALWAYS GOOD.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Lobster night. What more can I say. The food was excellent. The service was great. We totally enjoyed our evening at Brigantines.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Way to loud with children running every where. We had made reservations for a birthday brunch and we're seated next to Kitchen with wait staff walking in and out yelling "corner." Then when we asked what (if any) was the Military discount and the hostesses giggled at us and said; oh we don't give those."

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Amazing as always!!! 11th anniversary and had a great meal!

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

WE WERE SEATED FAST. STAFF WAS FRIENDLY AND KNOWLEDGEABLE. ALTHOUGH WE MAY HAVE LINGERED A LITTLE LONGER AFTER FINISHING OUR MEAL, DEEP INTO CONVERSATION, WE WERE NOT PRESSURED TO VACATE OUR TABLE. NICE ATMOSPHERE AS WELL.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date
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