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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 - 9:30pm, 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-10:30pm; 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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food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (45)
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Neighborhood Gem (34)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Happy Hour (26)
Casual (24)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Good for Groups (24)
Great for Lunch (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Business Meals (14)
Romantic (13)
Fun (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Healthy (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Cozy (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Authentic (7)
Seasonal (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Live Sports (4)
People Watching (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

I made a reservation for Friday February 16 at 7:00 PM for four people. We were running late so I changed it online for 7:15 PM. When we arrived, we were told there was no reservation. When the hostess checked, she said the reservations was for the following day. I had received a confirmation on my cell phone and I showed it to her. It was indeed for Friday! The hostess, Tristen, was very accommodating. She told the manager what happened and they were able to honor my reservation although they were super busy. They apologized and told me we would have to wait 30 minutes, but in less than 20 minutes we were shown to our table. It is this kind of great service that makes this one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants that we continue to visit regularly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined 2 days ago

The Brig is a great.place to get together for either bar food, lunch or a special occasion dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

Very disappointed that they were not offering the 1st catch dinners
Halibut was not good and service was not great after our server got a large party to handle

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentine’s Day dinner celebration with friends

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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a delightful lunch once we were able to park. There was not ONE parking spot available when we arrived. Very, very frustrating. That experience definitely detracted from the otherwise enjoyable lunch.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Great service, good prices and neighborhood friendly.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

I have eaten here many times and have always enjoyed the atmosphere, service and food, but on this outing I ordered the Brig's fish tacos which I've done numerous times, but this time the fish was very dried out.

Tags: Business Meals, Disabled Access, Romantic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Absolutely wonderful as usual! We have celebrated many occasions here and are never disappointed!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Always great food and pleasant ambience. Service is great, everyone is friendly. The most noticeable downside is that, because the Brigantine is so popular, parking is a serious issue. Highly recommend.

Tags: Late-night Find, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined 5 days ago

My husband and I took my best girlfriend for her birthday. My online reservation request of a table with a view was fulfilled. My friend had a two-lobster tail special, my husband scallops, and me the fabulous Cobb salad. We all enjoyed our meals, as well as the brussels sprouts appetizer. Service was wonderfully attentive and well-timed. Although we did not order alcohol, we did not feel at all neglected because of it. We like to come here for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

This place never lets us down. We regularly eat lunch there and, on occasion, dinner. Servers are always helpful, efficient and friendly. Food is always excellent. We will continue to frequent the Brig. It's been our favorite place for years.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Our dinners were both great. Waitress was very friendly helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. Hostess was friendly .
Pleasant dining experience

Tags: Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Prompt seating in a quiet area as requested. Good fresh fish and ordinary salad. The waiter was very attentive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Outstanding! Our Server Joh was great and the food was outstanding

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent food and service. Thanks for a great time on my birthday!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Our annual post Holiday Brunch is usually at an all-you-can eat buffet brunch. They are getting so expensive and usually a lot of "adequate" food. We decided to try the Brig instead and were not disappointed. $4 unlimited champagne!! Our waitperson Christina was the best!! The food was delish. We will definitely come back to The Brig la Mesa.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2018

A very disappointing meal at one of our very favorite restaurants. We usually rate this restaurant 5’s; but on this occasion, the fish was horrible! We have been diners here since the Brigantine in La Mesa opened so many years ago. We usually order the swordfish, more delectable than any other venue. On this night, the fish was cooked to dark brown with black on the edges. The cook flipped it so the brown was on the bottom on both portions. These plates should never have left the kitchen. The fish was hard and dry. Our waitress, Shannon, offered to replace, but we opted for one extra portion, which was OK but not the usual moist and wonderful.
The manager made a price adjustment but never came to our table to make sure we were satisfied. Shannon was very pleasant, but somehow, the bottom line was a dinner that lasted one hour and 45 minutes while our margaritas languished over the ice ...very diluted. And the distraction of all the issues ruined what should have been a relaxed and pleasant dinner.By the way, we arrived early for our 5:15 reservation when the restaurant was almost empty. It filled up while we waited, and many people came and went and we were still waiting.
Sad to say, we will not return for awhile; the memory is a negative.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Very enjoyable and the outdoor dining was very comfortable and relaxing!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our dining experience was a positive one. Our waiter was helpful and kind. Our food was excellent.
Hostess was friendly and showed us to our table upon our arrival.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were very disappointed in the Brigantine last Saturday night. We've gone to this restaurant for years and some visits have been better than others, but this time the food was way below our expectations. I had macadamia nut crusted Mahi-Mahi and rice pilaf. The fish was basically tasteless and the rice wasn't much better. I also put on our reservation that we were celebrating my birthday, but there was no acknowledgment of that at all. We were also less than impressed with the service. Like I said, we had reservations but when we got there the table they had for us had noisy children next door. We said we would wait for a better table and after waiting patiently for another 20 minutes we were seated in a "traffic lane" for the wait staff. I don't think we will be back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great Birthday dinner.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We had good food and service, but noisy as usual because of the large crowds. The food was good and many choices were available so everyone could order their favorites.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

They did a really nice remodel a couple of years ago. The outdoor seating areas are also much nicer than they were. Our server Ellen, and our busboy, were attentive and personable.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 22, 2018

My son and I always love their seafood entrees. Our swordfish dish was excellent! Extremely friendly environment. Great service! I would recommend to all my friends to come to this location.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Healthy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Always a good meal. The shrimp and grits are wonderful.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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 8, 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 8, 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 6, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 3, 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 2, 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 1, 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 30, 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 30, 2017

Great food and service I love eating here

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 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 26, 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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