Coasterra

4.5
2081 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Regional Mexican
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Coasterra offers a modern Mexican regional cuisine from Executive Chef /Partner Deborah Scott. Every dining area offers spectacular skyline views of San Diego. Come sit in our dining room with Floor to ceiling windows overlooking the bay, or dine alfresca while enjoying one of Chef Deborah"s favorite Coconut Margaritas!
Feel free to request indoor or patio seating, we will do our best to accommodate.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Regional Mexican, Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily; 11:30 am - 2:30 pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday ; 5:00pm -9:00 pm;
Friday & Saturday; 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm;
Feel free to request indoor or patio seating, we will do our best to accommodate.
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Phone number
(619) 814-1300
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Executive Chef/Partner Deborah Scott
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North Harbor Drive
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Parking details
Coasterra makes parking simple with our personable valet service for both lunch & dinner.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
2,081 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
68%
Very Good
18%
Good
9%
Fair
3%
Poor
1%
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.7
ambience
4.0
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DC
Denver
1 review
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for making my husbands birthday special! The service was fantastic!!!

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D
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible view of the bay. Tableside guacamole is a must. Excellent house margarita. Variety of main dishes was exceptional. Desserts worth every calorie.

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MB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place to dine in all regards- food, ambiance, service, price.

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SC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was very friendly especially to accommodate us in changing tables to stay warmer. I love the food and it is always a great view no matter where you sit.

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m
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had fantastic service, and really appreciated the table by the water with a perfect view of the downtown skyline.

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R
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Request for terrace seating was available and honored. View is always outstanding. Difficult to converse due to noise . Adult drinks were very good. Food was very good. Service was somewhat slow even after dinner crowd thinned out. Our server was okay, didn't seem too interested in being there.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best seat in the restaurant. We were closest to the skyline on the water. As long as you know you’ll be spending a lot money when you come here, you’ll be fine. Worth it!

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JV
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Wanted it to be so much better. Have been a fan of C-Level next door for a while. Took some friends to Coasterra to check it out, as I love Mexican food, and it was billed as modern Mexican. We had a reservation. When we got there, my friends decided that they would prefer to have an outside table as opposed to the inside booth that had been assigned us. So we had to wait 15 minutes, which was fine. There is an outside firepit area to chat in. The hostesses were all vey nice. When we were seated, we were glad we asked for the outside table. If you come here, you are coming here for the view. Period. And it is the BEST view of San Diego. The inside is noisier that the outside and more cramped. The decor can best be described as industrial. This is NOT a place for a intimate romantic evening. As for the food, it is NOT Mexican. If you are a fan of the fare at the other Cohen eateries and just wish to have them given a bit of Mexican flair, then this is the place for you. There are alot of seafood and beef options. There are very few vegetarian options. There is one taco option... fried and filled with plantains. Other than the Tortilla Soup, and the chips on the table (which were nice) there are no other tortillas to be seen. I ordered the Chille Relleno as it mentioned that it had Cotija Cheese. There was just a sprinkling of cheese and the chiles were filled with sweet potatoes and were so spicy they were inedible. It was also not an attractive plate. My friends had the Macho Salads (which the LOVED). The desserts have always been a bit of a low point for me at Cohen eateries and this was no different. Everything was dark and heavy, and just too over thought. That was my feeling with most of the food. Mexican cuisine is simple. As for the weight staff, although our Guacamigo (the guy who made our tableside guacamole) was pleasant, our waitress seemed overworked. The place DOES have a kind of assemblyline vibe, that is unfortunate given the prime location.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I am so disappointed that the barge blocks the most spectacular view in the world. I go to Costerra for the ambience only to be looking at that ugly empty barge. You need to move it out of the view!

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LC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

We came for an early date night on a Saturday at 4:30. We didn’t get greeted for 10 minutes. Then our server disappeared for significant periods of time in between. At one point, we had waited so long for our tequila on the rocks that when they brought them, the ice was all melted and the glasses were dripping in condensation. It took another ten minutes for the next round to come out. The servers were kind, but seemed spread thin. The food is mediocre at best, but the view is really the reason to go. You can’t beat the scene and it almost makes up for the food. But service really ruined the night. I always forget that I don’t love this place until I go again. I don’t think we will be back again.

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E
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sitting outside with a view of the San Diego Bay enjoying a fabulous (not inexpensive) cocktail eating delicious cuisine is definitely the Coasterra experience. I shall enjoy it every chance I get!

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JK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic! Service was amazing, food was delicious, and you can’t beat the views. Order the coconut margarita...the best!

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WN
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Food is very mediocre but the view is to die for. Maybe just go for a drink.

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D
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carne nachos were outstanding - we would go back just foe those!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Put that it was my SOs birthday, reconfirmed with the host upon arrival that it was her birthday, and went back near the end of the meal to confirm they had the right table to bring out a cake with a birthday candle and they just didn’t do it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Drinks were good—food was just okay.

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JF
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I would like to say that this was a place i truly enjoyed. Went there just 2 days ago and left my expensive glasses on the seat where i was sitting. They have full video of me walking in with them and not leaving with them. I was also told by the manager that he review the video and didn’t see anyone pick them up. So that means my glasses should still be there. After the manager reviewed the video the manager calls me to tell me they weren’t there and he coouldnt see anyone pick them up. I know that’s not true. I will be contacting corporate and if one of the workers removed my glasses and stole them i will be requesting reimbursement. Corporate off will be hearing about this.

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N
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was not good. Too spicy after we requested non-spicy. Presentation was awfull and the taste was bland. Definetly not the place to go for good food. On the other hand nice view. Maybe just for cocktails.

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BH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great; Service was only ok. Our server seemed overwhelmed and to have very little menu knowledge.

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KV
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the most unique, Harbor side, restaurants that I have visited and I have been to quite a few internationally. Excellent menu and environmental ambiance.

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SW
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

View can’t be beat. Food was interesting and excellent. Margaritas could be improved.

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service. Prompt and pleasant attention to a staff mistake. We asked for and were given a special table. We will be back.

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EK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It our forty-ninth anniversary and I was looking for a restaurant with a view of San Diego Bay for a special dinner with my wife. I found Coasterra on-line and made an early reservation. It was a wonderful experience. The place was packed even though we had a five o'clock reservation. It was hot and we chose to sit inside because it was air conditioned. However, the outside patio seating was full. The food was great and more importantly the staff was over the top. They took excellent care of us. We will be back.

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JG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Very disappointing evening. I was hosting a party of 8. The food was cold, steak tough and one person was served their dinner 15 minutes before the other 7. We had to ask for water refills and an alcoholic second drink order when dinner was served arrived with the dessert menus. Sloppy untrained service . The view was fantastic but the rest of the evening was embarrassing. Too many missteps to list them all.

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KF
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. We come to San Diego about six times during the summer and always eat here. Ya our go to place. Love the view!!

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P
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good! We had the Guacamole prepared tableside, Chile Rellino with sweet potato filling - very spicy but yummy and Margaritas made with house made sweet and sour - tasty! Visited late evening after picking up friend from Airport. Nice evening to sit outside and enjoy the view. this was our second time there and would definitely go again.

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K
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Coasterra for my birthday and it was wonderful! Great view of the city! Wonderful menu! Highly recommend!

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M
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best waitress ever. Our firm holds it's Christmas lunch here every year and I wanted to have dinner here. The food was wonderful and the view is gorgeous.

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H
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The view is beautiful and the food is nicely prepared. However, our servicer was new and could not open a bottle of wine and my husband had to help her. Our bill was given to another person dining at coasterra along with our credit card. The next day our credit card was charged 3 times for somebody else's bill and twice for our amounts. Besides the service the restaurant is very beautiful.

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JP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful restauarant with a great view of San Diego Bay. Our server, Chelsea, was attentive, professional, friendly and informative and allowed us to have a fantastic first experience at this place. The food was delicious with ample portions and reasonably priced. Wine and dessert was fabulous as well. Our only criticism of Coasterra would be how loud it is in there. Overall, it was an excellent dining experience!

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OT
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

This was my second visit to Coasterra. Recently they changed their menu and I found the selection poor. I had the NY steak and it was over cooked. The sides with the steak were strange. It was also very expensive!!!!! A side of guacamole was $10. The over cooked steak was $41! The service was very good but I will not return. It is too bad because the location and view are amazing. One last note; I did not get any Opentable points for this visit!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

If you are looking for a place to eat with spectacular views, this is your place! If you want fantastic food, look elsewhere! Very disappointed! Ordered the mariscos sampler...... the seafood was terrible, being from monterey, I know what great seafood tastes like! Everything was sitting on what was once ice and became a soggy mess! One should know better than to place poke and ceviche .....in a bed of lettuce (1 piece of lettuce) and then place it on top of ice.... not the brightest thing to do! Maybe I just ordered the wrong plate.... who knows, I never will!
Again, very disappointed for the price!

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BQ
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Great setting. Food was very average. We have dined a lot at Cohn's -- Vintana, Island Prime, C level --- and this was our first time at Coasterra. Too many misses on the night -- food, service, attention to the event.
Birthday occasion -- did not remember.

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TV
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We always love bringing guests to SD to Coasterra. On this visit, our server was excellent (sorry I don't remember his name). He made excellent recommendations and was just the right amount of attentive. Our water glasses were kept filled - it was a hot day - so thank you! I had the ahi tuna tostada and it was wonderful! A lot of tuna and presentation was great. 2 of our group had the shrimp tacos and they were very happy as well. We all had different margaritas and they were all yummy. Every visit to Coasterra is a delight due to its incredible location and views.

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AS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time there and not disappointing in the least. The place is awesome and the views are amazing. We had a great time. Service and food was excellent!

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C
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This was for our 24th anniversary dinner. Service and ambience were great. My wife's cod was excellent. My NY strip was ordered Medium Rare and I received Medium well and did not have much flavor. Drinks are very expensive.

The lunch's are a better choice.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drinks and ambience!

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T
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not as dialed in as other Cohen restaurants. Huge and easy to get a seat but noisy due to modern glass/shine decor. Food better than many restaurants but not as good as most other Cohen properties. Plus a simple hamburger for a child, specifically ordered with no cheese, and a reminder no cheese, was served with cheese. Not good - if my daughter had taken a bite of the burger our night was over due to her extreme dairy allergy. Place was 1/3 full yet we had a 9 minute wait before a server showed up. Waterfront tables marked reserved but we saw three tables that had the reserve sign removed and walk-ins seated whereas we has a reservation and took what was offered after asking about other tables. Appeared all stations were open, lots of empty tables, but still we were limited. We asked how you reserve a waterside table and were told it was an arrangement with hotels. We are local so that is a non-starter. Either save your money (it’s not inexpensive) and stay home or go to Island Prime or C-Level (both next door.)

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T
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding and nothing beats the view. The food was just average and all of our dishes were on the spicy side. Chips tasted stale, and it’s pricey on top of the 3% they add to the bill. It’s a once in awhile with out-of-town guests stop just for the location if nothing else.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have to say that this is one of my favorite places in all of San Diego, not just because of the scenery, but because of the ambiance, and of course, the food! The menu has changed as I believe it is seasonal, so that’s always a plus. The view is pretty grand from anywhere inside, or outside, on the property. The wait staff is awesome, I could never say enough good things about them. Our waitress was fantastic and I never forget a name and I forgot hers, but that doesn’t mean I won’t remember her face when I get there again! I appreciate all the staff there and will definitely be visiting again!

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