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Coasterra

4.6
4.6
5873 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Coasterra is San Diego’s premier bay front dining destination! We are an innovative and modern restaurant, lounge and floating event center, featuring Mexican cuisine.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 100 times today
Experiences are available.
Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Seafood, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 814-1300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Executive Chef/Partner Deborah Scott

  • Private party facilities

    Coasterra offers innovative and modern Mexican cuisine from Executive Chef /Partner Deborah Scott. Our breathtaking views of the Downtown San Diego Skyline will surely create the ideal backdrop for your event.

  • Private party contact

    Events Manager: (855) 728-6189

  • Neighborhood

    Harbor Island

  • Cross street

    North Harbor Drive

  • Parking details

    No valet at this time. Our parking lot is self parking for both lunch and dinner service.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Christmas Buffet

    $84.95 per person

    Dec 25, 2022 only
    Celebrate Christmas with Coasterra! We will be offering an expansive buffet on our outdoor patio featuring some of Chef Deborah Scott's holiday offerings. We will be featuring pork adobo, slow-roasted prime rib, and honey baked ham. Reservations are not table specific and we will do our best to accommodate your requests. Merry Christmas!
  • New Year's Eve Celebration

    $94.95 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Come celebrate the New Year with the most amazing views of downtown San Diego. We are offering a 3 course menu for $94.95 per person and all reservations have a 2 hour time limit. Reservations are set as standard (inside) and outdoors. All outdoor reservations have no bad weather back up.

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What 5,873 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Great for scenic views

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  1. CM

    CourteneyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time there had such a great experiences will return!!
  2. RR

    RuthannR

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We showed up a bit early for our reservation, and they still gave us a great table. Our friend was running late and so we were there an extra amount of time with no issues. The service was wonderful. The food was terrific and we will go again soon.
  3. SW

    SueW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    the table was situated directly under speakers in which the music was quite loud. It was difficult to hold conversations as a result. It was not crowded so do not know why they were unable to turn down the volume. It was exceptionally windy and seating indoors was not available. Not suitable for business luncheons.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    The view is outstanding. There for a Sunday brunch with family which started out fine until the food arrived: a simple salad with grilled salmon except the lettuce was so dirty and gritty with sand and dirt it was inedible!! Brother had the same thing and also inedible. Basic food prep people, clean the food properly. The manager took it off the bill but still it ruined the meal.
  6. EG

    EdenG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was fantastic. All the food we ordered was delicious and I couldn't have been happier with my meal. Will definitely return again.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Wifey and I had a great time enjoying a really good meal! What made it all perfect was the level of service we received from our waitress! She went above and beyond to ensure we had everything we needed! I'm upset I forgot her name as she really deserves to be recognized for her OUTSTANDING service! Will definitely go back again very soon!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding, friendly and attentive service. Food was delicious.
  9. GE

    GEORGETTE

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    El lugar espectacular el servicio muy bueno la comida mala Deberían tener mejor comida
  10. TM

    TrevorM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    My wife and I reserved a spot for the Thanksgiving buffet. The service was great. The atmosphere was very good and the view was awesome The buffet lacked many side options and had several meat options. One big disappointment was that there was no Turkey breast the entire 2 hours that we were there.
  11. BC

    BrierC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for the thanksgiving buffet and it was perfect! Great food, views, & service! Will be back for a regular menu too!
  12. LT

    LynneT

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent choice for a holiday special meal like Thanksgiving. Every single item we had was well prepared and tasted delicious. Special standouts were the winter squash soup with apples and pepitas, the slow roasted NY strip loin, cornbread dressing and sweet potatoes with crushed pineapple instead of the typical oranges for citrus tang. And the desserts were all heavenly, particularly the tiny espresso mousse and lemon bar petit fours. The only thing we were never able to try (it kept being promised in 5 minutes but never arrived!) was the cranberry sauce to go with the turkey. So we were sad about that. But all the other buffet items were available and seemed to be replenished often, as the food was always hot and fresh. Coasterra is a favorite because of the amazing views and its location on the water, its fantastic drinks - particularly the margaritas! - and the regular coastal Mexican menu. But you can also tell that the chefs really take care with the food, and express that care in quality and do a great job on all types of cuisine. Our server was also very professional and courteous, she graciously offered to pour the bottle of wine we brought and the corkage fee was very reasonable. We totally appreciated being able to come to a beautiful restaurant and setting, eat, spend time visiting, and savor like we would at home, but not have any of the effort, mess or cleanup for the holiday. It was a dream come true! :-) Thanks Coasterra.
  13. d

    denimc

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We love Costerra normally, their regular menu is incredible. I do not think buffet style is their cup of tea. I was disappointed with the quality of the food for Thanksgiving. I love green bean casserole. Mine was cold, like not even cooked. Most of the other food was maybe average.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The restaurant was amazing and accommodating. Unfortunately the food was underwhelming and not what I expected from that caliber of a restaurant. The food was semi warm and by the time you got it to the table it was cold. Very disappointing.
  15. TG

    TyGei

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great Thanksgiving buffet! Looking forward to next year for the same dinner.
  16. T

    Tree

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & location Great service Buffett was great. Beans were not good
  17. BR

    BigRob

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. Had a great time and would definetely do it again.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    The views are obviously stunning since the restaurant is right on the bay. The service was fine and the waitress was adequately attentive. We went for the thanksgiving buffet and unfortunately, one of the guests in our party found a long hair in his food. Although the food was lukewarm, most of us enjoyed the stuffing, pork adobo, and Brussels sprouts. As you can imagine, all that went out the window with the hair issue. We definitely will not be returning:
  19. MC

    MaryClareH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The worst meal we have had in many years. The lettuce & kale salad was old and soggy, the turkey was dried out with no flavor and the sides were just gross. Shame on you Coasterra for serving such a horrid meal on such a wonderful holiday.
  20. BT

    BestTaster

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    This review is only for the Thanksgiving dinner. Do NOT do the Thanksgiving buffet here. I was really looking forward to this. But this was the WORST food quality I have ever had at a high-end restaurant. The meats were all dry. The green beans were undercooked. The mashed potatoes were buttery. The deviled eggs were rubbery. (no rhyme intended!) Even the pumpkin pie was super gelatinous. The crust on the apple pie was under baked. The salmon was the only thing that was passable. It seemed like they just phoned it in. I'm not even sure there was a gourmet chef in the kitchen! It's almost like everything was premade, outsourced. The desserts as well. And on top of it all, the food did not sit well with my spouse. Basically we paid $79 per person to not feel well. Underwhelmed and disappointed. Thanks but no thanks! The only reason why I gave 2 star instead of 1 was the pleasant staff and service. End of rant :)
  21. GC

    GregoryC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice Thanksgiving meal. Whole family enjoyed. We will visit again soon.
  22. CH

    CraigH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had Thanksgiving brunch there. The food was as good as the view.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Had a reservation for my mom’s 68th birthday. We were looking forward to a family meal to celebrate my mom. The hostess acknowledged the birthday and said happy birthday to me, but not to my mom. Even though we had a reservation for five people, we were seated at a table for four and a 5th chair was pulled over. Sure, that happens sometimes. However, this was a special occasion and we had a reservation, so I was expecting a little better preplanning on their part so we weren’t squeezing five adults into a small table. When I asked if we could be seated at one of the many empty larger tables, I was immediately dismissed. Regarding food and drinks, we ordered margaritas and they were all made well and tasty. I especially enjoyed my fig margarita. My dad and brother shared seafood paella, which was bland and left much to be desired. My mom had the salmon on a bed of quinoa with a cucumber salad, which she enjoyed. I ate the Mary’s half chicken with Chimichurri sauce and garlic rice, which was decent, but only had two pieces of broccolini. My other brother had the carnitas, which was cold. The person who brought the water, salsa, and chips was pleasant and polite. However, our water was not refilled the entire time we were at the restaurant. The waiter was not actively bad, but was not friendly. He didn’t introduce himself. It felt like he was going through the motions. We were not offered the dessert menu at the end of our meal, let alone any sort of birthday dessert or acknowledgment for my mom. The view overlooking the harbor was great. Ambiance was okay, the decor was very manufactured and basic trying to be trendy in an overpriced restaurant. As you walk up to the restaurant you get a waft of sewage smell in the parking lot, which was unpleasant. Overall, there was a nice view, decent, but overpriced food, service was lackluster. Disappointing experience from Cohn group restaurant.
  24. GV

    GinaV

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The view is 5 stars. We went at sunset and the reflection off the downtown buildings is beautiful. And what I really appreciate is that even when you sit outside you are in the shade. The food was delicious, kudos to the flautas. Our server was wonderful- attentive and courteous. We took our family visiting from out of town and they were so impressed.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food and the view!
  26. JL

    JimL

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Setting was gorgeous- we were not rushed by staff but that pace must have represented the food sitting because both entrees were room temp. Plate was slightly warm… Taste was good.
  27. LH

    LarryH

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The food wasn't worth the price. We ordered mussels and clams as an appetizer and they were both very small with little inside. For an entrée we ordered paella which was mostly rice with very little mussels or clams and both were very small. Then the server didn't bring the wine we ordered. The restaurant didn't seem all that busy as it was a Sunday evening but, the severer in my opinion wasn't very attentive. Loved the atmosphere and the view don't think we'll be back.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Food was amazing, service was okay considering the reviews this place has received. We got a nice table overlooking the bay and the high rises.
  29. D

    Deanna

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    The ambiance is spectacular and the food is generally good. It's a little over-priced; we paid $12 for pretty basic guacamole, and it wasn't even made at the table. The service was a bit off-putting. The server seemed to lack any sense of urgency or even peppiness and made multiple references to "God is good," which just seems peculiar and out of place for this setting.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service1ambience5
    The servers were switching out and it took over an hour for them to take our food order. We had four kids with us so that was not great
  31. GK

    GregK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service, and atmosphere were all A+. Definitely recommend sitting out on the deck and taking in a breathtaking view of the city. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. I would recommend this restaurant to just about anyone.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had notes we were celebrating our 10 year anniversary and requested a nice private table. Chelsea said we have a wonderful table for you. It was apparent that as they walked us to the table, that they had given it to someone else. I overheard another hostess say oh I just sat (the other party) at the first table. They then tried to seat us at a table in the middle of the restaurant saying requests aren’t always guaranteed (I get it, but didn’t appreciate that comment given the circumstances). I understand that, but given the occasion the request and their mistake, I was frustrated. We went back up to the front and Chelsea and the manager (sorry I missed his name) were wonderful! They acknowledged the mix up, apologized, got us a really nice seat and came to check on us a couple times. And they offered us a celebratory drink, an extra special touch. My point in giving the background is only to point out that when mistakes happen (that’s life) they went out of their way to fix it, which is something I appreciate immensely and a sign of good management. We left raving about food and how they turned around what could have left us with a bad taste into an amazing night we will cherish. The food was fabulous, the view amazing, and they made every effort to make our visit special. So thank you, we will most definitely be back. And… you must have the coconut margarita. I will no doubt crave this cocktail until I return.
  33. S

    Summer

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    I was disappointed with the food and drinks. One of the dishes ordered had to be sent back. Margaritas ordered were not good. The restaurant is beautiful but I won’t return.
  34. d

    duanes

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Karen made sure that our Anniversary dinner was terrific. Much appreciated!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration for my friend and it was very nice.
  36. WD

    WallyD

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Swordfish tacos were outstanding.
  37. NF

    NatanF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
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  38. L

    Lisa

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Not as good as usual. Had to wait to be seated even though we had a reservation, the waiter was not attentive at all, he only came once to see if we wanted drinks. And the dessert we ordered, chocolate smores was WAY too sweet. I love chocolate but couldn't even eat it. Disappointing.
  39. RG

    RiverG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was fantastic! It was a slow night and we were waiting on hand and foot
  40. GM

    GrahamM

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A lot more noise than I remember .. it was busy.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Coasterra is rated 4.6 stars by 5873 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 100 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Coasterra

880 B Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    North Harbor Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Harbor Island

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Seafood, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    No valet at this time. Our parking lot is self parking for both lunch and dinner service.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Executive Chef/Partner Deborah Scott

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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