Cusp Dining & Drinks

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$30 and under
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Californian
Dining at Cusp is a treat for your senses. Enjoy New American fare with an emphasis on sharable plates. Rustic flatbreads from our pizza oven and savory sides compliment our fresh pastas and entrées. Savor Chef Ingrid’s flavorful dishes, chat with friends, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pacific from our 11th floor dining room.

Enjoy the view, while sipping a custom craft cocktail made with our housemade infused spirits and fresh juices.

Not just for special occasions (but perfect for that, too), Cusp is your neighborhood spot. Stylish and relaxed, Cusp is the place to chill out with your friends while enjoying craft cocktails and creative cuisine—the stellar view is on the house.
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Bad choice of music. I cant feel the ambience. Im sorry.

LO
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always an exceptional experience. Fantastic view if the sunset makes for the perfect romantic night out, or an impressive business dinner. The chef never fails to deliver flavorful, sophisticated dishes. Paired with a nice cocktail and even indulge in dessert (my personal favorite being the pavlova) - what more could you ask?! Heaven on earth.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I was coming here to celebrate my mother and my girlfriends birthday and it was absolutely amazing the food was perfect everything came out in a timely manner. Everything was worth every penny!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

It would be fine if there were some flowers on the table because it was valentines day. The music was fine and the garçons were polite. The table near the window was not ok at night no ocean view because of darkness and no convenience because of the shape of the table . The elevator also was old

AM
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Unsatisfactory Valentine's day dinner. Came early for our reservation. Went and tried to enjoy the bar. Service was so slow and there was no hussle to get drinks served. Drinks were good though when they did come. We placed our reservation a few months in advance for a window table however we were sat in the middle of the room getting bumped by other guests and wait staff. And this is even despite a couple of open window tables that we passed by. Wait staff was exceptional but there was only two of them covering the entire restaurant as far as we could tell. Food was pretty good. Fyi mashed potatoes are instant and not truly homemade as advertised. We unfortunately don't think we will ever be back.

PA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Yes with a but- this place needs a refresh. The meal was good but totally unacceptable that we had to wait between 5-10 minutes to get a glass of wine to pair with meal. It was a holiday but servers should plan for a backed up bar consulting with diners before the course is brought to the table.

AN
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food and ambiance. The staff was friendly and helpful. The portions are somewhat small. The interior lighting should be reduced, especially after sunset.

MC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place has a beautiful view, is nice and quiet, brunch is very good and last but not least the service was excellent! Great option!

K
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again fantastic food. Excellent service .best view of the sunset in San Diego

DD
New England
33 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual Chef Ingrid prepared the most delicious appetizers, entrees, and desserts. We had ceviche, fried artichokes, sea bass, gnocchi, deconstructed Pavolova, and apple fritters. All were as good and mostly better than dishes I have ever had. This is a jewel of a restaurant that has yet to be "discovered". I recommend it enthusiastically.

KS
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

This place had been improved significantly since my last visit years ago. The view is much better on a clear day before sunset. I recommend this place and plan to come again soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food during restaurant week. Maybe a little pricey for what you get. Can’t beat the view though.

JC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I was there for a restaurant week poor selection of food anything that was interesting had an up charge ,desserts have six different desserts four of them up charges when we ordered our portions very small . Excellent view of the water but would want to try it without restaurant week

TD
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Love the restaurant week menu. Although the pork belly was dry and overcooked!

e
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met Executive Chef Ingrid Funes. She was gracious and kind to spend a little time while we were there for a nice lunch and birthday celebration. The staff was beyond friendly and the food delightful.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Let’s see, for starters...we were a party of three and were seated in some sort of overflow banquet room with parties of 10 and 12 and our table was small and wobbly. I ordered a glass of champagne. When it arrived I could see there wasn’t a single bubble in the bubbly. Totally flat. About 10 minutes later the server arrived with a new glass. The dinner itself was totally average at best. Service was also average at best. Will not come back. Ever.

SG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cusp restaurant never disappoints.
This is my 5th time here.
Food is excellent!
Service is good!
Beautiful views!
It's a Wonderful meal and environment.

KG
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Christmas Eve ambiance and wonderful service

LC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our Christmas Eve dinner. We arrived and got a table immediately. Our waiter, Juan, was super friendly and recommended some great dishes. We'll be back in the spring to experience the view during the day.

DD
New England
34 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a hidden gem. It was not crowded at all, which surprises me. The food here is as good as any of the restaurants we have eaten in in San Diego. We began with glasses of tempranillo, an excellent red wine. We had pork belly, octopus, and fried artichokes, all of which were superb. We shared scallops, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and fries. We ended with my favorite - the deconstructed Pavlova. The brussel sprouts should not be missed. The fries are crispy and hot. The flavors in all dishes are exquisite. My only complaint was that the air inside was chilly. We have eaten in a lot of restaurants, and this place has consistently the best food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tuesday date night for $60 was a great deal!

L
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Cusp is a beautiful restaurant. The bar, and the restrooms are stunning. The service was great. We were there for Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey dinner was lack luster for the 35.00 price. Turkey was dry, and portions were small. Starters were tasty, however very small. Overall, would go here again. Maybe go for the view at the bar.

e
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner was disappointing. Turkey was bland altho sides were good, view as usual was gorgeous, but a colddddd breeze ran thru the place and everyone was shivering. Really? Great place for simple dishes on warm days I suppose...

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thanksgiving

NY
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a meal right before the holidays and the staff and food were top notch. The menu was excellent, and unexpected for a restaurant hidden in a hotel. View was amazing and provided a great sunset right when we arrived. Just a great experience.

TS
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cusp has a great view of La Jolla Shores looking west to the ocean and sunsets. The food is California cuisine and done well. I recommend Cusp!

DS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Reservation indicated it was a birthday celebration but no birthday dessert was offered, waitress had difficulty answering questions about menu items, music too loud & inappropriate for dinner- had to request that it be turned down, happy hour misleading, as happy hour choices were very limited, corkage fee was $25 for one bottle of wine. The fact that there were so few guests in the dining room should have been a clue. Will not return.

AR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent sea bass and lamb dishes

MD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This restaurant has one of the best views I have seen. What made it even better was that we got to see the sunset. We had the oysters to start off with and they were delicious and tasted fresh. My dinner was good but the chicken breast was on the salty side. I also appreciated that my boyfriends birthday was acknowledged. Overall it’s a good restaurant with good food and a breathtaking view.

JB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The view was great. The service was okay. Waiting a long time to get our drinks. We order some apps that came our wrong. The food runner gave us an excuse instead of just taking care of it. The food was way too salty and was not edible. We did not finish our meals. Way over priced for what get received.

CB
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I was somewhat disappointed in this experience at Cusp. We have celebrated a few special occasions at this restaurant over the years & this time was less than special. Food was just ok & not really worth the price. I think the hotel/restaurant is trying to be a more casual spot but the prices are still high.
I was disappointed that when I made our reservation I told them we were celebrating our anniversary & outside of the hostess wishing us a happy anniversary it was ignored.
I will most likely only return for a drink and the view. I’ve had much better food at San Diego’s better restaurants.

TD
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service

NY
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Juan our waiter is outstanding! Food and presentation superb

PE
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great view of LaJolla Shores while sipping wine with a friend and enjoying a delicious lunch - my colleague had not been recently and both of us were ready to return Cusp.

LT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner at Cusp for Restaurant Week. The view of sunset over La Jolla cove was gorgeous, food was delicious and service was great. The lobster ravioli and chef's special fish were particular highlights. I really appreciate when the restaurant has a creative vegetarian dish on the menu, such as the crispy cauliflower, yum!

SK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week and every thing was amazing!! Friendly and attentive staff, amazing views, and the food was perfect.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was another amazing view and lovely experience.

OT
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Probably the best view in all of San Diego in terms of a restaurant. The food was delicious. Wonderful gazpacho to start and delicious Seabass for my entrée. Highly recommend and I will be back soon

Cusp Dining & Drinks
Responded on December 7, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us, and so glad to hear you had a great experience. We hope to see you soon.

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C
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific food, wonderful service, and a great view. What else would you want?

GH
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't beat the view, the food is excellent, and Dennis our server was a double 'P' (professional and personable).