Island Prime

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4676 reviews
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Chef Deborah Scott's Island Prime highlights her innovative and eclectic style, which will only be enhanced by the spectacular panoramic view and attentive Southern hospitality. Overlooking beautiful San Diego harbor.

C-Level, our bistro style restaurant, is open for lunch daily beginning at 11:30am and stays open through dinner. C-Level offers a beautiful outdoor, heated patio overlooking the San Diego skyline.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Chef Deborah Scott has put together a fantastic 3-course Prix Fixe menu that features exciting Steak and Seafood options for $74.95 per person. Reservations are for inside dining and window tables are not guaranteed.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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

Excellent food, though it took a bit of time between courses.

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

Everything was beyond amazing! Food was so delicious one of the best filet mignon steaks we’ve ever had! So tasty so tender it literally melts in your mouth! Mac and cheese wow! Iceberg salad omg!! Great!’ Drinks and even the water was great! Bread and butter wow! Wow!!! can’t say one bad thing! My husband and I loved it so much’ can’t wait to go back!! Customer service was excellent!

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PW
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Expensive, good staff, food is great, but our steak was burned on the edges. Didn't tell us there would be a charge for a plate split. When they tell you the baked potatoes are huge, they are.

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

Expensive, but well worth the money! We came for a special occasion and could not have been happier! They were out of the whiskey we wanted, but happily upgraded us in place of it. Steak was incredible as well as the salmon. A+ would recommend!

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

We had a group of 11 for a business dinner and the service and view exceeded expectations. Highly recommend!

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

Bone-in Ribeye and Brussel Sprouts are to die for. View is pretty, service was very slow upfront but attentive once food was served.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was AWESOME! our waiter was the absolute best!!

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BD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience! Enrique provided first class service with friendly personality and great recommendations. The entire team at Island Prime delivered on all points. Very popular place for all occasions or just a great steak and lobster dinner. Incredible wine and beer list. Location is a secret gem near the airport, right on the water. Another Cohn culinary success!

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food was amazing and great seating for the view

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SH
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and very good service. We were well taken care of

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RA
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The view, the ambiance and the service were great. I ordered the filet trio and was a bit let down. If I had closed my eyes I would have thought I was eating ground beef. On top of that, I would consider the serving of crab that came with it as a miniature. I'll be back, but I will order something different next time.

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T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little loud because there was a party of 20+. The more they drank the louder it got. Suggest a muffled partition buffer for larger parties. Other than that, everything was very nice. Pricey. I had been to C-level - same kitchen? - and had a shrimp cocktail. At C-level I received 5 jumbo shrimp. At Island Prime, I received 3 shrimp, but cost more. Disappointing. But overall, loved the environment, and food.

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Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday

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MG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the dinner was 5 stars. Very romantic evening. Thank you.

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OR
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to take the wife/girlfriend for a special occasion.
We enjoyed a great dinner and had a beautiful view of San Diego Bay.

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LR
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Island Prime many times over the years and our expectations are always exceeded. The food is always outstanding and the service is impeccable. We were celebrating our daughter's music concert from earlier that day and a cousin's new job. Our server provided us with an incredible complimentary dessert and prior to our main course, a delicious cheese appetizer! Island Prime continually provides memorable dining experiences like no other in San Diego! It is always our first choice for both special occasions or whenever we want a 5-Star dining experience!

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RM
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience!! My wife and I were visiting San Diego for the first time, we wanted a nice dinner on the water and Island Prime was perfect! The view of the city was beautiful, the drinks were perfect, and the food was amazing! I highly recommend this place if you’re in San Diego!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating two birthdays. The food was all outstanding and the service was excellent. We went for the view and were pleasantly surprised by the awesome food.

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Portland
24 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Lovely setting on the San Diego waterfront, so you pay for the ambience—but don’t expect the food to match the prices. The markup on wine bottle pricing is crazy, even by typical restaurant standards, and the while the cocktails and first plates were very good, the steak quality and desserts were disappointing.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I split 12oz filet, huge baked potato and asparagus. Huge portions made for all we could eat and food was great.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My team and I were celebrating the beginning of a project we finally received the ‘GO’ for. We enjoyed ourselves!

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AP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Courtney was great! Very thoughtful on the time she spent with us as we celebrated a night away from the kids. We were able to relax, enjoy our cocktails and our meals

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SG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing the people that worked there were awesome and the view was GORGEOUS

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k
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service. Was taking a friend to dinner as thank you for watching over my house over the holiday seasons.

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MG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Restaurant on the Waterfront .. been going since it was Ruebens plankhouse...

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone made us feel very special by wishing us Happy Anniversary and treating us to a special dessert. Great food, service, views and ambience!!

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San Diego
79 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had not dined here in several years, but we will not let that happen again! We were so impressed! Of course, everyone knows the view is fantastic. Our server was great...not overly attentive, but was there when we needed him and handling the food, and our wine, was flawless. The food...outstanding! The flavor of my bone-in Rib-eye was great and it was perfectly cooked to medium rare. Definitely a great pick for a special night out.

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

was absolutely delicious. service was outstanding and the food was amazing. we went for my mother's birthday and everyone had such a nice time and LOVED their food.

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SP
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The right spot for a birthday celebration. We were able to have a window table with a great view which added to the ambience, and made it feel special. Steaks (fliet mignon, T_Bone, Steak Trio, were delicious, prepared as requested, and well seasoned. Outstanding brioche type rolls that tasted almost like Yorkshire Pudding. Side of mushrooms generous and flavorful. We shared a BLT wedge salad which was tasty. Beef tartare was somewhat disappointing as it appeared to be seared, rather than raw. The Mud Pie was a very generous size and delicious. Side of butternut squash ordinary, portion was small. Wine by the glass, a Daou Cabernet was very nice. Our server was very professional and attentive, a manager came by our table to check on how we were doing.

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JB
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special restaurant sits on the San Diego Waterfront it's Island Prime. From the staff to the food to the view, you simply cannot go wrong here. Very special for anniversaries or birthdays. They make it so special.

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L
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food tasted good, workers were friendly, and the view was amazing!

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PV
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was excellent in regards to recommending drink and food choice. Only issue was the menu out front of the restaurant was not current so we were disappointed that a couple of items (e.g. escargot) were not available on the menu.

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B
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience! The view was lovely and the meal was outstanding. We celebrated our 18th Anniversary.

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JG
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Hostess marched us past 5 or 10 empty tables with views to plunk us down in a viewless corner outside the kitchen door. To her credit, when I complained, she found a better table.

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RI
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

THE MENU HAS CHANGED FOR THE WORSE. THE PREVIOUS MENU SELECTIONS WERE 100 PER CENT BEFORE AND WE WILL NOT RETURN UNTIL A NEW MENU AND A RETURN TO THE OLD ONE. MANY OF OUR FRIENDS WARNED US ABOUT THIS CHANGE AND WE AGREE VERY POOR

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AD
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Pricey for size of the portion but servers were very attentive and friendly.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding, staff was helpful and friendly. James was our waiter and went out of his way to make our evening special. Highly recommend this restaurant, and it has the best view in the city

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service with a view to boot! I would recommend the porterhouse to split for two people with the double baked lobster potato. It’s so huge-4 people could eat out of it. Also for an appetizer, the iceberg lettuce with blue cheese salad was very tasty. The bread (pop over) they serve is also huge and so yummy and warm from the oven. This is a don’t miss treat when in San Diego as they view was incredible. Be sure to ask for a table near the windows when making your reservation or you will be waiting!

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SE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding! The Calamari was truly some of the best any of us had had before. Very different presentation. Entrees are large and beef was cooked to order. Definitely a place for steak lovers! Desserts were delicious too. Make sure you are sharing! Waiter was very nice and just attentive enough not to be a nuisance. Noise level was high. I would love to go back and sit outside, for there is a lovely view of San Diego. Only thing that we felt was not that great were the mash potatoes. When you make yours with buttermilk and sour cream these unfortunately didn't match up.

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