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Island Prime

4.7
4.7
6704 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Resting on stilts atop San Diego Bay, Island Prime overlooks the city skyline and Coronado.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 49 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 298-6802

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Deborah Scott

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room for up to 65 guests, with waterfront views.

  • Private party contact

    JoAnn Salem: (619) 298-6802 ext. 204

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    Harbor Island Dr

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is unavailable at this time.

  • Additional

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

Experiences

  • New Years Eve Celebration

    $94.95 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Ring in 2023 at Island Prime and C-Level! Celebrate the New Year with Chef Deborah Scott's delicious 3 course menu. Indulge in the Center Cut Filet Mignon or Mustard Salmon. Our NYE menus priced at $94.95 per person, excluding tax, gratuity and surcharge. Reservations will not be table specific. If you are looking to book a window table please contact the restaurant.
  • Christmas Day Celebration

    $79.95 per person

    Dec 25, 2022 only
    Celebrate the joyous season while taking in views of the San Diego skyline. Island Prime and C-Level will be open from 1-7pm serving a special 3-course menu on Christmas Day. Try favorites such as Lobster Bisque Soup and Filet Mignon. Don't forget the Eggnog Cheesecake for dessert! Menu is priced at $79.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids, excluding tax, gratuity and surcharge. For reservation tables will not be table specific.
  • Thanksgiving Day Celebration

    $74.95 per person

    Nov 24, 2022 only
    Celebrate Thanksgiving Island Prime & C-Level as we serve delectable 3 course menu from 1-7pm. Indulge in seasonal favorites such as Diestel Farms Free Range Turkey or Center Cut Filet Mignon. Menu is priced at 74.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids, excluding tax, gratuity and surcharge. We will be accepting reservations for both indoor and patio dining. C-Level happy hour will not be offered on Thanksgiving. Reservations will not be table specific.

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What 6,704 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Steakhouse

  • San Diego

    Steakhouse

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  1. MH

    MicheleH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful experience. The food was delicious, the restaurant wonderful and the service incredible! Highly recommended and we will definitely go back for another fantastic experience.
  2. HK

    HeatherK

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in San Diego for food, service, ambiance! Staff is always outstanding and never disappoints! Food is top quality always!
  3. KJ

    KJ15

    Hawaii

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Island Prime. Jake was our waiter again and he was great. Thanks again for a wonderful meal.
  4. F

    Foodie

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service, good food, priceless ambiance!
  5. JC

    JamesC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate here for 1st time during San Diego restaurant week so had special menu. All was really good
  6. L

    Lynne

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful food and a lovely view. The popovers are awesome!
  7. T

    Tommy

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was very noisy with loud conversations from other tables. Foods are good except some were too salty.
  8. TB

    TaraB

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Dined here for Restaurant Week. Everything was very good with the exception of the ahi which was too spicy and not appetizing at all.
  9. L

    Lindsey

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best spot to bring out of town guests for a sunset dinner on the Bay. Gorgeous views. Wonderful food. Great service. It is pricey... Enjoy!
  10. NL

    NicoleL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    This was my third time eating at Island Prime, so when I saw that they were participating in Restaurant Week I immediately made a reservation. Island Prime was delicious in the past and I was excited about taking my husband for his birthday. The atmosphere was beautiful and the service from our arrival to departure was by far superior to other restaurants. I ordered the filet and the steak was cooked perfectly, however, the steak needed to be seasoned (salt and pepper at the minimum). The side dishes could use some improvement. The mashed potatoes were dry and lacked flavor. Overall, Island Prime wasn't worth the money this time around.
  11. AB

    AngelB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    I was not satisfied with the restaurant menu of the day. I think salad was mediocre, fish dish lacked an interesting sauce versus the plain one we were served. Dessert s were okay but nothing we had not had before.....
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and my wife spent our 6 year anniversary here at Island Prime. They accommodated my request for a window seat for the occasion. The hostess and server were very friendly and helpful. All the food we had was amazing and will recommend this place to any friends and family.
  13. PL

    PLMA

    San Diego

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We made an early reservation and received an excellent table. The entire staff including your waiter were excellent as well as the food. Thank you!
  14. CP

    ChrisP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service and great experience that made our 10 year anniversary a great memory. It's nice to see a restaraunt the is packed on a Saturday still show us a personal touch.
  15. TP

    ToddP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took a bit to get seated but worth the wait. Didn’t catch the guys name who sat us down but he apologized and gave me and my wife a glass of champagne on the house to say sorry for the wait. It was unexpected and much appreciated. Enrique knew it was our anniversary and he made it feel special for us. Great service and great food made exactly the way we wanted it. They also gave us a complimentary dessert which was just the cherry on top. Thank you to the staff and management for making our 15th wedding anniversary awesome!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    need to bring back the prime rib!
  17. R

    Rose

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a wonderful meal here. The service is excellent. The waitstaff know the items well and make great wine suggestions. Every item is cooked to perfection. The beef is top notch, there will be little to go home to the dog. All seafood is absolutely fresh and delicious. Be sure to get the buttermilk mashed potatoes for the table and crème brulee for dessert - it's the best in in the city!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They really took care of my wife and I, food was amazing. Would definitely comeback again. The view was spectacular, waiter really took care of us very well, everyone was very nice and welcoming
  19. JP

    JohnathanP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful 10/10
  20. EJ

    EdwardJ

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    RSVP to keep things simple; wait time w/res less than 10m. Service & attn offers a refreshing snapshot of the good ol' days. (A sweeping bow to the maitre'd.) Arrival to this elegantly subdued gem right before sunset just may leave you & your party basking in the moment while actively contemplating how to prolong the evening! Attentive wait staff, potent cocktails, tasty appetizers, savory dishes with or without dessert makes for concerted efforts to patronize this establishment whenever visiting this beautiful city.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat and beautiful views. This is an upscale restaurant so the value was marked low. The restaurant was very accommodating to allow us an addition to our reservation and still tried to accommodate our request near the window for the view. Thank you Grant! Enrique was our waiter and did an excellent job. Connected with our son, whom we were here visiting in the Marine Corp, and sharing a nice dinner with him. Highly recommend.
  22. C

    Claire

    Seattle

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, wonderful service, excellent view!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my grandma’s 102nd birthday there truly a great time definitely will go again
  24. RS

    RichardS

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Five-star ambience, location, view, service and food!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful- thank you!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very worthy to visit, great food and scenery.
  27. SP

    ShirleyP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Only feedback is that don’t agree with 4% service charge. Should not be passing on costs that are your responsibility, not your customers, especially based on your menu pricing.
  28. D

    Danny

    San Diego

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Went here before a concert at the Sports Arena. Always a great view and good food.
  29. MP

    MariaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place as always, they were super nice and everything so delicious
  30. SM

    ShanikaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    They too expensive Paying for the view The air is in in breathable There is no air circulation
  31. AE

    AnthonyE

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was Carrie. She was very personable and engaging. THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENTLY PREPARED!!! The best Lamb Chops I’ve ever eaten. Wife’s Steak was perfect and the Sautéed mushrooms were completely delicious. I will be back for another Special Occasion and highly recommend Island Prime.
  32. D

    Dragonshrike

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience, our server was exceptional and the food was perfect.
  33. SH

    SteveH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    50th anniversary
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    service was wonderful the scenery was beautiful
  35. B

    Bob19561612

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    We were seated at a table with almost no lighting. Used our phone flashlights to read the menu. Was too dark to comfortably see our food. Finally we were moved to a much better location. We are frequent customers with out of town guests. Was embarrassing.
  36. O

    Olie

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Food was great as always, noise was horrible, seating was lousy! This was our 45th anniversary which we have celebrated at Island Prime for many years. This was the first time we were seated at a table which was next to the kitchen walkway and the view was blocked by a huge timber support. I had requested a window for our 45th anniversary ahead of time and was given the worst possible half window table. The waiter was not very good due to inappropriate responses to our requests. They tried to accommodate us by offering to give us a better table halfway through our dinner but my wife was so upset we declined. By far the worst experience we have had at the several dozen trips to Island Prime!
  37. RG

    RichardG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great all the way around , I can’t wait to come back , the view was beautiful !
  38. s

    scotslass

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our 60th wedding anniversary and our waiter and his team made it extra special with excellent menu suggestions and perfect service. The food and wine were delicious. The ambience and views all added to the delight of the evening. It was a memorable experience for us and our guests.
  39. L

    Local

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was good but the entire experience was not a Wow factor. If you want a steak with anything with it, you have to order side dishes that will feed 2-3 people. The scallop plate gives you 3 normal size scallops and some veggies for $46 plus $18 for a side beet salad. No music and no ambiance except for the beautiful view of the water and downtown San Diego. For these prices, I want to be wowed.
  40. BR

    BobbyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, service was excellent and the view of the water was awesome. Recommend twice baked potato it was delicious and having it again for dinner tonight, it was huge. Most amazing dinner bread ever.

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
    • 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

Island Prime is rated 4.7 stars by 6704 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 49 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Island Prime

880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Harbor Island Dr

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is unavailable at this time.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Deborah Scott

  • Additional

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

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