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Island Prime

4.7
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5784 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Steakhouse
Resting on stilts atop San Diego Bay, Island Prime overlooks the city skyline and Coronado.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 5784 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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David
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding staff and service, food is exceptional and we hope that they keep adding to the menu; lobster bisque please!

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JackC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing as usual, I keep coming back every year!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience and the food was delicious! Our server was very attentive and we would definitely come back!

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Celeste
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was the best - other than that great food and drinks! Excellent experience overall

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viprodneyn
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Wine list was non existent and poor for the dollar. The smoke from the gas grills spell the entire place up and made it hard to enjoy ourselves. The overall experience was not good and that is giving them a little bit of a boost.

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jojied
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience and kid friendly with quite a view 👍

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JohnD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are in San Diego this is a must. An excellent restaurant, outstanding service, perfect meal in a setting to die for.

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RonO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering everything that is going on, they have created an amazing experience in a unique setting.
And there was no compromising because of the location.
As always they have been able to keep their standards very high.
I would not only recommend this experience but also hope they keep it!

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lumansd
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Island Prime for our anniversary dinner. Because of Covid, the dining room was on the events barge adjacent to Coasterra. Tables were well spaced and the open air setting was very comfortable. The views of the city skyline, Coronado island, and the bay were incredible. Our server, Jeremy, was very attentive and checked in often to make sure that we had everything we needed. When we had questions about the wines he brought us a few tasting samples, which was very thoughtful of him. The food was everything we expected it to be - highest quality and prepared to perfection. We had oysters on the half shell and shrimp to start with. For mains, we had the seared scallops and the wagyu eye of ribeye steak. All told, we were delighted with our Island Prime experience. It was the perfect venue and dining experience for our anniversary.

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Coey
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience is spectacular with gorgeous views of the San Diego Downtown Skyline! We had a group of 8 people and everyone raved about their dishes!! We had everything from Salmon to Scallops with the Mashed Potatoes and Lobster Mac and Cheese...divine!!

Wonderful time and amazing service! Thank you VERY much!!

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LaurenO
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not super worth it - menu was very very limited. Not sure i'd be back.

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WhitOh
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was above and beyond good. The atmosphere is excellent. The service was outstanding. I highly recommend this for a romantic night out or a celebration!

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djkj
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining on a barge was unique along with a beautiful view

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Eli5
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Another main course option for vegans or vegetarians would be nice.

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LeslieF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, they are not afraid of flavor. We enjoyed calamari app, scallops and eye of the ribeye steak which was masterfully grilled in the open air kitchen. Perfectly excecuted cocktails and a deep wine list. Sides are huge - prepare to share. The setting is on the water slightly rolling with the tide with a stunning view of the city skyline, harbor and lit bridge to Coronado. Staff are engaged, knowledgeable and welcoming. Great night and will certainly return!

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vipLJMP
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a splurge but wonderful outdoor experience with lovely bay views and excellent food❣

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willR
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was outside on the “Barge” which was beautiful and overlooked the entire harbor. Our Server was excellent, the food superb making the entire experience a wonderful evening. Thank you

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DougS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a secondary home in San Diego and happen to be here on wife’s birthday and our anniversary. Have been to Island Prime before but inside. Our son told us about the novel outside dock seating due to Covid so we made a reservation. Had a great meal, wonderful service, comped dessert with happy anniversary written on plate and the views of San Diego skyline amazing. The a la carte pricing levels makes it a special occasion destination.

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BillM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Everything was wonderful

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micheal1
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was very poor. The waiter was short and not attentive.
We were not provided the right table service by the time our appetizer was ready, no utensils, water or napkins to use. The waiter did not continue checking whether we needed anything else, was rushing us to order and overall not a pleasant experience. Considering the location, the menu you expect a more professional and attentive waiter. The waiter was extremely dismissive and could not wait to finish his shift.

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EliotK
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved eating on the barge! The steak was delicious too :-)

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BrendaG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Romantic setting on floating restaurant with nice views of San Diego. Good food, drinks and service.

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Kurty
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I believe the bread was the only dish we would love to give 5 stars. The bouillabaisse is not as savory as we would love it to be. The squid is a little raw thus my wife had allergic reactions after eating that. But I would still recommend them.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view with beautiful food to pair with it! I highly recommend the filet.

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vipTerri
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening on the Bay :)

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vipAZman
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience! The barge is a nice change from the original site. The food and service were what I’ve been accustomed to at Island Prime, exceptional!

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vipOrchardgta
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food inside is better because the chef is working with a full kitchen. The staff is cooking on the barge. In spite of that shortcoming it was a great dining experience.

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vipLaurie
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best for my clients and especially family. Thank you for always a stellar evening

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Annd
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the service to the food, everything was great. The "pop-up" on the barge showed off San Diego's skyline.

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KarenK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dinning on the floating restaurant is excellent idea but the smoke from the grill is a big turn-off. Should install a tall chimney with exhaust fans over the grills.

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vipReba
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would have given five stars but the menu posted online was different from the menu Wednesday night so we were disappointed. I understand the limited menu during the temporary venue on the barge, but I still wish it matched the online menu. Also, prices are high in my opinion. However, service was outstanding and the filet delicious. And they were very accommodating when possible.

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Holly
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was beautiful out on that floating dock. thank you;)

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LukeR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We booked a reservation for Island Prime on OpenTable. We show up for our reservation at the listed address, only to find out that Island Prime is no longer in business and at a different location nearby. On an open barge!? With no bar. However drinks were served and menu was the same and service was good. But when you show up and think your dining at one place and they say they are closed and it's basically picnic dining, it can really tick you off. Do Not misrepresent your clientele and say your one experience when in fact your something else. It was my fiancee's birthday. Was disappointed at the start. Finished well, but a bad start. Advertise who you are, not what you were. This goes to management, not the wait staff. Management or rather mismanaged.

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JacquiB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food and atmosphere were perfect! I couldn’t find anything to complain about if I tried to. We have been coming to Island Prime for years and this was the first time we’ve ever had less than stellar service. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t good either. We are willing to give abundant grace for Covid though, so I would still rate this a five Star dining experience! The temporary location outdoors is spectacular! You’re on the water and even moving a little bit at times! The location and food cannot be beat!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came into SD for a quick trip for our anniversary and we’re so glad this was our last stop. The food was great our server was so kind and attentive and we definitely got the best seat at the corner of the area with both of us facing the water! Thank you, Island Prime!

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HappyBlessed
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best view to San Diego Bay, Downtown, Coronado Bridge, Coronado! Great food - fillet mignon with mushrooms, blue shrimp appetizer!

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vipPOLO
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

As always the food was simply incredible. Rack of lamb was outstanding and mushrooms were great (and I don't like mushrooms). Yorkshire pudding melts my heart - thank you!

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RobertD
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal for a special occasion. Enjoyed the beautiful view at sunset. Our party enjoyed steak, chicken, mac and cheese but we loved the popovers most of all. They were delicious with the jalapeño jelly butter. The service was outstanding.

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vipperegrine1225
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

We dined on the barge on a Saturday evening during the Labor Day weekend. The ladies both ordered Tuna Nicoise. Unfortunately, some of the ahi was not quite up to snuff, but edible.

When this was brought to the waiter's attention, he immediately notified the kitchen, who in turn alerted the manger. The manager came to the table to apologize for the slightly old and veiny fish. He said both items would be removed from the bill, and he also offered a complimentary key lime pie to "the birthday boy.

You can't ask for more graciousness than that!

The steak and salmon entrees were excellent.

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Island Prime is rated 4.7 stars by 5784 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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