Island Prime

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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.
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TK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service is always always the best. I absolutely love it here and this is my only second time here . Both times has been the best ! The scenery is amazingly beautiful.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and always goes beyond expectations. Ribeye was to die for! Made every accommodation to make our dinner special.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Fantastic experience. Will definitely visit again!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

table was a way too big for 5 people so it was not easy to talk together without having to speak loudly.

m
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! Our server was so attentive and every dish we had was great.

CN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was our first time eating there so we went in not knowing what to expect and were pleasantly elated that it was a great time! Really delicious food, spirits and most definitely a Breathtakingly spectacular view! Would definitely take my Wife there again.

OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I let the restaurant know I was proposing and they were great about getting us a great spot!

S
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and location can't be beat. Can't wait to go back

K
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter's 21st birthday and it was a great memorable night.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and awesome service

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable as always

C
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and views. Service was outstanding as well.

Parking was confusing as it looked like self parking but were forced to valet. Valet was rude. Restaurant was too crowded as it felt like guests were on top of one another.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The view and service was amazing. The food was ok at best. The steak and potatoes were a little too salty for me and the tiramisu tastes like it came out of the fridge.

DP
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day — Engagement

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day was amazing! Amidst the busy night, the hostess and waiter still gave special attention to us.

Thank you Island Prime for an incredible dining experience!! Fan for life

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful staff. Very good food and the location was excellent to watch the sunset. Definitely will be coming back soon.

NR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The ambience was nice, service as well. Beautiful front view to the ocean and city, but the food was mediocre. I had way better steaks and meals around the same price or less. This is my second time in the restaurant, and the first time was way better in terms of food, that is why I went back. I would recommend so you can judge by yourself but have in mind that you will spend around 300-400 dllrs for two with average wine or champagne and “okay” food.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can’t go wrong with Island Prime. Service is awesome, the food is great and the view of downtown and North Island priceless. You will be spending some dinero but if you like good food it’s well worth it. I will definitely be back again.

AC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I love the view and the ambience. The parking was difficult. A very small self parking area and a large $9 valet parking lot. The food was hit or miss. Some was excellent and some really bad. The view was spectacular and great for a special occasion.

T
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very high quality. Wonderful place for a special night out. Pricy but worth it. Would have liked a table with a view but maybe next time I'll reserve sooner and get a view which is spectacular.

C
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Island Prime is our favorite event restaurant. As with all Cohn restaurants, it is excellent - menu, food preparation and presentation, impeccable service, and marvelous view of Downtown San Diego and the Bay. This is a celebration of life venue. On the other end of the building is our favorite "out-of-town visitor" restaurant, C-Level. Same Cohn philosophy, excellent food and service, and views. The prices are a bit more affordable.

JO
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always, we love coming here for the food and view

RB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience5

The steaks were not cooked as ordered. Then after the concern was brought to their attention they reheated the cooked steak making it even worse, instead of preparing a new properly prepared steak they merely reheated the under cooked steak making the outside charred. You would think that spending $52 on just the steak alone that they would have made it right. The other steak was over cooked, I think they got they steak preferences mixed up. Either way,, it was not a great experience. The view was spectacular and the waitress was very good. The reaction to a poorly cooked steak was hard to forgive.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Wow, I've been here quite a few times and last night, they totally fell apart. First our waitress vanished. When we flagged someone down, our initial server never reappeared but we had a new server. And Server #2 was NEVER there.
For almost every part of our meal: to order drinks, to order food, to get our food, we had to flag someone down and ask.
It really ruined our experience.
While i've been to Island Prime many times, I don't think i'll be going back anytime soon.

TR
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our 50th anniversary and it could not have been better!! The waiter after hearing that it was our 50th enabled us to sit in a seat that viewed all of San Diego lights and bay view. It was outstanding. The server, James was the best! We never needed for a thing, our water was filled continually, and it was very, very pleasant.
He had a "Happy Anniversary" written on the dessert plate !!!!

Top notch and I vey seldom say that, because I am very 'fussy'.

Thank you Gaye & Tom

JF
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservation was originally for 8 but we had a few cancellations. The service team handled the change with grace and speed. Our business dinner was amazing! Our server was professional, knowledgeable with a delightful sense of humor! The food was as good as the reviews told us it would be. We will be back again when in San Diego! Thank you Island Prime for a memorable evening!

A
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our go-to place for special occasions. The view of the bay and city is unmatched, the service is prompt and attentive and the food is, and has always been, excellent. My steak was prepared properly and served exactly medium-rare. My wife's lamb chops were also delicious. A word of caution, however: If you order the twice-baked potato as a side dish be prepared to take most of it home with you. It makes your entrée look like the side dish.

EB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Filet trio was very tasty and cooked to perfection. The Mac and cheese was dry. The filet was good we went with Oscar style and it was a lil fishy. Service was good and the view was good.

IO
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 20th wedding anniversary couldn't have been better. Scotty, our server, was attentive without being overbearing - and so personable! We were astonished at how crowded was the restaurant on a Monday evening. It's obvious this restaurant's reputation draws diners in: the view, the service, the cuisine! Chesapeake Bay crab cake, two different kinds of steak cooked PERFECTLY, sides that make you wish you weren't a tourist and could take home the leftovers for another night. Great wine selection and a perfect way to commemorate our anniversary. Do not hesitate - make your reservation and enjoy one of the best dining experiences of your life.

MH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere! Our server was amazing and made my husbands bday dinner great!

A
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Valentines Day dinner.

l
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary. The view was very romantic. Wait staff very good. Food was excellent.

W
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Island Prime is always a special experience. The food preparation is excellent and the service is outstanding.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall experience was really good. Service, food and view: A.

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

Fantastic food. Great view. Wonderful service! We will definitely go there again.

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

Love Island Prime, never disappoints. My favorite restaurant.

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TC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was nice. Cleanliness was great. Service was really good. Taste of the food was good. The steamed mussels were small but outstanding! We went for our anniversary and I would definitely return.

SC
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. View amazing. Service extraordinary. However, overpriced and therefore only for a special occasion

JV
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent view and food. Would definitely come here again.

NS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Island Prime to celebrate my 25th birthday. The staff was warm and welcoming. Despite a minor hiccup with our order, the general manager and our server made sure to go above and beyond to make the day a special one.

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