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Island Prime

4.7
4.7
6562 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


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

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What 6,562 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. PW

    PhilW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience and anniversary meal overall. Loved the view and food. Service was excellent as well! Prices are on the high side but that's fine dining. Will return and try CLevel side next.
  2. AC

    AkemiiC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner and the food,view, and service were excellent. The sunset view was amazon the water. The steak were amazing and the bread! Oh don't get me started on that bread! So warm soft delicious 😋. Thanks for making our evening wonderful. We will be coming back.
  3. MG

    MarvinG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Los platillos están totalmente estupendos, la comida deliciosa y servicio perfecto
  4. MD

    MistiD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The View is by far the best part of this Restaurant. The menu is small but the service was great!
  5. RS

    ReedS

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The server forgot about us for the last 20 minutes we were there. Our drinks had been empty for some time and the sundaes that were part of the kids meals never came. After 25 minutes when he finally came around to check on us, his first words were, "no dessert??". I about screamed. Nice ambiance in the building, but being treated so poorly put a damper on the night.
  6. LS

    LindaS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were absolutely amazing. Beautiful view of the Harbor. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and our waiter brought him out a piece of delicious flourless chocolate cake with a candle.
  7. JK

    JohnK

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere. Gorgeous views. Best steak we’ve ever had. This made for one heck of an anniversary dinner. Happy wife, happy life.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelllent view, service and food!!
  9. MC

    MatthewC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    That was a damn good meal and it cost every bit of damn good.
  10. k

    kceats

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything was great. Food, service, view. Highly recommend for that special occasion dinner or a special vacation dinner.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tomahawk steak was cooked perfectly. Great staff and ambiance highly recommended
  12. JF

    JonF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent and well prepared. Cocktails were tasty. I had the fish special (grouper) and it was cooked perfectly. My daughter had the ahi tuna which was delicious and served rare (as it should be). Service was good. Only gripe was I had said I would be ordering a glass of white to go with my fish but server did not take my order till after the entree arrived. Small mistake but should be on top of that based on the $$$$ prices.
  13. LO

    LynnO

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is on the water and our seat was at a window with a beautiful view. The waiter was friendly and very accommodating. My filet mignon was cooked perfectly. Everything was delicious! I look forward to returning soon to celebrate my birthday there.
  14. AA

    AnniqueA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my fiancé for his birthday and it was amazing! We had a beautiful view of San Diego and the bay. We were a party of 6 and EVERYONE'S food was cooked perfectly. Everyone but myself ordered steak and the temp was on point. I ordered swordfish and it was to die for! This was the first time I have dined out, where I didn't have to add seasoning or hot sauce to the food to add flavor..lol My party agreed! The waitress was awesome and very attentive. They even gave the table a dessert to share for my fiance's birthday! That too was also delicious! I will be going again, and will refer customers as well.
  15. JS

    JohnS

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress Courtney was incredible and she provided us with whatever we asked for just like any outstanding 5 star restaurant provides.
  16. JM

    JenniferM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely experience! The waitstaff is so attentive and everything was clean and appealing. The food was magnificent.
  17. SP

    StevenP

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious. The flat iron skirt steak was cooked perfectly and Caesar salad great. Our server was excellent too
  18. GP

    GrahamP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  19. M

    Mariah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    if you’re looking for a bomb steakhouse with a nice view, then island prime is the place to be.
  20. LA

    LailaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Island prime is so good, literally drive down from Los Angeles when I want a good dinner
  21. C

    Cyndie

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Wonderful dinner. The only thing we didn’t think was great was the buttermilk mashed potatoes - dried out. And our waiter was great but didn’t come around as often as we thought he should have …
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, atmosphere, feel. Would dine again.
  23. SC

    SherylC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was absolutely amazing!! Courtney was a super star!!
  24. JP

    JamesP

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience1
    Wonderful food, attentive staff, great view. This is supposed to be a high class restaurant--that even has a stated dress code of Business Casual. But--apparently, no one cares and customers are wandering in looking like they just came from the gym or beach in athletic shorts, T-Shirts, flip-flops and baseball caps. If you are there for a significant event with someone, the sloppiness of those around you detracts from the ambiance. That is a shame--and the front desk needs to have the courage to tell customers that they are not appropriately dressed and ask them to change. On top of that, the table next to ours had a person using her mobile phone to have a 10-min--loud--video chat to the consternation of patrons at several tables, who were looking at her trying to make the point she needed to terminate the call. Again--the staff did nothing and should have asked her to cease the call or to step outside. It is a shame that what could have been a great evening--was not.
  25. t

    traveler

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Party of nine, including four children and one disabled adult who needed to sit in his wheelchair. They had no trouble accommodating us. Our server was wonderful and so was the food. Pretty view, too. Pricey but well worth it. Highly recommend.
  26. RS

    RitoS

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent setting and vibe.
  27. KG

    KellyG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family had a wonderful dinner at Island Prime! The food was delicious, our server was friendly and accommodating and the hostess found us a perfect table. We’d definitely come back for a special occasion again!
  28. JO

    JackO

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service is always top-notch. My steak was delicious, but my wife's swordfish was not up to the usual Ocean Prime standards for the first time. Still always a great place to celebrate an anniversary.
  29. BF

    BobF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    On the recommendation of our waiter I ordered the porterhouse medium. Probably one of the least tender steaks I have ever had. The flavor was great, good size, but over half of it went back with the plate because it was so tough. I helped my wife finish her filet which was wonderful. I will always recommend Island Prime to friends and will eat there again in the future. I just will not order a porterhouse again. It was our 62 anniversary so the quality of my steak did kind dampen the occasion. Bob Flood 4pm on 7/3
  30. AR

    AlinaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there for my husbands birthday it was beyond amazing. Servers were so kind! Requested a table with a view and they actually gave us an even better table that happened to be available.
  31. JM

    JoseM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, excellent, excellent! Everything about this place was 5 stars. The mood, the location, the views, the service, and the food. While definitely not cheap, it is worth every penny. I would definitely dine here again. Highly recommend it.
  32. FH

    FrankH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    It was nice but we didn't get what we made reservations for. Making reservations online was very misleading. It was a ok overall. The steaks were delicious.
  33. RW

    RolandW

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I our server was very friendly and very nice. We enjoyed everything
  34. DC

    DanC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The food was not what I expected. 94$ sea food tower was pathetic, serves 3-4 people, I don’t think so. The octopus appetizer was really good. After spending, 200$. Really disappointed. Ended up stopping at in and out burger. Not where I will go to celebrate an anniversary.
  35. LM

    LuisMa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for our 15th wedding anniversary, we went there for the view, we felt in love with the food, black seared tuna and ribeye were amazing, Enrique who was helping us recommended the Brussel sprouts and they were amazing too, he even waived our corkage fee as a present for our anniversary together with some cake. Great experience, would definitely recommend it.
  36. D

    Ddame

    Phoenix

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The views and food were amazing. We went within 2 days. The best San Diego experience ever!!!!
  37. MS

    MeghanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, very friendly. Fantastic atmosphere and wonderful, delicious food.
  38. MT

    MattT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    We got the ahi crab stack appetizer and it was great. Then came the steaks. Way over priced no flavor and way way over cooked. We asked for medium rare neither had any pink in them. After waiting an hour to even get them we were hungry so we ate them anyway. A coworker did ask if he could replace them but at that point we had ate over half the steak and we felt guilty to send them back. Definitely do not order any steak on the menu. Also the twice baked potato with lobster was very bland no flavor and do not recommend. Staff was good and friendly but food was below average especially for the price. Will definitely never eat there again unless it’s for appetizers and drinks.
  39. MI

    MIchaelF

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This location based restaurant that has a great view! Outside of that the food is ok, the service could definitely be better, and the restaurant needs an overall update, including new menus, silverware, etc. The place is dated and appears to really mostly on their view for patrons.
  40. s

    sherries

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service food was outstanding. Above and beyond our expectations. Highly recommend this restaurant the steaks were like butter and we had lobster tail with it. Beet barata salad was amazing.

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 6562 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


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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