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About Island Prime

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.

880 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch/Dinner (C-Level Only): Daily, 11:30am - Close.
Island Prime Dinner: Sunday - Thursday, 5:00pm - 9:00pm;
Friday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm.

Cross Street:
Harbor Island Dr

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 298-6802

Website:
http://www.cohnrestaurants.com/islandprime

Parking Details:
Valet parking available or dock in Sunroad Marina.

Executive Chef:
Deborah Scott

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Contact JoAnn Salem at joann@islandprime.com.

Island Prime Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (102)
Waterfront (100)
Scenic View (97)
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Romantic (82)
Good for Anniversaries (78)
Good for a Date (75)
Good for Birthdays (55)
Worth the Drive (47)
Notable Wine List (36)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Good for Groups (29)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Business Meals (21)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Cozy (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Fun (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Authentic (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Casual (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
People Watching (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great Beer (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Healthy (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Organic (2)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

One of our favorite dining spots for special occasions (ie birthday, valentines, etc). Amazing view of downtown San Diego skyline. Food is always amazing. We always get steak, but couldnt this time as our dinner date fell on a friday (Lent), so were forced to branch out and everything was amazing, even the brussel sprouts (which I normally dont like) were great. Great ambience fairly quiet. I usually dress up a bit, but you see people in shorts and polo shirts there as well.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

Ambiance was amazing and the view is to die for. Unfortunately, the food didn’t match. The lobster bisque was ok, I’ve had better, and the same could be said about the oysters rockerfeller. My scallops were decent, but the beurre blanc sauce was so sour, it was hard to eat! And the fried risotto was so bland. Didn’t risk having dessert, which is very unlike me, but I didn’t want to pay more money for food that continued to disappoint.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent service in a beautiful location. The steak was delicious and cooked exactly as requested. The sides were extra but very generous in portion.

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·Dined 3 days ago

We enjoyed dinner at Island Prime while in San Diego on a quick vacation/business trip. As regular diners at higher-end restaurants we found the food to be excellent and thoroughly enjoyed the unique and vast wine list. A few recommendations though for the management at Island Prime. 1. At this price point I would have expected more polished servers who were better trained in the art of serving during a fine dining experience. The servers were fine, I would have just expected a more elevated skill set. 2. The restaurant was especially warm as well - which made it had to enjoy the meal. 3. The additional add -on expense on the bill of 3% for "offsetting increasing costs" was a surprise. Although we rolled with it, I could see a lot of folks being surprised by this. Reprint your menu and include it there so you save yourself some uncomfortable conversations. 4. We arrived early in order to enjoy C-Level which we had researched on your website. The site led us to believe that it was a separate lounge with plenty of space and seating. What we found was that C-Level was just your bar area with a total of about 10-12 seats. We never did get to sit down. You might rethink how this is marketed on your site as all of the tables around the bar were for diners, not for use by bar/lounge patrons.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

Great views. Rather standard steakhouse/seafood offerings. Staff were all very kind.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Great food, wonderful service and the best view. If you haven’t eaten there, you should.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

Mud Pie wasn't as good as a competetors..whipped cream didn't taste like real cream

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and atmosphere! Our waiter Nelson was very knowledgeable and able to make recommendations which made our experience even that much better. Can’t wait till next time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

View of the city was fantastic. Service was good. A bit loud. Food taste was just okay, nothing special.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great for special occasion; scallops and brussels sprouts excellent!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Loved the view! I will definetly return! Hopefully at sunset!

Tags: Scenic View, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Oysters were fresh and they had 3 different types, capitol, kusshi, and one I cannot recall. The handcrafted cocktails were delicious; the Endless Summer and The Woodsman, were very balanced and refreshing. We were impressed by the Durham Ranch Bison Ribeye, which we had rare.

On the other hand the side of wild mushrooms was overly salty as well as the broth of the Fresh Icelandic Cod.

For desserts we had the flight of creme brulee which had hardly any caramelized crust, which was quite disappointing. The Pear Crumble Bread Pudding was overly salted as well and unenjoyable.

This location is great for a romantic dinner, some dishes are better than others, and it may just be a hit or miss. We left content but unimpressed.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our dinner was delicious and expertly prepared. Our server Justin was extremely courteous and attentive. It was a wonderful birthday experience!

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 (Boise)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing. Delicious. Food served piping hot.
Scallops were best ever. Popovers were a special treat. All sides were generous and delicious. Can’t say enough about it. Will return as soon as possible. Loved the atmosphere. Booth seating. Favorite San Diego restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Waterfront
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Fantastic service, food was amazing, view was beautiful. Wonderful pre Valentine's dinner.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great! Delicious food and a beautiful view!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Our favorite restaurant ever!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The chicken I had was very bland as were the sides. Our server was very nice but everything was very slow. We were there for 3 hours from the time we arrived simply because of how long it took for our food to come out and then a long eat again for our bill.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent dinner

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Island Prime was fantastic. I ordered the pan seared scallops and they were to die for. There was a lot to choose from on their menu, whether it was a drink (especially their wine selection), appetizer, or an entree. The meal was expensive but well worth it. The ambience was a bit louder than I expected but it was a Saturday night so I understand the extra noise. The view was amazing, it was the cherry on top to a wonderful night. Also, I had a reservation so I didn’t have to wait but if you don’t reserve, expect to wait around an hour or so.

All in all, my girlfriend and I had an amazing experience and will be going again in the near future.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, People Watching, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2018

the food is good the service slow restaurant very nice the view perfect

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

This is now my third time dinning here. All three times has been an outstanding experience. Foos is great. My fiance swears by the pork chop.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Anniversary

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·Dined on February 1, 2018

Outstanding service like always

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·Dined on February 1, 2018

Had an incredible time celebrating our Anniversary! Our server Courtney was awesome! Will definitely come back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 1, 2018

This was a first time visit for our anniversary and it was an ok experience! Upon entering the restaurant for our reservation the hostess gave us a beeper and told us we would be seated in a short time. We waited around 10 minutes and when our buzzer went off the hostess told us she didn’t have the “best seats” for us but if we didn’t mind waiting we could wait for a better view sitting table. We were already well past our reservation time so we were sat on the complete opposite side of the “best seat” tables. Not a great first impression, but the managers Matthew came over and greeted us and the food was superb. That made up for it a little, plus being by ourselves made for a nice, quiet dinner. It was disappointing to watch everyone get seated at the best seats a little while after us (I wouldn’t have minded a move once a good table was available) but the food was great and our complimentary dessert made it even sweeter! Will give it another try hopefully later this year!

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·Dined on February 1, 2018

Our fourth visit. Love this place! My steak was a little overcooked, but it didnt take away from the whole experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Anniversary dinner. The best part was the service: attentive, respectful, prompt. The view of the bay and waterfront is beautiful, even from tables that are not beside a window. The food was extremely rich--butter, butter, butter--but not particularly tasty. (We had prime rib, scalloped potatoes, rack of lamb, escargot.) In honor of our anniversary, we were treated to mini-cheesecakes for dessert, which we appreciated; not all restaurants where we've celebrated have done this. The design and decor are pleasing, but the noise level was pretty high. The prices were very high--maybe justified by the view and the service, but not by the quality of the food.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Fantastic food and service. This establishment is on the top of my short list of best places to eat in San Diego. Thank you to the staff and our server Justin for giving my wife and I a very special and memorable anniversary dinner.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Great food, great view, excellent service!!!! Great place for our 23 rd anniversary! We always have 5 star dining at Island Prime!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Special menu for restaurant week.
Steak was not cooked to order and tasteless. Large portion of deep fried onions- why! And a small portion of leaf spinach that was awful visually and even worse to eat. For what we paid for two couples I was embarrassed that I made the recommendation since I've been there before having a very positive experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The night was great. Food was really good and service was excellent! Brady knocked it out of the park with his personality! My first time and I will go back! (C Level is my fav so RW got me over to cheat)

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We were celebrating our daughters adoption day and the waiter (sorry can’t recall his name) made sure it was special. Outstanding service and great food. Our waiter was knowledgeable on food and made great recommendations. One of our favorite restaurants in San Diego.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

My only disappointment was that the pork chops were not on the Restaurant Week menu as in past years. Server said I was the second person who wanted the pork chops. I hope the chef will put the pork chops back on the restaurant week menu next year. I had made the reservation in mid-November, and swore the menu for SDRW had pork chops on it.
Everything was good, though.

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Food sides with entree were cold

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Basically celebrated 4 birthdays and had a blast. Great service and the food was fantastic! Thanks for the evening and we will be back shortly!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Best Restaurant in San Diego, amazing atmosphere, incredible food & great service

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Service was delightful, food was decadent, great ambience for an intimate dinner.

C level (attached) or Coasterra (adjacent) are great alternatives for waterfront dining and they both have weekday happy hour!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2018

As locals, we have dined here quite a few time. The prices have gone up (was already expensive) and the service has gone down. Our popovers were barely warm and the bread pudding with the caramel salted
Sauce was AWFUL. It was late and we were tired so we didn’t say anything. The 60 dollar steak was good as was the Mac and cheese.
They seem to be resting on their laurels an not caring so much abt consistency. Serve every meal like your customer had it the day before. How hard is that? Will not return:(

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 17, 2018

The view is wonderful and the service was great. That's what you are paying for since the food was average for a restaurant at this level, particularly for the high price.

Tags: Scenic View, Great Beer
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