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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.
San Diego, CA 92101
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.
Harbor Island Dr
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking available or dock in Sunroad Marina.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Island Prime Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:(
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