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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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

On Thanksgiving, Island Prime and C-Level will only be offering a fixed three-course menu at $54.95 per person. All reservations will be for indoor seating.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

On Christmas, Island Prime and C-Level will only be offering a fixed three-course menu at $54.95 per person. All reservations will be for indoor seating.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

On NYE, Island Prime and C-Level will only be offering a fixed menu at $74.95 per person. All reservations will be for indoor seating and will have a 2-hour time limit.

Island Prime Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (122)
Special Occasion (114)
Waterfront (112)
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Romantic (98)
Good for Anniversaries (93)
Good for a Date (92)
Good for Birthdays (56)
Worth the Drive (50)
Fit for Foodies (43)
Notable Wine List (41)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Business Meals (33)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Fun (26)
Good for Groups (20)
Cozy (19)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Authentic (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Casual (13)
People Watching (13)
Tasting Menu (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Great Beer (6)
Seasonal (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I made reservations here over a month in advance and requested to simply have a table with a decent view as the main attraction seemed to be the location and view. Upon arrival, I was told I would be put in the back of the restaurant where it was noisy and felt like a regular restaurant but costed double the price and was given nothing but a quick "sorry" for it. The service made it obvious they are not fit to handle a busy night as the waitress had to constantly ask to give her a few minutes to check on the other tables, I don't blame her I blame the staff not being adequate on a weekend night for a full restaurant. I would only recommend going here MAYBE on a lazy Wednesday evening, nothing that has potential to be busy. The food was o.k. and honestly the best part about the restaurant as everything else left a lot to be desired. Negatively affected what was supposed to be a special evening. I only went to two places while in San Diego and I'd highly recommend Top of the Market over island prime if you're looking for a romantic setting with great service and food. Very disappointed in this place, will never return.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Though the servers were attentive, I thought the service was a bit slow from what I've experienced previously at the restaurant.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Our server and server assistant was AMAZING!!! The food was on point and LOVED every moment of the dinner.
We ordered the seafood tower and HOLLY MOLY was it amazing and the value was awesome! I also ordered the Surf & Turf entrée special and had never had a steak cooked so perfectly and the flavor was unreal!

Thank you to Jon Boyle (GM) & his team for making this an amazing and flavorful experience.

Tags: Organic, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We had a great time celebrating our anyversary 34 years service was super and food perfect
Had a great time

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Late-night Find
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent meal. Everyone in our group enjoyed the experience

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This was our first visit to Island Prime and it is wonderful. The food is outstanding and the service is first-rate. Even though the restaurant was quite full the noise level was very reasonable and the view can't be beat.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We were well received and accommodated for our anniversary

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great place, just wish there was a place to dock boats for dock & dine. Everything else was great though.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Amazing food & amazing service!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 11, 2017

First time there and we enjoyed ourselves. Lobster bisque was wonderful. Window seating overlooking the bay is a must. We'll definitely be back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We dined here for a birthday and had excellent service. The cocktails, wine, and food were all delicious.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Best steak I've eaten in a long time. Portions are huge. I was not able to finish my dinner at all. The water views of the San Diego skyline at night were stunning. Great dining experience that will not diaappoint.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Dinner was amazing! We enjoyed the double pork chop and the macadamia crusted mahi mahi! 2nd time we've been there and will def be back!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

First time dining for my wife and I at this restaurant and we enjoyed our meal and the service. The staff was great and my only negative would be the small amount of self-parking forcing you to use valet but the price for valet was not terrible and they did a good job as well.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Delicious food, great atmosphere, incredible service

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had one of the best tables in the house at a corner window. The view was spectacular, and we are locals! The salad was wonderful. I ordered the filet trio and my husband ordered the prime rib. The filet was not as tender as it could have been, even though it was cooked perfectly, but my husband's prime rib was excellent. I will order that again next time for sure. The service was outstanding at both the bar and table.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The filet mignon trio was amazing! As was everything else. The beer was ice cold and the popovers were really good. My little birthday dessert was so cute not to mention delicious!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We celebrated our 5 year anniversary & our whole experience was amazing! The food & service were top notch & we will be back!

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

It was my wife's birthday, and it was the perfect evening. Great Food, Service and a view. She does so much for me daily and this was my way of saying thank you, many talk about the adage 'The more expensive the better the quality', which may have been true 30 to 50 years ago. In our culture today that is not the rule but the exception, and the experience at the Island Prime was exceptional. Thank You.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Organic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Way to pricey for what you receive. The views are great of the waterfront and downtown San Diego skyline at night. 1 cocktail for myself and spouse, 2 salads, 2 appetizers came to $95 without tip. Valet parking is $7 per vehicle with very little free open parking available nearby. The food is good and presented very nicely. The servers are very good at offering suggestions for dinner, but there are long waits in between salads and the main course of food, as well as, receiving the check. Plan on spending a lot for a reasonable tasting meal.

Tags: Scenic View, Hot Spot, Waterfront
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Acoustically this place allows you to have a conversation. Food is pricey but I don't mind paying for good food. Massive popovers a real treat. My steak was excellent. My wife had lamb chops. They had to be sent back twice to get them cooked properly. The flavor was good but they were chewy and hard to slice even before we sent them back. Stay away from that item. I can definitely recommend the steaks. I still don't get this 3% surcharge.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The steak, mushrooms, and mashed potatoes (add scallions) were out of this world! Very epic dining experience, absolutely delicious, and the service was great! Thanks Enrique!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 4, 2017

First time at Island Prime and made open table reservation and indicated it was my anniversary. Was seated with a fantastic harbor view with a sunset view as well. Did it all. Lobster bisque, oysters , special cheese plate, my wife and I both chose the rib eye and she had king crab and I had lobster and finished sharing a brownie desert. Everything was excellent except the steaks were average. For a restaurant called Island Prime disappointed that the meat wasn't special and it wasn't cooked correctly.But overall meal was special. Also was called in the morning to confirm and said we would get a free dessert for our anniversary but didn't get it.

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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Although my Filet Mignon was amazing, it was a little weird that it was a la Carte and I would have to pay for sides or toppings. The menu itself was a bit confusing as well. To be fair I don't go to expensive restaurants very often.The server however was very nice and even took out a cocktail from the bill that my date did not enjoy. Overall the ambience was great but with a confusing menu it was hard to find something to enjoy.

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

First date night after having our baby. It was wonderful!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We had a wonderful time in a beautiful setting. The server was excellent and my elderly mother loved that the manager came and spoke with us. They even made us a special dessert when we lamented that there was no chocolate options with the Restaurant Week desserts! It was a great evening!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Food and restaurant service was great but parking situation was horrible. First, you are forced to valet because there is very little self parking that is shared with 3 other restaurant. Valet staff not polite and wasn't concerned when everyone else's car came up except mine. They didn't even give an explanation so I had to find out for myself that a tow truck was blocking it so they could take care of another customer. It would have taken them a minute at most to move it so my car could back out. Needless to say, this experience ruined my dinner. One other thing, my mom is disabled and there was very little handicap parking none of which was available, so my mom was on her feet longer than she should of been. I finally had to find a place for her to sit while we waited for the valet.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Had a nice Friday date night here. Beautiful view, great service, and amazing food.

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

It was wonderful!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Our waitress was terrific. We went during restaurant week so it was a condensed menu. I appreciated the lower prices but would have preferred to pay more for a meal I actually wanted vice settling for. My steak and sides were mediocre, but we loved the atmosphere. I am willing to give it another shot.

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

We had such a great dinner! It was our first time here so we had questions about the menu and the waitress was very helpful and nice. We had a beautiful view!!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Excellent food, great views and wonderful service how much better can it get! Our waiter was Nathan and he made the evening particularly enjoyable. We are already looking forward to returning.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Came for our birthdays. Beautiful view, great food. SDRW all week. Service was great.

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Excellent food, great service, fantastic ambiance best view of the city at sunset. The best Bloody Mary ever.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

The Resturant had a great view although we were not by the window but we were a table away. The service was great! The host and waiter came by to check up on us and refill our water every other few mins. The food was delicious and very savory. There was creme brûlée for dessert and it melted in your mouth. The key lime tart and cheese cake was also to die for !

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Great service! Great staff presence! Great food! Thank you

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Our first time to Island Prime and we were celebrating our 37 anniversary . The service and food were very good. We had a wonderful time and plan on returning again. Thank you for making it a wonderful experience.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Amazing food, great service! Food portions are good size, particularly the side dishes. Oh and the views are killer too! Highly recommend this place!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Second visit, had a booth with an amazing view of San Diego across the harbor as the sun set. The food was amazing, excellent service! Will go again!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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