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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

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

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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4.6

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 (100)
Waterfront (100)
Scenic View (96)
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Romantic (92)
Good for a Date (79)
Good for Anniversaries (78)
Good for Birthdays (50)
Worth the Drive (45)
Fit for Foodies (39)
Notable Wine List (37)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Business Meals (29)
Good for Groups (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Cozy (20)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Fun (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Authentic (14)
Casual (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Late-night Find (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
People Watching (9)
Great Beer (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (5)
Seasonal (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Organic (3)
Tapas (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 4, 2013

Food was great and view is amazing! Great for special occasions or a romantic dinner. Close to the downtown area but better because their is lots of parking and you don't have to pay. After dinner you can take a nice walk along the bay!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 3, 2013

Best location in San Diego - perfect City and harbor views make this restaurant really special. However, the food is pretty ordinary and needs a serious revamp and more attention given to presentation, temperature and quality.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 2, 2013

A great find with an awesome view! The service is outstanding!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 1, 2013

The fish was a disappointment to two of our party. More of a steak place I think.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2013

We were late - totally our fault.And they cancelled our reservation - makes sense, it's a business.But why can't they call to let us know, and also tell us that kitchen closes at 9 (reservation was to 8:45)??

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2013

Dylan, our waitstaff person was poor and only interest was turning the table. We were there for Easter dinner. We had to ask twice for second round drinks and finally came when dinner was over.

If you want a great view and good food go, if you want to be treated like numbers from a teflon waiter and get Dylan, change tables.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 30, 2013

Island Prime and its staff deserves as many stars as humanly possible because it is an absolutely amazing restaurant. The large windows that act as the walls all around the outer edge of the restaurant provide amazing views of the San Diego Skyline and Harbor so even without a window seat you are able to enjoy the gorgeous view. The view is even more beautiful once the sun sets and all of downtown San Diego lights up. Once the sun sets the lighting and atmosphere in the restaurant changes create a wonderfully romantic and comfortable ambiance to dine in. The dishes are sublime with reference to the taster course and I would highly recommend them to any who would like to dine at Island Prime. The service is impeccable! Highly reccomend!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 30, 2013

Overall another great evening at Island Prime. As usual, everything about the evening was great. Enrique was fantastic (server). Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 29, 2013

Awesome food as always, great service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 29, 2013

We have dined here many times and felt that the food was just fair this time; a bit disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 29, 2013

The food was just exquisite, the service was prompt and helpful, the view was amazing, it was a great evening...

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 28, 2013

I love this place so it will always get a great review from me. The food is amazing, the service is great and the view is awesome! Its pricey so I don't get to make a habit of it but when there is a special occasion or I have the means to make a huge dent in my wallet, this is the place I will usually opt for.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 27, 2013

this is my favorite restaurant. The sides are amazing, my steak was cooked to perfection I got the filet and I like it well and it was still juicy and tender after it was butterflied. amazing service, beautiful view. I love it here.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 26, 2013

It was my first time taking a date here and it was amazing! We were seated at a booth that looked out onto downtown and it was breathtaking. The food was delicious. The service, amazing they gave us a free small appetizer as we waited because our food was taking a while (even though we didn't mind the wait). I will definitely comeback to this place.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 26, 2013

We enjoyed the ambiance, the good food, and the service. It has been always a good experience dining at Island Prime.
We will be back.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 25, 2013

They were very good with holding the table until my guest arrived. Seated us a great table with a view. Waiter was very good and food was above expectations.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 25, 2013

Prime Rib was excellent as were the mussels.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 23, 2013

We had a great dinner at Island Prime. It was extremely expensive, so we anticipated a flawless dining experience, however they brought out the wrong dish for one of our party's first course, and they forgot to bring out the side dish for one of our party's main course. Once we reminded them, the problem was fixed fairly quickly, but for such an expensive restaurant, you'd think these things wouldn't happen.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 23, 2013

Compared to service that we constantly receive at other "high scale" restaurants , this one was very lacking. Only, after the fact, when a manager became involved, did the server even start to appear concerned. By then, the event was ruined. It would appear that Island Prime is living on it's past good will.
We flew from Tucson to San Diego for the weekend with Island Prime being the key item of our visit. Not a good decision on our part.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 23, 2013

It was amazing service and food was perfect, the ambiance was amazing! The only recommendation to better the experience would be better follow up on keeping the coffee cups full. However I would say this was a perfect experience.And would highly recommend Island Prime! I look forward to coming back again!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2013

I had the Mahi Mahi, which was dry. Previously the food has been outstanding, however, on this night the food and the service was so-so. Not what I am use to at this establishment.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 19, 2013

Really appreciated our time at Island Prime! Starting with online reservations through Open Table.
I requested a nice table, as we were escorted to our table I was concerned my request was not honored, I was
Pleasantly surprised to receive a window /bay table. It was up hill from then on. The wine list was on
An IPad which enabled me to place my considerations in a cart. Good list of wines from around the world
And California. Started with an eye candy appetizer - seared ahi stack which was a new combination for me in a very
Good way, I highly recommend it. Wife had the Salmon, I had the rack of lamb. Both were exceptional
And high grade quality produce. Our waiter Nathan was/ is very professional and
Certainly added to cele

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on March 18, 2013

Food just was subpar compared to other fine steakhouses like Morton's Flemings or Ruth Chris.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on March 18, 2013

Standard steakhouse/seafood fare routinely prepared. Best feature is view across the water of downtown San Diego.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 16, 2013

Island Prime is a definite must when in San Diego. We got a window seat and the nighttime view of the city and bay was fabulous. Deborah's specials were very interesting and tasty. Portions were huge.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 16, 2013

Very busy, crowded, noisy with a slow kitchen BUT......service excellent, wine list excellent, food excellent. I probably would not to choose to eat here again, but the quality of the food and service here are not to be denied. Would reserve for a special occasion with a larger group. Although right on San Diego harbor, there is no outside dining and unless you have a window front table, views of the water are obstructed. Really tries hard for a high volume, highly commercial restaurant.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 16, 2013

Impressive view of San Diego. There are no bad views from Island Prime. The restaurant is built into the bay and has great views of north, west and south. A bit of a steakhouse with a la carte pricing common to their ilk. Yet there are plenty of other adventurous dishes for those so inclined. Excellent and unobtrusive service helped us to have a splendid evening. And the parking is in an open lot nearby and is at no charge. This is a great place for special events and is very romantic.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 15, 2013

Great food along with an amazing view. Perfect for a special occasion!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 15, 2013

We had an excellent meal and dining experience.Thank you!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 15, 2013

Nice views from window seats. Portions are enormous. Service excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 13, 2013

We had the best experience. We started out at C Level for drinks. We were meeting friends so we had a party of 6. The hostess was so accommodating to make it work. We got a beautiful round table which was perfect. Then two left and we had 4 for dinner. It was my friends birthday. We got the best table - a corner table at the window with views on 2 sides. The servers were beyond wonderful and so was the food!!! A memorable night!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 13, 2013

The view of the bay is outstanding. Noise level was high. Service was excellent. I had the bone-in rib eye. Not as good as I would have expected, everyone else at the table was happy with there choices. Excellent wine list. Did I say the service was excellent !!
Early Dinner and catch the sunset !!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2013

Great view of the bay. Knowledgeable staff. Excellent meal

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 (Detroit)·Dined on March 9, 2013

We had a beautiful table for our group of 6. The trio of filet was delicious as we're our sides: truffle mashed potatoes, prosciutto wrapped asparagus & Brussels sprouts. Great service! Too bad we didn't leave room for dessert

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 9, 2013

Went to Island Prime to celebrate a special birthday. It was a night to remember. We had prime rib and rib eye. Great food and a beautiful view of downtown and the Coronado Bridge. Loved it!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 9, 2013

Just Fabulous! Window table and it would have been WOW!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 9, 2013

I was disappointed by 2 things. We were seated by the kitchen in a booth with a torn seat. That is not the ambiance of an "upscale" restaurant.
The other thing is our order took 45 min after we ordered...a little long.

The food was very tasty.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 9, 2013

the wait staff were informative and attentive....I ordered the fish......it came out undercooked in the center ....the management immediately came over to apologize and offered me a drink on the house .... A new portion of fish was delivered cooked to perfection ...I have eaten here many times and this was the first time that I had an issue with my meal...the food, staff and ambiance
Is always excellent.....can't beat the view!!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 9, 2013

first time and we will go back.....

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 8, 2013

Delicious food with a breath taking view of downtown.Great location right on the water. Tasteful decor and lighting.

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