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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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4.6

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 (121)
Special Occasion (116)
Waterfront (111)
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Romantic (101)
Good for a Date (92)
Good for Anniversaries (90)
Good for Birthdays (54)
Worth the Drive (51)
Fit for Foodies (43)
Notable Wine List (41)
Creative Cuisine (35)
Business Meals (33)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Fun (26)
Good for Groups (22)
Cozy (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Authentic (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Casual (13)
People Watching (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great Beer (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Seasonal (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Healthy (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a fantastic meal at Island Prime. Josh was our waiter and provided excellent service as well as offered fantastic recommendations. The wait staff that assisted him were on top of things. We had the ahi tuna stack and it was superb. My husband and I split the strip steak (Oscar style on top) and each had a lobster tail with it. We also had a side of mashed potatoes with scallions, bacon and cheese. We both gave the meal and service an A+ or 10 our of 10. Matt the manager this evening had a strong presence and worked the entire restaurant to ensure that everything flowed. He did stop by our table and check on us-food, services or any needs. When leaving he again took the time to see us off and receive any input. We let him know that everything was fantastic. Thank you Island Prime for making our 4 day visit in San Diego an unforgettable dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Romantic, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 4 days ago

Phenomenal. Nothing else needs to be said. From appetizer to dessert, simply phenomenal.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Great Place & always a real pleasure to have a nice steak.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 5 days ago

Appertizer, view and servuces were great. However, the two main entrees scallops and cod were super salty. It was difficult to eat.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing food! Amazing view!!! You HAVE to eat here. Don't be scared by the price...it's totally worth it!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Thank you for a wonderful birthday dinner !

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Vacation treat

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 (San Antonio)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and excellent service. Our server was fantastic, I think her name was Mary but not sure? Really enjoyed the evening and the great table and view. Thanks!

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

Always a great choice

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

I ordered the Special that day which I underdstood to be ribeye steak. I ordered it medium. It arrived medium-rare to rare. I did mention it but did decline to have it cooked again since that is usually never satisfactory. I NEVER heard that LOBSTER came with it. I realized it when they brought melted butter. What I did NOT realize that the charge for this was $75!!!
I suppose I should have asked but figured a ribeye might run around $40. So yes, my bad. But lesson learned. We love the setting and ambiance but not for an unsatisfying dinner at nearly $200 incl. tip for both of us.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Every part of the dining experience at Island Prime was amazing. The food was all cooked perfectly, the service was outstanding, and the whole environment provided an intimate and romantic atmosphere for our honeymoon date night. It was well worth every penny and has now become one of our "must visits" every time we come back to San Diego!

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Outstanding food. One of the best in the city. Server could have been more attentive.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

We've been before, and weren't disappointed in the least. Top drawer food, service, and atmosphere. What an amazing night!

Tags: Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was okay, I actually liked my husband plate than mine. We both got a medium well, but mine seem on the dryer side of the steak. Wish my plate would of been better.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I brought my foodie group to Island Prime on Saturday night. Food is excellent but service not so great. The waitress only mentioned two specials. After she left, we heard a waiter at the next table describing more specials and in great detail. Some at our table said they would have ordered differently, had they heard about those specials.

I ended up ordering the boned in ribeye with salad and baked potato. The baked potato didn't come when the steak was served. When I asked about it, she said, it will be just a minute. Well, she clearly forgot to order it because the potato came when I was almost done with my steak. Instead of apologizing, She just callously said, don't worry about it, I took the potato off the bill. If I order a $60 steak, do you think I care about a $9 potato off my bill? She doesn't get the fact that she ruined my dining experience. The boned in ribeye is very good. The service. Not.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was good not great for price. Muffin was over done. Brie was excellant. The broth for the Cod was salty.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I asked for a window table for our anniversary. They advised that we arrive early because they don’t hold specific tables. We did arrive early and were seated at a table with a window and a beautiful view of downtown San Diego and its lights. I lost track of the number of restaurant staff who wished us a happy anniversary. Wonderful filet mignon with bearnaise sauce, delightful mushrooms with puff pastry, fabulous green beans. They brought complimentary creme brûlée and more good wishes for our anniversary. We enjoyed it so much that we talked about going back before we got back to our hotel.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Awesome and fast service by whole staff. very accommodating. Waiter was friendly and attentive.

Tags: Cozy, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Incredible food and amazing view! We were super impressed with everything. We’ll definitely be back!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had a great experience out on a date night to celebrate a birthday. Arrived very early and checked in before heading to the bar for a round of drinks and an appetizer which were all great- the zen martini and the woodsman cocktails were good and the crab mango avocado stack was delish. The hostess came and found us early to tell us they had a window seat available and from there our server was super personable and helped us with our wine selection. I had the cod and my husband had one of the prime ribs. Both were very well prepared. The view was amazing and a window seat was definitely a great bonus. This will definitely be a new special occasion go to.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I've been coming here for years and the food has always been very good, but I must highlight the food has significantly IMPROVED since my last visit. Nice to see a restaurant for once get better over time than decline.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Entrees were delicious. Service was terribly slow after we got our entrees. Took forever to get our dessert and when it came is was less than stellar. =(

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

My husband and I dined at the Island Prime last year, and enjoyed it so much we brought some friends this year.
The food was delicious and creative, and service was great. The view of the harbor is amazing.
I would highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Nothing was wrong with any of it but felt like I could have been more wowed with the side dishes, fries weren't crispy and au gratin potatoes lacked seasoning. Steak and Pork Chop and Brussel sprouts were excellent. Ice cream trio for desert was very good as well.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

In town for the Breeder's Cup and two nice dinners, this being one. Our server, Josh (I believe) was that good mix of casual and business like. He knew the menu and the wine list very well and guided us through. Great steaks and great wine with excellent service made for a memorable evening!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Birthday dinner at my favorite restaurant!! No stranger to Island Prime. My go-to restaurant for food, service and view. James was awesome and the service impeccable as usual! Matt the manager came by to check on us. All good! Had steak tonight but everything is good there. Thanks to all wait staff!! 😊😊😊

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great steak and excellent scallops. Potato’s au gratin was very good
Excellent service great view

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I was disappointed only with the service. I came to San Diego for my birthday. Even though we made reservations well in advance..the table was not optimal. If there was a large waiting list I may have understood.

Our server seemed to just want us to leave. Did not explain specials..we learned it from the table next to us. Maybe he wished he would have them as his assignment.

The meal was exceptional. Scallops were perfect fully cooked. Sweet and savory. The filet trio was also perfectly executed.

I can not recommend though..not a happy Birthday celebratoon..only because of the service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Cancún)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Lack luster service with mediocre food that is grossly overpriced. We are prepared to pay a fair number for quality food and good service. This was far from it. City views were great but not enough to come back to this place given there are plenty of alternatives around.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Overall it was good The rib eye steak was not tender . Service was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our experience was not a bad one. The food left a bit to be desired. The steaks were very good, but the scallop dish was flavorless and greasy. Could have just had appetizers and may have felt better value for the money spent. For the price I could not recommend unless you are coming for steak. The special birthday dessert was a kind touch. Our server was kind and knowledgeable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere and view of San Diego! Our meal was fantastic and the service was exceptional! Definitely recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Fun, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Nice table with a great view. The service was great. My date had a rack of lamb, cooked rare the way he asked. I usually have soup, salad and a side. Mac and cheese was delicious. I can't get over the large menu and everything cooked perfectly. It was a birthday dinner and it was very special. Thank you.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We had to wait for our window view so the manager bought us drinks. The kitchen put lobster on our potato but our server caught it then comped it. Another manager brought us free dessert. The food was fantastic and the service was genuine and, frankly, for a little inconvenience, we got a hell of a deal!!!

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great food, great ambiance, great staff. Visiting from Las Vegas. Competes with the great restaurants there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

We celebrateda special occasion at Ocean Prime Sunday evening. The night was perfect:. excellent food, service, nice wines, and a beautiful view. I highly recommend this restaurant. The sides are delicious. Try the creamed corn and brussel sprouts.

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I have had 1 good experience at Island Prime but the last 2 times I have Not . The name is Island Prime and they have been out of Prime Rib the last 2 times . My steak was under cooked to what I requested and my puff pastry was cold . Other then that it was fine

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Celebrated my 60th birthday here and it was fanstastic. Had a beautiful table right on the window, Brady the server was funny, and very efficient, and the food....especially by bone-in-ribeye was out of this world....
Had lunch the day before at C Level.....Yes, I like these restaurants....can't beat the location, the food, the service and the ambience!
Thanks Cohens!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent food and service. Extraordinary views.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This place was awesome! We came for our anniversary, and were able to enjoy excellent food, service, and a wonderful view. We had cocktails, soups, lobster, steak, and a couple of the rather large side dishes. We left stuffed, but fully satisfied. We'd come back for sure!

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