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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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Valentine's Day we will be offering a preset menu for $74.95 per person. Reservations are for indoor dining and there is no guarantee of window tables, you may be seated at C-level or in Island Prime, both providing the same menu. There is a 2 hour time limit on all tables for the evening.

Island Prime Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (105)
Scenic View (98)
Special Occasion (98)
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Romantic (89)
Good for Anniversaries (84)
Good for a Date (82)
Good for Birthdays (52)
Worth the Drive (48)
Notable Wine List (35)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Good for Groups (26)
Business Meals (23)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Hot Spot (18)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Fun (18)
Cozy (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Authentic (14)
Comfort Food (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Casual (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
People Watching (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Seasonal (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great Beer (4)
Organic (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Healthy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined a day ago

Great view of downtown. Excellent service. The steak knife was a little dull, but the steak was delicious.

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·Dined 2 days ago

We had a great time for our 12year anniversary!! The waiter was amazing and really helped us with ordering and great suggestions! Recommended the Ribeye and it was amazing!!!

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·Dined 3 days ago

We had a wonderful experience. The food and was delicious and the wait staff were very professional and courteous.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Great dinner table service. Highly recommended !

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Our dinner was lovely, but the “happy hour” in the bar needs some improvement. There are very few drinks that qualify for happy hour. Our server, who wasn’t very friendly, could not even explain what “well “ drinks were. Only certain brands of alcohol qualified. Also the happy hour food was disappointing. There were 4 of us, we ordered the coconut shrimp and there were only 3 for 7.50 I think. Skip the happy hour and get an early reservation for dinner, you will also score a window table.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined 5 days ago

The wagyu steak is highly reccommended its better than the fillet mignon

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I met at Island Prime, so the restaurant has sentimental value to us. We go back every year on our anniversary, and have never been disappointed.
Great view, superb service, wonderful food, romantic ambiance. And they treated us SO well on our anniversary, we felt special. Thank your Island Prime!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 9, 2018

This was my second time there it was a Monday after 8 so the place was slow. The service was slow we had to ask for bread. Bread was cold Ordered steaks medium well the outside was burnt and crispy. I should have complained I was tired and hungry. My wife and I vowed not return. Not sure what is going on there maybe it’s the Monday crew and they were tired from the weekend

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We love the restaurant. Best Prime Rib and Popovers. Eat there frequently.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We were early for our reservation and they seated us right away. We had an okay table...not the nice, empty booth we walked by but the table wasn’t next to the kitchen either. Our waiter, Jeff, helped us with the wine selection. He was very friendly and not condescending at all. My husband ordered the lobster tail, I had the king crab. We split a wedge (they split it for us in the kitchen and it was delicious and plenty for two). Then we ordered the twice baked potato, which was actually enough for 6 adults. We also had an order of oysters on the half shell. The king crab was beyond our expectations! Melt in your mouth good! Best I’ve ever had. Seriously! And I love king crab...Considering what we ordered, the value was decent. The only glitch was the costly wine. But we found a good bottle. The tab was close to $300. Service was great!! Jeff! We will bring friends next time.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We had a great time. I always liked coming to this place for an amazing evening view of the San Diego skyline. The food this time was delicious although I felt it was a bit pricey for what we actually received.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 8, 2018

This continues to be our favorite restaurant. The food and drinks are consistently well prepared and the wait staff knowledgable and professional. Our only negative continues to be the valet parking that has been in place since the opening of Coasterra. Previously parking was free and a benefit, now its an irritant that is not really necessary nor wanted.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Fantastic attention to detail. Menu offered a number of great options for different tastes. The downtown skyline views are amazing.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Island Prime is perfection. The service is outstanding and the food is amazing. No detail is missed.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Amazing food & service, highly recommend. Oh, and the bread is fabulous too!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great restaurant with a beautiful view of the waterfront. Great ambience, good food and service. I would surely recommend this place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The view is amazing!
I love the Filet trio; they always cook it perfectly and serve it on mash potatoes. Each three ounce filet is topped with mushrooms, crab or blue cheese. The blue cheese topping is my favorite. The bar will make any drink, but the sangria or the isle of zen are my adult beverages of choice.
The service is always exceptional at the bar. If you don’t have a reservation, you can dine at C-Level and if you request an Island Prime menu item they’ll ask the chef, but they have granted my request everytime I dined at C-Level.
The mud pie is a delicious ice cream dessert to share. I don’t like the taste of coffee and they claim it’s made from coffee icecream, but it is absolutely delicious.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Waterfront
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

My younger son and I went to Island Prime with my husband for his birthday. We were greeted by a friendly staff who asked about the birthday notice. We were initially led to a table that was located a bit more inside by a young man who did not seem to be vary familiar with things. Upon us requesting a table with better views, we were asked to wait a few minutes but was quickly placed at another table with great views by another more experienced lady. Everything went smoothly from there and our waitress was very friendly and knowledgable with the menu and came to us at just appropriate times. The food was delicious. For starters, we had a trio plate of samplers with fresh oysters, shrimp, crab claws, sushi tuna, Poke, and wine porched mussels, which were just about everything we wanted to try. The popover was huge and amazing and helped soak up the very flavorful juice from the mussels. My son's buffalo rib eye was cooked just right; my husband's cod was amazingly tender, and my black kale salad nicely seasoned. We finished our meal with the trio of sorbets which was just perfect for the evening. Taste-wise, I would give a five start also but I feel for the price and the place, the plating and presentation and ingredient pairing could go just a small notch up to make this restaurant a five start through and through. Overall, a fantastic experience and very good price for the food and service. Looking forward to another opportunity to come back again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

They should have a stricter dress code for island prime. The other side of the restaurant (C level) was “less formal” we were told. So we chose the island prime side because we were dressed up in a suit and dress for our honeymoon. But then a table right by us had jeans and a sweatshirt.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

This was our second time eating at Island Prime . We had the twice baked potatoe stuffed herb lobster and it was delicious! We followed that with a Cesar salad which was very enjoyable. However for our main course, we ordered 12 ounces of Snake River Farms Ribeye Steak rare and it was cooked to perfection. On the side, we had some crab legs which were also very good.

The birthday boy opted for an 18 ounce Cesar River Rib Eye steak which he said was, “The best steak I have ever had!” The ambiance was perfect, the table overlooked the water and we could see all of Downtown lit up at night. The waiter was attentive, helpful . It was a very relaxing and a wonderful evening.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Another very fine meal, with great service and a breathtaking view!

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Celebrated my 7 year wedding anniversary here and it was exactly what my wife and I was looking for. Ambiance was perfect, service was great, and the food was excellent!

Tags: Waterfront, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Loved the jalepeno jelly butter that came with the fluffy bread.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Adding a percentage charge to the bill to punish voters for raising the minimum wage is an odious practice and ought to be illegal. Or at least the restaurant should warn prospective diners about this practice.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our food was amazing! Service is impeccable! I got the scallops and they were prefect! The risotto cakes that came with it were amazing too.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Mobile)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful food! And the view!! Spectacular evening!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was superior! The best place in San Diego.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Outstanding services, customer satisfaction a priority with staff members and management. I always enjoy getting to know the staff and Island Prime goes out of their way in getting to know you personally.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Delicious meal and beautiful setting!!!! Very accommodating !!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This was our 6 year celebrating our wedding anniversary at Island 🌴 Prime & this recent experience was exceptional & outstanding... our
Server Josh was amazing, he had a great personality, upbeat positive attitude & took time
To chat with us...he even brought a delicious clear your palate tasting appetizer...very attentive!!
We had the best seat!!! Island 🌴 Prime gets 10 stars... we will be back...thank you!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food, service, and view! I didn't like that everything was a la carte and waiter took a little longer than usual to take our order.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent service and attention to detail. Jeffrey, our server, was knowledgeable and professional. We also enjoyed other wait staff members, especially Carlos. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food and view. A little on the pricy side and they charge you for valet parking at $7.00 plus tip and the service is very poor and slow. If the weather is cold you have to walk to a booth pay your parking and wait for your car. Every time we go I could park myself and return to my car much faster than with the help of the valet service. Valet should be option only when dining at this restaurant

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

I made this reservation fro my wife's birthday. My wife and I had a glass of the Chilean Cabernet, the green salad, prime rib and split a baked potato. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. The restaurant confirmed our open reservation in the afternoon and when I asked about a window seat they said come about 15 minutes early and they would arrange to have one ready. Sure enough they had a beautiful table waiting for us upon our arrival. Beyond that they brought a delicious chocolate torte in honor of her birthday. Overall I was impressed. The only downsize is it is a little noisy but a lot of that had to do with the laughter and conversation from the guests which we did not mind but some might. Prices are not inexpensive but are a good value as the portions are nice sized and the food is excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

We love Island Prime and tend to choose it for our special occasions. Highly recommended.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Absolutely perfect evening!!! A group of us went out for my wife's birthday get together. Everything was incredible...the environment, the wonderful service and the absolutely delicious food!!!! If I could give it 6 stars outta 5 would!!! Thank you Island Prime, for everything!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Organic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

They were very attentive to my gluten free requests. Food is outstanding. Great location with being right on bay. Great daytime, sunset and night city lights . Yes, a bit expensive, but well worth it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We enjoyed our food, drinks and ambiance.. Overall good experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was great. Did not get the best seat in the house though.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Very disappointed. Been here before and really enjoyed it. Not this time. Way, way, overpriced for the quality of the food. We have had the pleasure of dining at all of the 5 star dining establishments in San Diego County many times so we have the experience to compare. In addition, this chain has grown many times over based on its employees "backs". Now, a 3% surcharge to offset that they are finally required to pay a baseline living wage. We will never return to this location.

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