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Ocean Pacific Grille

75 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

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Ocean Pacific Grille is a casual restaurant that serves a variety of contemporary Filipino and Asian Fusion dishes. It specializes in seafood specialties and also offers an array of creative cocktails for guests to enjoy. The restaurant's spacious dining area features bright colors, modern décor and unique lighting. Ocean Pacific Grill is a great place to enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner with friends and family.

Begin the meal with an appetizer like pork belly buns, cauliflower and brussels sprouts, tocino toast with bone marrow or burrata. For the main course at Ocean Pacific Grille try a dish like smoked gouda mac and cheese, adobo ribs, shrimp palabok or New York strip steak. End the meal with a sweet dessert like ube donuts with yuzu sorbet or the halo-halo bar.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Seafood, Pacific Rim, Filipino
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Hours of operation
Sun-Thurs 4p-10p
Fri & Sat 4p-11p
Brunch - Sat & Sun 10a-1p
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Phone number
(619) 578-2828
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Charles Andres
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Let Ocean Pacific Grille cater your next event. Relax and enjoy yourself as we take care of feeding your guests with our one of kind Pacific Rim cuisine. Guaranteed fresh and extraordinary! Call today for more details. Ask for Brian Norris: (619) 578-2828,
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Cross street
6th Ave.
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Parking details
Parking is available at Horton Plaza (2 blocks west of restaurant, 3hr validation at the mall), or Park it on Market, (2 blocks south of restaurant, $1/hour).
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

Combo plates, they are great!!!

vipRespectfulDiner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2016

delicious, love the spin on filipino food, but just too expensive for filipinos

vipCindy (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 25, 2016

The creativity of the menu reminds me of Asian Fusion but elevated. The tastes are amazing and a twist of home cook Filipino food. Finally!

Crownsvilleresident (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

We were in San Diego for a conference and we wanted to eat Filipino food in a nice restaurant. There are plenty of choices especially in National City but most are steam-table, casual places (what the Filipinos would call turo-turo). This restaurant was a class all its own and it's in the cool Gas Lamp District. Primarily, it makes Filipino food accessible to non-Filipinos. The food was very nicely plated. I had the crispy fish with the tamarind broth --- a take on sinigang. The fish (can't remember the name) was indeed crispy on the outside and moist inside. The broth, poured table side, is nicely tangy. The dish came with a melange of vegetables including bokchoy, radish, potatoes and long beans. My only complaint is that long beans, contrary to the current fad of semi-cooked vegetables, should be cooked until tender and infused with the flavor of the broth. The dish did not come with rice but not a problem, I stole my husband's bowl that came with his entree. My husband had the whole fried fish with a wine, tomato sauce. I liked this dish a lot, although some people might be turned off by food staring back at you. The sweet tomato sauce complimented the crispy-fried fish. I forgot, we also ordered the salt and pepper calamari appetizer with pickled peppers. The flavor is good but the calamari are a tad overcooked. For dessert, we had the 'halo-halo', which is really not quite like the real thing. The amount of effort to compose this dessert is obvious --- two kinds of mousse, rice crisp (not so crispy), fresh fruit compote (lots of knife work involved) and a sweet red bean, condensed milk ice pop. I think the rice crisp has to be quickly fried first so that it pops like popcorn. As is, it tasted raw. I appreciate the effort put in this dessert but the 'halo-halo' (mix-mix) spirit was lost as the components don't seem to go together. I would rather have sweet bananas and jackfruit in syrup than the fresh fruit. But still, I wish this restaurant well.

Iris (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 8, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised to find Filipino cuisine upgraded to fine dining. The upscaled cuisine is a one to try. It will not disappoint.

vipFoodie97 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 5, 2016

First time here. The ambience was nice. The food selection was minimal. Flavor was okay, nothing great but not worth the price. Service was okay as well. There are so many other options in Gaslamp so I don't think I will be returning.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 27, 2016

This is a very good Filipino/Asian fusion restaurant with a new take on traditional dishes. It lived up to its favorable reviews. We arrived for an early dinner to a partially filled restaurant. There is an adjacent bar where we enjoyed a well-made pre-dinner cocktail. One guest's Filipino mother regularly served home-cooked traditional Filipino meals. While not prepared in the authentic style, these dishes were quite delicious according to our guest, who said that he will return.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on July 14, 2016

The food was amwzing!

FrancesR (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2016

My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience of dining here. Service was great. The manager, Brian, was very accommodating in correcting a situation. We would definitely go back....the deserts are mouth-watering.

vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on June 9, 2016

Excellent service and GREAT food.

qu1rkz (London)
3.0  Dined on May 26, 2016

I have no complaints about the restaurant but it didn't really have any highlights either - solid without anything special. Seems like there are a lot of better options in SD, both downtown and elsewhere.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2016

Reviews were good, so I tried it out when I was in San Diego for a meeting. Dining alone is never great, but they have a counter or bar at the kitchen which was very entertaining and I'd suggest that for someone dining alone. Other options would be the dining room or bar. I had seen Mahi on the menu--they were out, but had halibut which was excellent. Bit of an Asian influence, and tastes, but subtle--I found the food to be excellent. Service was attentive, not overbearing. Turned out to be an excellent choice and I would return. Check it out.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on May 17, 2016

They did a wonderful job. Everything we tried was delicious. We eventually just told them to bring us what they recommended and we had an awesome time.

DenisR (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on May 15, 2016

Visiting san diego for the first time, we discovered this restaurant and wow what an amazing cuisine. It was inventive, well presenting and the taste was amazing with every food we tried, it is a no fault, we will return before leaving town

vipSHfromSanDiego (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

Very loud inside, we requested a table outside which they gave us right away, which was nice

vipFirstTimeVisit (Austin)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

The food was very good. My date and I shared a salad and an entree and the portions were very nice. Service was just ok, not great, but not bad either.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

I was very satisfied with our prix-fixe menu food: papaya salad, braised short ribs, and the vanilla flan; clam chowder, seared mahi mahi, and chocolate dome. The vanilla flan was my absolute favorite! I also liked the Filipino flair tossed in here and there. I will definitely be back!

vipRoland (Dallas)
2.0  Dined on April 21, 2016

The sea bass, shrimp and Calamari were all very ordinary. I've never seen sea bass so thin and wasn't even sure if it really was. I will never eat there again and suggest others don't as well. I spent $400 for five people and for the quality of the food it should have cost $150

Csokam (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2016

Service, food, beverages all great. I feel like the dining room could have used updating, given the quality of everything else. But I was also celebrating, two sheets to the wind and may not know what I'm talking about.

Jlowe (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined on April 8, 2016

I have never seen staff look so unhappy to be at work. I could hardly see my chicken it was so small. The coffee was on the bad side but just good enough to drink. Nothing special to support the $60 I spent.