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Permanently Closed - Admiral's Restaurant & Lounge

20 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Our head Chef, Chef Geoff is a certified Chef de Cuisine by the American Culinary Federation. He has cooked in over 37 different countries, with the United States Navy, for Admirals, Senators, Diplomats and many more high ranking officials. His team is dedicated to ensuring that every guest feels like an Admiral!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday : 4:00pm- 9:00pm

4:00pm - 10:00pm

4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(619) 564-8762
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Geoff Cole
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Admiral's Restaurant & Lounge can accommodate all of your special event needs.
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Private party contact
our Private Event Coordinator: (877) 217-2414
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The Admiral's Experience specializes in the highest of professionalism and quality service catering. Hence, the origin of our company's name, "The Admiral's Experience." We execute events ranging from weddings, corporate, exclusive and VIP events and private parties to in-house personal chefs...all with military camaraderie and precision.
Our Chef's staff are trained to satisfy our Admirals with gourmet taste and full-service catering. Each event is thoughtfully planned with exceptional detail from start to finish!
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.6based on all time ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Only open for private parties. I had made a reservation for lunch and when I arrived the place was dark and locked with a note on the door.

1.0Dined on December 22, 2017

The restaurant was closed when we arrived and now see this in other recent reviews.

1.0Dined on December 18, 2017

Used the App for a last minute “upgrade” in dining experience it was my 1 - yr. anniversary....made a reservation for 3 at 6:30....(as a bonus this reservation offered 1,000 pts.)
I received a confirmation and showed up at 6:30....the establishment was CLOSED....and had a note on the door that indicated “Open Table is for reservations of 10 or more”
Needless to say, we had to redirect our dining plans.... the fact that Open Table showed this as an option and sent confirmation....I had NO reason not to expect the reservation would be honored.
This is the first such occurrence.
I am interested to receive your response. Thanks in advance.

1.0Dined on November 7, 2017

The restaurant called us on Tuesday, Nov 7, the date my husband and I had chosen, and said they weren't open that night. We then made a reservation for Friday, Nov 10 (my husband's birthday), and the reservation was confirmed. However, on Friday when we arrived at Admiral's Restaurant and Lounge, the place was completely dark. A sign on the door stated that the restaurant was open only for special events. We assumed that meant it was no longer serving meals at all except for such events. We went to another restaurant, Garden Kitchen of San Diego, and had a wonderful meal.

2.0Dined on September 23, 2017

The Admiral restaurant has closed... The menu was a tough sell... odd mix of food

5.0Dined on September 21, 2017

Great local place, military veteran chef with interesting twist try the buffalo chicken pops and if Mom's been in to whip up her Jamaican jerk sauce the sliders are great as are the Shrimp and Grits.

5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was awesome....i will definitely be a regular here...

3.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Very nice evening. Food was a good as well as service

3.0Dined on July 5, 2017

My wife and I just moved in the neighborhood and went to Admirals for a romantic dinner on Wednesday July 5th, 2017. We ordered the calamari, crab-balls, sliders and buffalo lollipops. Unfortunately, it was the day after July 4th, and I heard they were slammed that night, and the food was awful. We sent the calamari back b/c it was burnt to a crisp, and the buffalo pops were terrible (mushy with "chunky" cream cheese. The burger sliders were pretty good, but I ended up getting sick from the undercooked crab balls! (My wife refused to eat them because she thought they looked "undercooked," which I immediately agreed with after scarfing one down.) Seriously, I couldn't make it through the workday Thursday, and didn't feel better until Saturday. Our server was brand new, and she was the best part about the experience. (Nicole or something, just moved here from Palm Springs.)

Summary, we were really excited to try this place because we live so close but were totally disappointed. Too bad because it sounded like a really neat place with locally sourced beers.

1.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Really poor service. Food was not good.

5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

We tried Admiral's when it first opened and weren't very impressed. After seeing an article about Chef Geoff, we decided to give UT another try. Glad we did. The menu was varied, with weekly themed specials: Jamaican, New Orleans, Sicily. We had a goat curry (never tried before but we are adventurous). It was delicious and tender. The shrimp curry with plantains was yummy, too. Will go back!

4.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Great local spot. Owners are trying hard. Give it a try.

1.0Dined on March 30, 2017

Wouldn't go back, pass!

5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

The restaurant isn't easy to categorize. The location is in a non-descript shopping center, but the interior is beautifully designed and decorated with large, modern paintings.
The menu has a wide variety of dishes from comfort food to exotic.
A great experience!

4.0Dined on January 13, 2017

Eclectic and fun choices on the menu. Very attentive service. Atmosphere is nice and comfortable.
Nothing about the food itself stood out (non offensive) but was not horrible either.
Nice option if in the area.

4.0Dined on November 18, 2016

A hidden jewel in a quiet neighborhood... We will go back!

4.0Dined on November 16, 2016

This establishment is proving to be a great neighborhood find. The owner/chef is moving beyond his starting point with a broadened and varied menu, a small but satisfactory wine list, a good beer selection, and ever improving service. Given time this will be a valued addition to an area much in need of something different in the way of a dining experience.

5.0Dined on August 4, 2016

Chef Geoff and the staff (especially our server, Ryan) really make you feel welcome and appreciated. We had 3 of the tapas and they were delicious. Del Cerro and San Carlos residents have a new place to eat that is friendly and has great food!!

4.0Dined on July 16, 2016

Second time. A little more formal on weekends. Jerk chicken and salmon dinners very well prepared. Much looking forward to the wine list we should see in a couple of weeks. Just what the neighborhood needs.

4.0Dined on July 6, 2016

We so very much hope that this, the third or so restaurant at this location. makes it. Unlike the prior tenants The Admiral has a sophisticated atmosphere and menu. They have some things to work on such as the wine list, but every indication is that they will soon get settled in with their eclectic menu, a good wine cellar, and more formality in the service. This might well be something special even though located in a shopping center. We will keep this on our dining out list and will not be surprised to be able to give a five star recommendation sometime soon.