Brigantine at Portside Pier

4.6
1856 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Brigantine is more than just home to some of San Diego’s finest seafood. It’s a place where locals and visitors alike come to share a lively atmosphere and authentic sense of community. The Morton family opened the first Brigantine on Shelter Island in 1969, with a vision that embraced the beach town lifestyle, a dedication to flavorful food, and a passion for friendly service. Today, we’re known far and wide for our San Diego-style surf and turf. From our award-winning fish tacos and freshly shucked oysters, to classic filet mignon or our perpetually best-selling marinated grilled swordfish. Always prepared to exceed expectations, and served with a smile. You can stop in at any neighborhood Brigantine and get a taste of the local flavor, from regionally inspired specials, to custom cocktails and home town craft beers. At the Brigantine we make first timers feel like regulars, and consider regulars part of the family. So come by often, and share our taste for life.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1856 people are saying
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Care
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and the Brussel sprouts were the best!

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vipwifechick
San Diego
51 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and spectacular views

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LaurenT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend for a date night! Our waitress was very attentive and the food was amazing. Definitely will be coming back.

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FrankO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

great service and prompt attention on all aspects great waitress and food was quick.

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Andy
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the shrimp & grits. Our anniversary dessert was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great location and view and good food

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vipTravelbabe
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this visit was great. Started with the wonderful spinach salad, had bacon wrapped shrimp entree and finished with berry bread pudding. Service, bay view, value make Brig a go-to restaurant for me.

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vipOpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente atención y cocina

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff nice setting great food and drinks

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PhillipP
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great fun with friends on an early Sunday afternoon. We had outside seating. but it was too cold for one person in our group and they found room for us inside and moved us. Great service from waitress who recommended some options and allowed some substitutions for restricted diets, & recommended some deserts Lovely time! Parking was a hassle, we ended up about 3 blocks away, and that was with a handicap sticker. Overall fun experience. It was a return trip for us, of many trips....could write the same review every time.

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Lovetodineout
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only will the view take your breath away but you may just see a seal and other wildlife as the sailboats and yachts float by! The service from Stephen was awesome and the food yummy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience4

My husband and I have both been in the service industry and know what it takes to be in the restaurant business. On a busy Saturday the hostess was basically whispering guest names when their tables opened. We were paying attention and never heard our name. We had checked in and were waiting for about ten minutes when people who had checked in well after us were being seated. We asked the hostess (who was not friendly) and waited while she checked on our table. She then came back to the stand without saying a word to us on the status. Someone else eventually called us in. Our server was blah and robotic with the steps of service. She barely took our order. The food was nothing special, definitely caters to conference goers. The view is gorgeous and makes for a beautiful sunset if you can get a patio seat. But all in all, there are other restaurants in San Diego with better service and better food.

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BBWs
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Beautiful setting, the outdoor seating was great. It was very crowded and loud even for outdoor, but we were still able to have a conversation. The food was very good, the oysters were rather small, but the main dish was perfect portion. Service was decent, a little on the slow side from our server and we never did get the receipt we requested. But they were very professional, and pleasant. Overall a good experience and we will return.

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vipTimM
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best venues in San Diego for an evening dinner! Great apps, entrees, dessert & drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Great space, consistently so-so food.

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Marge
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good! The servers are always friendly! The view at this one is always spectacular.

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Brian
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very attentive. The views are amazing. I didn’t order food this time but in the past the food has been outstanding.

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vipJenniferT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food and ambiance was amazing. Service staff was friendly but slow … probably because of understaffing
Waited a long time for wine because there were no clean glasses.
Never got wine chiller for either of our 2 bottles. Appetizers

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NancyS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Great view, but food was not good and service was lacking such that we won't return

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keithB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Great service and great ambiance. Location on the harbor is really nice, especially at night with all of the lights. Main course fish was good, but the risotto was flavorless. Since they basically had it as a side on almost half the dish, you would think it would be better.

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vipMannyH
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location. Great food. Great service. Great margaritas.

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LindaS
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time to this restaurant and was very pleased with the location, the service was amazing, view of the bay was perfect and food was delicious.

Ordered the daily special of Halibut which melted in my mouth.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice deal on Wednesdays for half off bottle of wines

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Gracie
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall3food4service4ambience2

It was cold inside and out. Outside heaters were insufficient. So we moved inside and it was still quite cold.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to dinner for our wedding anniversary. Despite the pandemic, the ambience was cheerful, not too crowded. The location is breathtaking ! The waitress was so friendly, and efficient. Above all, the food was beyond our expectations. We will definitely be coming back. Thank you to all the staff for being so attentive.

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OmarH
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family Dinner…excellent staff, food and ambiance. Incredible seating and view. Waiter and staff above and beyond. Highly recommended.

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vipCacheH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, great food and stunning view

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vipChristianB
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, and terrific brunch specials, especially mimosas. Crab cake is massive and great value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Beautiful spot right on the water. Food is always good. Slow service though.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Views are spectacular

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my sister’s and niece’s birthdays here and it was such a great experience! Our server was definitely on point and the view (and of course, the food) was so great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We were seated promptly. The server was attentive and very nice. The food was a bit underwhelming. Mashed potatoes were bland and veggies too. The crab and shrimp fondue…hmmm…I think I would it as a fondue as opposed to a cheese dip. The blackened salmon was good but was missing something. I did hear the pork chops were awesome—but still those potatoes. Overall still enjoyable and we celebrated a birthday for a family guest. For the price of the meal nearing $200 for 4 of us—I was disappointed with the quality. Can’t say I would rush back for more.

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Tankkiller
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was a great experience with the wife and family!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the experience dining here! Great food, even better views. Service was impeccable!

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DarleneG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Server kept taking his mask down to talk. Asked him not to do that x 3. He got an attitude, HE called the manager over. Manager got very close to my face (he was properly masked) I had to ask him to step back and maintain a more reasonable distance. Explained to him that we had asked the server x 3 to cover his face properly. Manager didn’t seem too concerned. Sloppy Covid safety protocol adherence.

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vipYaraB
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Gorgeous view! Great table, the burger was great, the fish tacos are tasty, I wish you have better tortillas. It would be better if you have better vegan options.
It would be great to have good cappuccino with my dessert. The server told me to get a coffee next door??

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VeronicaN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was amazing! Our waiter gave the best service!

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Bostontransplant
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sarah did a wonderful job of serving us. She showed very mature understanding of my guest & I appreciated that. The location is fun, could NOT be any closer to the water & stay dry!!

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Antoyagirl
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went to celebrate a birthday. The food was alright, nothing outstanding. When I made the reservation on OpenTable I had mentioned the special occasion. Eventually, a dessert was brought to our table after our meal. When it was time to pay for the bill, I saw I was charged for the dessert that we for one had not ordered or requested. If I'm going to be charged for that, we should at least be informed.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our date night was just perfect. We were sat by the window and had a view. Our server was Chris and he was amazing. The atmosphere was delightful and not too loud where you couldn’t hear your conversation. It was 10/10!

FAQs

Brigantine at Portside Pier is rated 4.6 stars by 1856 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.