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Brigantine at Portside Pier, San Diego, CA

Brigantine at Portside Pier

4.6
4.6
2636 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 118 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 719-4960

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    Ash Street

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

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What 2,636 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Most Booked

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  1. BD

    BenjiD

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and location. Pork chops were killer!!! Fish Tacos are always the best, too.
  2. c

    cindys

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Kids Mac and cheese wasn’t good kids didn’t like it they liked the kind you use to have.
  3. S

    Seattlepeep

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view, yummy food and great service. We arrived a few minutes early and they got us in fast.
  4. T

    Travelingsisters

    Cleveland

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Would’ve given it 5 stars, but…Brigantine was recommended by our trolley tour guide for having delicious seafood. The only reservation that was available was 4:30pm and 8:00pm the day we wanted to go. We took the early 4:30 slot, which we figured was before the dinner rush. Upon arrival, we gave our name and the very young hostess confirmed our reservation then told us to have a seat. After 10 minutes of watching hip, young people with no reservations get seated, I took a turn around the restaurant to find it only half full. We finally asked the hostess what the holdup was since we had a reservation. Only then were we seated. Reason for loss of a star! We asked to be seated outside, but the sun was too strong and the umbrellas didn’t tilt. The young man, Jocsan, who seated us was excellent in immediately securing an indoor seat for us after trying to adjust the umbrella to no avail. Our server, Erica, was attentive, efficient and pleasant. A real professional and great at her job! Loved her!! We told Erica about our experience with the hostess. She told the manager, Megan, who stopped by our table to apologize and tried to make the situation right. She offered us complimentary attention at the bar upstairs. Not necessary, but we appreciated the offer. The food was fantastic! Fresh, flavorful and beautifully plated! The service was excellent! The management was on point except for the hostess snafu which they promised to address! That’s super management. Cheers for Brigantine! Worth a visit if you love seafood and a gorgeous view!
  5. c

    chris3278

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Loved the waiter - very professional and kind and made the experience very pleasant.
  6. CK

    CarlK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great food and ambiance. Great views too. Romantic
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    I reserved an outside table but didn’t get one. I informed them it was my wife’s birthday, but there was no special recognition or dessert. Not impressed.
  8. SW

    SteveW

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything worked out perfect. We were meeting guest that were traveling on a cruise ship and the location could not have been more perfect.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience! Our server Jeannie was great!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    106 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    106 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food could be better, the restaurant is beautiful and great view to ocean, service excellent.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I’m very disappointed we couldn’t order fish tacos. You were voted best fish tacos and yet we can’t order them on the patio? There is no reason you could give that makes this even understandable. Bad business decision
  12. CG

    CGMA

    Baja California

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The location, view and decor is outstanding. Every single inch of the restaurant is eye-pleasing. However the food is okay. The $120 seafood platter is very good and so are the lobster tacos on blue corn tortilla. Macadamia mahi-mahi and swordfish are okay. They are both served with a very good risotto, that has way more flavor than the fish. The creme brulee and apple crisp were yummy. Connor was a great, patient server and even exchanged one of the fish entrees for something better.
  13. GZ

    GloriaZ

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit to this Brigantine at the Portside Pier! It was awesome and did not disappoint at all! Had a wonderful table with gorgeous view! Our server Stephanie was great and very helpful! The food was excellent! Perfect place to celebrate a special sisters Birthday!
  14. ER

    EricR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great views. Service was great, and we really enjoyed the food and drinks. Great way to end a day on the harbor!
  15. L

    Lofton80

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Why didn’t I get points?
  16. CF

    CraigF

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server Melody was exceptional. She was attentive, helpful, funny, and gracious.
  17. B

    Babs

    Orange County

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! Service was wonderful! View was superb!
  18. CO

    CraigO

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Third time visiting this restaurant and location in the past week. Over these three visits, my party has ranged in size fro 3 - 8 people. I have had some good seats and some seats that were very loud. The food is always good and the service depends on crowd size in restaurant.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I had their nightly special, seared Scallops over risotto with asparagus and bacon. It was delish. The Mai Tai was outstanding. This was a birthday dinner for my best friend. Our server, Katie was awesome..thankyou.
  20. KK

    KalleeK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had the crab fondue, Louie salad and special of the day surf and turf. All excellent and generous portions. Asked for a bit more dressing to make it perfect for me.
  21. j

    jillb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Service, View, Food, and Overall Atmosphere. Best service on our entire vacation! Highly recommend.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    The food was very disappointing. Won’t go back again.
  23. N

    Nikki

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Amazing ambiance and view. Entrees were just ok. Good for drinks and appetizers!
  24. CO

    CraigO

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding. Seating along glass at sunset. Food was good and served quickly. Second time in the week we were at the Brig with different out of town guests.
  25. X

    Xiomara

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We wanted to have some seafood before we went back home and also, to celebrate our anniversary. The house clam chowder has been the best I’ve ever had and it doesn’t taste “fishy”. The shrimp bisque was fine, not a fan of lobster bisque but wanted to give it a try. The sword fish was delicious with the Parmesan risotto and brocolini. My boyfriends fish and chips were the best he has ever had. Ambiance was great, next to the ocean and nice and breezy. The waiter was amazing and they congratulated us on our anniversary. Will definitely come back.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional
  27. a

    africanqueen

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    The restaurant is in a magnificent location with incredible views. Just wish the food quality was equally outstanding. It is not. Very mediocre which is very sad. The place was teeming with customers which is hard to fathom. Maybe they were all tourists and only chose the place for its views and location along the San Diego waterfront. It was my first and last time at this lovely restaurant !
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    They did not do anything special for our anniversary like we had mentioned it was
  29. RV

    RonnieV

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing along with the staff. The only down side was the EDM concert going on across the street. Made it very loud at certain times during dinner.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Pedimos pez espada, halibut, pulpo a las brasas y todo muy rico. Tiene menú de niños con manteleta con crayones. La vista al puerto es increíble.
  31. SD

    SanDiegoA

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was lovely and the food was good.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice wait staff
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good food, service was ok and place was very loud.
  34. M

    edwardM

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful venue,excellent service, food was very good. They wouldn’t accept our Brigantine gift card and gave us no idea when they would be able to start accepting them again.
  35. k

    krystal

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The portions of food were good for price. Food was tasty. Customer service was great. The view was amazing. Get to be on San Diego Harbor. Was recommended to this location by a friend and did not disappoint.
  36. JF

    JackF

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service. Beautiful views of the San Diego Harbor!
  37. JS

    JanS

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Beautiful view of San Diego Bay. We have been Brigantine customers since the mid 1970's. Unfortunately the service tonight was not as good as our usual experiences. Not sure if it had to do with staffing or some other issue, but the food was still great.
  38. LM

    LotzM

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Service is so slow, it took our server more than 20 mins to greet us and finally get our orders.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorites. Simply perfect!
  40. L

    Lynn

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to eat here! Food, service and ambiance are great!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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

FAQs

Brigantine at Portside Pier is rated 4.6 stars by 2636 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 118 times today
Google Map for Brigantine at Portside Pier

1360 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-3322

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ash Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse, Oyster Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

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