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Brigantine at Portside Pier, San Diego, CA

Brigantine at Portside Pier

4.6
4.6
3718 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 82 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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 Happy Hour Mon–Fri, Sun 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 719-4960
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    The Portside Pier Brigantine offers two private dining rooms overlooking the beautiful San Diego Bay that are a wonderful option for groups of 20-150. We have hosted hundreds of private events from intimate business dinners to wedding receptions. Let our Events Team guide your next private dining experience with a breathtaking view!
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    Ash Street
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

What 3,718 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Seafood

3,719 Reviews
  1. LissaH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I felt the server rushed the meal which was delicious, I was still eating my main meal when we were asked for our dessert choices. Because our server was moving so fast, coffee was spilt on the table and on my husband. While I felt for the server, because this is never fun and it was an accident, there was little care about us as consumers. We do enjoy the Brigantine Portside and will come again.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was so delicious and the service was amazing! I Highly Recommend!!! 🥰

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good and the portions were large. We asked for a quiet table but we were put right near the bar where there was loud music blaring. luckily there was room for us to move away from the bar. Otherwise a pleasant experience

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Table, Food and Atmosphere were amazing! Our waiter Mario, is the best. He was kind enough to warn us about the cannon blasts too from the Maritime Museum boat! 😊🙏

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  5. BillP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding and Kelly our waitress was wonderful. She was very helpful with the menu item selections. She is also a great visitor and ambassador for the Brigantine. Thank you Kelly.

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  6. MichaelS

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice view great spot for birthdays or celebrations

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  7. amplcsw

    San Diego

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the view and the shrimp crab cobb salad Large shrimp and generous portion of crab meat

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  8. LauraR

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food was outstanding! We will be back!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Recommend, great service and views of the waterfront.

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  10. JasonWatson

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    bartenders are terrible. sat at the bar. second time in a row. first time, they totally lost track of us. empty drinks. empty stomachs. happened again last night with a different bartender. top down tone at the bar stinks. no bardar.

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  11. RichardA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent location, great food and service (Omar).

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  12. MarwanE

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good service and atmosphere i would definitely go back again. Absolutely suggested

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and ambiance was spot on my party of 4 had 4 different entrees and all were outstanding. The crème brûlée dessert was the best touch to a great birthday dinner. The service had a few misses on drink orders but overall would definitely recommend and go back!

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  14. Kaitlin

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Stars are for the service, which was great. Zero stars for the food. The calamari had pretty obviously been made a long time beforehand and was sitting under a lamp - it was soggy on the outside and dry on the inside. Entrees were flavorless and microwaved. If I had to come back I might sit at the bar for a drink and the view but wouldn’t order any food.

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  15. DaniaN

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The server kept giving more attention to other tables then ours she kept saying I will get you more water and kept forgetting it

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  16. SanCarlosResident

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always enjoy going to this Brigantine....service, ambience and Louie Salad excellent.

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  17. TomK

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My lobster tacos fair but so disappointed with the sides that came with it- Truffle fries cold and hard- tasted old and did not taste good. BTW I told this to the server right away. Do not know why string beans came with Lobster tacos. It was weird. Sorry Brig

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  18. DaveH

    Las Vegas

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location being right on the water. food was great, drinks really good. location, location, location!!

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  19. JosephM

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Food and Great Service. Terrific View. 👍

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited around sunset on 2/17/2024. We were given the absolute best table for our anniversary dinner, right by the water! Thank you so much to everyone from the hosts, to our server, and the bartender because those drinks were to die for. And everything we ordered food-wise was delicious! Definitely coming back again!!

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  21. Madolo

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Todo estuvo Excelente! La comida, el servicio y la vista, bellísima 😍

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  22. BillC

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gabrielle is WONDERFUL . Try the lobster tacos. Every meal in our group of 5 was great!

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  23. ScottG

    Louisville

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and service! Steven was amazing!! Terrific recommendations and follow up. Only challenge was being sat outside and even with the heaters on it was too cold to truly enjoy. Wish we could have sat indoors as we were not given the option.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall the food was good. The Calamari appetizer was not calamari. It was fish sticks. Very disappointed in them, but they were a freebie because our hotel had given us a coupon so no loss there. With my entree, I ordered extra veggies instead of mashed potatoes and was given nearly raw carrots and 100% raw green beans, which were too tough to even chew, much less cut and had zero flavor. (And this is coming from a life-long Texan who helped my granny pick green beans and we snacked on them raw while snapping them. So I know a thing or two about green beans) Thankfully, the crab stuffed shrimp was delicious. I think I’d pass on dining here again.

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  25. TonyC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a fantastic evening! We will definitely be back! Service was awesome.

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  26. JessicaFranciscoChaidez

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good service good food . We had outdoor sitting and view was gorgeous

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  27. Ants4

    Atlanta Metro

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Louie salad was fresh and good. Rob the server was dynamic. The hostess area needs a little bit of work on service and paying attention to details. I was sat outside and waited a little while to be seated when she realized that I told her that I made an Open Table reservation.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was cold and over priced the shrimp as part of the dish tasted like just came out of the freezer and the rest of dish was cold

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  29. JeniS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Reservations with the restaurant and was seated right next to the kitchen when open tables near the water were available. Moved to the bar and was ignored for 20 minutes but when we finally did order food it came out fast. Overall understand this is more of a tourist trap and you really are paying prices for location and view.

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  30. Kate

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Portside Pier location is stunning, obviously. We got a table on the outside deck with the lit up shop behind us. Service and ambiance were good. Now - to the food. We got the Swordfish and the Scallop dish. Both dish’s main meat were unfortunately disappointing. The swordfish was dry and the scallops unseasoned. I had to rely solely on the scallop’s butternut squash puree for flavor. Both of the dish’s SIDES were delicious. The risotto on the swordfish and the warm salad for the scallops eased our tension with the meats. But, for 40$ an entree, I want some GOOD MEAT. I was disappointed. Because of the above, I’d recommend coming here and getting cheaper entrees than we did to be able to fully enjoy this place without feeling ripped off.

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  31. DianneM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We sat outside, and the weather was very nice. Even though it was quite busy, the service was very good. The calamari appetizer and crab-stuffed shrimp with bacon were delicious. Overall, the ambiance was pleasant.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my second time dining here and it was just as lovely as I remembered it. Our server was incredibly nice and professional despite her close friend getting in an accident in the kitchen that resulted in the EMT coming in. Our food was brought out quickly and we devoured the homemade cheesecake.

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  33. ronfawcett

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Maybe I had low expectations, but we had an excellent Valentine's Day lunch. Five of us. We sat outside and it was a little windy and cool, but setting is wonderful. We all had different things for lunch and all were excellent. And given today's inflated prices we thought it was good value for the money.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time!! Loved sitting outside. Beautiful day!! Great waitress !!

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  35. GalaB

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything is very good like always. especially their dessert!

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  36. Bgreen

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot. Nice to take a stroll and get away from the convention malaise.

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  37. FashFoodie

    Greater Boston

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and view. Fresh seafood and oysters

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  38. YONMO

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu selection and great staff. I plan to visit again. I arrived for an early lunch so parking was easy. As we left, I noticed parking was challenging.

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  39. ashm

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful spot for oysters during the sunset. The food was incredible, vibes immaculate & service was spot on. The only bummer is we didn’t know you don’t get happy hour pricing when seated outside. But it was worth it!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Eugene was the best server I’ve had in a long time. Views and food were great. Perfect spot for weekend brunch! Highly recommend.

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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 3718 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 82 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
  • 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 Happy Hour Mon–Fri, Sun 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
  • Phone number
    (619) 719-4960
  • Private party facilities
    The Portside Pier Brigantine offers two private dining rooms overlooking the beautiful San Diego Bay that are a wonderful option for groups of 20-150. We have hosted hundreds of private events from intimate business dinners to wedding receptions. Let our Events Team guide your next private dining experience with a breathtaking view!
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