Brigantine at Portside Pier

4.7
740 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 740 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.8
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Erica, our server, was amazing! Very attentive and very nice! Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was top notch. Craft cocktails were great as well. Highly recommend for a date night

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was my first time dining here, and I loved it! Delicious food paired with an amazing view of the San Diego bayfront. A wonderful way to celebrate my birthday! Thank you, and looking forward to coming back sometime!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dinner literally on the water. Lovely setting!

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Verucaluna
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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vipHopk7791
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very nice meal with fantastic service and wonderful ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Brigantine tonight. Beautiful ocean sunset view. Food was amazing. I always love everything that I order. I usually get seafood. The specials are always great. We celebrated our anniversary and our waiter was so nice to bring us a complimentary dessert to help celebrate. This is definitely one of my absolute favorite restaurants and you should definitely give it a try.

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Mary
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Fish tacos are the best...by 230 the sun is too hot to sit next to the tables by the water. Waitstaff busy and never came back for more water and drinks.
I will try again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Terrible parking

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vipLifeJurnee
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambiance and views are always great on the waterfront. The swordfish with broccollini and risotto was delightful, actually better than expected, I don’t usually like risotto. The lobster tacos were just ok and the sides were a weird combination; truffle fries and green beans. The fries could have been crisper, too soft for my liking.

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vipKukana
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, view was beautiful, server was helpful and efficient.

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vipCH23
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Service and view were great. Food was not what I expected from a Brigantine chain. The La Mesa locations food is always top notch and portside was a disappointment. Salads were watered down and lacking flavor. Fish tacos were bland and underwhelming. With restaurant limitations on capacity I didn’t like that they didn’t allow any ordering from the bar menu if you were sitting in the restaurant side. Especially when ordering an entree. Disappointed overall but the view was amazing.

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vipKMarch
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Easy check in. Pleasant and helpful staff. Food selection ample. Portions ample. Dinner was tasty and prepared nicely. Ambiance lovely.

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Sergey
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue after the remodel. Gorgeous views outside; great vibes inside.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

There was a hiccup with the food but the manager Alberto and Marissa were awesome in fixing the evening. They were understanding and proactive in their problem solving and because of that we will be back. Nothing is ever perfect but it is all about taking care of the customer who is paying to have an enjoyable dining experience. Alberto and Marissa made sure we did. Thanks you two.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I had an amazing dinner at Brigantine - Portside Pier. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful. From the staff—notably our waiter Armando—to the food, it was a perfect experience. We will most certainly continue to come here for our family socials! Cheers.

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NancyD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous view delicious food and great service - highly recommend!!

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BethS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster tacos were delicious, view is amazing. Service was prompt but not overly rushed. Great experience

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vipmobla
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love our new neighbor, the Brigantine. The hostess Isa put us in a great table with fabulous view. We ordered a brig salad, lobster tacos, swordfish tacos and stuffed shrimp. All were delicious and everyone was pleased.

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StevenC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The stuffed prawns were delicious and the atmosphere wonderful.

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vipWickedWahine
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated quickly with a reservation and were fortunate to be seated on the water. Our lead server, Forrest, was training our server Courtney. Forrest was well-informed and very professional; while, Courtney was attentive and thorough. Our meals, Fish & Chips and Lobster Tacos were good tasting and complimented by a beautiful waterfront sunset.

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KellyS
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. We hadn't been to San Diego in 20 years, found out Anthony's fish grotto was gone so we tried out the Brigantine. Food was excellent, we had a table overlooking the water, and our servers couldn't have done a better job. Highly recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emily was our server and she was FABULOUS! She was super knowledgeable and friendly! The food was top notch!

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RobbieM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The service was poor, and the food was not up to their usual standards. I love the view, but won't be back.

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vipBombProof09
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience5

French dip didn’t have much taste. Lobster and crab salad was drenched in dressing.

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DProll
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had such a nice dinner outside on the patio by the water. The sunset views are amazing!!! Our waiter Christian was very friendly and personable. We got lucky enough to watch a sweet engagement proposal during our dinner! There was a couple crunchy spots to my risotto but otherwise the food was good.

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maryannR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The service was good oysters fresh However if my husband wants Ahi appetizer on his Birthday he should be able to order as many as he wants . We were told no .Our server said she could not order our request Bar menu, What ? I was in fine dining in SD for 25 years and yes is always the answer guests want. Keep it fresh , Don't go commissary .

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NancyR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic location...right on the water!! Very lovely!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food perfect service

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vipCrystal
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location! Amazing service and food was on point. Will definitely be returning

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daniel is amazing!
Thank you! Food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a birthday dinner at Brigantine Peir

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EMerlott
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It took a while for the server to come see us after seated. Other than that, it was so worth the visit. So far a favorite stop before a Padres game!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. View was beautiful. Food was great! Great time with great friends

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Nessa
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dining experience! Will return soon. I recommend this place to everyone who wants a beautiful View with their meal

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Dane
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience couldn't have been better! From start to finish our expectations were exceeded! Would recommend any of the Portside Brigantine restaurants to anyone! Can't wait to go back!

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EdithG
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience were awesome from reservations to the actual day of the occasion. Since it was downtown San Diego, I was a bit concerned about parking but was pleasantly surprised that there were sufficient city paid parking spaces. When we got to the front desk it only took a couple of minutes before Elisa our usher walked us to a table which has a perfect view of the waters & the sunset. Our waitress Lisa was really wonderful and helped us with the drinks & food menu. She told us about the Easter special menu they were offering which was Prime Rib. I got their special and my husband who was celebrating his birthday got the salmon. We both enjoyed the meal including the calamari for our appetizer & the clam chowder soup. The restaurant was beautiful with a great ambiance. We will keep it in mind for our future dining reservations. I want to thank Elisa & Lisa for our excellent dining experience.
Good job you all.
Edith G.

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vipDinner
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch, sitting dockside in the beautiful San Diego sunshine, crab cakes Benedict, feeling safe and relaxed, what could be better on Sunday!

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vipLozarim
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambience was beautiful! We go a table on the patio area breathtaking ocean/bay views. The food was a bit overpriced, but I guess you're slightly paying for the ambience. Great service!

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RicardoR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the whole experience. I tried the brussels sprouts, NY steak (medium rare) and the mahi and they all tasted great. The perfect margarita and their vodka mule were good and refreshing. Our server, Jerry, was great and constantly checked on us to make sure we were doing good. Food was prepared quickly and was savory. Overall a great experience. We had a reservation at 9:45p so it was not too busy and there was plenty of parking next door.

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Brigantine at Portside Pier is rated 4.7 stars by 740 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.