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C-Level

4.7
4.7
2460 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Resting on stilts atop San Diego By C Level Lounge, is an upscale-casual lounge on the waterfront overlooking the city skyline and Coronado.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Cocktail Bar, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 298-6802

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Deborah Scott

  • Catering

    Take Chef Deborah Scott's cuisine to your special event, work function or party. For more details, contact the Catering Sales Team at 619-298-6802 ext 3.

  • Private party facilities

    Host your private event on the C-Level Lanai with breathtaking views of the San Diego Bay and skyline. For parties of 15-30 there is no better location to celebrate your special occasion, work function or family get-together. For pricing and information, contact the Catering Sales Team at 619-298-6802 ext 3.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    Harbor Island Dr

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is unavailable at this time.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • 4th of July Celebration by the Bay

    $64.95 per person

    Jul 4, 2022 only
    Join us for the 4th of July celebration at C-Level. Enjoy a three-course pre set menu at $64.95 per person with a firework show on bay. Served from 6:30pm to 9pm. Window tables may not be reserved online, please contact the restaurant directly. For outdoor tables, there is no weather back up. Our menu highlights Lobster Bisque, New York Steak, American Wagyu Burger, Chilled Seafood Platter, Chicken Piccata, Nordic Blue Salmon, and Flowerless Chocolate for dessert. Thank you for celebrating with us!

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What 2,460 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Seafood

  • San Diego

    Scenic View

  • San Diego

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    This was for my birthday party yesterday (06/26/22), group of my 12 friends i invited to celebrate with me. Here all the issues. 1. Was told that there is happy hour on Saturday and it was not. And my guess and I came early for happy hour. Of course that’s a fail. 2. Our server was not very friendly and rude and was not polite the way she handle her response with refusal. She did it multiple times. 3. Then all the salmon was over cooked. And the server again didn’t asked how we want our fish supposed to be cooked. 4. Server issue again. When she found out there was an issue with our meal, she handled it agin very rudely. It’s sad. These issue created the atmosphere and quality of the restaurant goes bad. Even though they have tried to fix it. By offering a desert. We are already got pretty disappointed with the artistic and food quality all that experience specially on this special occasion. I used to love C level, but with this kind of service if continue, it will hurt the business.
  2. AT

    AntoinetteT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    It was our 51st wedding anniversary and I specifically requested an outside table. We were unable to get one but had a table that was okay. Since it was such a special day I would have preferred what I requested. Any other time it would have been just fine.
  3. L

    Lucy

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Aside from the bartender being just a little “dry” in her personality, everything else was OUTSTANDING!! We had a drink at the bar while we waited for our table. Incredible service & exquisite food!!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Had amazing birthday lunch with view
  5. ZB

    ZoeB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I would highly recommend C-Level! First of all, it is BEAUTIFUL, the view is amazing. The food and drinks were great and the service was incredible. We went to celebrate our anniversary and the server gave us a complimentary dessert. Make reservations now!
  6. CC

    CiCip

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I was a bit disappointed in the quality of the food I ordered. I ordered the healthy skirts on fire salad and I mainly got loads of greens but everything else esp the steak, avocado and blue cheese were such small small small pieces they were hardly noticeable and no celery or cucumbers were on my salad as they should have been. Their pieces of steak were along the lines of the small overly cooked pieces one finds at Chipotles kind of eateries NOT the kind of establishment this portrays to be in it's advertisement etc..... The Moscow mule that I ordered was horrible tasting as well but they took that away with no problems. Overall, it was an ok time but the salad should have been of better quality.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing experience and the service was beyond board. I had an old fashioned, mussels and filet mignon skewers. Everything was great. The food came quickly, the server Dom was on point. I couldn’t think of something that I wanted before he was refilling a glass or ready to put in a new order. Beautiful scenery with an amazing staff
  8. J

    Jcancook

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    From the hostess to the wait staff, the service was great. we wanted a table in the shade and they didn't hesitate to find us a good table. Now comes the not so great stuff. Got the calamari appetizer. too much batter and over cooked. very chewy - almost sent it back. The French dip sandwich was awful. Who puts raw onions in French dip? caramelized onions - maybe, raw - no! cheese and peppers and heavy spread made it taste like cheesesteak instead of French dip. To add insult to injury. The meat tasted like it was microwaved. want a good French dip? go to Ember and Rye in Carlsbad or Houston's in OC. Burger was better. good buns, the lettuce and tomatoes were fresh but the beef patty was light meaning more fat and cheaper cut. Fries were good. Steak salad was above average but not enough toppings. Overall, it was a disappointment. On a Saturday afternoon, it was not packed like it used to be. Not sure what's going on with Cohn. I used to love their restaurants. Years ago, Indigo grill used to be fantastic, but the menu got stale and after they shut down (prior to pandemic) they reopened with pretty much the same stuff. No wonder it closed. Since the Pandemic, I've been to Island Prime, Coasttera, Prado and now C-level. Its just been disappointment one after another. I have to say, the service has always been great but the food has gone downhill. Its the attention to details that's lacking. the food tastes like its assembled instead of cooked with pride. The French dip was probably the worse I've had in years. Ugh.
  9. FB

    FranciscoB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service by Becky and great food. The beautiful ambience was the cherry on top. Had the everything seared ahi delicious!!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was great as always however we made a reservation and there were tables against the glass with prime water view but we got seated one table back. There was always a prime water view table available the entire time we were there. Disappointed that a reservation wouldn’t get you one of the best tables. Towards the end of our meal, a party of 4 came in and some of that party knew several people that worked at the restaurant. There was a parade of managers and servers who came by to chat with this table and thus they were standing right next to our table which was disruptive and blocked our view.
  11. N

    Noel

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Service was really slow. We were a party of 8. I had to seek waiter out to order a drink and food. I never received requested water. He did come with the bill timely … not unusual for C level. Love the view, service has always been a challenge, have never seen a manager walking around. I ordered mussels and they came in a small bowl with a slew of arugula. Was hard to manage. More arugula than mussels. They use to be served in a larger bowl so you could see what you are eating.
  12. PT

    PhillyTraveler

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Friendly service and good value for the bay front location and food.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our waiter Nick was excellent and the food was prepared to perfection.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Came here by recommendation of a friend. Was not disappointed pricing isn’t bad. Environment is a tad bit noisy but I liked it like that. My wife and I had our children with us and made the experience so much better as result of the environment. The view is breathtaking and the food was wonderful. The service was just over the top. Charles was a over the top wonderful server.
  15. BT

    BrianT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my wife’s birthday with niece and her classmate. Service was great. Food and beverage service was prompt. We had a great time with perfect ambiance and beautiful San Diego Bay views. We are blessed in many ways and this was another one of those ticked positive experiences.
  16. M

    Mayablossom

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful location amazing food great service
  17. H

    Honeygram

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lobster BLT is the best! They always have great servers! We love C Level
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Great views but food and drinks were not good. Stripe bass was dry and cocktails were too sweet.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Cool place with great views. Waitstaff was excellent and very attentive to our needs. If you sit on the patio in the evening, you may want to bring a jacket.
  20. C

    Chantel

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating my wedding anniversary, everything from the service, food, and ambiance was outstanding. You have to order their Mud Pie for dessert… it was delicious!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came last night to celebrate my wife’s birthday and was frustrated at first because we had a reservation but had to wait longer due to miscommunication but Troy the manager along with an outstanding customer service from the waiter and the entire crew made this an amazing experience not to mention the excellent quality of food. Will definitely come back
  22. FB

    FroggiB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Filet mignon was a little gristly and asparagus had tough stalks. Other than that, no complaints. Amaretto cheesecake was excellent.
  23. KM

    KatieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, Kaitlyn our server was attentive and kind and the view is spectacular.
  24. F

    Frank

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant right on the water with amazing views. Very close to the airport, so we ate here checking in before our flight. Good for kids. Mine loved views of the aircraft carriers docked on Coronado Island. Dress is business casual. Good selection of local beers if that's what you're into.
  25. k

    katinar

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bernadette was our sever. Sweet gal, very hospitable. Management was definitely aware of their patrons and made the rounds several times to ensure our experience was running smoothly. We ordered the sea bass, ribeye, and the mussels with chorizo. We Will be heading back soon to try other items in the menu and grab some of the key lime pie. Wonderful views, great music - allowed for an enjoyable and smooth evening. To the manager wearing the blue suit with the sweet blue flower lapel pin, thank you for the hospitality and taking care of us. You and Bernadette were awesome!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was good especially the New York steak and onion soup. Everyone liked their meals. Scenery was nice. Easy to find parking.
  27. SA

    SALLIEC

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to celebrate Father’s Day and had a wonderful meal. Our server was so nice and kept checking on us. The view was beautiful. I ordered the Chicken picatta and would order it again. I can’t wait to go back!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for Father’s Day and it was amazing time. Prices are reasonable, location fantastic but the main star was the food! Had the lobster BLT- amazing and a “must get” if you go here. Great service (which is hard to find nowadays)! Just an overall amazing experience with the family with great views of the SD bay, skyline and north island.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Planned a milestone birthday for my spouse and booked table a few weeks in advance. When we arrived, we were told by hostess that we might have to wait for a table with a view, even though I had included our request for one in reservation. I was a bit disappointed by this and when the manager, Rachel Lewis was brought out to assist, she immediately brought calm to the situation and assured us that even though the tables with a view were first come, first served she would do her best to get us the table we wanted. Within a few minutes we were seated at a fantastic table, worthy of the celebration we wanted. Rachel returned to our table a couple of times just to make sure everything was going well (which it was!) and our server Becky was extremely welcoming and attentive. We enjoyed our food and drinks. The standouts were the Coconut Shrimp appetizer as well as the Lobster Bisque, but everything else we ordered was very good and the Desi Arnaz Mojitos were outstanding. Because of Rachel’s professionalism and obvious skills in service recovery, we had a fantastic experience. The team even brought a wonderful surprise dessert for my husband’s birthday. We appreciated the service we received and will definitely plan to come back to celebrate another occasion soon!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  31. DA

    DianaA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great servers and great food !
  32. MY

    MYRAG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had seafood pasta it had at least a pound of seafood in it cooked to perfection! The service was excellent. Good value for the cost and the best Damn cheesecake! The view was amazing!
  33. DC

    DuckConfit

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    It appears that some menu items have been changed which are noticable to long time diners.
  34. JT

    JohnT

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The outside patio is the way to go. Beautiful views of the San Diego skyline and harbor boating activity.
  35. RO

    ROBERTM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    C-Level delivered! My wife and I were celebrating our 33rd Wedding Anniversary and my 62nd birthday. We were seated within 10 minutes of our arrival. Andres was our server and he did a wonderful job this evening. And the food was delicious! I ordered the ribeye, my wife the striped bass, and my son the lobster mac n’ cheese. We also ordered the C-Level Louie salad and the French onion soup and lobster bisque! It got a bit chilly and Andres turned on the heater for us. At the end of our dinner, Andres brought us some cake to celebrate us! The only thing that dampened the ambience a bit was a pretty loud individual that was celebrating his own birthday and dragging total strangers into raucous renditions of “Happy Birthday,” repeatedly! We did appreciate that the manager on duty (we missed his name) seemed concerned enough to do rounds (including to table) to ensure we weren’t bothered. Nevertheless, it was great dining experience! Will definitely be back!
  36. AW

    AWG49

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server Aubrey was great. Very attentive and friendly. Fantastic view of the bay and skyline.
  37. NT

    NanetteT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food and amazing view of the harbor!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation
  39. ST

    SherryT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    C level was incredibly underwhelming. The food was quite average. The best looking meal turned out to be the hamburger. And I don’t go to a restaurant like C level for a burger. There are great tables at C level but we didn’t get one. Our table seemed to be thrown in the middle of the aisle. I rate the whole experience as meh.
  40. KR

    KellyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic experience from start to finish with OpenTable and C-Level. OpenTable: First of all the OpenTable app made it easy for me to make the reservation and make notes. Secondly, I got reminders that our event was coming up. I didn’t need them this time, but in another case I might have. C~Level: This restaurant is fantastic! The ambience, the food and the service is on point. * They do a great job of excellent service without hovering. I highly recommend this restaurant and we will be back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

C-Level offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 298-6802.

C-Level is rated 4.7 stars by 2460 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 32 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for C-Level

880 Harbor Island Drive San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Harbor Island Dr

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Cocktail Bar, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is unavailable at this time.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Deborah Scott

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 298-6802

  • Catering

    Take Chef Deborah Scott's cuisine to your special event, work function or party. For more details, contact the Catering Sales Team at 619-298-6802 ext 3.

  • Private party facilities

    Host your private event on the C-Level Lanai with breathtaking views of the San Diego Bay and skyline. For parties of 15-30 there is no better location to celebrate your special occasion, work function or family get-together. For pricing and information, contact the Catering Sales Team at 619-298-6802 ext 3.

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