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Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel

4.6
928 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Located inside the Pendry Hotel in the heart of San Diego’s famed Gaslamp District, Lionfish is a design-driven hotspot that offers modern coastal cuisine; featuring fresh-catch cooking and seasonal ingredients, all prepared with innovative twists. The menu, featuring both sustainable seafood and prime meats, toys with guests’ taste buds featuring its casual, yet complex offerings. With light, fresh appetizers and an array of small shareable plates, Lionfish and its buzzing bar scene are a place to see and be seen.

*Please note we are holding reservations to a maximum dining time of 90 minutes, due to limited seating*

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • 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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 928 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.7
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4.3
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The menu itself just makes your mouth water. Our fav dishes we had was the “animal style” Tartar, the Bezerk Roll, & the Lobster Carpaccio.
Also, definitely get dessert, their strawberry layer crepe cake with passion fruit sorbet is TO DIE FOR 😍 Definitely coming back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Had to send scallops back due to ammonia taste
Had to change order
Staff was attentive and pleasant

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Great bartender! Poor front of house. Food average

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for sharing, apologies on our end for your service issues. Feel free to call me if you would like to discuss further as we value all guest feedback. Joshua Liberman (916) 337-1611

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and time...

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PerliP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and cocktails. The churro ice cream sandwich is a must

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded 2 days ago

We just bought back the churro ice cream based on demand!! Happy to hear you enjoyed it.

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vipkookiefoodie
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Mother’s Day brunch and it was a delight. We loved the outdoor seating. Great music and ambiance. Service was excellent which was nice because sometimes holiday dining can be a nightmare. But our food was hot and delicious and came out quickly. We will definitely be back.

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the kind words, and sharing your special day with us at Lionfish. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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alohamomma108
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful and delicious! Our family enjoyed a Sunday brunch...the pancakes and eggs benedicts were amazing.

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the kind words. Friendly reminder we offer Happy Hour Tuesday-Friday...$1 oysters :)

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Chantel
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, great service, and great food. Need I say more?!

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vipBenD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

If you're going for an intimate dinner for two, then you may wish to get seated outside, the music and general buzz of the place is quite loud, so made the ambiance more rushed than relaxed.

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded on May 6, 2021

Thank you for sharing Ben. Please note next time for patio request and we will always do our best to accomodate your requests.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and nice Sunday brunch on the patio

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded on May 6, 2021

Glad you enjoyed your brunch with us, we look forward to seeing you again soon

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BreadPuddin
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really great food! Definitely get the sushi! The drinks are a little hit or miss, but overall a great restaurant!

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded on May 6, 2021

Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Friendly reminder we offer brunch every Sunday from 11am-3pm.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall such a great vibe!

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NICOLEL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was great, service was terrible. It was also extremely loud and the tables were really close together.

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded on May 6, 2021

Thank you for sharing Nicolel. First let me send my sincere aplogies on your service issues. Please feel free to call me directly if you would like to discuss. Joshua Liberman (916) 337-1611

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have ever had. Absolutely on my to do list in San Diego!

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MayaK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! The outdoor seating was nice as well.

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JulieG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and ambience. There is nothing I would change about our experience.

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded on April 27, 2021

Thank you for sharing Julie. So happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us.

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SameerT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best seafood restaurant in San Diego. Definitely upscale. Excellent interior, great bar, good selection of cocktails, food is excellent.
Go there dressed.

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded on April 27, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to sharing Sameer. We just launched Sunday brunch 11am-3pm if you are looking for a fun Sunday escape.

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CarlosV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was a little too loud but everything else was perfect. Cheers

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner all around from the margaritas to the entrees.
The buttery king crab legs were as tasty as they sound. My date had the duck which was recommended by our server and that was perfectly cooked. Great experience all the way around

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vipLouisG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I have been coming to the Lionfish very often but I must say First..the Food is always Excellent!!.. Unfortunately the food servers need some training and over the very many dining experiences we have had at the Lionfish ...there is always a server issue, slow, forgets items we ask for..etc,etc.. it always seems like they are not as focused as they should be ? .. but we laugh now about it .. because we keep going back and back and back .. but it is because we love the Food!.. and especially that cheesecake!..

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CherylP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Lionfish cuisine was amazing. Our server (Stephen) was amazing. However, our first impression was terrible. I am in the hospitality industry so I understand the operational side of restaurants and the Host is really the first impression of your dining experience.
We checked in for our 8:30 pm reservation, they said they were getting our table ready and to wait outside. We waited for about 20 minutes within that 20 minutes the hostess (Sara) updated us that we would be seated soon. Another host (Mike) came to us saying we could either sit at the Street Patio or at the bar. I was already upset that these were my options as this was a reservation we made in advance, not to mention for my birthday and we were under the impression our table was being set for us already, but I chose the bar because it was inside and I wanted to experience the interior. I thought maybe the bar area, but he led us to two end seats directly at the bar. Normally, I wouldn't mind this, but I am not from the area and it was a special weekend getaway for my birthday, so I was pretty annoyed that I was being seated at the bar. I felt undervalued by the Host (Mike), especially since we were guest of the hotel with a reservation. I am not sure if Sara noticed the frustration or our body language, but she came by to check if we were okay with sitting at the bar and I told her we weren't. She mentioned she thought so and that she has her eye on a table for us which she ended up transferring us to. Thank goodness for Sara. Luckily, the food was amazing and my husband and I easily spent over $300 on food and beverages. But because the host experience was disappointing I was displeased with my overall dining experience. Someone with a special occasion dinner reservation should not be offered a bar seat, ever. If Mike gave us the option to wait a little longer for a seat to open, we would have. He did nothing to make us feel valued.

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded on April 21, 2021

Hi Cheryl thank you for taking the time for your thoughtful review. First allow me to extend my sincere apologies to you and the challenges you had on your birthday and your stay with us at the Pendry. We take all feedback as a growing opportunity, so we appreciate the candid feedback. Please allow me to invite you and a guest as my guests at Lionfish to give us another opportunity. When you are ready please feel free to contact me directly for a reservation. Joshua Liberman (916) 337-1611.

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vipKeithB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food, nice atmosphere. Menu was a little bit limited but overall a solid dinner option.

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vipSarahJ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Very nice restaurant very tasty food but service is so slow! They took our order more than ones and we had different waitress each time and ended up not going out order correctly and even charged us extra for things we didn’t order!.

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vipAmber
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Was excited to try this place out, was pretty disappointed. We ordered sashimi and were not given any ginger or wasabi, the fish cuts just didn't seem very fresh either. Grilled octopus was a weird mix of burnt and undercooked but had great flavor! The filet ordered medium rare was severely overcooked. Nothing special with their cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were fabulous!

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AndrewR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in San Diego. Beyond worth sitting in traffic from Orange County to celebrate our anniversary. We have been fortunate enough to have AJ as our server on both visits and received phenomenal service each time. I could go on and on about all the incredible food and drink we’ve experienced here but do yourself a favor a treat yourself to a fantastic night out at Lionfish and make sure to stick around for dessert! Excellent overall experience from start to finish. We’ll definitely be returning soon!

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you for joining us again Andrew. We are launching brunch this week on 4/18/21, another reason for a quick escape from Orange County. We all look forward to seeing you again soon.

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ChristineH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The atmosphere was really nice, but the service was horrible and food took very long to get out to the table.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I had my birthday dinner celebration over the weekend. We seated right away. I didn’t like the booth table it was too big for party of 6 and can’t hardly hear everyone. Food was delicious but service was ok.

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you for your feedback your dinner with us. Apologize for the booth and the service issues you had. Please feel free to conact me directyly if you would like to discuss further. Joshua Liberman-General Manager

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ceciliam
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Increíble lugar y deliciosa la comida
Súper recomendable el pato y el sushi

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vipLisa
New York Area
200 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We did not enjoy the food at Lionfish. Two of us shared three small plates: kampachi Crudo, crispy rock shrimp, and spicy grilled octopus. The Crudo was poorly cut and bland. The rock shrimp were all coating and no shrimp. The octopus was inedibly chewy. I do not recommend.

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you for sharing Lisa. We take all feedback constructively, and have shared your feedback with our Chef and culinary team. Please feel free to reach out to me directly of you would like to discuss further. Joshua Liberman (916) 337-1611.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Worst service EVER! we ordered appetizers that came after the entrees, we ordered a roll that simply never came, and they brought raw chicken and just offered to reheat it when we complaint. After the check came the manager was anxious for us to leave but tried to mark even the missing dishes, even though the place is nicely decorated, the restrooms don’t have a baby diaper changing table that they must have as a public place. NEVER coming back, I recommend to avoid this place, mostly because it is really dangerous from them to serve raw chicken that can end on serious health problems.

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded on April 7, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your dinner experience with us. First my sincere apologies, we take food safety for our guests as the highest and number one priority and we obviously failed on that for you and your guests. I would love to invite you and your guests back as my personal guests when you are ready to give us another opportunity. Again, my sincere apologies, and look forward to hearing from you. Regards Joshua Liberman

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
12 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was delicate and fancy ambiance was amazing definite must try

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded on April 7, 2021

Thank you for the kind words. We are launching Sunday brunches on 4/18. We look forward to having you join us again.

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vipTiffanyG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding. The best meal we've had in quite a long time. Service is knowledgeable, kitchen is on point. Had king salmon sashimi, duck tostada, beef skewers, scallops and a sushi roll. Breathtaking.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

The food was terrible and incredibly overpriced! The only good thing was the rock shrimp.

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded on April 7, 2021

Thank you for sharing, our sincere apologies. I have shared your feedback with our culinary team. Please feel free to reach out to me directly, as we value all guests feedback; Joshua Liberman (916) 337-1611

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RyaFrench
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I lived everything about it except how my tab ended up at $82 without barely having eaten anything.

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vipDavidB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica is amazing! Best server I’ve ever had in San Diego. Will be coming back again and again. Ambience + Service + Amazing Food + Amazing Drinks.

You can’t beat it!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here. The food was absolutely amazing. My favorite was the rock shrimp. The staff was very friendly and the restaurant itself was such a cute vibe to be in with lit candles on a rainy day. I’ll definitely be returning!

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your dinner experience with us. We look forward to having you join us again.

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FranciscoM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff were polite and accommodating. Cozy and beautiful interior dining. Oysters and cocktails for happy hour was a highlight. The fresh sushi and savory duck were my favorite dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Love Lionfish but my experience was not that great this time around. I was on a date and excited to bring him here but when we arrived we were sat in the far left corner outside on the street patio. It was freezing and I expressed to the hostess and my server if we could be moved to a warmer seat but nothing was done. My nose was running the whole time and I was frozen. Probably will not be going back even though the food is great.

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MatthewB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. One of the best meals I have had in a long time.

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Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 738-7200.

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel is rated 4.6 stars by 928 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.

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