Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel

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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.

**Happy Hour is offered DAILY 5-7 p.m within Lionfish, on a first come first serve basis (see below for Happy Hour Menu).

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Complimentary specials

Happy Hour Food and Drink Specials Nightly!

Enjoy $1 Oysters, $6 Drafts, $8 Wine, $10 Cocktails and $9 Bites from 5-7pm nightly

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Drinks were avg, wine pour was heathy, dbl bourbon was not and the White Russian was terrible...did not even drink it. Sushi was excellent and appetizers were good. I live here in DT and I would go to Water Grill next time. I do enjoy your HH on Sundays though.

Thank you for your making my Birthday experience fun and enjoyable.

Adam

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JanB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good place to go if you have a business meeting

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vipLiveslocally
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was delicious. Fortunately for us/unfortunately for Lionfish, it was not busy. I think our server was new, really nice but didn't seem to know the menu well and made obvious favorite recommendation for the high priced items when asked for suggestions. Didn't seem to know wines either. Would have liked to sit in the back dining area but they were not seating that room which looked relaxing and comfortable. We had the octopus, big eye and albacore sushi and split the sea bass with a side of brussel spouts and squash. All amazing! Will return for another chance to try more menu items.

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JoeO
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lionfish was great. We had a group of 12 in town for a business conference, and at at Lionfish at 7pm. The food and service was great.

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TaylorW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and drinks were all great. Select wines were featured and 40% off the bottle, which was great. Tried a nice Sav Blanc that I added to my list of favorites. Tuna pizza was different than anything I have tried and delicious. Followed by the spicy octopus and surf and turf sushi roll, all were very tasty. Would definitely go back again.

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vipjamore17
St. Louis
26 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The info that tells you about the great specials til 7:00 ($1 oysters, etc.) doesn't tell you that those are only served at the bar. You can also order from the full menu at the bar. But, I had been seated at a table and then had to move to take advantage of those. The oysters were fresh and delicious, as was the mignotte sauce. Rockfish hand roll was a good size and tasty, but not very spicy. Seared albacore plate also delicious. The flan was very good but pricey for the size of the portion. Service was slow - people who ordered after me were served and I was still waiting. But, it improved when i called it to the bartender's attention.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Great Happy Hour deal, that’s the only reason “value” gets two stars. Everything else was pretty poor.

Had reservations on Friday evening, arrived about 5 minutes late to a half-empty restaurant. No one in line. Still waited 10 minutes for a table after the hostess very rudely pointed out that “you guys were late, so I gave your table away.” Again, restaurant half empty with no walk-in wait. When finally seated, they took us past 10-15 empty tables to a back table next to the waitstaff station, and we were treated to hearing every single word they had to say to each other (talking about their work troubles, gossip, other tables).

The happy hour, honestly, is one of the better ones in the city; $1 oysters that goes until 7:00pm. Really good deal. That’s the only reason to tolerate their poor service.

But once 7:00pm passes, you’re grotesquely overpaying for food you could get at a run-of-the-mill Bonefish Grill for about half of the price. If I had the choice, I’d steer clear of visiting again unless I really NEEDED $1 oysters until 7.

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MistyC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious cocktails, fun menu. May be louder later in the evening

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ChrisB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this restaurant on Opentable and we were delighted. We didn’t know about the sushi menu and ended up just splitting oysters and different styles sushi. I’m still thinking about how amazing my meal was and would definitely want to go back if I’m in the area again!

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DennisL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and a nice menu with variety. Sat upstairs so we could look down and people watch as well. Had a great server who made some excellent suggestions on the food choices. Very quick service as well. It is now one of our favorite places to go eat. will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Our filets had good texture but no flavor

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JIALINGW
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food I ordered, and server did give us good suggestions.

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viphungry314
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a great meal and experience! Bartender was attentive, food was really really good - the rock shrimp dish was huge and super yum- would have paid same price for half. Steaks were perfect, server disappeared once but other staff made up for it. Would totally come back as many of the other food we saw walk by looked great.

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smallplates2
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The noise level was uncomfortable for us. The seating was also not great, we had to keep scooting up to the table to eat our food. The food was good, but some older members of our group were not happy to find the pork chop was battered as well as having sauce.
We realize this is a trendy place, but we were a mixed age group and would have been happier with a quieter environment.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience4

Unfortunately the prefix menu for Valentine’s Day was a disappointment. The food was not nearly as good as I would expect for the price. But the worst part was that we had a vegetarian in our party. Instead of serving her something she could eat, they put the “it comes out with every meal” seafood starters in front of her. I cannot believe that for $95 a plate they couldn’t be bothered to give her a vegetarian choice. The only thing she could eat was the cauliflower steak and she left hungry. Very disappointed. :(

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AgustinA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

It’s an overpriced restaurant for what it is. The service was good but the food just didn’t stand up to it’s full potential

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vipReganI
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our Valentines Day dinner was amazing! Course after course, we enjoyed it thoroughly. The amuse bouche was incredible especially the oyster. Between the 4 of us we tried all on the prefixe menu. Every morsel was exceptional!! When we first sat down and were presented the menu, we were a bit shocked at the $95 price but decided to roll the dice since it was a special occasion- it was worth every penny!
Great job and kudos to the Chef!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

$95 for a pre set menu is ridiculous and the food portion was small and gross

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day Pre-fix was great!!

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PEDonner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The restaurant gets pretty loud and they ignored our request for a quieter seating and popped us into the middle of the room. I only recommend this place very early or very late when the noise dies down. Hard to even hear the server sometimes.

The food is great and the servers are really nice and helpful - they do have gluten free options and I appreciate that. We’d really go here a lot more if they put down rugs and/or hung tapestries to cut the noise down. We generally go here when our other restaurant (which doesnt have as good food but where you can have a conversation) is doing a special menu we can’t eat.

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vipKarenK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food and server were awesome! The hostess was the worst. We had a reservation and had to wait 40 minutes while she piled people in ahead of us. Terrible!

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MargieS
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fantastic!! Ambiance, service and food - amazing!! I never take l left overs home......but the sushi and shrimp was to good to leave behind. Make a great lunch the next day. Highly recommend this restaurant!!

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vipKojiF
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I arrived at the restaurant and was seated by a very pleasant hostess. So far so good. I am starving. 5 minutes go by. Nothing. Call over a bus boy and ask him to please get our waiter. He (very nicely) agrees and comes back to tell me that we will be helped soon. Three more minutes go by. I ask the same bus boy again he leaves and comes back with the same message. It is now 12 minutes after we have been seated: no drink order taken; neither hide nor hare of a waiter. At the 15 minute mark we leave. The only thing I can truthfully say about that wholly-unprofessional and disappointing experience is that - the bus boy was a hard worker.

JM
JoshuaM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Servers were beyond amazing. I highly recommend and we will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food4service2ambience4

The food was quite good. Our server was intermittent and not great - bare minimum. The vibe is cool. Unfortunately, bit down on a sushi roll to discover a piece of glass about the size of a dime embedded in my roll. While the manager apologized and the restaurant covered the food, I still paid for about 50% of the bill which is interesting considering things could have gone much worse with glass in my mouth. Unlikely to return based on restaurants response to incident.

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vipShannonM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite new spots in San Diego! The octopus and shishito peppers are awesome for starters! Had the evening special spiny lobster. So delicious. Chocolate layered cake for dessert!

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vipCarrieS
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

My husband and I stayed at the Pendry in San Diego at the beginning of February. We decided to try one of their restaurants for dinner. There are several things that we liked about it and some we didn't. First, it's very conveniently located since we stayed at the hotel. It is a very beautiful restaurant as well. Very classy! Our server was very polite and made some suggestions of things we could try. The food was pretty good. We had three things from the menu and shared them. I really liked two of the three. The third was just meh. The wine and my husband's saki was quite good. The biggest thing we didn't care for is the vibe. I think it's because we were a bit older than the crowd they are trying to draw. Not a bad thing; just not our scene.