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Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel

4.5
1145 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The taste of fresh sustainable seafood has come to the Gaslamp Quarter. Lionfish, located in the Pendry San Diego, is a modern, cutting edge restaurant located on 5th Avenue that features fresh-catch cuisine and seasonal ingredients, all prepared with innovative twists by homegrown San Diego chef JoJo Ruiz. The two-story space takes San Diego seafood restaurants to the next level and will honor the essence of the city’s lifestyle with a menu that is both hip and healthy, eccentric but not excessive. Having studied under Michelin star and celebrity chefs, Ruiz has developed a network of fisherman and produce growers to ensure that the Lionfish kitchen uses only the freshest and most seasonal ingredients…

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 1145 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience2

Casi casi nos corrieron y eran la 10:15

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and great service from the bar team.

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MichaelW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pretty damn good. ‘Nuff said.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food is as amazing

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vipSunshine
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrive hungry. The surf and turf specialty roll alone is worth the visit. It is outstanding as were the other rolls. Quality sushi, excellent presentation and great service made our visit very enjoyable. The sommelier was very knowledgable.

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vipMauraS
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing seafood and cocktails! Must try the tuna sashimi and the crispy shrimp.

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Unhappy
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Food was as salty as the sea. So much salt it was gross.

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Vickeroooo
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at the Lionfish, celebrating three birthdays, all with celiacs disease, and not only was all the food fabulous but there was no issue navigating our dietary needs which made for a most relaxing and fun evening. We ate outside which was much quieter than inside, comfortable with the heaters and great service.

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BrandonM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome atmosphere and great food. I had made the reservation online for our anniversary and was treated like family. Definitely will be going there again and recommending it to my friends and family.

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MatthewY
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was excellent! Libby and the full wait staff did a great job!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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ArnoldoA
Guadalajara
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente cocina, originales platillos y muy buena atención de todo su personal

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jhlsd
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at Lionfish. We tried a couple of different sushi rolls this time. We had the All-Star and The Baller. They were both great. Definitely different from one another and the contrast made them both super enjoyable. We had a couple of cocktails - Hot in Jalisco and A Pear in Thyme. Both were wonderful. The service was great. Definitely a great experience. We will be back again soon.

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ReaganD
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was prompt and fantastic as was the food!! We had the grilled octopus(deliciously spicy), salmon sashimi, patatas bravas and Brussels sprouts. I would recommend everything we had as well as the fig in the rye cocktail.

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vipSaraS
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall2food2service5ambience4

The food is just ok

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jhlsd
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting and everything was great. We decided to share a couple of the sushi rolls and they were outstanding. It was an enjoyable time and we will definitely be going back sometime soon.

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BoyceA
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole team at the restaurant was incredible, we were extremely well taken care of the entire evening. We go to Lionfish every time we visit San Diego, it is a dining experience you will not want to miss!

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MalorieT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and the food was pretty good. The crepe cake dessert is delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicioso todo!!!!!!

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vippieyum
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We had high hopes for this place. Our friends raved about it and the reviews online were nothing short of 4 stars, but the pre fixe menu was horrendous.

We were greeted by two hostess that were nice but obviously had a long night and were visibly and vocally upset with how guests were treating them that night. I empathize but it’s my New Years and I’m going to a fancy restaurant I’d like to be greeted as such. Thanks for sitting us quickly though.

Server was cool too, but barely visited our table to ask us if we need anything. Really don’t feel like tracking you down for a drink or the check.

Appetizers were disgusting. There is no sugar coating. We also just picked at our second course. Everything was cold and bland. “Best thing” we ate were the sea bass and wagyu steak. Both were undercooked and underwhelming. They didn’t even ask how we’d like our steak cooked. I actually felt sick after dinner.

I almost feel like I got cheated and taken advantage here for New Years with their pre fix menu. I really was excited for this meal and it was a huge disappointment. Now I hold onto the memory of a crappy meal to bring in 2022, but room service definitely delivered and saved the night. Cheers.

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Unhappy
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The place sucks …. The manager Jonathan Gregson is even worts,

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Kimberly
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

First time at Lionfish. Not a great experience. We were 1ft from our dining neighbors; no privacy or space to have a conversation (not to mention lack of space during the pandemic). Server greeted us and took our appetizer and drink order. The appetizer (sushi) came out ~15 min later without the presets (soy/wasabi/ginger/chopsticks) and we still had not received our cocktails. Finally someone else brought them out with the glass condensated/ice melted (the drinks were still good though!). Our app was just ok so we decided to get the check and go to Lumi's across the street for dinner instead. Lionfish is too pricey ($72 before gratuity for one app and two drinks) for this low quality of service. Maybe it was a bad night or fluke, but we won't be back either way to find out...

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for our anniversary and had a great time! Food was delicious, we opted for getting a bunch of the smaller plates as opposed to the entrees, and we loved everything we got. Got an amazing special dessert to help celebrate the occasion too! Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Location -great
Food -ok
Service-really bad. We arrived at 8 pm, an hour before the kitchen closes. The hostess refused to seat us anywhere outside of the table closest to the entrance (10 ft) while keeping the doors open (it was 55 degrees and raining outside). There where plenty of open tables but she refused to offer any of them claiming that other people reserved them for a special occasion. Most of these tables stayed open through the end of the day so it is either they had a very bad planning process or she was bluntly lying. After 10 minutes of waiting we grabbed the first available waiter to take our order. The food was ok. Same experience for checkout - nobody came over for a long time so we grabbed somebody. It seems like either there was no assigned waiter to the table or they simply didn’t care. Throughout the whole time the doors were open and we had to ask a few times to close them as it was cold. This is unfortunate as the restaurant has a potential. Obviously never coming back and not recommending anybody to visit it

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved everything. Attentive staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Guanajuato
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

El servicio muy lento; tardaban mucho entre un platillo y otro

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vipSDNative
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic experience at every level! Well done by all.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Libby, was outstanding. All of her recommendations were spot-on, and greatly appreciated. The surf & turf special was exceptional, and should be permanently on the menu. We also had the Scallops entree, and it was delicious.

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tinyportions
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience5

The food was good, but the portion size was tiny, especially considering the prices.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Came in for happy hour but was charged regular price for everything I ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered off of the happy hour menu. Food and drinks were delicious. Portions were generous. Our favorite vacation meal of the week.

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PMFF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3