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Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel

4.5
4.5
1251 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…

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 31 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 738-7200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jose "JoJo" Ruiz

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family & friends or hosting a corporate event, Lionfish can accommodate all of your special event needs. If you have any booking inquiries or interested in making a reservation for 12 or more people- please call the restaurant directly at 619.738.7200

  • Private party contact

    Iris : (877) 765-6141

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    J Street

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available nightly at the Pendry San Diego, around the corner from Lionfish, and plenty of garage parking is available close by.**Currently, please be advised that 5th Avenue is closed for driving / and has limited access on Wednesdays through Sundays.

  • Entertainment

    Frequently, Lionfish will feature an eclectic array of top local performers in the Lounge area. Check our website often for details on upcoming entertainment options.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,251 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. RM

    RockyMountain

    Salt Lake City

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    We tried a couple of fish entree, sea bass and salmon. Both were overcooked, a major sin with fish IMHO and disappointing at a restaurant called Lionfish. The basic preparations were fine, but overcooking ruined the dishes.
  2. m

    markbtr

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High quality food and service. Lively atmosphere with music which gave it a “hip” vibe. It’s worth the price.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, beautiful setting, and great service!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Fathers Day and Graduation celebrations. Food was amazing. Just very odd that this is part of the Pendry hotel but you have out of the hotel walk around the corner to go to the restaurant. Weird but worth it. Food was so good!
  5. A

    Anita

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, they served delicious tuna sashimi and sushi. Great service, attentive and friendly.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great, restaurant ambiance is excellent
  7. l

    lisar

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was above and beyond. Beautiful restaurant with amazing food!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    loved the food and ambience
  9. WW

    WendyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Lionfish! Food, drinks, and service was unmatched! Many thanks to Don & Juan for a lovely experience.
  10. A

    Aaron

    San Francisco

    62 reviews

    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience5
    The ambiance here is really nice. If you sit at a table prepare to sit very low. The food was ok the service was so slow there was no rush to take our order, bring our drinks or ask if we wanted another drink or more food. The sushi is very good.
  11. RP

    ReneeP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Unusually slow and inattentive service, perhaps they were short staffed
  12. XR

    XimenaR

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service , food and place! This was my first time going here and it did not disappoint. Our waitress was fantastic, she made sure everything tasted good and that we were enjoying our night. Very romantic place too
  13. SS

    ScottS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Greeted by a rude hostess and slow service. Felt like we were not welcome.
  14. CM

    CoroMom

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    First time back post-pandemic. Dante's Peak cocktail is still on the menu (one of my favorite's) but now on the rocks. It was still good. Food was decent, but rock shrimp and batatas bravas were way too big of portions and had too much heavy sauce. My friend and I had told our server we were going to a show, and wouldn't be able to bring leftovers home. She recommended way too much food which was also a bummer. Some of the plates were barely touched.
  15. g

    glendale

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waited longer to be seated than the amount of time we actually dined. Left majority of our good untouched. Food was 0/10 and we had to wait for silverware while the food was already out. Been to a Chick-fil-A with better food, especially for the price.
  16. CA

    ChristinaA

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Our server at Lionfish is what made it. She was super attentive and friendly. The value for money left something to be desired. My tip? Get a bunch of small plates instead of a main - it'll help.
  17. MB

    MaribelB

    San Diego

    40 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Their seafood is not fresh. The sashimi was fishy which is a sign of it not being fresh. We actually returned the sushi because of this. A first for us. The other items were good. Service was great as was the dessert.
  18. C

    Chfdonna

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New place … food good.
  19. HC

    HeatherC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a date night on Wednesday and got the $65 date night special which included two appetizers, a main dish, and dessert. Also added on another appetizer and drinks which were a great value during happy hour. The food was delicious, fresh, perfectly seasoned and the drinks were very refreshing as well.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous and our waiter, Elliot, was wonderful. Can’t wait to come back again soon !
  21. IN

    InsuranceNinja

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    While the quality of the ingredients was high, the taste was too “fusiony.” We may have had too high expectations given all the other reviews from this site. All the plates came out looking great but we felt that the flavors were muddled, almost like they were trying to do too much with each unusual combination. We ended up spending about $100 per person on appetizers and rolls, without any full entrees. For that price, we’d expect to have at least 1 or 2 dishes jump off the plate and make us want to order another one. We did really enjoy the last dish which was the coconut banana vegan desert, and it was delicious!
  22. DG

    DrGM

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although the food is excellent, the staff makes this venue beyond excellent. They are beyond professional friendly and knowledgeable —they truly make you feel as if you are their one and only revered customer!!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My birthday dinner was amazing! Great service and the food was phenomenal. I can’t wait to go back and try more of the menu.
  24. f

    foodie268

    San Diego

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    The food was out of this world good but the service was horrible. The duck duck goose was the best duck I've ever eaten. Perfectly cooked and extremely flavorful, I couldn't recommend this dish any higher. The crudo, ice cream sandwich, and crepe cake were also worth the visit - even if you didn't get any other food! However, the servers were disinterested and lazy. Recommend she look for another line of work. Something she could at least fake being interested in. The food more than made up for the very poor service.
  25. m

    markm

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    service was ok. saw people doing stuff they were not suppose to be doing for health code violations. we are in restaurant business so we know.
  26. n

    nadoman

    San Francisco

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Birthday dinner for a table of 4, service was excellent and a big shout out for Estefanie, Sashimi was so-so maybe pass on this dish but the rolls were great, big eye tuna pizza is a must, and octopus was good
  27. AF

    AlessandroF

    Raleigh

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went during Happy hour. The food is fantastic. Great value for the money. Service outstanding. I will be back next time I’m in San Diego
  28. r

    roys

    Orange County

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is a great. Highly recommend the brussel sprouts and the spicy grilled octopus. And 100% definitely recommend the panna cotta for dessert!!
  29. JH

    JulieH

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This is one off the most elegant restaurants of San Diego, and the food is really good, well balanced, perfectly cooked. A little too salty as usual for a french mouth but really interesting and creative. Enjoyed it a lot !
  30. TL

    TedL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and service
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    It took us almost 30 minutes to get seated even WITH a reservation. The drinks were bad and overpriced, and the food was inedible. We left both our dishes on the table and spent $200. The server didn’t seem to care that we ate none of our dishes. This restaurant is terrible and overpriced, go elsewhere
  32. DK

    DavidK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Soup and sashimi appetizers had amazing flavor. Easily two of the best dishes we've ever eaten. Our waitress was fantastic. Ambiance was great until a large party of young loud people came in and began drinking and shouting.
  33. RB

    RosaB

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    The service was ok. When your spending 600+ on a birthday dinner and part of that is a $80.00 service fee. The service should be amazing in my opinion. We requested to move tables because the table we sat at had chairs that we’re low and uncomfortable. We were told the table next to us was taken and no one ever sat in it our entire dinner. When the waitress came around she was very nice. I would have liked to see her more often. The food was delicious.
  34. T

    Tobias

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience5
    Due to inflation; the restaurant decided to cut food portions to 1/3. The sea bass is down to three ounces. This place was hugely disappointing. The noise level is not suitable for conversations and the single tables are so deep you cannot be intimate but very appropriate for Social distancing.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely top shelf food!!! Amazing.
  36. BD

    BriaD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We reserved a table with Lionfish about a week prior to the date. The evening was to celebrate my husbands birthday as well as try this restaurant for the first time. We decided to drive into downtown instead of taking an uber. Unfortunately, the valet was full. All valets were full. All parking garages were full. We couldn't find parking and had to leave without dinner. It was the worst experience I've ever had with a reservation or a restaurant. The staff said that it was a common problem that they've experienced a lot. If so, they should notify the guests prior to their arrival so that they can plan accordingly. The food may be great there but because of that lack of curtesy, we'll never know. We won't ever attempt to go there again.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  38. D

    Djokovic

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Had high hopes given the positive ratings and many dollar signs ($$$$) that this would be an above-average spot. We sampled the squash soup appetizer, striped bass,and 'house favorite' bezerk roll. The soup had a nice presentation but was fairly bland. The fish was entirely flavorless and its pairings tasted like charcoal. The bezerk roll as pretty good. Also of note - 3 of the 4 'fresh catch' dishes have meat in them. We wanted to stick mainly to seafood given the name and theme, but noticed every meat dish we saw looked far better. The ambiance was okay but extremely noisy. There is no sound-dampening whatsoever. The server was kind and attentive but her supporting cast were all brusque. Crossing this one off the list, definitely don't recommend.
  39. L

    Lekh

    San Diego

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It was extremely extremely loud. We had issues ordering due to that. Food was very good. Osso bucko was not hot though. The sea bass portion was much smaller than anticipated, but it was quite good. I didn't like the cherry dessert though. It was a bit dense and too chewy. I loved all the food items last we went in Mar 2020. Hope this was a one off.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner experience. Food and drink reviews are very accurate.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • 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
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel does offer delivery in partnership with 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 4.5 stars by 1251 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 31 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

View takeout menu

Delivery

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Google Map for Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel

435 Fifth Ave San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    J Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available nightly at the Pendry San Diego, around the corner from Lionfish, and plenty of garage parking is available close by.**Currently, please be advised that 5th Avenue is closed for driving / and has limited access on Wednesdays through Sundays.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jose "JoJo" Ruiz

  • Entertainment

    Frequently, Lionfish will feature an eclectic array of top local performers in the Lounge area. Check our website often for details on upcoming entertainment options.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 738-7200

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family & friends or hosting a corporate event, Lionfish can accommodate all of your special event needs. If you have any booking inquiries or interested in making a reservation for 12 or more people- please call the restaurant directly at 619.738.7200

  • Private party contact

    Iris : (877) 765-6141

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