Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel

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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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Tahoe
8 reviews
Dined 3 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sophisticated yet relaxed ambiance. Service was top notch. Chris took care of us and never rushed us, in fact, he made sure to ask if we were having a good time. He wanted us to be comfortable and well fed. He made some great suggestions too.

RP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best recommendation I’ve ever gotten from a friend. Our food was lovely, and our server recommended all of our favorite things from the crudo to the Ora king salmon to the sushi. He also suggested the perfect bottle of wine my whole family enjoyed. Can’t wait to go again when I’m in San Diego.

LA
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was so noisy I had to ask for a table in the back. Service was good. Food was delicious.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and fun drinks - music was a little loud but where we were sitting (booth behind the hostess stand) was fine. The bezerk rolls and lobster carpaccio were fantastic.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Very loud and hip place. If your looking for quiet and calm. This is not it. Food is different but good. Crafty cocktails are a bit off putting.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Overall very disappointing. Service was super slow. Server non present, non personal. Service sequence with a lot gaps. 2 hours 2 courses. Beautiful place. Lack to attention to details. For the type of restaurant disappointing.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our oysters were almost gone before we got our bottle of white wine. The server brought the wrong bottle when we were about half done with the oysters, then came and said they didn’t have our wine. By the time he came back with our second choice it was almost all gone. We ordered 48 oysters to start with, added 12 more, so it was a long wait for our wine as you can imagine. All in all this spot is always one of our favorite places! I just was dissatisfied with the time for the wine to come out. This is not a typical experience here...but worth mentioning for the restaurant’s betterment of service.

Love this place though, $1 oysters and their octopus is so freaking delicious. We love Sunday wine specials too. It was my birthday and here is where I insisted on celebrating! Definitely recommend trying Lionfish.

V
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great menu, excellent mix of Spanish style tapas and Japanese sushi... service was attentive, waiter recommendations were spot on...

A
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Our favorite person ever isn’t working there anymore (Brittany)

AM
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a special occasion or date night. We had the crispy snapper which was fabulous!

MK
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great anniversary dinner at Lionfish. Every dish we tried was interesting and delicious. Fun flavors, good cocktails, and nice service.

CK
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at Lionfish! Every dish we had, from the corn soup to the yellowtail to the brussel sprouts and cornbread was expertly prepared. The atmosphere was equally satisfying, chic yet inviting without being pretentious.

T
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Happy hour is a steal! $1 oyster is in good quality. Definitely will try again!

a
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding meal. All around. We started with the 1$ oysters for happy hour, and all the other subsequent dishes did not disappoint. Prices were reasonable and the dishes were inspiring.

We would definitely return here!

NS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We arrived almost 30 minutes early for our reservation, and they sat us right away. We opted to sit outside because it was so nice, so I cannot comment on the interior ambience. Outside there was the expected street noise. The tables were close, so we could hear the conversation of the table next to us. The best part was our server. She offered both wine and food recommendations—and not just the priciest items. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and made sure we were able to take advantage of the happy hour prices also. She informed us beforehand that there might be a delay on our oysters because they were shucked by hand as they are ordered. From the wine and oysters, to our entrees, dessert, and check, I did not feel we had to wait too long for anything. Service was spot on. The food is pricy. I love sea bass, but I don’t $65 love it. I had the yellowtail. It was not one of our server’s recommendations, but I ordered it because of the mushrooms. It was cooked appropriately, and the Tozazu sauce it came with was a nice “meaty” flavor, but the fish itself was a little dry. If we go back, I would possibly try the dynamite snapper our server recommended or maybe the sushi rolls. My husband had the scallops, and he said they were good. The house made mignonette that comes with the oysters is a nice change up from the usual cocktail sauce. I liked it. The oysters themselves were good quality, not out of this world, but as expected—no shell shards or graininess. The layered chocolate cake was my favorite, and I’m not even a fan of butterscotch or pecans. It was absolutely delicious though. Very moist.
The only disappointment was that I had indicated on my Open Table reservation that it was for a special occasion, a birthday. There was no acknowledgement from anyone regarding this. I guess I was expecting the usual happy birthday dessert, or even, “Thanks for spending your birthday with us.” Maybe they just missed it.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delish!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome happy hour selection from 5-7pm. Fresh fish.

MR
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our experience was not bad. The food was averrage but the portions were small. We were seated promptly by a hostess that was not friendly at all basically just put our menus on the table and never said a word. Our server was very nice and did a great job managing our dietary preferences. The food was presented nicely. Drinks were over priced and so was the wine. I do not mind paying top dollar for a great experience and a great location and this was neither.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made my birthday special!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, amazing ambience. Don’t forget to ask for their daily happy hour menu 5-7 pm. Yum

s
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great setting...solid service...fish entrees are WAY over-priced ($38-41).

RS
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We went to LionFish two nights in a row for business dinners, with a large group. Both nights we thoroughly enjoyed our meals and drinks, however both nights had absolutely terrible service. The first night we waited almost an hour to be sat (with many open tables throughout the dining room) so I’m assuming their kitchen wasn’t up to speed yet to handle a full house. Our servers both nights took well over 20 minutes to greet our table and take drink orders. Service continued to be terrible throughout both meals, with little to no attention from servers, unfilled water, missed opportunities to get additional rounds of drinks, and no follow-up after food delivery. The food itself was delicious and was the only reason we even considered giving LionFish a second chance the following evening. Unfortunately though, it appears their poor service was not a solitary issue and seems to plague the entire staff.

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Superior service, excellent food, little bit loud for a serious conversation

k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was excellent. Waitress did not care about her service to our table. Two young men were trained to pick up het slack.

DO
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The food was beyond delicious, superior service, fabulous ambiance!

w
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I have been 4 times. I decided to take some friends from out of town. It was a Saturday night.
The service was awful. The server was new--- TIP to management: Don't put a new server on the floor and not have someone check on his or her tables. There appeared to be no manager on the floor all night. The drinks were off for 2 of our guests. We had to send them back.
A very disappointing experience at a place that was once very dialed in.

AP
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice 40th wedding Anniversary.

P
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was great, service was so so, and so much noise but definitly come back for steak tataki & Lobster sashimi

CM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a customer before a Summer Pops concert, was excellent.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Still waiting for our side dish of Brussels sprouts and zucchini

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The female hostesses wore dresses with very high slits with their legs exposed; the male employees were all wearing long black pants. It was oppressive for women.

AD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was amazing and the food even better

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi was incredibly good and the service was first class. Went with young children 7&8 and they enjoyed Mussels and Oysters

OT
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was amazing!! Delicious and great service and super friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. We will be back for sure!! Highly recommend it for a date night or special celebration as well as just an enjoyable evening out. Five stars!!!!

F
Phoenix
50 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi and sashimi and good drinks selection. Outstanding service with nice attention!

j
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Our server was not good. We were at a convention as individuals so needed to split the bill four ways. She acted very put out with having to do that for us and was super unfriendly.

IG
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute must when in San Diego Gaslamp District! Amazing food!

CM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! AJ was awesome and recommended some great dishes!

LP
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a great evening at Lionfish for his birthday. They were very accommodating as we arrived early for our reservation. The server was knowledgeable and friendly. Food was so so good, I can’t wait to come back and try more. Definitely recommend!!

GP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Awesome location and Happy hour. Food and drinks were terrific. Only reason this isn’t 5 stars is because they were not properly staffed with our server. She appeared to literally be covering the entire restaurant and the outdoor patio so flagging her down for additional drinks and food orders was delayed and slow. Aside from that, great place.

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