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Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel

4.6
893 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.

**Due to the new CA Mandates, indoor dining is not permitted, but we will be offering outdoor dining Tuesday-Saturday starting at 5pm on Wednesday, February 10th**

*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
What 893 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were fabulous!

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ChristineH
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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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ceciliam
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 5 days ago

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
11 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 5 days ago

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
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 5 days ago

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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DavidB
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
8 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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and people.

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luisM
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Our waiter was not the most attentive. Will not return

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KarenM
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit pricey, but delicious food and great service!

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OliviaG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Heaters desperately need to be added. The ones that they had were only for show and were not giving off any heat. It was pretty miserable trying to enjoy dinner in 45 degree weather

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our date night

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

It took 30-40 minutes everytime we ordered a food or cocktail. Terrible experience

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was my birthday and it felt so special! Even on a busy weekend, thank you!!

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AnaR
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Amazing food and drinks! Would recommend to a friend!

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KateR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect
Food was amazing
Service was more than amazing

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vipAquaV
San Diego
165 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I would consider returning if we could sit in the covered "outdoor" dining space. The price was too high to sit in the middle of the street. For the price charged for the food, I would want to experience the ambience of the venue. And it was cold. Not enough heaters. In downtown, in the winter, you really need 1 heater per table with how far apart the tables are spaced for social distancing.
With that said, the food was good. I would not order the Crudo though again, we spit that out. The lobster was amazing. Though the portion offered for the price charged was not a good value. Squash soup was really good. And the carrot tequila cocktail was creative and amazing.
Service was outstanding and the manager here, was notably fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

I wish I knew we were seating on the road tables I requested height tops. The road tables were too cold.
Restaurant had tables inside and patio with high tops open around more heaters.
We waited a long time to get our ordered entered we got waters and never saw the waiter had to stand up and go find him. The entire meal the waiter apologized how long our meal was etc.
It’s unfortunate that having two managers no one even cared to come talk to us.
Even when we left there was not even a thank you as the suites gentlemen walked by us.

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vipMaggie
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was fantastic. Definitely recommend the octopus appetizer and the tiramisu for dessert. Our server was very nice as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was fantastic. Not overly priced either. Tough to comment on venue, as they are doing there best with Covid situation. Having said, they have done a great job considering the circumstances.

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AlexaB
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and the most delicious food rock shrimp and sashimi and duck tostadas were Amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice dinner experience for my wife’s birthday while we were doing a staycation in downtown SD. Food was perfect. They have implemented outdoor dining really well. Our waitress was excellent.

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Keith
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent dinner at Lionfish. Food and service were excellent and also great Covid safety guidelines.

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vipJorgeN
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was ok, nothing great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food took over an hour to arrive to the table. My pork chop was a bit dry, cold, and tasted more like duck than pork.

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vipweque
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience - amazing food, beverages and ambiance.

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AnthonyU
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food and atmosphere were great can't wait to return after coivd I believe the experience will be even better.

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ShahrzadM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

It was V-Day weekend when I booked my reservation. I heard so many good things about this restaurant and always wanted to try it. unfortunately we didn't have a good experience with the service and the food! we sat there for 1 hour and no one came to take our order; then, after such a long time waiting for the food when we finally received our first hot dish for appetizer (grilled octopus) it was cold and not tasty at all. To be fare we spoke with the manager and he didn't charge us for anything, however we decided to leave and didn't order dinner. Overall for such a famous restaurant, it wasn't a pleasant experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

AJ was a great sever and he made our experience memorable. He was genuine and gave great recommendations! Thank you for a fun evening! The GM JD at the pool deck was fabulous and we look forward to our upcoming birthday celebration.

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AndreaJG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour options, amazing service by Stephen, and high quality ingredients. Music was upbeat and the staff did a great job creating a lively and safe atmosphere outside.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Carly our server was amazing! I felt silly asking for a box for our side of potatoes. She asked if she could take anything and I said I’d like a box for the potatoes, that I was going to use them for breakfast in the am, and she exclaimed “perfect!” It was so sweet and refreshing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the last night before the new three week shut down and we were outside and cold but it was all fine! We had a lovely dinner just didn’t dress correctly for December! Good luck to everyone getting through this!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very accommodating and great food and service.

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QueuL
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and cocktails!

FAQs

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 893 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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