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The Desmond, San Diego, CA
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The Desmond

4.8
4.8
25 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
We're California born and bred. Best in the world? Yeah. We’ve got that. These are year-round farms. Lifelong fishermen. Orchards that thrive well beyond the fall. Our ingredients here in Southern California are the very best, and we treat them with the respect that they deserve. Join us and Executive Chef Jason Neroni for an experience that showcases the best of the bounty, with flavors that are truly memorable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary Italian, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 241-7214

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

Experiences

  • Valentines Day

    $110.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Valentines Day Pre Fixe

What 25 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Best Overall

  • San Diego

    Best Food

  • San Diego

    Best Service

  • San Diego

    Best Ambiance

  • San Diego

    Best Value

  • San Diego

    Good for business meals

  • San Diego

    Innovative

  • San Diego

    American

  • San Diego

    Best Overall

  • San Diego

    Best Food

  • San Diego

    Best Service

  • San Diego

    Best Ambiance

  • San Diego

    Best Value

  • San Diego

    Good for business meals

  • San Diego

    Innovative

  • San Diego

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service (Miles) was outstanding! The cocktails were well balanced and crafted perfectly. The meal was delicious. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Everything was wonderful! The blue fin tar tar might be in the best things I’ve ever eaten. So good. The dining room was near empty on a Friday at 7 so that was a letdown.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and chef Aldo made the experience terrific with some really interesting flavors. Would recommend! Fault line drink was amazing!
  4. LB

    LilBuc

    San Diego

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a surprisingly wonderful dining experience.
  5. S

    Sylviab

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    No atmosphere. Over priced food and drink.
  6. AB

    AnneB

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really nice evening at the Desmond. Food was beautifully prepared but take note portions are small. However that means there was room for dessert. Do yourself a favor and start with an order of bread with one (or more) of the dipping options! Everything was delicious! We especially liked that the noise level was on the lower side - a rare find in downtown/Gaslamp area. We could actually have a convo and not have to yell. Staff was super attentive. Be advised that they only have an all gender restroom.
  7. E

    Eddy

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service located in the heart of San Diego!
  8. BT

    BradleyT

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    While it took some time to discover in a crowded field of competitors, Desmond stands out as a real diamond in the rough. We made a reservation for the Prix Fixe menu on NYE and could not have been more impressed with the quality of the food. Perfectly cooked filet, wonderful cocktails, and seriously great service. We'll be coming back!
  9. S

    Scott

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! What an awesome place. Went for New Years Eve so only a Prefix menu. Can’t imagine how great the full menu would be. Forget the food the service is really what was Outstanding. From the second we entered everyone was on point. Host, servers, bus people and manager were just perfect. Thank you for an awesome evening. We will be back for sure.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great place - outstanding food
  11. EP

    EPL212

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Miles, our server, made the experience delightful! I didn’t know what to expect from a hotel restaurant but the food was surprisingly delicious. The gnocchi in a rabbit bolognese sauce was sublime, as was the octopus and the black cod.
  12. G

    Gina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All staff was very friendly and welcoming. Made the whole experience wonderful! We enjoyed the drinks, food, and dessert! Very well made and tasted amazing! Highly recommend!
  13. DT

    DarlaT

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great new addition to downtown San Diego. The food was delicious. The bbq oysters were fantastic. The staff was very nice and attentive. They gave great recommendations. We will be back.
  14. T

    Terry

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stumbled upon the Desmond on Opentable and glad we did! We had a great experience last night sharing everything we ordered. From beginning to end we had a lovely time. The tuna tartare the brussel sprouts (with a fresh twist via curry) were a couple of our faves. Ran out of room and time for dessert. Thanks for a great time, see you again :-) Like another review states JUST GO!
  15. AC

    AnnC

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stumbled on Desmond trying to find a nice place to go before a show at Civic Theater. Perfect!
  16. JR

    JohnR

    Dallas

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love black cod, and order it whenever I can. The black cod at the Desmond is the best I ever had. Perfectly prepared, tender, and the trout butter sauce was tops. The cippolini onions and mushrooms were fabulous, and for my taste the portion was sized perfectly. The bread service with one of the dips is a must. Do not pass up. Dessert (panna cotta) was, no surprise, wonderful. Service also was great. The valet parking made the downtown trip doable. This was our first time and we're eager to return to try some of the other dishes.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great! The food was really delicious. We had the ham, pimento cheese, and rolls and Brussels sprouts. Dessert was also delicious. Lots of thought went into the selections, and the drinks are well made! Check this new place out!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the walk up the stairs to the end of your meal it is a dinning experience. A must.
  19. PS

    PaulS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal! Wonderful ambience! Excellent service! I highly recommend it.
  20. S

    Sams

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was as amazing as the good. What an exceptional experience!
  21. h

    habbakuk

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Go NOW before everyone catches on -- this is a gem. It's in the hotel, just up the stairs. Heirloom tomato appetizer was on point with just the right complement of spice to elevate the dish. Black cod had fantastic texture & the accompanying sauce was rich without overwhelming the fish. The Sloe Gin cocktail had a masterful almost meringue-like head that tingled on the lips. The space is well thought out and there's no "bad" table. Service was solid, attentive without being imposing.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal for my wife’s birthday. The place has great ambiance, drinks, and food was amazing.
  24. SV

    SiliconValleyDiner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cory treated us to some bubbly to start our anniversary celebration. Philip answered all our menu questions and we had an excellent experience all around. Would recommend to any foodie.
  25. d

    dannyk

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service at all levels. Wine list short but well chosen with some unusual wonderful choices. Hiromasa excellent. Cucumber noodles with uni and lobster outstanding. Heirloom tomato choices even in November tasty and well presented witj EVOO and basil. Beef cheeks were the best of the evening. Very aware and helpful re: food allergies. All in all a very pleasant experience. dan keiller

FAQs

The Desmond is rated 4.8 stars by 25 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 18 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Desmond

1047 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-5101

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary Italian, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

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