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The Desmond, San Diego, CA

The Desmond

4.5
4.5
127 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 3 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary Italian, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 241-7214
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jason Neroni
  • Private party facilities
    Special occasions remind us there's always something to toast to. Whether it's a birthday bash, anniversary party, or even a dinner meeting, our private dining rooms are your culinary blank canvas. Invite your favorite people for a fun evening out with a curated menu and an impeccable vibe.
  • Private party contact
    info@thedesmondsandiego.com: (619) 515-3000
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    Broadway
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Public transit
    5th Street Blue line Trolley
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

Experiences

  • Easter Three Course Brunch

    $65.00 per person

    Mar 31, 2024 only
    Join us for a decadent Easter Brunch, with three courses featuring items such as Brioche French Toast with berry compote, Herb Crusted Prime Rib with duck fat potatoes, and Chino Farms Eggs Benedict with wood fired pork loin and chive hollandaise. A two-course kids' menu is also available for $28.
    Easter Three Course Brunch Photo
  • Mother's Day Brunch

    $70.00 per person

    May 12, 2024 only
    Celebrate the incredible moms in your life with an indulgent three course brunch, featuring seasonal items such as: Cinnamon French Toast with house made brioche, whipped crème fraîche, berries, and cocoa nib; Lobster Omelet with butter poached cold water lobster, gruyere, and California sturgeon caviar; and a 6 oz Petit Filet with brown butter whipped potatoes, spice glazed carrots, and truffle jus. Complete your meal with a selection of petit desserts from Executive Pastry Chef Kari Cota. We've got the kids covered, too, with a two-course menu sure to delight.
    Mother's Day Brunch Photo

Offers

  • Wine B-Sides

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM,Wed - Thu - 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Enjoy up to 50% off select wines by the bottle every Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday at The Desmond. Ask your server for details. Selection may vary.

    Wine B-Sides Photo

What 127 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Romantic

  • San Diego

    Good for special occasions

  • San Diego

    Romantic

  • San Diego

    Good for special occasions

  • San Diego

    American

127 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The Valentine’s experience was the worst dining experience of my life; no exaggeration. Every dish was bad. No combos between savory, sweet, and sour. Just one at a time. Meat savory? Sauce savory. In fact, everything was savory. Terrible music. Not even remotely romantic. Just hip hop. Never coming back again.

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  2. JabariB

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I want to say that the customer service was good but for us that where it stopped. Came here for Valentine's Day and when we made our reservation online 3 days prior, it gave the choice of the Valentine's Menu OR A La carte option. To our surprise when we arrived they said the chef was only doing the valentine menu. This was extremely disappointing as we didn't get the food options we thought we were going to have. Also there was no other nice venue to go dine so last minute. To say the least we were not huge fans of the condensed valentine menu. Was expecting a nice dining experience but we were heavily disappointed. Will not be returning here.

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  3. RebeccaC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the most amazing dinner! Randi our server was attentive, helpful in making suggestions, and ensured we had the best experience! The food was phenomenal- the carrot agnolotti was spectacular, the orange and kale salad was perfectly seasoned, and the whipped ricotta appetizer was the perfect blend of sweet and savory. And you have to try the Crème Brûlée- the sugar was just the right thickness and caramelization! Ambience was hip but quiet and just right for friends to talk and catch up. For the quality, the price was very reasonable.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere was great, the Staff was superb, the cocktails were wonderful, and the food was amazing - BUT... the service was incredible and RANDY was outstanding in every way. Personable and friendly and a terrific server. We had a lovely evening and would return over and over again... <3

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  5. Jean

    Charleston

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were overnighting in San Diego at the Kimpton Alba and decided to take advantage of in house restaurant, The Desmond. Upon entering I was taken aback by the cavernous feel of the space and the lack of warmth in the decor. The staff and the food were the best part of the evening. Our waiter was friendly and explained the menu’s options. I had the octopus tostada which was amazing, a creative presentation of tender octopus and greens. My husband and I both had the scallops, again perfectly cooked. We passed on dessert but the wine we had at staffs recommendation was perfect. Also had a nice conversation with manager who stopped to talk. Still feel ambivalent about decor but I’d go back for the menu.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, nice ambiance, amazing service. The whole fish was incredible.

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  7. VincentB

    France

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great diner, thanks everyone for the amazing evening.

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  8. BM1280

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very flavorful and ambiance was on point.

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  9. JimR

    Minneapolis

    66 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Severe understaffing leads this wannabe high end restaurant to disappoint the discriminating diner. Our meal was fine, nothing special and was soured by poor service from hostess and scheme to delay seating people to encourage them to first buy a drink at the small bar

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the best time here and the food was great, highly recommend!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fabulous! We had a group of three all of us celebrating our birthdays! Our server Aria was so professional with out being stuffy or boring! We will go back !

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  12. JamesM

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent, staff was kind and courteous. Can't ask for much more in a restauarant.

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  13. JoJo23

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was disappointed with the food in general. However, The bread was amazing with the whipped ricotta. The buffalo cheese salad was delicious. Would not order the octopus again. Or the pasta. The pasta itself was way too dense to eat and the sauce was nothing special. Lobster was fine. The yellowtail carpaccio was very good. I would also recommend the Budino for dessert. Overall I was hoping for a better experience for my birthday 😞

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  14. Lilli

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious, we tried several dishes and all super tasty!

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  15. Lonesoul

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was excellent. The valet was horrible so park across the street.

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  16. Kmals522

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service! And the food was delicious. We had the octopus, bread basket. And I enjoyed the scallops. Overall a wonderful meal.

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  17. CortneyS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is superb! The service was fabulous. Everything was unique and so delicious. We loved it. My only critique is that the chocolate budino (which was delicious) would have been even better with a few more caramelized banana pieces. Other than that, everything was magnificent.

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  18. KimberlyG

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent. Cocktail list is one is the best I have seen. Food was exceptional

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  19. Love2dine

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I had eaten here before and had a delightful meal combined with a delightful waiter. So of course I wanted to go back and bring another friend who is a foodie disappointing doesn’t begin to describe our experience. They’ve changed to their full menu, so the items we previously ate were not on the menu any longer. We ordered three different courses and shared the kale salad had too much dressing, and the dressing was very vinegary.  We followed with the sweet potato gnocchi, which were like glutinous lead. The beef cheeks we’re in a type of moly sauce, which our waitress swore, was not spicy, but was. It was accompanied by a small pancake, and you were supposed to construct your own taco. So, not an enjoyable combination, and it was like having dessert with your entrée. I will not be going back nor recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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  20. Uniquebeat

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was phenomenal. Our server Aria was super attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. The food was superb. I recommend the duck, which was cooked to perfection. If you are looking for a refined experience steps away from the crazy of the Gaslamp District, I highly recommend The Desmond.

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  21. AndreaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and excellent service. One of my best dinners in SD

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had our anniversary here, and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We started off with the bread and dips, and it was so good that we decided to order a second one!  The entrées were incredible and the dessert was just delicious. But what we really did appreciate the most was just how quiet it was when we went around 630pm, we were able to actually have a conversation and hear each other and not have to yell. Overall this restaurant was great and we loved it!

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  23. tmnew

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the 5 course tasting menu - a great value and range of offerings from the chef. Comped us two glasses of bubbly for our anniversary dinner.

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  24. JacqueO

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The customer service was especially impressive. Staff were so professional, and paid close attention to our dining experience to time our dishes. My friend and I shared one dish from each course, and were amazed by the portions (not too big, not too small) and the flavors that were delivered with each dish were so creative and unexpected. We can't wait to go back.

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  25. EmilyC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very attentive staff that treated us like royalty. We are very happy we picked this restaurant to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my friend had such a fantastic time! The cocktails were amazing, the food was so good that we ordered too much and still tried to finish it all, and our server Ari was so nice and helpful. The decor was so beautiful, as well! Definitely recommending to friends, and will be back, myself

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visiting The Desmond, took our business team out for a celebratory meal. Had a great experience from start to finish. Very impressed with the hospitality, staff and food. 5 stars!

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  28. achuapa

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Appetizers were very good (pea dip, corn salad, squash blossoms). Pasta dishes were just okay. Cheesecake was good. I have always thought of Kimpton as a very design-forward brand and was a little surprised that the restaurant ambiance was so spartan and the space was kind of odd. Dark blue walls, sort of a mish mash of chairs and tables. And a giant window into the kitchen where you can see all the supplies they have in large tupperware type bins in shelves. It's hard to believe that was part of the plan when they designed the space.

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  29. Sherzai

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Not worth the money you pay! The food was burned and seriously not delicious. I ordered Salmon. It tasted yucky and all vegetables were burned. We also had dipping sauce where the breads (Naan) were burned :(. What the hell was going on with all the burned food . I will not be going to this place evet again.

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  30. Sandiegodave

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The rigatoni cacio e Pepe hit the spot! The tomato salad was creative and delicious The RBF cocktail was my favorite

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  31. AlinaC

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great time! Aria was a fabulous server, the food was on point, the cocktails were delish, and the welcome champagne (for our anniversary) was very much appreciated. Thank you for celebrating with us! We would absolutely recommend it. The only thing we would change, is we would ask for booth seating next time :).

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Halibut was overcooked. Didn't have two ingredients for one of the drinks. Appetizers were excellent! Not worth the price for entrees.

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  33. Sherryberries

    Glasgow

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meal and service. This restaurant gets bonus points for listing the actual price instead of adding a surcharge to the bill. I appreciate the upfront and honest pricing.

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  34. DarlaT

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a perfect place to have a pre-theater dinner. The food, drinks and ambiance combine for a lovely evening. The flavor combinations are always interesting. Make sure you save room for dessert.

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  35. jeremyp

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great space, amazing service, unbelievably good food

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  36. food1st

    San Diego

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love, love, love! Flat bread, English pea hummus, squash blossom, artichoke, spaghetti with clams, salmon, braised beef cheeks, hazelnut chocolate bar and strawberry shortcake were all delicious, beautifully prepared and presented!!

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  37. JeanJ

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience! Incredible service. Very knowledgeable waiter. Food was outstanding. We will be back!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was ok. Not high end dining by any means. Not terrible either.

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  39. Downtownlocal

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A Night to Remember at The Desmond - An Unforgettable Experience with Brandon! Last night, my close friends, loved ones, and I had the sheer privilege of attending a hosted event at The Desmond, located at 1047 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, and I must say it was an experience that transcended all expectations! From the outset, the ambiance of The Desmond set the tone for an elegant and enjoyable evening. We were greeted with warm smiles and the promise of a culinary adventure that we'll never forget. Our host for the evening, Brandon Montgomery, was truly the key to unlocking the magic of this special event. His detail-oriented hosting skills guided us seamlessly through the evening, making sure every aspect was taken care of. His charm, knowledge, and attentive nature ensured that our experience was of the highest 5-star quality. Now, let's talk about the food! The menu was above and beyond amazing. Every course was a celebration of flavor, beautifully plated, and exquisitely executed. The culinary expertise demonstrated by the chef was exceptional. He was present throughout the evening, ensuring that our dining experience was flawless and that each dish met his exacting standards. His ability to create such an unforgettable and cohesive culinary journey was truly awe-inspiring. The service staff, following in the footsteps of Brandon's example, provided unparalleled service that truly epitomized 5-star quality. Their attentiveness, professionalism, and enthusiasm added to the unique and joyous atmosphere of the evening. In conclusion, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to The Desmond, the fantastic chef, and most importantly, to Brandon Montgomery for curating such a memorable evening. This was an event that none of us will soon forget, and we eagerly look forward to the next one! If you ever have the opportunity to attend an event hosted by Brandon at The Desmond, do not hesitate. It's a gastronomic experience that delights entirely.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We hosted a bachelorette dinner here and it was absolutely perfect. The service was outstanding. Things got a little mixed up for one guests order, but they fixed it right away. The food was divine! Super tasty and beautifully presented. It was such a fancy vibe for our glammed up disco themed tribe. I know it sounds silly but the restroom was the coolest! It was a mirror selfie dream destination. The bride was super happy and I’m glad we chose The Desmond to celebrate her. Shout out to Randi for the excellent service and suggestions.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Desmond is rated 4.5 stars by 127 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 3 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Desmond

1047 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-5101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Broadway
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary Italian, Californian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Public transit
    5th Street Blue line Trolley
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jason Neroni
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 241-7214
  • Private party facilities
    Special occasions remind us there's always something to toast to. Whether it's a birthday bash, anniversary party, or even a dinner meeting, our private dining rooms are your culinary blank canvas. Invite your favorite people for a fun evening out with a curated menu and an impeccable vibe.
  • Private party contact
    info@thedesmondsandiego.com: (619) 515-3000
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