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Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel

4.6
4.6
1385 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 47 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 1,385 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Seafood

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  1. DR

    DelRayFoodies

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined today

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Very loud, sub-par service and overpriced. Food was ok but nothing special.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing!
  3. GG

    GeoG

    Phoenix

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a great dinner at Lionfish this past weekend. We were very impressed with all the food and the service, everyone who came by was so friendly and helpful. We had the octopus, Brussel sprouts and squash as well as some sushi rolls and a nigiri flight, all were great. The nigiri was especially amazing, the rolls were very tasty too. We will definitely be back when we are in San Diego next time.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing.
  5. s

    sandiego1

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was a delightful gem. The food was delicious and inventive. Staff was very nice and attentive. It was my daughter's birthday, and they made it extra special. I will recommend this place to all my friends!
  6. P

    Paisley

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant date night spot. My partner & I enjoyed dinner here during our getaway stay at the Pendry & loved everything. The surf & turf roll was absolutely delicious & the bezerk roll melts in your mouth in a delightful way unlike any roll I’ve ever had before. Cocktails were the perfect accompaniment to dinner, & of course we splurged on the baked Alaska dessert to wrap the evening up. We will absolutely be back next time we’re in San Diego!
  7. B

    Billy2013

    San Francisco

    189 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    189 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    1st timers, thank goodness it was a post-rainy Tuesday night & kinda quiet with free street parking in front, food was very good & interesting but the desserts were AMAZING, STELLAR. Asian themed apps & entrees, primarily seafood. Ambiance new & open space mega building. Would recommend.
  8. O

    Oaklander

    San Francisco

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely evening. Manager met us and made sure we had a great table. Definitely will return.
  9. F

    Frozen

    Orange County

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with great service. Obviously there is a price for a great restaurant but it is worth it. Salmon sashimi was the best dish we had.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service! Ordered three sushi rolls for 2 people and were so full we almost couldn’t finish everything! Flavors were out of this world! Yummm! A very grown-up sophisticated place, amidst the downtown Saturday night chaos! What a gem!!!
  11. OC

    OCPescatarian

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding! Expensive, but well worth it. Get the tuna pizza as it’s delicious! We ordered several rolls like the All Star and they were all fresh and tasty. Our server Estefani was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and steered us towards all the great options! We had friends visiting from Idaho and they had the best time! Tables are a little tight together in some parts of the restaurant but other than that we have 0 complaints.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The Happy Hour at Lionfish is excellent so we decided to try it for dinner. Our Server was great however the food took a long time. Also portions are small for the price you pay (ie 3 Scallops for $47)
  13. j

    jhlsd

    San Diego

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service. A very enjoyable experience. A diverse menu that should have something to please most everyone.
  14. SV

    SeanV

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    poor acoustics - could use some sound dampeners on the walls and ceiling.
  15. MW

    MoniW

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!! Just wow. The best duck we've ever had, the sashimi and all our other dishes were perfect, and the cocktails were great. We were all amazed at the creativity of the dishes and the freshness, holy smokes!! Our only complaint was that the restaurant, in general, was clearly understaffed - our server was amazing but the food took forever and the bar was slow + got a couple of our drinks wrong... not the fault of the server at all - he was busting his butt and had a lot of tables to serve. Our larger group felt a little rushed once we did get our food though since they were closing soon, but we will absolutely be back again.
  16. MK

    MilaK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I guess because we had late reservation they were out of things we wanted to order. Sad. If you expect people you know they will come you even charged for the reservation, you shall have availability on the menu. This made us very dissatisfied.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time celebrating my husbands birthday!
  18. AH

    AaronH

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    It was nice. The food was pretty good. It was a Wednesday so kind of dead.
  19. K

    Kots

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night overall food met all expectations service was great as well
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience2
    Over cooked pork belly & undercooked yet burnt green beans which is tough to accomplish
  21. t

    timcat

    Seattle

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lionfish is a great place, the food is consistently good, the service is good. It’s a good place to take visitors, which we did last night; and they were pleased. Very reliable, and has an excellent bar / bartending staff for high quality cocktails.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food
  23. PD

    PeterD

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Server and other staff lacked personality and were surprisingly aloof and disengaged. Food was average yet greatly overpriced. Ambiance was nice but so noisy you had to shout and people right in front of you. I would not return.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience. The food and ambience were obviously wonderful but our take home was the warmth of the hostess. We brought our nine month old with us for a 5:15 reservation. She acted happy that we were there and took care of our things for us. Sometimes I feel such stroller shame from the front of the house but mama and dada still love fine dining and happy hour!!! Cheers 🍸
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great ambiance great service
  26. KC

    KimC

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Unique and delicious breakfast items. Exquisite service.
  27. JS

    JenniferS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    I can’t believe how disappointing this experience was. The food was disgusting- my scallops were completely burnt and inedible. The rock shrimp was covered in a too sweet sauce. My sister’s bass was cooked with the skin up so it was slimy. The atmosphere was also horrendous. It felt like a sports bar. Football game was on over the bar. People were loud. They sat us right next to a screaming baby. This was one of the worst dining experiences in San Diego
  28. IH

    IsabelH

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were flawless.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Waiter forgot to bri bg soy sauce rhat I have to ask. Didn’t bring the menu and I have to ask. Just bad service
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Fire the Saturday night host, she told me they were fully booked and only the bar was available. Bar was full, I pulled up open table and was able to reserve a 1 top immediately. Went back to the host stand and was seated immediately, by a clearly annoyed host. Server was great. Friendly, attentive and informed about drinks and food. I forget her name, but was serving the high tops. Food. I had a sushi roll and the scallops. I would order the sushi again. Scallops were so over cooked I forced myself to finish on, but left the others for the bin. The pork was great. Manager was great, he was helping out and grabbed my card to pay, he asked how the meal was and I was hesitant to speak as I don’t like to complain. He got the food problem out of me and took it off the bill. I didn’t mention the host in that moment. Next time I’m in San Diego I’ll give them a second chance on the food.
  31. AR

    AdaR

    Atlanta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Long service time. Did not receive beverage menu when seated, then took a long time to get it. Drinks were subpar. The pear and thyme drink was basically a mimosa. Oysters were good but I didn't know which one I liked because server did not explain which was baja and which was west coast. I ordered a glass of wine as they cleared our appetizers and wine did not arrive until after I finished my entree.
  32. a

    amy1108

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lionfish never disappoints! The staff is always so friendly, atmosphere energetic and the food is absolutely delicious. I love coming back when visiting and look forward to the next one!
  33. CV

    CandV

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and we were amazed by the delicious flavors of the food. A must!
  34. K

    Kailey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server was amazing. Loved the ambience. Oysters and drinks were great, my husband had the duck and it was incredible. I had the sea bass, it was okay but it came with horseradish and I wish this would’ve been noted on the menu so I could’ve ordered something else. Overall it was a great meal, we’ll definitely be back.
  35. EO

    EOTT

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I had previously been to LionFish (pre Covid) and had an exceptional meal and experience. Hence, why I came back. Hitting the bar might be ok, but this experience was mediocre and has me second guessing another attempt: Ambiance: we were seated in the far back, early dinner (we had a show), so it was a largely vacant room Drinks: I had their special bourbon and fig old fashioned-like drink - it was overly sweet, hard to taste the bourbon over the sugar - crunchy sugar bits in it. Not my deal. Food caveat: I am a celiac and so require accommodations that may mean no sauce (soy sauce is a non-starter), but I do expect higher end restaurants to have alternatives as opposed to 'naked' food. Apps: had the duck tostadas - they were good, copious duck, but lacking in anything exceptional. Just dry shredded duck. Good crispy tostada. Just no umph. Dinner: Steak, and Brussel sprouts and the duck entre. Steak was cooked medium, Brussel sprouts had a bland cream (plain sour cream?) dolloped on them. The duck was forgettable - not succulent, and in my opinion, overcooked (I don't remember any crispy skin on it...). Overall an unremarkable meal. Very expensive. Two cocktails, two glasses of wine. ALL this for $350! Reflecting on it, I am bummed because the image I have is a 'hotel restaurant' (which this IS...) but not on the scale of The Pendry, which I expect a strong chef to run, but it felt more of a "this came from our production kitchen that is also doing a conference-rubber-chicken dinner next door. No character. For food ignorants that go for the hype and cool looking bar (or primary access to the club later that night.) Ouch. Sorry. Just not what I expected.
  36. DK

    DaleK

    St. Louis

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Just another generic overpriced restaurant in the gas lamp district.
  37. n

    ncjean

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was divine on a perfect night watching the Halloweeners parade by my table. Attentive service. Beautiful food. Try the long long green beans!
  38. MP

    MelissaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was spectacular, everyone was very friendly & attentive. Great Spot.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ordered surf and turf, berzerk, patatas, and grilled beans. All were very good. Would have liked the beans better if not overcooked. Would definitely return.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional sushi and service. We tried 9 dishes and all were good. Loved the speciality rolls and nigiri the most. I would go back anytime. Highly noisy environment.

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 4.6 stars by 1385 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 47 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Logo image for Uber Eats
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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