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Island Prime

4.7
4.7
6970 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Resting on stilts atop San Diego Bay, Island Prime overlooks the city skyline and Coronado.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 74 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Unspecified, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 298-6802

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Deborah Scott

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room for up to 65 guests, with waterfront views.

  • Private party contact

    JoAnn Salem: (619) 298-6802 ext. 204

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    Harbor Island Dr

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is unavailable at this time.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Lovers Menu

    $84.95 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    For Valentine's Day we are offering a lovers-themed 3-course menu for $84.95/person. With seafood and steak options, the menu finishes with a shared dessert to help you cozy up to your valentine. Due to the holiday, this will be the only menu we offer that night and all tables will have a 2-hour dining time. For specific table requests, please contact the restaurant directly.

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What 6,970 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Steakhouse

  • San Diego

    Steakhouse

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  1. L

    Laraw

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite place to come to celebrate special occasions! Best food and service any where in San Diego! Island Prime is the best!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, the staff, the view. Everything is remarkable here.
  3. C

    Cindy

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ribeye was very tender and tasty. I came back just because of it. I’ve tried many other ribeyes at multiple restaurants and prime island has the best. I will definitely come again not just for the steak but also for the excellent service!
  4. DC

    DeonC

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful location and the food and service was great! I highly recommend this place.
  5. m

    marc123

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Nice ambiance and friendly staff but horrible service. The waiter was a no show most of the night, never checked on us, forgot our drinks, and was completely inattentive. We sat with an empty bottle of water throughout dinner and it was impossible to flag anyone down. He brought me my drink with the bill 1.5 hours after I ordered it.
  6. DM

    DanielM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everything was great but the service from the server was not that great. My partner and I felt discriminated due to the fact that we were Hispanic and he was white.
  7. EL

    ELIZABETHD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The best part about Island Prime is the view (STUNNING!) and the service. I hate putting low stars because it makes it seem like the service is bad, and it was amazing. Love the staff so much. I just have been to many steak houses, and this was very disappointing food wise. I got three sides, and all were bad. I didn't get past two bites of any of them. The seafood was good, not great and I have had much much better steaks. My favorite thing was their Ceasar salad. The view is almost unmatched though. The money was a lot, but the view was so cool.
  8. ND

    NancyDrew

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Restaurant was a little dark inside. The kids filet mignon was more of a beef nugget about two inches in diameter- a pretty sad sight for my son who was wondering where the rest of his meal was. The basket of fries that accompanied the tiny steak was really good. The fish of the day was delicious. The filet trio was cooked nicely. The blue cheese on top of one filet was very overwhelming. The mushroom topped one was very good. The crabbed topped was ok, nothing special - I was hoping for something more luxurious. The popovers were hot and tasty. The views were stunning.
  9. AC

    AlejandroC

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding
  10. M

    Mick

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a nice table with a beautiful view of the city lights! Our server, Seth, was great and made our night perfect. The food was top notch, I got the filet and my husband got the rib eye. Prices are high but this was a special occasion and the food, service, and ambiance was wonderful!
  11. NK

    NancyK

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food prepared as requested.
  12. KJ

    KJ15

    Hawaii

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoy Island Prime, the food is fantastic. Jake is the best waiter so we always ask for his section. We will head there again soon. Thanks..
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was a good time. Asked for a window seat with a view. Get seated by a window with a big wooded slate blocking everything. She was going to seat us at a perfect round table then moved us. I was kind of disappointed. Our server was wonderful.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the view was also.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Courtney was awesome! And the hostess was as awesome in getting the best table in the place!
  16. MS

    MSL74

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Had the dry aged steak. No flavor. Needed to add sauce to the steak but really wasnt given the option unless stated. Figured steak with no sauce would have at least the typical steak spices (salt and pepper at a minimum). Nothing on the steak.
  17. HK

    HeatherK

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I normally order filet mignon and lobster. I opted for the filet trio with lobster but was rather disappointed in the 3 filets. Not the usual amazing flavor even with the special toppings on each. The lump crab was flavorless and tasted like it came out of the can. The filet was so so. I don’t add salt to meat but I had to this time. Also, lobster bisque usually has some small pieces of lobster but this time there was none. Flavor was good though.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal, service and view.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very great service, everyone was kind and respectful. Food was amazing and served quickly.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brother and sister in laws 43 rd anniversary!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Recommend! Overall a really good night, atmosphere and delicious food. Not cheap but not too expensive given the quality and location/view. I recommend the steak, house bread and octopus. All good!
  22. S

    Spiderman

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife & I had another OUTSTANDING MEAL. We ordered the Tomahawk Steak special. The steak, mashed potatoes, veggies, & bread were TASTY & GREAT. The Island Prime Staff was EXTREMELY FRIENDLY, PROFESSIONAL, EFFICIENT & COURTEOUS. A SPECIAL THANK YOU to our server Seth K! Seth took care of us like we were royalty.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Terrible service and food.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Birthday celebration. My tuna was overly seasoned and just tasted like pepper. My husband fish was bland and the best part of the meal was the Brie appetizer.
  25. JS

    JenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Tomahawk steak was delicious! The view of the Harbor and downtown skyline is amazing.
  26. J

    John

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for special occasions. Staff super friendly and competent.
  27. SC

    SarahC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been here quite a few times and it never gets old. Excellent food and exemplary service! And spectacular views!
  28. R

    Richard

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service is excellent and the window seat was perfect. The swordfish steak did not taste fresh.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! We would come back to San Diego just to dine here again.
  30. ND

    NgocD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, food and the view of the water was really good
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and dining experience. Food is amazing and so is the service.
  32. u

    urodoc

    San Diego

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful birthday dinner, as always. The only downside was the couple of bad oysters, but the restaurant took care of us when we brought it to their attention. Island Prime is our go-to restaurant and never disappoints.
  33. GM

    GenMoose

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The service and food were excellent the view was stunning with all the colorful lights reflecting off the water. We ate inside it was very cold everyone needed a coat and still cold. that was a one off usually perfect.
  34. JC

    JosephC

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, the food was delicious. Tables could be separated some, a bit noisy for a anniversary dinner.
  35. TD

    TerryD

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This is consistently a good place to eat. My friend from out of town thought the prices were comparable to where he was from in the midwest. I had the catch of the Day which was delightful and had a lot of other goodies with it.
  36. p

    petem

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food and ambiance. Cannot beat the view
  37. A

    Alex

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Fancy place and fancy view that goes with fancy prices... But the food originality/test does not worth the money.
  38. TD

    TomD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, had window seating with great views.
  39. RF

    RibeyeFan

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall the evening was as close to perfect as possible. We were seated within minutes of checking in and the window table we got had views all around. The table was 9/10. Food 9/10. Service 10/10. Ambiance 10/10. Lamb chops are a must for anyone looking for out of the way experience. Those not so daring should stick with the rib eye - best I’ve ever had from any fine dining in San Diego. Don’t add any of the side sauces. They are good, however the meats are best eaten as is. For sides go with roasted veges.
  40. CS

    CalebS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a great experience at island prime. We will definitely make it a tradition to come back on our anniversary. The workers were very kind and courteous. It was definitely way nicer than I could have imagined.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Island Prime is rated 4.7 stars by 6970 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 74 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Island Prime

880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Harbor Island Dr

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Unspecified, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is unavailable at this time.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Deborah Scott

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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