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Diners' Choice: Good for groups restaurants in East County

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are great for groups in East County? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Brigantine La Mesa restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4079)
$30 and under
Seafood
La Mesa
About the restaurant
A San Diego tradition since 1969, the Brigantine has received many accolades in our 40+ year history: "BEST SEAFOOD", "BEST CASUAL SEAFOOD", "BEST HAPPY HOUR", and even "BEST SWORDFISH IN THE WORLD", according to USA Today - just to name a few.



Well-known for our signature Clam Chowder, Grilled Swordfish, and Crème Brûlée, the Brigantine is a favorite among locals for consistently fresh seafood, succulent steaks and grilled meats.



With an updated nautical decor, the busy Oyster bar is hands-down the local favorite. Lush flowering foliage outdoors creates an elegant dining experience on one of two charming patios.



The La Mesa Brigantine serves dinner 7 nights a week, lunch Monday-Saturday, and brunch every Sunday.



Join us for our signature Happy Hour.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
It was nice! The servers were attentive, and though it was somewhat busy, the noise level wasn't terrible. The decor was cozy and the food was good :)
A photo of Baron Long Bar & Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (502)
$31 to $50
Californian
Alpine
About the restaurant
Baron Long Bar & Grill features a familiar food menu, along with craft beer & cocktails for friends and family to enjoy while dining in a comfortable, energetic, sociable sports bar environment. We’ve put our spin on American bar food classics using the best local ingredients and freshly prepared food that is sure to please sports fans and foodies alike.

Guests can watch the action of their favorite game on our 16 TVs located throughout the restaurant, including (10) 85” screens. Share some appetizers over drinks with your friends or order your favorite burger from our extensive food menu. The beverage menu boasts a seasonal craft cocktail menu, 16 draft beers from our showcase keg room, focusing on notable San Diego breweries, as well as two rotating taps that will pique your interest frequently.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Had a marvelous time. We had pastrami sandwich, bbq pork ribs and beef short ribs. They were all excellent and of good portion. Friendly and attentive staff despite the initial not getting noticed at first sat down.
A photo of Giardino Neighborhood Cucina restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1028)
$30 and under
Italian
Lemon Grove
About the restaurant
Located in the middle of Lemon Grove’s charming downtown area, Giardino is a welcoming and casual Italian inspired cucina where the neighborhood gathers for fresh and flavorful classic dishes found throughout Italy.

Giardino offers an Italian-inspired menu of seasonally-driven dishes that use timeless Italian techniques and fresh ingredients. Guests will find items such as fresh seafood, pastas, pizzas and salads, as well as a variety of elements made in-house.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Dined here with my family and the food was amazing and our server was great and attentive. Overall great service and delicious Italian food! We will definitely be back!
A photo of Grove Steakhouse at Viejas Casino restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1708)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Alpine
About the restaurant
The Grove Steakhouse has been awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award. Resplendent with luxurious décor and a warm, inviting atmosphere, The Grove offers classic and contemporary cuisine for the definitive gourmet experience. Relax in calming ambience while you’re pampered by our world-class service. Our attention to detail and gourmet selections will make your dining experience a pleasure long remembered. Experience an exciting new menu, which includes an array of tantalizing entrées and desserts that are sure to satisfy and inspire you to return again and again.

Top review
CoolC
Dined 4 days ago
Food and services are very good but some customers make too much noise that is completely different from dinner time.
A photo of Rams Hill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (344)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Borrego Springs
About the restaurant
The Rams Hill Clubhouse in Borrego Springs features an incredible wine list, great food and extraordinary al fresco dining on our patio with magnificent views of the Santa Rosa Mountains. We currently have indoor dining available. We are pet friendly but please call in advance to ensure availability of seating.
Top review
GarySvip
Dined on Jun 19, 2024
Great food and beautiful location. Our server Maria was wonderful. We’ll be back’
A photo of Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (354)
$31 to $50
Seafood
La Mesa
About the restaurant
Here at Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill we are committed to providing our customers with an excellent dining experience. Each dish on our menu is prepared using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill is unique with its classic Japanese design, fused with a modern bistro look combined with earth tones and lighting to create a visual atmosphere one can't forget!
Top review
KimD
Dined 4 days ago
We shared the halibut roll and crunchy roll as well as the crispy spring rolls. They did not disappoint. I loved that the individual pieces were cut smaller, but the rolls still had at least nine pieces each. The Sunset cocktail was delightful. This time I felt like I got my “cocktail” moneys worth, if you know what I mean! One of our favorite places, for sure!
A photo of Casa Gabriela restaurant
4.6
4.6 (651)
$30 and under
Mexican
La Mesa
About the restaurant
Chef Gabriela Lopez brings her elevated Mexican cuisine to Downtown La Mesa. Using her grandmother's recipes from Guadalajara crossed with her cosmopolitan upbringing in Tijuana, Chef Gabriela's menu features authentic hand-crafted dishes and imaginative takes on classic dishes. All of Baja California is represented along with influences from other regions in Mexico.

The spacious outdoor garden, cozy loft, and private dining areas are the perfect places to enjoy tequila and mezcal based cocktails, family celebrations, or brunch with friends.

Top review
Annie
Dined 3 days ago
Food was very good. Happy Hour was very good price.
A photo of Aromi Italian Cuisine restaurant
4.6
4.6 (198)
$30 and under
Italian
La Mesa
About the restaurant
Discover Aromi, where Italian authenticity meets affordability. Our casual Italian restaurant offers a warm and inviting atmosphere, serving up delicious dishes bursting with flavors at budget-friendly prices. From traditional pasta classics to mouthwatering entrees, Aromi ensures an unforgettable dining experience that won't break the bank.
Top review
robertB
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent service and wonderful food. We really enjoyed our experience
A photo of Retreat Pool & Cabanas restaurant
4.4
4.4 (300)
$50 and over
Californian
El Cajon / Lakeside
About the restaurant
Everyone needs to treat themselves from time to time. If you’re looking for a getaway from the everyday, look no further than Retreat Pool and Cabanas. Our El Cajon venue offers guests the opportunity to relax, soak up some Vitamin D, and escape in a picturesque aquatic oasis. We offer an array of entertainment and performers throughout the summer months. Our unique and thoughtful layout features two beautiful pool areas and a cleverly designed lazy river. You’ll feel layers of stress melt away as you float down the slow-moving lazy river, taking in your surroundings at a leisurely pace.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We had a wonderful day at the Retreat Pool & Cabana. Adina was our server and she was fabulous. We will be requesting her for our future visits. She was very courteous, attentive and made us feel like "friends". The food is very good and the atmosphere is so relaxing.
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