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The Lion's Share

4.7
4.7
1003 Reviews
$30 and under
Wild Game
In addition to modern American fare, The Lion's Share features exotic meats seldom found in other restaurants. The menu pairs well with an interesting wine list focused around small production wineries.

Last, but not least, they offer hand-crafted cocktails considered amongst the best in the city in an eclectic atmosphere with a friendly staff.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Wild Game, American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 564-6924

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Ted Smith

  • Private party facilities

    Private Event Space Available for large groups. email info@ lionssharesd.com for more information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    G Street

  • Parking details

    Most guests find it easier to park on G street or Pacific Highway.

  • Public transit

    Located next to the Seaport Village Trolley Stop

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,003 people are saying

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Late Night Find

  • San Diego

    Late Night Find

  • San Diego

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. FM

    FeliciaM

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is awesome! First, the service was excellent from the minute I walked in. Immediately was sat, had my menu for a few moments and my drink order was taken. The ambiance is so cool. Great and fun vibe. Felt like we were in a hunter's lodge on LSD. The food was delicious and completely different. Cannot wait to come back again.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very good. Unique food. Great apps, and cocktails. Red meat and pork only, but even chicken and fish eaters cant deny how good it was
  3. KS

    KatjaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Food was delicious! Unique atmosphere. Husband and I went for our anniversary and to try something new. We had a great time and really enjoyed the experience. The staff were amazing. Would highly recommend if you want to try something different!
  4. YE

    YouEnjoyMyself

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Cocktails and food were excellent. Our server was wonderful. Would definitely come back again.
  5. SB

    SharonB

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, as always! We went for my husband’s birthday as it is his favorite restaurant. He got venison chops and rich, hearty French onion soup and declared it excellent. I’m a vegetarian and thus I am a challenge for the staff, but they accommodated my requests and didn’t brown my bread in beef fat and I had a lovely time.
  6. FG

    FoodieGal

    San Diego

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVE The Lion's Share! Everything about it is great...food, cocktails, service, ambiance. We have loved this little neighborhood gem and are sad we are moving away from it. We will come back when we come back to San Diego but have some very happy memories there. David is the best!
  7. s

    sandiego1

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad we stumbled upon this gem of a restaurant! Awesome food, meticulously prepared with exciting combination of ingredients. Very attentive and nice staff. It’s a downtown hip restaurant so expect crowds, noise, and high energy.
  8. S

    Sam2014

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Swrvice was incredibly slow. The service staff was friendly but it took a long time before table visits. In seating it was 10-15 mins before staff came over. Food was very good. Serving portions were huge.
  9. M

    Meatlover1

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Had a reservation. Was taken to a postage stamp size table just inside the front door. Unable to see the bar and all of the animal head displays. One choice of Chardonnay and one Pinot Noir offered per glass. Really??? Waiter did not offer any menu info nor asked if we had any questions. He seemed rushed and wanted to be done with us. If we would have had more info about menu we would have ordered differently. The worst dining experience ever.
  10. RN

    RobN

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A little noisy & quirky, but food is great! Once you settle in at your table, the quirkiness becomes part of the ambiance. Fun spot!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal - the french onion soup amazing - really different place go now!!!
  12. MH

    MarkH

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant specializes in game and has amazing Venison chops.
  13. C

    Callie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love coming here to try all the different meats.
  14. AG

    AaronG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great ambience great food great drinks, food takes a bit to get to you but would gladly wait for food like we ate 11/10
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First night in San Diego snagged a reservation for Mother’s Day with my 21 year old son. He had the duck breast and I had the elk flank, both were fantastic. We also had the oysters as a starter and my son had one of the craft cocktails. We definitely would come back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks were great ! The decor was cool
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always
  18. NB

    NateB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great experience! All of the food was amazing and the drinks were too. We had such great service by David H. He really made our evening special too by guiding us through what to order. We had a great time and will be back very soon!! Definitely worth it.
  19. MF

    MikeF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had 5 people sharing 8 items. All 5 thought all 8 were excellent. Add great service and a great vibe and you get an exceptional night.
  20. N

    Ninotchka

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fewer appetizers on this menu - brussel sprouts were unusual and outstanding. Miss having the bison tartate option, but I did not like the last presentation. Please go back to the one you have made for years. Expanded wine list and shorter cocktail list.
  21. NV

    NikkiV

    Minneapolis

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience!!!
  22. RN

    RobN

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food. Unpretentious menu & prep. The place is slightly funky - if you're accustomed to high-end dining, you'll be a little disjointed when you enter, but The Lion's Share will grow on you over your visit. Only 5 stars available here, but the food is 6+! Service was good - not great, but the fare is so good you won't care by the end of the meal. It's a new top 5 favorite for us. If management reads this - it would be nice to have red wine glasses for a fine bottle...
  23. M

    Mac13

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place for drinks and great food if you’re looking for a more intimate setting.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Love the vibe. Food was solid. Very unique options for the adventurous palette. Seemed understaffed so service was slow and relatively unattentive as a result. Did best with staff on hand. Very limited veggie/vegan options. Would go back just for the art.
  25. RY

    RoupenY

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Had the worst table right by the door, honestly food was good but nothing special for sure. Cocktails were better than the food. As far as the service it was acceptable but again nothing special. Very average experience not too convinced it was worth the price tag.
  26. JH

    JulieH

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our best experience in the Gaslamp Quarter ! First, the place is amazingly decorate, stunning. Second the creativity of the chef for the menu is impressive, third the service was really kind and friendly, thanks to David. And last part but the most important, the food was really, really good. Definitelly for meat lovers as suggested by the name 😉 We will certainly be back!
  27. BN

    BrandonN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never been to the Lion’s Share but once we found the main door and tasted the food, oh my goodness! Every bite was bursting with flavor! Every dish was perfect and the restaurant overall was a fun atmosphere. The executive chef also came us to greet us on our anniversary and treated us with some additional goodies! Will definitely come back again!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food! Lovely music. Great place for date or girl friends hanging out..:)
  29. LW

    LoganW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    All the good is incredible, the drinks are great. The artwork is amazing. But our server was super slow and took forever to take our order, bring the check, and we sat about 20 minutes waiting for him to take payment, locking eyes with him multiple times. We ended up bringing the check to him and walking out.
  30. WH

    WilliamH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a very nice evening. Beet salad was delicious!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I ordered the bison rib-eye special. It was amazing! Everything about this place is perfect!
  32. SJ

    SarahJ

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely everything ordered was delicious. And the cocktails were well balanced, unique, and tasted perfect.
  33. RS

    RaeofSilver

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The new menu is fantastic. Tartare is phenomenal, waygu tacos are drool worthy, beet salad was refreshing and bright. Had the aged bison ribeye special and it was out of this world. All the cocktails were delicious as usual. The staff are so wonderful and friendly. Absolutely one of my favorite places in SD.
  34. N

    Newm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We would 100% recommend this restaurant to any of our friends and family. We have been raving about the amazing food and outstanding service to everyone who will listen! Our server Diana was amazing from start to finish. We got there right when they opened at 4pm and were promptly seated out on their patio. The whole team worked amazing together to make sure that service was top notch. We were there through their happy hour and ended up staying for almost 3 hours enjoying ourselves with amazing food and drinks and even better service. 10/10 experience from start to finish. Thank you Diana and the rest of the Lion Share team!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was well versed in cocktails, and the bone marrow was absolutely amazing. We ordered a second right away. Only drawback was the 2 tops don’t allow for you to sit next to your date. We felt far away from each other. Highly recommend for a splurge dinner out.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Fench onion soup was delicious, beet salad was good, burger ok, boar bolognese meh. Specialty cocktail tasted like I was drinking the blue disinfectant at dentist office but doesn't mean someone else doesn't love it (fun to try just a miss). Likely won't return.
  37. s

    sammydabull

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Decent food. Took a while for a server to come and start waiting on us. Wanted an Arnold Palmer but they didn't have ice tea so that was out. Ordered a refresher drink for $9 that was a one time fill and it was all ice to the point where it was a few sips and done. That was ridiculous. Overall the food was good, drinks are prohibitively expensive as a cocktail was ranging $16 and up. I liked the place but not for me, unlikely I'd go back. I'd recommend people try it at least once as the atmosphere and location were really good.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The Wagyu burger took about 40 mins to come out! It was not worth $31!
  39. TT

    TastyTommyTreats

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were looking for an "open late" restaurant seeing as how we landed in San Diego at 9pm. Found this one open till 11pm and bar menu till 2am! Very unique decor inside right down to the front door. Solid wood with no signage whatsoever. Almost missed it. We felt like we were in some exclusive underground hang out that only VIPs are previe to. Waitress was outstanding and the food was unusual and scrumptious. Menu featuring exotic meats. Cant wait to visit again.
  40. PA

    PAtriciaJ

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Service was awful. Burgers were game y AF. Drinks were good!

FAQs

The Lion's Share offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 564-6924.

The Lion's Share is rated 4.7 stars by 1003 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


Google Map for The Lion's Share

629 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    G Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Wild Game, American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Most guests find it easier to park on G street or Pacific Highway.

  • Public transit

    Located next to the Seaport Village Trolley Stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Ted Smith

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 564-6924

  • Private party facilities

    Private Event Space Available for large groups. email info@ lionssharesd.com for more information

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