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About The Lion's Share

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.

629 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Wild Game, American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:

Daily: 4:00pm - 2:00am

Cross Street:
G Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 564-6924

Website:
http://www.lionssharesd.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Chef Scott Mickelson

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Lion's Share Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
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Good for a Date (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Casual (10)
Romantic (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Authentic (7)
Fun (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Cozy (5)
Great Beer (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 20 hours ago

Once again, the food was spectacular. The specialty drinks are to die for. Wow!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food options. Very adventurous dining options. Everything we tried was awesome. A great place to try something new. Little pricey for what you get, but tasty.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Good place! Good food and great cocktails! Cool decor and ambiance. The back room with the bar is a little loud but you wait in there until your table is ready. Would come back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. I would definitely recommend and will be back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Lion's Share is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. The food is delicious and the servers are excellent. Josh and Lauren have been our servers for a couple of years now. Kaylie is excellent as well. Great restaurant!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I came here for my birthday celebration and it was well worth the drive from Carlsbad. I loved the ambience and energy of the staff and customers. The drinks were definitely different, strong but not too strong. The food was eclectic but good.

I would come back for happy hour one day!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great atmosphere. Excellent craft cocktails. Wish the artwork was for sale!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Ambiance was great! As for the rest of our 'date night' experience--a little underwhelming. Tables around us that arrived after us were served first. Once the food arrived, my hangar steak was not cooked how I ordered it.

Not the worst restaurant experience I've ever had, but I don't see myself going back here.

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food4
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Fun place. Outstanding Frisee Salad. Loved my Gimlet cocktail.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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food3
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Since moving downtown we have visited Lions Share several times. Some menu items change frequently but the main items remain available. The food is delicious. The drinks are outstanding. If you make it order the bread pudding. It changes based on the season.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Casual, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Late-night Find
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very enjoyable dinner with great exotic meat selection and nice wine selection. Meat lovers will dig this cozy restaurant with a bit of British feel.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Guadalajara)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Everything was great until we were asked to leave the table for other coming reservations, that was really rude.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 4, 2018

This was a very unique experience. It offered very unique food choices and most of the menu was hand crafted cocktails.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great food with friendly staff
Interesting food and cocktail menu

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The physical space and decor was quirky and charming—strong point for the establishment. Non-alcoholic cocktail was lovely—crisp, light, tangy (ginger, lime, butters). Arugula salad was lovely with well balanced flavors. Boar poutine was not poutine—there were no cheese curds, just melted cheese and meat sauce over French fries. Acceptable flavors but nothing special. Sticky toffee pudding was terrible—toffee was burnt, cake was dry. Our server was warm and helpful. She offered to (and did) remove the dessert from our bill.

Tags: People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great find. Our table started with the Federal Buffalo Stamp, a craft cocktail made with bourbon, lemon juice, ginger root, and maple. It even comes with a ginger candy garnish. We had 4:30 reservations because we were going to a show at the SD Civic Theater. Anyway since we were there early, happy hour was in effect. Our drinks were only $6! Awesome. Also enjoyed the Antelope Sliders and Blue Cheese Bruschetta (also on happy hour). For dinner two of us had the Grilled Hanger Steak with a bone marrow bernaise sauce. Cooked to perfection. It just melted in your mouth. My wife had the Roasted Chicken with carmelized fennel, polenta, and a spinach puree. She loved it. My friends wife had the Coffee rubbed Elk Loin with brussel sprouts and red wine reduction. She polished it off wanting more. Great eclectic restaurant with a cool English Pub feel.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Enjoyed the variety of food uniqueness n service was wonderful n helpful describing the mixture of foods

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We had family come in the week for Christmas and we wanted to try something different. The menu here is different and we tried a variety of items including Wild Boar Ragu, Antelope sliders, caramelized cauliflower which were all good. However, the Coffee-Rubbed Elk Loin had a nice flavor however one of the entrees, two people had it, was all fat and not edible.
The cocktail menu was interesting and they did a nice job with them.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 13, 2017

It is a fun Speakeasy hangout! Good for birthday Surprises, parties or anniversaries :) Good hand crafted drinks and yummy desserts!!

Tags: Healthy, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The cocktails and appetizers were amazing. You have to try the Federal Stamp cocktail, PB&J Foie Gras, carmelized cauliflower and ceviche. Great service and wonderful food and I will definitely go back!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We visit Lions Share once a year during the AVMA conference in December. It is our favorite place to catch up with friends, enjoy great cocktails and great food. Always ask your waiter or bartender for their recommendations on cocktails, I’ve never been disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I thought this was a gem for wonderfully cooked game meat. The waitress gave excellent recommendations and was friendly and attentive. One could carry on a meaningful conversation because the normal noise level was low. The Cozy dark wood Ambience also helped

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent experience, unique food

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Jb took such great care of us! He is awesome we will be back!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Waiters could be more personable when approaching table and guests. Also need to refill glasses quicker. Temperature of restaurant was on the cold side.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The Antelope Sliders, Charcuterie platter, grilled pumpkin, federal house stamp cocktail and the cauliflower were outstanding, the pumpkin spice bread pudding, rabbit hand pie, and pork belly were very good. The service was excellent. The ambience is unusual and loud. A bit too loud. Overall excellent.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Huge disappointment. Service was non-existent. We waited a long time before we were even greeted then after placing orders waited an hour to receive our appetizers. We had to work to get our waiter over to order drinks for dinner.

Major letdown on a rare date night.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food is excellent with a fun and interesting atmosphere. This may be our favorite restaurant downtown. A little weird and quirky as you’ll see. My husband loves the Elk steak although on our last visit it wasnt as good as the previous time but, I’m sure it was a one time thing everything else we had was fabulous! Give it a try you won’t regret it.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The Lions Share is quite possibly the best dinner I've had in a long time. Everything was absolutely awesome. I had the rabbit sausage which was really good, the bison tartare which was awesome and the hanger steak which was spectacular. The chef was 100% spit on cooking my steak blue the way I ordered it. I also had cocktails that were off the menu and paired amazing with each course. My server Maria was absolutely amazing. She listened and made my experiences The Lions Share perfect. I will drive back to San Diego just to have dinner at the Lions Share.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We had business partners visiting the West Coast from Japan. Our COO made a special trip from our HQ in CO to take them to dinner while they were in San Diego. Based on reviews, we thought Lion's Share would be a good choice. The restaurant's proximity to our partners' hotel was convenient - right downtown and easy to find. The menu was interesting; everything tasted great and the drinks were imaginative! The server was attentive and knowledgeable - happy to make recommendations. The food and drinks were great, no complaints there. But for a traditional "business meeting dinner," I was told this restaurant would be better suited for an informal gathering/celebration of friends/colleagues - a fun place to decompress (as opposed to a focused business meeting).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Great Beer, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 3, 2017

A wonderful find
Fascinating decor.A definite keeper.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Our waiter was fantastic and all the food was very good. We did think that the hare handpie was very small as a meal and for the price. It would be okay as an appetizer size. We enjoyed the cocktails and happy our hour choices. In fact the rabbit sausage was very good. The seating was not the most comfortable and our table of four was placed right in the entrance passage way so everyone who walked in had to pass right next to our table. We asked to be moved and they said they could not accommodate us although no one was seated in the other tables when we were there.

Tags: Tapas, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food, decor, and service!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent food, service, but had other table to loud. Bad luck for me. But experience excellent

Tags: Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The boar bolognese was absolutely epic. Same with the pork belly. Loved the funky atmosphere as well. Highly recommend!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Brought our 17-yo daughter with us after an event, and she has asked when are we going back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great place. Only suggestion is to serve coffee and tea.

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Tags: Authentic, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Putine appetizer, house burger and Bolognese for mains: all EXCELLENT! Son of a Bee Sting is a great drink, as are most drinks they make.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We always enjoy The Lion's Share; their Happy Hour is the best deal around!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Loved this restaurant, fantastic drinks and a menu that was unique and delicious.

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