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The Lion's Share

4.6
456 reviews
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$30 and under
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Wild Game
Top Tags:
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Wild Game, American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:

Daily: 4:00pm - 2:00am
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Phone number
(619) 564-6924
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Scott Mickelson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
G Street
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Parking details
Most guests find it easier to park on G street or Pacific Highway.
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Public transit
Located next to the Seaport Village Trolley Stop
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
What 456 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Our favorite restaurant in San Diego! And Lauren is the best server!

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Went not knowing what to expect but was curious to check it out due to the high ratings on Yelp and TripAdvisor. Was very pleasantly surprised with the unique menu and excellent cocktails. Quite a cozy atmosphere, unique paintings lined the walls and ceiling and very friendly bartenders. Would definitely go again.

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PattyK 
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Overall everything was ok but not as amazing as every person reviewed on yelp. The coolest thing was the honeycomb on the cheeseboard. It was very loud, dimly lit, the room and bathrooms were freezing cold and parking was a nightmare. The fries were exceptionally salty too. Overall we spent $80+ on dinner for 2 (and we each had one drink) during happy. There was definately nothing amazing to take me back or refer anyone else. I did not see a value for the time and money spent. It wasn’t terrible but we expected a better experience and value. Disappointed....

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

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DCDUDE (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great food

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vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

Don’t plan on an easy conversation. Way too loud.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The food was delicious. The antelope sliders were amazing. Also having a meat platter was different and just as good!

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Rally (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

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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AndrewV (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 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!

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viphilala (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

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

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vipconniem (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 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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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  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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RestaurantWeekJan2018 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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vipMariann (San Diego)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Guadalajara)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

Great food with friendly staff
Interesting food and cocktail menu

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FullFlavor (Houston)
3.0  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.

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TimR (Orange County)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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vipLilBuc (San Diego)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  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!!

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vipNeenernene (San Diego)
5.0  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!!

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modi (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  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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vipKENT (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent experience, unique food

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

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

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