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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Loud, but food is brilliant.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Great gem in the heart of San Diego. Just steps from the water.
Very original and interesting menu, definitely worth it. We will be back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Casual, Great Beer
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Birthday Celebration

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

FABULOUS. Very noisy but just great!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Excellent and unique food. Well made cocktails. Great, bustling atmosphere.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Great Beer
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Unique, delicious menu and the decor was like an adult Disneyland mixed with a safari-themed jazz club. Overall, I would give this place 5 stars!

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Amazing drinks and great ambiance. Did not like how they kick you out of the table because there is another reservation booked. Our party was not done ordering. We actually skipped dessert because they were only giving us 15 minutes to order, eat it and pay. Best to just get a spot at the bar so the staff can leave you alone.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Easily one of my best meals in the touristy part of San Diego

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Outstanding food and drinks! Some of the best craft cocktails in San Diego

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Get the sausage board...amazing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Dinner was great, every exotic dish I had was tastier then the last.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We are neighborhood regulars at Lion's Share. Service is always excellent thanks to Lauren, Josh, and Kayley. And they are always happy to accommodate our pesky requests for our meal (everything on the side, etc.). Meggan is a great hostess who tries to give us the table(s) we request! Great restaurant! Connie Madden

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Just dropped in on a recommendation. Claim to fame is the craft cocktails. So yes, they do have craft cocktails, but I am not necessarily a fan. The atmosphere was nice and the service was fine. However, I have been to craft cocktail establishments and this is just not as good in my opinion. If in the area, I may try it again to see if some of their other drinks were better but the ones that we had were just ok and not distinguishable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The ahi was fresh, the rabbit hand pie was delicious and the cocktails were phenomenal!

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Food was disappointing... Bland deviked eggs, pine nuts left off the cauliflower dish. Pork belly not tender at all and BBQ sauce tastes like it came from a bottle. Drinks great, art work on walls very cool

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2017

The food was not as good as for the price. And a lot of noise.

Tags: Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Great variety of game with an awesome atmosphere

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Awesome extensive drink menu. Excellent food choices for those who like to try something new. Atmosphere was most unique.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 2, 2017

When I'm in San Diego, this place is always on my list of places to go. Favorites include the wild boar poutine, rabbit hand pie, and any of their cocktails. Also, was pleasantly surprised to see an n/a drink list, as I'm pregnant.

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The lion share came highly recommended from a friend of ours who knows my husband in particular, likes to try interesting proteins. He's also a big salad guy. We ordered the gem salad I believe it was grilled and flavors were good. The bison tartar was my fave. Rabbit pie was really an empanada...was ok. We should have ordered the sausage board instead...next time! We'll definitely b back. Killer cocktails. Great staff. We r sit at the bar types but I opted to reserve a table as it was a special occasion. Next time will be at the bar.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Good service and very friendly people. Fun, unique kind of mixed drinks. It's a neat place and unique in San Diego.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

There was a wine tasting in the front dining area, so when we showed up with a party of 5, we were sat in the bar area by the bathrooms. It was really too loud and people standing around the bar kept bumping into us. Maybe don't take reservations over an event like this.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We sat in the front, but the back cocktail area looked great. The food was delicious along with the service. A little pricey, but worth every penny. Would definitely recommend going for happy hour.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 13, 2017

they have unique menu that you wont find anywhere thats for sure since they use different animals .... its a good experience over all really

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Unique dining experience. We didn't partake but they have an extensive drink menu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

This place was a find! Cool interior and excellent food!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Loved the Space Shuttle, loved loved loved the bruschetta (mushriom and cheese sauce) Friendly and helpful service in a low noise level dinning w/ interesting decor!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We thought it would be interesting to try antelope, boar, etc for happy hour prices. Inside was quite dark with all sorts of animal-themed paintings. The place was crowded and noisy partly because a Padres game was soon to start, but it was also extremely loud right by the bar as drinks were being made - almost had to shout to be heard. The service was excellent- our waiter came and asked if we wanted anything else before happy hour ended and was similarly attentive throughout the meal. Food was wirth trying because of happy hour prices. Prefer quieter places for a date, maybe at a different time of day, it would have been better.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 9, 2017

I made reservations for a double date night Friday at Loin's Share because I knew my friends would enjoy the ambiance. The food and service was excellent, as always! Maria was our server and she nailed the drink recommendations. She was friendly, energetic and always checked in to make sure everything was on point.

I'm also a fan of the food. The deviled eggs were outstanding as were the rabbit pie and quail fried chicken. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Such a creative menu that spotlights meals many other places do not offer. From Rabbit to Quail, the food was outstanding. The cocktails were also really good. Our service was spot on. She was timely, attentive & not overbearing. The atmosphere is dark in the back & bright up front near the windows. Small area, but I would definitely come back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 2, 2017

It was great, but I seated next to the bathroom with a reservation, but at least there was no smell. Great food and great service. Thank you

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Lion's Share is unique from its decor to its food to its amazing cocktails. They have a huge selection of meats including rabbit and elk which my husband loves, but also enough vegetarian options to make me happy. Great place!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Located near Manchester Hyatt San Diego and the Convention Center, we were attracted by the wild game-oriented menu. The restaurant has an animal theme, where humans and game animals are in various states of friendly and adversary relationships as depicted by the numerous paintings and décor. Being a lion’s den, the furniture could have been a bit more plush than the metal chairs without cushion. Having reservation, we were promptly seated by an attentive hostess. They have interesting menu – deviled eggs, foie gras, bison tartare, antelope sliders, wild boar Bolognese, elk loin steak, etc. Per review recommendations, wife and I shared the deviled eggs, fois gras, antelope sliders, pork belly and sliced raw fish, all small dishes. The fois gras and antelope sliders were outstanding. The sliced raw fish was excellent, the pork belly and deviled eggs were good.. I also tried their cucumber gimlet, which had a rather unique (pleasant) taste. Overall, an interesting restaurant worth a visit if you like wild game-oriented menu and setting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 22, 2017

One of the best restaurants in San Diego! Awesome food and cocktails.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We found this restaurant online and decided to make reservations due to online reviews. It certainly didn't disappoint. Everyone was wonderful, including dessert and service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I loved the energy of the place and the cocktails were spot-on.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Livingjust around the corner . We eat at Lions Share 1-2 times a month and it's always a delight - josh and team directed us to new items on the menu and they were fantastic . Hip atmosphere, great craft cocktails,
Sophisticated entrees skillfully prepared and excellent service makes lion share a unique and must go location for
A great experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 19, 2017

I celebrated my birthday with my boyfriend and I loved the menu and ambiance

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 18, 2017

In for work and looking for something unique. The Lion's Share is amazing. Highly recommend the Rabbit Hand Pie.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Lion's Share is a fun place! It's small and crowded and loud, but that is part of the fun. The ambiance is just so cool and make it worth going there once.

The servers are friendly, helpful, and know the menu. The problem is the food itself. Although it's a creative and exciting menu, the food basically lacks flavor . The server knows the menu, but doesn't explain the food well.
Ex: Boar's sausage with fries and cheese.
It ISN'T boar's sausage with fries and cheese. It's fries, with cheese mixed with very small parts of boar's sausage like a gravy. We were really disappointed and when we told our server, she acted as if we should have known.......hmmm......

The deviled eggs, again, have NO flavor!! There are four on the board, all the same with a different topping on each.

We ordered several items and the only item we would order again is the lavender bread pudding. It was incredible!!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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