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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

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
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Special Occasion (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Authentic (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great Beer (6)
Romantic (6)
Cozy (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tapas (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Organic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Business Meals (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Waterfront (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 27, 2017

My favorite is the roasted carrots.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Small clean restaurant excellent service outstanding food highly recommend

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 23, 2017

There is a wide variety of foods. There was an excellent happy hour for drinks and food. The poutin was delicious and really enjoyed the flavored in the chicken and the pasta bolognese. Be prepared for a dark interior and surreal artwork.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Exciting, intimate atmosphere and interesting menu. Happy hour has phenomenal deals on food and cocktails. Great date night spot in the city.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Creative menu. Reasonably priced. Great service. Fun atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Fun, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 17, 2017

We keep coming back, one of our favorite go
to spots in San Diego.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 15, 2017

The fact that Lions share is out of the "war zone" of downtown/little italy is reason enough to make the trek to this unique spot. It can get crowded at times so if you want a table its best to make a reservation. Good place to start the night

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Amazing!!!!!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Great drinks, tasty food, and excellent service. If you are in the area this is a must stop.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

The restaurant was extremely accommodating of my husbands salt free diet and made a real effort to make something fabulous for him off menu. Meanwhile the twenty somethings in our group loved the craft cocktails and the standard menu. We all got a chuckle from the eclectic animal decor. Great location, Worth a visit!

Tags: Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Fabulous game menu. Delicious and unusual offerings.

Tags: Tapas
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 1, 2017

I loved to dark ambiance and the creative art work on the walls and ceilings. Fantastic place for mixed drinks and small French place. I would definitely recommend it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2017

I was visiting San Diego with a friend and we were looking for a place to eat before seeing a show downtown. A search of OpenTable pulled up The Lion's Share and I was intrigued by its description as a "Wild Game" restaurant, so I made a reservation. Upon arriving we were immediately struck by the fantastic creative decor. It definitely lets you know that you are in for a unique experience. The drink menu is quite comprehensive with a wide variety of choices. The food is just as unique; rabbit pie, wild boar poutine, elk roast, fried quail, etc. You can either share some small plates or get entrees and we decided to share some of the small plates and did the deviled eggs, salad, rabbit pie, lamb tacos, and wild boar poutine, and it was all excellent. The desert menu was smaller but still had a good selection; I had the chocolate orange cake and it was also wonderful. The only slight drawback to the experience is that the restaurant is a little on the loud side even sitting in the dining area away from the bar, so it is a little difficult to carry on a conversation, but it's totally worth it for the unique food and drinks in such a unique atmosphere. If you are on the adventurous side with your food, I highly recommend a visit.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Loved the place, food, service, Went there with friends and had a great time, we ordered several plates to share and each one was delicious, definitely coming back!

Tags: Great Beer, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Great dinner! Creative cocktails and delicious food. We had the elk loin and quail with Waffles - perfectly cooked and fantastic flavor. Great service, quirky fun decor made it a memorable meal.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Columbus)·Dined on March 28, 2017

A truly terrific and unique experience. The cocktails were fabulous. Loved the cauliflower and the rabbit hand pie.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 27, 2017

We loved the diverse menu. It was fun to find a place with different wild game options.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Late-night Find
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 25, 2017

My husband and I ate here for our 10 year wedding anniversary. We made 8pm dinner reservations on a Saturday night. We arrived 5 minutes early and they showed us right to our table. We are both whiskey drinkers and they had some fun cocktails to choose from. We started with the meat and cheese board and it was super good --- the bread was super yummy and the mustard was AMAZING! We shared the elk loin steak and it was cooked perfectly and was a good portion size for us to share. We finished the night with some bread pudding (sooo good)! Our server was great (I wish I could remember her name ... Amanda (??). We had a lovely night out and would absolutely recommend this place for a nice night on the town!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Cozy, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 22, 2017

I've gone here for drinks a few times but all the tables are always full. Reserved one in advance and was not disappointed. One of the most creative while still unpretentious menus in town. Great alternative to the overpriced alternatives a few blocks north in Little Italy. We mostly just ate all the super interesting apps and split a chicken fried quail over a duck-fat waffle. Going back to try the wild boar and bison dishes soon!

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on March 16, 2017

The Lions Share has a fun and barlike atmosphere - very relaxed and casual and on the dark side. The food is very good, The menu is totally game oriented so if you are looking for seafood or light fare - this may not be the right place. We knew what it was, enjoyed everything and had a great time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 14, 2017

Love this place. High end comfort food with excellent craft cocktails and a laid back atmosphere.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Carlos and his staff couldn't do it any better. This is our weekly go to for happy hour and unbelievable food. These guys treat you like family from day 1.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 3, 2017

A cut above the other places in San Diego

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 (Western NC)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Fun place. Extensive cocktail menu. Food though was disappointing. Two appetizers were pretty good- the steak tartare and arugula salad. The cauliflower was just fair. Entrees disappointed. Elk steak was good but a very small portion for $35. Yellow tail was overcooked and dried out. Should've sent it back. The best food item of the night was my son's burger.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 22, 2017

We've lived down the street from the Lion's Share for over five years and I always wanted to try The Lion's Share. However, after dining there recently, I doubt we will return. The restaurant is very small, dark and very, very loud. My husband and I were seated in a small corner table and we had trouble hearing each other to have any kind of conversation. The ceilings are low and the noise from everyone talking over each other coupled with the loud music makes it beyond difficult. The food was o.k. - my husband had the rabbit pie, which he liked, although it was very small, and I had a boar burger that was good, but not great . The fries were greasy though and we left them - something we never do! Our server was very friendly and attentive and our drinks were quite good. I think this place is better suited to a drink at the bar rather than trying to have dinner and a conversation with anyone! Too many places in San Diego that I'd rather spend my time and money!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Our waitress and all of the staff we encountered were super friendly with great recommendations. When asked to describe a dish, our waitress expressed the nuisances of each dish in such a way I could almost taste it.

There was three of us and we ordered about 7 dishes to share. There was not one dish we regretted ordering. All the dishes were very well balanced and had it's unique flavors of the game/meat come out nicely.

The cocktails.... kudos to the mixologists... they were brilliantly designed.

great time all around.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 15, 2017

A late night place to drink good ol' (literally) alcohol/liquor. The ambiance was cool because of the art, the wall color, and other décor. Their bar was dark and cool. It had an old and other century style. The service was great. The food was okay. Very small meals and not a lot to choose from, they were all appetizer size and style. If you're hungry, go elsewhere.
- We tried the sausage - tasty, but wouldn't have it again.
- Tried the rabbit - very small, very tasty, I'd have it again.
- Fries with cheese and garlic - good.
- Lamb burgers - good.
Would I go back? Only to drink. Although, the décor/art is really cool.

Tags: Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in San Diego. If you order anything but the meat and cheese board, foie gras, and antelope sliders you are wrong.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Horrible, unattentive service. The host wasn't going to seat us because our group changed from 2 people to 3. They had a reserved sign on a larger table, but it was not actually reserved, so she finally sat us there after a few minutes of arguing over Open Table not actually changing the reservation party size (which I had changed on the app a few hours beforehand). Our server barely came to our table the entire night. We asked for water refills a few times and poured our own wine glasses throughout the night. Would definitely not recommend this restaurant.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 10, 2017

amusing decor, interesting menu, great food, no complaints about the service. its a small place, lots of concrete and most of the tables for two are in the bar area so its not a place for intimate conversations.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Casual, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 6, 2017

The Lion's share was perfect for our gathering. The décor is classic with a bit of funk, I loved the atmosphere. Our server was top notch; very knowledgeable, pleasant, and made great recommendations. The food was delicious, wonderful flavors in unique dishes. It was comfort food with an edge. I highly recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

AMAZINGLY wonderful and attentive staff who gave us great recommendations and stories behind the dish. By far my favourite one was the rabbit hand pie. I'm still dreaming about the rabbit and his puréed carrots

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Very unique menu options for an adventurous palet. Great ambiance. Service was great - thanks Josh!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Awesome service!!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Great art all around! We had excellent service as well. Delicious meal. A must-try place.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2017

The staff was nothing but kind and welcoming. The food was nothing but DELICIOUS. We had a wonderful time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 21, 2017

One of our Favorite restaurants in San Diego! Never disappointed.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Authentic, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2017

I had never heard of The Lion's Share before, but I was looking for a restaurant for Restaurant Week and it was in my price range with good reviews. I have to say that I really really enjoyed this place. The menu was so different than any place I've ever been to in SD. The wild boar bolognese I had was so good. The decor was eccentric and fun to look at and the servers were very nice. I will for sure be going back. It's downtown, so parking stinks, but there's a valet for other restaurants across the street that you can use behind the Cheesecake Factory.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 15, 2017

I have been a patron since you opened- can't say ENOUGH great things about your restaurant. Always had great food, great service, and great drinks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Tapas, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Excellent every time! Love Lauren; she is the best server ever--always takes good care of us!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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