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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.
San Diego, CA 92101
Wild Game, American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Daily: 4:00pm - 2:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Most guests find it easier to park on G street or Pacific Highway.
Located next to the Seaport Village Trolley Stop
Chef Scott Mickelson
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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