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The Lion's Share

4.7
480 reviews
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$30 and under
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Wild Game
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  • 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 480 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Always nice to eat here. Service is good; dress nice if you go.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

This place was recommended to me and was definitely worth it. The food was very good. We only ordered appetizers because they all looked so good. After the fourth savory appetizer, we were stuffed to our gills with lovely gamey meat.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The craft cocktails are creative and delicious. Everyone in our party was satisfied with their selection and our waitress did an excellent job of estimating our individual tastes and recommending drinks. The food was delicious. Everything was savory and well prepared. The ambiance is loud, but otherwise the experience was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Exhausted after a long flight, we just wanted a simple bite of food before we hit the sack. Lion’s Share was recommended by our hotel bartender - and she was on point! Great little place, menu featuring Elk, Boar sausage, roasted chicken and burgers. Meat and cheese platter was wonderful! A must visit in San Diego.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Based on the reviews I was truly expecting this place to put it out of the park on all levels. Nit so....food was disappointing, even though vibe and bar were very good. Service was just good too.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Fantastic place! Our reservation was a little late to get us a table and they accommodated us and gave us a couple free drinks....didn’t even complain! And the food...amazing. Here is town for a conference for 5 days and planning on making a couple trips back just to try different plates! If you are in downtown San Diego this is a must stop!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Fantastic cocktails and food

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great food, many choices, and gluten free options for celiacs.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great little spot away from the clutter of San Diego. GREAT food, GREAT cocktails, and GREAT ambiance. Can't go wrong here (unless you're vegan).

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Creative tasty menu with a fun twist. Love the flavorful exotic meat dishes, playful art and specials. The Wild Boar bolognese, boar burger and boar sausage were the hits of the evening.
The bread pudding was the best I've had yet. I will be back for late night happy hour.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The service was great! I loved that our server gave us a quick intro to those of us who had never been.
The food was great, I liked the variety. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Decor is dark and quirky and cool as heck. Tables are small and cozy for date night, but we were never struggling for surface area. We were seated right away and our server had a really great sense of timing-- we never felt rushed or neglected.

The cocktails were just effing super; Sky Bridge was my favorite. We both love deviled eggs and thought they were outstanding here. My entree was the PBJ biscuit with foie gras (SO GOOD-- black sesame is the nutty note on the plate and it works). My boyfriend had the antelope sliders, which I thought sounded kind of boring/safe in theory, but the meat was delicious and I was jealous. We also had a meat & cheese board in there somewhere. Presentation was lovely.

It does get loud once the bar area fills up. We saw this noted in other reviews, so we went on the early side (6pm) and had no issues with volume until the last 5-10 minutes as we finished our drinks. In fairness it was St. Patrick's Day so the revelers were out in force.

We were visiting from LA and we're already making plans to go back.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Lion's Share is a constant for me. The food is always excellent, the service friendly and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is relaxed, vibrant, always welcoming. It's the only place I truly love in San Diego.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The food at the Lion's Share was amazing. The wait staff was attentive and courteous. We enjoyed our meal very much. Unfortunately, in the front dining room, the tables are extremely close together so there is very little conversation privacy and we ended up with a very rude woman next to us talking loudly throughout our entire meal. It really ruined the experience for us. I would otherwise highly recommend the Lion's share for the quality of the food and the outstanding service.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

this is our favorite restaurant .. we've decided to become regulars at this restaurant and make this officially, "our restaurant" .. case closed.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Very cool ambience and decoration! Too noisy tough, barely could talk without yellow lol.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Our bartender, Jason, was friendly and patiently provided us with many concoctions based on our personal choices. True craftsman who enjoyed sharing his knowledge. We had such a great time, we came back the next night with more people in tow. I look forward to a return visit.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Awesome wild boar bolognese

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Our favorite neighborhood restaurant! Great service! Lauren and Kayley and Josh are our favorite servers. They always take good care of us!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

What an incredible find!! We found this place on Yelp & the reviews were wonderful, so we made our reservation to celebrate 2 birthdays. So glad we did. We started with some very inventive cocktails. The choices were plenty & very tasty. Next some starters - Sausage board, Bison sliders & Truffle fries. They disappeared in seconds. Absolutely delicious. Main course - Coffee rubbed Elk Loin, Wild Boar pasta, Roasted Chicken. The enticing aroma that came to the table was enough to make your mouth water. I ordered the pasta. Luckily my family allowed me to taste everything. Insanely delicious!!! I was glad I couldn't finish my meal so that I could take it home to have for lunch the next day. There are only 5 tables in the front dining room so reservations are a must. All I have left to say is "Go to The Lions Share." Probably one of the best dining places that I have ever been to.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The cocktails here are fabulous, and the bread puddings are not to be missed for dessert. Always great service.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Delicious drinks and food along with great service, you can't ask for much more. I look forward to our next visit.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Small and dark. Food was good, but a little pricy.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great food

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

This place is amazing. I am not a fan of the craft drinks but the food is stellar.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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