The Lion's Share

4.7
859 Reviews
$30 and under
Wild Game
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.
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DannaPao
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and it was a great experience overall! Our server Emily was simply amazing

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vipNobbi
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a faboo place. We loved the ambiance, the service, the food, and the clientele. The next table chatted us up, and by the end of the meal we had passed many plates back and forth. There is a speakeasy atmosphere and you can get lovely game. From Bison Tartare to Elk steak. And it's walking distance from Marriott and Hyatt.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I got the elk steak which was perfectly medium rare. The sear/crust was okay but could use some improvement. The “duck fat” mashed potatoes were extremely bland and under seasoned. The broccolini was probably my favorite part of the dish; the char and cook on it was fantastic.

Overall, it was good but I expected a bit more.

I was also disappointed that the pig ears weren’t on the menu.

Cocktails were very good and bartenders were fantastic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The poutine is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend! Ambiance is romantic, fun artwork to look at, the new remodeling is great!!! Excellent food!

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HaleyC
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

We have dined at the Lion’s Share over 10 times in the past few years and have never given less than a five star review. However, this trip was absolutely awful. We made a reservation right when they opened, yet still waited over 45 minutes to get a meat and cheese board and almost 90 minutes to be brought our dinner.

I don’t even think we were provided with a designated server. It almost seemed like we were forgotten by the entire staff. Our water was never refilled, the food seemed hastily thrown together, despite the over 90 minute wait. Portions were much smaller than they used to be, and we felt like we were in a completely different restaurant.

We live out of town and switched around our travel plans to make sure we were able to go to this restaurant while we were in San Diego. To say we are disappointed would be an understatement.

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ValerieJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for good food, service and just a little bit funky vibe.

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Carissag
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the BEST experience at The Lion Share. Every single thing from the service, accommodations, food and drinks were absolutely perfect. This is definitely our favorite place especially when Simon is there who we absolutely love! will be coming back a million times. thank you!

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KellyJ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an awesome experience...the food was eclectic and little off the beaten path of normal menus. Food was very very delicious and the service was outstanding. It was fun and exciting trying something a bit different but it paid huge dividends. The pigs ears, the duck, the exotic meat board were all winners. I will definitely put The Lion’s Share in the rotation!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a first trying the restaurant for date night, the food was good and the drinks were GREAT!!!

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ScottK
Boise
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We ordered the hanger steak, very gristly and tasteless. The mashed potatoes that came with it we’re also very mediocre and the broccolini was so so. Overall we were just not impressed. All the floors are hard concrete the same with the walls, so sound was extremely loud. It was very difficult to even have a conversation

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails as well as wonderful service in a beautiful setting.

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Tu2therph
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, the hostess was very accommodating of our request to seat two reservations near to each other for a birthday party. The food was great. Understandably, the restaurant was very strict on COVID regulations and we were reminded several times not to move between the two tables. We weren't allowed to bring our own birthday cake but I should've asked beforehand. Other than that it was a great experience!

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Carolyn
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with some friends from out of town - highly recommend

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KyElle
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a nice date or to bring friends. Original dishes and cocktails that everyone in our group loved. The staff was knowledgeable and as friendly as could be. We can’t wait to go back.

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Hangen27
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Very strange artwork on the wall made the vibe feel very dark. I got the venison loin meal and the meat was cooked as I asked but had little to no flavor or seasoning of any kind. Waiters were polite but very slow and only saw them once or twice during our meal. I’ve eaten venison in quite a few places but the meat here was the worst I’ve had. Food was not bad but it need much more flavor. The main turnoff for me was the dark ambiance/environment of the restaurant.

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Matt
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was pleasantly surprised that their happy hour is seven days a week, so showing up on a weekend it was great to be able to try some of their amazing drinks and appetizers. Settled on the Boar Proscuitto and the Boar Poutine, both were excellent choices. For a beverage I'd recommend the Federal Buffalo Stamp and chose the Hanger Steak as my entree.

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vipMiFaiImpazzire
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night for me and my lovely wife. Excellent service great environment, friendly server. Will go back

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KaraD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

It was hard to find because their patio was covering the front of the restaurant. We got dropped off via Uber around the corner behind the restaurant and trolley tracks. Then had to walk all the way around. Service was really nice upon arrival though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was a treat. Got the Boar Carpaccio, the Duck two ways, and a bottle of the Oregon Pinot Noir. Everything was incredible including the service. Definitely recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

👍👍👍 good food and service as always can’t wait to try other menu items next time

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Drinks were good.

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JaquesShellaque
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked based on the exceptional reviews. Did not disappoint.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kaylie, Diana and the whole staff are most welcoming, and the food delish and the service wonderful. We were happy to get together a small reunion of friends - over 8 months. So very glad to see that you are still open and look forward to stopping in as the vaccines get this pandemic under control. Hugs to all - Richard Candelaria

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food Impeccable , one of my first dining experiences outside; the service made the weather tolerable. Love the cocktails. Will return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food! Amazing service. I would like to state that because of the outdoor dinning and the current weather in the wintertime, there should be couple more heaters outside. Other than that it was an amazing experience.

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marians
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience1

A mix of good, bad and very bad food in a freezing environment due to the weather and the poor outdoor setup. This is not a place to enjoy your Sunday dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

A favorite restaurant of ours in San Diego, my girlfriend and I look forward to every meal at TLS. The quality and consistency of the food is always spot on and every drink that comes from their bar is award worthy. Enjoying a meal their is infinitely enhanced by the decor and dark ambiance of the dining room, but to be able to enjoy their food at all is what really counts. We appreciate the way they have adapted to the current state of eating out and we look forward to our next meal and of course our next cocktail at The Lion’s Share!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! Love the artworks inside the restaurant. Really hope covid ends soon so I can dine inside because the ambience felt stunning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience as always with dianna. Had a great time with amazing drinks

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed. They should be removed, temporarily, until they re-open.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They still let me book with Open Table even though they were closed. Even their voicemail stated that they were still open.

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MichelleD
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed! How were we allowed to still make reservations if it's closed?!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here & we celebrated my boyfriend’s birthday. I’ve had my eye on this place for a while and they completely exceeded my expectations! Thank you for an amazing night!

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TimT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I believe it is under new management, everything has changed not for the better

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LyTaylor
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting and delicious food. They decorated the outdoor area to be very inviting. The service is friendly.

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AnaR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

This restaurant had a great ambience, despite having to sit outside. The heating lamps were appreciated. When asked for drink/food recommendations the waiter wasn't super helpful. The food was good, very flavorful, but heavy handed with the salt on all dishes. Left a little something to be desired as I could easily dress up a skirt steak too. Overall, decent service, cool vibes, food was good but ask for extra water. Probably won't go back but worth trying if you're looking for something different to try.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in San Diego. Been here 5+ times and still amazing food and drinks every time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-birthday dinner celebration for my sister.

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The Lion's Share offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 564-6924.

The Lion's Share is rated 4.7 stars by 859 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.