The Lion's Share

4.7
820 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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LyTaylor
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellently prepared! It was not only delicious but creative and beautiful on the plate. My husband has the duck and I had the bison strip loin. Both were juicy and cooked to perfection. The stuffed onions is a must try!!

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LauraA
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was the best part of this whole experience. She was a gem. We would come back just for her thoughtful level of service. The food was yummy. Drinks were good, price on point for downtown.

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GarnetJ
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and service I’ve ever had at a restaurant. Such lovely, personable, welcoming staff. Can’t wait to be back!

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Dani
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our host Diana was a pleasure to have serve us. We went in for Halloween and we loved the fact that they were celebrating Christmas. Definitely eased up our night in not thinking about the pandemic and to look forward to a happy new year. The food was amazing "PIG EARS, YAAASS!!". Definitely taking up the invitation for happy hour during the week. Speakeasy vibes all the way, the decor was to die for.

DG

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JaredS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best happy hour in San Diego. Food and drink selection is unique, tasty, and well priced. Highly recommend

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daredoe
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The menu was interesting and reasonably priced. The place had a good vibe and the artwork was amazing.

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SharonB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

COVID safe, great staff, amazing food. They made their outside space Lion's Share charming.

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DarrenH
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eclectic and small menu. Food was excellent both in presentation and taste.

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SophieL
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique food for Southern California, delicious flavors! we had the wild boar bolognese, duck confit and the hanger steak with duck fat mashed potatoes. Portions were perfectly sized and it was not heavy. very well done! Music was a bit loud to have a conversation at a normal voice level, decor is quite interesting, wall hangings make you pause, still not sure I got much of the meaning but made you look and wonder, a good thing for any art piece! highly recommend it!

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vipSDVol
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kind of hesitant to get the word out to loud but can’t help. This hands down is the best dining experience in San Diego. Josh and the rest of the really tight squad are always on top of their game. Creative craft cocktails and an inventive menu treats you the non status quo you get from the usual eateries.
Sit down , open your mind and palate and enjoy.

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RobA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good. I had the burger “wild” with egg and pigs ear - was very tasty.

They have a good set up for covid and the waitress was very friendly and attentive

We sat outside because the AC wasn’t the best; but got a chance to see the interior which is impressive and buy some of the posters

Everything was good but would be much better inside if we went back again

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VicS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great and the service was excellent

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MelissaC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great atmosphere. We visited during Quarantine and had a quiet, late meal in their cute outdoor space.

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Dortmunder
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Cant go wrong with anything on the menu. Always a Great culinary Experience at the Lions share.

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Jeanette
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience at the Lion’s Share! Such delicious food and great service. Really clean, covid safe, and the place has an amazing vibe - I would definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was great but loud sitting outside on the street. Servers don’t wear any kind of uniform so hard to tell who worked there.

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vipKevinK
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This place came highly recommend; maybe that is why I was incredibly disappointed at the conclusion of my meal. The food just did not live up to the menu.

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ChristaS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall1food2service5ambience5

I’ve been to this restaurant before and had wonderful experiences each time. Unfortunately, this time was not the same. The food was not well done and they didn’t even acknowledge that it was my boyfriend’s birthday when I put it in the notes. The drinks were excellent, though. Hopefully they can get back to their usual caliber when it comes to the food!

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red deer sliders are the best burgers I've ever had. If I were a vegan, these are what would end me. Everyone should eat these, there is no way any vegetable could taste this good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly/knowledgeable staff. The duck served two ways is the best!

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vipLuvyumfood
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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vipNinotchka
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

There was a mess-up in the reservation, possibly mine..... so I strongly prefer to eat outdoors. However, the distancing was well done.
I REALLY LIKE the new menu. Out dinner was delicious, and the cocktails are always delicious.
I am SOOOOO Happy you have been able to re-open!!!!!

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JimT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Conscientious service. Leisurely pace, more fine dining than casual dining. Not a vast menu though an interesting one. Exotic meats, interesting combinations. Decent wine list with something for the curious. The outdoor venue is rather whimsical, with prints of famous paintings with animated characters inserted. Cheeky without being kitsch, which actually is a good description of the restaurant.

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conniem
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lion's Share is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. During Covid they have done everything possible to serve their customers in the most safe and sanitary way. Kayley was our server and she is always exceptional, as are all of their servers. Dinner was delicious, as always.

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

Amazing all around. Servers were great, food was incredible, drinks were the best I've had in years. Loved everything.

KM
vipKevinM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, cocktails and service as always. Thoughtful transition to outside dining to retain as best possible the great ambiance.

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Stevefl112
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Menu is still interesting. We’re very happy that they reopened.

We’ll be visiting there soon again.

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BrittanyM
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent here! Even with COVID, they have managed to maintain their level of quality. You can't go wrong with this place as a date or special occasion venue.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome transition to outdoor dining. Food is still great and staff is still exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

❤️ awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

These guys are doing a great job adapting to the Covid pandemic while serving clients safely. Happy to see the tables spaced appropriately and staff wearing masks at all times. Food was wonderful, a very eclectic menu with some old faithful options for the less adventurous. My only complaint is that the service was a little slow. Took us about 2.5 hours to complete our meal service with the first course not coming out until we had already been seated for about an hour. The wait staff was super attentive. I think this was just construct of probably having reduced kitchen staff right now... would definitely not let this stop me from trying them again..: but would be wary if the food was slow to come out a second time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Despite the San Diego restrictions of only allowing outside dining experiences during these COVID-19 times, their set up along the outside sidewalk and street was surprisingly nice. We often dined here in the past pre covid and noticed the menu was limited but it did feature my favorites from their full menu. Service was good. Our cocktails were good. Burger and steak were prepared well. Portions were perfect and there was left on our plates!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was an awesome experience. “D” our server went above and beyond in making sure we had the best experience and really made our night. The best cocktails around and really one of the best experiences for the value. Made our whole trip! Thank you D! - J9 and Jon

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vipJunpuff
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food (especially if you’re a meat lover), cocktails and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had great cocktails and an amazing and unique meat and cheese board.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute perfection! From cocktails to desert, one of the best dining experiences I have ever had.

FAQs

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 820 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.