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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

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Huge disappointment. Service was non-existent. We waited a long time before we were even greeted then after placing orders waited an hour to receive our appetizers. We had to work to get our waiter over to order drinks for dinner.

Major letdown on a rare date night.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food is excellent with a fun and interesting atmosphere. This may be our favorite restaurant downtown. A little weird and quirky as you’ll see. My husband loves the Elk steak although on our last visit it wasnt as good as the previous time but, I’m sure it was a one time thing everything else we had was fabulous! Give it a try you won’t regret it.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The Lions Share is quite possibly the best dinner I've had in a long time. Everything was absolutely awesome. I had the rabbit sausage which was really good, the bison tartare which was awesome and the hanger steak which was spectacular. The chef was 100% spit on cooking my steak blue the way I ordered it. I also had cocktails that were off the menu and paired amazing with each course. My server Maria was absolutely amazing. She listened and made my experiences The Lions Share perfect. I will drive back to San Diego just to have dinner at the Lions Share.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 4, 2017

A wonderful find
Fascinating decor.A definite keeper.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Our waiter was fantastic and all the food was very good. We did think that the hare handpie was very small as a meal and for the price. It would be okay as an appetizer size. We enjoyed the cocktails and happy our hour choices. In fact the rabbit sausage was very good. The seating was not the most comfortable and our table of four was placed right in the entrance passage way so everyone who walked in had to pass right next to our table. We asked to be moved and they said they could not accommodate us although no one was seated in the other tables when we were there.

Tags: Tapas, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent food, decor, and service!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent food, service, but had other table to loud. Bad luck for me. But experience excellent

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

The boar bolognese was absolutely epic. Same with the pork belly. Loved the funky atmosphere as well. Highly recommend!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Brought our 17-yo daughter with us after an event, and she has asked when are we going back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great place. Only suggestion is to serve coffee and tea.

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Tags: Authentic, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Putine appetizer, house burger and Bolognese for mains: all EXCELLENT! Son of a Bee Sting is a great drink, as are most drinks they make.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Loved this restaurant, fantastic drinks and a menu that was unique and delicious.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Looking for a different dining experience we chose The Lion's Share..and were very impressed with the quality of food and drink.
The craft cocktails were delicious - try the cucumber gimlet for a refreshing sip.
for dinner our choices were:
Antelope sliders with truffle fries, Roasted Jidori Chicken, and the Wild Style Burger - ALL delicious and worth every calorie!
We ended with a shared chocolate dessert - which we referred to as "death by chocolate" - a dark chocolate fudgy layer topped with a light chocolate whipped cream - YUM!

Definitely worth the stop and bonus that it was just steps away from the Grand Hyatt - Manchester where we were staying!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great food and a great place. Great service and fun vibe.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Fun
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

I had dinner with my nephew and his girlfriend so we could participate in San Diego Restaurant Week and to celebrate my 40th birthday. The drinks were fantastic. The food was delicious. And the dessert was divine. My three courses were the Boar Sausage Poutine, Grilled Hanger Steak and the Bread Pudding for dessert. I wholeheartedly recommend all three--so deliciously satisfying. It made a perfect ending to my weekend. I plan on dining here again and/or meeting some friend for happy hour, since the drinks menu was fabulous.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Fun, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Can't say enough about this place, we love it and recommend it to everyone. The service is awesome and the food has great imagination and flavor. The drinks were so cool and delicious. A must try if you are looking for something different

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Music was too loud. Was seated in bar area and would have preferred a more quiet table.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2017

One of the best Restaurant Week meals we've had! Food was superb! Place is great too, small and rustic with really cool decor.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Always a good option. Cocktails and food never disappoint. I really recommend this place!! It's great!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I asked my husband to take me to The Lion's Share to celebrate my birthday. This was our second time dining there and it was even better than the first time. The menu is unique and the handcrafted cocktails are really good. They also have a drink created monthly where all the proceeds go to charity. Our server for the evening was Katie and she is exceptional. Thank you for making my special day even more special.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 22, 2017

One of my favorite places in San Diego. Always amazing and never disappoints on any level.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Hot Spot
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

We went to the Lion Share for our 19th Wedding Aniversary. They had champagne already for our toast and the service was Amazing! We both loved the food and cocktails. You could tell the quality of the food and people. Highly recommend the Lion Share, the Elk.Steak was amazing! I will be back soon I hope. Wat here before you die!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 28, 2017

We were on our way to a different location when we saw The Lion's Share and commented that it looked really nice. Our Uber driver said, "It's fantastic, and they serve dishes you don't find everywhere." I quickly found the menu and immediately cancelled our prior reservation. I'm still counting my lucky stars. We had incredible (read: superb) service that included helpful and friendly suggestions on the restaurant's menu and other favorite local places to go during our trip. We ate and drank slowly for 2 hours and enjoyed: wonderful mint cocktails, local beer, excellent wine, dishes including everything from tuna to an amazing meat/cheese board to foie gras to rabbit to antelope. Nothing disappointed, especially our server. This place is absolutely killing the game--pun intended.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Loud, but food is brilliant.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Great gem in the heart of San Diego. Just steps from the water.
Very original and interesting menu, definitely worth it. We will be back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Casual, Great Beer
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Birthday Celebration

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

FABULOUS. Very noisy but just great!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Excellent and unique food. Well made cocktails. Great, bustling atmosphere.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Great Beer
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Unique, delicious menu and the decor was like an adult Disneyland mixed with a safari-themed jazz club. Overall, I would give this place 5 stars!

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Amazing drinks and great ambiance. Did not like how they kick you out of the table because there is another reservation booked. Our party was not done ordering. We actually skipped dessert because they were only giving us 15 minutes to order, eat it and pay. Best to just get a spot at the bar so the staff can leave you alone.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Easily one of my best meals in the touristy part of San Diego

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Outstanding food and drinks! Some of the best craft cocktails in San Diego

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Get the sausage board...amazing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Dinner was great, every exotic dish I had was tastier then the last.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We are neighborhood regulars at Lion's Share. Service is always excellent thanks to Lauren, Josh, and Kayley. And they are always happy to accommodate our pesky requests for our meal (everything on the side, etc.). Meggan is a great hostess who tries to give us the table(s) we request! Great restaurant! Connie Madden

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Just dropped in on a recommendation. Claim to fame is the craft cocktails. So yes, they do have craft cocktails, but I am not necessarily a fan. The atmosphere was nice and the service was fine. However, I have been to craft cocktail establishments and this is just not as good in my opinion. If in the area, I may try it again to see if some of their other drinks were better but the ones that we had were just ok and not distinguishable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The ahi was fresh, the rabbit hand pie was delicious and the cocktails were phenomenal!

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Food was disappointing... Bland deviked eggs, pine nuts left off the cauliflower dish. Pork belly not tender at all and BBQ sauce tastes like it came from a bottle. Drinks great, art work on walls very cool

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2017

The food was not as good as for the price. And a lot of noise.

Tags: Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Great variety of game with an awesome atmosphere

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