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For 2
7:00 PM
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411 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
Craft and catch converge at Tidal, perched where land meets sea on the shores of Mission Bay. Tidal curates a thoughtful selection of local seafood and craft beverages that, like the ever changing tides, shift seasonally at Mother Nature’s whim. Keeping in even keel with the kitchen, the bar offers an impressive collection of boutique wine, San Diego craft beers and mixed drinks by cocktail craftsmen.

Set in what was a private beach house in the 60s, Tidal’s mid-century modern design draws from the era it was built by Hollywood producer Jack Skirball. A fire pit-dotted deck, communal tables, and cozy lounge beckon casual group gatherings and lively conversation — though the 180° views of Mission Bay might just leave you at a loss for words.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Seafood, Californian
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Hours of operation
4:00 - 6:00 PM Happy Hour Mon-Sun
4:00 - 9:00 PM Dinner (10:00 PM Fri & Sat)
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Sunday Brunch
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Phone number
(858) 490-6363
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andrew Reyes
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Private party facilities
Come together where land meets sea, and craft and catch converge. To host your holiday party, birthday, anniversary, corporate event, or other large or private party at Tidal, please contact us here:
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Cross street
Ingraham Street
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Parking details
Complimentary private lot
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 411 People Are Saying
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarvinH (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Outstanding restaurant. The service, the food and the ambiance was spot on. Will be dining here often. Especially when we have friends in from out of town.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food. Kitchen was a little backed up but we weren’t in a rush. Best chocolate cake ever! ! !

vipBerta (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

We had a wonderful meal in a quiet relaxed setting.

JuanO (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Waiter was amazing. Food was amazing. Atmosphere was amazing. Everything was amazing!

MaryJane (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Fabulous! A little pricey but the food was perfectly delicious and worth every penny. The waiter was fantastic! The atmosphere is amazing! We’ll be back for sure.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Overall very nice experience at Tidal. Portions were small but food quality very good. Reasonable wine prices. Good service and nice atmosphere. Will re-visit when it's warmer and will try to catch sunset.

vipATSatNYC (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Food and service were good but we also picked a cold night when no one else was there (low season) so getting attention was not a problem.
They also add a 4% fee to the bill as some stupid offset to a local increase in minimum wage. I thought that was unethical. Add it to your prices so people know how much they are spending - don’t slip it in on the tab at the end!!! Is this common in San Diego??

vipLoves2eat (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Delicious cuisine yet very pricey
Service was excellent

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Place and service were great! We went on Christmas Eve and it is surprisingly overpriced. We started with the appetizer which is okay then the entree threw everything off. Prime rib with mash and uncooked string beans were all bland my wife got the salmon instead of grouper with chick pea and sauce overpowered the fish. I feel really bad paying 230$ for this evening. Sorry not sorry I cook for a living Im not the greatest but you they couldve done better.

Ginbru (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Personally I would not recommend this place for food. Food was awful. First off I picked this place for the food but didn’t know there was a set menu for that day. My bad. We had the Christmas Dinner. For $70 a person I expected way better food. I had the tamale duck. Strange tasting. The only thing that was decent was prime ribs and mash potatoes. For Desert I had Orange chocolate chip cookie which was weird tasting. A grity strange tasting milk shake. Wasn’t really even a milkshake. Was not worth money or trip.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Early Christmas Eve dinner.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Amazing and delicious food. Friendly staff. The food was very good and everyone treated us with care and respect.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Food was prepared well, A little Pricey. Needs better drinks/Bar options. Great place to sit outside on the water. Dinner Room not a good place with a date.

lkallen (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

The patio is a beautiful place to enjoy a sunset with great cocktails and a creative menu

DCristof (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

Fantastic 50th birthday experience!

viplidi (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Fabulous food and service. Great atmosphere. Good food for your money. Hidden gem.

JerryRocks (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Unfortunately, my wife and kids really didn't enjoy the food here. The Chicken Confit was overcooked and dry. Entree Diver Scallops (2) can be a full entree. Mash potatoes were like glue (over processed not mashed). They sat all the families with kids on one end away from other patrons. Didn't enjoy our Thanksgiving dinner at all.

BobD (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for Thanksgiving since this used to be a great restaurant. We were wrong. This was one of the worst Thanksgiving meals we have ever experienced. The food was really awful. I couldn't eat it. Yet it was $70/person plus the wine pairing cost (with lousy wines). The personnel were great from the servers to the hostesses, but they were overshadowed by D+ cafeteria quality food that was truly awful. This was a Thanksgiving where I went home hungry!!

Andy (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Disappointing, expensive dinner. The flavors of the food didn’t taste good. Do not get the $40 bland tuna with mushrooms. You will never want to eat a mushroom again. We regretfully should have just gone to a taco shop, which we know is always good.

Service was so slow, we didn’t get our drinks until the food showed up.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on November 5, 2017

Our breakfast was ok, but the restaurant was super cute! We sat outside and you can’t beat the view!!