2150 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA | Directions 9210132.724160 -117.213039
Neighborhoods: Western San Diego
Great Place – I never realized that this place had more than just a great view, they have a GREAT Sunday Brunch.
I have never seen so many crab legs, shrimp and other delicious seafood delights, including a variety of ceviches to choose from.
Of course they have the mandatory carving station with prime rib, and about 40 other items to choose from.
So why did I only give it 4 stars? Well, honestly, although the crab and shrimp were an amazing sight, I wasn't overly impressed with the size/quality of the crab (plus I really prefer my crab and shrimp hot). Otherwise, you have to give this place a try.
Prom-date-a-go-go – I'm a bit a fanatic when it comes to picking restaurants in cities I visit. I scour reviews, menus, locations, talk to people who look like diners, etc. I'm good at tracking down the places that offer food prepared carefully and with the freshest ingredients. I immediately skip anyplace that rotates, is in any, but the best hotels, or that touts "it's breathtaking view". These will be dogs, and the Lighthouse confirmed this philosophy. I was taken here by locals as part of a project kickoff. I expected mediocrity and wasn't disappointed
Dacor - tired, overly themed, dirty
Food - Typical "indulge yourself on this special occasion" fare. Seafood all appeared to be previously frozen, meat was of avg. quality. Cooking skills and presentation were appropriate for a Rotary meeting. Odd ingredients mixed together amateurishly: "Grilled swordfish with mango sauce, served with sun dried tomato rice". Think "fancy" hotel food circa 1978.
Service - mediocre, moderately disinterested, uninformed about wine/food
Overall grade - D+ to C-
Unless you are 17 and on your way to prom you are unlikely to be impressed unless you dine out only very occasionally and must have the view this restaurant affords.
Champaign Brunch BEWARE!!! – This restaurant has long been one of my favorites, my husband proposed to me at this restaurant! HOWEVER, on Jan. 28, 2007, we went to the Champaign Brunch, I was drinking my Champaign when my husband stopped me very suddenly there was a good size piece of the glass Champaign bottle in the bottom of my glass. Had my husband not stopped me I could have been badly hurt by this. When we called the Manager over to alert her to what happened she felt bad and said they would do something about it and they would contact me later that week. They NEVER contacted me not even to say they were sorry or anything. They have been incredibly rude every time I have called. ALL I CAN SAY IS BEWARE!!!!
Fancy, yet snobby – This restaurant has incredible views; but only if you are seated near one of their large windows. The place usually consists of college-student waiters and over-the-hill crotchety old couples, with interesting results. A bit overpriced for the quality, the views are the main attraction. The main dining area is upstairs, with the downstairs patio and other rooms reserved for private parties. The bar upstairs is dark and inviting and I've had some nice experiences there. Since living in LA, I've gained perspective that I didn't have at the time and realize that this place just can't hold a candle to places up here. But for San Diego, this is a fancy restaurant on the peninsula near the airport.
Harbor Island institution in fine dining with a view endures as a destination for both special occasion and every day celebrations. – In Short
Perched on the tip of harbor Island, this 35 year-old establishment in the old lighthouse building boasts some of the best east-facing views of the downtown skyline in San Diego. Both the booths along the large picture windows and those elevated along the back wall offer diners a view as they chow on classic steaks and seafood dishes. Service is a career for the staff here, and many have been on board for over a decade.
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