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Zest Wine Bistro’s intimate and cozy interior is the perfect place for evening noshing and sipping. You’ll find a small menu featuring elaborate charcuterie boards, small plates and sweets. Our wine menu highlights premium wines not typically found by the glass, as well as lesser known labels from all over the world. An eclectic beer list showcases global markets, as well as local craft brews.
Well-known for our signature Clam Chowder, Grilled Swordfish, and Crème Brûlée, the Brigantine is a favorite among locals for consistently fresh seafood, succulent steaks and grilled meats.
With an updated nautical decor, the busy Oyster bar is hands-down the local favorite. Lush flowering foliage outdoors creates an elegant dining experience on one of two charming patios.
The La Mesa Brigantine serves dinner 7 nights a week, lunch Monday-Saturday, and brunch every Sunday.
Join us for our signature Happy Hour.
We offer hookah at our restaurant and per California law, no one under 21 can be seated during times that hookah is being served. Children are welcome on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Why Eat Ordinary?
when you can eat Extraordinary!
About reservations: We have a 15 minute grace period. Please call us if you are running later than 15 minutes after your reservation time.
We may contact you, so please ensure your email and phone number are up to date. Your table will be reserved for 1 hour 30 minutes for parties of up to 2; 2 hours for parties up to 4; 2 hours 30 minutes for parties of up to 6; and 3 hours for parties of 7+. We can't guarantee special request for tables.
Giardino offers an Italian-inspired menu of seasonally-driven dishes that use timeless Italian techniques and fresh ingredients. Guests will find items such as fresh seafood, pastas, pizzas and salads, as well as a variety of elements made in-house.
Experience the best brunch in San Diego! Join us from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm every Sunday for Prime Cut’s Lobster Brunch. Enjoy a picturesque mountain view, sample from our award-winning wine list, or sip on your favorite craft cocktail while you indulge in delectable creations by Chef de Cuisine Cheryl Cruz.
Lobster Brunch • Sunday • $59.95
Only guests over 21 years old may attend.
The spacious outdoor garden, cozy loft, and private dining areas are the perfect places to enjoy tequila and mezcal based cocktails, family celebrations, or brunch with friends.
Guests can watch the action of their favorite game on our 16 TVs located throughout the restaurant, including (10) 85” screens. Share some appetizers over drinks with your friends or order your favorite burger from our extensive food menu. The beverage menu boasts a seasonal craft cocktail menu, 16 draft beers from our showcase keg room, focusing on notable San Diego breweries, as well as two rotating taps that will pique your interest frequently.
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- USUSinghSeattle / Eastern Washington •6 reviews4.0Dined 2 days agoGreat place. We were in a bit of hurry as we had to go see a show. The server was very helpful in getting our meals expedited. Overall, good experience.More infoFarmer's Table - La Mesa$$$$• Farm-to-table• La Mesa•4.3
- TTrattoriaSan Diego •2 reviews5.0Dined 4 days agoIt’s lovely! ￼ Very enjoyable dining experience every time. Come here for the experience. The food is as good as it gets.￼(around here )🍾More infoAntica Trattoria$$$$• Contemporary Italian• La Mesa•4.7
- VVernon1 review5.0Dined 7 days agoGreat place for a date. Excellent food. Parking is plentiful. I come here at least once a month and have always had a great experience.More infoBanbu Sushi Bar & Grill$$$$• Seafood• La Mesa•4.6
- TBTracyBSan Diego •7 reviews5.0Dined on May 21, 2023Exceptional experience! Robert our waiter was a riot. He kept us laughing, offered menu suggestions and was very attentive to our needs. My friend really enjoyed her birthday dinner. I would highly recommend.More infoBlack Angus Steakhouse - El Cajon$$$$• Steakhouse• El Cajon / Lakeside•4.5
- OTOpenTable DinerSan Diego •1 review5.0Dined on Jan 1, 2023Servers were wonderful! They were very kind and patient with us because it was our first time dining here. Food was excellent, good portion sizes and quality for the price. Made the first day of 2023 very enjoyable.More infoBrigantine La Mesa$$$$• Seafood• La Mesa•4.7
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Discover East County
In the East County area of San Diego, you’ll spend your time hiking and exploring the beautiful Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Nature abounds here, and that includes the food. You’ll easily find American farm-to-table bistros with local wineries, French cuisine with cocktails, gastropubs equipped with on-site breweries, and a large beer selection. As the rugged outdoors is paramount, you’ll find many places with fresh meats as well as produce from local farmers. Besides the international cuisine offered, there is also an eclectic blend of hip restaurants offering contemporary takes on classic dishes. East County offers everything from local, family-owned restaurants to diners serving "western grub," all in the vicinity of the scenic and historical view of the San Diego backcountry.
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Frequently asked questions
The best reviewed restaurant in East County is Elicit
The best vegan restaurants in East County are Casa Gabriela, Baron Long Bar & Grill and Brigantine La Mesa
The best vegetarian restaurants in East County are Antica Trattoria, Casa Gabriela and Brigantine La Mesa
The restaurants with the best service in East County are Nicolosi’s Italian Restaurant - Santee, Elicit and Zest Wine Bistro
The restaurants with the best ambiance in East County are Elicit, Zest Wine Bistro and Prime Cut Steakhouse - Jamul Casino San Diego