Written By: Lorenza Gil-Kabande
When I first walked into this dimly-lit restaurant, I could just feel the romantic vibes bouncing off the walls. This restaurant is beautifully decorated with several firepits, ceiling-to-floor glass doors, hanging lights, and a clear view of the San Diego Skyline. Located on Harbor Island, it is the perfect dinner spot after a day at the beach. Although it does give off a romantic vibe due to its ambient light, going with friends or your family still feels like a getaway.
Because of the fact that this is a go-to premium restaurant in San Diego and I went on a Friday, I was on the waitlist for some time. Personally, I didn’t mind because the waiting area consisted of a long firepit and I was able to order some drinks from the bar. In addition to that, the hostess was transparent about the wait-time and very friendly. Once I was seated, I was able to score a table on the outside patio while the sun was setting. Our server was quick to come to our table and delivered exceptional service. When ordering, he was attentive to our likes and made some great recommendations.
With an extensive menu filled with mouth-watering platters, it was definitely hard to choose what to have for dinner. I finally decided on first ordering the tableside guacamole for my appetizer. This choice consisted of witnessing a server custom-making the appetizer on a small cart right next to our table. Needless to say, it was delicious and the perfect start to my meal. For my main course, I ordered the “Mar y Tierra” which definitely exceeded my expectations. The black Angus Steak and the Maine Lobster were perfectly paired with some Chimichurri, Mexican Rice, Beans, and Tortillas. For dessert, we ordered the “Coconut Flan” to share because it was highly recommended by our server. While I am not a big fan of flan, this dessert was outstanding in taste and texture. It was the perfect end to our meal.
Coasterra is a one-of-a-kind experience in San Diego due to its extensive menu and modern-romantic vibe. I definitely recommend having dinner at this restaurant whether you’re celebrating or simply feel like having a great meal. Visit Open Table to reserve your table now!