The seaside harbor of Downtown San Diego has recently elevated their oceanfront dining with the opening of the long-anticipated dining area, The Brigantine’s Portside Pier.  

Opened on Tuesday, July 28th, the city of San Diego welcomed a new addition to the Portside Pier with a two-level, multi-restaurant waterfront venue. 5 years in the making, the new location is a reconstruction of Anthony’s Fish Grotto, whose 52-year lease expired back in 2016. The proposed $13 million, multi-level space would include high-end restaurants as well as public areas to enjoy views of the bay and Downtown San Diego. The location also features an impressive “dock-and-dine” component that allows sea vessels to pull up to the venue, as well as valet. 

The skilled architects modeled the massive structure after a fishing boat, with curved steel and zinc shingles on a barrel-shaped roof. Large 26-foot and 31-foot glass structure at either end that are meant to resemble fishing baskets with décor paying homage to San Diego’s seaside community.  

The stunningly designed Brigantine’s Portside Pier hosts four dining concepts including The Brigantine’s Portside Pier, Miguel’s Cocina, Ketch Grill & Taps, and Portside Coffee & Gelato. The area is open to public access hosting beautiful, panoramic views and viewing decks of the sunny San Diego Bay.  

City of San Diego Mayor, Kevin L. Faulconer, praised the project for bringing life and excitement back into San Diego’s restaurant and hospitality industry in a statement, “The opening of the Portside Pier not only delivers public access along the iconic Embarcadero, but will also help spark San Diego’s economic recovery amid a global pandemic.” 

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