Island Prime - San Diego
This spectacular showpiece of a restaurant caters to those who own boats or have access to them with its "dock and dine" program. But the main appeal of Island Prime is that it specializes in steaks, chops and seafood so fresh that you'll wonder how you ever survived before it.
Owned by Cohn Restaurant Group, the classic eatery offers a view that'll leave most diners speechless. Island Prime is literally built on stilts, and that advantage atop the San Diego Bay helps it overlook the city and Coronado.
That's certainly an ideal perch to nosh on starters like steamed local mussels, gigantic white prawns and oysters Rockefeller. The rest of the menu is pretty much of a breeze with prime artisan steaks and signature entrees like mustard-rubbed rack of lamb and a brown sugar-crusted, double-cut pork chop.