Lionfish – First Spoonful

Posted by | June 13, 2017 | Dining, Reviews | No Comments

Lionfish in San Diego, a partnership between Clique Hospitality Group and Andy Masi, is a place you will want to check out and visit often. The gorgeous dining room and bar are perfect settings for both dinner and happy hour with an eclectic menu. Handcrafted cocktails, small shareable plates, excellent entrée selections and thoughtfully prepared sides fill the menu.

You may indulge in caviar, the raw bar or a prime New York strip steak. What coastal California menu would be complete without fresh seafood selections? With a California twist on the preparations, Chef Jojo Ruiz has created unique dishes. Chef Ruiz is a homegrown San Diego chef, paying close attention to presentation and interesting flavor combinations to wow everyone. Expect to find locally caught sushi and sashimi and entrée fish dishes. The “on trend” use of seasonal ingredients is evident on the menu, so expect changes and surprises when you visit repeatedly. There are several vegetarian options to choose from on the small plates and sides menus. Gluten free items are indicated on the menu for those with a gluten concern.

Lionfish Packs a Huge Flavor Punch

Do try the Spicy Grilled Octopus and the Lamb Tartare! Both were excellent, perfectly pitched in spice and seasoning and beautifully plated. The New York Steak Tataki was packed with a huge flavor punch. The service team and management staff all work together seamlessly with confidence, care and courtesy, making for a truly enjoyable dining experience.

This lamb tartare was so good that the beets were just gilding the lily.

New York Steak Tataki – with sour, sweet, and salty notes, this hit all the right buttons for me.

Spicy Grilled Octopus. Tender, delicious and just the right hit of spice.

Recently opened in the Gaslamp District of San Diego, Lionfish is located in the Pendry Hotel at 435 Fifth Avenue. Reservations are suggested – call 619.738.7200