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About Ocean Pacific Grille
Ocean Pacific Grille is a casual restaurant that serves a variety of contemporary Filipino and Asian Fusion dishes. It specializes in seafood specialties and also offers an array of creative cocktails for guests to enjoy. The restaurant's spacious dining area features bright colors, modern décor and unique lighting. Ocean Pacific Grill is a great place to enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner with friends and family.
Begin the meal with an appetizer like pork belly buns, cauliflower and brussels sprouts, tocino toast with bone marrow or burrata. For the main course at Ocean Pacific Grille try a dish like smoked gouda mac and cheese, adobo ribs, shrimp palabok or New York strip steak. End the meal with a sweet dessert like ube donuts with yuzu sorbet or the halo-halo bar.
San Diego, California 92101
Seafood, Pacific Rim, Filipino
Hours of Operation:
Fri & Sat 4p-11p
Brunch - Sat & Sun 10a-1p
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Parking is available at Horton Plaza (2 blocks west of restaurant, 3hr validation at the mall), or Park it on Market, (2 blocks south of restaurant, $1/hour).
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We were in San Diego for a conference and we wanted to eat Filipino food in a nice restaurant. There are plenty of choices especially in National City but most are steam-table, casual places (what the Filipinos would call turo-turo). This restaurant was a class all its own and it's in the cool Gas Lamp District. Primarily, it makes Filipino food accessible to non-Filipinos. The food was very nicely plated. I had the crispy fish with the tamarind broth --- a take on sinigang. The fish (can't remember the name) was indeed crispy on the outside and moist inside. The broth, poured table side, is nicely tangy. The dish came with a melange of vegetables including bokchoy, radish, potatoes and long beans. My only complaint is that long beans, contrary to the current fad of semi-cooked vegetables, should be cooked until tender and infused with the flavor of the broth. The dish did not come with rice but not a problem, I stole my husband's bowl that came with his entree. My husband had the whole fried fish with a wine, tomato sauce. I liked this dish a lot, although some people might be turned off by food staring back at you. The sweet tomato sauce complimented the crispy-fried fish. I forgot, we also ordered the salt and pepper calamari appetizer with pickled peppers. The flavor is good but the calamari are a tad overcooked. For dessert, we had the 'halo-halo', which is really not quite like the real thing. The amount of effort to compose this dessert is obvious --- two kinds of mousse, rice crisp (not so crispy), fresh fruit compote (lots of knife work involved) and a sweet red bean, condensed milk ice pop. I think the rice crisp has to be quickly fried first so that it pops like popcorn. As is, it tasted raw. I appreciate the effort put in this dessert but the 'halo-halo' (mix-mix) spirit was lost as the components don't seem to go together. I would rather have sweet bananas and jackfruit in syrup than the fresh fruit. But still, I wish this restaurant well.
This is a very good Filipino/Asian fusion restaurant with a new take on traditional dishes. It lived up to its favorable reviews. We arrived for an early dinner to a partially filled restaurant. There is an adjacent bar where we enjoyed a well-made pre-dinner cocktail. One guest's Filipino mother regularly served home-cooked traditional Filipino meals. While not prepared in the authentic style, these dishes were quite delicious according to our guest, who said that he will return.
Reviews were good, so I tried it out when I was in San Diego for a meeting. Dining alone is never great, but they have a counter or bar at the kitchen which was very entertaining and I'd suggest that for someone dining alone. Other options would be the dining room or bar. I had seen Mahi on the menu--they were out, but had halibut which was excellent. Bit of an Asian influence, and tastes, but subtle--I found the food to be excellent. Service was attentive, not overbearing. Turned out to be an excellent choice and I would return. Check it out.
I was very satisfied with our prix-fixe menu food: papaya salad, braised short ribs, and the vanilla flan; clam chowder, seared mahi mahi, and chocolate dome. The vanilla flan was my absolute favorite! I also liked the Filipino flair tossed in here and there. I will definitely be back!
The sea bass, shrimp and Calamari were all very ordinary. I've never seen sea bass so thin and wasn't even sure if it really was. I will never eat there again and suggest others don't as well. I spent $400 for five people and for the quality of the food it should have cost $150
We were in San Diego on vacation and saw this pop up on Open Table. We were not disappointed. I had a whole fish which was deliciously prepared and the presentation was fantastic. They created a special meal for my 7 yr old. I would highly recommend this place for anyone -especially for the seafood.
My husband had the salmon with noodles which he liked very much. I ordered the $39 filet mignon and lobster tail. The steak, while cooked correctly, was not tender and it was strangely ropey - not like any filet I have had; mashed potatoes were runny.
The waitress and manager were professional and responsive, and gave me another steak and fresh potatoes and broccolini, but it was marginally better. Looks as if the restaurant should reconsider the quality of meet they are buying.
Dined here for the first time to meet with a friend from out of town. Ordered multiple starters to share like tapas style. We enjoyed everything we ordered especially the tocino toast and bone marrow. Our table was also personally approached by Chef Charles, and he was pleasant to conversate with for a few. We got a corner booth/table as I requested and were seated within minutes when we arrived. Will definitely come back to try more items on the menu as well as bring visitors from out of town to experience dining here! Thanks Chef Charles & Ocean Pacific Grille for an awesome experience.
The chef created each dish with detail and genuine flavors. Tocino toast is ingenious and a delight as an appetizer. The Seabass was perfectly cooked and generous in portion. Well worth the price! It was our second time back and we brought our kids! A bit pricey if you add them, but tonight was treat for the entire family!
This restaurant was one of the worst we've been to in the Gaslamp. The place had to be 80 deg. on a 60 deg. evening. Uncomfortable to say in the least. We were sat next to a table of 2 adults and 6 kids - they ran around the table all night yelling & screaming and the parents ignored them! The appetizers were burnt - the octopus black and charred! My husband's chicken entree had to have been frozen & microwaved! It was inedible. Our friend ordered the swordfish - same thing! I swear they had them frozen and just tossed them into the microwave & hit "high". When we complained to our waitress, her response was, "oh sorry" as she laid down our check! We will never return! Ughhhh!
My friends and I came here for the first time on a Sunday to try the Filipino fusion food. We were offered the limited Sunday brunch menu. It was obviously not the menu I had read about but we made the best of it. Six of us tried 4 different menu items. They were all decent meals, however, it was not any different than what you would get at a standard Filipino restaurant, fried rice, egg, spam, lechon (fried pork belly).
Service was friendly but slow. The place was not even busy (3-4 tables) but it took some flagging down and patience to get out water refilled and to get the check.
Overall, if you're curious, visit the place and try for yourself. It's not bad but nothing special.
For me, I will not return.
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