Connected to upscale Island Prime restaurant, C-Level is a more casual bistro and bar that arguably boasts the best views of downtown in the city. Perched over the water in the San Diego harbor, this surf-and-turfy resto's comfortable, rustic atmosphere of high wood beam ceilings and wall-to-wall windows could suck you in for hours. Better yet, kick back out on the covered deck for a leisurely meal and cocktail to enjoy the ocean breezes with a lively after-work crowd and out-of-towners devouring the view.
Locals' tips: Parking is free and easy in their private lot. Happy Hour is early from 3:30-5:30pm M-F but if you can make it, the price points (like $5 mussels and $5 cocktails) are worth it. They don't take reservations so expect to wait about 30 minutes for a table. Wait for outside seating. It's worth it. Thirty minutes will blow by if you hunker down at the bar, watch the boats pass by just a stones throw away, and give one of their appealing cocktails a try. The sangria and seasonal cocktails like the Flower & Cine will go down easy. And keep the albacore stack and lobster mac n' cheese on the radar for both lunch and dinner. Either meal here is a score. While you can't go wrong sitting out on the deck on a sunny, breezy afternoon, the view of the dramatic, lit up skyline at night cannot be missed. You won't want to take your eyes off of it so get a leg up on your friends and position yourself at the table accordingly. Bonus with the deck seating: outdoor fire pit and fireplace.
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