Cold Plates at Lionfish Coastal Cuisine

Cold Plates at Lionfish Coastal Cuisine

Listen, there’s nothing wrong with a nice hot dinner, but sometimes you want to cool things down a little bit. That’s what sets Lionfish Coastal Cuisine apart from the rest– we can’t call ourselves a legit San Diego Seafood Restaurant if we don’t serve cold and hot plates. A simple fact of the matter is that while some like it hot, sometimes it’s better to be chill. And if you’re in a mixed group of friends, then it’s best that we have both options readily available. So let’s get into the cold plates and show you how “cool” it really is at Lionfish!

The Cold Plates

We put a unique twist on all of your favorites, and you’ll want to come back for more after sinking your teeth into our “Animal Style” Beef Tartare. Think of it as a little bit of In-N-Out, a little bit of Lionfish, but a lot like something you’ve never dreamed of eating before. Unlike other San Diego Seafood restaurants we dare to go where nobody else has gone before with our cold plates, and there’s plenty more where that came from! 


Big-eye Tuna Pizza – Truffle Mustard, Red Onions, Micro Shiso


Wagyu Beef Tataki – Mustard Seed, Scallion, Garlic Ponzu, Beef Fat Aioli


Lobster Carpaccio – Crispy Shallots, Sherry Ponzu, Brown Butter Aioli


“Animal Style” Beef Tartare – Crispy Potato, Shredded Iceberg, Caramelized Onion, Aged Gouda, Secret Sauce


Kampachi Crudo – Black Garlic Chip, Orange, Dashi Onions, Harissa, Baby Mizuna


Specialty “King” Salmon Sashimi – Chili Garlic, Bubu Arare, White Truffle Honey Ponzu, Market Truffle


Tajin Seared Albacore – Daikon Radish, Crispy Onions, Ponzu


Bad Bunny – Bester “Beluga” Caviar, Everything Spice Cream Cheese, Blinis


Cold plates aren’t your thing?

Well don’t worry! Our full menu boasts not only cold plates, but soups, vegetables & greens, hot plates, specialty nigiri flights, daily selectins of oysters, fresh catch (prepared and served right at your table, sushi, sashimi, speciality rolls, and for you land dwellers, a number of entrées that will keep your feet dry. So if you’re just looking for a steak and a salad, and you were dragged to a San Diego Seafood restaurant, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some of the best land entrées that will make you wonder if you started out as a steakhouse first– don’t believe us? Just try our 36 oz Prime Tomahawk Chop!


Well, what are you waiting for?


Some like it cold, and some like it hot. Maybe you like it raw like our oysters or sushi, or maybe you’re just looking for an excuse to order the duck. Whatever reasons you find yourself reserving a table at Lionfish Coastal Cuisine, we’ll be here waiting for you. We suggest fasting before your arrival though, because you’ll want to stick around for dessert!

About Lionfish

Lionfish is as social as the bustling neighborhood that surrounds it. Located in the Pendry San Diego in the city’s trendy Gaslamp Quarter sits Lionfish, the dynamic, design-driven hotspot on 5th Avenue that honors the essence of the city’s lifestyle. The restaurant offers modern coastal cuisine that features fresh-catch cooking and seasonal ingredients, all prepared with innovative twists. The menu, featuring both sustainable seafood and prime meats, toys with guest’s taste buds with its casual, yet complex offerings. The light, fresh appetizers are perfect for sharing. A private dining area is available for a more intimate experience. A lively, yet elegant environment within the two-level space, Lionfish is not only a culinary destination, but it’s also a home for hand-crafted cocktails, all of which are carefully prepared by high-end mixologists in the restaurant’s rambunctious bar.

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