Free Parking and Delicious Food at C Level Lounge
“For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home.” -Simon Van Booy, Everything Beautiful Began After
As a girl who grew up in the Midwest and the East Coast, no place ever felt like home until I arrived here in San Diego. I started visiting back in 2009, and from that first vacation, San Diego has grabbed ahold of my heart and has made it feel like this is home. It’s a pure and spontaneous emotional attachment to a place that I had never experienced anywhere before.
Here’s why I LOVE San Diego: aside from a few months in the summer, we have amazing weather. We have beaches and mountains. We have the most AMAZING food of any city I’ve ever been to, and I consider myself to be really fortunate to be living in a place that brings out an inner peace and happiness like only this city does. So as you can imagine I’ve made it my mission to show off our city any chance I get. Whether I have two hours to play tour guide or a week, I take a lot of pride in showcasing a huge source of where my happiness comes from. A friend of a friend introduced me to Harbor Island around the beginning of this year, and it’s now become a permanent part of my city tour. Especially having lunch at C Level/Island Prime on a wonderful, sunny afternoon like my friend and I did.
We were able to sit outside with an absolutely breathtaking view of downtown San Diego, the harbor, the Coronado bridge, and much more. It’s hard not to smile from ear to ear when you see our city from that vantage point! So here are just a few reasons why C Level Lounge /Island Prime should not only be on your personal bucket list, but also why you should introduce others to this special spot.
If you’ve ever driven around the block a dozen times looking for a place to park, you’ll understand why the parking situation is a big perk in and of itself. Upon arrival we were thrilled to find a parking lot with free self parking before 5pm (and then you can valet for $7 after 5pm). But the biggest perk to arriving before 5pm is their Social Hour!!
They have a fantastic social hour with drink and food specials. Their Libations menu includes a few refreshing cocktails, sangria, and beer options. I took quite a liking to the fruity sangria. The Bites menu included in Social Hour features a variety of appetizers like Nut Crusted Brie, Coconut Shrimp, and Chicken Potstickers. My favorites are the brie and the shrimp! Whether you’re meeting friends for happy hour or making it the first stop on your night out, their social hour is a very affordable option.
By day the sun sparkles off the water and reflects off the high rise buildings downtown. Their spacious outdoor patio allows you to take in the scenery and maybe even be entertained by a sea lion or two. By night, the buildings downtown are colorfully lit and you can watch airplanes coming in to land at the airport. The panoramic view surrounding C Level is the perfect place to capture a skyline picture and some selfies. The view is truly spectacular!
But most importantly, let’s get back to the food! It’s worth mentioning here that C Level Lounge /Island Prime is part of a group called the Cohn Restaurant Group which also includes Indigo Grill, OB Warehouse, and Coasterra just to name a few. I’ve never had a meal I didn’t like, but you’ll quickly see by my food suggestions for C Level, that lobster is the way to go!! First, the Sherried Lobster Bisque. Their bisque is creamy, rich, and flavorful with pieces of lobster. It’s one of the best I’ve ever had. My next suggestion has to be the Lobster and Fontina BLT sandwich that comes with a side of the bisque. The picture truly speaks for itself, but this glorious sandwich is filled with lobster and cheese and BACON! And my last suggestion, you guessed it, includes lobster! Quite possibly the best option of all is the Lobster Truffle Mac’n’cheese! This gooey and cheesy baked pasta has big chunks of lobster throughout the piping hot ramekin. I’m salivating again just thinking about the lobster mac’n’cheese!
I’ve had the pleasure of taking several out of town friends to experience C Level/Island Prime and we’ve always had a ton of fun, delicious drinks, incredible food, and great service. But if that wasn’t enough to convince you to check it out, I’ll leave you with one more fun fact about C Level, they have the BEST Bloody Mary! It’s one thing to garnish a Bloody Mary with the typical olives, limes and celery, but they take it to a whole new level by adding a lobster claw and a huge shrimp! YES please!
VIP tip: if you sign up for their email club, you’ll get a free appetizer with a purchase of two entrees. Happy dining and leave a comment about what you already love about C Level/Island Prime, or what you can’t wait to check out!