Coasterra, Point Loma

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SAN DIEGO | Coasterra is a ‘Modern Mexican’ restaurant on Harbor Island in Point Loma, and makes use of this location to provide diners with sweeping views of San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline. The $15 million, 28,000-square foot restaurant is part of the Cohn Restaurant Group and was an instant hit when it opened, due to the views, fit out and hype (the restaurant was almost 10 years in the making). Is the food any good though.

There’s a lot to like here, but the menu tends to play things safe, mixing some authentic Mexican dishes with things more familiar on Americanised Mexican menus. The food is all quite tasty, but modern Mexican isn’t exactly the right term for it. The chicken enchiladas are very tasty and come come with Oaxacan cheese, tomatillo-serrano salsa, pasilla chile adobo, mexican rice, and black beans. The tacos, of which there are a few, are also quite tasty, and the salads fresh and flavoursome.

The highlight for us is the Mar y Tierra – braised cedar river natural beef short rib, Maine lobster claw, lobster risotto cake, grilled asparagus, and Oaxacan mole. It’s decadently delicious, with the tender, flavoursome beef short rib matching perfectly with the rich mole bursting with hints of cumin, cinnamon and chocolate. If the beef rib isn’t quite what you’re up for, a lighter option that’s well worth trying is the Ahi Tuna Tostada, which contains garlic & sesame glazed yellow fin tuna, soy sauce, avocado, lemon agave slaw, Spanish peanuts, cilantro, and strips of crispy corn tortilla.

There’s a decent selection of mostly local craft beers on tap, and the cocktail list features an array of margaritas, agave-based cocktails, and assorted Mexican-inspired creations.

Places with views like this can often coast by with substandard food, but thankfully the food at Coasterra mostly matches the stunning views, and service is friendly and attentive. Is it worth the high prices that are being charged though for food that mostly plays things safe? That’s something for individual diners to decide.

Coasterra

880 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego
California 92101
United States

Telephone: 619 814 1300
E-mail: n/a
Website: https://www.cohnrestaurants.com/coasterra

Open
Mon – Sun: 11:30am to 2:30pm; 5:00am to 11:00pm

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