Portside Pier

San Diego, CA
The Brigantine
Full Architectural
In Design

For more than four decades, The Morton family has shared the finest in fresh seafood and classic (surf and turf) cuisine to locals and visitors alike, providing an inviting Southern California style experience for fine and casual dining throughout San Diego and surrounding communities.

The Brigantine’s newest opportunity, Portside Pier, at San Diego’s spectacular Embarcadero will renew the legendary waterfront dining experience and return the magical essence of water meeting land that innately draws people near to our stunning harbor. Our conceptual design of the Portside Pier restaurants will preserve and honor the diverse San Diego fishing heritage and highlight the rich local culture of fresh seafood combined with bountiful old world California style cuisine. The restoration of the docks below which will once again provide a tranquil mode of passage leading directly to Portside Pier on the embarcadero.

The exterior design of Portside Pier will add a new dynamic to the iconic waterfront and skyline. The buildings operable windows and doors of the new restaurant will allow the cool ocean breeze to flow through and the soft glow of fire pits and movement of the activity within to surge onto the North Embarcadero. The center arching element of building design symbolizes casting of a fisherman’s net into a wave that will capture [similar movement to capturing fish and bringing them to shore] the attention of those on the water and on the embarcadero. The restaurants are introduced by an abstraction of old world fish baskets into an elegant and modern expression that establishes the entrances to the different restaurant concepts.

Interior elements of Portside Pier will further emphasize a chic California expression of waterfront dining. At the “Topsail” deck situated above the Brigantine restaurant will provide a casual setting around fire pits and delivering magnificent views of downtown, San Diego Bay and newly completed County Park. The interior design of the Portside Pier will depict clean line ceilings that float above the dining area and the carved Teak wood walls with stained glass purposely inserted will represent modern expression of the restaurants long standing influence in San Diego. All this at the edge of a sparkling blue bay.