Humphreys Restaurant in San Diego

Southern California’s Humphreys Restaurant on San Diego’s Shelter Island offers fresh seafood cuisine, gorgeous waterfront views and nightly performances.

Humphreys restaurant on Shelter Island is worth visiting for a truly authentic California experience. With beautiful ocean vistas, specialty cocktails, and great food, Humphreys combines the best contemporary SoCal cuisine. Enjoy live entertainment in an elegant atmosphere.

Its world-class culinary team uses skills and artistry to create exquisite menu selections that feature the freshest locally sourced seafood, steaks and produce.

interior view of dinning room with large windows looking at sailboats inside of Humphrey’s Restaurant in San Diego, California, USA

photo credit: Humphrey's Restaurant via Facebook

Fun Fact: After several name changes, the Restaurant became Humphreys in 1980, named after screen legend Humphrey Bogart.

At Humphreys, guests can choose to eat before or after each live performance in the Humphreys Concerts by the Bay. The Humphreys’ amphitheater is located between Humphreys Restaurant and Humphreys Half Moon Inn.

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Described as “a manmade wonderland of sub-tropical splendor,” both the Humphrey Half Moon Inn and Restaurant on Shelter Island are considered architectural feats. All buildings on the island are limited to a two-story height and are required to follow an island “Tiki” theme. The Harbor Department requires the Polynesian décor.

Photo Alert: Get your phones ready to snap some incredible insta-worthy pics with a bay setting so gorgeous your friends will think it's photoshopped!

Can you imagine yourself sipping a mojito, enjoying a crab club, watching a stunning sunset, and listening to great music? It’s all possible at Humphreys. For decades Humphreys has bridged the gap between San Diego culture and chic Southern California cuisine.

The fabulous dishes prepared with local ingredients alongside the sweeping marina views have landed Humphreys several awards, such as the Diners’ Choice Award in 2019, and the San Diego Restaurant Association’s Gold Medallion Award for Best Live Music Venue/Restaurant.

Fun Fact: Humphreys was featured in the movie Bring It On. Kirsten Dunst stars in the cult classic about a National Cheerleading Competition.

In addition to fine dining, Humphreys offers nightly concerts with an array of talented musicians. Guests can choose to eat before or after performances. Humphrey’s main dining room is a large multilevel room with 360-degree bay-side views so stunning you may think you stepped into a Fantasy Island Hawaiian vacation.

On top of the fantastic island décor, the eclectic menu with notes of sophistication and deliciousness may surprise you. Humphreys has an extensive wine list as well and has received the Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator for three consecutive years.

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Humphreys’ Menu Highlights

Humphreys was fortunate to have renowned chef Nicolas Bour for several years before recently hiring new executive chef Jason Gethin. Gethin has won Best New Restaurant honors from ZAGAT.

He is known not only for using fresh local ingredients for his SoCal recipes but also for adding artistic flair to traditional seafood-focused dishes.

Close up of a shrimp dish from Humphreys Restaurant in San Diego, California, USA

photo credit: Humphreys Restaurant via Facebook


Humphreys has your breakfast covered with classics like the Social Breakfast Burrito, the Crab and Tarter Hash Skillet (poached eggs, crab, mushrooms, peppers and hollandaise sauce), or the Chorizo and Egg Chilaquiles served with avocado cilantro and queso fresco.

If you're in the mood for something sweet try the French Toast, Yogurt Parfait, or Buttermilk Pancakes. For lively breakfast celebrations, add Humphrey’s Mimosa Special or Bloody Mary!

Fun Fact: Humphrey’s was voted #1 “Best Brunch in San Diego” by Yelp.


For lunch, try one of Humphreys' classic dishes: the SoCal Cobb Salad with grilled natural chicken, bacon, avocado and gorgonzola, the Tuna Niçoise, or the Lobster Bisque. Favorite Humphrey lunch specials also include the Macadamia Crusted Halibut and Baja Fish Tacos.

There’s also the Crab Cake Club or the California Burrito with marinated skirt steak.


If you’re in the mood for seafood for supper, try the delicious Sauteed Versasso Salmon or the Lobster Risotto. You could also try the Humphreys’ Short Ribs, the Niman Ranch Cheeseburger, or the Pan Seared Maine Scallops served with San Diego flair.

The Makers Mark Marinated Pork Chops, with bacon feta grits and apricot serrano Chile demi-glace is also a crowd-pleaser. Humphrey’s has plenty of vegetarian options, too, like the Wild Mushroom Pasta, the Truffle Mac and Cheese, or the Butternut Farrotto.

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Humphreys Concerts by the Bay

Nightlife, entertainment, and dancing, oh my! Humphrey’s has one of the best concert venues in San Diego. Since 1982, the 1,400-seat outdoor theater has presented major musical venues overlooking the beautiful San Diego Bay.

Wide shot of the concert area at Humphreys Restaurant on a sunny day in San Diego, California, USA

photo credit: Humphreys Restaurant via Facebook

Performances run from April through October, and attractions range from comedic numbers to blues, folk, rock, and jazz music.

Pro Tip: Humphreys does not allow food or beverages into the venue. Umbrellas, cameras and recording devices are also strictly prohibited.


All concerts have reserved seats except for the General Admission, standing only ticketed shows. Dinner packages and hotel packages are available for each show with reserved seats.

Purchase tickets online at as they are necessary for all ages, including infants and toddlers,

Dinner Packages

Enjoy dinner packages for $75 plus the price of the concert ticket (offering seats in rows one through seven). Guests can select dinner from Humphreys’ Dinner Package Menu. Be sure to make Reservations at least 24 hours in advance.

Fun Fact: Major acts performed at Humphreys include Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, The Beach Boys, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, The Temptations, and satirist-comedian Bill Maher.

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Hours of Operation

Humphrey’s Restaurant is open Monday through Sunday.

  • Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Directions and Parking

Take Interstate 5 (South) to Rosencrans exit. Head west on Rosencrans to Shelter Island Drive (about five miles). Turn left on Shelter Island Drive. Humphreys is on the right. Parking is available in the Humphreys’ lot for $20. Free public parking lots are located nearby on Shelter Island.

Fun Fact: Actor John Stamos is a fan of Humphreys. The celeb best known as Uncle Jesse in Full House frequents the Restaurant and hotel and has filmed numerous movie scenes on the property.

Watch Humphreys’ website for special events and promotions like “Tuesday Date-Night” for couples. To see the schedule of talented musicians performing nightly in the dining lounge, visit the Humphreys Backstage LIVE website.




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