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Elicit

4.3
4.3
254 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
With live DJs, attentive and skilled service, and the best homemade artisanal cocktails, Elicit Bar & Lounge is the ultimate cocktail lounge ideal for a night out on the town. Here you’ll find cocktails that are works of art, craft beers, and aromatic wines that play to your palette.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 659-3372

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Dave Underwood

  • Private party facilities

    Host your special events at Elicit Bar & Lounge with our private event offerings. Both full and partial venue buy outs are available depending on the size of your party and the amount of privacy that you’re looking for. Enjoy our indoor/outdoor space, which is versatile enough to accommodate just about any kind of get-together. Whether you’re looking for a meeting space or a space for a bachelorette or bachelor party, a wedding reception, a family reunion, or any other special event, we can provide you with an ideal venue. The ideal venue for every occasion, including: Corporate | Social | Rehearsal Dinners | Graduations | Wedding Receptions | Birthday Celebrations | Golf Tournament Receptions | Holiday | Bourbon + Steak Tastings | Presentation Dinners VENUE FEATURES Sq Footage 4,351 AV Capabilities Full Service Bar Indoor / Outdoor Spaces Versatile Group Menus On-Site Transportation Services Available Contact us at groupsales@elicitlounge.com or call us at 619.569.0446

  • Neighborhood

    El Cajon / Lakeside

  • Cross street

    Dehesa & Sycuan Road

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Self Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 254 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East County

    Best Overall

  • East County

    Best Food

  • East County

    Best Ambiance

  • East County

    Best Value

  • East County

    Fit for Foodies

  • East County

    Outdoor Dining

  • East County

    Romantic

  • East County

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. a

    aracelih

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food3service3ambience2
    My husband and I have been waiting to go for a real long time. Finally got to go on his birthday. We made reservations about 3 weeks in advance ti make sure we didn't miss on our stay at Sycuan. When we got there I thought tables were too low for soup maybe for sushi it wouldn't matter. They asked if we had reservations. She sat us down it did have a lounge feel to it. We order the shrimp tampura(was so damn good) and 2 drinks. She came back to take our dinner order. As I ordered Miso Ramen she tells me they dont have any items from that section soup noodles rice. My husband was disappointed becsuse he wanted pork roast yakisoba. So we decided to pay and go eat ellewhere. Waitress did apologize and brought my husband a cheesecake for his bday. Just 3 items was over 60. Wish they would of told us before we sat down or ordered. Honestly dont think we will go back.
  2. RS

    RexS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    Sushi and drinks were excellent!! Service was horrible.
  3. F

    Fontana2022

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    $25 /each person, for all you can eat sushi, good price, nice restaurant.

    ElicitResponded 7 days agoThank you for taking time to visit our establishment! We look forward to having you again in the future.

  4. EO

    EveO

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    The sushi is terrible. No flavor whatsoever. No give soy sauce, ginger or wasabi unless asked for. The quality and flavor were awful and the wait for each roll was long. Do not eat here.
  5. Z

    Zayra

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We were seated out in the patio area and being neglected by the waitress. We ordered our food and one and 1/2 hours later we still had nothing only our drinks. The kitchen was backed up and I feel there was not enough staff to fulfill the restaurants needs. We canceled our orders after waiting for 90 minutes! No acknowledgment and still charged for our drink.
  6. CB

    CaroleB

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The menu was limited to sushi only, which was good, but disappointing that some of the other dishes weren’t available. Still a good meal.

    ElicitResponded on June 11, 2022Thank you for coming into Elicit and appreciate the feedback. We appreciate your business, sorry that the menu was not fully available at the time you came in. We look forward to having you in the near future.

  7. G

    Gogs

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Celebrated our son's 21st bday here. It happened to be "all you can eat" Thursday though wasn't a great deal since it was so hard to get the sushi rolls coming. Got the Korean wings, not cooked-red inside. My husband didn't even get his order. They didn't have Ketel for my cocktail. On the loud side to have conversation. Nice ambience and friendly servers when you could get them to your table.

    ElicitResponded on June 3, 2022Thank you for choosing Elicit to celebrate your sons 21st bday. Sorry to hear that the experience wasn't up to par. We appreciate your feedback. Next time we will have Ketel! If there is anything we can do to make your experience better next time please let me know. Thanks!

  8. AG

    AnitaG

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We've been here before but it was our first time trying the all you can eat sushi for $25. It was very disappointing to say the least. We basically paid for rice rolls... there were slivers of fish and barely any crab in every roll we ordered except for the protein roll. I would rather spend the $$ and get real sushi. Would definitely not do the all you can eat sushi again.
  9. CM

    CarolynM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding place! The staff were all very hospitable. The food were excellent!
  10. MH

    MarkH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great time & food with family. Our host was Tommy and she was fantastic, we went for the great food and to help my Son work his social anxiety. We encourage our son to ask Tommy questions to help him break thru his anxieties. I am sure she was taken back at 1st, but she kept her professionalism and friendly demeanor. I approached her to let her know why she was being asked random questions and she was accepting and very understanding. Our time, food & experience was make 10x better thanks to our wonderful host (Tommy). I wish her all the best in life and God bless her!!!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great except where the part that one of our dishes got sent to another table, never got a replacement and was added on the bill but in the end we corrected the bill and got it canceled out.

    ElicitResponded on May 16, 2022Thank you for visiting Elicit. Sorry to hear about the inconvenience, but glad everything was figured out. We look forward to having you in the future and will make your next experience exceptional!

  12. LS

    LarryS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Host was awesome - we were worried about sitting outside to cold - but he recommended it - turns out the warm breeze and then cooled down perfectly for a great night...

    ElicitResponded on May 13, 2022Thank you for joining us at Elicit. The outside is an amazing spot to enjoy some dinner and drinks, glad you enjoyed the experience. Look forward to seeing you in the future!

  13. K

    Kittink

    San Diego

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    You can't beat the $1.00 oysters on Sunday! Everything else I'd dood, too. Services was a bit slow and they weren't real busy.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Worst service ever. 1st time ever leaving 0 for a tip.
  15. CY

    CYC8

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved that you can eat inside or outside.....this place actually captured our attention when our husband's saw they had Oysters....also loved the beautiful cocktails and trying Elicit Food Menu was delicious and beautiful presentation....

    ElicitResponded on May 1, 2022Thank you so much for visiting! We appreciate your words, and are very happy to have made your experience amazing. We look forward to seeing you in the future.

  16. d

    devonc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I believe our server was Trinity (tall with long hair.) Service was amazing and food was great. We will return
  17. C

    Cherry

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    We waited way too long for all of the attendees to receive their food. Waiting to receive food after watching everyone else eat and then your food is served cold. I just have no more words.
  18. JR

    JamesR

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Sat outside today, they were quick to bring a heater over when it got cold. Food service was better than the past, accurate and timely; of note they weren't as crowded tonight. It seemed like their were fewer sushi roll options this time. Excellent value, I alone ate the value in sushi of our check (all you can eat sushi night)
  19. ME

    MelissaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sushi is so fresh and ambiance is nice for lounging.
  20. s

    st510

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Appreciated being sat a a nicer table when we politely asked! Great ambiance and service.
  21. AR

    AmirR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Rushed service. Charged twice. Was basically ignored the whole time I sat there with my glass empty and not refilled.
  22. MO

    MollyO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The sushi was delicious but the service was a little bit slow I would still definitely tell my friends to come we enjoyed the selection but would have appreciated a few more choices maybe some sashimi or a few more hand roll choices and would have liked for the server to have removed our empty platters from the table but overall it was a pleasant experience
  23. MR

    MariaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice birthday dinner! great service and tasty food
  24. DV

    DianaV

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and amazing sushi !!!! Also great view !!!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Service sucked
  26. MR

    MRMRMR

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    I think they have a new sushi chef and maybe new kitchen staff altogether? Way too much rice, the rock shrimp hand rolls had several layers of soy paper, about 3 pieces of small rock shrimp and tons of rice. The soy paper was stale as well. This used to be so good with the previous staff when they first opened. All other rolls were underwhelming as well as it was packed with rice with tiny pieces of fish. What happened to the previous kitchen crew and chef?! The service on the other hand was FANTASTIC!! We had a group of 10 and were attended to constantly, never had to flag a server down. Excellent service, 10 stars for speed of service and quality of service!!
  27. R

    Rick

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent atmosphere, good food at reasonable prices.
  28. YC

    YolandaC

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is always great, fast and friendly. We come here for all you can eat sushi on Thursday nights, and we are satisfied with the food. The selection is limited but they are well made and tasty.
  29. AT

    AntoninoT

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fast service and fantastic food. Will definitely be coming back!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fun place at Sycuan! Food and drinks were great! We sat at a couch booth and it was such a memorable time! $1 oysters on Sunday and they were absolutely amazingly delicious!!
  31. HH

    HeidiH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had a terrific dinner in nice a lounge seats near the fireplace. The edamame was especially good as was my vegan sushi. Can’t wait to return!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    Our fist visit was so good we had to come back. The manager during the first visit was dry professional, knew the menu, was ultra friendly, and his suggestions for both food and drinks were exceptional. We got his name after describing him to the hostess who told us it was Damien. This last visit wasn’t so good, I’ll say the hostess and server were nice but we shouldn’t have had to sit near the, “complaint zone.” The tamale manager kept rattling on negatively about staff, her being underpaid and how she felt like she’s being set up to fail. Anyone so unhappy at work should find a different job. Nice place, nice food, however that lady manager sets a bad tone for her employees.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience inside Sycuan casino and resort. Although food and service were great, they’re no longer serving pho from the list of menu they have that day.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Anniversary weekend started with dinner at Elicit. We were seated near the fire in a cozy space with a romantic vibe. The service was on point. The miso soup was delicious with a great depth of flavor. We’d love to come back when they have live music for a little added fun to a really wonderful dinner.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eduardo and Trinity enhanced my experience immensely. Thank you, Elicit!!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    I guess I expected a lot from this place, was pretty disappointed. I don’t want to be mean but rather honest. We got there, ordered some drinks and oysters because we weren’t ready to order sushi yet. We then got our drinks and ordered 3 sushi rolls. (Still waiting on our oysters) about 30 minutes in, we received our first roll, 5 minutes after, our oysters. I was just very frustrated because like why did the oysters take forever but anyways… the sushi was not that great, the only good roll was the singing one. Alright so besides that, the seating/setup here is not that good. It was uncomfortable to eat and just reaching back and forth was a pain. Our waiter was great!! I forgot her name but she was awesome! The chefs need to move it up a notch because yeah. That is all, hope next time we come here, it’s better!
  37. VL

    VeronicaL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the atmospere. Everyone was very nice and catering. Didn't take long for food to come out. I definitely going back and recommending.
  38. VI

    VIcM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Sushi was horrible. Service was horrible . We were sat down and no one came by for over 15 min
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband’s birthday. I love their Sushi and the Ramen. Perfect for our taste. Service is great! Staffs are friendly, polite, courteous and quick. The only dish that we didn’t enjoy is Pho, it doesn’t taste like Pho. It taste just like Ramen too, the only difference is the vegetables.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Was told that we needed to check out the best deal at the casino - $1 oysters on Sunday. The casino was empty as were the meal outlets so we had no problem getting a reservation online however when we got to this outlet we were greeted very coldly by who we later discovered was the outlet manager. She lead us to our table without saying a word. We sat for a few minutes before even being handed a menu, not the greatest start. We ordered a couple of drinks and waited for a while as the bartender, our server and the manager chatted, laughed and told stories. Oysters were small but fresh and tasty, Yakisoba was very good and sushi was below average. Highlight of our visit was our busser, hard working and professional. When at Sycuan, chose, Bull and Bourbon or View Point where the managers care about the outlet and service and skip this place until the current wannabe manager moves on.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Elicit is rated 4.3 stars by 254 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Elicit

5469 Casino Way El Cajon, CA 92019

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Dehesa & Sycuan Road

  • Neighborhood

    El Cajon / Lakeside

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Self Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dave Underwood

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 659-3372

  • Private party facilities

    Host your special events at Elicit Bar & Lounge with our private event offerings. Both full and partial venue buy outs are available depending on the size of your party and the amount of privacy that you’re looking for. Enjoy our indoor/outdoor space, which is versatile enough to accommodate just about any kind of get-together. Whether you’re looking for a meeting space or a space for a bachelorette or bachelor party, a wedding reception, a family reunion, or any other special event, we can provide you with an ideal venue. The ideal venue for every occasion, including: Corporate | Social | Rehearsal Dinners | Graduations | Wedding Receptions | Birthday Celebrations | Golf Tournament Receptions | Holiday | Bourbon + Steak Tastings | Presentation Dinners VENUE FEATURES Sq Footage 4,351 AV Capabilities Full Service Bar Indoor / Outdoor Spaces Versatile Group Menus On-Site Transportation Services Available Contact us at groupsales@elicitlounge.com or call us at 619.569.0446

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