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About Cohn Restaurant Group

For over 33 years, David and Lesley Cohn have brought San Diego dining to a new level.  Beginning with one small diner in 1981, Cohn Restaurant Group now owns and operates over 24 restaurants within Southern California and Maui.

David and Lesley pride their company on being family owned and operated, along with the help of their daughter Jessica, their son Jeremy and son-in law Mike.  The Cohn’s make it a priority to be involved in all aspects of their restaurants.  Their involvement is a direct reflection of the commitment they have to their Guests as well as to their Employees.  With over 1,000 Employees, David and Lesley strive to create a positive work environment for their dedicated team.  “Your Employee is your most important Guest.  Never treat an Employee with less respect than you would a Guest,” states David Cohn.

While each restaurant varies wildly in terms of food and design, they all share the Cohns' “obsession with hospitality.”  Their philosophy focuses on superior service and aesthetic comfort, providing a premiere dining experience for each Guest.

“People celebrate their lives in restaurants.  It is our job to create an experience worth remembering.” - David Cohn  

The quality and excellence of Cohn Restaurants has not gone unnoticed.  Many of their restaurants have earned recognition in the form of restaurant awards in the San Diego area.  Some of these awards include the San Diego Gold Medallion Awards, Gaslamp Quarter Association Lamplighter Awards, and other awards from local publications. David and Lesley have also been recognized for their strong community and industry support, including the Gaslamp Quarter Historic Association "Vision Award," the San Diego Press Club's "Entrepreneurs of the Year" Award, the San Diego City Schools for Exemplary Support and Commitment to Partnerships in Education and the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Market Place Ethics.


“Our aim is not simply to please our Guests, but to make them so happy that the last thing they say to themselves as they are leaving is ‘I cannot wait to come back.’” - Lesley Cohn