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Where to Eat Seafood in San Diego

Everything from fried shrimp plates to fish tacos

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San Diego’s proximity to the ocean gives diners a bounty of seafood-centric options all across the county. From fried plates and sandwiches to soul food-inspired offerings, there’s no lack of restaurants to choose from. And despite the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these restaurants offer outdoor eating options, a few with seaside views, while following social distancing guidelines. When in doubt, these places also offer takeout and sometimes delivery. If sushi’s your seafood of choice, check out our dedicated sushi bar map.

Disclaimer: This map should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still COVID-19 safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the California Department of Health. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Fish 101

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The Encinitas and Leucadia locations of Fish 101 are known for their fish tacos, considered among the best in the county by some residents. While the pandemic has caused the restaurant to offer a limited menu, there are still enough options to satisfy those seafood cravings. Orders are only being accepted via phone or online.

Fish ‘n chips and poke
Fish 101

Supernatural Sandwiches

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This former farmers market vendor made a splash on the local scene with its seafood sandwiches and it continues the trend at its Miramar and Little Italy locations. Named after mythical creatures, most sandwiches are infused with Asian-flavors like the Nessie, a miso-glazed fish of the day, or Chimera, a Korean BBQ steak and shrimp grilled cheese.

Nessie sandwich
Supernatural Sandwiches

El Pescador Fish Market

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La Jolla’s El Pescador Fish Market doubles as a fishmonger and sit down restaurant, though lately dining on the premises is regulated to the patio. Choose from menu favorites like the sashimi plate, ahi poke, clam chowder and a variety of char-grilled seafoods. Don’t forget to also check out the market specialty items you can cook at home.

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El Pascado Fish Market

Mr. Fish & Chips

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While the pandemic has put a stop to indoor dining, locals in the Clairemont area still line up at this mom-and-pop shop for fresh fish and chips. Huge pieces of cod get the tempura treatment and come served with coleslaw and thick-cut fries. Two kinds of shrimp, jumbo and popcorn, are also worth a taste.

Fish & Chips

The Fishery

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Long a go-to for seafood aficionados in San Diego, Pacific Beach’s The Fishery focuses on fresh, sustainably caught and in-season seafood both in its restaurant and market. Items available to-go include hot starters like miso-glazed cod or entrèes such as the Maine diver scallops. Reservations for its outdoor dining space is recommended.

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The Fishery

Surf & Soul Spot

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Seafood takes a soulful turn at this College Area restaurant. Classic baskets with your choice of fried catfish, shrimp or non-seafood options like chicken wings, come with crisp fries, garlic toast, hot sauce and housemade tartar sauce. The real star is the blackened shrimp and crab roll that’ll bring you back for more. Place orders by calling the restaurant.

Shrimp and crab roll
Darlene Alilain-Horn

Fish Pit

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Showcasing line-caught, sustainable fish, Fish Pit’s varied menu draws from a variety of cuisine types. On the menu, spicy tuna pops sit alongside a variety of pokes, tacos, sushi, fried rice and salads—all featuring seafood as the main ingredient. Call ahead for delivery and takeout.

The Fish Pit

It's Raw Poke Shop

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This nondescript, small shop just off Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach has a limited but targeted menu featuring poke, made fresh daily. This poke is “island-style,” meaning there aren’t any bells and whistles like avocado, fried onions or foie gras—just marinated raw fish and sushi rice. Social distancing of its patio dining is strictly enforced.

Chef John's Fish & Chips

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Lemon Grove is home to some of the best fish ‘n’ chips in the county. Their tempura-dipped seafood is made fresh-to-order, meaning ordering ahead especially in the era of COVID-19 is a necessity. Don’t miss out on other menu items like hush puppies, fried clam strips, scallops and oysters.

Pete’s Seafood and Sandwich

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Come to North Park for East Coast-style seafood. The extensive menu covers all the bases including clam chowder and lobster rolls to the whole range of fried seafoods such as fish, lobster, shrimp, oysters and even Ipswich clams. Delivery and takeout is available as well as outdoor seating.

Fried shrimp sandwich
Pete’s Seafood

Mitch's Seafood

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You’ll get fresh-caught sustainable seafood as well as fresh ocean air at this harborside restaurant. If fried seafood is your thing, order the mixed seafood platter for your fill of crab cakes, fried shrimp and fish, housecut fries and slaw. The grilled octopus is also good as well as the crab poutine. Lines can get long during the lunch and dinner hours so call ahead to order if you prefer not to wait.

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Point Loma Seafoods

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It’ll be hard to miss the chartered fishing boats in view of the restaurant’s entrance but that means you’ve come to the right spot. Along with cases full of ready-to-cook seafood, queue up to the counter and place your order for sushi, shrimp cocktails, seafood sandwiches and fried plates. There’s plenty of outdoor dining and the restaurant also has a dedicated parking lot.

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Ironside Fish & Oyster

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Little Italy’s dedicated seafood restaurant is currently open for dine-in service on its sidewalk patio on a first come, first serve basis, with happy hour offered from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Its takeout menu features classics like the lobster roll, crab cake and clam chowder as well as raw oysters and fish dishes based on fresh catch from the nearby Tuna Harbor Dockside Market.

TJ Oyster Bar

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Baja-style seafood is the word at TJ Oyster Bar and there are three locations to choose from in the South Bay including two on Bonita Road. Come for raw seafood cocktails, smoked tuna tacos, fried fish tacos and more. Delivery and takeout is available.

TJ Oyster Bar

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Fish 101

Fish ‘n chips and poke
Fish 101

The Encinitas and Leucadia locations of Fish 101 are known for their fish tacos, considered among the best in the county by some residents. While the pandemic has caused the restaurant to offer a limited menu, there are still enough options to satisfy those seafood cravings. Orders are only being accepted via phone or online.

Fish ‘n chips and poke
Fish 101

Supernatural Sandwiches

Nessie sandwich
Supernatural Sandwiches

This former farmers market vendor made a splash on the local scene with its seafood sandwiches and it continues the trend at its Miramar and Little Italy locations. Named after mythical creatures, most sandwiches are infused with Asian-flavors like the Nessie, a miso-glazed fish of the day, or Chimera, a Korean BBQ steak and shrimp grilled cheese.

Nessie sandwich
Supernatural Sandwiches

El Pescador Fish Market

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El Pascado Fish Market

La Jolla’s El Pescador Fish Market doubles as a fishmonger and sit down restaurant, though lately dining on the premises is regulated to the patio. Choose from menu favorites like the sashimi plate, ahi poke, clam chowder and a variety of char-grilled seafoods. Don’t forget to also check out the market specialty items you can cook at home.

Fish case
El Pascado Fish Market

Mr. Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips

While the pandemic has put a stop to indoor dining, locals in the Clairemont area still line up at this mom-and-pop shop for fresh fish and chips. Huge pieces of cod get the tempura treatment and come served with coleslaw and thick-cut fries. Two kinds of shrimp, jumbo and popcorn, are also worth a taste.

Fish & Chips

The Fishery

Cold appetizers
The Fishery

Long a go-to for seafood aficionados in San Diego, Pacific Beach’s The Fishery focuses on fresh, sustainably caught and in-season seafood both in its restaurant and market. Items available to-go include hot starters like miso-glazed cod or entrèes such as the Maine diver scallops. Reservations for its outdoor dining space is recommended.

Cold appetizers
The Fishery

Surf & Soul Spot

Shrimp and crab roll
Darlene Alilain-Horn

Seafood takes a soulful turn at this College Area restaurant. Classic baskets with your choice of fried catfish, shrimp or non-seafood options like chicken wings, come with crisp fries, garlic toast, hot sauce and housemade tartar sauce. The real star is the blackened shrimp and crab roll that’ll bring you back for more. Place orders by calling the restaurant.

Shrimp and crab roll
Darlene Alilain-Horn

Fish Pit

The Fish Pit

Showcasing line-caught, sustainable fish, Fish Pit’s varied menu draws from a variety of cuisine types. On the menu, spicy tuna pops sit alongside a variety of pokes, tacos, sushi, fried rice and salads—all featuring seafood as the main ingredient. Call ahead for delivery and takeout.

The Fish Pit

It's Raw Poke Shop

This nondescript, small shop just off Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach has a limited but targeted menu featuring poke, made fresh daily. This poke is “island-style,” meaning there aren’t any bells and whistles like avocado, fried onions or foie gras—just marinated raw fish and sushi rice. Social distancing of its patio dining is strictly enforced.

Chef John's Fish & Chips

Lemon Grove is home to some of the best fish ‘n’ chips in the county. Their tempura-dipped seafood is made fresh-to-order, meaning ordering ahead especially in the era of COVID-19 is a necessity. Don’t miss out on other menu items like hush puppies, fried clam strips, scallops and oysters.

Pete’s Seafood and Sandwich

Fried shrimp sandwich
Pete’s Seafood

Come to North Park for East Coast-style seafood. The extensive menu covers all the bases including clam chowder and lobster rolls to the whole range of fried seafoods such as fish, lobster, shrimp, oysters and even Ipswich clams. Delivery and takeout is available as well as outdoor seating.

Fried shrimp sandwich
Pete’s Seafood

Mitch's Seafood

Darlene Alilain-Horn

You’ll get fresh-caught sustainable seafood as well as fresh ocean air at this harborside restaurant. If fried seafood is your thing, order the mixed seafood platter for your fill of crab cakes, fried shrimp and fish, housecut fries and slaw. The grilled octopus is also good as well as the crab poutine. Lines can get long during the lunch and dinner hours so call ahead to order if you prefer not to wait.

Darlene Alilain-Horn

Point Loma Seafoods

Full fish case
Point Loma Seafoods

It’ll be hard to miss the chartered fishing boats in view of the restaurant’s entrance but that means you’ve come to the right spot. Along with cases full of ready-to-cook seafood, queue up to the counter and place your order for sushi, shrimp cocktails, seafood sandwiches and fried plates. There’s plenty of outdoor dining and the restaurant also has a dedicated parking lot.

Full fish case
Point Loma Seafoods

Ironside Fish & Oyster

Little Italy’s dedicated seafood restaurant is currently open for dine-in service on its sidewalk patio on a first come, first serve basis, with happy hour offered from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Its takeout menu features classics like the lobster roll, crab cake and clam chowder as well as raw oysters and fish dishes based on fresh catch from the nearby Tuna Harbor Dockside Market.

TJ Oyster Bar

TJ Oyster Bar

Baja-style seafood is the word at TJ Oyster Bar and there are three locations to choose from in the South Bay including two on Bonita Road. Come for raw seafood cocktails, smoked tuna tacos, fried fish tacos and more. Delivery and takeout is available.

TJ Oyster Bar

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