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Where to Eat Seafood in San Diego

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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fish 101

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1468 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 943-6221
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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

2. Supernatural Sandwiches

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7094 Miramar Rd #122
San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 831-7835
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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

3. El Pescador Fish Market

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5014, 634 Pearl St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 456-2526

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

4. Mr. Fish & Chips

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5647 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 279-3474
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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

5. The Fishery

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5040 Cass St
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 272-9985
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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.

Cold appetizers
The Fishery

6. Surf & Soul Spot

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7229 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115
(619) 439-8801
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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

7. Fish Pit

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4632 College Ave
San Diego, CA 92115
(619) 546-9369
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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

8. It's Raw Poke Shop

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3112, 4991 Newport Ave A
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 564-8421
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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.

9. Chef John's Fish & Chips

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8047 Broadway
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
(619) 465-7060
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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.

10. Pete’s Seafood and Sandwich

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3382 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 255-8940
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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

11. Mitch's Seafood

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1403 Scott St
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 222-8787
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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.

Darlene Alilain-Horn

12. Point Loma Seafoods

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2805 Emerson St
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 223-6553
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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.

Full fish case
Point Loma Seafoods

13. Ironside Fish & Oyster

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1654 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 269-3033
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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.

14. TJ Oyster Bar

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4410 Bonita Rd
Bonita, CA 91902
(619) 434-4780
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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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1. Fish 101

1468 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
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.

1468 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

2. Supernatural Sandwiches

7094 Miramar Rd #122, San Diego, CA 92121
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.

7094 Miramar Rd #122
San Diego, CA 92121

3. El Pescador Fish Market

5014, 634 Pearl St, La Jolla, CA 92037
Fish case
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.

5014, 634 Pearl St
La Jolla, CA 92037

4. Mr. Fish & Chips

5647 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111
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.

5647 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92111

5. The Fishery

5040 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92109
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.

5040 Cass St
San Diego, CA 92109

6. Surf & Soul Spot

7229 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115
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.

7229 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115

7. Fish Pit

4632 College Ave, San Diego, CA 92115
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.

4632 College Ave
San Diego, CA 92115

8. It's Raw Poke Shop

3112, 4991 Newport Ave A, San Diego, CA 92107

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.

3112, 4991 Newport Ave A
San Diego, CA 92107

9. Chef John's Fish & Chips

8047 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945

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.

8047 Broadway
Lemon Grove, CA 91945

10. Pete’s Seafood and Sandwich

3382 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
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.

3382 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

11. Mitch's Seafood

1403 Scott St, San Diego, CA 92106
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.

1403 Scott St
San Diego, CA 92106

12. Point Loma Seafoods

2805 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106
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.

2805 Emerson St
San Diego, CA 92106

13. Ironside Fish & Oyster

1654 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

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.

1654 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

14. TJ Oyster Bar

4410 Bonita Rd, Bonita, CA 91902
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.

4410 Bonita Rd
Bonita, CA 91902

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