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Where To Get Your Fish & Chip Fix In San Diego

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Crispy and comforting — when done right, nothing beats a plate of fish and chips. Whether you like yours soaked with malt vinegar, dipped in tartar sauce or au natural, we cast the net far and wide to find some of the best places around San Diego serving up this great British classic.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ironside Fish & Oyster

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1654 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 269-3033
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Expect two hearty pieces of lightly battered (and locally caught) fish, beautifully plated with a generous portion of chips, plus slaw and tartar sauce for $16 at this perennially hip Little Italy seafood haven. Take advantage of the great selection of craft beers and pair your plate with a nice Saison or perhaps seaworthy cocktail.

2. Pacific Beach Fish Shop

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1775 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 483-4746
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A choice of grilled or fried Alaskan Cod, which comes with house cut French fries, cocktail and tartar sauce, will only set you back $12.50 at this popular and cheery counter serve spot in PB. Enjoy with their superb selection of local micro-brews on the patio; while this popular spot is usually busy it’s always well worth the wait.

3. Shakespeare Pub & Grille

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3701 India St
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 299-0230
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No 'fish & chip' map would be complete without a nod to San Diego’s best-known British pub. If their signature dish doesn’t cut it, try the super sized “Great White Whale Challenge” instead. Simply devour a 2 lb. battered cod filet, 2 lbs. of “proper” chips and a side of peas in 45 minutes or less to win a complimentary 'I Did It' T-shirt. Fail, and you’ll be picking up the $29.95 tab.

4. Mr. Fish & Chips

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5647 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 279-3474
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Located in the Balboa Mesa shopping center, owner Sam Chou’s ‘chippy has been around since 1969 and does exactly what it says on the tin. His most popular menu item is the two-piece fish and chip option ($7.90) - customers rave that the light, tempura-like batter blankets his super fresh and flaky cod perfectly.

5. Water Grill, Gaslamp

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615 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 717-6992
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Without a doubt the priciest of the bunch, Wild Georges Bank Atlantic cod and chips will set you back $23 at this swanky downtown seafood showcase.

6. Pete's Seafood & Sandwich

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3382 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 255-8940
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For fish & chips 'Boston style' head to Pete’s, where lightly breaded and fried Alaskan Cod, plus handcut fries, coleslaw and homemade tartar sauce rings in at a very reasonable $10.

7. Point Loma Seafoods

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2805 Emerson St
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 223-1109
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With fresh-caught fish brought in and selected daily by the owners, this spot has been a long time favorite among SD locals. Tuck into a nice chunk of Alaskan Cod lightly fried in Mrs. Kelly’s special breading with French fries, coleslaw and their famous tartar sauce for $12 – best enjoyed from the upper deck dining area, which affords views over the marina and San Diego skyline beyond.

8. God Save the Cuisine

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Brit expats David and Kevin Keylock serve up fresh sustainable fish coated in homemade beer batter with coleslaw, tartar sauce, plus perfectly pre-malt vinegar’d chips from this gourmet food truck. It’s worth noting this dish can come California-ized in the form of fish n’ chip tacos too – all of the above with traditional truck-cut chips coated in malt vinegar and salt served in a flour tortilla.

9. Poseidon On The Beach

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1670 Coast Blvd
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 755-9345
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For fish and chips (almost) on the sand head to Poseidon, whose flash-fried panko crusted Alaskan cod is light as a feather and comes complete with tartar sauce, vodka cocktail sauce and fries for a very fine $14.

10. Harbor Fish and Chips

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276 Harbor Dr S
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 722-4977
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This hidden gem offers up lovely views of Oceanside harbor to enjoy with your fish & chip supper. On Tuesdays their medium fish basket (two pieces of fish, chunky fries plus slaw) costs $11; while the Friday Special comprises one piece of fish, one shrimp, fries, coleslaw and cup of clam chowder for $14.

11. Fish 101

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1468 N Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 943-6221
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Husband & wife chef duo John and Jessica Park serve up sustainably caught, local fish California-style at this lively spot in Leucadia. Their set fish n’ chip menu options (two-pieces, $10.95 / three-pieces $13.95), includes beautifully beer battered white fish served with 
fries and house made tartar sauce. Perfect pairing: New English Brewing IPA.

12. Harbor Fish Cafe

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3179 Carlsbad Blvd
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 729-4161
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Snag a seat on the outdoor patio for beach views and top-notch fish and chips from this longstanding Carlsbad staple. Served with owner Sally’s homemade tartar sauce, generously sized and perfectly battered fish filets ($8.79, one piece/$12.99, two pieces) come on a generous pile of French fries. Pairs perfectly with an ice cold Pacifico at sunset.

13. Jayne's Gastropub

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4677 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 563-1011
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An eclectic menu, which includes British classics like sheperd's pie. is served at this hip and cozy spot — one of San Diego's first gastropubs. Its accomplished rendition of fish and chips features sea bass swaddled in Newcastle beer batter and crisp chips, served with a side of sauteed snap peas. Pair it with a draft beer or a zingy white from Jayne's diverse wine list.

14. Chef John's Fish & Chips

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8047 Broadway
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
(619) 465-7060
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Don't let the East County location fool you, according to many Chef John and his wife serve up some of the best fish & chips in all of San Diego. People travel from far and wide for their lightly battered ‘London Style’ fish and chip plates, which cost $6.99 for one piece of fish, while three pieces will set you back $12.49, and family style (6 pieces) starts at $23.99 and up.

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1. Ironside Fish & Oyster

1654 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
Expect two hearty pieces of lightly battered (and locally caught) fish, beautifully plated with a generous portion of chips, plus slaw and tartar sauce for $16 at this perennially hip Little Italy seafood haven. Take advantage of the great selection of craft beers and pair your plate with a nice Saison or perhaps seaworthy cocktail.
1654 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

2. Pacific Beach Fish Shop

1775 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
A choice of grilled or fried Alaskan Cod, which comes with house cut French fries, cocktail and tartar sauce, will only set you back $12.50 at this popular and cheery counter serve spot in PB. Enjoy with their superb selection of local micro-brews on the patio; while this popular spot is usually busy it’s always well worth the wait.
1775 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109

3. Shakespeare Pub & Grille

3701 India St, San Diego, CA 92103
No 'fish & chip' map would be complete without a nod to San Diego’s best-known British pub. If their signature dish doesn’t cut it, try the super sized “Great White Whale Challenge” instead. Simply devour a 2 lb. battered cod filet, 2 lbs. of “proper” chips and a side of peas in 45 minutes or less to win a complimentary 'I Did It' T-shirt. Fail, and you’ll be picking up the $29.95 tab.
3701 India St
San Diego, CA 92103

4. Mr. Fish & Chips

5647 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111
Located in the Balboa Mesa shopping center, owner Sam Chou’s ‘chippy has been around since 1969 and does exactly what it says on the tin. His most popular menu item is the two-piece fish and chip option ($7.90) - customers rave that the light, tempura-like batter blankets his super fresh and flaky cod perfectly.
5647 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92111

5. Water Grill, Gaslamp

615 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
Without a doubt the priciest of the bunch, Wild Georges Bank Atlantic cod and chips will set you back $23 at this swanky downtown seafood showcase.
615 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

6. Pete's Seafood & Sandwich

3382 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
For fish & chips 'Boston style' head to Pete’s, where lightly breaded and fried Alaskan Cod, plus handcut fries, coleslaw and homemade tartar sauce rings in at a very reasonable $10.
3382 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

7. Point Loma Seafoods

2805 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106
With fresh-caught fish brought in and selected daily by the owners, this spot has been a long time favorite among SD locals. Tuck into a nice chunk of Alaskan Cod lightly fried in Mrs. Kelly’s special breading with French fries, coleslaw and their famous tartar sauce for $12 – best enjoyed from the upper deck dining area, which affords views over the marina and San Diego skyline beyond.
2805 Emerson St
San Diego, CA 92106

8. God Save the Cuisine

San Diego, CA 92101
Brit expats David and Kevin Keylock serve up fresh sustainable fish coated in homemade beer batter with coleslaw, tartar sauce, plus perfectly pre-malt vinegar’d chips from this gourmet food truck. It’s worth noting this dish can come California-ized in the form of fish n’ chip tacos too – all of the above with traditional truck-cut chips coated in malt vinegar and salt served in a flour tortilla.

9. Poseidon On The Beach

1670 Coast Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
For fish and chips (almost) on the sand head to Poseidon, whose flash-fried panko crusted Alaskan cod is light as a feather and comes complete with tartar sauce, vodka cocktail sauce and fries for a very fine $14.
1670 Coast Blvd
Del Mar, CA 92014

10. Harbor Fish and Chips

276 Harbor Dr S, Oceanside, CA 92054
This hidden gem offers up lovely views of Oceanside harbor to enjoy with your fish & chip supper. On Tuesdays their medium fish basket (two pieces of fish, chunky fries plus slaw) costs $11; while the Friday Special comprises one piece of fish, one shrimp, fries, coleslaw and cup of clam chowder for $14.
276 Harbor Dr S
Oceanside, CA 92054

11. Fish 101

1468 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Husband & wife chef duo John and Jessica Park serve up sustainably caught, local fish California-style at this lively spot in Leucadia. Their set fish n’ chip menu options (two-pieces, $10.95 / three-pieces $13.95), includes beautifully beer battered white fish served with 
fries and house made tartar sauce. Perfect pairing: New English Brewing IPA.
1468 N Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

12. Harbor Fish Cafe

3179 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Snag a seat on the outdoor patio for beach views and top-notch fish and chips from this longstanding Carlsbad staple. Served with owner Sally’s homemade tartar sauce, generously sized and perfectly battered fish filets ($8.79, one piece/$12.99, two pieces) come on a generous pile of French fries. Pairs perfectly with an ice cold Pacifico at sunset.
3179 Carlsbad Blvd
Carlsbad, CA 92008

13. Jayne's Gastropub

4677 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116
An eclectic menu, which includes British classics like sheperd's pie. is served at this hip and cozy spot — one of San Diego's first gastropubs. Its accomplished rendition of fish and chips features sea bass swaddled in Newcastle beer batter and crisp chips, served with a side of sauteed snap peas. Pair it with a draft beer or a zingy white from Jayne's diverse wine list.
4677 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116

14. Chef John's Fish & Chips

8047 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945
Don't let the East County location fool you, according to many Chef John and his wife serve up some of the best fish & chips in all of San Diego. People travel from far and wide for their lightly battered ‘London Style’ fish and chip plates, which cost $6.99 for one piece of fish, while three pieces will set you back $12.49, and family style (6 pieces) starts at $23.99 and up.
8047 Broadway
Lemon Grove, CA 91945

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