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Where to Eat Mariscos in San Diego

Tacos, tostadas, ceviche, and more featuring Mexican seafood

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As a border town with a bountiful Pacific coast, San Diego has the right geographical makeup to have a serious mariscos game. This map features standout spots for Mexican seafood, from sit-down eateries to food trucks.

NOTE: Entries on this map are listed geographically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Oscars Mexican Seafood

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703 Turquoise St
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 488-6392
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Oscar’s is among the few true masters of the seafood taco in San Diego, but the tortas don’t lag behind. The house torta comes with spicy shrimp, smoked fish and skirt steak topped with the traditional fish taco’s fixings. With two Pacific Beach locations, chances are you won’t be too far from a location this summer. 

Oscar’s Mexican Seafood

2. Karina's Ceviches & More

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3731 India St B
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 255-5900
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A modern, mini version of its big sister locations, Karina’s walk-up concept features a smaller menu geared towards casual eats on Washington Street. Order some ceviche to go, or take any of the signature tacos over to the eatery’s little outdoor patio. 

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3. Mariscos Oceano’s Food Truck

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194 Los Vallecitos Blvd
San Marcos, CA 92069
(619) 791-0170

Once among Golden HIll’s best eats, Oceano’s is now located in San Marcos. The fish ceviche tostadas still remain heavyweight contenders for best in town, with its generous helpings of fish and veggies. Don’t sleep on the diabla shrimp tacos though, packed with spicy marinated shrimp.

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4. Mariscos El Pulpo

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1900 Main St Auto-Mechanics
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 546-0427
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Kick off happy hour at this Mariscos spot featuring daily drink specials and a great selection of Mexican and craft beers. Knock back a couple of oysters and dig into an explosive molcajete — a baked stone bowl filled with fish, clams, shrimp, and octopus. 

Mariscos el Pulpo

5. El Golosito

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2275 Imperial Ave
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 338-9262

This unassuming mariscos restaurant should not slip under your radar if you are looking for fresh tostadas and cocktails in an airy patio. While the menu is concise, there is no going wrong with any item on the board. Standout items include the lime-cured aguachiles and the tostada loca, a medley of all the seafood on the menu. 

El Golosito

6. The Taco Stand

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3000 Upas St suite 105 suite 105
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 795-8797
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Better known for its handmade tortillas and quality meats, don’t count out this taco minichain when it comes to seafood. The Mar y Tierra burrito rolls up briny shrimp with perfectly seasoned angus beef, cheese, chipotle mayo and cabbage, giving your favorite taco shop’s surf and turf a run for its money. 

The Taco Stand

7. Ocean 97 Seafood

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3030 Grape Street
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 279-0010
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Anyone looking to learn the mariscos ropes would be wise to visit this South Park mariscos truck. Quick service and high-quality ingredients make this a safe bet for anyone looking to try Mexican-style seafood for the first time. The Baja Trio plates a battered fish, battered shrimp, and marlin taco, so newbies can sample popular tacos in the genre. 

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8. Mariscos El FIli (La Carreta)

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652 Broadway
Chula Vista, CA 91910

As a longtime sight on Chula Vista’s Broadway drag, mariscos connoisseurs get their fix at this busy seafood truck. Any of the tostadas are sure to satisfy, but the tacos are the way to go here. The gobernador taco maxes out the surface of its tortilla with melted cheese and piles on the grilled shrimp and bell peppers. 

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9. Mariscos Los Cuates

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217 3rd Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 816-5042
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Opened by a father-and-sons team hailing from Sinaloa — Mexico’s seafood capital — the staff at Los Cuates knows all there is to know about seafood. The popular lunch specials feature a bowl of fresh ceviche with your choice of  tacos and a soft drink. The taco perron, a cheesy taco topped with smoked marlin and spicy shrimp, is a must. 

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10. El Cacho

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2820-2830 Main St
Chula Vista, CA 91911
(619) 770-5053

Of all of the mariscos establishments named in allusion to Tijuana’s famous Marisqueria La Cacho, this seafood truck might be the only one which can actually live up to its namesake. The broad menu of tacos and tostadas, all named after the Mexican cities which inspire the respective item, has something for everyone. Standouts include the Taco Culichi, with grilled shrimp and poblano sauce, and the classic Gobernador taco. 

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11. TJ Oyster Bar

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4410 Bonita Rd
Bonita, CA 91902
(619) 434-4780
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A Bonita institution, Tj Oyster Bar has been making fish tacos and serving oysters for almost 20 years. An authentic, Baja-style touch and quality ingredients continue to bring customers into  this business. While the original location is packed almost every day, a secondary location nearby has ample enough space for everyone. 

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1. Oscars Mexican Seafood

703 Turquoise St, San Diego, CA 92109
Oscar’s Mexican Seafood

Oscar’s is among the few true masters of the seafood taco in San Diego, but the tortas don’t lag behind. The house torta comes with spicy shrimp, smoked fish and skirt steak topped with the traditional fish taco’s fixings. With two Pacific Beach locations, chances are you won’t be too far from a location this summer. 

703 Turquoise St
San Diego, CA 92109

2. Karina's Ceviches & More

3731 India St B, San Diego, CA 92103
Karina’s

A modern, mini version of its big sister locations, Karina’s walk-up concept features a smaller menu geared towards casual eats on Washington Street. Order some ceviche to go, or take any of the signature tacos over to the eatery’s little outdoor patio. 

3731 India St B
San Diego, CA 92103

3. Mariscos Oceano’s Food Truck

194 Los Vallecitos Blvd, San Marcos, CA 92069
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Once among Golden HIll’s best eats, Oceano’s is now located in San Marcos. The fish ceviche tostadas still remain heavyweight contenders for best in town, with its generous helpings of fish and veggies. Don’t sleep on the diabla shrimp tacos though, packed with spicy marinated shrimp.

194 Los Vallecitos Blvd
San Marcos, CA 92069

4. Mariscos El Pulpo

1900 Main St Auto-Mechanics, San Diego, CA 92113
Mariscos el Pulpo

Kick off happy hour at this Mariscos spot featuring daily drink specials and a great selection of Mexican and craft beers. Knock back a couple of oysters and dig into an explosive molcajete — a baked stone bowl filled with fish, clams, shrimp, and octopus. 

1900 Main St Auto-Mechanics
San Diego, CA 92113

5. El Golosito

2275 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92102
El Golosito

This unassuming mariscos restaurant should not slip under your radar if you are looking for fresh tostadas and cocktails in an airy patio. While the menu is concise, there is no going wrong with any item on the board. Standout items include the lime-cured aguachiles and the tostada loca, a medley of all the seafood on the menu. 

2275 Imperial Ave
San Diego, CA 92102

6. The Taco Stand

3000 Upas St suite 105 suite 105, San Diego, CA 92104
The Taco Stand

Better known for its handmade tortillas and quality meats, don’t count out this taco minichain when it comes to seafood. The Mar y Tierra burrito rolls up briny shrimp with perfectly seasoned angus beef, cheese, chipotle mayo and cabbage, giving your favorite taco shop’s surf and turf a run for its money. 

3000 Upas St suite 105 suite 105
San Diego, CA 92104

7. Ocean 97 Seafood

3030 Grape Street, San Diego, CA 92102
Yelp

Anyone looking to learn the mariscos ropes would be wise to visit this South Park mariscos truck. Quick service and high-quality ingredients make this a safe bet for anyone looking to try Mexican-style seafood for the first time. The Baja Trio plates a battered fish, battered shrimp, and marlin taco, so newbies can sample popular tacos in the genre. 

3030 Grape Street
San Diego, CA 92102

8. Mariscos El FIli (La Carreta)

652 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Mariscos El FIli

As a longtime sight on Chula Vista’s Broadway drag, mariscos connoisseurs get their fix at this busy seafood truck. Any of the tostadas are sure to satisfy, but the tacos are the way to go here. The gobernador taco maxes out the surface of its tortilla with melted cheese and piles on the grilled shrimp and bell peppers. 

652 Broadway
Chula Vista, CA 91910

9. Mariscos Los Cuates

217 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Yelp

Opened by a father-and-sons team hailing from Sinaloa — Mexico’s seafood capital — the staff at Los Cuates knows all there is to know about seafood. The popular lunch specials feature a bowl of fresh ceviche with your choice of  tacos and a soft drink. The taco perron, a cheesy taco topped with smoked marlin and spicy shrimp, is a must. 

217 3rd Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91910

10. El Cacho

2820-2830 Main St, Chula Vista, CA 91911
El Cacho

Of all of the mariscos establishments named in allusion to Tijuana’s famous Marisqueria La Cacho, this seafood truck might be the only one which can actually live up to its namesake. The broad menu of tacos and tostadas, all named after the Mexican cities which inspire the respective item, has something for everyone. Standouts include the Taco Culichi, with grilled shrimp and poblano sauce, and the classic Gobernador taco. 

2820-2830 Main St
Chula Vista, CA 91911

11. TJ Oyster Bar

4410 Bonita Rd, Bonita, CA 91902
TJ Oyster Bar Tj Oyster Bar

A Bonita institution, Tj Oyster Bar has been making fish tacos and serving oysters for almost 20 years. An authentic, Baja-style touch and quality ingredients continue to bring customers into  this business. While the original location is packed almost every day, a secondary location nearby has ample enough space for everyone. 

4410 Bonita Rd
Bonita, CA 91902

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