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Escape Fish Bar

Escape Fish Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.escapefishbar.com
  • Phone: (619) 702-9200
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday & Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Escape Fish Bar
San Diego's new local eatery, Escape Fish Bar, is a haven for seafood lovers. We serve delicious seafood with recipes influenced by the Pacific Northwest, Central America & Asia. The signature Escape Tacone is a fish filled, perfectly grilled tortilla with home-made roasted pumpkin seed slaw, lime pickled jicama & onions, daikon radish sprouts, & house-made smoked chili avocado sauce. Feast on tempura Battered Fish & Chips with your choice of local caught halibut, wild caught salmon, mahi mahi, albacore, Alaskan cod or pollock served with double cooked Kennebec fries & double horseradish tartar sauce. Other intriguing options include Chipotle Coconut Seafood Chowder, a Spiked Togarashi Caesar, & a Thai Seafood Salad with shrimp & Alaskan white fish on rice noodles with spicy lime coconut milk dressing. For unforgettable food, exciting atmosphere, local handcrafted draft & bottled beers & a wide selection of wines by the glass, - we offer an Escape without having to leave town. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "No ambience. You feel like you are eating on the sidewalk. Food was good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "You cannot miss with this place. Always great service and fantastic food. They mix a mean margarita too."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Great tempura fish and chips. Pumpkin seed slaw was great too. Both the tartar and ketchup were tangy and good.Great location on historic 5th Street."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I recently traveled to San Diego and stayed in the Gaslamp District. My parents also happened to be in town at the same time and wanted to meet for dinner but my dad is adverse to "expensive" meals, but I wanted fish. I found Escape Fish Bar on Yelp and am so glad I did! The prices are very reasonable, there is a great selection of fresh fish and the tacones were perfect for those who want a smaller meal. All of our meals were great! The kitchen is so tiny it is amazing how they get so much done! The service was also great. The food came out quickly and our server was very patient with our big group."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The mussels appetizer was great. Probably the best part of the meal. I got grilled shrimp Cajun style and really enjoyed the aioli sauce. Downsides: small and noisy."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The place is ok and the service was so so. Looks a bit like it is being held together with not much care. The food was interesting but a bit overpriced."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Service was quick and friendly. Calamaris a bit gooey and crab cakes a bit spicy. The main courses were decent, not outstanding. Not a bad diner at a reasonable price, however, no lasting memory."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I had lunch here with two business colleagues. We each ordered a different version of their "Taconos". These had our choice of grilled fish pieces with vegetables and sauce in a funnel-snaped wrap. They were delicious. The house hefeweizen was also great. Atmosphere was minimalist, with bare wood tables and chairs and tiled floors."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We ordered the fish and chips. Halibut was great, but the chips were soggy...a big disappointment."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We reserved a table here for a dinner for 2 after reading reviews on multiple websites. We were in SD for a convention and like to eat at great restaurants when we travel. This one fit the bill. The menu is smaller than some, but each item seems to be well thought out, perfectly prepared and , well, a GEM! It was our favorite seafood restaurant of our trip. The service was perfect, food perfect, ambiance superb. It's small, not overly loud, friendly and easy to overlook from the street. Don't miss this one. It's a great little place."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I tried the halibut fish tacones... OMG!! They were phenomenal! So fresh, moist and flaky."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The menu is simple and not fussy- choose your fresh fish, choose the prep style and voila! The food was delicious, fresh, creative, simple and the service super friendly. What stands out is the small size makes your dinner intimate and prices are great compared to many more touristy places. It's nice to have pure good food and small scale venues when travelling."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "With no one else in the restaurant I ask myself how could the service be so poor. The waiter was busy socializing w another employee and left us there. I use your website often and I really think u should take this one off your list."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Unassuming to say the least its not a restaurant you would pick for its looks, but the food is quite pleasant. A must try are the panko shrimp cakes, absolutely delicious and full of flavor. The fish tacos had hearty portions of fish, we chose the sea bass which was very fresh."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Great service [thanks, Lawrence], quality libations, fresh and delicious food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was a great find with the help of Open Table. Food has very reasonable and yummy. Tempura pickles and Chiptotle Soup was a hit."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is a small neighborhood restaurant, be sure to make reservations. You can dine either inside or outside. Now for the food, had the fish and chips, choose the halibut, but they have other varieties as well. I like malt vinegar with my fish and chips, but it comes with tartar sauce and a chili type sauce as well. The fish was cooked to perfection, large mound of yummy fries and some of the best coleslaw that I've every had in my life. They also have wraps, salads, a nice beer and wine list. There a several restaurants along this street, this one is definitely worth your attention."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Super fresh fish and veggies done to perfection. Don't miss the LARGE Escape Margaritas! One of the best we've had! Reasonably priced. Right in the heart of the Gaslamp."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Though it is very small in size, Escape serves a quality meal. Everything we ordered was presented beautifully, the portions were generous, and everything was delicious. The bottomless Sangria was a big hit at our table as well. The service was prompt and friendly. Wait staff was knowledgeable and helped to make our dining experience memorable. We will definitely be back and would recommend it to any one, as there were many choices besides just fish on the menu."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I ate dinner there during our trip to San Diego and we loved it. Certainly a highlight of our trip ! The service was perfect, the food was divine, and we had a lovely time ! We especially liked the small details like the jokes on the menu. I would recommend this small restaurant to everyone visiting San Diego."
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "Small place but the food was special. Very fresh fish and I won't spoil the surprise on the chowder but don't miss it. Chef came out to make sure everything was perfect."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Don't be fooled by first impressions. The Escape Fish Bar looks like a small modest eatery with few tables and no frills. The seafood, however, is very very good and our server was attentive and and knowledgeable. My wife and I dined at an outdoor table on the small sidewalk patio. We were surprised at the number of people who stopped to look at the posted menu, started to come in, then had second thoughts and left, muttering that the place didn't look like much. They don't know what they missed out on!"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "The Fish was great, plus the Extras like veggies etc. Enjoyed it"
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "The fish is very fresh and well-prepared. We had the sea bass tacones and sea bass fish and chips. Both dishes were delicious, and plenty of food for a decent price. The service was friendly and helpful, but not intrusive. A delightful little place."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Eat at this restaurant. You will not be disappointed. It has fresh seafood that you can have prepared one of four ways plus other special items on the menu. Our party picked three different fishes, prepared as fish tacos and grilled. All were terrific!"
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "I was looking for fish and chips using cod. Waitress encouraged me to try the halibut fish and chips which were awesome. My wife's salmon was exquisitely done."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "This place was delicious! We visited on a Tuesday night. Made the reservation at 6:30, but arrived by 6. There were all of 2 other people there. It is a small place with a limited number of tables. We sat outside to watch the crowds on the street, and the wait staff lit up the heaters, being down to 60 degrees and all. As for food, there was a choice of fish, some local, but all fresh. The tacones were really just grilled wraps with wonderful dressings and the fish. The rice was super heavy on lime, but very good. At first sight, I thought it wasn't enough food for the price. Then, I proceeded to not eat it all! Maybe it was because of the Tuesday, but this place deserves more customers."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "Excellent food and exceptional service. It was my first visit to San Diego. I had the Sea Bass Tacone and my daughter had the Halibut Tacone. They were excellent! Large pieces of fresh fish - very generous portions with reasonable pricing. If you are looking for a great seafood place, I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 9/30/2013
  • "Food was ok, service sufficed, therefore just ok. Would not go back, as there are many other choices in that part of San Diego"
    Dined on 8/13/2013
  • "A small little storefront along busy 5th Ave (we missed it the first time we passed), Escape Fish Bar offers great fresh fish done extremely well. We started with an appetizer of fries (with the tasty curry ketchup) and oysters (a real bargain). Both were great, especially with their selection of local brews. We had the option of having our main entree done in various ways. My swordfish was grilled with a dill lemon dressing on a bed on jasmine rice and freshly steamed vegetables. My companion had an interesting local take; "tacones", in this case yellowtail wrapped in a tortilla cone with roasted pumpkin seed slaw, pickled veggies and an avocado sauce. Both were exceptional. The waitstaff was very attentive and helpful."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "Best fish tacos in San Diego! The food was incredible! We had great outdoor seating right in the heart of the gaslamp. Will return here to eat again when back in San Diego again."
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "Most of the OpenTable picks are larger restaurants with an extensive menu. Escape however, is a small cafe style on a busy street in the gaslamp quarter, which was actually a nice change from a more formal sit down restaurant. The service was good. The fish tacos were tasty. Although the garnish in the tacos is the same garnish used in the crab appetizer so the tastes are continuous throughout, could be good or not so much if you're opting for variety. The halibut is a quality portion in both the tacos and fish and chips dinner."
    Dined on 7/3/2013
  • "We found Escape on tripadvisor. It was rated highly so we gave it a shot. Small restaurant in the heart of the gaslamp district. We sat at one of the few outside tables. Our server was excellent, had great recommendations. We both loved our meals. It was fairly quiet at the time we were eating, so can't really say much about the atmosphere, but it was perfect for us."
    Dined on 6/25/2013
  • "we sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the energy of the street - casual and fun, delicious fish taco"
    Dined on 5/13/2013
  • "I had a great time here. My fiance took my parents here to ask for permission to marry me so either way it was going to be a great night. The food was incredible. It is a reasonable price for the quality of the food but probably more of a order a bottle of wine kind of place rather than ordering individual drinks if one person is picking up the tab. It's small inside but the food is so delicious and beautiful that the place just feels fancy. The service was great and the waitress really explained the menu and the different types of fish so well! The crab cakes are to die for and the swordish tacones are incredible! My younger sister ordered the burger and we all stared at it when it came out!"
    Dined on 5/10/2013
  • "Escape Fish Bar, though small and unassuming, amazed my friends and I with the most delicious dinner. All of the seafood starters and dinners we sampled were exceptional. The Tacones-Fish Tacos make me want to get on a plane and go back NOW. Service and attention to our needs were top notch. I highly recommend this Great Escape!!!! You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/6/2013
  • "This restaurant was well rated by Yelp, Urbanspoon and Tripadvisor- we almost passed it by as it is inconspicuous compared with other restaurants in the Gaslamp district. We went in and almost turned around as it is nothing special to look at- we were very glad we stayed. The food was delicious! We followed other recommendations and had the swordfish tacos for dinner- we split the ceviche for an appetizer- both were delicious! Our server, Mercedes, was personable and excellent. Go here if it is great food you want!"
    Dined on 5/5/2013
  • "Service was way off this night. The owner needs to step up his game!"
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "The food was excellent and the service very attentive. It's tough to have an ambiance in the middle of the Gaslamp District, but they give it a good shot. The prices were reasonable, the portions substantial and the plating and presentation were top notch. The only real negative I had, which I mentioned to the server, was the timing. The entrees came out pretty quickly after the appetizers. We weren't being rushed at all, they just came out quickly."
    Dined on 4/24/2013