Fat Fish Cantina Grill
Fat Fish Cantina Grill

Fat Fish Cantina Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fatfishcantinagrill.com/
  • Phone: 8584902877
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Dinner Sunday: 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Californian, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Bates
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can cater almost any event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Garnet
  • Public Transit: There are numerous bus routes to our restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a private lot with a parking attendant and numerous slots.
A word from Fat Fish Cantina Grill
A Southern California eatery motivated to be a leader in affordable dining at the beach area. Fat Fish is inspired by seasonal harvests from the freshest pacific seafood, and California farm lands, paired with prime aged beef, & fresh poultry combining Southern Californian cooking trends with the flavor driven culinary style of our neighbors to the South.
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Fat Fish Cantina Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (12)good for groups (11)kid-friendly (8)neighborhood gem (7)great for lunch (6)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)fit for foodies (3)special occasion (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)romantic (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • kathyVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We were there at 5:30 on a weekday so there was parking in the parking lot and quiet dining outside. Food and service very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Downhill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    this is the third time my family and I have eaten at Fat Fish. The food was not as delicious as it was the first two times.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beachy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    No great expectation, so no disappointments. The server was great but the service was not. Our appetizer never arrived. But the main courses - fish burrito and surf and turf tacos were very filling so didn't need anything more. We were in Pacific Beach for the weekend and it fit with the vibe.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fair choice for Dinner
    Mcm2
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Service uneven. One platter was wrong and had to be sent back. Food average at best
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Server ruined it.
    Dinelady
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Food was awesome, our server just missed every chance at making it a good experience. Forgot to give us napkins until 5 mins after our food arrived, which took a very long time to arrive. Luckily the food was really good, which partly made up for the horrible service. Maybe he was having an off night, but it was not a good experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Pacific beach find
    LovePB
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Food was amazing! Many speciality dishes to choose from as well as standard Mexican dishes. The ribs and jicama slaw were amazing. Skirt steak and seafood entrees were equally amazing. Great chips and salsa. Would definetly go back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I thought the food was really good, but the service not so good at all. Don't know if maybe they were short staffed the day i was there or something else. Our table was never bussed and i had to beg the server to bring my check. I almost walked out without paying!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Mexican Food
    BuckVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Good food with a varied menu and good ambiance. The outdoor patio is a great place to eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite to visit when in SD
    eatoutalot
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We stay in Pacific Beach a couple of times a year and usually come here each time. We enjoy the outside patio as it is usually way too noisy inside. Food is very good and service good as well. This Saturday evening the only two concerns were that our waiter got a group of 10 toward the end of our visit so he was slow to get over to us to refill drinks and get us the check. Also there was a large group sitting in between the inside and patio that was quite loud with yelling that were disturbing some of the other groups.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 52 reviews are from the Fat Fish Cantina Grill reviews archive.
  • What a great place
    EdJo
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We dont understand what the issues were for the other reviews but we had wonderful food great service and good value for our meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster Tacos
    FlateezyVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Are to die for and the service is always great! It's a great spot in Pacific Beach for fun dining that's not terribly to "bar scene-ish"
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bachelorette Party Weekend Kick-Off
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I met my girlfriends here to kickoff a weekend in San Diego and we had a blast! The fish tacos were so delicious, not to be outdone by the margaritas! The service was great. The prices were reasonable and the service was great. Overall, I had a great experience and will definitely be back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They under sell a great desert
    Dennis
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    They under sell a great desert as Banana Cheesecake. It is really good and is really a combination of a banana, ice crean, and other stuff. Mis-labled but really good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reasonable prices , but tasteless
    Fishlover
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Reasonable prices , but tasteless sea bass and frozen tuna; (part of the fish had freezer burn ) . Spend a little more and enjoy a nice meal somewhere else
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is the 2nd time I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is the 2nd time I have eaten here. Both times the food and service were great. Being this was Valentine's Day, and that they had a great lobster and Filet Mignon combo for 2 deal, which was delicious, and adequate portions to boot, I was amazed at how I was able to get seating just a few days before. Apparently, the word has not gotten out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    CW19
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We were pleased with our meal. I wouldn't say that the food was outstanding, but it was better than average. Reasonably priced for San Diego.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    DWMW
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Great food, awesome house drinks! Went here with my husband on a quiet Sunday night. Great location, parking lot (which you don't always find in that area), cool outdoor area with firepits, nothing bad to say.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch or Lunch and Football
    funkyVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    A block from the beach, free parking in their own lot, Excellent Bloody Mary's or in our case Bloody Maria's (with Tequila) and excellent carnitas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is an average experience.
    Flojingle
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    This is an average experience. Eating outside is nice. If you can avoid the pigeons overhead. Fire pit and live music is nice. Doesn't really get lively until after 7. Basically, it's mexican food. Drinks were watered down. I have better places I can go for mexican and great drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Georgia
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    Ate here while on vacation. Very fresh and tasty. Had the seafood sampler, kids had fish & chips from kids menu. A fun and attractive find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food wasn't bad. But it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    The food wasn't bad. But it wasn't anything I'd order again. The blood orange rita was blah. I'm not a drinker, and I couldn't even taste the alcohol. The brie only came with four small pieces of bread. But there was a good amount of brie. The shrimp taco plate was pretty tasty tho. The waiter must've had alot of tables inside, cause getting our marg took forever!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude hostess but great food
    Familyof4
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    Good food but service was a little spotty. The hostess walked by us 3 times before she offered to seat us. The food was excellent and made up for it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant close to the beach
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    They had live music-jazz on the patio. Very nice. Get the Shrimp posole very good. Have their own parking lot a real plus.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    Good spot for a social gathering; good food and drinks. Atmosphere is suitable for friend and family gathering.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great last-minute find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    We were looking for a nice place to get some good food for us and our kids for our last night in the San Diego area. Luckily we found some great reviews on Open Table and decided to try it. The seafood combo I had was excellent, while the grilled mahi was enjoyed by my wife. Overall, we were very happy with the Fat Fish. We'll definitely come back on our next visit to Pacific Beach.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a very nice ladies night
    Talie
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Had a very nice ladies night out here! We enjoyed the food and the margaritas! Will be returning!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My husband and I went to Fat
    marcy
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    My husband and I went to Fat Fish in Pacific Beach on a Thursday evening . They had 2 men playing music in the outside patio area. We really enjoyed the food, service and the music. We will go again. Everything was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The menu is outstanding, the
    Sean
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    The menu is outstanding, the food was prepared perfectly and all at a very reasonable price. They also have a nice outside patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Charni
    Dined on 5/28/2013
    The food was so good we went back for lunch the next day. Great food, great atmosphere, kid friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Experience
    candy
    Dined on 5/27/2013
    We had lobster stuffed mushrooms, sea bass, and the banana fritter with ice cream for lunch on Memorial Day and enjoyed every bite. The service was quick and the food was very good. The weather was beautiful for outdoor patio seating and although it is located by the beach, where there was a lot of hustle and bustle, we were able to have good conversation. We enjoyed our time at Fat Fish Cantina Grill!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tacos and margeritas
    Charlie
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Tried both the lobster and fish tacos - great choice! Excellent margaritas - wish our waitress had been more attentive though, we had finished our drinks before the food was served and she did not come by our table so that we could order more. Very nice patio (but it was almost too hot due to the extensive use of gas heaters)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the best seat in the house
    BabyHonu
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Food and ambiance were good for a basic Mexican restaurant, and I enjoyed my time there - but only because the group I was with made the best of a bad seating arrangement and had fun anyway. We had a group of six - not too big, and there were plenty of six tops - with our Open Table reservation, however, they would only seat us at the table in between the restroom and kitchen entrances. We were on time for our reservation, but were denied any change in seating. So, if getting bumped from both directions isn't your thing, make sure you request a certain area (their patio is nice). Otherwise, they'll probably stick you in the back somewhere.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bustling, friendly neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    a bustling, friendly neighborhood venue with a sophisticated menu of south of the border favorites, with creative variations. a real fun evening. try the fish burrito and wrapped sea bass!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly Staff
    PumpkinescobarVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2013
    The is really friendly and attentive. The decor is new and updated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your usual Mexican fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Unusual menu items. Enjoyed our dinner so much, went back next day for lunch. Decent prices
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Fat Fish Cantina Grill’s
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/1/2013
    The Fat Fish Cantina Grill’s own parking lot made it easy to park in an otherwise busy area. Walking through the front entrance we sensed an inviting atmosphere and were immediately seated. Our initial contact with our server was slow and getting our first drink order took about 15 minutes on what looked like a not to busy evening. When the food arrived, it was very good. We started with chips and guacamole which was good, but plain tasting. We should have opted for the one that you mix at the table and add your choice of ingredients. We then both had the Lobster Bisque and agreed it could be the best we ever had and the Carne Asada Caesar Salad was also very good. Overall it was a very pleasant dining experience and we'll return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Mexican food for local beach
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Went there for Easter Brunch. Fat Fish food is great. Very affordable. We are always seeking great Mexican food as we eat it probably 3-4 times a week. This restaurant changed hands from a previous Mexican restaurant. The food is much improved with a more tasty food menu. The staff/manager was friendly and the food excellent. Even their chips/salsa were the best chips I have had anywhere. I will definitely go back for dinner and lunch and tell my friends about it. They have parking in their lot if you get there early.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were very pleasantly surprised.
    tncookin
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    We were very pleasantly surprised. Live nearby and hadn't heard anything (pro or con) regarding this place, so we had just dismissed it as a "tourist trap". Not so at all. Food was delicious and unique, service was excellent. We will definitely be back and will be bringing our friends!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sizzling
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    We very much enjoyed our meal. The sizzling fajitas are great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The appetizers and entrees
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    The appetizers and entrees were amazing! A member of our party comments that the Lobster bisque was the best she’d ever had; a statement that could be said about all the appetizers. However the ambiance left something to be desired. The restaurant was dimly lit, cold, and the décor was tacky. Between the booths and miserably uncomfortable chairs the restaurant resembled a dated TGI Friday’s.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate