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.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food in a hole-in-the-wall.
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!
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
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!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
we sat outside on the patio
we sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the energy of the street - casual and fun, delicious fish taco
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food, Great Prices!
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.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Seafood Restaurant
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.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hope it stays open
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.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden Gem in the Gaslight Quarter
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.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
The Fish was great, plus the Extras like veggies etc. Enjoyed it
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
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!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM