Great place before a show
It was so nice to find a new restaurant that offers fresh healthy grilled seafood. A bit noisy but fun! The GM, Alex, was very nice and attentive to our needs.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
We do not live in SD and we picked this restaurant on a whim because of its great reviews on Yelp and Open Table. It was absolutely delicious. Highly recommend the crab hush pups and lobster roll. Wow!!! Everything was very reasonably priced. The butterscotch pudding dessert was possibly the most delicious thing I've ever tasted. We went with recommendations from our server, which turned out to be a very good move. The restaurant is new and the ambience and decor is casual but chic. I love the wood and metal combination in decor and the bar area looks like it would get some good action later in the evening. I can't wait to return to this restaurant and highly recommend it to anyone.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is great. The sea food is extremely fresh. Not your usual "fish of the day" which tends to be the same over and over. The prep is different but not overwhelming.
The service was outstanding. Both the wait staff and management were very attentive without being intrusive. We will definately return.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Mac and Cheese with shrimp and bacon was incredible, but it doesn't hold a candle to the fresh fish. Our waitress recommended the caught-that-morning thresher shark. It was expertly seasoned and perfectly cooked. The ambience added to the experience, as did the great selection of local craft beer. I would plan a trip to the Gaslamp District just for this.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Seafood; Service Needs Work
From the oysters to the poke to the entrees. Everything we had was delicious. However, there seemed to be a disconnect between the food service and bar service. I can't fault anyone in particular, as our waitress was nice enough. I just feel that there is/was a timing issue.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We chose Spike Africa because it was near our hotel and since the name was so unusual, we thought we'd give it a try. The food was wonderful! Our next visit to San Diego had us putting dinner at Spike Africa's top of our to do list. I can't wait to visit again! I had the local sea bass and it was worth every penny! And the slaw they serve as a side is delicious and quite unique. Service was great and the drinks were too! A regular stop for us, for sure.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time there
It was a really nice experience, some friends for work met for brunch Sunday morning and I really loved everything. I checked in on my smart phone and got an immediate like from one of my "friends", he is the chef for McAlister's chain of restaurants, so maybe he'll visit when he's in San Diego.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Decor was fitting for a bar,
Decor was fitting for a bar, very seaside. Food was very good, service was great. Noise was moderate when we ate, but it was early 6 pm. good value for the money.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good end to San diego
We found this restaurant on Yelp. The hostess was very polite. He knew that we were from Louisiana and said he hoped the food would be on par with what we had grown up with. They did not disappoint . Manager was available and repeatedly checked on our table. Prices were appropriate for what we had paid for the week in San Diego. Food: Kids menu was excellent. We ate the Fried fish and was also fresh and very good. We loved the BBQ chips with onion dip. Overall had very good dinner for our last night.
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good fresh fish, but great clam chowder. Right in the heart of downtown.
7/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really enjoyed Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Grill & Bar. The service was outstanding and the food was amazing.
Prices are affordable, especially for it being a fish restaurant.
Everything was great.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place has become one of my top favorite places to eat lunch and take friends. The service is always great. The food is awesome. Alex Fernandez, the Manager, is very nice and professional. Constantly interacting with guest to ensure satisfaction. When ever I'm there he always manages to come over and chat. And remembers my name. Highly recommend dining at Spike Africa.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Doesn't get any better!
I came here for San Diego Comic Con 2013 (purely by accident, after perusing Yelp for seafood establishments) and I am so, so glad that I did. After perusing their San Diego Comic Con specials menu and inspecting the fresh red snapper that the head chef brought to each table, I pretty much had no choice but to order the snapper. Deep fried, crispy but tender on the inside, the fish was seasoned to perfection. The "Wolverine Margarita" that I ordered was another gem - spicy yet beautifully satisfying, if a tad on the strong side. Will definitely be back.
7/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great fish near Horton Plaza
Had brunch here the other day. Great appetizers, with really fresh fish prepared well. My son had the french toast, which was amazing. Pleasant, efficient service. The manager came out a few times to see how we were doing. Overall a nice place for lunch in the Gaslamp.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great happy hour
Happy hour from 3:30-6:30! $ Oysters plus half price appetizers and drink specials too!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't Miss Spike Africa's
Great, friendly people from hostesses, to wait staff, to the cook, who also stopped by the table, make this a welcoming place. The service was efficient, yet personable, with good information and advice about menu choices.
That's nice and all, but the food was epic! Don't fritter away another minute of your life until you go to Spike Africa's and have the "Mustard Salmon!" The seared sea scallops were outstanding as well, but everyone wanted a taste of that salmon!! Meat and veggies were each done perfectly. Portion sizes were not too big and not too small, and the taste - WOW.
It was my first visit, but it definitely will not be my last! A new favorite dinning spot has joined the San Diego food scene!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Some of the best seafood ever
Some of the best seafood ever enjoyed in San Diego. Service and staff was great.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service. The scotch salmon was wonderful and desserts were shared with raves from everyone. Will be back soon!
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, excellent service, very reasonable prices, and great pudding. Highly recommend.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh, reasonably priced seafood
Spike's is a concept restaurant from same people who foisted the Bubba Gump chain on us. But here but they do a great job with fish and the quality is far superior to Bubba's. Last night's meal included a carnivore and they didn't do a good job cooking his prime rib sandwich but the kitchen fixed it within minutes. Great place in the Gaslamp for fresh, inexpensive seafood. Staff is crackerjack. Try the specials!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The host was very friendly and helpful. He greeted us with a warm smile and accommodated us on our early reservation arrival.
Our server, Atticus, was very knowledgeable about the menu and friendly. He was spot on with the timing with the food courses and other servers were just as friendly and helpful as they passed by our table.
The HH tacos were dynamite!!! I believe we had the shrimp and the mahi mahi; each one was loaded with unique flavors.
Our main dishes, BBQ Mahi Mahi and Albacore with brown butter sauce were both delicious and packed with vibrant flavors.
We did not have dessert but the bartender made an amazing margarita from the cocktail menu.
We both had a great time and we will defiantly recommend and return to Spike Africa's.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great new restaurant!
After getting shut out of 3 places for reservations for 15 people for a last minute birthday dinner, I ran across this place on Open Table. New restaurant, great food, reasonable prices, attentive and accommodating waitstaff and the chef came out to check on us and have the fresh caught local yellowtail give me a birthday kiss. I am so glad I found this place and have already raved about it to several friends.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in Gaslamp!
We were first afraid to go to any restaurant in the Gaslamp area. However we found this delightful gem and we recommend it to anyone going to San Diego. Thank you for the delicious food (the rockfeller oysters... wow!) and the great service. You should also buy a bag of salt water taffies, you will love it!.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was fantastic. The local catch was superb. If you are looking for fresh fish, this is the place. The name initially through me off as I was expecting African cuisine but I am now the wiser regarding the origin of the name.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous for Fish
This was our first time at this restaurant. We started with the crab hush puppies. Nice & crispy with a red pepper remoulade. I love fish & chips, but am usually disappointed by the tartar sauce. They have a jalapeno tartar sauce along with a regular style. They were both light and delicious. My husband had the halibut with the citrus butter sauce and roasted tomatoes and articoke hearts. He completely enjoyed it. The fish was perfectly done with a light seared crust. We also had the Butterscotch Pudding for dessert. Fabulous. It comes in a glass jar with warm caramel and sea salt on top. Everything we saw coming out to the other tables looked so good. And the service was excellent. Attentive without being overbearing.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
overall great place.
Great service. Knowledgeable staff.
Would definitely order again: mango Mahi mahi and salmon.
Would definitely NOT order again: crab hush pups and butterscotch pudding.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've dined at Spike Africa's a number of times and it never disappoints. The fish is fresh with lots of wild-caught options. Appetizers are delish. Good wine list and yummy cocktails. Everything is wonderful!!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went with friends
The food was great, especially the shark and the Butterscotch rum pudding - unbelievable. The servers were attentive, but messed up a few small things. The manager and chef were visible and checked on us. It's a good place to start a night out, not too dressy, but you don't feel awkward wearing clubby clothes.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sometimes Yelp gets it right
Large open room with a GREAT energy. Everything from a Bridal Shower to families and couples at 8:00 on a Saturday.
We really liked the tableside visit from the manger and head chef parading the whole Yellow Tail catch of the day as they came in off the boat. The entire staff appeared happy to be there and were very attentive without being in our laps.
Try the Oyster roast with Pernod. We had grilled Mahi Mahi and seared diver scallops for our main both were cooked perfectly and plated cleanly. I had the home made butterscotch pudding for dessert and debated another for home it was so good!
We left at 9:30 and it was still a full house but the manager came outside and stopped to talk to us and make sure we had a good meal.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Servers were great!
We loved the food (don't miss the rockfish and the Mac 'n cheese), and happy hour oysters were also great. These are some if the friendliest servers we've met, and Shane the bartender helped make our visit special. We shall return!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for birthdays
Our office went to there for lunch to celebrate a co-worker's birthday. We received quick and friendly service with a smile and received a complimentary birthday dessert. The food was great and didn't take too long to receive after we ordered it. We are on a one hour lunch and usually in a hurry to get in and out. They managed to do all that quickly and efficiently. We will definitely go again for other birthday lunches.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and food
The staff, including our waitress, were all very friendly and professional. Our waitress made excellent recommendations and we really enjoyed both our meals. We started with our free basket of chips and dip from the Yelp check in, and shared a cup of chowder. I had the halibut with citrus butter sauce (awesome sauce) with fingerling potatoes. My husband had fish and chips with jalapeno tartar sauce. The only thing I might do differently was the fingerling potatoes. Also, this is a much more moderately priced seafood restaurant than most in the area, with a really cool atmosphere.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful variety of fresh fish and creative dishes. Excellent service.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
made our visit on recommendation from a stranger in Vegas the night before. So happy I listened. The staff was super friendly, welcoming and the place is a blast. Lots of energy, fun decor - and great FRESH fish and Oysters
The oysters - 41.25 ea at happy hour Bring me another dozen!!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went before a play and was happily surprised at the fresh fish. The owner even brought a whole fish out to show everyone. He clearly is passionate about fish!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
got it all
ExperienceThe Menu Attracted Us With Broad Choices Of Great Seafood Options And Inventive American Fare. The Service Was Attentive And Friendly. The Best Measure Of Their Quality For Me Was That When A Mistake Was Made, They Made More Than Good On The Experience For The Group. The Food Was As Good As Expected Too.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazingly Fresh Fish!
I love this place! We ordered Oysters (Cheseapeak Bay), Salmon, Baramundi and Tuna and everything was so fresh tasting and delicious! The sauces (although delisious) we not even needed because the fish was so good!
And all of the side options were excellent as well!
The Drinks were also extrodinary and unique!
The chef comes out with the fresh catches of the day wich was a very nice touch!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
NIce local menu with a few
NIce local menu with a few unique items, like the awesome smoked fish hushpuppies.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really enjoyed our dinner here. The oysters were very good and the fish was excellent. Sauces were tasty but not overpowering. The service was attentive. This is the place for a great piece of fish!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surprisingly hard to find good fish places in San Diego. There are a few and they are mobbed. This is a great one! I especially recommend it for a long lunch while you are on jury duty downtown. Good brunch (mango mimosas!) and great lunch.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gluten Free options
Heading at to a show at the theater and need a place close by and remembered we had eaten at Spike a few months ago and the food was super. I was not gluten free at this time so I did not inspect the menu for it but as of now I have been Gluten free for medical reasons and Spike had A LOT of gluten free options. The fish is amazing fresh caught that day. My boyfriend had the shrimp Mac and Cheese which he said was the best. The only draw back to spike is the noise level the acoustics are horrible we could hardly here each other. I am sure with a acoustic engineer they could rectify this issue. Possibly 3 bartenders would help these guys never stopped and had to neglect the people sitting at the bar.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Experience and tasty food
The excellent service started from the moment I arrived. The wait staff is very friendly and the food was excellent.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing service, even better food!
The food was so great. My girlfriends and I came for Sunday brunch. The service was great. The have good bloody Mary's and $10 bottomless champagne. Do NOT, and I stress DO NOT leave without trying the butterscotch pudding. Would definitely go back.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
More than we expected
Great food, service and environment. Highly recommend and look forward to the next time we can go there.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service
Spike Africa is super yummy. It has a great fish dishes and the service was amazing.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner was delicious and service was attentive. Atmosphere friendly. No trouble getting to the theatra on time. I would recommend valet parking be available as my guests had to park using another restaurant's valet service.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Diner last night was really excellent and the service very friendly! I can recommend this location!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Spiked to the rim!
Incredible quality food and service. Decent beer selection. Ask for the Uni
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
The restaurant had a great upscale, modern vibe. We had oysters as an appetizer - very good. My salmon was absolutely delicious, my boyfriends thresher shark was very good but I think they overdressed it with sauce.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was another great dining
This was another great dining experience at our new favorite Sea Food restaurant in San Diego! I had the Blackened Shark (which i hesitated to order Shark) but was very pleasantly surprised and satisfied as this was a delicious dish that was perfectly prepared and presented. Service was excellent and the Management Staff should be commended as they are very attentive and make sure that everything is done just right, they are friendly & personable and contribute to an awesome dining experience.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM