Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Grill & Bar
Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Grill & Bar

Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Grill & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.spikeafricas.com/
  • Phone: 6197953800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

    Friday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Saturday: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Sunday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Avenue
  • Parking: No
A word from Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Grill & Bar
Spike Africa …”President of the Pacific Ocean” was the last of the great schooner boat captains sailing out of the West Coast. He learned to sail by shipping out on the “K.V. Kruse”, a five masted schooner freighting lumber from Seattle to Alaska. Spike is best known for his adventurous voyage with the actor Sterling Hayden and their families ending in Tahiti in 1958, and chronicled in Hayden’s classic sea novel “The Wanderer”. As a “Seabee” Lieutenant in WWII Spike fought in the bloody battle of Peleliu Island as depicted in the HBO mini-series “Pacific”. A part time novice actor, Spike appeared in the film “Cinderella Liberty”. He was a legend in virtually every West Coast Port known as a free spirited “last of the breed” sailor. Thank you for coming in today and please enjoy some great food and drink in Spike’s honor.
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Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Grill & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)good for groups (28)fit for foodies (24)great for lunch (19)great for outdoor dining (17)vibrant bar scene (17)hot spot (12)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (10)special occasion (7)great for brunch (6)romantic (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Fresh, delicious seafood!
    SdJody
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Best fish n chips in the city! Server was great!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The servers here are so awesome, and the fish too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Last minute find
    FoodieChic
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Came here with a large group and was able to make a last minute reservation which was great. I had seen mixed reviews about service, but our experience was good. Despite making the reservations hours before, they accommodated us and ensured we got a good space for our group. Food was just okay. Not sure if it was what we ordered, but the best dishes in our meal were the appetizers. I think this place is more popular for their happy hour. But overall, its clean, nice ambience, casual enough for kids but nice enough for a night out.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gailb1
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    we made it in time for happy hour on saturday (ends at 6:30 pm). Our dinner consisted of the mahi tacos, ceviche, beer cheese & black bean dip, and a caesar salad. If you use yelp to check in, you get a free plate of BBQ chips! Great place to bring your kids
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Spike Africa's was recommended by the concierge at our hotel. We we very surprised by the food! We thought it would be typical bar type food! Spike Africa was our favorite meal during our vacation in San Diego!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal & service
    KimH
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We came here after the Giants beat the Padres in extra innings. We knew we were going to be late for our reservation once the game went into extra innings so we called - no problem. They had a great table waiting for us and our server, Jackson, was terrific. The food was very good - mustard glzed salmon was the best, but I did not care for the citrus vinegarette salad dressing - all oil no citrus. We would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great happy hour
    MarathonManVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We enjoyed happy hour beverages and starters with dinner. A great value. This was our second visit to Spike Africa's. We will return on our next trip to SD.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good restaurant
    genselecus
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This was a pretty good dining experience. All of the food that we got was good and the prices were alright for the quality of food. The service was pretty good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular from Start to Finish!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    My wife and I dined here and were amazed!! Although it looks like other chain restaurants named after peppers or days of the week, we had one of the best meals we've ever had. House made BBQ chips - amazing. Dusting of bbq on chips clearly made from potatoes. Salmon burger - sooo good! Came with Gruyere and a jalapeño tartar. Great bun too! Butterscotch Pudding - literally one of the best desserts my wife and I have ever had. I do not use hyperboles or give out this praise often. Coming in a short mason jar type container, about 3/4 is the pudding. This pudding has the consistency closer to creme brûlée in my opinion. The remaining 1/4 is melted caramel with generous sea salt on top. It. Was. AMAZING. Thanks Spike Africa's!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    OutofTowners
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Nice atmosphere. Great food. Friendly staff. Definitely would recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Average food. Very noisy pre baseball crowd. Good service. Probably wouldn't go back. Went there for dinner before the theater. Wanted to try something new.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time visit
    KoressaY
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We had seen the restaurant in passing, but none of us had ever been in. We decided to take the chance and were glad we did. The grilled scallops were delicious, and the butterscotch pudding was tasty. Our server Chris was friendly and attentive, and when one member of our party asked for her salmon to be cooked a little longer it was handled quickly and without attitude. When asked about certain allergens, if he didn't know, Chris went back into the kitchen to get the information. We had a great time and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best service in Downtown San Diego
    RecentDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Excellent menu with a variety of fresh fish and seafood, big portions! I recommend grilled versus pan-seared for the fish. The oysters are outstanding. Check in on the Yelp app for a free selected appetizer. Can't beat the service where they go out of the way to make sure you're happy. Chris really knows how to take care of his customers!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to meet friends!
    OutOften
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We started with a reservation for four, and by the time Saturday rolled around, we had upped it to nine people! Everyone loves the location, the happy hour and regular menu, and the really good service. We even went back at 10 pm for drinks and more appetizers. Love the chowder, hush pups, fish tacos--and the butterscotch pudding. Stephanie and Chris took great care of us. We will probably be back twice more this week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Theatre Find
    OutOften
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Very good Happy Hour snacks and house wine. Regular food is also very good and fair prices, but this is a deal for downtown, especially if you are going to the Balboa Theatre a block away! GV
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good downtown casual dinning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food was good, the kitchen was slow but both the server and manager stopped by with updates and complementary appetizer so the wait was not painful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not special
    DMiltonVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    If you are out and about this restaurant will be a good place for fresh seafood in a relatively basic but enjoyable environment. Service was friendly and relatively prompt.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    First time visit was not disappointed. Service was excellent, dining area active but not too loud and the food was excellent. Poached salmon was cooked perfectly. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh Choice for Gaslamp
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Since I was just with one friend who was going to have drinks while I ate, we opted to sit at the bar. It took the bartender a long time to acknowledge us, give menus and water. After that, the service was fine except that servers kept trying to bring us food that another couple at the bar had ordered. They had moved from one side of us to the other, so that may have been the source of the confusion. The food was decent. I had 6 oysters, which didn't come until after my food, but the manager came over and apologized for that when my food was delivered and said they were just swamped with orders. They were good as were the lettuce cups with poached shrimp, although the lettuce wasn't strong enough to pick up, which was mildly annoying.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I ordered the poached Scottish Salmon and it was delicious! I've yet to try the Salted Caramel Butterscotch pudding, but it sounds awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot!
    BKniffen
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went here for an early Mothers Day dinner with our young kids. The service was great and they set us up in a good spot for three little kids. The food was the best we had on our weekend trip to San Deigo. It's definitely a place we would go to again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat More Fish-go to Spike Africa's
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Ate here w/the family on Mother's Day. I had the spinach and shrimp omelet, someone else tried the brkfst sandwich & hubby had eggs & potatoes. He was so happy the eggs were cooked how he wanted - does not care for runny egg yolks. We also shared mini sticky buns in the beginning. I would return just for those high calorie treats! Our server (Chris) was attentive as well as the mgr. and the hostess. After our scrumptious meal, I rec'd a parting gift of 2 handmade chocolate truffles. Although we came on a Sunday, parking is always a pain near the Gaslamp area. If you park at Horton Plaza, you will have 3 hours of free prkg (just validate the ticket at one of the machines in the mall).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Found spike Africa's thanks to the gas lamp plaza suites recommendation. I then recommended it to my parents and they got here first. Both my folks and my wife and I loved spike Africa's. the surf & turf is a must, GREAT STEAK! Try the butterscotch pudding for dessert, it won't dissappoint. Thanks
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    SDBarbie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I have been to Spike Africa's twice for dinner and three times for lunch and it is consistently good. Dinner on Friday night was particularly wonderful. I had the filet and stuffed lobster. My only complaint is that I ordered the steak medium rare and it came medium, but the flavor was so good I didn't complain. The stuffed lobster was amazing (though I have no idea what else was stuffed in there!) We also ordered appetizers - the ceviche is some of the best I have ever eaten and the bacon/beer mussels - yum! (hey, it's got bacon, right?) My husband's swordfish was tender and cooked perfectly. A great dinner! The waiter (Brian) was a hoot! Thanks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Fish
    AK2797
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Went to Spike on a recomendation from a bartender at Barleymash.....and man, he was spot on. Food was amazing, service was on point and the beers were cold.....great dinner and I would go back again for sure.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business Dinner
    TonyB
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I was recommended to eat here by one of the local hotels. It was perfect. Located on Broadway & 5th Ave, downtown San Diego, I wanted great fish in a place we could talk and enjoy without the "pomp". It was casual, smart, very friendly, superb food of all types and not over priced. The only drawback is that parking is expensive downtown San Diego, but that is not the fault of the restaurant. I highly recommend it tb
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 108 reviews are from the Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Grill & Bar reviews archive.
  • Good food & service
    PatschiVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Go to Spike Africa for good fresh fish at very reasonable prices. After a poor experience at another restaurant the previous night, it was a pleasure to come to Spike Africa!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Happy Hour
    Wisegirl
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Went after a matinee at the theater across the street. We were very early and all enjoyed the Happy Hour food/d/rink menu. Margarita must have been 'whisked' past the tequila bottle...but, considering it wasn't even 4:30pm....it was enough. Mussels were delicious....could have been a bit more generous serving....but the taste was wonderful. Fresh farmed from the local Carlsbad mussel farm. Panko shrimp and fries was generous and easy to share. Ceviche was delicious with very spicy tortilla chips. Certainly will recommend it for HH and for dinner.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Gaslamp Gem
    Blujewel8353
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Food was outstanding. House made sauces, great coleslaw, all 4 fish dishes at our table were very good. This is how San Diego should be for fresh fish.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not so good .....
    GolferGirlVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We've tried Spike Africa 3 times and each time, I think it was worse than before! We shared the fish and chips - both lukewarm at best and greasy! Our waitress was very nice but after she took our order, we never saw her! They have runners to deliver the food, which I know is very common, but no one ever stops by your table to see if you need anything or check on the food once its been delivered. Not a good practice at all. Too many good restaurants in the Gaslamp. I think we will take this one off our "go to" list!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere
    dinerdelux
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We had a great time at spike africa's, It has a fun vibe. The oysters were amazing, my scallops were not the best I have ever eaten, but the brussel sprouts that came with them made up for it. My boyfriend had the lobster roll and he really enjoyed it. The service was great, I would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fresh Fish
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Ask the server about the whole fish of the day. If you are not too late the chef may come out with the entire fish and depending on the size you can order the whole fish or a portion cut and cooked to order
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    FairladyVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Really good! Food was excellent. Back room was noisy, staff was kind enough to move us to a quieter spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get you some Spike!
    anniesreview
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Great place especially for groups. We had our team dinner here and it was just right. Used OT to make our ressie and they had us set up in a perfect spot. The service was great and the food was fantastic. Must try for great seafood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice for fish
    risermonVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Fish was well cooked and very fresh. Clam chowder very rich and tasty. Ate at bar and found patrons to be friendly . Not overcrowded like gaslamp.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    DavidB
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We were a group of three, and there during happy hour. All food items ordered were repeatable. Wine pours were on the skimpy side - even at happy hour prices.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best Valentine
    Frugal
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Thank you- it was a terrific . Great server. Great timing of On serving 4 course meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day
    CecebeGirl
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We made Valentines Day reservations well ahead and only found out on the 14th when we asked to add one more to our party that they had a set price fixed menu for $44. The food was great but we waited over an hour for the main course because our server's error which she apologized for. All in all we were there three hous (7pm until 10 pm). That said we would try it again on a normal night because the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentines Day at Spikes
    BaysideBernard
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The menu for Valentines Day was a price fix 4 course menu which included, soup or salad, appetizer, entree and dessert. With a health selection of fresh fish to select from we found a perfect balance of food, service and energy. We will definitely visit again and consider the evening a bargain as compared to comparable restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had rockfish on a bed of black
    DinerguyVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Had rockfish on a bed of black beans/salsa. It was excellent. Good service at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.