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The Fish Market
The Fish Market

The Fish Market Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thefishmarket.com
  • Email: sdreservations@thefishmarket.com
  • Phone: (619) 232-3474
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner Sunday through Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
    Dinner Friday and Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Tony Alvarez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a private banquet room that will accommodate up to 50 people. Contact our Reservationist at 629-232-3474 or email at SDreservations@thefishmarket.com for more information
  • Entertainment: No live music, however, our Sushi Chefs and Oyster Bar Cooks provide exciting live action as they masterfully prepare exquisite seafood right before your eyes.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway/Pacific Highway
  • Public Transit: Metropolitan Transit System busses stop right at the entrance of our parking lot on North Harbor Drive
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a large public parking lot with parking meters that operate everyday but Sunday and most major holidays. We also offer Valet parking.
A word from The Fish Market
Serving the freshest and finest seafood in San Diego. Our harbor side restaurant located on San Diego bay offers multiple dining venues and amazing views. We have outside patio dining, outside cocktail area, enclosed patio dining and banquet facilities. We also have an Oyster Bar, full service bar and a Sushi Bar. We even have a retail market for fresh fish and all of our menu items are available for take out. We print our menus twice daily so that we may offer only the best. Mesquite charbroiled seafood, pastas, salads, specialties, clams & oysters, crab cakes, sushi and much more. You must try our famous Dungeness Crab Cioppino and signature Smoked Fish Sampler. Start your meal off with our exceptional sourdough bread and plan to finish your meal with a slice of house made key lime pie, creme brulee, or chocolate indulgence. We can accommodate groups of up to 50 in our private banquet room. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "The view was nice and the staff was friendly, but all four meals were just OK. We all expected better quality, especially at a fresh fish market. However, the place was packed and people were lined up when we left. We won't put it on our list."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I have dined here many times before and this will most likely be the last time. I enjoyed the online reservation process, that worked great but parking was a nightmare with even the valet parking full. The place is way to noisy for a relaxing meal. But the most disappointing feature was the food itself. I ordered Alaskin Halibut. The price was high but it usually is for good Halibut. This was not good Halibut. The piece was very thin and dried out. Not what a piece of fish for that price should be. It was a very small piece and nothing like any of the fish on the counter up front. Not what I expected for this place at all. The quality of the food here is in serious decline."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Huge selection of fish to choose from for lunch! This was a first time visit & will return. Our waitress Natalia from Russia was a gem & highly recommend her. Thank you :o)"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The grilled fish is to die for. Try the grilled sea bass from the Gulf of California. If not any other grilled fish is wonderful!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "They have no real parking during the weekend - valet parking was full. It was a war to get a spot. They did keep our table for us even though we were 20 mins. late (parking)."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We arrived at 3:45 and hoped to get an item off the dinner menu. We asked if we could wait, and the waitress said it would be no problem and we could order off the dinner menu now. That's amazing service you won't find in other restaurants. The shift changed and we got a new waiter who never missed a beat. The waiter kept the drinks coming and never seemed bothered to get extra bread or additional plates. Wonderful experience overall."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The service was pretty good, as was the food. I was in the mood for a Louie salad, and it definitely satisfied my craving. The salad was large, the shrimp and crab were plentiful and fresh tasting. The dressing was served on the side without me having to ask. Parking is a problem if you don't valet. The spaces in the lot are extremely narrow and hard to maneuver into."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The service was excellent. The food was prepared to my expectations. I visit regularly and have always been very pleased with all aspects of my visits. When family or friends visit from out of town this is always on the must visit list."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Was very happy with the service and the food. The waitstaff was excellent. The crab cakes and clam chowder was exceptional."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The restaurant was very accommodating. The service was great The food was delicious. We will definately eat there again on our return trips to San Doego."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Great selection of fish. We had the Sand Dabs and they were wonderful. They are hard to find on a menu. Service was great."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "A friend recommended The Fish Market for excellent sea food. Coming from San Antonio, Texas, people think sea food is at Red Lobster (NOT!!!). I made recommendations, but as it turned out they really were not needed. I could tell there were a lot of tourists as well as locals. The food was very very good and I would definitely recommend it. They have wonderful outdoor seating as well as indoor seating with an excellent view of the water. The service was top notch. We were pleasantly surprised."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The Fish Market consistently gives both great food and views. With pricing the same as other Fish Markets, you are getting the great San Diego harbor views for no premium. Even with the large restaurant size they somehow make every table feel special. They ran out of French Fries but substituted any side as a replacement."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "great scenic view of the San Diego Bay in addition to fresh fish, food - local beer paired well with the blackened swordfish, clam chowder prepared in house - nice dinner"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Frequent visitor, lunch was good, service was great, and view always the best in San Diego."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "we got appetizers very quickly, but then entrees took forever. the food wasn't good. Service wasn't great had to ask another staff member for our check, because we weren't seeing our waitress for a long time. Will not recommend to friends or family"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I usually eat at the Fish Market when in San Diego and went there again. I thought the food was really only average although my companion's deep fried scallops were excellent. My mahi mahi was good but the sides were lackluster. The companion's sides were also blah - fries and cole slaw with nothing to really say about them. We had creme brulee for dessert; the strawberry it was topped with was good but the creme brulee itself was average. And their coffee isn't any good - I expected at least colombian but it wasn't and it was bitter. So, can't say I was impressed. Guess I'll go elsewhere next time."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "breath-taking view! sat at the outside patio, watched sailers and jet skiers...Best Ciopinno ever!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Reservation for noon 2/14. Seated 12:20. Water and drink order 1:00pm. Food order taken 1:30pm. So much for reservation. Looked and felt like they were understaffed. Huge sunshine storm,"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I had the Clam chowder ,okay, spinach salad, very good sword fish taco, had better at Rubio's Wife had seared tuna, with potatoes and vegetables ,VERY GOOD, could not finish. Bagged it up to take home. We did not make it very far out the front door before a man walked up and said he was hungry. Asked if we had some food. How can you say no to a guy asking for food? The homeless around here eat very well."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "For a restaurant that should be used to being busy, they don't act like it. 15 mins go by after we order apps, only to find out they didnt have what I ordered."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Glad we came for an early dinner (5:45pm) Friday of Restaurant week because we had a great table and great service. Later as we were eating our main courses, it got pretty noisy and crowded, as we know it can be. Crab cakes, calamari, mahi mahi, chipotle prawns, lobster were all delicious. The hot bread was a nice addition and the Key Lime pie a great finish. What a nice menu for Restaurant Week!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Nice dinner, & good view of the harbor. For a long dinner, service was pretty quick & attentive."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Only been once. Considered it okay. Not bad, just nothing special."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Had a late dinner with the family here, and they placed us on the outside deck that was covered up. It was literally on the water, which is great, but because it was night time we didn't get a lot of benefit from it. The outside area chairs were unfortunately plastic, with the table typical for an outside patio, but again plastic mostly. It felt very unsophisticated. Just for this I would have rather dined inside. Service was outstanding - we had a # of bad services in recent places. We have a toddler which requires a lot of attention, and we were able to get that from our waitress. Kudos to her."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "I was hesitant to go to the place as I usually seek out the best possible area seafood restaurants. This place is in a tourist area of the city so I was thinking we'd be disappointed . We all found the fish to be fresh and very well prepared. We all had our fish simply grilled. I had the swordfish grilled medium with the steamed veggies and coleslaw. Everything was excellent, everyone agreed and so we came back again the next night and had the same meal again!!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Enjoyed a baked crab. (Warning, the buttery sauce was peppery. I had to request melted garlic butter on the side, which they provided but it took quite a while to get and came in a very small dipping container. If you do not like spicy, I recommend you order the garlic butter while placing the dinner order and ask for extra since the serving was very small.) I had ordered the half crab, but when the order arrived it was a whole crab. I explained the problem and they honored the price for a half order without any problem. Loved the view, especially the sunset!"
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Had lunch with my son, very busy today, but staff did a pretty good job other than a 15 minute wait when first seated. Rest of service was timely and well done. My son had a Craft beer which he really liked and said was hard to find in other restaurants. Crab appetizer was really good, remaining items were good. Very noisy so conversation difficult, but again it was busy."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I did not get our server's name, but she was great: not interupting or hoveing, but there for refils and just to check-in. My clients were extremely impressed and the lunch was perfect!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Probably poor day to eat there because parking lot and valet parking full. Huge crowds inside and out. Suggest reservation at upper dining room worth higher price men on major tourist holiday if you must eat at this site."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Visited after being at the USS Midway and it was really nice. The location and view were ideal. Food was really good and staff nice. Got a bit crowded and service was not perfect but had a great experience overall."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I've been to the Fish Market three times now, and this was by far the busiest night I've gone. We had a group of 6, so reservations on a Saturday night were a must. The server was friendly and our spot by the back deck was nice. We were in an indoor-outdoor seating area, so the space heaters were great to have. The view of the bay is spectacular at night. My only complaint would be the crowded feel of the restaurant, and the noise level inside. The cioppino is excellent (seafood soup), as were the spicy tuna rolls for an appetizer. I highly recommend the Negra Modelo for a good beer to pair with the richness of the chowders and soups."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I have been coming here for 17 Years and still love it. Food is great and the view is amazing. If you don't go here you are missing out"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Make sure you have a reservation ! Good food. A bit loud but nice place :)"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We always eat here when in town; recommended to all"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Always a stop for us when in SanDiego. A real treat."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "I highly recommend dining on the patio with a nice glass of wine. The patio is so close to the water it I feels like you are dinning on the water. Just fabulous. As for the food itself, it is good and the seafood holds its own but I would not consider it out of the park for San Diego. But go for the ambiance."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Great restaurant on the San Diego waterfront. Great menu, lots of selection for a light to a heavy meal. Wine list to complement. Server was very good, explained menu selections and specials well, timely service. Food was very good, well prepared, tasty, nice portions. Too full for desert. Waterfront view a plus, added that little extra to our dining experience. Definitely will be back next time visiting San Diego."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Our firm chose The Fish Market to celebrate the holiday. It was a great experience with great views of the water. Parking is always difficult for this area, but luckily we were all able to find spots prior to our reservation."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "The fish market never disappoints. It may be a chain, a small one, but it doesn't have the heartless feeling. The fish is always delicious, the service friendly, and prices reasonable. Combine tha with a great harbor view and large menu and you have the perfect laid back fish joint"
    Dined on 12/16/2013