Top of the Market
Top of the Market

Top of the Market

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thefishmarket.com/topofthemarket.aspx
  • Phone: 6192344867x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:45pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday-Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Ivan Flowers
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a private room that seats up to 24 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Samantha Gullixson 6192344867x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific Coast Highway and W. Broadway
  • Public Transit: We are two blocks from the Sante Fe Depot station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The lot directly in front of our restaurant is metered & monitored by the Port of San Diego seven days a week from 10am-8pm. The meters accept quarters and City of SD Parking Meter Debit Cards. It is $3.50 for the two hour maximum. We offer valet service that is $10 for our guests and available seven days a week from 11am until closing. Should either of these options be unavailable there are two additional public lots located on Pacific Coast Highway and W. Broadway.
A word from Top of the Market
Top of the Market offers an extensive variety of fresh fish, oysters and shellfish with a sophisticated twist. Views of San Diego Bay, Coronado and Point Loma make Top of the Market the ideal location to dine when in San Diego
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Top of the Market reviews from OpenTable diners
153 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (139)special occasion (98)romantic (82)great for outdoor dining (69)fit for foodies (63)notable wine list (37)great for lunch (26)good for groups (24)great for brunch (21)neighborhood gem (10)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Top of the Market & The Midway
    pasadenafoodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had a wonderful time celebrating my wife's birthday. Service was excellent as well as the food. Wonderful views of the harbor and the Midway. All topped off with a fantastic fireworks from the Midway. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roll of the dice.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    When trying a new restaurant you always take a chance. With the Top of the Market I hit it big, great food nice view from the outside glass patio it was a night to remember.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but inconsistent
    chucknsd
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I visited Top of the Market a few weeks ago and enjoyed a wonderful Fillet Mignon and some wine. Steak was cooked to perfection (medium rare) just as I like it. I decided to try the restaurant again a few days ago when a friend was visiting. I ordered the same meal (Fillet Mignon) and it came out medium to medium well and it tasted like the steak was cooked the day before and microwaved. I was with my friend and we were enjoying the evening and did not want to make a fuss. But I don't think I will be ordering the steak anymore. Also, the service this time around was lacking. Overall I still like the restaurant due to its location but they need to get the service issues under control and food quality/consistency in check.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Antonio
    Antonio
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Nice ambiance, food is delightful, i had the ink linguini with scallops and shrimps really good, my wife had the sole a bit dry but good. The service is excellent......I will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints.
    4xsfun
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Celebrating my boyfriends military retirement after 32 years ...Air Force Col. After many official parties of recognition, we could think of no other perfect place than Top of the Market, so we flew in from Fort Worth TX. Outstanding service and Chino Farms veggies are always a treat. Memorable, every time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back Again
    Lvgatorfan
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We found this restaurant first time we went to San Diego some 10 or 15 years ago Every time we visit we eat here Have never been disappointed Wife had a lobster tail that was to die for I had blacken swordfish that was seasoned just right (not over spicy or to blacken) and was very tender We have always loved eating here Waiter was really good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch
    BenTVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    2nd time here, and just as good as the first. First rate service for starters, the staff is very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. We can be difficult in that we like to make substitutions, or special food prep, and the server and kitchen did not even blink. The seafood platter was perfect, with very healthy portions, and they made a special seafood pasta dish that was a combo of two of the ones on the menu (squid ink linguini with scallops and prawns, but with the sauce and veggies from another pasta). The scallops were cooked to perfection, just amazing, and the chipotle cream sauce was delicious. The views of the water from TotM are also exquisite. In our view, this is a must stop place anytime we are visiting San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On vacation
    1abouttown
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Live in San Diego but alwaays feel like I,m on vacation when at the Fish Market, upstairs. The food is outstanding, but when you add the habor views the friendly service it moves beyond the ordinary. Great place to lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nicest table
    nickzen
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Been there a couple of times and the food and service have always been outstanding. We had (by chance) a table on the outside, facing the bay and away from any noise. I prefer tables outside as i think the A/C is too cold inside.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    FabtasticfoodFamily
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was fantastic, the waitress was very charasmatic, and we added a great wine to our weekend shopping selection. Our son Had a delicious s'more that was roasted at our table. Everyone went home with smiling faces and wonderfull memories of the fish market onSan Diego bay.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, service - not so much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Top of the market was recommended to us by the concierge at our hotel since we were looking for a nice evening out to celebrate our anniversary. From the online photos, the restaurant looked like it fit the bill. Unfortunately, the service was was too casual, we were rushed through our meal by the food coming in rapid-fire succession (main course delivered about 5 minutes after our appetizer).
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dinner
    Hotperro
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had a nice dinner we were seated in The veranda with great view of The bay . The food was nicely presented And The ambiance quiet. Bill was proportionated to The food quality .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    jmathis
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our recent anniversary dinner at The Top of the Market. We sat outside on the deck which was quite lovely and enjoyed the sun glistening on the water and watching the sailboats go by. The waiter was attentive and informative. We both had the salmon which was just right. Because it was our anniversary, the restaurant surprised us with a chocolate dish that was rich and tasty. We decided to go ahead an order their key lime pie to share which was also rich and very tasty. We had a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunset dining
    Piceno
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great view, wonderful staff and food was excellent! When back in town we will make it a point to eat here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Service
    whocareswhoiamVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Generally this is a favorite seafood dining spot, always fresh fish. We ordered a bottle of white wine and a seafood platter for two. The wine was delivered promptly. Sadly, the platter arrived 50 minutes later. We requested cocktail sauce and that was delivered AFTER we finished. Caleb, our server, was nice but honestly the food should have been delivered so that we could have enjoyed it WITH THE WINE. Also the white wine should have been served in an ice bucket so it would stay chilled while we dined. So we hoped to enjoy wine and seafood platter together, but ended up enjoying lukewarm wine with bread, seafood without cocktail sauce. Disappointing this visit.
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  • Service from employees excellent!
    Dolly
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The whole evening was pleasant from beginning to end - and my birthday dessert with a candle was not only fun, but elegant and delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place.
    ChrisyClara
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Always a great selection of fish - cooked to perfection. Add in all the healthy sides and you are good to go!! Great view - nice staff - easy to find. Its my go-to recommendation for out of town-ers.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinerout
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Fresh fish in an upscale, relaxed atmosphere. Far better than eating at the Fish Market Downstairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rock
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    WONDERFUL WILL GO BACK OFTEN WHEN WE GO TO THE CONCERTS IN S. D.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Top Of The Market Is Tops!
    Ilikesteak
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I have not eaten at the Top Of The Market for several years. I decided to try it for my anniversary. Both the food, service and location were first class. Down stair at The Fish Market was a zoo. I guess it's very popular with both tourist and locals. If you want a more romantic evening. Try the Top.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We love the ambience of this restaurant. The view of the San Diego Harbor are wonderful. The food is great and service outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always
    Ucitykid
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Visit SD every 6 months or so & never miss a visit to this restaurant. Seafood fresh & superb & wine list exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outside Patio table water view!
    katy101VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Ladies dinner outside on the patio, wonderful sitting on top of the water. We split a salad and a pasta dish and both were delicious. They have a very nice wine list as well. Would recommend taking out of towners here...I always bring my guests here for a real treat!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mach2VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Best service ever! We were late & told waitress we needed to be done in 45 minutes. She made it work but no compromise in food or service. Smiles from her the entire time. And, sad to say I've forgotten her name.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We chose Top of the Market for a business dinner with a party of 6. It took a half an hour before we for our drinks and another half an hour to get appetizers. The food awash fantastic everyone loved what they ordered and the view was amazing. Wish the service had been quicker, but it was a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Seafood Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Outstanding seafood, great service and a great wine list...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my favorite downtown eatery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    the seafood platter is outstanding. whenever i'm downtown ( i live in North County Inland but) I make a point to eat here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunset Dinner
    ebradshaw
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    If you look up what time sunset will occur and place a reservation for that time, your in for a breathtaking dinner! Just remember to breathe, and chew, and sip, too. We had a wonderful time- the sea bass and swordfish were spectacular, and the crabcake was a terrific starter. They even had a Saison that I had been meaning to try- and it was great. The server was quiet and yet friendly, was keeping an eye on us and yet gave us a bit of space to enjoy our evening, which we needed. It was our 7th anniversary and it was possibly the best dinner we'd had since our wedding. Cheers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • top of the Market
    dbleL2
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Special Wedding Anniversary dinner made more special by the views, service and great food! Highly recommend Top of the Market!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SaddleBrookefoodie
    SaddleBrookefoodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    What a terrific dinner! Our server, Apryl, was attentive but not intrusive as we had a shared crabcake appetizer, separate sea bass entrees, and a shared dessert. The by-the-glass wine list was extensive--not the usual two or three offerings. The view of San Diego Bay was spectacular at sunset. Although other reviewers have pegged this as an expensive restaurant, we felt that the prices were in line with the offerings. Indeed, this is NOT Red Lobster dining! Fish Market downstairs offers a lower-priced menu as well as fish for sale. Definitely, we will return to Top of the Fish Market for a topnotch experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The fresh fish is outstanding
    walleyewizard
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have eaten at the Fish Market many times before, however this was our first time to the Top of the Market, to begin with the view is spectacular, the service is excellent, and the food is out of this world. A great place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    Judy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A group of 9 of us went to the Top of the Market to celebrate my husband's 75th birthday. We got there a little early but were promptly seated. The service was excellent & the food superb. They brought a small dessert with a candle so we could sing Happy Birthday. My husband loved it. Many thanks to our server for being around when we needed him but not hovering too close.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Special Occasions!
    phxfoodguru
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for her birthday, and she loved it! Our view was amazing and the food was delicious. Our waiter was very professional. I can't wait to visit again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old School Style on The Water
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    An old school staple but it holds up. The food was tasty...highly recommend the ciopinno. While decor is just a tad dated by today's trendy standards it remains classic and skips all the noise. You can actually have a conversation! Service was very attentive and the wine list is extensive with a good array at various price points. Definitely will go again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining in SD
    ajg5000
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We come here on every visit to SD.... great food and some beautiful sunsets
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always satisfying
    Chris
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    My husband and I live in Arizona. We have been coming to this restaurant for almost 20 years. We flew in for the evening just to eat here. The seafood is outstanding! It is expensive but totally worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Again
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The view, the service and wonderful food all make the parking snarl worth it. The restaurant is aware of the problem & tries to make the effort of getting there worth it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five Star FOOD One star SERVICE
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Ate here on the 4th of July, entertaining guests from Florida. 5 of us created a total bill of $260.00 which is about average for a great restaurant. What was unexpected was slow, distracted service which create glasses sitting empty, dirty dishes sitting for 15 or so minutes while waiting to order desert, all with an empty restaurant at 3PM. If you are looking for five star food and can tolerate poor one star service this is the place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible experience
    GoodNeighborVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Fabulous crab Louis and the presentation is outstanding. You must sit outside to experience the true view... Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Super Evening
    Balding
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We love going to Top of the Market when we are in town. Always great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate