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Top of the Market
Top of the Market

Top of the Market Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thefishmarket.com/topofthemarket.aspx
  • Phone: (619) 234-4867
  • 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, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a private room that seats up to 24 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Samantha Gullixson (619) 234-4867

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 8am-6pm. The meters accept quarters and City of SD Parking Meter Debit Cards. It is $2.50 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 WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Outstanding seafood, great service and a great wine list..."
    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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Special Wedding Anniversary dinner made more special by the views, service and great food! Highly recommend Top of the Market!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We come here on every visit to SD.... great food and some beautiful sunsets"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Fabulous crab Louis and the presentation is outstanding. You must sit outside to experience the true view... Will be back soon."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We love going to Top of the Market when we are in town. Always great food and service."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Tables are a little too cramped, so I won't say it's romantic. But overall it's good food, good service and a great location/ view."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We have visited Top of the Market on nearly every trip to San Diego over the past 20 years and it has never disappointed. Food was wonderful and service was particularly great. I love this place."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Just a great restaurant, food was excellent and served on the shores overlooking the pacific. Service was spot on. One of the best meals we have had anywhere. King crab was full meal, Chiapinno was more than you could eat and everything was cooked perfectly. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Top of the Market was amazing as usual. I went for lunch with a friend and we started with a fresh and delicious seafood tower, and each enjoyed a cocktail. We then each ordered the swordfish tacos, which were equally as delicious. Our server was great and didn't rush us, as we often chat and take our time to order each course. We finished with a gigantic creme brulee, which was a fantastic way to finish to our meal!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Wanted a special place for to celebrate daughters 18th bday and hgh school graduation. This was perfect. The service, view, food and general ambiance were all exactly what I was looking for. It was expensive, but the portions were huge and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Great location on the waterfront with fresh fish dishes and great service. Active and noisy but some great outside seating options. Would visit again when in San Diego"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "It has not been my first time and will not be my last time"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I heard great reviews about Top of the Market. My friends are avid fans of the place. So I decided to take my dad for lunch for Father's Day. My dad enjoyed his salmon on a simple salad. However, the calamari was not crispy enough and it was kind of chewy. I ordered the asparagus and the scallops. The presentation was great, but the scallops were under cooked even when I asked for it to be recooked. Not such a great experience for me."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was superb, as was the service. Highly recommend a visit. The smoked fish platter was perfection. As was all of our entrees."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The location was superb with the views being impressive. The food was great, service was spot on and the overall experience was terrific. We had out of town family join us and they were quite impressed as well. Thank you Top of the Market team. Great job!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Fresh Fish prepared well, pleasant service and a fabulous view."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My only complaint was the parking. I had to wait 30 minutes for a valet parking spot."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This is a first class seafood restaurant with a great view of San Diego Harbor and the USS Midway. We started our dinner with a fine Russian River Chardonnay which was very good. We ordered the crab-cake appetizer and it was awesome. They have a menu that is printed each day based on what is fresh that day. Our waitress did not explain how the dishes were prepared and we failed to ask. I ordered the Alaskan Halibut and my wife ordered the wild Salmon. We waited longer than I expected for the meals to arrive considering that they weren't busy . When the dishes arrived my Halibut was over cooked, dry and tasteless, my wife's salmon was OK but not as flavorful as she had expected from such a well known, upscale restaurant. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Went here with coworkers while in town on business. Enjoyed the view very much. Server was very friendly and attentive. Food was good - everyone seemed to enjoy it. Wasn't anything too out of the ordinary but we left full. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "They were very accommodating of our needs. They listened to everything we asked, and made our anniversary a memorable one :)"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We selected Top of the Market to celebrate our 40th anniversary- a great choice!! We had requested a window table overlooking the bay, and we rewarded with a great view and fantastic dining experience! Reservation was for 8pm, and we arrived a few minutes early and shown to our table at exactly 8, not even time to go to the bar for a drink! Chris, our waiter, was great; attentive without hovering, and surprised us with a dessert with Happy Anniversary message on it! Drinks, wine, and food were all excellent and presentation was very good. Only down side was the parking- parking lot was very busy- we elected for valet, but still waited 20 minutes to have a space open up. This dinner was a great way to celebrate our anniversary!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Top of the Market was a great place to spend our 21st anniversary. We felt attended to, even spoiled, by the wait staff and even had the treat of meeting Chef Ivan Flowers. My husband had the swordfish and he said it melted in his mouth and was so tender and flavorful. My filet mignon was tops! We also had a sampler appetizer and the tuna sashimi was amazing. We shared an apple torte with Belgian chocolate topped with salted caramel gelato. It was a fantastic meal for a reasonable (for that level of a restaurant) price. ** Valet parking has 20 spaces only. The lot is metered. Bring quarters and/or have a backup plan. This is the only downside. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "There is a bottom restaurant and a top one. Be sure to eat up stairs. Reservations a must. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We dine here a lot quality if food was inferior this visit. We always get the fresh seafood platter as an appetizer was not fresh and so much smaller than usual "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We were here for a business meeting and it was perfect for this. Not too loud and not too crowded, but excellent food and very good service. The following night we came back but ate downstairs where it is noisier and more crowded."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Our server was excellent! Our wine was excellent! The disappointment was the food, you would think being over a fish market your seafood dishes would be outa this world. The couple next to us ordered the lobster and sent t back because it was tough, we should have listened. But we thought maybe it was just a random mistake, it wasn't. We ordered the lobster too, we sent it back. Very disappointed with the food because my dish, the sea bass, was not very good either. We may have just been there on a bad night, but we had hoped for much better. The manager did comp the lobster and was very nice about it all."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I took my parents to Top of the Market for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. We had never been there before, but I read reviews on Yelp that it was nice. It was amazing! They seated us outside in the quiet section of the restaurant directly overlooking the water. We felt like we were on a cruise ship and had a fabulous view of the USS Midway. The service, food & ambiance were perfect! Inside the restaurant was very noisy, but sitting outside on the patio, there is no noise and its totally enclosed so no worries about wind or bad weather. Would be great for a romantic date, wedding or birthday dinner. The swordfish was cooked perfectly and our waiter was very attentive to our needs. Although a bit pricey, I would definitely come back!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Went here with my family to celebrate my graduation. The food was good, but not great. Between the four of us, we ordered the Mongchong, the swordfish, the scallops, and Alaskan King Crab. We all sampled one another's dishes. The Mongchong was the best prepared, very succulent and nicely seasoned. The crab was tasty as well, but the portion was a bit small for the price. The swordfish was tasty, but nothing exceptional. The scallops were a bit disappointing and were not very flavorful. Service and ambiance were excellent. Overall, good food but nothing exceptional except for the Mongchong. The food was overpriced in my estimation, but if you place a high value on scenery and service this place would be worthwhile."
    Dined on 5/24/2014