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Fat Fish Cantina Grill

4.0
100 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Top Tags:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

A Southern California eatery motivated to be a leader in affordable dining at the beach area. Fat Fish is inspired by seasonal harvests from the freshest pacific seafood, and California farm lands, paired with prime aged beef, & fresh poultry combining Southern Californian cooking trends with the flavor driven culinary style of our neighbors to the South.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Seafood, Mexican
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Hours of operation
MONDAY - SATURDAY 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
SUNDAY 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Phone number
(858) 490-2877
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Christopher Bates
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Private party facilities
Our space can accommodate a wide range of events and party sizes. Let us plan your next gathering and we will carefully select the perfect menu items to accommodate your friend, family, and business occasions.
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Private party contact
Private Event Coordinator: (888) 875-6119
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Catering
We can cater almost any event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Garnet
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Parking details
We have a private lot with a parking attendant and numerous slots.
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Public transit
There are numerous bus routes to our restaurant.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.1
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3.9
service
3.9
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4.0
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2.0Dined on August 1, 2016

the food was excellent,but the service was very poor and it took almost 1 hour to get out food and the the water didn't know how to use a gift card that had 25 dollars on it and the we gave her a credit card and 40 dollars cash and she rang it right but gave us out 40 dollars back,she is lucky we are honest and gave her the money back,she didn't even seem grateful..maybe she was having a bad day..

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2016

Drinks are reasonably priced and tasty. Corn on the cob is amazing!

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2016

Got the nachos and surf & turf tacos...delicious!! Wife got a taco & enchilada combo and loved it as much as I loved mine! Will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2016

My husband and I both had the Puerto Nueva lobster dish and it was excellent. The lobster bisque was also very good, although the puff pastry covering the soup was not well cooked, and very dough-y

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2016

What a surprise! Really nice dishes featuring fresh ingredients with a Latin flair! We started with a really nice lobster bisque then enjoyed some unique preparations of salmon - Grilled Salmon Champignon and a great Skirts of Fire Arrachera - we will definitely return! Service was very good and the tortillas were handmade on site.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2016

Excellent food & good value. Wait staff was sensitive to seating 2 of party while waiting for 2 more to arrive.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2016

Great food! Came back twice in one week!

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2016

We chose to sit in the restaurant. It was loud and more like a bar. People were walking around and chatting having drinks. The food was pretty good, just not very large portions. The server also didn't give us silverware and we waited 20 mins to eat before finally just going and taking some from another table ourself.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2016

I was expecting more, frankly, for what I paid for both food and drinks. The food was fine, but nothing I would really gush about.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2016

The food was outstanding but I wish they had a selection or two that didn't have a sauce. Their fish is very good, fresh and doesn't require any flavor enhancements.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2016

Great service! Breakfast kept me full all day!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2016

Enjoyed the fab cuisine and margaritas, especially the lobster tacos and scallop tacos.

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3.0Dined on February 26, 2016

Good food, too noisy though and service was very slow and erratic

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2016

The lobster bisque was great. Restaurant wasn't that busy. Good menu. More Mexican food than I expected though.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2016

Great tacos and good drinks at the bar

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2016

love the new $9 monday lobster night! you can't beat it and they have an awesome outdoor patio thats great for groups!

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2016

As a New Yorker, I appreciate Fat Fish. It has above average Mexican-American food at about 30% less than what a close comparison, Gabriela's in Manhattan, would charge. Solid tacos. Flavorful guacamole. A great cocktail and margarita and beer selection. And fire pits. I know it is not fine Mexican dining. But I liked it a lot and I will be back!

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2015

Wife had shrimp tacos and I had a tempura battered ahi dish. We liked both very well. My wife had the margarita flight and I had the tequila flight, both good. Fun place with great service. Would certainly go back to try other dishes.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2015

Good Restaurant. Great Food. Good ambiance. Service is a little slow.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2015

Spicy margarita was out of this world! Surf and turf tacos and chicken enchiladas we loved! Outdoor area near the fire had great ambiance and kept us warm! Super speedy service!

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2015

I went to the restaurant on a first date. The speakers and the type of music in the patio were not good for romantic conversation. We moved tables 2x to get away from speakers. In all other ways the restaurant is excellent!

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2015

Overall we had a very good meal. It was a casual restaurant that was perfect for a family with small children. I would certainly come again.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2015

Our server on Sunday night was fabulous...we were 8 people and she was very attentative aND ..fun...she served us efficiently with a beautiful smile. We had 2 Birthdays on our table and she remembered and brought over 2 desserts to sing Happy Birthday .

The food was plenty and good however....presentation was lacking...my husband and I orders their fajitas....wow good..but not very apealing... the others on our table also enjoyed various dishes said all was very good!

I will definetly return to try other dishes ...I recommend reservations cause after 7pm it was pcaked. ..thank you FatFish

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2015

Great food, very good service, friendly staff, right off the beach.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2015

Everything was fantastic from start to finish. Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2015

The food was excellent. Of course they had the usual deep fried and fattening food that was tasty and excellent. The Chips were home made; the salsa was super good. I grew up with a Mexican grandma, so I know my salsas. This place had GREAT SALSA. The whole table loved, loved, loved the brie, crusted with some type of nut. Delicious. I was trying to be healthy, so after the chips and brie I had the Salmon. Delicious. It was moist on the inside, but still fully cooked. The vegetables that accompanied the dish were super, super good - included asparagus! Yum. I had a red Malbec wine and that too was good. I wish I could remember what it was, I'd buy some for home. I thought the service was good. The other people at the table thought it was a little slow -- so . . . I think personalities play a part in that. Our waitress was very accommodating, so I give her FIVE stars. Its casual dining, but clean, and great food with healthy choices and fattening choices, so . . . something for everyone.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2015

We had reservations and were seated right away in the Patio area that is very comfortable with a fire pit for ambiance and cool nights. The server was very good and so were all the expediters. There were couples, groups and big family tables all throughout. The music system was great not too loud. Food was wonderful as always and we dine at Fat Fish often because it has been consistent for all the times we have gone.

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3.0Dined on April 25, 2015

We felt there was too much emphasis placed on the concept versus good food and value. Two shortcomings were weak margaritas, come on guys, and house made flour tortillas they bragged about that were almost like cardboard. On the plus side service was much better than average.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2015

We enjoyed the food a lot. Staff was very friendly. The plates could be with more content... As it is so good...

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2015

There were 4 adults in our party. We loved the restaurant & our meals . The value was very reasonable & we enjoyed the atmosphere. Would highly recommend this restaurant for value & the great food.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2015

We recently had a group of senior executives from London attending a conference in San Diego. As I live here I offered to pick them up from their downtown hotel and take them to someplace out of downtown which showed the "beachy" local culture. Fat Fish proved perfect.
They very much enjoyed the atmosphere, the vibe, and of course the food was great.
Each and every one expressed their enjoyment of the restaurant selection.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2015

My friends and I dined at Fat Fish on a Sunday evening. We ordered drinks and waited a long time for them to arrive. The waitress took our order and 45 minutes later we still had no food. When it did arrive one of the orders was wrong. The waitress told us they were out of carne asada so the chef ( ? ) substituted something else. Another order was to have been prepared vegetarian, but it was incorrect also. Our waitress kept apologizing for things and ended up buying 2 dinners and a dessert for the table. It appeared that the restaurant was seriously understaffed that evening. There are so many good Mexican restaurants in town that we probably won't go back to Fat Fish. It's too bad about the service, although our waitress tried very hard, because the food was actually good.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2015

This was our first time at the Fat Fish Grill. The ambiance was friendly, casual and comfortable. The service was good and the decor interesting.
The food was so good at a very reasonable price! My yellow tuna frita was scrumptious surrounded by a delicate sauce with veggies and pasta! My husband got the potato wrapped sea bass. He declared it delicious!
We will be back for more!!

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2014

Terrific food, well made and so tasty! The restaurant was cold though, everyone dining was wearing their coats, doors wide opened. Waitress was attentive.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2014

We had a great time n food was awsome server was superb n drinks were on the money price n taste fat fish is FATT !!!

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4.0Dined on September 4, 2014

We were there at 5:30 on a weekday so there was parking in the parking lot and quiet dining outside. Food and service very good.

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3.0Dined on August 31, 2014

this is the third time my family and I have eaten at Fat Fish. The food was not as delicious as it was the first two times.

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3.0Dined on August 29, 2014

No great expectation, so no disappointments. The server was great but the service was not. Our appetizer never arrived. But the main courses - fish burrito and surf and turf tacos were very filling so didn't need anything more. We were in Pacific Beach for the weekend and it fit with the vibe.

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2.0Dined on July 31, 2014

Service uneven. One platter was wrong and had to be sent back. Food average at best

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2014

Food was awesome, our server just missed every chance at making it a good experience. Forgot to give us napkins until 5 mins after our food arrived, which took a very long time to arrive. Luckily the food was really good, which partly made up for the horrible service. Maybe he was having an off night, but it was not a good experience.

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