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FISH PUBLIC

4.2
4.2
1304 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

FISH PUBLIC is the newest neighborhood restaurant concept from Tracy Borkum and Urban Kitchen Group, located in the heart of Kensington in the previous Kensington Grill location. The seafood section of menu features distinct regional fare from the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. A healthy selection of oysters are available at the open oyster bar/kitchen. These delicate molluscs are available with chef’s whim mignonettes, as well as house prepared accouterments. For non-seafood lovers, guests will not be disappointed with Mary’s fried chicken, beef short ribs or FP burger. ‘Guppy’ menu showcases a fun selection of kids’ classics. Not to be missed are the simple and scrumptiously sweet delights such as seasonally baked pie, banana split and warm chocolate brownie.
Craft cocktails, draft and bottled beer and beautiful wines have been hand selected to pair well with each offering available on the menu.

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4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.0Ambience

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89% of people would recommend it to a friend

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  1. P

    Patty

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Certainly hope that Tracy will open another one of her wonderful restaurants in this space! We especially loved the Kensington Grill.

  2. M

    Mondragon

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2014

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    Disappointed that waitress tells is that Friday's are 1/2 off fish and chips and we ordered 2 at 6:38 PM and 7 PM then get bill that the deal was only during happy hour ending at 6:30 PM. We were never told of happy hour specials. The manager later made adjustments to my first order but not my second. He did not seem to care or question the waitress why she misinformed us. Left disappointed.

  3. MM

    MattMtHelix

    E. Tennessee

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    I guess we've eaten at the Fishery three times now. Each time the food was very, very good. That includes the preparation, of course, but also the variety of seafood on the menu including seasonal items you might not find elsewhere, such as the huge black prawns that have only been available one time when we were there. Service is friendly, prompt and attentive. Tables are a bit too close so the noise level is elevated. But you'll definitely impress your date. Prices are $$$ on a scale of $ to $$$$.

  4. D

    Drbuddyj

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is a real gem. The food was awesome, service great and ambiance fantastic. Second time there...brought the kids home from college...they loved it. Can't wait to go back :o)

  5. G

    Gerard

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Mahi Mahi, was over cooked! Sushi rolls were very fresh as was the house fish.-

  6. RD

    RDE619

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2014

    overall3food5service5ambience4

    Staff super friendly and attentive. Social hour specials great - good quality fish n' chips at half price! However, hate the close seating with people almost on top of you. Also, one side of table faces wall and other side has bench and back cushion which is uncomfortable after a while. Seating was deal-breaker for me.

  7. W

    Wormster

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were visiting San Diego and we went there to celebrate my Hubby's birthday dinner. We went with some friends and and enjoyed a great dinner. Food was amazing and fulfilling and our server was amazing, very attentive and helpful. We definitely go back to this place when visiting San Diego again.

  8. w

    winelover

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2014

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    Very disappointed in dinner of crab mac and cheese. We both had it because it sounded great for a rainy night-but pasta and sauce overwhelmed any cheese or crab. Service was excellent and ambience nice with holiday décor. Liked openness of restaurant. . Would try again and order something else.

  9. A

    Alex

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    We had oysters, they were good and fresh. We also tried to trout sushi roll, which was awesome! White wine selection was good and desserts too. I recommend this place!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent! Our server was every attentive. And the price is reasonable. I will for sure come back again!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2014

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    The food was decent. Just another wanna be trendy spot in San Diego that is overpriced. The Mahi Mahi was good. The crab/lobster roll not so much. Portion sizes are too small for the price you pay. I know plenty of other places that are definitely less trendy and upscale looking, but have much better food with larger portion sizes at a fraction of the price.

  12. M

    Mondragon

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Sushi was amazing. Very cozy setting with great service. The menu constantly changes based on what's in season and the desserts are a must.

  13. i

    ilovedatenight

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    My husband and I went here before the Ziggy Marley concert in North Park.....Our ceviche was awesome as an appetizer and my husband go Mediterranean Mahi Mahi which he said was amazing, especially with the spaghetti squash it came with. I got fish and chips....really good. But the fish that night that they used was a little fishy for me. That's ok...it was still good, I just couldn't finish it. I'm not a fish fan but my husband is so I chose this place mostly for him and it didn't disappoint either of us. I really enjoyed it but next time I think I would order something else with a fish I was more familiar with so that I knew what I was getting. Again, I'm not a huge fish person so for me to like it says a lot.

  14. D

    Delicous

    San Diego

    54 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2014

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    We have gone several times. Food always good although wine list is always a challenge. But we can bring our own wine and pay corkage or come on Wed when best wines are half price. And chairs and bar stools are truly not comforable. This is what keeps me from coming more often more than limited menu!

  15. MC

    MarCosta

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My hubby and I went to Fish Public for our monthly Oysters & Champange date night. I really liked the ambiance, the service was fabulous...the chef and the manager stopped by our table to ask how we were doing...and the food was delicious. We had about 20 oysters (for $1 a piece!) with a glass of Cava. Then mixed drinks (the Londoner was my favorite) with dinner. Their fries were some of the best I've ever had. Everything was delicious and we will definitely be back!

  16. K

    Kiki

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I wasn't happy about Kensington Grill closing, so I stayed away for months out of protest. Big mistake. The food is amazing, the service was perfect and the ambiance is charming. It has a great energy while still being quiet enough to have a conversation.

  17. T

    Tabby

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2014

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    The food was outstanding with a great variety for all palates. The ambiance was fantastic...warm and inviting San Diego vibe with a bit of east coastal sophistication. We met the chef and very impressed with his training & background. High caliber talent for San Diego! We can't wait for the sushi bar to open...

  18. F

    Friendsnfood

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our server Maizon (sp?) was excellent. Fish tacos were very tasty and the shrimp and grits outstanding!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2014

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Went on Saturday night - 7:15 reservations. Restaurant was half empty which the host said was abnormal. Cocktails were excellent, food was excellent. We had the shrimp+grits and the rare opah entrees. Service was good but honestly server seemed half-interested. Would like to try it again to see if there's a better buzz on another evening.

  20. SF

    SanFranciscoFoodie

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I'm still scouting San Diego Restaurants that are on par with San Francisco. Public Fish is close but just misses the mark. Not for any specific reason, it just the vide isn't there. There are few sister restaurants to Public Fish that have hit the mark so perhaps my expectations were too high. Searching is always fun and their were several other restaurants in the Kensington neighborhood that look promising.

  21. J

    Janiel

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2014

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    The place is charming. The food is very good. It was understaffed for a Friday night and we had to wait quite a while just to get drinks. The 2nd round of drinks sat at the bar (we could see them) for a long time too. However, our waiter was delightful and intelligent and fun. I really just think he was doing his best but it was impossible to keep up. The lobster risotto was unreal! Liked the shrimp and grits and lobster thermador too. Appetizer of calimari was very interesting with lots of extras in it like a salad, including jalapeno, which wasn't too spicy.

  22. SD

    SDEater

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2014

    overall1food1service4ambience3

    Went to eat during restaurant week. Ceviche was pretty good, salmon dish was totally average, seafood was panseared and not grilled and unseasoned. I would have thought a seafood restaurant would have had amazing sea food but I thought it was extremely overpriced and just average. Had chocolate torte for dessert, not sure what they were going for but was an extremely dry brownie type thing, totally underwhelming, my guess is dessert was not their strength either, people should avoid this overhyped and overpriced restaurant.

  23. c

    charlie

    San Diego

    98 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2014

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    how could they forget to check me in as an open table member - but they did, I called them the next day and they fixed it. early dinner at end of restaurant week; 3 courses $35. lettuce wedge with bacon, egg and dressing, cool/refreshing, companion had ceviche, good. entree: mine shrimps and grits: shrimp excellent, he had fish and chips: the largest piece of fish i have ever seen! not sure if i got the raves over the chips tho? good but not great. dessert time: i had the pear crumb, nice, skip the granola. he had the almond brownie, well not sure what it was but it looked a lot like a brownie. overall too much food on a hot night but it's a good try out if you hadn't been there before. and they run specials every night they are open.

  24. TG

    TastyGoodnessLover

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Found this place on the list for restaurant week. I'm so glad we decided to try it. I ordered the Local Tuna Sashimi for an appetizer and Citrus Marinated Skirt Steak for my entree. The food was in a word SCRUMPDILLYUMPTIOUS! From the food to the ambiance and the staff, this place was definitely a great find. I will definitely recommend Fish Public. So good!

  25. j

    jennifera

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2014

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    Dined with two friends one who said the fish and chips was the best she's ever had. I had fish tacos that were outstanding. Service was good albeit a tad slow but it was a Sat night. Will definitely go back as it's hard to find really well prepared fish in SD.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2014

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Two tables sat after mine and got their apps and entrees before my table got our apps. The food I did see looked good tho

  27. TF

    TFK3

    Miami

    28 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2014

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Perhaps attention is on the company's other new restaurant openings? Food was hit or miss. Oysters shucked in advance? Timing was completely off. Poor check backs.

  28. CV

    CandV

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2014

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Finally took the time to walk down to Fish Public for happy hour and so glad we did! Ambience is nautical and inviting, which is a vast improvement over its predecessor. Angel was our server and was phenomenal! Had the fish and chips and a wedge salad with shrimp. Divine and priced right during happy hour. We have discovered our new favorite in the neighborhood.

  29. PN

    PickyNick

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2014

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Dinners we could taste without being overwhelmed by excessive seasoning and precious presentation. Attentive, cordial service. Pop music for adults but too loud, as is the ambiance for dinner, but music and ambiance are great for bar and snacks. Perhaps a just few bucks too expensive for Kensington but cheap in San Francisco, which is where you'd expect to find this place.

  30. JA

    JohnA

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Saw Fish Public had more than 4 stars so had high expectations. Got the salmon but thought it was a bit dry and not especially flavorful. Also it was hot outside and when they didn't crank up the AC I wound up sweating. Kind of an interesting ambiance but don't think I'll be going back.

  31. EG

    EGS1

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Recent change in the kitchen seems to be helping with more creative menu options and better quality food preparation. A cornerstone restaurant for the neighborhood of Kensington, this is a welcome sign of improvement, as I wish to support FP and Tracy Borkum's ventures. Mussels came with a very interesing broth/sauce. The calamari salad is not quite what the KG menu offered, so long time patrons may find this misleading...it's good but not at all the same recipe, which many of us still miss. Easily returned, if FP will consider. The best menu item: the whole roasted fish. Not offered on all menus, when made well, this is a real treat for foodies, and FP does this dish really really well. Happy to be returning to FP for dinner

  32. A

    Adam

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    We've been to this place 4 times now and the food is always on point. The mussels are amazing in a curry like sauce. The ambiance is very nautical and very suitable for large parties. They could increase the lighting wattage though. It is always a little too dark and you need to use your iPhone flashlight to read the menu. Overall this placed is supberb and a hidden gem in the charming kensington neighborhood!!

  33. NT

    NTanaka

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Tried 3 fish dishes, all were excellent. The seared opah was the best we've ever had--super-fresh and well-prepared. We initially requested the Asian slaw, but the waiter steered us to the calamari, which rests on a bed of slaw. He was right--plenty of slaw, with the calamari more a garnish. The calamari was really crispy on the outside, tender inside, so perfect. We're definitely going back.

  34. P

    Patt

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank you "Chef Jeff" for the superb Grouper and your half price Friday Fish & Chips. The meal was topped off with two creative desserts that were polished off by our party of three in record time. Staff is congenial and made the evening fun. Oh, did I mention Sangria?!

  35. n

    normalheightswayne

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2014

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    The food was very good, our table of 4 ordered 4 different entrees and shared. I ordered the Asian slaw and did not like it: the mint did not belong in it. Ambiance was good, noise level was energetic. The (high)chairs at the inside tables are not very comfortable. I'm 6 ft and could not put my feet on the floor, not good for someone with a bad back.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2014

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Was excited to try lobster roll and oysters...came at 6pm and they were already out of oysters, lobster rolls, instead of yellowtail had maui and were out of Ninkasi...which was the beer I was looking most forward to. So...pretty much only when we sat down did they tell us about half the menu was out, which was a total bummer. I feel like they should do their shopping better. But, I would go back to get those things because everything else was good.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Under the guidance of my very-knowledgeable foodie pals, I had a great meal at Fish Public. The server was very helpful and attentive, the wine was delicious, the food was superbly prepared, and sitting outside was lovely. I highly recommend the whole-roasted fish with the Sauvignon Blanc.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We enjoyed sitting outside on a lovely summer evening and wanted to enjoy dinner and conversation with our out-of-town guest. The only complaint I have, and it effects whether or not I return, was the extremely annoying game of "Trivia" that was blaring through the speaker system. We requested that it be turned down, which it was, but it continued to remain a continuing annoyance throughout the evening. If I want to listen to a game show I can stay home and watch TV!

  39. f

    fud4thot

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2014

    overall2food2service5ambience5

    The food was prepared well but not especially remarkable, especially considering the price and portion size. I guess that comes with being in an expensive. The $15 octopus was nice and tender but as my date said, "Where are the other seven legs?" The $25 black cod was tasty but again, just a few ounces of fish with two baby clams and three mussels in the broth. If you want black cod that makes you think you just tasted heaven, go to Wa Dining OKAN and you won't walk out hungry either. Service, on the other hand, was outstanding. Attentive without being overbearing, knowledgeable about the menu, pleasant personality.

  40. MH

    MikeHodges37

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant was very pleasant and upscale in design, service and cuisine. The Chef uses Seafood in unique ways such as Grits & Shrimp. The Fish & Chips was great, oysters, sashima, and ceviche were perfect. The home made slaw was delicious and a little different. Restaurant has a cute nautical decor and unique use of votive candles. Not too pricey. Cocktails excellent and unique as was the dessert. Location in Kensington neighborhood and worth the drive.

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