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King's Fish House - Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA

King's Fish House - Carlsbad

4.6
4.6
3621 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
We’ve been in restaurants a long time – three generations, to be precise – and we love seafood. With seafood there’s so much to be passionate about – the freshness, the flavor, the variety, and the surprise.

To create the ultimate seafood experience, we traveled down the highways and byways. We pulled up a seat, put on bibs, and soaked up the seafood experience: The no-name dishes with unforgettable flavor, the fresh-caught oysters and clams piled high, the hand-lettered specials on ancient chalkboards, and the savory simmer of every combination of spices imaginable.

The pleasure of preparing and sharing seafood was simple and genuine, and it brought out the best in everyone. Often, we felt as if we’d been welcomed into somebody’s home.

That’s what King’s Fish House is all about — and we’ve tried to bring all of these ideas together into one single, spectacular place, filled with camaraderie and celebration, and the things we love best. Welcome to the House that Seafood Built!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 55 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Sushi
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Tue–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 431-3474
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Here at King’s in Carlsbad we can accommodate larger parties on our patio. Although not completely private we are happy to serve your group for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Kelsey Hurlocker: (760) 431-3474
  • Neighborhood
    Carlsbad
  • Cross street
    Palomar Airport Rd.
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,621 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Seafood

  • North San Diego

    Seafood

3,621 Reviews
  1. LizL

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, excellent service and great dining experience. The hot sourdough bread was a fine beginning and our food was brought to the table at the perfect time! This restaurant is consistently impressive!

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  2. Randi

    San Diego

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and always wonderful service. Josh and Avery work so well as a team. Really enjoyed yhe southwest salad with a Beauregard

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  3. JudiM

    San Diego

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Eric was a great server. He was very attentive. He stopped by several times to check on us.

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  4. LindaH

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Greeted warming, quickly seated, (Thanks to Open table online booking) The restaurant was clean and the ambiance was very welcoming.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service are consistently great! Samantha is an excellent server and so friendly!!

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  6. PatrickG

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Deliciously diverse menu served by very professional and courteous staff. Bravo to the staff and its ultra successful management!

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  7. LolaC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate late evening on a busy weekend and had excellent seafood dishes. My entire family went and everyone loved the experience. Accommodating waiter and pleasant environment. Kudos! Worth the rather substantial price.

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  8. LarryF

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The fish was fresh, the service good, but the prep was unremarkable and we felt rushed.

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  9. AndrewM

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lobster was dry .. tasted as if was frozen before cooked .. wasn’t fresh so disappointing !

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  10. Foodie14

    San Diego

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating 3 birthdays. The service was outstanding!! Quentin was our server. He was congenial, attentive , answered questions and fulfilled our requests. Very nice young man! The food was delicious and we enjoyed the complimentary birthdays dessert so much. Everything was served in a timely manner. We were all pleased. It was a perfect meal and birthday celebration. I have shared info on your establishment with many friends and family.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great diner. We shared 2 lbs of the California spiny tail lobster w mashed potatoes and spinach. Plenty of food and very nice restaurant. Make sure to make reservations bc it gets busy.

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  12. Craig

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The filet mignon was advertised as 8 oz. on the menu, confirmed by the waiter, but was more like 4 oz. Even smaller after cooking.

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  13. Cbernard

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I never vary in my order, trout amandine and garlic mashed and grilled zucchini. however this was one of the best ever. Sauce on fish was wonderful and bread always wonderful. service is consistently great too.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite date night place to go. Fun to sit at the bar.

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  15. BBarnes

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    our service for lunch was excellent. However, much of our food was under seasoned (grilled with salt and pepper only), overcooked, and overpriced for the quantity and quality of food provided. Will dine elsewhere next time.

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  16. Rayb

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    FOOD was good The service person was Spencer, and rates a star... why? Although a bit late getting to our table for our celebration night he was strong and consistent. My guess left her items behind and Spencer took it upon himself to bring them say we walked out. His suggestions were spot on with the Sand dabs although the Calamari was a bit oily. The Bathrooms were somewhat clean and the bar area and kitchen were well organized and lively. The ambiance... was good, updated, and well done.

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  17. Cohnjunkies

    San Diego

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner! Kevin was our server and was terrific. He didn't ghost us nor did he stop at the table so frequently that we'd ask him to join...he was perfect. We enjoyed the Calamari as an appetizer followed by Mahi Mahi, Halibut, and Sea Bass. ALL our meals were well prepared in the kitchen. We had absolutely no complaints and look forward to another dinner soon.

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  18. RubenM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a memorable seafood dinner and attentive service!

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  19. PaulS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Food and Customer Service like always. Will be back again

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  20. gregster

    Los Angeles

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter, Keven, was excellent and made Valentines Day special. Food, ambiance and all were excellent.

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  21. CarlC

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Sea Bass...the Halibut as well was quite the serving.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined at King’s on Valentine’s Day. My husband had the special: salad, Lobster tail, filet mignon, two sides, and a dessert for $80. I had 3 delicious crab cakes, Cole slaw, and a side. Our waitress brought us warm bread and butter before our meal arrived. Everything was prepared perfectly. Service was great! I love the ambience at King’s. We always come to King’s when we are celebrating a special day or just want a special treat. It’s a sure bet!

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  23. GregK

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The Bake potatoes were not cooked enough. Food was a bit cold

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  24. DiegoOnofre

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server (African American woman) was attentive prompt and friendly. Food arrived quickly and was prepared to our specifications. Overall….the restaurant was prepared for Valentine’s dinner.

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  25. JerryL

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great Valentines Day and Birthday dinner. We were not rushed and food and service was great.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was fine - not the best seafood we've had and not the worst. Hubby liked it but for the money, I would have gotten better at Red Lobster. 1. Crab Cake app - outside was crispy (seemed deep fried like a  frozen patty. Absolutely not handmade.) inside was a grey mush liquid with no crab. Honestly nasty. 2. I got a cup of white chowder and hubby got the red seafood chowder. Both were very thin and mostly broth. Very little substance. Again not worth the price  They told us that the bowl is only a cup and a half (for double the price).  3. I got the jumbo shrimp meal which was 8 grilled shrimp, 4 thinly sliced zucchini strips and watery mashed potatoes. Hubby got a filet and the BBQ shrimp which he liked but was less BBQ and more like a shrimp in tomato sauce with toast.  Our total was almost $200 during lunch and we both only had sodas. So yeah, the food was kinda nasty and not worth the money but with a reservation we were seated very quickly which surprised us. Definitely not going back.

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  27. Paisano

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food great and our server was kind, cordial, and very nice. No complaints about anything!

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  28. NancyD

    San Diego

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love love love this place. Tonight I had grilled Chilean sea bass tacos Just divine. My fav eatery in all of San Diego Service stupendous. Top quality

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  29. Tomo

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great waiter and excellent food. Only negative was that I had noted that it was a birthday celebration but there was no acknowledgement of that whatsoever.

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  30. Kellyd

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great seafood in a nice setting. Raw bar was amazing!

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  31. DianeE

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go often and enjoy the meals very much. This time we invited guests, their first time. It proved to be everything we’ve told them it would be. Four thumbs up from all 4 of us👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼.

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  32. SueG

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I will never order crab legs again. They were skinny and pathetic except for one that was ok not great. Too damn expensive! Potatoes need to be baked longer too.

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  33. NancyD

    San Diego

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    South African lobster tail the very best in San Diego. Swordfish also the best. . We love this restaurant. Ambience and service was wonderful Miranda was our server at the bar . She’s charming , kind , efficient and very personable She made our evening . One of our favs dining out

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  34. JoeB

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very tasty, lots of options. Great bread. We make a point to come here every year when we visit area.

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  35. LoriD

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We eat here approximately once a month. The food is consistently delicious. The fish is very fresh. We love to end the meal with a generous piece of their key lime pie. The service is always friendly and knowledgeable. It can get busy on weekends so we make a reservation.

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  36. NoraM

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the first time visiting at this location. The clam chowder and bread pudding are the best !! The food and service are excellent.

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  37. LisaK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the sand dabs…they were excellent. We went for lunch on a Saturday and it was not crowded at all. We met friends from out of town and enjoyed a leisurely lunch. The round table was perfect for our group of 5 to comfortably chat.

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  38. Sandy

    San Diego

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfortunately, our table was near the door so it was chilly with the staff going in and out, but the service was great and the food was good. Very busy, for a random Wednesday night, so a little louder than usual, but still a great overall experience.

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  39. AngelaH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my husband’s birthday and dinner was perfect. Some of the best crab legs I’ve ever had.

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  40. PatrickG

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Diverse, gourmet menu served by professional and courteous staff. Bravo management!

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FAQs

King's Fish House - Carlsbad offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 431-3474.

King's Fish House - Carlsbad is rated 4.6 stars by 3621 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 55 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for King's Fish House - Carlsbad

5625 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Palomar Airport Rd.
  • Neighborhood
    Carlsbad
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Tue–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Sushi
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (760) 431-3474
  • Private party facilities
    Here at King’s in Carlsbad we can accommodate larger parties on our patio. Although not completely private we are happy to serve your group for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Kelsey Hurlocker: (760) 431-3474
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