The Best Seafood Restaurants in San Diego

The OpenTable Team

Located on California's West Coast, 120 miles south of Los Angeles, San Diego offers a warm climate, stunning beaches and fresh seafood. Since San Diego is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, "catch of the day" takes on a whole new meaning in this beloved coastal city. Diners enjoy a wide selection of seafood dishes, ranging from traditional ceviche to miso-glazed sea bass. And where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out in the city? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We've pulled data from thousands of foodies to find the top seafood restaurants among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Whether seeking a classic dining experience or looking for bold flavors and local beer, don't miss a chance to try the best seafood in San Diego.

Restaurants:Fort Oak, NINE-TEN, The Fishery
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Mission Hills, La Jolla, Pacific Beach

Fort Oak

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mission Hills
412 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
This expansive (more than 3,400 square feet of space), award-winning restaurant sits at one of the busiest intersections in Mission Hills. Offering four unique dining options, inclRead more
90% recommended
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NINE-TEN

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
La Jolla
2,101 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
Situated in the Grande Colonial Hotel, diners immediately notice the chic decor as they walk into NINE-TEN. Offering an elegant dining experience, this beloved local restaurant focRead more
94% recommended

The Fishery

$$$$·Seafood·
Pacific Beach
1,491 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
For those searching for the best seafood in San Diego, The Fishery is the place to go. Located in a mid-century warehouse, this premier seafood market and restaurant has it all. KnRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in San Diego

The Patio on Goldfinch

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mission Hills
1,055 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
The sister establishment to the Patio on Lamont, this open and airy eatery focuses on local produce and eclectic menu creations. Located in the heart of Mission Hills, the Patio onRead more
90% recommended
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Ironside Fish & Oyster

$$$$·Seafood·
Little Italy
2,706 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
From its warehouse setting, Ironside Fish & Oyster serves up plenty of fresh seafood fare, as well as unique cocktails. Diners appreciate the chic yet quirky decor, which focuses oRead more
93% recommended
Seafood in San Diego

Addison Restaurant

$$$$·Californian·
Del Mar
1,449 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Addison Restaurant is fine dining at its best, offering various set menus and wine pairings for those looking for an exquisite meal. Often referred to as San Diego's most acclaimedRead more
93% recommended
Best Overall in San Diego
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Solare Ristorante Lounge

$$$$·Italian·
Point Loma
1,387 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
Elegant yet cozy, Solate Ristorante focuses on fresh Italian fare. Located in a Spanish Revival building in Liberty Station, this well-loved restaurant earned San Diego Magazine's Read more
90% recommended
Romantic in San Diego

Kettner Exchange

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Little Italy
1,199 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Kettner Exchange is a vibrant eatery that offers a creative, globally inspired menu, as well as handcrafted cocktails. Although diners visit to sample some of the best seafood in SRead more
91% recommended
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Barbusa

$$$$·Italian·
Little Italy
2,010 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Stylish and creative, Barbusa is an Italian eatery known for their Sicilian fare and Pop Art decor. Owned and operated by the Busalacchi family, this modern eatery offers authenticRead more
87% recommended
Most Booked in San Diego

Pueblo

$$$$·Mexican·
San Diego
327 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Pueblo is an incredibly unique, bright and airy Mexican restaurant that features coastal cuisine and wine. With two bars and rooftop seating in addition to a colorful dining area, Read more
83% recommended
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Herringbone – La Jolla

$$$$·Californian·
La Jolla
2,178 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
For those looking for a true one-of-a-kind dining experience, in addition to the best seafood in San Diego, Herringbone La Jolla serves inventive dishes in a renovated warehouse frRead more

The WineSellar & Brasserie

$$$$·French·
Sorrento Mesa
699 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
Intimate and classic, this French-inspired eatery highlights seasonal ingredients in a contemporary setting. Recognized as a leading authority on fine wine, the founder of the WineRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in San Diego

Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub

$$$$·Sushi·
Oceanside
723 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Serving up innovative seafood and sushi dishes, the Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub is a cozy, yet funky space. Although diners can expect a relaxed atmosphere, the Wrench and RodeRead more
94% recommended
Healthy in San Diego

THE LOT - La Jolla

$$$$·Continental·
La Jolla
507 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Bar Seating
THE LOT is a high-end Mediterranean restaurant located in an exciting entertainment hub, which serves up some of the best seafood in San Deigo. Developed and created for the local Read more
85% recommended
Good for Groups in San Diego

Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mission Hills
541 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
This New American restaurant offers a wide range of seafood options, as well as a popular daily happy hour. Located in Misson Hills, Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar is a “mash-up of sortRead more
92% recommended
Contemporary American in San Diego

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse - San Diego

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Gaslamp
825 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Notable Wine List
Although Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse is a fine dining steakhouse, they're not shy of seafood and shellfish. The ambiance is warm and welcoming, featuring large windows thaRead more

Dobson's Bar & Restaurant

$$$$·Californian·
Downtown / Gaslamp
966 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
Known for their Californian fare, this upscale eatery has been serving seafood lovers for more than three decades. Today, Dobson's Bar & Restaurant is a San Diego landmark, consideRead more
97% recommended
Hot Spot in San Diego

The Med at La Valencia Hotel

$$$$·American·
La Jolla
669 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Located in the La Valencia Hotel, THE MED offers diners an innovative menu and top-of-the-line service. While focusing on California coastal cuisine, each seasonal seafood dish is Read more

Maretalia

$$$$·Italian·
Coronado
984 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Featuring a modern dining room and large bar area, Maretalia highlights locally sourced Italian-style seafood, as well as housemade pasta. Since “mare” means “sea” in Italian, thisRead more
91% recommended
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Et Voila! Bistro

$$$$·French·
North Park
1,028 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
As the name suggests, this bistro highlights traditional French cuisine. With its classic bistro setting, as well as sidewalk seating, Et Voila! Bistro serves up brunch and dinner,Read more
94% recommended
Romantic in San Diego
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