The Fish Market - San Diego

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1485 reviews
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Serving the freshest and finest seafood in San Diego. Our harbor side restaurant located on San Diego bay offers multiple dining venues and amazing views. We have outside patio dining, outside cocktail area, enclosed patio dining and banquet facilities. We also have an Oyster Bar, full service bar and a Sushi Bar. We even have a retail market for fresh fish and all of our menu items are available for take out. We print our menus twice daily so that we may offer only the best. Mesquite grilled seafood, pastas, salads, specialties, clams & oysters, crab cakes, sushi and much more. You must try our famous Dungeness Crab Cioppino and signature Smoked Fish Sampler. Start your meal off with our exceptional sourdough bread and plan to finish your meal with a slice of house made key lime pie, creme brulee, or chocolate indulgence. Whether its a family celebration, special occasion, or a social gathering, let us make your dining experience a memorable one!
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh, delicious seafood, and one of the best sunsets in the area right over the water.

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AR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Head straight to the oyster bar. Memo (sp?) is very knowledgeable and friendly. We discussed all of our selections with him. Highly recommend. -- Oyster Snob

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SH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

The view was beautiful but all that went well. It took just over 30 minutes to have our order taken. The food and the beverages were mediocre. We dined her a few years ago and it was excellent. It was sad to see how far the restaurant has fallen.

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CL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Excellent food. On the waterfront with lovely sea views. Fresh fish counter also available and bar seating. Outdoors seating available on a sunny day.

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CJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We haven't been to the Fish Market in a while. In the past we have enjoyed the view along with good food. Unfortunately this experience didn't match previous visits. The service was very good and the view of the bay was as wonderful as ever. However, the lobster and salmon were disappointing. The flavor was bland and not at all exciting. Even the children's chicken teriyaki was plain looking on the plate and wasn't at all tasty. Hopefully this was a one-off visit, but since all three dishes were disappointing it appears something has changed in the kitchen.

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ED
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top service - top ambience - top quality food - will come back anytime when in town

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FG
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love black cod the last two times I have gone there was no black cod, This is my favorite place in san diego
The food and atmosphere is exellent.

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OT
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, view, and service!

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TL
Berlin
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The Oysters were good.
French Fries like McDonalds. The Mahi Mahi was good. But its just grilled Fish. Not more not lees.

It was very loud.

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P
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great server, Kaitlyn, who was personable, friendly, accommodating and attentive. It was crazy getting into the restaurant parking lot when we visited because the lot was over crowded with Midway Museum attendance. But once we made it into the restaurant, it was pretty peaceful until the lunch crowd hit! The food and service were great. We will definitely come back but next time it will be when it's not quite as busy!

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Deben tener mejor disponibilidad de baños

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OT
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While visiting San Diego, what better place to have seafood. The Fish Market offers a huge number of choices. My husband had the small cioppino and I had scallops. Both were excellent. I have a black pepper allergy and the waiter and chef made sure there was none on my food. The view of the water and boats was so pleasant. A very special and moderately priced lunch.

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k
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Much better than the last time...thank heavens....would go back again

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CB
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we have enjoyed your seafood , ambiance, enjoy sitting on the deck next to the water and being to have a reservation. we have eaten there on several occasions.

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AC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have really fresh seafood for decent prices. My family enjoyed it and they would like me to take them there again.

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JT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good seafood as always. Beautiful view when seating by windows.

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OT
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service, great view.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed here in our first trip to SD. That was awesome.

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CP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great seafood! Local spot, we visit both San Diego locations often. We got the calamari and oysters Rockefeller appetizers. Calamari was amazing just as expected- no one was a fan of the unexpectedly spicy red fried peppers that were included in the dish. Meal was good, my go-to is the pacific rockfish with fishwife rice and basil tomatoes, so fresh and delicious. The rest of the table got the trout. There was a minor issue with our server at the beginning of the meal, but management attended to us appropriately and the rest of the meal was great.

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PS
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thank you Priscilla for making our dining experience exceptional!! You ate awesome & we can't wait to cone back to the Fish House soon!!!

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M
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding Michael was our server you would high five my son every time he came to the table which my son really liked

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M
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We come every year for the boat parade. We reserved this year and received a great table along the window on the inside patio. The only issue was the lights were so bright it was hard to see the boats because of the glare. If you could find a way to dim those lights next year would be great!

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KR
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I ordered the seabass - it was like a 3 oz portion that was broken in half and cold. It was awful. Definitely would not order it again.
Service was very good up until we got our food, then our waiter went missing, so we just had to eat what we were given because we had tickets to a show.
This place is normally good and a go to place for us, but, not sure we'll be coming back anytime soon.

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MN
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sea bass was disappointing, everything else was great.

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BB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Enjoyable atmosphere but food delivery was extremely slow. Good table service and reasonably priced.

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BR
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went upstairs to the ‘fine dining’ and it was fabulous. The views of the harbor and sunset was wonderful, too.

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K
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My birthday dinner. Delicious food. Good service. Nice view.

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BS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been dining at The Fish Market restaurant for 30 years since this place opened. The food is consistently good we never hat anything that was not perfect. Our favorite is the calamari steak.

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SW
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While this is chain of restaurants, it is definitely not the usual. This chain is known for their fresh seafood flown in from all over the world on a daily basis. I have been to three of the locations in the SF Bay area and the San Diego waterfront location. I have always had five star service and five star meals. My trip to the San Diego location was my third with this time being an anniversary. We went for lunch on a weekday. Had no trouble getting excellent seating. Reservations are recommended in case there is a conference in town. We told the server we were not in a hurry and she was attentive but not intrusive. Our meal was excellent. The shrimp and scallops are fresh and prepared they way they should be. The claim chowder is made from scratch every day. Even the side dishes were excellent. I had Au groton potatoes that were scratch made and wonderful. Overall we had a wonderful experience and highly recommend this and all of the Fish Market locations to everyone. A note on cost. This is a high end restaurant but I found the prices to be fair and not as much as I have paid elsewhere for lower quality venue. BTW: the San Diego location has metered parking but the lot is usually full. The San Diego venue has valet parking for lunch and diner.

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DR
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

The staff at Fish Market went above and beyond to accommodate our party. One of our party is in a wheelchair and we booked our reservation 6 weeks in advance to get a window seat to watch the boat parade. (He has a hard time being outside in the cold--poor circulation.) When I called a week in advance to confirm that they saw our request to be near a window, the person who answered the phone was rude. She said we couldn't reserve that table and we'd just have to sit where ever they put us. I was upset and asked her what was I supposed to do now only a week from the event? She said, "That's the way it is. I don't know what to tell you." Then, the restaurant called to confirm again a few days before. I called back and got a different person (can't remember her name but it was Asian and sounded lovely). At any rate, this person was so kind and took the time to try to come up with a solution. Even though the message was the same--they can't guarantee a window seat--her method of delivery made me feel like she cared, even though she said the same thing as her rude co-worker. That's amazing customer service! When we got there, they put us in a table that had a nice view outside, even though it wasn't right at the window. We were perfectly happy! The staff was amazing and helpful and our waitress was great. The food was so-so but who cares when the view and the company is perfect? We will definitely be back next year!

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CM
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We like to eat at the "cook's" bar and have Juan (who has been there for decades) cook for us. They are amazing to watch when busy and the service and food cannot be beat!!

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AS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great late lunch!

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MK
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great as we enjoyed the waterview from outside seating.

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DH
Las Vegas
92 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Fish Market is always our restaurant of choice for lunch in San Diego. Located on the water, it offers a wonderful view of the bay, while consistently maintaining high quality seafood. Clam chowder always served piping hot, with good quality fresh fish selection. Highly recommended!

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FM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Thought we reserved upstairs which is notably better.

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HD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Fish Market obviously specializes in fish. It is effectively two restaurants, with a more casual area downstairs on the market level, and a separate restaurant, "The Top of the Market" upstairs which is a little more upscale. I have been in and enjoyed both, but this trip refers specifically to downstairs. You enter through a small fish market where a large variety of cuts of fresh fish are on display. The dining area does not have a strong fish market smell. The atmosphere is casual. There is a deck overlooking the water where one can choose to eat. Service is casual but efficient. The menu which is fairly extensive includes a large number of different fresh cuts of fish which can be prepared simply or with complexity. The food is excellent, and it is good value for the money.

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SC
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I have been to this restaurant multiple times. It’s not great food, but it’s not bad either. However, this time the Brazilian Lobster tail we ordered was not very good. It tasted old and freezer burned.

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C
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fresh seafood! Casual and comfortable. Fabulous location! Rose, our server was wonderful!

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LG
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good view for the bay. Highly recommend crab cioppino.

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Couple of years ago I visited this restaurant while in San Diego and really liked it. In November I was in San Diego and went to have a dinner with my husband. I ordered a local black cod. We had to wait a while and when I finally received my food it was overcooked and much smaller portion from what I remember. I called the Manager and she said they will cook another piece since she agreed that it was overcooked. I had to wait again another 30 min to receive my order. The Manager never came back to check how was my food or even to apologize. Very rude and unprofessional. I would never go back there again. We were there on November 23rd. I also ordered calamari that were also overcooked and had nothing to do with what I had 3 years ago.

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