The Fish Market - San Diego

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Seafood
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 2 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Potatoes are dry, monk fish was raw in the center, small portions, veggies tasteless, but the drinks were fabulous.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome! The staff was very professional. Will be back the next time I am in SD.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best thing on the menu is the New England clam chowder ñ.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not what it used to be. Very disappointing

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Valentines Day experience, they really did a nice job. Sat us a a great ocean view table, the food and service were awesome considering it was Valentines Day. notoriously a terrible idea to go out on that day but this was outstanding.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentines 😃

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RL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good but $15 For 2 tacos is pretty San Diegan. Paying for the view I suppose.

R
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Perhaps the 4.2 stars made my expectations too high. A seafood restaurant in San Diego, what could go wrong? Everything, it turns out. We arrived on time for 9:15 reservation, but were told we had to wait in a line because everyone in the line had reservations. After waiting 7 minutes, the hostess began to seat three men who were ahead of us in line, but who clearly lacked reservations. I commented to my friend and the hostess switched gears and decided to seat us first. Poor first impression. The menus are very large, laminated things that are tattered; the dark wood table was sticky with a very old, poorly done stain my friend ordered the fresh salmon. Our drinks arrived; but after 20 minutes, i inquired about our tuna poke appetizer. The waitress said the kitchen was backed up, and that it would be coming soon. The tuna poke wasn't poke. It was raw, unmarinated tuna, with pieces of pink grapefruit and some cream drizzled on top. Bland, flavorless but not terrible, so we began eating it when suddenly our entrees also arrived. My friend's mashed potatoes and vegetables were cold, but the salmon was perfectly cooked. Thus, the sides were put on a plate and sat there until the salmon was plated. The crab legs were cold, dried out & flavorless. i took a few bites and returned it. The owner came to our table & graciously apologized, but too many things were off. Not going back. It's very overrated and very expensive for the quality.

GL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Restaurant full of character
The quality of the food was excellent
The service was too rushed
Hadn’t finished our starter when the main course was brought

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening! We arrived before our reservation so we had a drink at the bar and the bartenders were really kind and that was fast service. We started talking to the manager who recommended some dishes we have never had and that was fantastic!! We’ll definitely go back next time we are in San Diego, highly recommended!

KB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would do it all again. Thank you for Great food, service, view and comfort.

g
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Terrible service!

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MM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a Great server. Food was good. Shrimp ceviche was alright. The baked oysters were very good. Clam chowder decent. As the cioppino was very good. Overall a good tourist place to eat. Would go back again.

E
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation on Open Table ahead of time. Good thing we did because this place fills up quickly. The food was excellent. They have a nice wine list. And the service was great. A bit pricey, but worth it. And we asked for and got a window table to watch the sunset. I'd recommend this place for sure. Go early, because parking can be a problem unless you valet your car.

D
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food but way too noisy to have a conversation

BK
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific as always.

d
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation time in San Diego.. next to the water table with Midway and history

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

We saw other table who arrived after us get their food first. Our food took 50 minutes to arrive.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner

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P
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old time feel with excellent service and food that is prepared to order. The crab Louie Salad was tasty, and the Mahi Mahi dinner was to die for. Arrive early to get a table with a great view of the Harbor!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love sitting outside!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was good but the drinks were GREAT. Restaurant is noisy.

S
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

I was definitely disappointed overall with the meal we hosted for our friends birthday. The restaurant seemed steady but not slammed for a 7:45pm reservation. From the time we ordered our appetizers it literally took just about 40 minutes to receive them which is ridiculous. Besides the apology from the waiter, no manager came by to apologize or check in on us or offer to take an app off the bill due to the long wait...heck even a glass of wine would have sufficed. We ordered a sashimi platter and some lime butter shrimp which was served luke warm to the table neither of which take long to execute. The Manhattan Clam Chowder I normally love here was thick and pasty. It was over reduced having sat in a hot pot all day and needed a cup of water added to it. Still I ate it and know how good this soup could be when it’s fresh and cared for. The rest of my guests received nice sized portions and tasteful plates. I ordered the swordfish which again I love here but got the smallest filet I’ve ever had at the Fish Market! The fishwife rice was also oily and ill portioned. The waiter brought a sparkler for the birthday girl which was kind and I ordered another desert to share. The silk pie came to the table and it look liked a pre molded desert from the frozen section of Ralph’s. Well it was definitely frozen and at this point being underwhelmed with every course I sent it back and it was taken off the bill. For a $250 dinner without tip and so many seafood options in SD, at a local staple I would have expected more from their kitchen. I might come back, but won’t be in a rush or will take friends their again anytime soon.

FG
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Didn't honor time of reservation and good and drinks took too long.

LC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

They gave us the option to sit outside. It looked sunny so we said yes. The only table left was in the shade. We should have been moved inside when they saw we were shivering. On the plus side, the food was excellent! The waitress had great suggestions, but just didn’t come around and check on us enough. Only sit outside if it’s a pretty warm day. Oh and the coffee isn’t worth it...sadly.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food1service3ambience5

Fresh seafood well prepared with comfortable atmosphere

a
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We waited to get a table for quite awhile, and then the table assigned to us was near two other empty tables. Why did it take so long? The food was mediocre and expensive. The salmon was dry and tasteless. We were disappointed.

m
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is the more casual of the two restaurants on location at the harbor owned by the same company. The other "top of the market" is upstairs, more upscale and more expensive. The fish market has an extensive menu - virtually any seafood you might want. I would recommend the smoked fish appetizers - smoked on location. The restaurant is fairly casual, there's a great view if you get a window table but otherwise the atmosphere is lacking. The place is usually packed, with people waiting a considerable time, especially to get a window table. This tells you something about its popularity. Overall, a great menu of fresh seafood, usually simply, but well prepared, and reasonably priced.

NN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I am the Director of Advancement at the San Diego Symphony. We are so honored that you are supporting us at your 30th Birthday Party and with your SIPS events.
I am telling everyone have a great evening at the Fish Market.
Thank you!

LD
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were a little disappointed when visiting this time. This is usually one of our “go to” fish restaurants. Our waiter was attentive at first and very friendly and then we couldn’t really find him when we needed him. Maybe he had too many tables. Our shrimp cilantro appetizer was hot, tasty and excellent. My husband’s mixed skewer of fish was not warm at all. My shrimp salad had plenty of shrimp, but was sitting on a large amount of croutons and not much lettuce and wasn’t as tasty and impressive as I’d remembered it.

DM
Boise
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great fish and chips! Our service was outstanding.

B
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Major disappointment with the food. We ordered oysters on the half shell to start. They had been pasteurized. As fresh oysters lovers a real disappointment. We all order different fish entrees and all arrived overcooked, dried out bland. By the way entrees online indicated less than $30 were in fact all mid $35 range. As a side dish I ordered the tomatoes red onions and lettuce which was nothing more than cherry tomatoes piled on onion. About the only thing good about the evening were the French fries, cocktails and staff. Overall a big disappointment.

RE
New England
45 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good service and a nice view, but very average food at above average prices. I would guess that the endless stream of tourists keeps this place going. I’ll be in no rush to return.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The ambience was lovely. We sat outside overlooking the water. The service was excellent. We loved our waiter. The oysters we had as appetizers were excellent. However, my fish was overcooked. I didn’t say anything, but I should have. My husband had the sea base which was a little better.

After we returned to New York, I received a call from the manager. She was very apologetic, accommodating and seemed to really care about the customer. After talking with her, I think it may have just been an off night and if I went back to San Diego I would definitely try the restaurant again. You can’t beat the setting.

TB
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great views. Food was average with above average price.

CH
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Server was very knowledgeable and helpful in choosing the entree. Dessert was "out of this world"!!! Eating on the glass enclosed porch was the best. Thank you for a great experience!!

MA
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food definitely doesn’t worth the price. A 55$ bill for a small portion of food.

RS
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I ordered the Alaskan Red King Crab Legs. They took 45 minutes to make it to the table. They were NOT even warm! The shells were soft and spongy. It took another 30 minutes to get the waiter. He offered to warm them up in the steamer. I pointed out again the shells were soft and spongy. After another 30 minutes the brought me hot legs. However, there were half as many as when the plate was served the first time. I would not go back for the crab legs. My wife had the Live Maine Lobster which was served hot and was very good. The lobster shell was crisp and snapped. Shellfish tools were not supplied for either of us. This was not a very busy night. Only half the tables were occupied. Perhaps the locals know the service and quality of the food are very poor.

s
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

had to wait 45 minutes for a table beyond our reservation time

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food and the cooks were amazing these service was slow the drinks were not they took a long time to get to us the ambulance was incredible we enjoyed our experience other than the slow service was our last drink didn’t show up until the meal was over

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