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Diners' Choice: Seafood restaurants in North San Diego

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Seafood cuisine in North San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Poseidon restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5300)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Del Mar
About the restaurant
The minute you walk into Poseidon, you’ll be swept by the fabulous view. You couldn’t be closer to the sand and the beach than sitting at Poseidon on their beautiful outdoor patio. With such a spectacular ocean view, you’ll experience breathtaking sunsets and during the right season even catch a glimpse of the whales migrating up or down the coast. The bar offers a large circular firepit, which is nice on those chilly fall or winter nights. Off to the side of the bar is a split level dining room offering every table a panoramic view of the beach and the ocean. For decades, Poseidon has delighted both local San Diegans and the tourists that love the beach.
Top review
MJFairfieldvip
Dined 1 day ago
We were a party of five - family and friends - who enjoyed a lovely meal out on the deck overlooking the ocean. The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and the ambiance was joyful and fun. Just a perfect evening, from start to finish. The valet parking is a nice plus, at the end of the night, too!
A photo of Pacific Coast Grill - Cardiff restaurant
4.7
4.7 (8664)
$50 and over
Seafood
Cardiff By The Sea
About the restaurant
Pacific Coast Grill's oceanfront venue features unique Pacific Coastal cuisine, an oyster bar, select sushi rolls, and a plethora of seafood choices, delicious steaks and more! There are two levels of dining at the new PCG with every dining seat in the house carefully planned to have an ocean view. There are bars on both levels and a heated outdoor patio and a deck with one of the best views of the Pacific Ocean and the line up at Cardiff Reef. You can watch surfers, kite surfers, dolphins, whales and spectacular sunsets from throughout the restaurant.
Top review
Martha
Dined 2 days ago
This has become our new favorite restaurant for lunch. It was hard to decide which entree we wanted, they all looked so good. Our eyes were bigger than our stomachs and brought the lobster, shrimp and avocado sandwich home and it was still delicious the next day. The view was perfect and our server, Charles, was the best. The noise level was a bit distracting, only because the table next to us was loudly talking about business deals on the phone the whole time. (I wanted to tell them to "get an office!") We'll definitely be back and want Charles as our server!
A photo of Fish House Vera Cruz restaurant
4.5
4.5 (224)
$30 and under
Seafood
San Marcos
About the restaurant
Seafood Restaurant and Fish Market in San Marcos, CA is part of Old California Restaurant Row. Fish House Vera Cruz is known for its fresh grilled seafood over mesquite charcoal. Offering the largest selection of fresh fish and seafood in North San Diego County. If you live near Escondido, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside and San Diego area, stop in for our Fresh Fish Market for fresh seafood to grill at home. Our restaurant features multiple Salt Water and Fresh Water fish tanks for a beautiful atmosphere. Check out our full bar and patio for happy hour in San Marcos, CA. We offer private dining and events through our Adobe Room and patio for weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, corporate events and more in San Marcos, CA. Come stop in and Eat Lots of Fish!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
While our reservation was (we discovered at the time we arrived) basically at closing time, they did manage to provide us what we wanted to order (specifically including Sopa de Pescado, a favorite meal element - for us - of any meal at Fish House Vera Cruz). The young woman who served us was very attentive and pleasant, which added to the enjoyability of the occasion.
A photo of Brigantine Poway restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1199)
$30 and under
Seafood
Poway / Rancho Bernardo
About the restaurant
In keeping with the Brigantine tradition of excellence, The Poway Brigantine features a generous assortment of appetizers on their widely popular "Share" menu. An abundant selection of fresh seafood and grilled meats round out the rest of the offerings.



Newly redesigned at the end of 2006, The Poway Brigantine boasts a lively and contemporary atmosphere, unlike anything else in the area.



Whether you're joining us for lunch, dinner, or happy hour, The Brig's casual and unpretentious atmosphere makes it the perfect everyday restaurant.



With separate areas for private dining, The Brigantine is also an ideal place to make business connections, or celebrate special occasions with family and friends.



Start your own community tradition and Meet Me at The Brig.
Top review
MannyC
Dined 1 day ago
Menu is lacking. Prices like everywhere else are high. The special was priced higher than menu items. Not told price of special until after meal. Salmon on Risotto. Salmon was good the rest was so so.
A photo of King's Fish House - Carlsbad restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3779)
$30 and under
Seafood
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
Established in 2003, King’s Fish House is Carlsbad’s choice for seafood. Located just across from the Carlsbad Premium outlets and LEGOLAND, King’s Fish House features a large selection of fresh oysters, seasonal catches, sushi and live shellfish, including lobster and crab, on a menu that changes daily.

We’ve been in restaurants a little while – three generations, to be precise. A long time ago, we embarked on a road trip in search of the ultimate seafood experience. We traveled down highways and byways, 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.

Welcome to the House that Seafood Built.

Come gather with us, celebrate, relax and enjoy a seafood dining experience of high quality, comfort, service and value.
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NikL
Dined 3 days ago
Delivered again!!! Great attentive service, clean and refreshing atmosphere, food and drinks great taste and quality. Ready for us when we arrived, made reservation. Thank you for continuing to maintain high quality standards.
A photo of Brigantine Escondido restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1588)
$30 and under
Seafood
Escondido
About the restaurant
A San Diego tradition since 1969, the Brigantine has received many accolades in our 40+ year history: "BEST SEAFOOD", "BEST CASUAL SEAFOOD", "BEST HAPPY HOUR", and even "BEST SWORDFISH IN THE WORLD", according to USA Today - just to name a few.



Well-known for our signature Clam Chowder, Grilled Swordfish, and Crème Brûlée, the Brigantine is a favorite among locals for consistently fresh seafood, succulent steaks and grilled meats.



Located near the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, the Brigantine features fireside seating in a casual dining room, and in the adjacent lounge. Outdoor dining is available on one of our intimate patios, which include both fireplace and water features.



Private dining is available.



The Escondido Brigantine serves dinner 7 nights a week, and lunch Monday-Saturday. Join us for our signature Happy Hour.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We went for a quiet Father’s Day dinner. My husband ordered the salmon special and myself the cod fish & chips. The food was delicious, the salmon well prepared and the atmosphere on the patio was lively, but not too loud. A special shoutout to our server Inocente. He is very friendly and recognized us from past visits. We will definitely be back again!
A photo of Brigantine Del Mar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2595)
$30 and under
Seafood
Del Mar
About the restaurant
A San Diego tradition since 1969, the Brigantine has received many accolades in our 40+ year history. "BEST SEAFOOD", "BEST CASUAL SEAFOOD", "BEST HAPPY HOUR", and even "BEST SWORDFISH IN THE WORLD", according to USA Today.

Well-known for our signature Clam Chowder, Grilled Swordfish, and Crème Brûlée, the Brigantine is a favorite among locals for consistently fresh seafood, succulent steaks and grilled meats.

Perched between the spectacular Pacific Ocean and the hills of Rancho Santa Fe, the Del Mar Brigantine sits high above the action of the Del Mar racetrack.

A lushly landscaped garden offers an unparalleled setting for weddings and outdoor-themed events. Indoors, a formal dining room looks out to the garden through floor-to-ceiling french doors. For more casual dining, the glass-enclosed deck is a year-round favorite.

The Del Mar Brigantine serves dinner 7 nights a week, lunch Monday-Saturday, and brunch each Sunday.
Top review
CraigSvip
Dined on Jun 10, 2024
My wife and I eat here frequently. Yesterday with friends. The new remodel looks great. The food, service and ambiance are excellent. They have a very low turnover in the wait staff which is a great sign. I would recommend reservations especially during the summer.
A photo of Bluewater Grill - Carlsbad restaurant
4.6
4.6 (634)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
Bluewater Grill is a seafood restaurant and grill serving delicious food for over two decades. Located along the swishy water body, the outdoor seating arrangement makes it a refreshing experience to dine in at this restaurant. The Bluewater Grill is a place to go for dinners in large groups, with friends or family; the place is also child friendly. The casual dining space offers television and free Wi-Fi.

Bluewater Grill has a full bar which adds to the delectable flavors of the cuisines. Some of the popular cuisine choices at the restaurant & grill include baked stuffed maine lobster, crab crusted cobia, cedar plank salmon, lemon pepper mahi mahi, san Francisco cioppino, Alaskan king crab and linguine vongole. The restaurant also has a wide variety of appetizers, daily specials, salads, a grill menu and deliciously prepared homemade sauces.
Top review
ChristyCvip
Dined 4 days ago
First time here .. we came from San Diego / Tierrasanta to walk along the beach and for our Anniversary Dinner , that was noted under “ special requests “ . Nobody acknowledged that … not hostess or waitress .. other than that it was fine . Halibut was cooked to perfection, which is hard to do . I think the last time I was here , was when it was the Fish House VeraCruz .
A photo of Chart House Restaurant - Cardiff restaurant
4.3
4.3 (6839)
$30 and under
Seafood
Solana Beach
About the restaurant
Chart House is a fine dining restaurant serving seafood & steak and famous for their spectacular views. For more than 50 years, Chart House has redefined the ideal dining experience. With 27 waterfront and showcase locations ranging from the historic to the unforgettable, Chart House restaurants specialize in dazzling views, unique cuisine and exceptional service. From fresh fish specialties to slow-roasted prime rib, the renowned chefs of Chart House have tailored a menu that adds a unique touch to local flavors. And the Chart House happy hour is a guest favorite, where guest favor our signature cocktails and delicious bites you are sure to enjoy. Our original Hot Chocolate Lava Cake is the perfect end to a memorable dining experience at Chart House. Chart House offers the ideal setting for your next event. We would be happy to assist you with all the details of your special occasion.
Top review
MerleC
Dined 1 day ago
Alway a good experience at chart house! Great views by the window in the evenings.
A photo of Aqua Mare Cucina Italiana restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1269)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Del Mar
About the restaurant
***AQUA MARE CUCINA ITALIANA ***

Aqua Mare Cucina Italiana by Villa Capri in Del Mar offers a menu inspired by responsibly sourced local food. It's a place to enjoy fresh, delicious plates and relax watching our beautiful view of the lagoon and the ocean. In addition to fresh fish and seafood, Aqua Mare Cucina Italiana in Del Mar serves fresh homemade pasta, risotto, chicken, steak and vegetarian options. It is open for dinner Monday through Sunday from 4pm to 9pm, and for lunch Sunday from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Aqua Mare Cucina Italiana in Del Mar also has a large bar area with HD TVs, a Private Room and Private Patios that can be booked for banquets and private events
Top review
DonnHvip
Dined 5 days ago
Great food..just like my Italian grandma used to make. Great ser5.
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