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Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Grill & Bar

414 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for Groups
Spike Africa …”President of the Pacific Ocean” was the last of the great schooner boat captains sailing out of the West Coast. He learned to sail by shipping out on the “K.V. Kruse”, a five masted schooner freighting lumber from Seattle to Alaska. Spike is best known for his adventurous voyage with the actor Sterling Hayden and their families ending in Tahiti in 1958, and chronicled in Hayden’s classic sea novel “The Wanderer”. As a “Seabee” Lieutenant in WWII Spike fought in the bloody battle of Peleliu Island as depicted in the HBO mini-series “Pacific”. A part time novice actor, Spike appeared in the film “Cinderella Liberty”. He was a legend in virtually every West Coast Port known as a free spirited “last of the breed” sailor. Thank you for coming in today and please enjoy some great food and drink in Spike’s honor.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Seafood, Californian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Friday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Saturday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Sunday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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(619) 795-3800
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
4th Avenue

Private Dining

The Captain's Room is a semi-private dining room. It can be reserved for medium to large party dining. Banquet menus are available.

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What 414 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DoctorJ (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Great place for Happy Hour or pre-theater dining (several theaters within walking distance).

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Homemade Butterscotch Pudding Awesome!!!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Service was disjointed (5:45 reservation) but main server was good. No utensils when food brought out. Special occasion listed on open table was not picked up by restaurant - decided to not make it an issue. Food and presentation was average.

Lovetodineout (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

My husband and I had dinner here before going to see a play at the civic theatre. I had the steak salad which was really good. My husband had the fish and chips (which I tasted!). The batter was a little too thick and overcooked for me, but the fish was tender and juicy. We’ve eaten here before and we’ll eat there again.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

I'd suggest that your wait staff ALWAYS not "usually" note when the food contains nuts. The side dish of coleslaw had walnuts, which can send one of the diners at my table into anaphylactic shock. You know, when they stop breathing? The walnuts were not mentioned on the menu that we saw so I HIGHLY recommend you make this change to both menu and instruct the wait staff. We were fortunate that the walnut was found before it was consumed otherwise that really WOULD have ruined our night at the theatre. Otherwise the food was great and the wait staff attentive to the fact we had a show to get to.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was very good at the table but my ono taco was cold.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

We were glad to dine at Spike's while we were celebrating our seasonal achievements. Thank you for accomodating the 12 of us!

SusieS (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

We ate here before watching a show in the Civic Theatre. The staff was quick and friendly. There was a good variety of dishes and all of the things we ordered were delicious. I would definitely recommend this to someone who wanted a good quick meal in casual friendly place.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Great choice for pre-theater! Happy hour menu had good selections, and the ceviche was delicious! Generous portions!

mtcl (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Seafood Chile Relleno was okay. Loved the black beans though. The Swordfish Nachos were a hit as always. The Butterscotch pudding was delectable! I would get it again. As always, great service. =)

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Got the swordfish fajitas, portion size was big and left full. Happy hour til 630

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

What an excellent place to have dinner before the show. The staff was great, I loved the happy hour selections like the oysters, and their fish tacos had great fish fillets in them instead of deep fried "fish sticks". We were a little earlier than the main dinner crowd, so we had a quiet booth and a really super waitress. We will definitely go back.

mtcl (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

I liked that there is an option to have fish on the nachos other than the traditional protein option. The spicy seafood chowder was tasty. I was disappointed that they were our of the seafood chile relleno. And the Coronado crab roll was a little lackuster. Great service though.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent food and good service. They didn't respond to my reservation made through Open Table where I mentioned it was a birthday. No one in the restaurant knew nor reacted, so booking through Open Table was a waste of time, I could have called directly and made my own arrangements. However food, service and ambiance was good.

vipshsteiner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent fish and chips along with a good happy hour selection. Nice spot for pre-show drinks and noshing for downtown theatre events. Don't miss the salted butterscotch pudding - share with a friend and have zero regrets!