About Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Grill & Bar

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.

411 Broadway Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Californian

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

Cross Street:
4th Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(619) 795-3800

Website:
http://www.spikeafricas.com/

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.

Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Grill & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.1

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4.4

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4.0

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3.9

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (3)
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Live Music (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Tapas (2)
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Worth the Drive (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 11, 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

While in town for a conference, we had a group dinner at Spike's. The menu is seafood forward, which was a big factor because 2 in the group did not eat meat. Everyone enjoyed their meals, which met our expectations. Our server was friendly, attentive, and offered helpful recommendations. We sat towards the back, so it was not very noisy. We were able to chat over a delicious meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great service, food and location. Our new “go to” place!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We chose this restaurant hastily after arriving jet lagged and hungry from the east coast.
The high overhead lights gave it no ambiance. The large TV didn't help. It wasn't a sports bar nor was it an attractive place to eat.
The chairs and tables were cheap looking, the air had a funny smell so we ate outside.
The service was friendly and the fish I ordered was good but overpriced for the serving size. We ordered spinach and artichoke dip that had breadcrumbs on top which seemed like filler and greasy tortilla chips.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great place to grab dinner before a show at Civic Theater or Spreckles Theater- both walking distance to restaurant. Perfect selections for happy hour. Enjoyed bacon-wrapped swordfish, roasted brussels, ceviche, bean dip. Butterscotch pudding is not on happy hour menu but worth the full price. It was sort of loud in the dining room so not great for quiet conversation. TVs around the room showing sports if you want to catch some World Series while dining.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Tapas
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Spike's is consistent. Very good food and service. The salmon salad I had was excellent. Convenient for dining before going to the San Diego Repertory Theatre!

Tags: Casual, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Happy hour before theater. Flavorful, large appetizers. Really liked the white Sangria. Friends said the caesar salad, clam chowder, and garlic bread were excellent. The ceviche was too salty and odd with guac on the top. They nicely too it off the bill. Would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We were running late( group of 5) and were concern about getting food in timely matter as we had Theater tickets. As soon as we told the staff they gave EXTRA SPEEDY SERVICE! The food wade cellent( grilled sea bass) with non traditional very tasty coleslaw. Ordered Brussels sprouts from the happy hour menu- delicious and served really hot temp( made to order, not sitting at the counter getting cold😊) GREAT SERVICE❗️

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We arrived about 12 minutes early and were asked to come back so that we would have a better experience. We did,but there was nothing special that happened. Just odd!
Food was fine.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Nice happy hour selection. Most food items very tasty, the calamari friti was not warm when it reached our table

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Awesome experience. Amazing service. Incredible food. We will be back!

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Sports, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We arrived hungry and unable to make up our minds as to what we wanted to eat. Luckily for us, it was happy hour! We threw caution (and calories) to the wind and tried just about everything on the happy hour menu with a few extras. Nothing disappointed, memorable bites included the shredded pork street tacos, the bean dip, the oysters, and the incredibly decadent butterscotch pudding. A great pre-theatre dinner win!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Fun
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

We had theater tickets and wanted to eat somewhere close by. Spikes fit the bill. The food was excellent. We had swordfish bites (swordfish wrapped in bacon served with arugula, tomatos, and a mustard sauce), Pt. Loma shrimp roll, and fish and chips. We were also there during happy hour-where they had half price appetizers and really good drink deals.
We will be back.

Tags: Live Music, Bar Seating, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Our server, Dawnie, was wonderful. She was extremely knowledgeable about a gluten free diet and the ingredients in Spike's food items.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Server was great- meaning high energy, good advice on food selections and attentive to drinks; both alcoholic and non...

Tags: Live Music, Great Beer, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Overall it was a great place to eat. I enjoy good seafood and the swordfish was cooked just how I like it, very moist. Another in our party didn't like it as much as I did. One of us got the scallops; they were very good but the brussel sprouts were way overcooked. He told the waitress; she got him freshly cooked ones which were very good. She brought us a free dessert to apologize.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Spicy, Casual
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Jazz band was playing. Party of three of us were seated in a booth at the rear of the restaurant (a Friday at 830) Was very difficult to have a conversation, but understandable with the live band. Server seemed to forget about us. Took our drinks and starter order, but didn't come back until we told the person who actually brought our food that we were ready to order our mains (20 minutes or so) Server never refilled our drinks nor did she come back and ask how our meals were. The busboy actually paid more attention to us (refilled drinks, asked if we needed condiments and brought) The place wasn't overly crowded and appeared to have plenty of staff

While service was poor, food was decent (salmon was a little undercooked, but since server never returned and we were famished, it was eaten)

Not sure that I'd return...

Tags: Live Music, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 8, 2017

From the hostess, bartender, to waitress, they were all welcoming, friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. Had a great evening of dining, drinking and catching up with some friends we haven't seen in a year

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2017

I love coming to Spike Africa's before a show. Great calamari and Happy hour specials.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

The truffle fries and sea bass are amazing. The waiter was not very attentive for as light of a crowd the restaurant had but would definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Spike Africa's is a great location for pre-theatre dining. It's just a few blocks from all the major theaters. The food is usually good. The happy hour has some appetizer nice selections. The service is usually pretty good. Unfortunately, Friday night everything was just out of balance. We ordered two of the calamari plates--one was beautiful and the other was a mess (looked like the bottom of the fry basket). The ceviche was just a lot of salsa with a little fish. The seabass was cooked nicely, but we ordered it with crab dynamite that really ruined the fish. The service was pretty slow, although I'm certain our waitress was working very hard. The food came out a in dribs and drabs and It took forever to get our cocktails served. But then someone made mai tai with grapefruit juice. Wait wut? They were nice enough to give us a complimentary dessert, but it didn't really make up for the disarray.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We love their Fish and Chips! Fun atmosphere and the truffle fries are delicious

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Comfort Food
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

I thought my scallop dinner was very good. My friend said that her fish & chip dinner was good, but she is picky about her batter and didn't like the batter, but said the fish was good. I liked that they recognized they were close to the theater and were cognizant of the time and were very fast in delivering our meals and we had no time issues whatsoever!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 22, 2017

First time here. Recommended by the Dr's I work with. Excellent food, vibe and just terrific. Waiter could've been more energetic and just presetable. Felt as if we were a bother. Looked exhausted. But we didn't let that ruin our time. Will for sure return.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2017

I had the ceviche which was very tasty, though it had a lot of lime juice in it, so be forewarned if you prefer more subtle flavoring. Service was great!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I love this place. Good food & drinks at fair prices, especially at Happy Hour.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Wonderful crab sandwich!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 4, 2017

When we walked in, it smelled terrible. Something like a portatoilet. After that, it would have taken a miracle to improve the impression. We should have left but needed a quick bite. Food was bad. Servers were very nice though. I do not recommend reliving my family's experience.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Never disappoints! Wonderful and fresh seafood, great service and atmosphere. Our friends don't drink and they had (as told by our friends) the best non-alcoholic beer out there: Erginger.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The restaurant is exactly as advertised. The food was excellent, would serve well in much fancier establishments but with the more casual atmosphere of that we prefer. Everybody we spoke with there was polite and extremely friendly along with patient, we asked alot of questions! Would make it a must stop for friends coming this way.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 22, 2017

We ordered the veggie sides as appetizers (asparagus and brussels sprouts) and they were delicious, as was the meal.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 21, 2017

We asked the server for the best item on the menu and he recommended the blackened fish tacos. The fish was so overlooked it was offensive. There was little to no flavor in the blackening seasoning. The beans on the side were scorched and tasted off.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Service was mediocre. Staff was nice but they never checked on us. We were there for about 1.5 hours and didn't get one refil on water. Food also was mediocre. For the price I've had better lobster rolls and seafood.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Well prepared fish. Sides were generous and creative, e. g., fried artichokes and sautéed tomatoes

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 15, 2017

We always love to eat here before going to the Balboa Theatre. The new version of the boiled shrimp is excellent, and they are glad to make it less spicy for us. We always get the excellent chowder and almost always the butterscotch pudding, although now we get the caramel sauce on the side to save on sugar overload. The new swordfish bites with bacon come with an arugula salad, which is a great side dish.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Awesome meal, great service

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Excellent dinner and excellent service!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Local Ingredients
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