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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.
San Diego, CA 92101
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
$30 and under
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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❗️
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!
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.
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.
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...
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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