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The Fishery, San Diego, CA
Award-winning

The Fishery

4.7
4.7
2774 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
BEHIND EVERY GREAT SEAFOOD RESTAURANT IS A WAREHOUSE STOCKED WITH FRESH SEAFOOD.
The Fishery Restaurant & Market is located just a few blocks from the ocean in North Pacific Beach.
The restaurant menu reflects ‘coastal cuisine’ with a simple yet serious focus on the best our coastal fisheries and local farms have to offer. The passion that drives Chef Mike Reidy is evidenced by flavors that can only be achieved using ingredients at their peak of seasonality and freshness.
The Fishery was awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence for its Wine List from Wine Spectator in 2018- Present. Our wine list is inspired by the great wines of Europe and their American counterparts and we strive to showcase real, natural, food friendly-wines with a sense of place.

The Fishery Market showcases fresh fish, prepared seafood, salads, sauces and marinades.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:00 am–3:45 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (858) 272-9985
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Jon Bautista
  • Catering
    We are willing to accomodate a custom seafood catering menu.<br />Please contact Nicholas&#64;TheFishery.com<br />
  • Private party facilities
    We accept large parties, custom menus available. We look forward to setting something up. Please contact us for more information.Nicholas@TheFishery.com
  • Private party contact
    Brenden Dutton: (858) 272-9985
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Pacific Beach
  • Cross street
    Opal
  • Parking details
    Neighborhood parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,774 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Seafood

  • San Diego

    Seafood

2,774 Reviews
  1. ThomasT

    Detroit

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic seafood dishes, knowledgeable servers and strong wine selections.

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  2. MissyS

    Portland

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always friendly, super knowledgably staff and the French 75's are delish!!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing ambience, great service and incredible cocktails. Appetizers amazing, crusted halibut 10/10. Large selection of wines as well. Great date night or dinner w friends spot. Parking can be tough

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at fishery and we loved it! The food and staff were amazing! We will be back to try more things on the menu.

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  5. SuzanneE

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful lunch for two on a quiet Friday. We shared the daily carpaccio, which was Amberjack, in a pineapple jalapeño dressing. Yum! Also shared the shrimp katsu sandwich on a brioche bun with spicy Louie slaw accompanied by extremely crispy, wonderful French fries. Highly recommend both of these dishes.

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  6. ElizabethD

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the second time this week I've dined at the Fishery. The menu is delightful. The food is healthy. It's a perfect place to dine.

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  7. carrie

    San Diego

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was the best! Your faire is always wonderful- thank you

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Exquisite - every course was fantastic and was a meal I will not forget!

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  9. WilliamD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Oysters, mussels, and strawberry burrata salad were totally amazing! Best seafood ever,

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The clam chowder is the best I have ever had!! Everything else I have ever eaten there has been outstanding as well. Love The Fishery!

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  11. mshames

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The fish was very fresh and nicely prepared. Service friendly but slow.

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  12. Susie

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a Valentine's Day treat. This restaurant has wonderful craft cocktails and the Peach Bellini not only matched my outfit, but was delicious. So much so, that I had to have two. My husband had the Bloody Caesar and it was awesome as well. Everything is so fresh at this restaurant and I loved my Baja Fish tacos and my husband enjoyed the Crispy Albacore Belly Sandwich. Our dessert was a specialty for the occasion with a pear as its star. Delicious! Everyone who works here is friendly and accomodating. The atmosphere is fun and casual. If you have never been here, bring a cooler so you can take home some of the beautiful fresh fish from their fish market housed within the restaurant. I highly recommend you visit The Fishery!

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  13. Clayton

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love my time at the Fishery. Thanks to Philip and Xavier at the bar.

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  14. MarkG

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food! Would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Make your reservations in advance as it gets booked up fast. Great selection of locally sourced from farm to fork.

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  15. Denise

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Superb service. Beautiful cocktails. Really nice wine list. The food is excellent. Best Caesar salad I've ever had. Littleneck clams -- add the saffron pasta (must be house made), quite divine.

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  16. JulieL

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had a memorable meal! The oysters on the half shell were ice cold, clean and delicious. The clam chowder was the best we ever had: velvety with the perfect combination of clams and vegetables. We split the grilled swordfish chop, boy was that special! It was so tender and seasoned perfectly; I would have never guessed it was swordfish. The service was excellent. If you love seafood, you will love this restaurant!

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  17. AlejandroB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelente. Mi acompañante ya había comido ahí y me lo sugirió porque le parecía top 5 y no se equivocó. Empezamos con un Mexican Shrimp Cocktail, una docena de ostiones una mitad muy chiquitos sin poder saborear pero la otra mitad lo compensó. El crab estuvo muy bueno también, seguimos con una estelar clam showder bien lograda que por esa sola crema regreso, posterior un chilean sea bass delicioso, caliente y de exquisito sabor, terminamos con un Risotto. Una pilsner que maridó perfecto. El host muy amable y quien nos atendió en la mesa una excelente anfitriona de 10!

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  18. LisaS

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Consistently great fish and seafood. We had the shrimp fettuccini, black cod, and the salmon for our main dishes. All were so fresh and delicious. Great service. One of my favorite restaurants.

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  19. Nancy

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The prices have gone up substantially since our last visit a couple of years back. We were with an older couple and found the noise level to be pretty loud. Our friends had the cried calamari with a delicious and spicy sauce. They also had mussels with saffron fettuccine. My husband had the ahi tuna appetizer and a salad and I had the crab cake and the pear and beet salad. It was all very good. We left satisfied and not stuffed. We will definitely go back!

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  20. DavidS

    San Diego

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for lunch with a colleague to discuss life.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool vibe and neighborhood. Ate outside and they had great heaters to keep it comfortable. All in dinner was good but would have been great had our food arrived hot. Must have sat in the service window for a while. Server was nice and did a good job. We both did order another glass of wine before our meal was served and the wine didn’t come until after we were done eating. All in all, though, we enjoyed our dinner.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love The Fishery. I wish they would discontinue the “optional” 4% surcharge and just raise their prices an amount sufficient to ensure employee pay and benefits at the level they aspire to. Surcharges such as these are becoming more and more common, but Covid shut downs are 3 years behind us. This is not a good business practice. People resent it. As a diner, I don’t want to be put in the position of having to ask for a waiver of the 4%. The net result will be lower tips and alienated diners. I ask management to reconsider this practice.

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  23. JuanCarlos

    New York City

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Muy buena comida y ambiente agradable; conveniente para comida con amigos.

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  24. JoleneJ

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I had a 4:45 pm dinner reservation 1/26. I told our server that we had a time crunch as we needed to leave at 5:15. It took 15 minutes to get our drink order. Then another 15 minutes for our server to come and check on us and get our dinner order. Meanwhile while waiting a table of 6 was seated, and a different server took their order. They were finished eating, we were still waiting. The server for the table of 6 saw my consternation and asked if all was well. I explained the situation, he brought us 2 glasses of champagne. (Which we did not drink) Still no trace of our server. Again, the waiter of the other table saw we had not been served. Now a single man was seated next to us. He was served his meal and eating it. Still no trace of our server. The manager finally brought out our meals, it was 5:45!!! When our server finally showed up, I asked for the bill. She made no apologies or explanation of her complete absence. She comped us the appetizer she brought out, but that was it! We were late for our engagement.

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  25. GabrielaZ

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice quaint restaurant.,..........................

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  26. TomJ

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent. Our waiter helped us with our choices and we table of 6) had a great family style meal.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dinner for New Year’s Eve!

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  28. MarkW

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Moderately high priced yet delicious! Great service and fairly easy parking.

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  29. JaneL

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They always have the best, freshest fish and seafood.

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  30. BrettM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice dining environment with amazing fresh food! We loved everything about it!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, service was friendly and impeccable, fantastic experience overall

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  32. FoodieGaga

    San Diego

    172 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    172 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We visited the restaurant for their Christmas Eve "Feast of the Seven Fishes" and were fairly disappointed. The tasting menu consisted of 5 courses, all of whom were enough for a single serving but we both shared the food and were billed for two whole meals. The main course was billed as a fish stew, with fish, mussels, clams, lobster and shell beans. They should have reversed the order with beans the most prominent, not a lobster in sight (maybe the broth) and small pieces of shellfish. We would not order one of their tasting menus again. That being said, the restaurant was very busy and the main menu looked interesting so we would definitely go back, just ordering on our own.

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  33. JenniferO

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was fantastic. We made our way around the appetizer menu so we could enjoy a nice variety and everything was so light and fresh. Musts: mussels in green curry, king salmon tartare, scallop crudo and Her Name was Lola cocktail. Great wine list by the glass (love a place with orange wine). Service was outstanding. Ambiance is casual but elegant. If we lived in San Diego this place would be a weekly stop, if not more often than that.

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  34. JoseD

    San Diego

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El pescado es excepcional. Atún, bacalao….los calamares…….la amplia carta de vinos. y el servicio. Amaizing !!!!

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  35. AmandaG

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was absolutely delicious! Looking forward to coming back and trying more dishes!

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  36. DandD

    Los Angeles

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fishery did not disappoint. High quality and inventive food with great service. Very casual and neighborhood feeling, but at the same time special and elegant. It’s a special place. Pricey in the mains but quality justifies. Salads are surprisingly way above expectations and a good deal. Cocktails & wine list is broad and high quality as well. Do yourself the favor and splurge a little on fine casual dining excellence.

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  37. NotMuchOfAFoodie

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was average, cocktail was good, but not many cider/wine options

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  38. al0ha

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Aguachile and pear/beets salad were delicious. Tortilla chips with aguachile were fresh. Chips with my friend's fish tacos were all stale. We did not say anything.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such great food! Lovely service. Everything was very fresh.

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  40. JimG

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great local fresh fish sourced by local fishermen. Laid back ambience w/very professional servers. Parking can be a challenge but worth the hunt !

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Fishery using the Order Online button. The Fishery also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 272-9985.

The Fishery is rated 4.7 stars by 2774 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Fishery

5040 Cass Street, San Diego, CA 92109

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    Opal
  • Neighborhood
    Pacific Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:00 am–3:45 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Californian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Neighborhood parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jon Bautista
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (858) 272-9985
  • Catering
    We are willing to accomodate a custom seafood catering menu.<br />Please contact Nicholas&#64;TheFishery.com<br />
  • Private party facilities
    We accept large parties, custom menus available. We look forward to setting something up. Please contact us for more information.Nicholas@TheFishery.com
  • Private party contact
    Brenden Dutton: (858) 272-9985
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