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Fri, 4/20
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The Fishery

4.5
986 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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 Paul Arias is evidenced by flavors that can only be achieved using ingredients at their peak of seasonality and freshness.

The Fishery Market showcases fresh fish, prepared seafood, salads, sauces and marinades. Wine, bread & specialty foods also available.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(858) 272-9985
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paul Arias
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Opal
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 986 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We always enjoy it! Great for any occasion. The service is great. Very friendly staff. It has a great location
The food is excellent
Is one of our favorite restaurants

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Amazing food and service , will come back . Visited from Boston and that is a big shoe to fill but it was a great surprise to find something better then what you can find in Boston.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Love that tuna melt!!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Tuesday Tasting Menu is always a special treat.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Our server was very knowledgeable about the wines offered on the menu. The tuna sandwiches were excellent.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Pricy for what they offer. Nice ambiance and service but the very casual setting and the food quality and portions do not giustify the price.

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

The oysters were our favourite course. Service was attentive. The wild Alaskan salmon was excellent. The macadamia crusted halibut came out luke warm. Our server had it warned for us, but it didn’t really get much warmer. Other than that it was a good, but not outstanding meal.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We had an excellent waitress and the food was very good. However, for the price, the portions were small. Otherwise...great experience!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Best swordfish Bolognese. Such an unusual and delicious dish.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Nice local restaurant but the dishes we're mediocre at best and overpriced for the quality. Had expected more reading the reviews.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The Fishery is a great neighborhood spot. The fish is delicious, particularly the sushi, and the desserts are delictable as well. The ambiance is unpretentious and seems to be a “locals” spot. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great food, space & service! Malissa was an excellent server, attentive without being annoying & quick without making you feel like they need to turn the table. Had the special salmon roll, super fresh and very tasty. Entrees were linguini & clams in a white wine sauce & the halibut and chip. Both were EXCELLENT! Currently on a business trip to San Diego but highly recommend anyone to stop into this restaurant for a meal!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

We loved it the first time that we went there that we came back.
Great food, excellent service

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Scallops cold in center; linguini very, very spiced with pepper; very good clam chowder

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We love it! Great place, excellent food. Good ambiance

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Enjoyed our time and food. The appetizer of sea bass was really good

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The Fishery is a gem of the neighborhood. Some excellent choices are steamed mussels, soups, Fishery roll, seared albacore, and Mr. Brown's swordfish tacos. We eat here regularly.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

There are few restaurants were I would eat three times in a week!

Enough said!

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Service was quite unremarkable. Food was good.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Amazing food & great wine options but PRICEY!

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

The Fishery doesn’t have a bar. They serve beer and wine only. Just good to know before you go.
Mussels were just ok. Swordfish was decent. Albacore entree was lovely.
It’s a fish market so it smells fishy. Atmosphere is nothing special.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We always make the Tuesday Tasting when in town. It didn’t disappoint. Three small separate fish courses and a seasonal dessert, together with optional wine pairings = yum!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Worth the short drive away from the tourist areas! Crab cakes a delight. Sea scallops prepared perfectly in a gently-seasoned sauce with cubed sweet potato. Chef takes time and talent with your order. Service attentive. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The manager was the best. Very accommodating. Got my GF wine while we waited...

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Excellent dining experience, creative snd tasteful offerings.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

The tasting menu was a nice variety although I felt the portions could be just a smidge larger. We were still a bit hungry after the dinner. The server we had was pretty lame- he never scanned the room to see if anyone needed anything. I tried to get his attention on five separate trips he made to and from the kitchen. Just not a professional. For what this restaurant is trying to do, waiter service is subpar, based on that waiter. The food was delicious, however, with a good food profile and variety. The fish was perfectly cooked, tender and executed well by the kitchen. Plate presentation was nice as well and the combination of flavors was balanced. Wine pairing was good- about a glass and a half total for the 4 courses (three with wine). At $18, its about average.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Nice seafood place in Mission Bay.....had a bowl of chowder and halibut & chips. Both were excellent....my only complaint was the portion size of the halibut.....but otherwise cool place to visit, many seafood options.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

My wife and I always get their Fishery Roll, Caesar Salad and a bucket of Clams....perfect meal. Highly recommend The Fishery. Suggest making reservations for weekend dining.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I've dined at The Fishery since the place first opened in the 90's. The casual atmosphere and great seafood were a sure winner! Comfortable and clean with free refills of iced tea.

Even after their remodel and change to full table service we kept coming here. Though not as often as the budget could not handle it as easy as before. Putting in full service slowed down the meal and made it more formal and a lot more expensive. Prices have continued to escalate, almost to white tablecloth level. You will find it more formal and still more expensive.

A few weekends ago I tried their new Crispy Shrimp dish. For $31.00 my plate consisted of 4 medium -sized shrimp, covered in a well-made chile sauce and accompanied by sauteed greens. Caesar salad, a la carte, was $10.00 more.

My boyfriend had the fish and chips-- 3 smallish pieces of Alaskan cod (very good) along with a mass of tasty french fries. Tartar sauce and vinegar were provided as well. This was $25. I know seafood costs have been rising due to high demand from overseas. But $25 for fish and chips?

Unfortunately we are going to have to skip this place in the future, or go for lunch and split an entree. It has become simply too pricey. There are other seafood places with food just as good and lower prices.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Very Tasty seafood. Nice variety of fresh seafood. Lots of varied choices for our 3-generation family.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Very pleasantly surprised. Calamari crisp. Scallops beautifully prepared and presented. Great service as well. Kudos.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

WE love good fish and went to the Fishery to celebrate our 34th anniversary. We made reservations and are table was ready right away. We were disappointed to hear that they had run out of the daily fresh fish special, which would have been what we both we have ordered if we had the chance. The restaurant was noisy with a table of 6 within 2 feet of us that was quite boisterous. Our server was wonderful and did her best to make sure we enjoyed our meal, but she did forget the bread and when she brought it we were disappointed to find cold thin slices of sour dough bread which were not very appetizing. The décor is very nice and it has a cozy feel that is great for a neighborhood dinner. But it's not the place for a special occasion, in my opinion.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Food was just okay. They never change the menu.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine's Dinner. Seated promptly in noisiest table near kitchen and prep area after requesting quiet table; moved to other table. Service slow, had to ask for bread. Amuse-bouche, a single oyster. 1st course: 3 one-inch square slices of tuna with garnish, my companion: 1 scallop with sauce and garnish. Main course arrive 63 minutes after we were seated and that is too long. All food excellent. Dessert: tiny, 3 bites and it's over... no offer of coffee, but the bill came very quickly. $230.00; you decide.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We were here for Valentine's Day and chose the Special Valentine menu. We had the lobster tail which was ok. It did not have much taste and tasted more like a frozen lobster tail you buy at a supermarket. We were disappointed. Rest of the meal was ok, but nothing to rave about. We have eaten here before and have had great meals. Fish is always fresh and served.

Service was so, so. Our waiter was too busy to provide great service.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Though we were worried that Valentine's Day would be really busy, we were not rushed at all. The steamed clams were delicious and a perfect appetizer. We both had Seared Tuna and it was great!

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

The Fishery is one of my family's favorite place to eat for a special occasion or just hungry. My 14 year old loves the fish and chips. We all have our favorites. Great food!

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Great ambiance ... interiors are classic East Coast or Hawaiian inspired. Menu options are great and a very thriving fish market. Absolutely loved my seared ahi tostadas and others in the party enjoyed the poki appetizer and poki salads. Great flavors and very fresh ingredients!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent spot for seafood in the PB area. I had the salmon which was great and my wife had the seared tuna. Presentation was excellent and the fish was very high quality

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Have been to the Fishery several time before and service had been excellent. On Saturday night Feb 10th, the service was marginal and the wait staff was not very attentive or knowledgeable. For example after 15 minutes sitting at the table, one member of the party of 6 asked for water and the waiter brought a picture of water and 1 glass. He did not ask any of the other 5 people at the table if they wanted water. We also ordered 2 dozen oysters for an appetizer and they were put on the table with no explanation of what the oysters were served. We had to ask 3 members of the wait staff before we found out what kind of oysters were served to our table. The answer we got was one plate was east coast and the other was west coast. The wait staff seemed too preoccupied with other things than servicing our table. We had to ask for everything and no one offered anything(including ordering food).

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