San Diego, a city bordered by ocean, does not disappoint when it comes to seafood restaurants

Katie Dillon

By , Local Expert, San Diego
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It’s no surprise that a city bordered by ocean excels at serving seafood. San Diego’s seafood restaurants vary radically in ambiance, price and versatility, but all have one thing in common: high quality fish. Dishes are minimally prepared in order to showcase the freshly caught seafood that is flown in daily or caught by local artisanal fishermen. Grilled, sauteed, seared, smoked, or raw--whichever you choose will send your tastebuds over the edge.

Don’t let an unassuming, casual vibe fool you. Some of San Diego’s best seafood restaurants double as markets and seat a post-beach clientele, but are also critically acclaimed....  Read more »

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    Truluck's Seafood Steak and Crab - La Jolla

    Local Expert Tip: "Truluck's has one of the best happy hours in San Diego with half-off their lounge menu (ceviche, oysters and even cupcakes), half-off cocktails and 25% off all bottles of wine."


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    Donovan's Prime Seafood

    Local Expert Tip: "The server recommendations during our last visit were spot on so ask for guidance, if you need it. Do order the Hamachi Tartare! "

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    The Fishery

    Local Expert Tip: "The Fishery has the best ceviche in San Diego. It's also moderately-priced and the quality rivals the fancier Gaslamp seafood restaurants(though a bit more casual)."


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    Oceanaire Seafood Room

    Local Expert Tip: "Join the Landry's Select Club (Oceanaire is a member) to earn points for visiting participating restaurants from coast to coast. You'll receive exclusive member-only benefits."


  • 5

    Top of the Market

    Local Expert Tip: "Social hour (happy hour) is Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and includes $1.50 oysters on the half shell."


  • 6

    Pacific Beach Fish Shop

    Local Expert Tip: "Because you order at the counter, wait times can be long in the evenings and on weekends. Beer and wine only."

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    Blue Point Coastal Cuisine

    Local Expert Tip: "Dollar oysters and $5 wines by the glass are on offer at happy hour."

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    El Pescador Fish Market

    Local Expert Tip: "Take home some honey-smoked salmon. It perks up a homemade salad or morning bagel."

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    Point Loma Seafoods

    Local Expert Tip: "Have fresh caught fish? Point Loma Seafoods offers custom fileting and smoking. The homemade tartar sauce is to die for, too."

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    Blue Water Seafood

    Local Expert Tip: "Try to avoid peak times, because as neat as it was to see Blue Water Seafood on TV, it's become even more popular than it already was."


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