10 Best Seafood Restaurants in San Diego

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 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. For...  Read more »

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    Truluck's Seafood Steak and Crab - La Jolla

    Truluck's is versatile: great for date night, family dinners, happy hour and more. The food is always outstanding.

    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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    Top of the Market

    Views span from Coronado to Point Loma. The intimate space serves exquisite seafood cooked in an exhibition-style kitchen.

    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."

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    The Fishery

    It's simply-prepared, aweseome seafood in the Pacific Beach area, near La Jolla, and great for all ages... even pets.

    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

    This is a you get what you pay for type of place for seafood lovers that is famous for amazing crab cakes.

    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."

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    Oscar's Mexican Seafood

    Oscar's is major bang for your buck, not to mention of of the best places for fish tacos in town.

    Local Expert Tip: "It is popular, but worth the wait for an awesome shrimp or fish taco. Try the smoked fish taco."

     
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    Pacific Beach Fish Shop

    Choose your fish and then choose the preparation: taco, sandwich, salad or plate with two sides. Then, eat al fresco.

    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

    Blue Point Coastal Cuisine serves high-end seafood in a supper club-like atmosphere.

    Local Expert Tip: "Dollar oysters and $5 wines by the glass are on offer at happy hour. Also, try the Chef's Seafood Tower for two."

     
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    El Pescador Fish Market

    El Pescador is somewhat of a hidden gem in La Jolla for ceviche, fish sandwiches and filets to take home.

    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

    Ask a local what their favorite seafood restaurant is and most will answer 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

    It was featured on the Food Network for solid yet simply-prepared fish tacos.

    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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