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the fish market vs the fishery

bluegirl Jan 31, 2007 05:43 PM

I've only been in San Diego for about 5 months now. We have a friend from out of town and he'd like to go dinner at some seafood restaurant. We took him to the fish market down by harbor and he liked it.
I know that a lot of people on the board like the fishery in pacific beach. How is it compared to the fish market (www.thefishmarket.com)?


  1. Captain Jack Jan 31, 2007 06:54 PM

    Hey bluegirl,

    The Fishery is much more low key and casual, plus there is no view. That said, the food is easily as good as the Fish Market's, with a smaller menu. Don't forget about Oceanaire Seafood Room downtown either, it is very good. I have reviewed all of these restaurants on my site. Welcome to San Diego.


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      bluegirl Jan 31, 2007 09:56 PM

      Thanks for the Oceanaire suggestion. Is the food at Oceanaire about the same as Fish Market?

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      1. re: bluegirl
        DiningDiva Feb 1, 2007 11:08 AM

        I garee wtih Captain Jack on this one. Oceanaire is actually better than the Fish Market. It's also more expensive than the Fish Market, but really worth it. I've also found that it's better to stick to the simple straightforward preparations on the entree menu rather than some of the more complex/composed dishes. I had a grilled swordfish there this past summer that was about as perfect as it could get. Perfectly grilled, perfectly sauced, perfectly delicious!

      2. Captain Jack Feb 1, 2007 11:01 AM

        IMHO the food is better and more consistant at Oceanaire. Oceanaire's Executive Cef Brian Malarky is the difference maker. I love the raw bar and sushi bar at Fish Market, but I think the main kitchen is a bit uneven.

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          sdnativa Feb 1, 2007 12:29 PM

          Dont miss out on The Fishery if you want go casual. Oceanaire is one of my favorites too, but to me it is a special occasion place.

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          1. re: sdnativa
            SRosie Feb 1, 2007 03:08 PM

            How is it on PRICE compared to the Fish Market?

          2. Alice Q Feb 2, 2007 06:58 AM

            Oceanaire is pretty expensive, but very good. Everything is ala carte, and the dining room is fairly formal - think of it as Ruth's Chris or Morton's, but with fish instead of steak. If you like the Fish Market's food, and don't need the atmosphere, you can also go to the Little Fish Market in Mission Valley (near Ikea and Costco).

            The Fishery is a neighborhood place in Pacific Beach. It's cute and casual, with wood tables, twinkle lights, etc. but not exactly inexpensive. If you want to go even more casual, you might consider Bluewater Grill, El Pescador, or Rimel's Rotisserie.

            1. kare_raisu Feb 2, 2007 07:52 AM

              I am not to fond of the fishery anymore. I think it has become overated - whatever you do stay away from the fried offerings - meager and expensive. I would rather buy the immaculate fish at the counter and take it home.

              I dont think you can justify such high prices in a setting such as The Fishery as well. Feels like everyone is on top of you.

              Head up to Carlsbad, Vista or Temecula for Fish House Veracruz.

              I am an avid fan of the sushi bar at the Fish Market however.

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