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Aug 15, 2007 09:43 AM

South Beach Bar and Grille

After seeing it mentioned here and there on this board, we finally got off of our butts a few weeks ago and rode our bikes down from PB to OB to have lunch at South Beach Bar and Grille.

They are located right at the end of Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, with the windows behind the bar looking out at the ocean and OB pier.

While known for their fish tacos, it turns out they have a really good beer selection as well. In addition to a good "regular" selection (including Sierra Nevada and Anchor Steam), they also had a selection of local craft beers on tap. Green Flash West Coast IPA, Stone Pale and Arrogant Bastard, and the semi-ubiquitous Ballast Point Yellowtail.

We opted for a couple of pints of West Coast, and partway in noticed another tap hiding -- Bear Republic Racer 5. Nice! It is great to see more and more San Diego bars starting to carry craft beer.

But on to the tacos. We got four grilled tacos - Mahi, wahoo, shrimp and lobster. All were served on flour tortillas (although you can get corn) with a little cheddar cheese melted on, and topped with shredded red cabbage and a nice fresh salsa.

We really liked the wahoo and the shrimp. The mahi was fine, if a bit boring, and the lobster was not super interesting -- particularly given that it cost more. Overall, though, really, really good.

We went back yesterday for happy hour. All appetizers are half off, and they have $2 fish tacos. We went for the mini taco platter - five smaller tacos (mahi, wahoo, shrimp, calamari & fried fish). They are a little more than half the size of the regular tacos. The fried fish taco was nicely done, and we really enjoyed the calamari. Price-wise it was a steal at half-off the normal $10.95 price tag. We also had an order of fried clams strips, which were the best I've had in quite some time. They had happy hour drink specials as well, but we were wooed away by the Racer 5...

Highly recommended.

South Beach Bar & Grill
5059 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

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  1. yah I go there once a month or more. The fish tacos are so good (and have several varieties) that many people don't try the meat tacos which are also pretty good.
    I love the lobster tacos simply because they are the only ones I have had locally that have a decent chunk of lobster and are cooked right.

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    1. re: MrKrispy

      They definitely didn't skimp on the lobster, and to be honest I've never been a huge fan of lobster so I'm probably not the best judge.

    2. We ate there about a month ago ad really liked it too.

      Loved the wahoo and the mahi

      1. It's all about the fried oyster taco. I know it sounds weird, but it is damn tasty.