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Jan 2, 2008 11:00 AM

South Beach for the Best Fish Taco in SD?

I'm a fish taco fanatic and have been told for my upcoming visit to San Diego, I'll find the best tacos at South Beach. Is that true? I only have a weekend so I want to make sure I get the best!

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  1. They are very good and worth the trip, but my favorite fish tacos are at Blue Water on India Street. Fresh fish market and you can view the fish and then choose what you want on your tacos!!

    Huge tacos too. I've had Alaskan Halibut, King Salmon, Seabass, Swordfish, etc., etc

    1. Blue Water and South Beach are close competitors. However, the thing to do at South Beach is get the white sauce and salsa on the side, because they put way too much on. Their normal taco preparation has so much stuff on there you can barely taste the fish.

      Also, their better ones are the grilled tacos, not fried.

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      1. re: Josh

        I usually get one fried and one grilled mahi taco at South Beach. Unless most other places, the grilled fish on the tacos at South Beach is very flavorful. I, personally, think the white sauce and salsa are well-balanced for the amount of fish.


        1. re: dustchick

          Great, South Beach it is. Thanks for your help!

        2. re: Josh

          nice to see a mention of Blue Water on here. I have a friend that has been wanting to go but I hadn't seen anything about it. It would be nice to have a place for good fish tacos besides South Beach which gets too busy on wednesday and friday nights.

          1. re: MrKrispy

            I'm a big fan of The Brigantine's fish taco, especially the Del Mar Brig that has a great view and a fun happy hour.

        3. The Brigantine is also know for its fish tacos, and Rubio's isn't bad -- although it can be inconsistant among its restaurants given its expansion.

          1. I like South Beach best then the Wahoo's in La Jolla. El Pescador next door to Wahoos is another find... best grilled fish sandwich I have ever had!

            1. I've been hearing some good word of mouth about Beaumonts in La Jolla having the best sit down restaurant fish tacos but I haven't tried them yet. Does anyone have a Beaumonts experience they'd like to share?

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              1. re: oerdin

                Very nice little neighborhood joint, but I don't think it calls for a special trip if you are not in the area. The fish tacos are ok in my opinion. Grilled, not fried, with a mango type of salsa. Maureen Clancy, the former food/restaurant writer @ the SD UT (whose opinion I do really respect) really loves them.

                1. re: oerdin

                  I like South Beach, they offer both grilled and fried versions, both are great IMO. I like the hint of ginger and the crispness of the cabbage. I always get the sauce on the side so I can control what I want on the taco. If you go during happy hour they're $2. each a good value.