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What restaurants are near the harbor in San Diego?

We're taking an afternoon tour of the harbor and will need either lunch or dinner or both. What kind of restaurants are near (within a couple miles?, not familiar with San Diego at all) the harbor? There will be 2 adults and 2 kids (8 & 11, both very good eaters) so any recs are appreciated. Thanks.

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  1. Your best bet is probably the Fish Market - good oyster bar and sushi bar in addition to the main restaurant, it's near the Midway. Anthony's - which is right near where the tours leave, used to be good, but I can't really recommend it now. Maybe if you eat at the Fishette outdoors - but everything there is basically fried.

    1. Ruth Chris is right there.

      If you don't mind going "within a couple miles?" like you said, you can go to Little Italy or the Gaslamp too.

      1. Where exactly on the harbor are you taking your tour? Do you have a car?

        Lunch options I'd consider:
        Mona Lisa in Little Italy
        Blue Water Grille
        Point Loma Seafoods

        Fish Market
        C Level on the outside patio

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        1. re: DougOLis

          Ummm, North Harbor, I think. Yes, we'll have a car. We'll be driving in from Escondido where we're staying. Which way is Little Italy and Gaslamp? Although fresh seafood does sound good.

        2. We like Fish Market as well as C-Level. Can't beat the view and the food's always been very good when we've gone to either spot.

          1. I'd take a ferry trip over to Coronado and eat at Il Fornaio. They've always happily accommodated our young'un, the food is good, and the view is not only great, but it's of San Diego. The ferry ride is fun and the view from that is good as well, in both directions. Il Fornaio is a short and pleasant walk- less than 5 minutes. Do not be tempted by the two restaurants immediately off the ferry. Get off the ferry dock, turn left onto the sidewalk, and walk until your see the place.

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            1. re: Fake Name

              Peohe's--one of the two "immediately off the ferry" places--has exceptional onion rings. The rest of the food is good but not special, but the views from the patio of the harbor traffic and downtown San Diego are very, very nice.

            2. since you are taking the harbor tour its right next door to Anthony's Fish Grotto..like Alice states its mostly fried fish items but they have some great chowder and salads too but you have an 8 &11 year old and if memory serves when I was that age..a couple of years ago..I loved fried fish stuff..situated on the bay.
              Love the Oyster bar and the sushi restaurant at the Fish Market or dine outside on the patio..not a fan of the downstairs restaurant.
              C-Level/Prime on Harbor Island has great views..food is good..not great..eat on the patio.
              Fakey has a great suggestions on Il Fornaio in Coronado but you will have to get back on the boat to get there.
              Someone mentioned the Glass Door in Little Italy..atop the Porto Vista hotel.
              Brigantine in Shelter Island has the seafood happy hour in the bar with the best fish tacos or you can head to the Bali Hai..fab view of SD and its Polynesian food.

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              1. re: Beach Chick

                The Brigantine on shelter island is closed for remodeling. It really needed it.

                1. re: littlestevie

                  thanks littlestevie..foodiechick gave me a head's up on that too..I keep forgetting..
                  Yes, it needs a little revamping..do you know when it will reopen?

                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    A waitress at the del mar Brig told me the shelter island location was closed, she didn't know for how long. I checked the Brig's website, and it only states "pardon our dust", no re-opening date.

                2. re: Beach Chick

                  I'll second the great view of the Harbor from the Bali Hai, and the great cocktails there, too, but the food isn't really small kid friendly. They do have Egg Rolls & "Hawaiian" Nachos as appetizers, and my Gran'Daughter adores Chicken of the Gods, so *maybe* your kids would like it.