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Jan 18, 2010 08:59 AM

ISO-seafood place in San Diego that Guy Fieri went to?

I think was run by 2 brothers. Small place...only does fresh burgers or anything.
Can anyone help me?

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    3667 India Street
    San Diego, CA 92103-4749
    (619) 497-0914


      Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill
      3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103

      19 Replies
        1. re: tattud_gurl

          How is Chowhound rating this restaurant these days???

          1. re: palmtree38

            Seems to get decent ratings.

            Their fish quality is good, preparations bland in my opinion.

            I like point loma seafoods more.

            (And yes, they do serve more than just "fried" food).

            1. re: stevewag23

              Any recommendations for parking near PLSF? Every time I've tried, I've given up and ended up driving to Blue Water.

              1. re: RB Hound

                Regarding the parking situation, perhaps you've got the restaurants backwards. Point Loma Seafoods has a parking lot with attendants to direct traffic (albeit, usually with a line at lunch hour). If the line is too long, you can park in the large lot for the fishing landings next door . It is free for the first 1/2 hour and cheap after that. The parking on India St. around Blue Water, however, can be a tough find and it's not particularly easy to get back to Bluewater once you pass it. No great parking recs. there.

                1. re: TXGSD

                  I have never seen attendants in that lot at PLSF. It isn't easy to park on India St., but once you learn the hood, it isn't that much of a trick to find something within a few blocks.

              2. re: stevewag23

                So guy fieri actually went to someplace good? :D

              3. re: palmtree38

                Point Loma has a wider selection by far. It's the big winner for fresh-caught seafood in San Diego. And the people behind the counter are usually all up to speed on what's fresh and good. The food they make is good, but it's strictly take-out style in a paper bag, with a terrible outdoor eating area. And it's flooded with tourists all the time.

                Personally, I like Blue Water infinitely better. The fish is great and fresh, and I enjoy the sandwiches/plates, as well as the oysters. Best of, they have a full line of Ballast Point on tap, and a nice patio to eat and enjoy your meal with a pitcher if you like. The service has always been great, too.

                The deciding factor for me is that Blue Water is a restaurant first, and a fish market second. So, it's a place I can sit and eat in a clean and calm environment. I even enjoy the dub music that they always have on. Point Loma has a horrible atmosphere in comparison. But it's a fish market first, restaurant second. Since I rarely buy fresh fish to cook at home, I have no need to go to Point Loma just for the take-out food. I'd much rather go to Blue Water. It doesn't bother me that Blue Water doesn't stock all of the same fish, since I end up going there for the same type of items each time. A nice tombo, swordfish, or wahoo sandwich or plate. If they're out of one of those, I'll experiment and try whatever else they have fresh.

                1. re: cookieshoes

                  The oysters at Blue Water, last time I went, were fantastic. Some of the best I've ever had, actually. In fact, they were better than the ones I got in New Orleans at Felix's about two weeks later. But in all fairness, oysters weren't in season at that time in NO. I don't know if oyster seasons are the same everywhere, or even where Blue Water gets theirs from. I just remember them being tasty.

                  1. re: RTee

                    "but in all fairness, oysters weren't in season at that time in NO."

                    That is the key point.

                    Comparing Blue water to Felix's is like comparing a greenhouse in the ghetto to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

                    1. re: stevewag23

                      I know, I know! I'm dying to go back during oyster season (and crawfish season!) to get the genuine goods. Blue Water's oysters are still better than a lot of others that I've had though.

                      1. re: RTee

                        'Blue Water's oysters are still better than a lot of others that I've had though."


                  2. re: cookieshoes

                    "with a terrible outdoor eating area"

                    That is because you don't know the secret low profile spot. Where is it? I am not telling or it wouldn't be a "secret low profile spot".

                    "Point Loma has a horrible atmosphere in comparison."

                    Really? Horrible atmosphere?

                    A beautiful san diego day with views of downtown, the boats, the water and seals swimming. Its post card san diego.

                    Saying PLS is a "horrible atmosphere" is like saying san diego is a "horrible atmosphere".

                    Maybe I somehow miss the stunning appeal and raw beauty of Blue Water's view of the 5 freeway.

                    1. re: stevewag23

                      Forget the secret of the seating area - do you have any suggestions on parking around there? :)

                      1. re: RB Hound

                        I usually go during the week and eat about 1pm. Parking never an issue at their lot.

                        Even in summer.

                        I would avoid the 11-12:30 time zone.

                        1. re: stevewag23

                          Take your PLS food to go and continue up to Cabrillo Monument. Best seat in the world...

                      2. re: stevewag23

                        "Maybe I somehow miss the stunning appeal and raw beauty of Blue Water's view of the 5 freeway."

                        Well, that's a difference in perspectives. Because being next to the 5 freeway is no worse to me than eating on an old dock with amusement park style seating and a congested and noisy outside eating area where people are sitting on the ground and on any surface they can stake out. We live on the coast. There are great views and weather everywhere. I don't need to go to the dock to see the water and feel the sunshine. And sometimes, I don't feel like having those anyway.

                        If it had to be PLSF, I'd just take the takeout over to Spanish Landing across from the airport. Much nicer spot, and you can find somewhere quiet to sit. Because the trouble with PLSF is that oftentimes it's just too inconvenient, mainly having to do with it being overly congested from locals in the know and all of the tourists. So, there's a reason they usually have the teenager out front guiding traffic to specific spots. But when coupled with the outdated (and in need of serious renovation) eating area, and the fact that the food is handed out strictly picnic-style, I prefer going to Blue Water for all of the reasons I mentioned earlier. I can go in, order, sit down, enjoy a pitcher of fresh local beer, and not have to worry about listening for my number on an old loud speaker, or dealing with the picnic fastfood style environment.

                        The nice thing is that even with as popular as Blue Water is, it will never compete with how popular PLSF is. Which works out for me. I can deal with the work of going to PLSF whenever I feel up for it, but can rely on Blue Water for the more regular and laidback visits.

                        1. re: cookieshoes

                          "Well, that's a difference in perspectives."

                          No doubt. Some people like views of the san diego bay and downtown.

                          Others just can't get enough of a low vantage point view of the 5 freeway.

                          I get it now.

                          "We live on the coast."

                          I got you. If this was my crib:

                          or this:

                          I would be over the view at Point Loma seafoods as well.

                          "There are great views and weather everywhere."

                          How many of them have great food as well?

                          "not have to worry about listening for my number on an old loud speaker, or dealing with the picnic fastfood style environment."

                          That area is for tourists just in from AZ.

              4. I feel like both Bluewater and PL Seafood are two of the best (non-super-expensive) fish places you can find in SD. In line with what Cookieshoes says, I will only visit PLSF only on a Sunday afternoon. The food is great and it is an interesting atmosphere, but once you have your food, it's fight for a concrete table or walk down and enjoy the waterfront from a parkbench.

                BlueWater on the other hand, i'll visit for lunch, dinner, or call in an order for pick up...and I'm rarely disappointed. If you feel the preparations are bland, give the Buffalo sandwhich a shot, (calamari or Red Snapper, seasoned with Chipotle and serve on a roll with Blue Cheese and Pepperjack).

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                1. re: csils

                  I will go to Pt Loma Seafood when I have a lot of time, get my food to go and drive out to Shelter Island to eat. It's usually pretty nice out there and has good views of downtown and Pt Loma. My grandparents lived in Pt Loma when I was a kid and we used to do that all the time, so it has special memories for me. I've never been to Blue Water, but after reading this thread, I'm dying to go. Do they have indoor seating, or do I have to wait for the rain to go away?

                  1. re: bright_between

                    They have both indoor and a covered patio. Welcome to the board. The biggest issue is parking but now with the new diagonal spaces on the west side of India parking is better. Don't park in El Indio's lot.

                    1. re: jturtle

                      Be careful though, seating is limited and Blue Water can get pretty busy. The last two times I went the line was, at least, past the second fish display counter. Calling your order in for pick-up would not be a bad idea.

                      1. re: RTee

                        So I went to Blue Water yesterday. I didn't have trouble parking and it was fairly quiet -- maybe the weather was keeping it so. I thought it was very good, but I find it difficult to compare to PLSF, since the two places seem very different to me. I would definitely go to Blue Water if I'm craving grilled fish in sandwich, salad or taco form, but when my fried shrimp craving hits, only PLSF will do, plus they have the only coleslaw that I have ever liked. I think I prefer the atmosphere there too, oddly enough. Plus there's always Shelter Island!

                        1. re: bright_between

                          The fish tacos at PLS dominate the fish tacos at Blue water in my opinion.