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Favorite seafood dishes at The Fish Market?

I like pretty much all fish and seafood, so let me know if you have a menu favorite here. Will be there on aFri night with res in a couple of weeks, party of 6 or 7.


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  1. Haven't been for a while, but I ALWAYS ordered Duckett's Bucket (steamed shellfish sampler) and Dean's prawns (prawns in a pesto sauce). Dependably good.

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    1. re: bizzwriter

      Sushi bar is always a winner at the Fish Market. If not too busy see if you can order off the sushi menu. Sometimes they'll limit you to rolls, sometimes, if slow, you can order off the regular menu. If so, actually order off the chalkboard which has some real gems on it.

    2. I second the Duckett's Bucket. Oyster combination is also a winner, and their smoked fish platters are amazing. Make sure to order cheesy garlic bread!

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      1. re: ohnothankyou

        YES -- the cheesy garlic bread is CRAZY good!

      2. They also have a usually good selection of oysters from the raw bar. I have always like their pan fried sole with panko breading (I know kinda a whimpy dish) but I just love it .

        1. I'm an oyster bar chicka and the Duckett's bucket with a bowl of chowder and a dozen Kumamoto oysters with a bottle of wine is what I'm talking about...sourdough or that cheesy bread is so good to dunk in the broth of the steamers.
          Sushi bar is quite good and for summer on the bayfront deck with a bloody mary or a glass of wine and a shrimp cocktail is a good thing too.

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          1. re: Beach Chick

            BEACH chick .. you have us at hello.. This sounds soo good and with this combo.. This order is this at oyster bar only or can we have this below as kids in tow.... I downloaded their sample dinner menu and see all these items and it appears the oyster are from the oyster bar on the regular menu
            Downstairs. I thought this was a special area of the rastaurant

            1. re: Beach Chick

              A friend and I have been musing about going down there for this exact meal - think this may just tip it into happening. It was her birthday this week after all...

              1. re: Alice Q

                I'm jonesing for this right this second...

                  1. re: Alice Q

                    Have fun sitting up at the Oyster Bar and eating all the goodness from the sea.
                    Hopefully, they'll have Kumamoto oysters in season..
                    Sushi bar is excellent too.
                    Cheesy bread is calling my name..
                    ; )

                      1. re: Island

                        It was pretty good! We had a half dozen Fanny Bay oysters, which were lovely, but I missed having a mignonette (not sure if you can request it, they were gone before we had a chance.) They were served with lemon, grated horseradish and cocktail sauce We ate a lot of their fresh hot bread with soft butter. We also shared a dinner salad which was very standard, some very good fried calamari and a bucket of Washington Manila clams. The clams were nice and plump, but there was some kind of dried herb flavor in the liquid/broth that I wasn't crazy about. Next time I would ask them to leave it out if they can.

                        We had to wait a while for seats at the oyster bar, and the sushi bar and regular dining room were also very busy. (Just to clarify, this was the Harbor Drive location.)

                        1. re: Alice Q

                          They always serve the mignonette when I order my dozen oysters..love the grated horseradish with the cocktail sauce..
                          It's hard to wait for the O Bar for seats since you almost have to hover..
                          No cheesy bread?

              2. Fish Market was a real zoo on a late summer Friday night--decibels off the charts. The food was OK to good, but the portions seemed huge. Sort of a mega-steakhouse style. They were turning out food at a dizzying pace, and although the place was full with a line waiting, the dinner was paced fairly well. The harbor-sde deck was not being used at all, which surprised. Looks like the perfect spot for a cordial after dark.

                Just not the quality of food I'd hoped for. The separate restaurant upstairs seems to be a higher-end venue, with food styles to match the uptick in menu prices.

                Had some wonderful sushi at Ebi in Hillcrest. Fresh and wonderfully prepared, good prices.
                Other Hillcrest favorite: Bread &Cie for b'fast pastries and breads. Pete's was conveniently next door. The dining/snacking choices in Hillcrest staggered the mind, and there were many places I'd try if I lived locally.

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                1. re: toodie jane

                  That place has been a loud zoo ever time I've been there, at least downstairs and the food and view upstairs wasn't worth the price in the 3-4 times I've been there. I'd skip upstairs for sure and keep expectations in check.

                2. Duckett's Bucket (and about 7 baskets of bread) has been my fallback order at the Fish Market (usually the Del Mar one) for many years.

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                  1. re: The Office Goat

                    hmmm okey im not getting good vibes now going here.. maybe blue water seafood for cheaper cheerfull no view might take the cake I mean fish dinner????

                    1. re: palmtree38

                      Fish Market is a good option if one is nearby and you're looking to eat at an off-peak time- it's not worth a drive or a wait.

                      Blue Water is fresh & tasty. If you want a view, get sandwiches to go and head down to the Emabarcadero or one of the parks on Shelter Island (about 3-5 min. drive from Blue Water).

                      The Fishery in Pacific Beach is another good option for really fresh seafood. It's basically the same sort of restaraunt/fish market model as the Fish Market.

                      1. re: jupe

                        Thanks jupe! WE can actually walk to the Fish Market from our hotel.. We are going to get a table downstairs if we go a bit more casual.

                        Blue water might be a great suggestion to pick up and bring back to our hotel as we can walk here as well.

                        thanks.. got alot of info and will enjoy!!

                        1. re: palmtree38

                          As a local, I make to their Sushi bar at least twice a month. And nothing really beats the view on the patio with a drink and some light apps from the oyster bar or sushi bar at sunset. I've only eaten at the downstairs sit down place twice and remember wishing I was at the sushi bar. It wasn't bad, just not memorable.

                  2. If you have a chance to go back to the Fish Market, skip the noise and head upstairs to the Top of the Market. For lunch, they have a Blue Crab crabcake with an arugula and grapefruit salad that melts in your mouth. For dinner, it's hard to choose: the big seared sea scallops, the sea bass with the crispy skin, or even the monkfish-all are awesome. Plus, you get white tablecloths, a pretty good wine list, one of the better views of the Bay, and no noise!

                    Top of the Market
                    San DIego, CA, San DIego, CA

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                    1. re: Video360

                      Kumamotos and the smoked fish platter. Oh. My. God. Makes me wish I were in San Diego right now.

                      1. re: cristina

                        It'll be much easier once they get thge border skyport open (projected for 2013) . Quick trip you could come for happy hour ;-)

                        1. re: cristina

                          It's been awhile that I've had the smoked fish platter but I remember it was stellar.

                      2. Went last night to the Top of the Market and sat at the bar overlooking the chefs. Seared Fijian yellowfin tuna, rice cake, sesame, green beans at $35.00............spectacular. I thought I had the best version ever at The Fishery but this was on par.

                        Top of the Market
                        San DIego, CA, San DIego, CA

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                        1. re: ian langdon

                          Ok, went to "downstairs" Fish Market and had a noisy and crouded dinner, fish was good, but hated the noise comming from the crouded restaurant. Loved their smoked sword fish, it melted in your mouth.
                          Made a mental note and will check the "Top of the House" next time we are Downtown, hoping for a pleasant experience and great food.

                          1. re: Petifur

                            I can tolerate downstairs for lunch, but if you want the best they can offer for being able to dine and converse you gota go to the "Top"

                        2. As a few others said: Go "Top of the Market with a Reservation", and get the Oysters Rockefeller (though I haven't been to the Fish Market in several years, at that time they had the best Rockefeller in San Diego hands down), and the Smoked fish salad. Both are starter type of dishes, but those are the most memorable for me in my 15+ trips. There are a ton of good restaurants to go to, but this is a good one for the view and the feel of the place. It's equally suited to a 65 year old as it is to 20 somethings. Its a good vibe, just not as prestigious as it once was.

                          1. While the sushi bar is not Kaito's, we come here at least twice a month (it is MUCH closer) - high quality, fresh sushi. Order off the blackboard. Plus, great view.

                            1. I like to meet friends at the Fish Market, sit out side on the patio off the bar, eat cheesy bread and clam chowda, have spiked coffee drinks, laugh and watch the world go by. There is nothing better. I try to avoid the main dining room and try to get a table on the patio even when having a full dinner there. For lunch, their Shrimp or Crab Louie is good as it their Pasta Con Nova.