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Best Seafood Restaurant in San Diego

Hello everyone!

I am new to this board and would like to hear some suggestions for people's favorite seafood
restaurants in San Diego and what you like about them. Thanks so much.

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  1. I judge seafood places by how fresh is the seafood and do they have some creative dishes.

    Ones that I like that are highend are Oceanaire, Top of the Market, McCormick & Schmick's, King's Fish House, Roy's and Donovan's Prime Seafood.

    I know most of these are chains, but I find them to have really fresh fish and some creative preparations.

    There are places that are not "seafood" restaurants like Blanca and Pamplemousse Grill, to name two, that have amazing seafood dishes that blow away most of the restaurants I have mentioned (Roy's being the exception).

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    Oceanaire
    San DIego, CA, San DIego, CA

    King's Fish House
    5625 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008

    Top of the Market
    750 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

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    1. re: scottca075

      Thanks for your recommendations scott. I'll check them out.

      1. I haven't found any that I love, but I enjoy eating fish at smaller restaurants. I recall having a decent meal at Solana Beach Fish House, and also a fish sandwich at El Pescador in La Jolla.

        There are also similar ones in Bay Park but I forget the names.

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        Solana Beach Fish House
        124 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solana Beach, CA 92075

        1. The Fishery in Pacific Beach is a local gem. Very fresh, local offerings. They are even the supplier for many San Diego restaurants. Small retail operation inside the restaurant sells seafood, sauces, salads, crabcakes and some premarinated items.

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          1. re: foodiechick

            Fish House Veracruz in San Marcos or Carlsbad.
            The food is basic and not any thing special but the fish is very fresh and prepared simply.
            I also like their Manhattan clam chowder and they have best seafood market in north county.

            1. re: foodiechick

              Second "The Fishery". My favorite seafood restaurant in SD. Although I no longer eat swordfish, when I did, their swordfish tacos were my number one pick. I also enjoy their halibut, salads, and tuna sandwich. Great spot for both lunch and dinner. Now if only they had the view that JRDN enjoys.....

            2. Very minimalist preparation, and not really a restaurant, but great variety and all sorts of good stuff. Point Loma Seafood. The oysters are a steal and delicious; they have lots of very tasty smoked fish, and they're right where the sportfishers come in, so they've got all kinds of good fresh stuff that they'll prepare simply and deliciously for you.

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              Point Loma Seafoods
              2805 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106

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              1. re: rpwilliams

                Not sure when you were last at Pt Loma Seafood, but last time I went they didn't have their usual line-up of smoked fish, the major reason I go there, because of limited space in the temp trailer for the remodel. I haven't been in a month now probably, but I am hoping they are back in their regular facility soon.

                1. re: scottca075

                  Not even close.

                  It is not a remodel. They leveled the old building and they are building a new building.

                  The good news is, their quality of food hasn't seemed to drop off at all.

                  1. re: stevewag23

                    No, the quality of the food hasn't declined, but unless they have the smoked fish someplace else, they don't have the 7-10 different kinds they used to have, they had two maybe.

                  2. re: scottca075

                    Ah, remodel, eh? Sounds good. I haven't been there in about 6 months.

                2. For American style seafood, Fishery or Point Loma are good basic places. For Mexican style, Marisco's Godoy in CV has excellent flavorful grilled Pulpos, Grilled marinated Pescado Zarandeado and Cheviche. They also have different HH daily specials.