Top 10: Seafood spots in San Diego

 by So Diego Tours

Tuna Fisherman in 1917. Photo Credit: San Diego History Center

Tuna Fisherman in 1917. Photo Credit: San Diego History Center

If you’re anything like us, you love seafood and you just can’t get enough of it. San Diego today boasts a large variety of seafood options, paying homage to the early tuna industry that helped shape the city. In the early 1900s tuna was the largest industry in San Diego and brought fishermen from around the world to work for “ the tuna capital of the world.” The San Diego seafood scene also has a large Baja influence, and therefore, many of our best seafood picks have a strong (and delicious) Mexican flair to them. Here are our top ten picks for the best seafood spots in San Diego…


1)   Blue Water: $$

Delicious fish tacos. Photo from

Delicious fish tacos. Photo from

This place is one of our favorite places to indulge in the oceans finest foods. Not only do you have your choice between 10+ types of fresh fish at any time, you also get to choose what marinade you want and how you want to enjoy your fish (ie. As a grilled plate or perhaps as a tasty sandwich or taco) The menu is huge and any fish lover is sure to find something to delight their taste buds. Best of all, this is also a fish market so you can buy your filets to enjoy at home too!


2)   Point Loma Seafood: $$

Ocean themed building! Photo from

Ocean themed building! Photo from

The abundance of fresh and amazing seafood here is like no other place in San Diego. The market sells the freshest fish that is in season including shellfish! Don’t feel like doing the cooking? The menu at Point Loma Seafood is spectacular. Feel like having sushi? They have it. Feel like a seafood cocktail? No problem. Feel like beer and a fish sandwich? You got it! This Point Loma treasure is a must try for any seafood connoisseur.


3)   Blue Point Coastal Cuisine: $$$

Blue Crab Mac and Cheese. Photo from

Blue Crab Mac and Cheese. Photo from

Our idea of a great night out in downtown San Diego includes dinner at Blue Point. Weekday only happy hour starts at 5pm (until 6:30) and is the perfect compliment to our favorite dish, shrimp and clams linguini. This fine dining restaurant serves up a wide variety of gourmet fish dishes as well as beef and chicken dishes. Special occasion coming up? Give this place a try!


4)   Tin Fish: $$

Locations all over San Diego County!

5)   Mariscos El Pulpo: $$

Delicious traditional Mexican seafood.

6)   George’s at the Cove: $$$

Great views and great food!

7)   Spike Africa’s: $$

Sandwiches, tacos, entrees, dessert… this place has a lot to choose from.

8)   El Pescador Fish Market: $$
Started by a 19 year old in 1974 this place is both for your shopping and dining pleasure.

9)   The Marine Room: $$$

A fine dining seafood treat!

10)  South Beach Bar and Grille: $$

Some darn good fish tacos!

Well there you have it… So Diego’s list of the top ten best seafood joints in San Diego. How many have you tried?

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