Where to Catch the Freshest Seafood Dishes in San Diego
Living by the Pacific Ocean has many benefits – salty sea breezes, good surf and, above all, fresh seafood! Some restaurants in San Diego are fanatical about the freshness of their seafood and you can taste the difference. It’s easy to get addicted to tender, flavorful fish, lobster, oysters and more at San Digeo’s freshest seafood restaurants.
Point Loma fish shop / PB fish shop
Point Loma Fish on Rosecrans, brought to you by the same owners as PB Fish Shop (there are also locations in Encinitas and Hermosa Beach), is all about freshness. Serving customizable fresh fish options in a casual atmosphere, Fish Shop stands out because they make EVERYTHING on site, even their ranch dressing.
The custom menu means you can pick your favorite seafood, select a seasoning, and choose between having it in a taco, a sandwich, a salad, or on a plate with sides (like their onion rings which I’m obsessed with ). For starters, try Fish Shop Lumpia – seafood eggs rolled up a notch, served with sweet chili dip and jasmine rice. For your main course, try your award-winning TKO taco that showcases the freshness of fish, with grilled mahi-mahi in Fish Shop seasoning, shredded cabbage, cheese and homemade tropical mango salsa, drizzled with white sauce with homemade coriander.
Located directly on the sandy shore of Pacific Beach with floor-to-ceiling windows offering beautiful sunsets, The Waterbar focuses on fresh seafood with bold flavors.
To start, try 3, 6 or 12 oysters on a half shell served with ginger mignonette, lemon and hot sauce. Be sure to try the Shrimp la Plancha. Corn, cream, chili de arbol and lime complement the fresh shrimp in my favorite dish on the menu. To make Shrimp la Plancha an appetizer, order a side of the decadent coconut rice, it complements the tasty corn and shrimp perfectly!
Fresh fish is the mission behind Fishmonger’s Market in Mission Hills. This sustainable market and restaurant promises direct sourcing and global trade capabilities, offering an impressive collection of seasonal seafood and presenting Mecca customers with the freshest flavors and variety at wholesale prices. Featuring a European-style seafood bar, fresh-caught fish counter, crudo bar and swimming menu with irresistible choices, San Diego’s newest restaurant offers tasty selections for lunch and dinner such as shrimp and mango ceviche, Sicilian grilled swordfish and seared scallops. with Ginger Rice and Mango Relish.
Cloak and Petal
Clock and Petal isn’t your typical sushi bar – it’s bringing a ‘Japanese dinner social’ to India Street. For anyone looking to escape the monotony of “safe” menus around San Diego, look no further than Cloak & Petal’s inspired and well-executed menu. On the small plate menu, I recommend the Salmon Tostada. With caramelized onions, truffle nikiri, lemon, cilantro and sesame, the flavors are bright and complex. Don’t miss the Tartare Trio, exploring three different interpretations of tartare: hamachi miso, maguro caviar, salmon avocado. Each variation is delicious on its own, but comparing all three creates a dining experience not to be missed.
There are so many amazing options on the small plate menu that you might not even miss your traditional sushi rolls! But don’t leave without ordering the Ceviche Roll – a combination of jalapeno, spicy tuna, cilantro, hamachi, garlic and avocado.