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Harbor Fish Cafe

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3179 Carlsbad Blvd, Ste B, Carlsbad, CA 92008-2973
760-729-4161
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11:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 73
    Excellent
  • 77
    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Right by the beach

Great fried fish and fries plus chowder and wine. Plus a spectacular ocean view. It's obvious why it's always crowded.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
morteight
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palm desert ca
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  • Families with children
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Portland, Oregon
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Seating is on the street side of this little seaside fish shack. The seafood salad was ample enough, uninspired, shrimp and surimi (fake crab). I was peppered with requests by various service staff and finally the manager, to move my service dog, an 8# Shih Tzu, off my lap or to be seated out from under the awning. I have... More 

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palm desert ca
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129 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Great fried fish and fries plus chowder and wine. Plus a spectacular ocean view. It's obvious why it's always crowded.

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Lancaster, CA
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Harbor Fish Cafe is a perfect place for an outdoor meal right on the beach. It was so good we ate there 2 times on our visit. The Fish and Chips and Macadamia Nut crusted Sword Fish was awesome.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We frequently visit the Carlsbad area and we always have to visit Harbor Fish Cafe. It has the best fish and chips and clam chowder. The service is friendly and the food is quick. The best part it is located next to the beach and all seating is outdoors. There are seats the face the ocean. Highly recommended.

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Tempe
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

You cannot beat the location! All outdoor seating with only a small section that does not have ocean views. Service was decent, a little slow at first but overall was satisfied. The food a different story. I got the fish, shrimp and chips platter and was disappointed. The fish lacked any seasoning ( had to drown in it tarter sauce... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We always eat at Harbor Fish Café when we are in Carlsbad. The food is always great and we love that we can sit and eat and enjoy looking at the ocean.

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Lake Orion, Michigan
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59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

A cool little place right by the beach with deep fried fish/clams/salads and sandwhiches, a no frills place but I found it very charming and good!

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Vidalia, GA
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Nice outdoor seating. Food was average. No complimentary refills on drinks. Probably would not return.

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Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

If you're looking for a fresh fish taco, in a super casual place on the beach, this is it. Service is good, the fish tacos are great and for the location the prices are cheap.

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Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

They have a terrific location its too bad the Food isn't that good, too bad it isn't a Burger place as that would do so much better, Had an order of fried fish and it wasn't good at all, other guest ordered the Mahi, Mahi and no taste at all, even the bottled beer wasn't a good choice. Will not... More 

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Additional Information about Harbor Fish Cafe

Address: 3179 Carlsbad Blvd, Ste B, Carlsbad, CA 92008-2973
Phone Number: 760-729-4161
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3179 Carlsbad Blvd, Ste B, Carlsbad, CA 92008-2973
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: 760-729-4161

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 6:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?