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Harbor Fish Cafe

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

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  • 69
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  • 72
    Very good
  • 46
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 9
    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
20 and counting

We have been coming to the Harbor Fish Cafe for over 20 years. We have never been disappointed. Some of the best fish and chips in Ca. Chowder is great. The outdoor seating, doggie owner benches and neighboring surf shop, say what what it is - beach.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
jdarbysh
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West Hills, CA, USA
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  • Families with children
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11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

We had lunch here on May on a Thursday. The clam chowder was good. The fish and chips we split was just ok. The view was very nice. It is all outside seating and it was a little rainy that day. But it defiantly felt like the beach.

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West Hills, CA, USA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We have been coming to the Harbor Fish Cafe for over 20 years. We have never been disappointed. Some of the best fish and chips in Ca. Chowder is great. The outdoor seating, doggie owner benches and neighboring surf shop, say what what it is - beach.

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Evanston, IL
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89 reviews 89 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The view is great, the food simple, the drinks so so but you have to try it at least for the convenience and the view.

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Wallkill, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 via mobile

My family and I were walking along the beach in Carlsbad, California and decided to stop at the harbor fish cafe for lunch. We were very disappointed. I guess silly of us for assuming that the fish would be fresh and not frozen since the restaurant was off the beach area. The fish and shrimp as a matter of fact... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Awesome outdoor cafe. Good fish & chips & good fish tacos. I recommend it for nice sunset casual dinner. They have tables in front to sit with your dog.

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Sedona, Arizona
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27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Eat here everytime we are in Carlsbad. In the Village and very accessible. Food is always outstanding.

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Woodland Hills
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63 reviews 63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Every time we travel from Los Angeles area to San Diego area we try to stop at this restaurant, adjacent to a beautiful beach, for fish and chips. Maybe our taste is changing, but the last time we found the breading too heavy, the fish too thin, and a heavy taste of oil. I guess we will have to find... More 

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San Diego, California
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47 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

There are lots of Fish Tacos along the coast. Here you'll get a large portion of fish with fresh cabbage, onions, sauce to add flavor without overpowering. I had the spicey version and it was just right. The fries were thin and crispy, just like I like them. You can opt for salad or cole slaw instead of fries. The... More 

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Atlanta
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137 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I would rate this cafe as "good" but since there are only two choices of "average" or "very good", I chose "average". If there were no view, it would be just average in terms of food. The view helps but there are lines because of it, as one might expect. So many places in San Diego with a view but... More 

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Dublin Ireland
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21 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We arrived 7.30pm they have a terrible choice of wine and ended up with Californian champagne - only champagne from France can be called champagne - it was a very poor imitation of sparkling wine. We had the jumbo combo fish and fries with 2 large shrimps - the food was lovely. Service was dreadful they brought the bill just... More 

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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?