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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 59
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  • 18
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
dont pass it by

the fish of the day was fried perfectly. the clam chowder was creamy and hot. the service was great and the cost perfect. all while watching the waves

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
5princesses
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Casa Grande, Arizona
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Cave Creek, Arizona
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've been wanting to try it , so I went last Sat. Very disappointed... I expected crispy Fish and Chips. A gal came over to me and asked how my food was and I said the fish was soggy and she walked away. My server came over and I told him the same thing. They made me another plate and... More 

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

the fish of the day was fried perfectly. the clam chowder was creamy and hot. the service was great and the cost perfect. all while watching the waves

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Thank 5princesses
Lightwater Uk
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291 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A wonderful find, right near the public car park and with picture postcard views out to sea. This is an informal, friendly cafe, our welcome was genuine and the positive experience continued throughout our two visits. We ordered the clam chowder to start as it was a chilly evening. This was thick and creamy and as good as you would... More 

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Thank garygeorge3
Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoyed lunch with view of the beach. Very casual place. Usually a wait for a table on the view side. Fun and friendly staff. Fish and chips is very good with a selection of two portion sizes. Fish taco is huge with a wonderful piece of fish - needs a bit more sauce - but very good also.

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Thank St-Ives-Crown
Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Love this place! It is one of the most relaxing venues on the Coast. Love the Fish and Chips! Great shrimp salad and assorted menu items. Sit back and grab a beer or bucket of Coronitas or bottle of wine and enjoy the wait for, perhaps, a chance at a "Green Flash" evening!!

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Thank ratherrandy
Apple Valley, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We love the casual outdoor dining with ocean view. Our favorite is the fresh local fish (with chips!) But the fish tacos and grilled fish are also good. Friendly smiling staff!

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Thank avpugmom
Denver
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We got the daily special, which was fish tacos. They put a huge slab of Mahi Mahi in each taco. This is the biggest portion of fish I have seen in a fish taco. The food was great. . Fabulous job of making a light cole slaw. Staff circulated often and seemed to really like interacting with customers. Price was... More 

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Thank Dreamtime7
Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fish Taco was great! Service was excellent! And the location made it a perfect sunset with supper. And to top it all off, they even let our dog join us!

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Thank John F
Chino Hills, California
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place had your usual fried fish and chips. It was priced as high though. I have paid the same price for a sit down seafood restaurant that overlooks the ocean in different Fisherman's wharves throughout California. The food is fried and not anything special.

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Thank Cindy L
CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ordered the fish and chips special - 2 pieces of fish and fries. We got 2 huge pieces of fish and some very tasty fries. The fish was very good, just a little bit greasy. This is an outdoor restaurant practically on the beach in Carlsbad. Nice view of the ocean. It fills up fast at lunchtime.

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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: Scenic view, 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?