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Harbor Fish Cafe

3179 Carlsbad Blvd, Ste B, Carlsbad, CA 92008-2973
760-729-4161
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Ranked #65 of 276 restaurants in Carlsbad
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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English first
Tucson, Arizona
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Saw reviews for it so we went, and we were not disappointed. Batter on fish was light and flaky and the fish was moist. Will revisit next time in town!

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Anaheim, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

If you want a seafood experience with atmosphere try this cafe. The chowder was wonderful and the fish and chips awesome. They make their own cocktail sauce. It's cute and casual right on the sand.

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Edinburgh
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Fresh tasting fish dishes, beautifully crisp batter, lovely sauces and friendly staff. All good. We were seated easily despite not having reserved. We all had fish or shrimp and everyone was hungry and polished off the food. The hot spicy sauce on the fish taco was delicious. Only small gripe was use of paper plates and plastic cutlery. Shame about... More

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Chandler, AZ
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Great seafood and reasonable prices. It's a very casual place, all outdoor seating and the benches aren't very comfortable, but the food was outstanding. Very family friendly.

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Carlsbad, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This restaurant is like the little girl with the curl: when she is good, she is very good, but when she is bad, she is very bad. One day, you can get fish and chips at the Harbor Fish Cafe in Carlsbad and it is the best you have ever had with a nice piece of fish deliciously covered in... More

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Colorado
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

As others have mentioned, this is a "no frills" type of outdoor cafe. The food is served on paper plates, etc. but is good and the portions were large. I had the grilled fish tacos (spicy) with the spicy fries and came back the next day to have it again. They also bottle their own beer and it was good... More

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Green Valley, Arizona
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We felt we were not only getting a good meal, but enjoying the California life by eating outside and viewing the ocean while we ate. We were there on a Saturday night and it was busy, but we only waited a few minutes. It is not a fancy place but has lots of atmosphere. The dishes were paper but the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Outdoor beach restaurant! Easy going, fun, friendly location. the one and two piece fish and chips were delicious. The fillets were thin, long strips with a light and crunchy coating. A hefty serving of fries included with both. The fish tacos are large and include the same fish described above, along with cabbage slaw.

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Rocklin, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We went there while visiting over Memorial Day weekend. We went on Saturday evening, there wasn't a wait and we were seated and helped quickly. From the picture you can tell it's not an upscale place, but it's basically right on the water. If you sit on the left you can see the ocean still, though a somewhat busy street... More

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Yucca Valley, CA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

excellent firsh and chips and zuchinni appetizer. Hubby had shrimp salad which he enjoyed. nice ocean view.

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