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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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  • 71
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 16
    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
Go for the fresh fish taco's

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
John G
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Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania
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  • Families with children
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 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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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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 36 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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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Noted for fish tacos and fish and chips. Food is always good, served fresh. Nice atmosphere. A tourist cafe worth dining at. I eat here at least once each visit to Carlsbad. Staff is friendly.

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Colorado
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Horrible food. Undercooked swordfish even after we sent it back. Not edible and I still had to pay for it. Clam strips- burnt. I don't think that the clam chowder is home made. Tasted like a soup base. They make a nice slice of buttered toast. Views are great. Make it a great place!

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Vista, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I beat the dinner rush by 10 minutes (got there just around 5 pm). The service was good and the fish and shrimp were great (I had the combo plate). They gave me the option of chips (french fries), clam chowder, coleslaw or dinner salad. Their tartar sauce was good, they had malt vinegar on the tables already and their... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

great seaside ambiance - food was delicious and fresh. I'll go back! Best shrimp I've had in a long time.

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Scot
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

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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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?