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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
Good for:
Families with children

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Visitor rating
  • 67
    Excellent
  • 70
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 14
    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
Burger was best!

We had a short wait for a table on a Fri nite. Loved the location and could watch the sunset over the ocean from our table. It is a small place and you sit pretty close to others. Service was quick and friendly. My husband's fish taco wasn't stellar though. My burger on the other hand, was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
Suehm
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Tucson, AZ
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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Tucson, AZ
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We had a short wait for a table on a Fri nite. Loved the location and could watch the sunset over the ocean from our table. It is a small place and you sit pretty close to others. Service was quick and friendly. My husband's fish taco wasn't stellar though. My burger on the other hand, was one of the... More 

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West Allis, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Harbor Fish Cafe is always our first stop when we get into town. The service is bar none the best and friendliest and the fish selections are fantastic. Great view of the ocean while you eat.

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Kelowna, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Enjoyed two fish meals here. The clam chowder was excellent and also the fish and chips. We ordered it to be lightly battered and it was!

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Los Angeles
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We decided to try this place based on the reviews. Overall, it's okay. The fish tacos are about what you would get at Rubios and the fish and chips are good but nothing spectacular. The views are beautify especially around sunset and the service was fantastic. Overall, I would eat here again just to enjoy the laid back atmosphere.

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Sacramento, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This funky little café sits on the coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean right at the edge of old town Carlsbad. The staff here was friendly, efficient and helpful. We were visiting friends and arrived at the café a little after 7:00 pm on a weeknight. The sign said they closed at 7:00, but we were waved in and told us... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We always pass by this restaurant and we always smell that enticing fried fish aroma. So we tried it for dinner. They close early around 730pm. I ordered the clam chowder which was good and well seasoned. I also had 1 fried fish and fries while hubby had the Carlsbad tacos (spicy fish tacos with spicy fries). The servings are... More 

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Vista, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This is mostly fried food. You can sit out by the Harbor in Oceanside or by the beach in Carlsbad. It's very cramped at the location in Carlsbad, so get ready to be friendly with you table neighbors.

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nj
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I love a place where I can step off the beach and get some decent fried seafood for $10 to $18 . We ordered and ate at our beach chairs. Nice day!

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Fargo, North Dakota
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The fish and chips and the beer were no better than any other fish fry but that's not the reason we stopped here. It was the location on the beach than made it special. Our server and the rest of the staff were all very friendly and the crowd of diners made for lively conversation but I'll say it again:... More 

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Remington, Indiana
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114 reviews 114 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This little place is right on the beach, and the fish we had was quite tasty, although we did wait a bit for it. We felt they did not manage the seating real well, and could tighten this up a bit. But the staff were friendly, the sun was shining, and the sea sparkling. A good experience.

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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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