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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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 80
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 51
    Average
  • 18
    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
Mixed results!

Hubby and I made our first trip to Harbor Fish with a group of eight, The restaurant is really not set up for large groups. We found a table in a corner near the front on what was probably the hottest, muggiest evenings if the season. Everyone was there for a good time so we did little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
patonfairmont
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Tempe, Arizona
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  • Families with children
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Tempe, Arizona
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70 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Hubby and I made our first trip to Harbor Fish with a group of eight, The restaurant is really not set up for large groups. We found a table in a corner near the front on what was probably the hottest, muggiest evenings if the season. Everyone was there for a good time so we did little complaining. The next... More 

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Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Think beach picnic and you will go with the right attitude. Plastic cups and forks, paper towels for napkins, served on paper plates sitting at picnic tables. We ordered what they are know for; clam chowder, fish and chips with coleslaw. All delicious and reasonably priced and the view is great.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Yep! Another favorite! Quick service, consistently good quality food. Easy access if you are walking the boardwalk or doing some shopping in Carlsbad Village area.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

You are at the beach. You swim, surf, boogie board, soak in sun and forgot lunch! You walk up hill in wet bathing suit.... You order lunch and a beer or wine or soda.... You eat delicious food.... you go back to beach... all very reasonable... Carry a 20 dollar bill in your pocket... can be wet from surfing...

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Oxnard, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is in a converted 1950's gas station - fun atmosphere. Right on the overlook park adjacent to the beach, so great location, walkable from many of the hotels and vacation rentals as well as the beach. The food was pretty ordinary beach fare - a lot of fried stuff, a few salads. Had the fish & clams - fish... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We ate at the Harbor Fish Cafe for dinner as the sunset. We got a fish taco and fish and chips. They were good, but a bit overpriced. I suppose you're paying for the view of the beach. Unfortunately the wait staff pretty much ignored us after we were served and never refilled our water cups.

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Sedona, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

They have fish and chips down. Fresh, moist, delicious. So not only great views and location but friendly helpful staff. We think the food is so good because they are so popular and busy that nothing gets old.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This a great family Fish & Chip shop with a few surprises. It has been mentioned several times about the view which if you get the right seat is very pleasant. The food is above average for what it is but HFC is not fine dining by any means. We thought the pricing and service were all good and think... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Restaurant is right on the ocean. If you dit on the ocean side, the view is nice with light breeze. Food tasted ok. Everything is fried. The fish had too much batter on it and was too oily. The shrimp and clam chowder tasted good. Its a good place to grab a bit and have a beer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Went with another couple and had lunch. The fish tacos were excellent and very large! You only need one to be completely full. Excellent seasoning! Right on the beach that is gorgeous. They do not assign a table to the wait staff and we did not get helped for a long time. My friend had to ask to place our... 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?