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Fish House Vera Cruz

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360 Via Vera Cruz, San Marcos, CA 92078-2620
760-744-8000
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 46
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Most impressive menu! Very generous servings (doggy bag time!!) Wait time reasonable. Friendly, efficient wait staff. 'Fishy, sea' atmosphere. Highly recommended!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Helena, Montana, United States
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Washington DC, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We've eaten in their restaurant in Carlsbad and someone said the one in San Marcos was better. It is more attractive, but the food was not better. So these restaurants have consistently good, fresh, well prepared fish of all kinds. My favorite is the sable, or butterfish, which you rarely find outside the west coast. It is worth a trip... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Very fresh seafood grilled to perfection. The wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Our water glasses were never empty.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Beautiful restaurant, food is excellent, service disappointing!! Have visited this establishment on various occasions, but the last two times were disappointing, especially recently celebrating my girlfriends birthday and specifically requested my server to surprise my girlfriend with a scoop of ice cream and one candle after our meal, but absolutely got ignored, as this was not the first time, as... More 

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Helena, Montana, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Most impressive menu! Very generous servings (doggy bag time!!) Wait time reasonable. Friendly, efficient wait staff. 'Fishy, sea' atmosphere. Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Fish House Vera Cruz has 3 locations: San Marcos, Carlsbad & Temecula. All have the same great menu. Only fish and seafood on the menu...all grilled to perfection every time.

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Very good seafood cooked over wood coals. The halibut and shrimp were very good. The service was above average. On restaurant row in San Marcos. The bread was fresh and hot. The carrots were very sweet. The salad was very good. The have several very large salt and fresh water tanks on display. The also sell fresh fresh and have... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Overpiced, bad food. Dry, overcooked potatoes, flavorless broccoli and carrots, like they were from the microwave, the bass had a mold flavor, the lobster was tasteless, the soup was cold, the butter dipping had flavor in it, don't know what, the bloody Mary's had very little tomato juice, combo shrimp/crab appetizer was covered in red cocktail sauce, the oyster were... More 

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San Marcos, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I had monk fish wrapped in bacon (great), my husband had a swordfish burger (dry and not so good). The sourdough rolls were hot and delicious, and the service was excellent. We split a crab cake appetizer, and they were fairly good (a little soggy) with two good sauces. We'll go back and try again.

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Escondido, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Fish House Vera Cruz is one of those restaurants that you can always count on for a delicious meal. This place has been in San Marcos for 30 years and rarely changes it's menu, but that's a good thing! We have several favorites that are our go-to choices. We love the mixed fish kabob, steamed muscles, shrimp scampi, clam chowder,... More 

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Ventura, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I have had the shrimp on a skewer dinner and can tell you that it was delicious both times I have had it. Their fresh fish dept is amazing. I have also had their clam chowder and it is quite good, and the bread that goes with it is great!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 360 Via Vera Cruz, San Marcos, CA 92078-2620
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: 760-744-8000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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