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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 41
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  • 34
    Very good
  • 16
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  • 8
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  • 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
Fun atmosphere, quality fish

This is a great fish shop in the heart of San Marcos. They have a huge variety of fresh fish, prepared as you wish. The side dish selection is limited, but the food is always tasty. Kids will enjoy the numerous fish tanks full of colorful sea creatures.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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TurkeyPotPie
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a great fish shop in the heart of San Marcos. They have a huge variety of fresh fish, prepared as you wish. The side dish selection is limited, but the food is always tasty. Kids will enjoy the numerous fish tanks full of colorful sea creatures.

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Escondido, California
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174 reviews 174 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
467 helpful votes 467 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I was very impressed with the variety of fish that was offered on the menu; from the many different kinds of sea bass, salmon, tuna and cod to the Hawaiian fish (Ono & Opah). I settled on Orange Roughy (New Zealand Sea Bass) and my wife ordered the local White Sea Bass. Our dinners came with a choice of two... More 

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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98 reviews 98 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed our first date here 30 years ago on this very day. Ironically we were in town and decided to pop in. Oh. My. Wow- sure did not disappoint!! We ordered the exact same meal we had 30 years ago. I seldom eat bread now, but their hot sour dough is too good to pass up.... More 

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San Marcos, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This place is stuck in the 80's. They need to explore more modern cooking techniques and creative sauces to go with their seafood. The grilled fish is good, but you get steamed veggies and mashed potatoes with it. It just needs some updating.

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Fallbrook, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This restaurant has a very pleasant and quiet atmosphere. Seafood selections are very extensive, the bread is hot and delicious, and the service is friendly and attentive. This visit, my monk fish was dry, but others had wonderful prawns. The mashed potatoes with Romano cheese are very tasty, but not really hot. We had a large group, and were seated... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We are in our 30's and I think we were the youngest people eating in the restaurant. The menu needs updating. The seafood was great but the sides were mediocre. Service was amazing! Still don't think I would go back.

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Solana Beach, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

How could I not have known about this seafood treasure?! Visited with a large group of friends to celebrate a special birthday. Got to have lots of privacy & quiet in a separate room with attentive servers, fun & attractive decor and excellent food! The large restaurant is housed in an authentic adobe building and was pleasantly cool inside on... More 

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San Diego
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We have been going here for many, many years and celebrate big occasions with the ever-so-pricey but oh-so-excellent crab legs. We have never had better crab legs and they're huge! We also love the Scallops Rumaki for an appetizer or if it's not a crab night, I will order the Scallops Rumaki as my main course, YUM!! My two other... More 

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San Diego, California
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147 reviews 147 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The food was great. They very accommodating for everyone. It was nice to have a place that is so busy to be so kind. The food was great as well.

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Vancouver, Washington
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145 reviews 145 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I have been here dozens of times, once being a resident in San Marcos and as it is a favorite for many of my colleagues and friends. Unfortunately, this experience fell short. Could have been an off night, but the service was lacking tremendously. I had the butterfish, which was very good, but my colleague's salmon was overcooked. I am... More 

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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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