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The Fish Market

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$$$
Seafood, Oyster Bar
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640 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, CA 92075
+1 858-755-2277
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located across from the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Race Track, our third...
Located across from the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Race Track, our third restaurant has been a San Diego North County favorite since it opened in 1981. This bustling restaurant encourages friendly and convivial dining, with the help of a comfortable oyster bar and cozy cocktail bar and lounge, and front-and-center retail market, widely known by those seeking to take home the finest in fresh fish. We also offer a private room suitable for a large party gathering.
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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Doing business

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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  • 100
    Excellent
  • 77
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice setting, good food

I ate in the greenhouse type room - which gave the feeling of being outdoors while being inside. My server was very friendly and helpful with the menu. The food was good and I liked the portion size. Highly recommend the chocolate mousse for dessert!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Virgoz28
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FRIDLEY
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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218 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The salmon in my mouth like butter. It was cooked to perfection. And the management was very helpful when my salad dressing was not up to par.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The salmon was perfectly cooked, and the clam chowder was the best ever. The staff was friendly, attentive and responsive.

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FRIDLEY
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I ate in the greenhouse type room - which gave the feeling of being outdoors while being inside. My server was very friendly and helpful with the menu. The food was good and I liked the portion size. Highly recommend the chocolate mousse for dessert!!

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Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Fish Market - Del Mar is predictably good, as are all the other Fish Market restaurants I've visited. The seafood is fresh, properly prepared and consistent. The Del Mar location is maybe a bit more casual than a few other locations, but feels appropriate for the proximity to the beach.

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Maple Valley, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The food was excellent and there was a lot to choose from. A very nice atmosphere at no extra charge.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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121 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Came in on a Tuesday night and was seated promptly. The sourdough bread brought to the table was hot and fresh. We ordered Pacific Mahi and it was cooked to order. The steamed vegetables were great as well. Many choices on the menu. This is a small chain in the San Diego area with convenient locations. Well worth the visit... More 

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Washington
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

After a disappointing dinner the previous night I wondered if California fish was still as good as ever. The answer is YES, at least here. Several of us enjoyed wonderful fried oysters and the other fish dishes were also excellent. Service was friendly and quick; all in all a happy experience.

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Sacramento, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I may have gone on an off-night. I was excited to order the swordfish tacos because I read a review that said they were excellent and the waiter said they're really popular, too. So I got the swordfish tacos and they were disappointing. Why? Because it was the like the cook just put a dried up swordfish cigar in the... More 

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Toronto
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205 reviews 205 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

I have eate in this Del Mar fish market many times and it's always consistently serving great fresh fish I enjoy also getting great fresh fish at counter as I leave to cook on bbq next night

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Nashville
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We ate here on our vacation... It was Wonderful !!! Thank you for a Great dinner and experience. The great folks at The Hilton Del Mar gave this place a great recommendation

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 640 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, CA 92075
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Solana Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 858-755-2277

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 45
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Oyster Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business

Description

Located across from the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Race Track, our third restaurant has been a San Diego North County favorite since it opened in 1981. This bustling restaurant encourages friendly and convivial dining, with the help of a comfortable oyster bar and cozy cocktail bar and lounge, and front-and-center retail market, widely known by those seeking to take home the finest in fresh fish. We also offer a private room suitable for a large party gathering.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?