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Escape Fish Bar

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738 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
619-702-9200
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 154
    Excellent
  • 73
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
I'll be back again =)

great food, great service, happy customer! Brandon was our waiter and did an excellent job on making sure our experience was a great one.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Chelexi
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Carson, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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258 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Carson, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

great food, great service, happy customer! Brandon was our waiter and did an excellent job on making sure our experience was a great one.

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San Diego, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

A bit disappointed with the food based on the reviews. Perhaps the fish tacos or fish and chips would be better. The grilled fish dinners were mediocre.

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Edmonton, Canada
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

My ranking is probably somewhat unfair, since the restaurant's biggest problem the night I ate there was me. My first mistake, was deciding it was warm enough to eat outside. Even for someone who had just escaped -30C a few days earlier, it was likely on the wrong side of borderline. When I went inside to pay, I immediately wished... More 

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Brookings, South Dakota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Not only does this restaurant have the freshest fish in the city, but they really know how to cook it to perfection. This is one of the best meals I have enjoyed in a city of good food. The rice was delicious, the vegetables cooked crunchy and not overdone, and the fish, oh the fish! Can't say enough good things... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Had a group of eight for dinner. Tiny place but big on good service and good food. Menu is limited, but it makes selection easier. All in the party enjoyed!

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Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

Run, don't walk, to this amazing amazing seafood joint. I went for lunch and had one of the best meals I've ever had. Delicious and well prepared. The server, Brandon, was knowledgeable, very attentive and friendly. The chef came out to check on me more than once. I very very highly recommend this place. Expectations well exceeded.

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

My wife and I ate here. We wanted something low key and affordable without skimping on the quality. This was such a great choice. I can't wait to go back.

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Roswell, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We checked out Escape on TA reccomendations. I've eaten at amazing places around the world and the owner needs to think his stars for his help. To dtart the chef brings us two hors d'oeuvres on the house because a table of eight is ahead of us and he might not meet our service expectations. Hurry up and get to... More 

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Bucks County, PA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We had lunch at Escape on a Sunday afternoon. Looks like a bit of a dive, but the food and the service are amazing. Grab a sidewalk table if weather allows, and people watch. The lunch specials are great value, fish and chips amazing, fries are out of this world. Come with curry ketchup and horseradish sauce that is spicy... More 

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Kent
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I met a friend there, we were told 40 minutes to get a table, so we went next door for a beer and came back 40 minutes later, at 8:55 asnd were told they were closed for the evening, the server was friendly and busy but should have been more aware of the time when he told us 40 minutes... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 738 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 619-702-9200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?