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Escape Fish Bar

738 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)
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Ranked #67 of 4,065 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $15 - $20
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Evansville, Indiana
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Small joint, great menu. Visited due to other reviews. A bit of a dive, but really good. Service was great, chef was really friendly and polite. Never had Cioppinio before, but it was amazing. Mussels and clams we really fresh and the soup base had just the right amount of heat. It was a little pricy, but I think that... More

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95 reviews 95 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The swordfish wrap was to die for while the fish and chips were so-so. The curry tomato ketchup was unique!

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Fishers, IN
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I read the reviews, and took my party of 14. Great service; Mercedes was a great host. The food was excellent, and the fish was fresh. I would definitely reccomend anyone that wants a nice, local spot, this is it.

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Esko, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Just left the Escape. Spouse had ordered Shrimp Bruschetta. Sent back twice. Too cool ,then burnt as in charred on bottom. Waitress refunded meal and drink. My daily special was good..? 30$ good not so sure. Keep walking is my advice.. YMMV

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We (me, husband and 2 daughters) arrived in San Diego on a Friday afternoon and stopped at Escape for lunch. The prices were average for what we expected. We started off with the mussels and fried pickles. Both were thoroughly enjoyed by all. The mussels were clean, fresh and tasted wonderful. I never had a fried pickle but it was... More

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Naples, FL
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We don't mind expensive if the food is excellent. But that's really not the case here. The calamari was in a tiny little metal tray on wax paper pooled with oil. Not good. Entrees were OK, platters with rice and veggies and the fish of your choice. Not outstanding.

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escapefishbar, Owner at Escape Fish Bar, responded to this review

Hello. My name is Scott Quan and I own the restaurant. I apologize that you had a mediocre experience at my restaurant. I believe that, when executed correctly, our food is very good, and I would like another opportunity to convince you of the same. I see that you are from out of town but, if you are still in... More

Cheyenne, Wyoming
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Went for an early dinner on a weekday, and we were treated to a delicious meal at reasonable prices, served by a very helpful staff. No down side. A great place.

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Akron, Ohio
15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Fabulous!! Shrimp tacos were to die for. Curry ketchup is fantastic. Service even better. Waitress Mercedes was great!

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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Small, super nice restaurant on 5th ave. It's easy to miss y if you don't pay attention. We were seated right away and were lucky with our timing as a couple minutes later a lot of people came and all tables were filled quickly. Our food (1. grilled fish with vegetables and 2. shrimp tacos) was absolutely fantastic. The taco... More

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La Quinta, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Blink and you will miss this place. It is in the heart of the Gaslamp district.I had the white sangria and it was very refreshing not too sweet We split the mussel appetizer. They were steamed perfectly and the broth was perfect for dipping the grilled bread that accompanied it.The tacones did not disappoint . The sauce was very flavorful.

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