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The Fishery

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$$$
Pacific Beach
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5040 Cass St., San Diego, CA 92109 (Opal)
(858) 272-9985
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 111
    Excellent
  • 70
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    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
Excellent food and service

We arrived by chance in this restaurant and were very happy with the food and the service. We ate outside at noon, the place is quiet. Raw fish was fabulous. I would go again without hesitation.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
Brother-B
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Ottignies, Belgium
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Families with children
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Ottignies, Belgium
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We arrived by chance in this restaurant and were very happy with the food and the service. We ate outside at noon, the place is quiet. Raw fish was fabulous. I would go again without hesitation.

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San Diego, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Really good service, great selection of fish. If you don't want to eat there they have a display of the fish / seafood available to purchase and carry home to cook yourself. Nice decor with the fish mounts. Reservations are recommended but we walked in with 6 people and luckily were seated right away.

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Hemet, California
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178 reviews 178 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This was our first visit to this restaurant in a Pacific Beach neighborhood. Very nice athmosphere and top quality service along with great food. I had swordfish tacos and my wife had scallops. Both were excellent and not overcooked. They also have a fresh fish counter where you can buy fish. The only problem was the street parking mainly in... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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51 reviews 51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is a treasure in the Pacific Beach area. Don't miss the New England clam chowder and the crabcakes appetizer. The service staff was attentive. Parking can be a problem however so be ready for a healthy walk from your car.

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California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I was really looking forward to a nice dinner at The Fishery in Pacific Beach. The ambience in the restaurant was nice, the service was good. Please be aware that parking is very hard as it is only street parking, especially on a Saturday night. We had to go around and around to find parking. I was disappointed with the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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208 reviews 208 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We visited San Diego & our local friends brought us here & we all loved it! Beautiful atmosphere with fresh fish counter filled with fresh caught seafood that looked so fresh like they'd could almost still be live... Friendly service. Great Food - Two of us had the special, hubby had swordfish, & 1 had swordfish tacquitos. Everyone enjoyed the... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Who would have thought of making meatballs from seafood but they were absolutely delicious and the best tasting out of the three entrees we ordered. I've been here several times and it is a little overpriced....we spent over $300 for 4 of us.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We've been to this restaurant in the past and thought it was very good, but it's just not as good as it used to be. It is extremely over-priced for what you get. No pasta dish should cost that much, plus the crab was very fishy tasting and smelling. It was very busy, very noisy, and the server was rude... More 

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Hinsdale, Illinois
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98 reviews 98 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We recently ate at the Fishery with our son and our parents. The first step into this restaurant tells you immediately that fish is served. It smells a little fishy and there is a large fish counter right when you walk in. The night we were there, it was very crowded and very loud. We were seated at a large... More 

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Rosmalen, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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130 reviews 130 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Went here with colleagues. Very relaxing setting and atmosphere. Very nice fish choices even include very good sushi. All fish line catched unless otherwise mentioned. Good portions so no need for doggy bag which I like. Largest scallops I had ever seen. I would go back again for sure.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5040 Cass St., San Diego, CA 92109
    (Opal)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Pacific Beach
  • Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
  • Phone Number: (858) 272-9985

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 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?