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Escape Fish Bar - CLOSED

738 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6918
+1 619-702-9200
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Nov 9, 2015
“Outstanding seafood with flavor twists!”
Oct 29, 2015
“Maybe I just made the wrong choices”
Restaurant Hours Closed
$$ - $$$
738 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6918
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Reviewed November 9, 2015

This restaurant is a gem. My husband and I live at an East Coast beach and get fresh seafood frequently. But, Escape was an unexpected surprise. Although the atmosphere is very low-key, the food is not. And, our server was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We...More

Date of visit: November 2015
Thank speedymarieb
Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

I was wanting seafood for my first night in San Diego and the concierge at my 4 star hotel recommended Escape as a good, not too expensive local hole in the wall type restaurant. I started with the crab cakes, lots of mashed potato and...More

Date of visit: October 2015
Thank AIanMacD
Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

It's a hole in the wall. Be ok with that. The food is unbelievable. Had the swordfish grilled plate Cajun style. Awesome. Recommend highly.

Date of visit: October 2015
Thank rgk21969
Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

This downtown restaurant is small and quiet. Friendly staff and fresh food. I ordered a plate of raw oysters and tacones with seabass. Average flavors, decent portion size. Next time I'd try something different.

Date of visit: October 2015
Thank qeenreen
Reviewed October 17, 2015

A must stop place, unless you require particular level of ambiance. It is not a charming place but has fantastic seafood. Clams are out of this world with great spices...will return again soon.

Date of visit: October 2015
1  Thank FrqtrvDR
Reviewed October 15, 2015

The fish here was very fresh and tasty. The decor is equivalent to a coffee shop, but their drinks are potent and the food quality outweighs the lack of charm

Date of visit: September 2015
1  Thank jamesbro49
Reviewed October 15, 2015

Visiting from the Midwest we wanted to explore the Gaslamp District of S.D. on a Saturday night. Based on strong reviews from Trip Advisor contributors we sought out the Escape Fish Bar for dinner. It's fairly small and unpretentious amongst the ballyhoo and larger restaurants...More

Date of visit: September 2015
1  Thank Scott R
Reviewed October 13, 2015

Great place.. Small, not fancy, but great food! Fresh fish of many varieties caught locally that day. Try the managers recommendation. Cioppino was wonderful! Also great margaritas.

Date of visit: October 2015
1  Thank janice28m
Reviewed October 12, 2015

Had the best fish tacitos, and grilled fish, the swordfish was amazing and all so fresh. such a quick easy place to eat with friendly faces, a bit of spice and really good food. cool place in the city for drinks afterwards. would go back...More

Date of visit: October 2015
1  Thank Greer2013
Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

This place is just a little hole in the wall, stuck in between a number of other more mainstream type places along restaurant row. But they have great fresh fish, along with some seafood offerings. Friendly service rounds out the whole experience. along restaurant alongalong

Date of visit: October 2015
1  Thank Idmd
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
$15 - $20
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 738 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6918
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-702-9200
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