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The Fishery

#174 of 3,739 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Pacific Beach
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5040 Cass St., San Diego, CA 92109 (Opal)
(858) 272-9985
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We routinely go here 2-3 times per month and the food and service are always excellent. Fish is fresh and cooked perfectly. Usually have a different server every time and all seem to be focused on exceeding customer expectations. Would highly recommend.

Thank Barbara P
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I walked a mile and a half for the best seafood. I did not get it. I spent $34 for a halibut that was no more than a size of my pointer finger and nothing else with it. I ordered spinach and that was the size of my palm. Stay away

Thank Linda P
Durham, North Carolina
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best fresh seafood we ate all trip! It isn't on the water but I think that means you get better seafood to eat. Very fresh and great seafood options.

Thank barrmargaret
Queen Creek, Arizona
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came to San Diego to enjoy some fish and we did here. Cute little neighborhood place. Easy to get to, parking on the street, we got one in the front. We made a reservation for a Monday night, not knowing what the crowds may be in the summer time. Medium sized menu and they only serve beer and wine,... More 

Thank VinoQueen0214
Seattle, Washington
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31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have watched this place evolve over the years from a fish/seafood market to a small eatery with the fish counter now to a full blown restaurant still with a fish counter. Super clean, amazing staff and most amazing food. Every time we visit San Diego this is a must stop once or twice while we are there.

Thank Tsandwith
Phoenix, Arizona
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband had the linguine with clam sauce and an order of the mussels. He said they were both really good, especially the mussels. I had the halibut and chips - the portion was hearty and cooked to perfection. It is very pricey, but we knew that going in. The food was worth the cost.

Thank Peggy B
Seattle, Washington
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107 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

If you love fish, I recommend. I found the menu to be a bit unfocused (all fish, but all over the map) but everything was solid. Service was great, ambiance was average. Somewhere between average and very good, but Trip Advisor doesn't give half ratings

Thank blhappypets
San Diego, California
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105 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Mmmmmm the Ahi Poke Salad is amazing!! The attention to detail in the salad is over the top, so many little wonderful flavors and beautifully presented. It is the only thing we seem to order overtime we come here, priced around $20. It is a fish restaurant, with a fresh fish counter if you prefer to take your fresh catch... More 

Thank Celeste T
Tucson, Arizona
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Went here our first night in town. Our hotel on the boardwalk was surrounded by loud bar/restaurants and this was in a nice quiet neighborhood. Service was standard, food was very tasty. Seafood selections were mainly fish, some apps had shellfish, but like the name implies, it's mostly about the fish. I had a grilled albacore belly with roasted corn,... More 

Thank cbjebe
Bates City Missouri
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172 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

Restaurant was recommended by our beach house owners. Nearby and outdoor patio for pups. No alcohol served on the patio btw. Parking is on the street only so you may have to walk a few blocks so be prepared. That seems to be the norm in most areas in sd. Two had the shrimp tempura with pineapple rice dish. Looked... More 

Thank Kathy B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Seafood, Soups, Pacific Rim, American, Sushi, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5040 Cass St., San Diego, CA 92109
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Pacific Beach
  • Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
  • Phone Number: (858) 272-9985

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