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“Old-style seafood restaurant - fresh fish”
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The Fish Market
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Ranked #2 of 76 Restaurants in Solana Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $45
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Located across from the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Race Track, our third restaurant has been a San Diego North County favorite since it opened in 1981. This bustling restaurant encourages friendly and convivial dining, with the help of a comfortable oyster bar and cozy cocktail bar and lounge, and front-and-center retail market, widely known by those seeking to take home the finest in fresh fish. We also offer a private room suitable for a large party gathering.
San Diego, California
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Old-style seafood restaurant - fresh fish”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

The Fish Market is an old-style seafood restaurant (large and sprawling, nautical decor etc.) - but the fish is always good and service dependable. It's more relaxed on the side patio or in the back, both of which make good spots for a business lunch or a comfortable chat. The front can be busy and noisy.

  • Visited June 2013
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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Always Fresh Fish”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

The place has been there forever and is always popular. The recent remodel makes it more open and a little quieter. The bar is unique, there is a curved area which is great for single diners so you have some company. Service is usually efficient. People are always friendly and helpful. The complimentary bread they bring is excellent. When you order, you are given a choice of side dishes with very healthy alternatives. The fish is always fresh. Growing up near San Francisco, this place reminds me of restaurants around Fisherman's Wharf. You can also purchase fresh fish at the entry counter.

  • Visited June 2013
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San Marcos, California
Level 5 Contributor
95 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fresh Fish Plus”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

We've dined many times at The Fish Market. Very busy especially during racing season.
Pros:
Fish always fresh and enjoyable other non-fish entrees enjoyable as well -- can't recall ever having to return an item. (Entrees can be on the mid to small side.)
Cons:
Service can be hit or miss
Limited parking
Noisy
Costly

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank mac33028
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Orlando, Florida
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88 reviews
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“Excellent fresh seafood”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

This place was for me a real find. extensive menu of fresh fish. I started with raw oysters and they were fresh, plump and tasty. My entrée was Maryland soft shell crab, three nice sized crabs. The potatoes au gratin were very good and the wine pour was generous. If I every go back to Solana Beach, I will eat here. Good value for good fresh seafood.

  • Visited May 2013
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san diego
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“best red snapper ever”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

We have come here for 20 years! Sit in the patio with great sunlight. The early bird is great. The red snapper cajun style is great !!! best best best seafood.

  • Visited May 2013
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