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“Great spot ”

Fat Fish Cantina Grill
Ranked #73 of 4,717 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $22
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Seafood, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
Cross street: Garnet
Transit: There are numerous bus routes to our restaurant.
Description: Fat Fish Cantinagrill combines Southern California cooking trends and the flavor-driven culinary style of our neighbors to the South. We are an eatery that's motivated to be a leader in affordable dining at the beach, inspired by seasonal harvests from the freshest Pacific seafood & California farm lands, with prime aged beef and local fresh poultry. Our space can accommodate a wide range of events and party sizes. Let us plan your next gathering and we will carefully select the perfect menu items to accomodate your friend, family, and business occasions.
Boston, Massachusetts
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310 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Great spot ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

We found Fat Fish by chance and boy am I glad we did. Their happy hour is unreal. My wife and I had 3 appetizers and 3 Margs each for under $30 bucks. The drinks were good, but the food was great. My fish taco was one of the best I had in San Diego. Fat Fish had a great bar and a large dining area that looked comfortable and spacious. Check it out. You won't regret it.

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Byron, Illinois
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138 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Happy to recommend”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

We stopped in while staying nearby. Sat on the patio which was lovely and heated for our comfort. My husband loved the special soup, and bacon wrapped scallops. I had the fish tacos as recommended by the waiter.

  • Visited November 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013 via mobile

Everything from the chips and salsa, to the house margaritas, to the squash was outstanding. Get the combo platter! Delicious!!!

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Vancouver, WA
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“GREAT Happy Hour Appetizers!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

We stopped here for our first of many great San Diego meals. We arrived around 5 so we were at the beginning of Happy Hour. We ordered an eclectic mix of appetizers on the half price menu. I will have to say that the bacon wrapped tempura Diablo shrimp was the best thing I had the entire time I was in San Diego. Outstanding. The beef sliders were good as well, as was the nut crusted Brie. I'm pretty sure you can't go wrong here. Yummy food!

  • Visited October 2013
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Watch Hill, Rhode Island
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6 reviews
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“Intimate, Laidback & Great Presentation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

LOVED the food here! Was on a date and shared...

the ceviche, shredded pork lettuce wraps, and the baja ciopinno. All were beautifully presented and flavorful. Ceviche and Ciopinno were incredibly fresh and tasty. Perfectly portioned and not what you think of as typical "mexican restaurant" food. Although chips & salsa were served - they were good but not anything memorable.

We sat on the patio and were hoping for live music which they promote on their website for sunday nights but perhaps it's too late in the season...? not sure. Regardless they had a great soundtrack of latin music playing, just enough noise in the dining area to make you feel settled in without having to raise your voice. Not impressed by the margaritas or wine list...and our service was a little scattered. From the street the restaurant does not look like an especially inviting or romantic place - but I am so happy to stand corrected. Must try!

Pros: food presentation & flavor!! atmosphere, intimacy/warmth, music

Cons: so-so service & margaritas

  • Visited November 2013
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