San Diego Seafood Restaurants Satisfy all of your seafood cravings with these Carnet-approved eateries across the San Diego coastline.
If you long for lobster or go crazy for crab cakes, San Diego is the place to be. Known for its seafood, the Southern California city by the shore offers a plethora of fish and sushi restaurants—and at many of them, patrons also enjoy ocean views along with the noteworthy cuisine. Here, Carnet introduces you to five great San Diego restaurants where you can enjoy your favorite fish dishes.
The Marine Room Those who want a room with a superb view should head to The Marine Room, which first opened in 1941 and has been going strong ever since. Don’t be surprised if you see celebrities and politicians in the restaurant, because this San Diego landmark offers dramatic panoramic views of the Pacific along with award-winning cuisine from executive chef Bernard Guillas. Foodies will delight in how Guillas, who wrote the cookbook Flying Pans: Two Chefs, One World, turns out seafood dishes rooted in the French classics. And, surprising for a high-end restaurant, there are generous portions too! 200 Spindrift Drive La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 459-7222
Truluck’s Seafood Steak and Crab—La Jolla This casual chain restaurant has branches in Texas and Florida but the La Jolla location of Truluck's can’t be beat. Along with crab, their signature fish dishes are the Hawaiian Mahi Mahi and Hiramasa. Those who want their fish caught and prepared humanely will be happy to know that Truluck’s never serves endangered or overfished species, and follows all Ocean Conservancy guidelines. Their crab dishes are incredibly fresh as the restaurant chain runs its own fisheries—the fish go from the traps to your Truluck’s table in less than 24 hours. 8990 University Center Lane San Diego, CA 92122 (858) 453-2583
Top of the Market Those wanting a more substantial seafood experience from the casual Fish Market Restaurant and store downstairs need only to climb to the second floor, where a top-of-the-line experience awaits: Top of the Market offers diners views of the San Diego Bay, Coronado and Point Loma. Eat in luxury on white linen tablecloths surrounded by warm teak paneling and large windows and deck. Chef Michael McDonald, who originally worked in high-end Los Angeles restaurants, has received great reviews for the flair he’s added to the exceptionally fresh seafood offerings here. 750 North Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 232-3474
Taka Located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, the Japanese restaurant Taka is known for its outstanding sushi and sashimi. Although it attracts tons of tourists, locals also love it and testify that its phenomenal fish is served with understated artistry. Many gush that the sushi here is as fresh as in Tokyo, and the chef is sure to offer good suggestions. Taka is tiny and only open for dinner; be sure to make a reservation so you don’t miss out. 555 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 338-0555
Nobu The Nobu empire continued in 2007 when a new branch of the world’s most popular Japanese restaurant opened in San Diego’s Hard Rock Hotel. Sample the restaurant’s famed dishes from chef Nobu Matsuhisa, such as Black Cod with Miso and Yellowtail Jalapeno. The ambiance is as special as the food, as diners can bask under the fish basket lights while sitting at the onyx sushi bar. There are Nobu restaurants in such cities as New York, Los Angeles, Milan, London, Beijing and Moscow, and the San Diego outpost has shown locals what the shouting is all about. Voted “Best Hotel Dining” by San Diego Magazine, Nobu is open for dinner only. 207 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 814-4124
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