Established in 2010, the Pacific Beach Fish Shop opened with the sole purpose of providing the best service and freshest fish in Pacific Beach. Our family goes there quite a bit, mostly for lunch on the outdoor patio and we often bring the dog, too.

The customizable menu offers a “boatload” of fresh fish selections to choose from. Diners choose a type of fresh fish, a preferred marinade, grilled or fried preparation, and then whether to have it in a taco, sandwich, salad or on a plate.

Look for the 17 ft. marlin hanging around on the corner of Garnet and Kendall and you’ll know you’re in the right place.

Need To Know

Neighborhood: Pacific Beach

Cuisine: Seafood

Price Range: $$

Meals Served: Lunch and dinner

Kids’ Menu: Yes

Pet-Friendly: Yes

Dress Code: Casual

Ocean View: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Private Dining: No

Takeaway: Phone in to-go orders at (858) 48-FISH-N (483-4746)

Delivery: Order on DoorDash

Gluten-Free Options: Yes

Parking: Parking lot to the west and street parking available

Happy Hour: $1 Oysters on Thursdays from 4:00 pm until they run out

Reservations Accepted: No

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What to Order at Pacific Beach Fish Shop

As mentioned earlier, the draw of Pacific Beach Fish Shop is the ability to build-your-own fish tacos, salad, sandwich or plate with high-quality seafood.

The selection of fish is listed daily, so you’ll know what’s on the menu and where it was sourced.

You really can’t get much fresher seafood.

If opting for a menu favorite, go for the award-winning TKO Taco, with grilled Mahi Mahi, Fish Shop seasoning, shredded cabbage, mixed cheese, house cilantro white sauce, and tropical salsa.

TKO Taco at Pacific Beach Fish Shop
Build your own fish taco

Their house-made New England-style Clam Chowder with smoked Andouille sausage a is some of the best on the West Coast. Want to elevate it a little? Make sure to have it served in a sourdough bread bowl.

PB Fish Shop New England style clam chowder
New England Style Clam Chowder

Fish Shop Shrimp is also a local favorite with shrimp marinated in the special Fish Shop seasoning, sauteed and served with a chipotle aioli dipping sauce. Or you could opt for shrimp and chips.

Shrimp and chips at Pacific Beach Fish Shop
Shrimp and chips

I personally order either the shrimp or fish ceviche.

Pacific Beach Fish Shop Ceviche

You’ll also find a robust menu of bottled and draft beers in addition to wines.

Beer list at Pacific Beach Fish Shop

What Its Like Inside

The cheery, laid-back vibe extends to both the indoor and outdoor seating areas. Both offer space for the kids to move around. Order at the counter, take a number and staff will bring the food to the table inside or outside.

It’s also a fish market, if you’d like to take a filet or two home with you.

While it is a counter-order San Diego restaurant there’s no need to eat and rush out. Families and groups of friends tend to meet up here to hang out over a few drinks and good food.

No need to dress up, just dust the sand off your feet.

Happy Hour

Oyster Hour happens on Thursdays from 4:00 pm until they’re sold out of oysters. Pacific Beach Fish Shop offers a few drink specials during this time including $14 Tecate pitchers and $4.50 Tecate pints.

Oyster Hour at Pacific Beach Fish Shop

Get there early, as you won’t be the only one in town that is excited about $1 oysters.

Pacific Beach Fish Shop
1775 Garnet Avenue
San Diego, California 92109
(858) 459-0221

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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