Header image: Sesame Seared Tuna via @sdthefishery
San Diego’s a wickedly awesome place to live… and not just because it’s the HQ of Blenders Eyewear. We could never tire of talking about it and, recently, we’ve dived headfirst into ranking the finest coffee shops and most mouthwatering food trucks in the area.
But hey, San Diego’s a coastal city. What about the seafood?!
Today, we’re taking a very brief time out from designing stellar glasses and goggles to break out a list of five of our fav local seafood restaurants. While by no means comprehensive, this list should certainly get you started!
Image: Toro Special via @thediningdolls
Location: 634 Pearl St
La Jolla, CA 92037
b/t Cuvier St & Draper Ave
First opening its doors in 1974, El Pescador was originally a one-man operation. While some operational details have certainly changed since then, the dopeness of the cuisine has not. You’re looking at a smorgasbord of seafood ranging from thresher shark to Mexican octopus, although El Pescador is particularly known for its swordfish, calamari, and fish sandwiches. Wonderfully, you can dine-in or pick-up from the market.
Image: Crab poutine via Emily C. on Yelp!
Location: 1403 Scott St
San Diego, CA 92106
b/t Garrison St & Fenelon St
Fleetridge, Point Loma
Point Loma’s seafood gem is Mitch’s. Sandwiches are joined by selections such as crab poutine, tuna poke, grilled octopus, and Fisherman’s Stew (market fish / wild shrimp / calamari / mussels / clams / tomato-white wine broth). And because this spot is dock-side, the harbor views are exquisite.
Image: Swordfish Steak via @trulucksrestaurant
Location: 8990 University Center Ln
San Diego, CA 92122
b/t Caminito Plaza Ctr & Lebon Dr
Truluck’s La Jolla location has been earning local accolades for some time now—and why not? They’re pledged to the sustainable seafood movement, meats are brought in from U.S. family farms, and everything is hormone-free. The crab even comes sourced from Truluck’s fisheries! Oh, and if you’re looking to throw a few back, there’s a considerable wine and cocktail list.
Image: King Crab Jenga via @ eddievs_
Location: The Headquarters at Seaport
789 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
b/t Broadway & Kettner Blvd
789 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA
It may not be the cheapest date night you’ve ever had, but Eddie V’s may just end up being one of the best (no matter how things go down later on). Aside from all the tasty sea critters you could ask for (see above), there’s an impressive, if pricey, wine list and a stellar ambience. The Seaport District locale is jazzy af with its live music, while La Jolla’s spot has primo views of the ocean almost no matter where you sit. If you take someone to Eddie V’s, it’s definitely a power move.
Image: Seared Ahi Tuna via @sdthefishery
Location: 5040 Cass St
San Diego, CA 92109
b/t Opal St & Loring St
Don’t need to go as fancy as Eddie V’s? The Fishery in Pacific Beach is more laid-back with its warehouse digs. It’s a fish market and restaurant with catering services, and with that versatility also comes kickass menu selections (be sure to try the pan-roasted Pacific swordfish)! Of course, The Fishery is a fan of supporting local fishermen and its seasonal menu curated by Chef Paul Arias adapts to local conditions and availability. Perhaps best of all for some, the dress is casual and doggos and other pets are invited to join on the restaurant’s patio.