Pier to Plate: Must-Visit Seafood Restaurants in San Diego

Being situated on the Pacific Ocean, it’s easy for us Southern Californians to enjoy fresh seafood whenever we please. This is a luxury we certainly couldn’t live without which is why there are so many amazing seafood restaurants in San Diego. With so many places offering pier-to-plate fare, we can help you narrow it down to the best. 


JRDN (0.2 miles)

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Beach views and an unbeatable Crystal Pier location make this the spot to be in Pacific Beach! Enjoy delicious seafood and cold drinks all with a side of beautiful views from our neighbors just steps away at JRDN. Don’t miss the fat sushi rolls, steamed mussels, and the ahi poké nachos. Wash it all down with a Boardwalk Spritz or Chili Mango Margarita. 

723 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109


The Fishery (0.8 miles)

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Not only one of the best seafood restaurants in San Diego, but also a premier seafood market — The Fishery is the epitome of “pier to plate”. The fish offered at this Michelin Guide restaurant is some of the freshest around while the open kitchen makes dining more of an experience than just eating. Don’t miss the Pacific Ahi “Steak” or the Local Spot Prawns.

5040 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92019


Cannonball (2.3 miles)


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Boasting the biggest oceanfront rooftop in San Diego, Cannonball cannot be missed! The beachside restaurant serves up inventive sushi and California cuisine sure to delight you. Enjoy refreshing cocktails while soaking up the sun and admiring the views. Don’t miss the Cannonball Burrito made with shrimp tempura, crab, tuna, and plenty of fixings! 

3105 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109


World Famous (7.5 miles)

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World Famous is an aptly named beachfront dining destination, given its popularity. The vibe is casual, even though the food is decidedly a cut above. The outdoor patio is adjacent to the Pacific Beach boardwalk, affording a spectacular view, as well as world-class people-watching. The breakfasts are particularly good here, but it’s impossible to go wrong any time of day. Seafood and salads are also great choices, but the fish tacos are unmissable.    

711 Pacific Beach Dr, San Diego, CA 92109


Mitch’s Seafood (7.1 miles)

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Founded in tradition, Mitch’s Seafood was established by a collective of three local families all with a long history of fishing the coastal waters. You never have to worry about finding fresh seafood here as everything on the menu is sourced from local fishermen while everything served is sustainable and served responsibly. Don’t miss the ceviche of the day or the Dungeness crab poutine!

1403 Scott St, San Diego, CA 92106


Pacific Catch (9.4 miles)


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Sustainability is at the center of every dish at Pacific Catch making it a favorite of ours. The Pacific Ocean and the diverse cuisines throughout it are what inspire the delicious plates. Don’t miss their Fresh Catch Menu or Ahi “Bombs.” Wash it all down with a Coastal Cooler or Blood Orange Margarita! 

4575 La Jolla Village Dr Suite 1160, San Diego, CA 92122


Serea Coastal Cuisine (15.3 miles)


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This “sea-to-table” dining experience provides some of the best seafood in San Diego. Focusing on sustainable seafood, Serea’s menus spotlight the region’s best oceans, farms, and fields all along the coastline. Don’t miss the Wood Grilled Tableside Fish (freshly caught and deboned tableside) or the daily selection of oysters. 

1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118


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