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The 10 best San Diego fish tacos, ranked by surfers

Published On 08/27/2014 Published On 08/27/2014
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1. Mitch's Seafood 1403 Scott St, San Diego, CA 92106 (Point Loma)

From its post on the dock, Mitch's Seafood is a Point Loma destination for California-centric fish dinners and Bay views. Mitch's has a laid-back atmosphere with prices to match, a menu chock full of simply prepared dishes, and a craft beer and wine selection based entirely in California. Tacos are top billing, and depending on the day, you can expect fillings like octopus, fried oysters, or scallops. If you don’t want to chance it, the grilled shrimp and battered cod tacos are offered daily. In true seafood shack style, service is casual.

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2. Mariscos German 3030 Grape St, San Diego, CA 92102 (South Park)

This South Park food truck, located in the parking lot of a Mexican supermarket, offers up some of the best fish tacos in San Diego. For less than six dollars you can get three fish tacos and a drink.

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3. El Zarape Restaurant 4642 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116 (University Heights)

This University Heights restaurant is tiny, but serves delicious, authentic Mexican food. They're praised for their fish tacos, and have an extensive variety of burritos on their menu.

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4. PB Fish Shop 1775 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

PB Fish Shop serves up the fish of your choice in a variety of ways: fried, in tacos, on a platter, etc. And it's dog-friendly!

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5. South Beach Bar & Grille 5059 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107 (Ocean Beach)

Rumor has it that the best fish tacos in San Diego can be found at South Beach Bar and Grille, just a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean in Ocean Beach. Mahi tacos are served with cheese, red cabbage, salsa fresca, and white sauce, piled high on a soft flour tortilla (though corn tortillas are available upon request). The fish is so soft and moist it nearly melts in your mouth, and the teriyaki and pineapple marinade lend a tangy taste that will make your lips pucker. For the taco-averse, you can choose from a variety of fried seafood, like lobster, wahoo, shark, calamari, and shrimp, as well as burgers, chicken, and vegetarian options. Enjoy your dish and watch the sun set as you sip on a drink from the bar that offers 22 tequilas and more than 40 beers.

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6. Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill 3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103 (Mission Hills)

Famous for their fish tacos, Blue Water Seafood in San Diego offers in-house dining, as well as a large selection of fresh fish and shellfish available for cooking at home. The vast majority of fish/seafood taco options at this always-busy shop ring in under $5, and unlike most places, you also get to choose your preparation (lemon butter, lemon-garlic butter, bourbon butter, teriyaki, chipotle, blackened, or bronzed).