El Pescador Fish Market
Dress in your finest beach-casual attire and head to El Pescador Fish Market, a local La Jolla seafood market and restaurant that's been around since 1974. El Pescador is known for its fish sandwiches, made with your choice of fresh seafood (options include local swordfish, calamari, and sea bass) and served on a toasted torta roll. Its seafood "burros" -- aka burritos -- are also noteworthy, especially when filled with yellowtail & squid. Whole fish is also available to-go, as are seafood cocktails, oyster platters, and sashimi plates.
A combination fish market and seafood restaurant, it's no surprise that the freshness of El Pescador's marine fare is its calling card. The Clam Chowder here is legendary, and the Sea Bass Sandwich only slightly less so, but El Pescador’s Cioppino—California’s classic, vaguely Italian, catch-of-the-day fisherman’s stew—is reason enough to try the place all on its own.
How to book: Indoor and patio seating is on a first-come basis.