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The 14 Best Seafood Restaurants In Downtown, San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

Is there anything tastier than a well-made plate of Seafood? Not when you have Downtown restaurants like these. We analyzed millions of diner and critic reviews from the best sites for the freshest seafood places in Downtown. So the next time you need coconut shrimp, calamari, or some creamy seafood chowder head to these top spots!

Find the perfect Seafood spot

Ironside Fish & Oyster

American, $$$, Little ItalyAmerican, $$$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

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    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • Eater, 2020

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    Eater, 2020

RoVino Rotisserie + Wine

Italian, $$, HarborviewItalian, $$San Diego, Harborview
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2017

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    Eater, 2017

Civico 1845

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2021

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    Eater, 2021
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

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    Vacation Idea, 2021

Herb & Wood

Pizza, $$$, HarborviewPizza, $$$San Diego, Harborview
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

    Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits

    USA Today
  • Trip Savvy, 2019

    The 20 Best Restaurants in San Diego

    Trip Savvy, 2019

Kettner Exchange

American, $$$, Little ItalyAmerican, $$$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

    Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits

    USA Today
  • Eater, 2021

    38 Standout Restaurants in San Diego

    Eater, 2021

Ristorante Illando

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Cowboy Star

American, $$$, East VillageAmerican, $$$San Diego, East Village
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2021

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    Eater, 2021

Barbusa

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

    Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits

    USA Today
  • Trip Savvy, 2019

    The 20 Best Restaurants in San Diego

    Trip Savvy, 2019

Buon Appetito

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

    Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits

    USA Today

Water Grill - San Diego

American, $$$, East VillageAmerican, $$$San Diego, East Village
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5
  • Zagat, 2015

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    Zagat, 2015
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    Zagat, 2015

Osetra Seafood and Steaks

American, $$$, Gaslamp QuarterAmerican, $$$San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Seafood Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • Eater, 2015

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    Eater, 2015

Full Moon Sushi & Kitchen Bar

Japanese, $$, Gaslamp QuarterJapanese, $$San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

Nolita Hall

Pizza, $$, Little ItalyPizza, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Taka

Japanese, $$, Gaslamp QuarterJapanese, $$San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Why is this list better than others?

We know how tough it is to find the best Seafood in Downtown. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 823905 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 10162 restaurants, and 624 lists and articles from top sources like Eater, Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life and USA Today. Don’t bother looking for Eater - 38 Standout Restaurants in San Diego, Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - 2021 Best Seafood Restaurants in San Diego Area and USA Today - Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaitswe’ve already done so for you and included all you need to know. As restaurants continue to adapt to COVID-19, you can trust us to show the latest information on which restaurants are open and how with our real-time data recommendation engine. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. These ten restaurants offer the best Seafood in San Diego.

Frequently asked questions

Ironside Fish & Oyster, Herb & Wood, and Kettner Exchange are the highest-rated seafood spots for dinner in Downtown.

Ironside Fish & Oyster, Herb & Wood, and Kettner Exchange are the highest-rated seafood spots to get a quick lunch in Downtown.

Ironside Fish & Oyster, Kettner Exchange, and RoVino Rotisserie + Wine are the highest-rated upscale spots for seafood in Downtown.

Ironside Fish & Oyster, Kettner Exchange, and RoVino Rotisserie + Wine are the highest-rated seafood spots for take-out in Downtown.

Ironside Fish & Oyster, Kettner Exchange, and RoVino Rotisserie + Wine are the highest-rated seafood spots that are good for a date night in Downtown.

Drink pairing tips for Seafood

  • Vinho Verde Rose with your tempura prawn handroll

    When considering how to best enjoy your tempura prawn handroll, we would highlight how well a glass of Vinho Verde Rose complements the dish as it the carbonation will cut through heavier flavors of the batter.


  • The perfect match for fish and chips

    Experts often pair fish and chips with a glass of Cava, a popular sparkling wine.

  • Rueda with your fish and chips

    If your food palns include Fish and chips, then you should consider helping it along with some white wine. We find that a Rueda, with its hits of citrus, serves as the best pairing to the dish.

Fun facts about Seafood

  • The biggest fish and chips ever

    Don’t you hate it when there is not enough food for seconds? This wasn’t a concern when the record was broken for the biggest fish and chips. Weighing in at 121 pounds and 3 ounces there was more than enough fish and chipss to go around!

  • October = Seafood festival

    If you’re a big fan of Seafood, then you should definitely consider visiting the Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festivale in California, The United States

  • History lesson

    Our favorite treat, the sushi, has its roots in Japan. We can thank Hanaya Yohei for coming up with it too.

Parking tips

Parking in Downtown can be a challenge. To make your life easier, we partnered with SpotHero, an innovative digital parking reservation service, so you can easily and effortlessly find parking near your selected Seafood spot.

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