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The 14 Best Seafood Restaurants Near Little Italy, San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

If you’re looking for the most decadent and satisfying seafood in Little Italy you will find it at these restaurants. We analyzed millions of diner and critic reviews from the best sites for the freshest seafood places in Little Italy. 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
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Civico 1845

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

American, $$$, Little ItalyAmerican, $$$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Ristorante Illando

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

Barbusa

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
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Buon Appetito

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Nolita Hall

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

Monello

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Solunto Ristorante & Bakery

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

Sorrento Ristorante & Pizzeria

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

Princess Pub and Grille

British, $$, Little ItalyBritish, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.0

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RoVino Rotisserie + Wine

Italian, $$, HarborviewItalian, $$San Diego, Harborview
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Herb & Wood

Pizza, $$$, HarborviewPizza, $$$San Diego, Harborview
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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CUCINA urbana

Italian, $$, Park WestItalian, $$San Diego, Park West
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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How did we curate this list?

Finding the best Seafood spots in Little Italy can take way too long. We pored over ratings for 10162 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 restaurant reviews in San Diego and 624 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what USA Today and Eater had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. The spots that made the cut have been featured in USA Today - Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits, Eater - 12 Spots for a Perfect Ladies Night Out in San Diego and Eater - Where to Eat Seafood in San Diego. Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. The restaurants featured above represent the best of the best in San Diego Seafood.

FAQ

Ironside Fish & Oyster, Kettner Exchange, and Civico 1845 have outdoor seating and Seafood in Little Italy.

There are 16 seafood spots in Little Italy.

Kettner Exchange, Davanti Enoteca, and Zinqué are the highest-rated seafood spots for a pick-up order in Little Italy.

Ironside Fish & Oyster, Kettner Exchange, and Civico 1845 are the highest-rated seafood spots to get a quick lunch in Little Italy.

Ironside Fish & Oyster, Kettner Exchange, and Barbusa are the highest-rated seafood spots for take-out in Little Italy.

Drink pairing tips for Seafood

  • 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.

  • Enjoy tempura prawn handroll with Vinho Verde Rose

    For an elevated experience, pair your tempura prawn handroll with Vinho Verde Rose. This combination works particularly well because this white wine the carbonation will cut through heavier flavors of the batter.


  • The perfect complement to fish and chips


    When ordering fish and chips, experts suggest pairing it with a glass of Chardonnay, a popular white wine.

Factoids about Seafood

  • A taste for luxury

    Chef Angelito Araneta Jr. made anigiri in 2010 that sold for p$1,978.

  • 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

  • The origin of lobster roll

    The year was 1929 when the first lobster roll was made in The United States. Tasty history!

Parking information

Parking in Little Italy can be notoriously tough. 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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