Absolutely great! We went there for lunch today after reading the great reviews. The place is very authentic! The decor was simplistic, but in a great way! Any more and it wouldn't match the fit of the place. They have an extensive menu with outstanding prices. We each got the shrimp and scallop platter. The shrimp was the best I've ever had, and the scallops were great too! It came with a generous helping of fries. For fried food, it wasn't overly greasy. They have great prices on beer ($3.00) for tap vs. 2.00 for soda. It was busy the whole time we were there (Sunday afternoon around 1-2 PM). Great tarter sauce too!
We will be back again and again, and we will definitely bring guests here.
Very original place with great home cooked seafood. The chowder is the best in town and the fresh live pacific lobster on the grill is awesome. Extremely casual with outdoor seating on benches but what it lacks in comfort it makes up in quality and value. Half the price of places with similar offerings.
I have been eating here for over 12 years out of convience. Located inside an industrial warehouse building complete with aluminum walls and roof (it's LOUD when it rains). This place is very busy for lunch, but closes too early to take advantage of any kind of dinner crowd, usually by 6 or 7 pm depending on the time of year. The local dock workers flock to this place for their lunch time meals.
Berth 55 Seafood Deli is very spase in the ambience department. It's and open air, walk-up order and pay, then wait for your number to be called. Only 1 true inside table, the rest of the seating is picnic table style. There is cheesey canned music blaring on the distorted speakers that seems to repeat itself every 45 minutes. On some weekends there is a live guitar player of karaoke style singer sitting outside playing for tips near the bright red picnic tables, but that's about it for any kind of scene. There's just not a whole lot to offer other than people watching the widely diverse customer base. It's the only real entertaining attraction.
But the food is another story. It's suprisingly good for such a hole-in-the-wall. Lot's of grilled and fried selections to choose from, almost all coming with a side of fries or cole slaw. Their chowder is better than above par, but their version of chili tastes like it comes from a can... a very old can at that. They make a good fish taco plate that's never disappointed me. Soft drinks and tap beer along with a limited selection of bottled libations as well. They also operate a fish market counter and usually have live crab and local spiny lobster (in season) they will cook for you to eat there, or leave live to go.
The only real reason to eat here are the prices. Good value for the dollar and generally fresh, well prepared food. Good fish and chips with coleslaw or fries starts at $5.50. The combination plate has fish, scallop, shrimp and clams. They also make their own seafood ceviche that's top notch. The fresh fish market counter prices seem a bit steep compared to even the San Pedro fish markets across the harbor, but you don't come here to shop for fish anyway, just order and eat it here. The guys taking your order seem a bit aloof, almost like they would rather be fishing than taking your order. There is no table service and you have to bus your own table when you are through eating.
One word of warning though, parking here has been difficult with patrons needing to park 100 yards or more from the fish stand. It's only because there aren't enough spots to accomodate all the fishermen, scuba divers and other patrons at the same time. I have heard of cars being towed away because their owners didn't read the posted signs limiting parking to 2 hours or less. Unfortunate I know, but a necessary evil for the owners I am sure.
Found this place by accident and keep coming back. Located in the heart of industrial port area, it's not too beautiful but food is fresh, really well prepared and inexpensive. Sit outside at the bright orange picnic tables and enjoy.
Can't get fresher fish than this! Try the grilled halibut and fried shrimp!!! Eat outside overlooking the boats on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Avoid lunchtime crowds by getting there before noon or after 1:30p.m.
If you want a fishy atmosphere and have a conversation with the old man of the sea, then this is the place to go. They cook the fish right there on the spot, right after it's been brought in from the open sea.