Watch the sport-fishing boats unload while you enjoy some of the freshest seafood in the world. This is one of the favorite hangouts for the locals. ... More
Point Loma Seafoods
Watch the sport-fishing boats unload while you enjoy some of the freshest seafood in the world. This is one of the favorite hangouts for the locals. You can order Shrimp Louie, fried clams, fish plates, oysters, mussels and lobster. Lean, brightly-lit counters offer all types of tantalizing items and you can choose from a wide selection of beer and wine. The outside patio dining area is a perfect place to enjoy your "catch" and watch all of the dockside activities. Credit cards are not accepted.
As travel-wise and restaurant savvy as I try to be, I occasionally fall into a tourist trap, like the Point Loma Seafoods, where I ate twice on a recent trip to San Diego. Both meals were overpriced and made by amateurs. The smoked fish sandwich (smoked tuna, chunked w/tartar sauce, served on sourdough) was gaggingly dry, unimaginative, acrid and unflavorful (lacking even smoke flavor or smell). The second dinner included the worst crabcakes I've ever come across - all filler (might have been newspaper) deep fried to a dry, crunchy death. Reminded me of those pucks you play air hockey with.
It is a shame because the fresh fish in the case looks so good - as does the wide array of smoked fish. But the kitchen must be run by a one trick pony. Consequently, everything short of the seafood cocktails, is deep fried and served on a platter or unadorned on sourdough bread slices. Such was the fate of the lovely deep sea scallops that my wife ordered.
My advice. Pass on by.
Clerks are very unprofessional and rude, managers are not much better. Fish both from restaurant and market is extraordinarily overpriced ($14.95 lb for Mahi! $11.95 lb for Snapper!) All this and endless lines to get in to the place, I'll pass.
I have lived in SD for 33 years and this is where I take all my visitors for their first lunch on the bay. The walk up counter is mindboggling but your food and drink, consumed at the outdoor tables or along the docks, is an experience your visitors will never forget. You, on the other hand, return to entertain others, reflect on those visits or relish the excellent food on your own.
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