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Escape Fish Bar

San Diego's new local eatery, Escape Fish Bar, is a haven for seafood lovers. We serve delicious seafood with recipes influenced by the Pacific Northwest, Central America & Asia. The signature Escape Tacone is a fish filled, perfectly grilled tortilla with home-made roasted pumpkin seed slaw, lime pickled jicama & onions, daikon radish sprouts, & house-made smoked chili avocado sauce. Feast on tempura Battered Fish & Chips with your choice of local caught halibut, wild caught salmon, mahi mahi, albacore, Alaskan cod or pollock served with double cooked Kennebec fries & double horseradish tartar sauce. Other intriguing options include Chipotle Coconut Seafood Chowder, a Spiked Togarashi Caesar, & a Thai Seafood Salad with shrimp & Alaskan white fish on rice noodles with spicy lime coconut milk dressing. For unforgettable food, exciting atmosphere, local handcrafted draft & bottled beers & a wide selection of wines by the glass, - we offer an Escape without having to leave town.
79 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
(79 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 79 reviews
5 stars
(25)
4 stars
(37)
3 stars
(12)
2 stars
(2)
1 star
(3)
Food 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Service 
4.5 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.5 / 5
Ambiance 
3.2 / 5
(Very Good) 3.2 / 5
Noise Level
2 / 3
Moderate
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • neighborhood gem(36)
  • fit for foodies(27)
  • great for outdoor dining(24)
  • great for lunch(15)
  • hot spot(5)
  • good for groups(4)
Escape Fish Bar Reviews List
Review 1 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Great location! Service was outstanding! A bit over-seasoned for our taste..."
Dined on 11/04/2015
 2013
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Review 2 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great fish!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"If you like fresh good fish, and you give more weight to the food than the restaurant, this is your
place.
Pick the fish you are up to, choose the way you want it cooked and enjoy it.
This is not the nicest and beautifulest restaurant in San Diego but the food is really good, a bit less than it used to be (or at least during this last visit) but still great fresh fish from local catch.
"
Dined on 11/27/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 3 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Don't bother

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I tried the Albacore simply grilled with salt and pepper and it was just OK. Server wouldn't let us sit inside when another table left and we froze outside."
Dined on 11/27/2015
 2007
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Review 4 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

HIdden Treasure

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Escape has great fish and and the steamed vegetables were cooked perfectly. The grilled red snapper was outstanding."
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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Review 5 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 11/19/2015
 2008
Dined on 11/19/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 11/19/2015
 2008
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Review 6 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 11/13/2015
 2004
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Review 7 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Fun little Find

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Dined on 11/12/2015
 2013
Dined on 11/12/2015
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This place has the atmosphere of a beachside dive bar, so don't expect fine dining, but you can expect good fresh seafood simply prepared and terrific service. I would go back!"
Dined on 11/12/2015
 2013
Special Features: great for outdoor dining
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Review 8 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

I cannot recommend

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"With the exception of the very nice waitstaff, this place was very disappointing. A very limited menu with several items not available. Fish was over-cooked. Restaurant IS A WHOLE IN THE WALL. The clams were delicious."
Dined on 10/24/2015
 2005
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Review 9 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 10/15/2015
 2015
Dined on 10/15/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/15/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Review 10 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 10/09/2015
 2015
Dined on 10/09/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/09/2015
 2015
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Review 11 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Badly cooked fish

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"A nice piece of yellow fin turned to shoe leather by over cooking. Bad form for a fish restaurant."
Dined on 10/02/2015
 2009
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Review 12 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 9/09/2015
 2014
Dined on 9/09/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 9/09/2015
 2014
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 13 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Great Tacones

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I've been to escape several times – this time I decided to host if you business partners for dinner there – unfortunately this time the dining experience was not as good as it typically is. The oysters Or not cold they were warm up the rice was not fully prepared and a few of the orders from my partners spouses smelled fishy.
It's really loud in there – service was ok
"
Dined on 8/29/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 14 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

A little hole in the wall with good food!

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"A little hole in the wall with good food. Got to talk to the chef who was standing out front as it was early (4:40pm). Everyone was friendly and tried to be helpful. My wife had a couple of white sangria, a cocktail of sorts, good flavor, light alcohol flavor. We ordered a bowl of Chipotle Coconut Milk Seafood Chowder. A rather large fresh pollack fillet, deep fried in a tempura batter, was floating on top of this delicious chowder, tomatoe, onion, celery and carrots, fish broth and chipotle peppers spicing it up with the coconut milk smoothing it out, fabulous flavor, a large bowl, a 5 star dish. My wife ordered an app of calamari for her main dish, Buttermilk Sambal Calamari. It was fresh but with small pieces and was just mediocre, a 3 star dish. I wanted to order an escape seafood sandwich but was told it was no longer on the menu :( so I ordered a grilled fish plate with catch of the day yellowtail with cajun spices, rice, broccoli, carrots, and home made pickle slices. The fillet was perfectly cooked but only half the size I expected, half star off. 4 1/2 stars for the whole experience."
Dined on 8/28/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 15 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Surf, not turf

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Dined on 8/24/2015
 2008
Dined on 8/24/2015
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Soup and tempura pickle (enough for party of two) apps were tasty. Captain's Platter also ample in size. Halibut was excellent, but MR filet was cooked MW, resulting in dry and chewy "turf." Attentive and friendly server."
Dined on 8/24/2015
 2008
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 16 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 8/20/2015
 2004
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Review 17 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food was great. Very small, so make reservation.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 8/19/2015
 2005
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Review 18 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 8/18/2015
 2015
Dined on 8/18/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Very expensive for what it is. This is a place with no frills, very basic decoration . We paid $100 for two people. Far to expensive for sophisticated Fish&Chips."
Dined on 8/18/2015
 2015
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Review 19 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 8/15/2015
 2001
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Review 20 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 8/06/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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Review 21 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 2/15/2015
 2014
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Review 22 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/03/2015
 2009
Dined on 8/03/2015
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"A lovely blink-and-you-miss-it restaurant with delicious (and reasonably priced) fish dishes. Great service (thanks, Brandon). and massive portions."
Dined on 8/03/2015
 2009
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Review 23 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Great fish, but atmosphere not so much

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Fish large portions, simply but well prepared (4+ fish types, 3+ options for preparation). Same with veggies and rice that came with it. Basic but good. Service friendly. Great to watch people walk past in Gas Lamp area. But place is really tired - we almost walked away despite a 'reservation' (we were 1 of 2 parties there)."
Dined on 7/18/2015
 2009
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Review 24 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Finding a hidden gem

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Dined on 7/17/2015
 2014
Dined on 7/17/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"When you first see Escape, tucked between the larger restaurants, your first thought is "I might have made a mistake." This would be an incorrect assumption. We only had one meal, the sea bass, cajun style, with rice and vegetables, but it was great. This is a hole in the wall that is worth checking out."
Dined on 7/17/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 25 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Really good fresh fish - great fish tacos

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Found this tiny restaurant to be a unique and special spot in the midst of the heavily traffic-ed and over-priced restaurants in the Gaslamp District - we love fish, and Escape's is terrific - fresh halibut, salmon, and sea bass and others - you choose your fish then select from several options for service - grilled entree plate, fish tacos, and others. We had the tacos, and they were most generous portions. Especially nice along with the slaw and lovely grilled fish was the touch of jicama for crunch which I learned from the chef was marinated for 24 hours in a delicious oil, vinegar, cilantro and secret herb dressing - most tasty. Service was terrific in this cozy spot and customers pored in while we were there prior to a theater date. Will be back!"
Dined on 7/17/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 26 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Declicious fish

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We had a group of 9 and the restaurant is very small but it worked out great. Great service and food. Grilled yellowtail was wonderful as well as the ravines with yellowtail. They were out of oysters that night but the muscles were yummy anyway. Not a great place for young kids but wait staff was very laid back and accommodating for the two little ones.. They do have grilled cheese and some other item for kids but it's not on the menu so ask. Airline chicken is a great option for kids."
Dined on 7/12/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 27 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 7/12/2015
 2001
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Review 28 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 7/11/2015
 2010
Dined on 7/11/2015
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 7/11/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 29 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great Find in Gaslamp

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"By myself, went for a dinner while near Gaslamp, and found this via Yelp ratings in looking for a casual seafood restaurant with fresh, good food. The presentation and space was uber-casual on a street full of tourist-centric high-design spaces, and the cusine was totally fresh, simple and tasty. With a local swordfish steak, fresh steamed veggies and tasty pilaf, perfectly prepared, it delivered well beyond my expectations and fit the bill perfectly. Great escape from the tourist trap restaurants, and certainly a great value play as well. Server was awesome, very attentive and friendly, and knew the menu inside and out. Suggest a simple grilled seafood plate, good choice of fish. Wines a little sketchy, but okay. Will be back for sure."
Dined on 6/25/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 30 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 6/26/2015
 2008
Dined on 6/26/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 6/26/2015
 2008
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Review 31 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

fit the bill perfectly

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We were traveling and looking for a place to get fresh fish in the gas lamp quarter. This place was perfect. It was small and had a nice selection of fresh fish and the fresh mussels were also great. A handful of micro brews on tap were also a plus. We would recommend this place to anyone"
Dined on 6/19/2015
 2015
Special Features: great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 32 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/18/2015
 2015
Dined on 6/18/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 6/18/2015
 2015
Special Features: great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 33 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Acceptable but nothing more

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I had some great expectations to this restaurant, the food and services. It is small, cozy and intim and I came early having an outside seating. Got the starter and thereafter the main course without any special experience. The services was in the middle. I can't give my reccomondations to this restaurant. I believe and hope they had a bad day at work."
Dined on 6/09/2015
 2000
Special Features: great for outdoor dining
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Review 34 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 6/07/2015
 2006
Special Features: great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 35 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Whoa, loosen your belt for these portions! I don't care so much for big as I do good and Escape delivers on good when it comes to the Halibut Tacones and fish & chips. Reasonable prices for the Gaslamp ($18ish and up). Also have great happy hour margaritas and beer."
Dined on 6/01/2015
 2005
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Review 36 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 5/28/2015
 2013
Dined on 5/28/2015
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 5/28/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 37 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 5/24/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 38 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Authentic Real Food in the Heart of the Gaslamp

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/24/2015
 2003
Dined on 5/24/2015
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Delicious, freshly prepared fish dishes. You can get grilled fish tacos and salads."
Dined on 5/24/2015
 2003
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Review 39 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Skip the soup and calamari.

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Go straight for the fish n' chips and tacones. Those are what you came for anyway. The homemade sauces are awesome and the portions are gi-NORMOUS! Super friendly wait staff too!"
Dined on 5/23/2015
 2008
Special Features: hot spot, scenic view, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 40 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Small, but packed with delicious food.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We were in town for a friend's birthday. Obviously seafood was on the to-do list, and Escape Fish Bar delivered. So much deliciousness for the price. Several in our party got two different kinds of chowder - an amazing Chipotle chowder and then more of your standard fare. They were fantastic and the "cup" was actually more like a bowl. I had a fish plate which was also very very good.
The only only nitpicking thing that didn't go right is that the outdoor seating has no awning, so if it looks like it's going to rain, sit indoors!"
Dined on 5/22/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 41 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 5/15/2015
 2008
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Review 42 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Worth the trip from Maryland

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
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"My husband and I were on vacation in San Diego and booked a table through Open Table, best decision ever! The food was absolutely amazing and the portion size was outstanding! We even had leftovers, which never happens with my husband. Our waiter / host was very welcoming, friendly, and easy to talk to.
If we ever venture back to San Diego from Maryland, we will definitely dine there again!
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Dined on 4/22/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 43 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/17/2015
 2015
Dined on 4/17/2015
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/17/2015
 2015
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Review 44 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/18/2015
 2013
Dined on 4/18/2015
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/18/2015
 2013
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 45 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Bad

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Went there for lunch with a client/friend and the waitress greeted us was very friendly and was on top of everything. I wish the waitress was as good as the food we had. She suggested the chowder which was topped with piece of fried fish.. The soup was spicy and I am not sure was heated in a microwave since it burned the top of my mouth. What was supposed to to be spicy turned out to be red hot. The fish on top was dry and the batter oily. Then we went on the the steamed mussels /clams. Must have been from last nights dinner, because the mussels and claims were as dry as can be with absolutely not taste. Needless to say we stopped there and did not order anything else.
One good thing was the wine.
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Dined on 3/19/2015
 2005
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Review 46 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/28/2015
 2013
Dined on 2/28/2015
 2013
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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"Crab cakes were great, overall the fish is fresh, but it is overpowered by the side dishes that are too tart and salty. Service was fabulous."
Dined on 2/28/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 47 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Unbelievably good food!!!

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2010
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Heard about the excellent reviews, and wanted to try this restaurant in Gaslamp district. It's small and cozy, and has few tables outside on sidewalk which are great for people watching. The fish tacos were out of this world delicious, and I am a foodie! Terrific service, and the chef came out to talk to us as well."
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 48 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

pretty bad

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
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"Ordered steamed clams 75 percent were closed. Food was average at best. Location was good. Food bad"
Dined on 2/13/2015
 2012
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Review 49 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great Seafood

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/13/2015
 2011
Dined on 2/13/2015
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Based on Yelp reviews decided to try this place. Very impressed with the grilled sea bass plate! It's a tiny place that would be easy to walk right by but I highly recommend it for the food alone. Made a reservation on Open Table and they had our table waiting and actually seated us a little early! Great spot for people watching if you get a table outside. Again, highly recommend Escape for the food!"
Dined on 2/13/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 50 for Escape Fish Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

superb fish

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/27/2015
 2010
Dined on 1/27/2015
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"the fish was just superb. order the fish plate; the chef prepares the fish and sides daily depending on what is best available. excellent vegetable, starch, and seasoning choices for people who enjoy great food htat is freshly prepared and not overly rich.
less commercial than the neighboring venues so go for the food.
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Dined on 1/27/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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