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Pelly's Fish Market & Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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7110 Avenida Encinas Ste 101, Carlsbad, CA 92011-4658
+1 760-431-8454
10:00 - 20:00
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Fri - Sat 10:00 - 20:30
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Oceanside, CA
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79 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed today NEW

There is not much atmosphere but, the freshest fish I have tasted in this area. Even though they don't have a liquor license, they let you bring your own. I had the swordfish which is served with the freshest salad with your choice of dressing and Spanish rice. My husband had the sea scallops with the same sides. They have... More 

Thank sharlyn2
Scottsdale, Arizona
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Stopped there because it is midway between our daughters house and ours. Decent fish sandwich, but probably on the high side for a sandwich and slaw. Came on sour dough bread, which was pretty crumbly and fell apart after first bite. Maybe they have other bread, but never asked us. Good quality fish, however, and will probably eat there again... More 

Thank johnephilp
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Expectations for a fish market and cafe in a beach community are higher than other cafes because you'd expect an assortment of fresh local seafood. Unfortunately Pelly's doesn't deliver on that account. Nothing offered was local and while staff acknowledged that they couldn't identify if that meant it was at least from California or Alaska it could then have been... More 

Thank Bryan S
Santa Cruz, California
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109 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

My friends raved about the quality and freshness of the seafood at Pelly's so we had to go there on a Monday night. Close to closing but the order taker got two of the three orders wrong, my fish tacos never showed up on their own. I had to go back to the cashier with my receipt. That's just wrong.... More 

Escondido, California
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156 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

My wife moved 3 years ago and just returned to California. This was our first time back to Pelly's. It has always been our favorite for casual seafood. It was great. I had the swordfish sandwich and my wife had the Manhattan (red) chowder. We split a small container of Ono Salad. We look forward to our next trip. Everything... More 

Thank John C
Orlando, Florida
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Had dinner here and it was fresh, delicious and did not break the bank! Portions are great, thoroughly enjoyed it and will be back!

Thank NonnaCookie
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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204 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

This was a recommendation from an article my husband read about Tony Hawk, who loves this place. It is just a small hole in the wall but has a lot of customers. You can get some fresh fish to take home from their counter or have a platter or taco with rice and side salad, etc. You choose. The fish... More 

Thank LMK101
Durham, North Carolina
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352 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Finally got back to Pelly's after about 4 years. I am happy to say that it is still one of the best places for fish that I've ever been. My wife had a fish taco. She said it was decent but paled in comparison to my local sea bass sandwich. She was right! The sandwich had a beautiful piece of... More 

Thank TheRealAwaxy
Salt Lake City, Utah
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We didn't realize this was a restaurant the first time we walked by, but I'm glad we went back the second day. The food was very good.

Thank paigepants
London, Canada
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74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We went here for lunch and were not disappointed. I can certainly see why it gets such good reviews. It is in a plaza and has inside and outside seating. Not fancy, but the food was top notch. We both had the sea bass dinner and the fish was cooked perfectly. There was a good portion of very crisp salad... More 

Thank Karen M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:30
10:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7110 Avenida Encinas Ste 101, Carlsbad, CA 92011-4658
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-431-8454

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Blue Springs, Missouri
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?