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Harbor Fish Cafe has been a landmark restaurant since 1981. We offer relaxing, outdoor dining service overlooking the sea. 
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Heard it through the grapevine?

"I had a great time in this restaurant. We loved the wonderful vibes and the meals. The staff are super amiable."


—  Rodrigo B.

Explore the Menu



Carlsbad Clam Chowder

Creamy white chowder loaded with clams and served Carlsbad style, "with a kick"

Large $9.99         Small $5.99


Fried Clam Strips

Served with our homemade cocktail and tartar sauces         $9.99


Fried Zucchini

Long thin strips of fresh zucchini, hand dipper in batter & served with zesty ranch           $9.99

Shrimp Cocktail

A generous serving of shrimp served with our house cocktail sauce           $9.99

Sides and Bites

Grilled Cheese Plate           $12.79

Cole Slaw                             $6.49

French Fries                         $6.49

Corn Dog                             $5.99

Grilled Sourdough              $1.00

One Piece of Fried Fish      $7.99

Dinner Salad

Crisp green salad with tomatoes, cheese and your choice of dressing                               $12.99

Dressing Choices

Zesty Ranch ~ Louie ~Italian

Fat Free Walnut Raspberry Vinaigrette

Little Minnows

Fish & Fries

Corn Dog & Fries

Shrimp & Fries

Cheese Quesadilla

Macaroni & Cheese

~Includes Small Drink~

Weekday Specials


Grilled Fish Salad                               $15.99


~gone fishin'~                                    CLOSED


Any Grande Fish Taco plate              $14.99


2 Piece Fish & Chips                           $16.99


Fish & Chips

This is what we're famous for!

Fish with Scales Sketch

Fresh, mild white fish fillets hand dipped in a light, tasty batter. Served with Sally's original homemade tartar sauce and a pile of fries!


Grilled Fish Salad

Mild white fish served over a bed of romaine with zucchini, tomatoes, cheese and your choice of dressing                         $17.99

Shrimp Salad

Chilled shrimp served over a bed of romaine with zucchini, tomatoes, cheese and your choice of dressing                         $12.99

One Piece Fish & Chips     $12.99

Two Piece Fish & Chips     $19.49

Tacos and Other Plates

Harbor Fish Taco

Our Original Taco! Crafted with cabbage, onion, cilantro, cheese and our homemade tangy white taco sauce

Served with spicy fries                                                                      $18.99

Choice of grilled or deep fried fish


Carlsbad Fish Taco

Want to add some spice? Crafted with spicy slaw, onion, cilantro, and cheese

Served with spicy fries                                                                     $18.99

Choice of grilled or deep fried fish


Breaded Shrimp Plate                 $17.99

Clam Strips Plate                        $15.99

Jumbo Shrimp                             $17.99

Surfer Burger

Prime Beef burger with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onion, thousand island and a side of fries                                           $15.49

Grilled onions upon request

Burger without fries                    $11.49

Harbor Fish Combo                      $17.99

Clam Strips Combo                      $15.99

Carlsbad Po'Boy                            

Fish fillet on a cajun style bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, our homemade tartar and fries                                                  $15.49

Garden Burger

This patty is made from organic rice and vegetables (contains wheat & soy)

Crafted with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onion and fries                                     $15.99

Grilled onions upon request

We are happy to substitute a small clam chowder, coleslaw, or a fresh green salad instead of fries!

Our History

Sinkin' hooks since '81

After many years of commercial fishing, the McWha Family opened the Harbor Fish Seafood Market in 1967. Doug and his son Carl ran the boat while Sally and daughters Diana and Sue ran the market. It was during that time Sally developed her famous recipes for tartar sauce, cocktail sauce and coleslaw that are still homemade daily. In 1981, Carl opened Harbor Fish Cafe here in Carlsbad in what was a gas station in the 1930's. Since then, Carl has continually offered great seafood with unbeatable ocean views in a fun and casual atmosphere.

We hope you enjoy! 


Need Directions?

3179 Carlsbad Blvd

Carlsbad, CA 92008

Our Hours:

Open- 11am

Close- Sunset

Closed Tuesdays

Important Parking Info: The lot between Harbor Fish and the Carlsbad State Beach is owned by the city/state.

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