Pt. Loma Seafood
Shelter Island and Point Loma Restaurants
Shelter Island is a great area to visit in San Diego. It is close to airport, downtown, the water, and food!
Con Pane Rustic Breads and Cafe (Opening in new location 2010- Liberty Station will be 2750 Dewey Road)- Located in a former bank building, Con Pane is a full service bakery that offers delicious loaves of artisanal bread, some pastries, Portuguese breads (Point Loma is the Portuguese center of San Diego), sandwiches, and coffee/tea. The bread selections vary by day so be sure to check the large chalkboard menu when you order at the counter. This is a busy bakery that produces about 500 loaves a day on-site. Any loaves that are not consumed are donated to feed the homeless. Seating is available inside or outside.
Point Loma Seafoods (2805 Emerson Street) - This is probably on every local's list of their favorite places to go when they want the freshest seafood at reasonable prices. Point Loma Seafoods is a fresh fish market that offers sushi, seafood sandwiches, a large variety of smoked fish (ask for a free sample to taste), raw oysters, and fried seafood. There is plenty of seating available outside in front, to the side, and to the back of the establishment. Seating is also available inside but why be inside on a beautiful San Diego day.
This is a cash-only restaurant so make sure you have it before you approach the counter to order your food. There is one way to order your food at Point Loma Seafoods - go up to the counter, place your order, and pay. Step back and away from the counter and go get your table. Once your order is called go directly to the person at the counter and pick up your food.
Brigantine (2725 Shelter Island Drive) and Miguel's (2912 Shelter Island Drive) are great options for happy hours in the Shelter Island area. This family of restaurants has locations throughout San Diego and are very popular with locals and visitors alike. The locals know about the happy hours and the visitors come for the other times. Give your wallet a break and enjoy the fish tacos, ceviche, shrimp cocktails and cocktails at half the price from 4pm-7pm.
Fiddler's Green (2760 Shelter Island Drive) - This nautical themed restaurant caters to the many boat loving dwellers in and around Shelter Island. A number of marinas are located on Shelter Island and an even greater number of yachting and boating enthusiasts frequent the restaurants on Shelter Island. Fiddler's used to be a Chart House so if you are familiar with the Chart House chain, you might see the similarities once you step inside. The usual seafood and steak fare is on the dinner menu and there is an oyster bar that many of the locals use as their watering hole.
Humphrey's By The Bay (2241 Shelter Island Drive) - Because Humphrey's is on the grounds of a hotel, there are a couple of various options available for dining - breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch in the main restaurant and happy hour offerings in the backstage club. The good news about both venues is that they offer views to the marinas and to the beautiful hills of Point Loma. Because of Humphrey's very successful concert series, many locals end up drinking and dining at one of these restaurants before and after the concert. The weekend brunch is also popular with locals.
Pizza Nova (5050 North Harbor Drive) - Pizza Nova offers delicious wood-fired pizzas, healthy salads, and assorted pasta dishes at three (3) locations in San Diego. Shelter Island/Point Loma's Pizza Nova recently underwent a dramatic renovation and now offers diners with a panoramic view of the marinas and San Diego Bay. The food is always good and so is the service. Be sure to ask for their signature garlic balls which are offered to diners instead of bread BUT you have to ask for them. They are delicious! Another tip about Pizza Nova is to save room for dessert - they make their own hot fudge sauce. If you love real hot fudge, you'll love it. They use Häagen Dazs ice cream, too. As for a extra fudge, they'll give it to you. It is one of the best hot fudge sundaes in town - really.