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Restaurant Review: Oscar’s Mexican Seafood – Pacific Beach

In case you live under a rock, last week, the UConn men and women basketball teams each won their NCAA championships. On Monday night, Adam and I ventured to Pacific Beach to meet up with some of our friends who conveniently happen to be from Connecticut (one town over from our hometowns, actually).

emerald street

The plan was to meet at Shore Club for drinks and the game, but Adam and I opted to get Mexican food beforehand at a taco shop a few blocks up.

We parked next to The Promenade and PB boardwalk* and needless to say, even if we weren’t going to PB to watch the UConn game, it was a really nice walk to the restaurant – you’re literally walking along the ocean until you get to Emerald Street. Then you take a quick turn and Oscar’s is about a block over.

Oscar’s Mexican Seafood

746 Emerald Street, Pacific Beachoscar's mexican seafood ext
 ▴ Website ▴ Yelp

I’d like to preface this by saying that I was super hungry and distracted by thinking about the UConn game, so I didn’t take any photos. So, the photos I’m sharing are from the aforementioned Yelp listing/website (and are linked accordingly).

The place was quiet (it was a Monday evening, after all), and we were able to walk right up to the counter and order. After looking over the menu, I decided on a smoked fish taco and skirt steak taco, and Adam ended up with the battered fish taco and shrimp taco.oscar's mexican seafood int

We sat ourselves at a table near the window and in less than 10 minutes, our food was ready.

At your table, you’ll find multiple kinds of hot sauce, as well as what tasted like a spicy ranch and a chipotle ranch. You’ll also find napkins, which you’ll need. The tacos (as you can see below) each come in their own little tray, which makes eating them a little less messy.

There’s a reason this place has 4.5 stars on Yelp, and close to 100 reviews. To say these tacos were incredible would be an understatement. The toppings were fresh, the flavors were all there, the tortillas were light and were made on the spot. The tacos and tortillas also weren’t greasy or heavy. Adam and I each had two and we were satisfied when we finished, and didn’t feel heavy, overly full or bloated, which I’d say with Mexican food, is a win. The sauces that were available definitely added to the tacos, but even if you don’t use them, you won’t be missing out.

We are definitely planning on coming back here for the .99 fish taco happy hour, Monday-Thursday, 2:30-5:30 pm.

And with the beach (and beautiful Pacific sunset) literally just a few steps away, I can definitely say that an evening stroll on the boardwalk, followed by tacos at Oscar’s and drinks at a bar nearby, would make a really fun and affordable date night.

The verdict? Would Will definitely eat again.

oscar's mexican seafood

* Pro tip: According to the official San Diego website, yellow zones are commercial loading zones only between the hours of6:00 am-6:00 pm (with the exception of Sundays and city holidays), unless otherwise posted. We parked against a yellow curb and didn’t get a ticket.

One thought on “Restaurant Review: Oscar’s Mexican Seafood – Pacific Beach

  1. Just moved here in February, will definitely visit this place! The tacos look so good and the happy hour deal sounds great. Thanks!


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