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435 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine

Restaurants in San Diego’s touristy Gaslamp Quarter are often mediocre, but the opening of the swanky Pendry Hotel in 2017 helped infuse the neighborhood with new culinary energy thanks to six drinking and dining venues from a beer hall to a bustling market and mercantile. The sustainable seafood restaurant Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine is most worthy of a visit. Locals make up a large part of the clientele thanks to the incredibly fresh fish, showcased in dishes such as lobster carpaccio and a King Salmon nigiri flight, an extensive list of seafood-friendly sparkling and white wines by the glass and a rooftop space with dazzling city views. Chef JoJo Ruiz, who has worked at many of the best seafood restaurants in San Diego including JRDN at Tower23 and The Oceanaire Seafood Room, works with only the best local fishermen and fruit and vegetable purveyors.