Where to Get the Best Poké in San Diego
There are really only two kinds of people in the world: those who have tried Poké — the delicious, citrusy Hawaiian seafood delicacy loved by countless fans of fresh eating — and those who haven’t tried it yet. Whether you’re a longtime Poké connoisseur or are new to this amazing dish, “America’s Finest City” has you covered. Here are some of our picks for the best Poké in San Diego.
Bali Hai Restaurant (1.4 miles)
Bali Hai on nearby Shelter Island is a grand Polynesian dining experience wrapped in a delightfully kitschy, tropically Googie exterior perfectly fitting the tiki-toned ambience. The deceptively powerful fruity beverages (aka their dangerously world-famous Bali Hai Mai Tai) and sweeping San Diego Bay views may be some of their biggest draws, but the crazy-fresh Bali Hai poké lunch bowl is what you’re really here for. Bali Hai’s version not only features the bright, citrusy tuna you’d expect, but also generous (and authentic!) sides like sticky rice and creamy mac salad.
It’s Raw Poké Shop (2.8 miles)
This family owned fish-first stop offers poké fans an endless amount of variety with a heaping helping of laid-back Hawaiian vibes. In addition to the traditional ahi poké, you’ll also have an opportunity to sample spicy varieties, a soy-sauced version that packs a big umami punch, and a wasabi variant that’s sure to awaken the senses. The rest of the menu also includes a deep range of island favorites like Kalua pork, furikake salmon, and kimchi shrimp. A bonus? It’s Raw is just steps away from the Pacific in Ocean Beach!
Blue Water Seafood (3.2 miles)
Blue Water Seafood’s focus is right there in the name — all this seaside spot does is always-fresh ocean-caught delicacies, and they do them well. The bulk of the menu features cooked-to-order specialties like yellowtail, calamari, mahi mahi, swordfish and wahoo, served in a variety of tasty preparations. But in-the-know locals are hip to the delicious, so-fresh-it-melts-in-your-mouth poké bowls, served traditionally with seaweed, sesame, and a bright marinade.
PB Poké House (6.6 miles)
PB Poké House — nestled in lovely Pacific Beach — is one of the area’s best-kept secrets. Still, since you’re reading our insider tips, it doesn’t have to stay a locals-only haven of good eats for long. Their award-winning recipes and dedication to freshness is evident in every flavorful bite. PB Poké keeps it simple, offering some of the best traditional ahi poké you’re likely to have. Don’t sleep on the Spam musubi, either — this classic island snack is a must-try here.
The Poké Co. (7.8 miles)
Everything the Poké Co. plates is colorful, brilliant, flavorful, and above all fresh. Their poké bowls are generously-proportioned, and absolutely packed with everything that makes island cuisine such a singular experience. Their highly-customizable menu lets you tweak your bowl to contain exactly what you want, and nothing you don’t. Want to add some fresh-cut veggies? Go for it. Swap shrimp for your tuna? No problem. Customize your sauce, or garnish with some poppy masago? Totally up to you. You can even add some truly excellent wings to your order if you’re still hungry after all that.
Poké Chop (8.3 miles)
Poké Chop’s build-your-own bowls come in a range of sizes, as well as an endless array of custom made-to-order options. Start with rice or salad, and add any combo of tuna, scallops, shrimp, salmon, octopus — even tofu if you’re going meatless. Add some citrus ponzu, sweet sesame or Thai chili sauce on top, then complete the picture with some daikon radish, jalapeños, furikake or crispy garlic. The combinations are endless, but you’ll be tempted to try them all.