Little Italy Fish Shop To Bring Fresh Seafood To Downtown San Diego

October 26, 2021

The team behind The Fish Shop restaurants, which has three locations around San Diego County, has plans to open a branch in the Little Italy neighborhood. 

The Fish Shop brand has been trying to keep up with customer demand at its original Pacific Beach restaurant since first dropping anchor in 2010. Since then, co-owners Doug Sondomowicz and Bill Ramirez have teamed up with Eric Leitstein of OMG Hospitality ((Union Kitchen & Tap, Backyard Kitchen & Tap, Pacific Beach Alehouse, Waterbar) to open additional Fish Shop outposts in Encinitas, Hermosa Beach and Point Loma, although the Hermosa branch has since shuttered. 

Anticipated to open in mid-to-late 2022, the Little Italy Fish Shop will be built on State Street in the lot behind Pappalecco where a small standalone home currently sits. Like other Fish Shops, the incoming Little Italy location will be a counter-service restaurant centered around fresh seafood available for onsite dining or take-away from a glass seafood case, offered to be customized with a bunch of seasonings and sauces and served as a taco, sandwich, salad or plate. Behind the bar, expect a dedication to local craft beer, as well as a value-oriented $5 corkage fee so that customers can bring in their own wine. The restaurant will also offer a small dog-friendly patio.

Little Italy Fish Shop is expected to open at some point in 2022 at 1620 State Street in San Diego's Little Italy. For more information, visit and check out the artistic renderings and menu below.