Gallery At the Marina
555 Marina Pkwy, Chula Vista, CA 91910
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I go here often because of the maritime ambience and it's location next to the Chula Vista Marina. Their Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday "all you can eat" dinner specials are great, inexpensive and taste really good. They have a live band at night and the bar (and bartenders) are superb as are the whole staff. Fran Muncie, the owner is like family.
We came here for three things, an awesome view, fish and chips and beer. I am happy to report we not only found them, we found excellent selections in each category! Their fish and chips was the perfect blend of light airy fluffy beer batter, French fries perfect, great selection of beer and a super cool, very beautiful spot to sit and just be.
There are four seating areas. We most always sit on the patio which is covered and closed in with Plexiglas on one side, while open to the outside on one end. That area can get chilly on colder days, but they can easily place a heater close to your table. The bar area has a TV. and a neighborhood pub like charm. A smallish, cozy indoor dining room has a nice large fireplace and the fire is frequently lit. Lastly there is a screened in room with a small area set aside for the band (which plays about 4 nights per week), as well as for dancing. Pleasant nautical, coastal motif all over.
Spent a weekend at the marina, and ate here 3 times. Breakfast was nice, but the fish and chips were excellent. So good, I had some for lunch then went back for a late dinner and had them again. The lunch serving was just right, but the dinner serving was humongous! (Priced accordingly) They have music at night, and quite good at that. Great outdoor seating in 2 areas, both with good views but with indoor seating as well for a more laid back quiet meal. You cannot go wrong with this restaurant. Good service as well.
Before or after eating, you should take a stroll through Bayside Park alongside the bay (swimming is allowed) and out onto the pier. Fishing off the pier will get you mostly bass and an occasional 4-5' leopard shark or a bat ray. The park is super clean, nicely landscaped and well-manicured. I prefer it on weekdays (very peaceful)...it can get a bit too crowded on weekends.
We have been coming here for over 20 years. Whenever we have a free afternoon this is where we go for lunch or an early dinner. Great selection to choose from and the food and service are always outstanding. We seldom if ever sit inside since the patio and marina view offers a great place to relax and enjoy sunny San Diego.