Rubios (Mission Valley)

It has been a while since Michael or I had been to Rubios.  I heard they brought back the original fish taco a while ago but never got to try it…until now!  Hopefully most of you have heard of Rubios or seen them in San Diego.  They have about 200 locations and have been serving fish tacos since 1983.




This Mission Valley location is actually quite large and is about as busy as I remember it during the lunch hour.  One difference I noticed is that they really do have an even greater emphasis on seafood than I remember from my past visits.  Most of their marketing material around the restaurant highlight items I’ve never seen before such as the Atlantic Salmon and the Mahi Mahi fish tacos.


They have a full salsa bar for those looking to add a little extra flavor to their tacos or burritos.


I ordered three different fish tacos.  Starting from left to right I tried the Mango Habanero Pacific Mahi Mahi, the Original Fish Taco, and the Avocado Corn Fish Taco.  As I mentioned before they brought back their Original Fish Taco.  They previously outsourced their batter process but they decided to bring that back in-house and now batter their own fish onsite.



The blackened Mahi Mahi portion was plump and was cooked well.  I expected the mango to pop a little more but the red chile sauce gave it a little extra flavor to highlight the fish.


The Original Fish Taco tasted about the same as I remembered it but it did seem a little crispier.  The fish itself is Alaska Pollack which is a white flaky fish.  The original keeps it simple and I preferred it with lime and the chipotle salsa.


Last I tried the Avocado Corn Fish Taco.  Again, I was expecting some of the ingredients added on top to take a firm grip of the flavors but unfortunately they were faint.  The corn particularly I couldn’t distinguish but the avocado was a little more pronounced.  All together it was a nice change from the minimal ingredients found on the original and I enjoyed mixing it up.


Michael had the Fish Taco Especial and the Blackened Mahi Mahi Burrito which he said he enjoyed.  One thing we both agreed on is the price seemed a little more than we expected.  

So there you have it.  Rubios is here to stay with their fish tacos and if you haven’t had one yet, I’d encourage you to try them!  Special thanks to Danielle from Bolt for giving us the opportunity to try these once again.

2075 Camino de la Reina
San Diego, CA 92108


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Fooood! I love it if you can't tell already. I love everything about it. The taste, the smell, the look, the feel, the satisfaction, the gratification, and ultimately: the fun! I've been in San Diego for about 10 years now and it amazes me that there are still places to uncover. Traveling, eating, and taking pictures of food has always been a hobby of mine. So naturally Michael and I thought it made sense to share what we found with all of you. I tend to side with the savory but never shy away from a knock out dessert. If you have a place you think we haven't tried let us know! We're always on the lookout...

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