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Brunch at Fathom Bistro- Shelter Island, San Diego

Photo of entrance to Fathom Bistro on Shelter Island pier San Diego

Name: Fathom Bistro

Where: 1776 Shelter Island Drive  San Diego, California 92106

About: Fathom Bistro may be small, but the draft craft beers and beer food they serve up, are mighty. Its dining room sits over the water, has a big picture window, and is tastefully decorated in a nautical theme complete with submariner memorabilia.

Photo of small interior at Fathom Bistro San Diego

Dining Room

The way the morning sun glints off the water to illuminate the nautical interior walls is dazzling. Waving bands of light reminded me of the movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which plays regularly on a monitor mounted on the wall. Varnished wooden tables and painted plank walls brought back memories of my sailing days crewing on Ancient Mariner wooden sloops on San Diego Bay.

On nice days you can sit outside to enjoy a craft beer.

Photo of AleSmith X beer in a pint glass on a table outside at Fathom Bistro

AleSmith X

There is a great view of downtown San Diego from Fathom Bistro’s outside tables.

Photo of San Diego's skyline across the bay from Fathom Bistro , Shelter Island

The Weekend Brunch Menu offers a selection of six dishes the eatery has become known for. In addition to their tap list of 15 craft beers, they also serve Mimosas ($3.00) and a “Ballast Point Bloody Mary Mix Shot” ($1.00) during brunch.

Photo of kitchen and cooks at Fathom Bistro


What I ate: I chose the Fathom Burger ($9.00)- a fresh-ground sirloin patty, perfectly grilled with carmelized edges, served on a toasted Amoroso Roll, and topped with melted Blue cheese, crispy lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, and pickles.

Photo of Fathom Burger

Fathom Burger

The mouth-watering patty was plump and juicy. The sharpness and creaminess of the cheese paired perfectly with the seared meat, marrying all the flavors throughout the burger. Fathom Burger is served with lots of napkins for a reason.

Having a high quality burger in the fresh sea air along with a San Diego-made craft beer on a warm, sunny, San Diego day in December- priceless.

Photo of a craft beer in pint glass next to Fathom Burger


What I drank: AleSmith X (5.25% ABV) Extra Pale Ale. I was taught that a pale ale is perfect for pairing with a hamburger, and this one did not disappoint. Smooth and malty with a frothy head, it had a nice mouthfeel, slightly citrus flavor, and a crisp, clean finish. It was perfect for refreshing my palate between bites of the juicy burger.

The beer menu at Fathom Bistro is well rounded with spectacular craft beers, and most are from San Diego County.

Photo of craft beer from Fall Brewery in a pint glass at Fathom Bistro, Shelter Island

They also serve their own version of Belgium’s Gluhkriek (winter warmer), in the form of a “heated Petrus Aged Red Ale with brown sugar and a stick of cinnamon,” for $8.00.

Likes: An excellent, well-made hamburger with a good selection of craft beers to pair with it. A beautiful little bistro right above the water of San Diego Bay. Excellent service.

Photo of big picture window at Fathom Bistroon san Diego's Shelter Island

Window on the water

Dislikes: none

The Verdict: Recommended. Great craft beer, delicious food, and a beautiful place to enjoy them both for a Saturday or Sunday brunch.

Photo of sign for Fathom Bistro San Diego

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