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March 2021

Santee Lakes is excited to present:

Tin Fish Restaurant at Santee Lakes

Tin Fish Restaurants Joins Santee Lakes to Operate New Outdoor Dining Experience 

You may have seen them outside of Petco Park in the Gaslamp District or on the end of the IB Pier, and coming soon, you will enjoy them at Santee Lakes!  Tin Fish Santee Lakes will be serving their “Best Fish Tacos in San Diego” and much more from a new kitchen on our newly constructed 4,000 sq. ft. outdoor dining deck overlooking Lake 4. 

As part of the Santee Lakes Dynamic Vision Plan, a complete commercial kitchen was built along with our remodeled General Store and Administration Building to better serve our campground and park guests. To determine the best partnership for this special venue, management interviewed restaurant owners and sampled menus from several interested parties.  Many great options were presented and the team ultimately decided Tin Fish would be the perfect match for our facility.

Director of Park and Recreation Laura Koval said, “The vision to add a professional kitchen and dining deck over Lake 4 was merely a dream on paper in 2016. As a self-funded operation, Santee Lakes could not have made this $9M site upgrade to our facility without our loyal campers and customers who support us every day through user fees. Through a partnership with Tin Fish, we are thrilled to offer this premier amenity to guests.”

From the Owner Operator Ed Kim: “With myself and Chef Joseph Melluso at the helm, Tin Fish Restaurants is proud to partner with Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve to bring East County another first-rate food option. Part of our Tin Fish philosophy, besides our quality food, is to operate for the betterment of the communities we serve. 

Very soon, we will be inviting Santee Lakes’ guests and the community to enjoy our diverse menus. Tin Fish Santee Lakes will be announcing our opening date closer to the completion of the current construction project, and we are excited to bring our customer favorites and some specialty items to Santee Lakes.”

Tin Fish business hours will ensure our early-risers enjoy a custom breakfast menu with daily opening at 7:00AM. Weekday operations will end after lunch, and weekends will enjoy an extended menu and hours of operation up to 30 minutes before park closing. (Please note: hours vary seasonally.)

Details for the Grand Opening of Tin Fish Santee Lakes and other events will be posted on our Facebook Events Page as well as our website at You may also follow @santeelakes on Instagram for updates.


Reservations are open for September 2021!

Reservations will open for September 2021 beginning online

March 31st at 8:00PM. 



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Trout Fishing!


Last stock for Trout Season 2021

March 9th delivery of 2000 lbs ~ Lakes 2, 4


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