The original Phil’s Fish Market, known then as the Fish Market at Moss Landing, opened in 1982 in a tiny (250 square foot) industrial space on the island. Phil began by primarily selling locally caught fish and, as we grew, customers began referring to the shop as “Phil’s Fish Market”. In that early era we added our first food item, a family inspired Cioppino-to-go. The now world-famous recipe belonged to “Mama Nina”—Phil’s grandmother, Nina Catalano. In addition to winning a Throwdown competition against Bobby Flay, Phil’s version of Mama Nina’s Cioppino has been featured on countless food shows, in magazines, newspapers and international media articles around the world; Mama Nina’s delicious recipe was a key seed to our success and she would be so proud to know so many folks have enjoyed her Cioppino.
In 2022 we celebrated our 40th anniversary and made a move into our new, historic, location just three miles from our longtime home in Moss Landing. The new Phil’s Fish Market and Eatery is located right next to the iconic Castroville sign and was originally built in 1869 as the first schoolhouse in Castroville. Over our many years on the island of Moss Landing we have witnessed innumerable changes, survived the Loma Prieta earthquake, outgrew our original space and made countless new friends throughout the world by sharing our love for good food. As we embark on our latest chapter we are eternally thankful to continue to bring the freshest seafood to you, our valued customers. We are delighted to have you here and hope you enjoy your experience with us!