Ironside Fish & Oyster
Ironside Fish & Oyster

Ironside Fish & Oyster

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ironsidefishandoyster.com/
  • Phone: 6192693033
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Jason McLeod
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Date Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ironside Fish & Oyster
A new restaurant in Little Italy.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Ironside Fish & Oyster reviews from OpenTable diners
263 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (178)fit for foodies (162)vibrant bar scene (144)neighborhood gem (124)good for groups (83)special occasion (83)great for lunch (53)great for outdoor dining (43)late-night find (38)romantic (32)notable wine list (21)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (7)Show More
  • Love it!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Cythia was our server and she was outstanding! We Went there to celebrate my mom's Birthday last night. She loves Oysters but she is very picky. She said by far the best Oysters she has ever had!! Excellent Service great atmosphere!! Not nessisarily family friendly as far as children go but I took my 4 and 7 year old they had the fish and chips which is amazing!! It is loud enough that you don't worry about having the kids disrupt anyone. Great atmosphere! Fun place I highly recommend! Jessica Cowan, Concierge Four Seasons Aviara
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seafood to die for!
    Fritz
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Our first time visit to this relatively new restaurant in the Little Italy district of S.D. Met some out-of-town friends for dinner on a Monday evening. A really happening place. Upbeat, a bit loud, but totally fun. And the food.....the food...oh boy....the food is excellent! A great twist on several seafood dishes that certainly won't disappoint. Service was excellent also. Don't forget to check out Happy Hour. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best lobster rolls!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Heard the lobster rolls were the best in San Diego, not true, better than the ones in Maine. Chunks of great lobster meat and the true New England lobster roll bread. To finish it off, had the wonderful coffee and donut.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Spot
    nikimeister
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Although I'm sure this place is fun for groups, I went here for the first time on a date and we both loved it. The lighting is perfect and the tables are just intimate enough. Really cool design throughout, the service was wonderful and the food was great, notably the oysters, which were the best I've had in a long while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Pleasant
    Wunderfood
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Had a great experience at IFO. Staff was friendly and very accommodating to my request (to move my reservation). The place is hopping. It is loud, but not so loud that it is uncomfortable. Food was great, although the sides seems to overshadow the fish, and the fish is really why we ant there. Service was good, but our friendly server was not a foodie type.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ironside review
    Rich
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Restaurant was obviously popular as evidenced by full house and crowded bar. Noise level was excessive and we could barely hear each other at our four person table. Something should be done to acoustics to absorb more sound and make it not necessary to talk loud in order to be heard. Server was average. Nothing remarkable. Food was good, but appetizer plates of oysters/clams/shrimp a bit pricey for what you get. Whole Breem fish dinner was not enjoyable as the fish was full of small bones. Would probably go there again for lunch when less busy and less noisy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LobsterRollerVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was stupendous! Get the lobster roll and oysters!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nellycee
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This place is so cute! The drinks and happy hour oysters are the best reasons to come here. I had the fancy fish plate (trout) and my friend had the bass, I did particularly find it amazing. It was ok. The apple crumble was not good at all, at least for this caliber of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great date night!
    PLEaterVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I had the lobster roll--best EVAH, and this is from a New Englander. Octopus appetizer -- VERY tasty, but a bit skimpy. Hubby had the oysters and chowder. He loved the oysters (I don't do oysters), and we both liked the chowder, although thick creamy white chowder isn't my favorite, this one was very tasty w/a smokey bacon-y flavor. Wine infused cocktail was DELICIOUS!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food alone is worth the visit
    bucketlistbabe
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Went for lunch and liked the policy of picking our own seat. We ordered fish and chips and the mussels. It's hard to find good f/c as there is usually too much batter or it's very greasy. They serve it with a thin batter and a good amount of cod, so it was impressive. The European "chips" were fresh cut and perfectly seasoned. The mussels were also exceptional with a delicious broth that demanded to be sopped up w/the bread. I will be back to try the clam chowder, the brussel sprouts and the lobster roll! Shout out to our waitress, Josie, who did a great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun but not so special
    afcdiner
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Visited Ironside for the 1st time with friends to celebrate my birthday. Service was excellent. Our server, Sean, was very attentive and even gave us separate checks. The decor is very attractive and the vibe is energetic. We found the food to be good, but nothing special. Only shellfish choices available were the appetizers or the mussels, which I chose as my entree. Had lobster appetizer which was very bland & not worth $13 for the small portion. One big problem is that everything is extra. A side dish of any kind will cost you. And really - $5 for bread! The six of us agreed that, while Ironside is a fun spot, we have had better food with a wider variety in other restaurants. Best dish was my free birthday dessert! I'd order that!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • "Ironside Fish & Oyster"
    Patt
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Fabulous! We had a party of seven and it was the first time for all. A variety was ordered so I can see we were great "testers" of the cuisine. Right down to the banana split for dessert. Kudos to Cynthia who was obviously a practiced waitress. Great service with humor! The Shinsky family will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fish-Eating Man
    AGreen89
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I like the piranhas on the wall; I wish they also had real piranhas in the store. That's about it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh seafood, tasty drinks
    IseafoodIeatit
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The seafood was delicious and fresh. Long cocktail menu made it hard to choose, but the drinks we had were tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Cool atmosphere...Mussels and fish and chips were delish! Service was slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first experience
    TomTu
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was really good, reasonably priced. Service staff excellent, even though it seemed very busy. All four of us ordered different entrees and sides and we sampled each other's food. Everything was just great. And reasonably priced as well. Be aware that on a Saturday night it's noisy and busy. I'll go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Go here for the scene, not the food. Many of the dishes came cold or barely warm. Service was barely average. Granted, the kitchen was busy and it was a Saturday night. The mixology team should edit their list of drinks to a more manageable one that they can actually execute.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chunkylov
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great place to meet up with friends for lunch, friendly staff, excellent food, beautiful place to dine. Will be back and try their dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Pleased , perfect birthday!
    Foodmakesmehappy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Staff we're very knowledgable and enthusiastic about giving suggestions for a newbie like myself and his recommendations were on point ! Made reservations for my boyfriends birthday, (him being very picky) and even he was pleased, commenting on the great ambiance, decor, and awesome staff who were friendly and again the food and drinks were Delish !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back...
    1dabblechef
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I loved my Yellow Tail and Brussels Sprout, side dish. My husband's Red Snapper was not quite as tasty but prepared beautifully and may be a fish preference? Our server, Josie, was personable, attentive and knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • whatever
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The noise level was a little too much for us, Tough to have across table conversations.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome seafood
    WHAPAM
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Amazing fresh seafood. Great ambiance. Incredible decor, especially pirahna wall. Spectacular staff. Will definitely be back for more! Thanks for making my wife's birthday memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We read about it in Westways Mag
    carrieVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We all love a great fish dish so we were excited to try Ironside. All I can say is that I trust that time and more creative effort will lift all offerings. The Fishery still stands as one of the best neighborhood and outside neighborhood spots as they continue to delight with their creations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All we can say is WOW!
    livluvlaf
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My husband and I took the journey down from Escondido specifically to dine at Ironside. We were blown away with the service (David with the beard and bussers), the food, the drinks (I thought that I hated gin...but guess not...must try a Red Lion and a Corpse Reviver 2 both brought to me by David), the food (me the lobster my husband the trout again suggested by David). Probably the best surprise was the delicious octopus appetizer (again brought by David)! The overall atmosphere was so fun and vibrant. We are planning to come back very soon (of course asking for David's table).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time experience..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My husband and I tried Ironside Fish & Oyster for the first time last Friday, October 3rd. I made reservations on Open Table for 5:15pm reservation. Since I was driving from work in Friday rush hour traffic in order to make our 5:15pm reservation, I asked my husband to meet me at Ironside. I could not find parking and that was a big drawback... but the food was very good, and the service superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service average at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The atpmosphere is cool. Wine list is very limited and wines by the glass are even more limited. There was only 1 Pinot available by the glass which wasn't very good. The food was average at best as was the service. Some of the other servers seemed to be providing a better experience to their tables. I'd go back for a drink but not for dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Seafood
    KinLI
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I love this place, great menu, atmosphere and location. The chowder fries are indulgent beyond belief and the oysters are to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    FabioVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food was excellent. Our server was awesome, incredibly attentive and helpful. A wonderful night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Interior -Food Good,Not Great
    dunhamjf
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The interior is sleek and stylish. Sadly, I felt the best things I are were the side salad, fries and cole slaw. Though the fish was cooked well, had little taste. The asparagus with fried egg was completely tasteless. Glad I went, but won't be back
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ironside's Oysters Alone
    CynicideForFood
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I've come here for a full fledged meal before and it was definitely noteworthy. What really has me coming back however; Their Happy Hour oysters. I can't get enough of oysters and now can't do anything but Ironside. After a few bad oysters around town, this has become my go to Oysteria. Every Monday, my fellow oysterholic and I settle into a table straight after work, order more oysters than is probably good for us, get some bubbly to go with (%25 off the sparkles at happy hour) and just ooh and aww at the amazing experience. This has now become the highlight of my week and I love how not packed they are on Monday nights too. Come here on any night and it's strictly standing room only. If you haven't Ironsided yet, you're missing out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Again
    bigmattVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We did not have dinner here; just oysters & a drink, then left. Very limited menu. For cocktails, we prefer vodka; they offer only ONE, Absolut. While Absolut is OK, there should be more options to choose from when one wants vodka. There are too many other choices in Little Italy to dine. We won't be going back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous time!
    Evmeister
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We were looking for a special place to celebrate a 4 day weekend in San Diego. The Ironside was 5 minutes from our hotel and in Little Italy. We had oysters, octopus and steaks that were superb. Definitely a go-to place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, attentive service
    SDfoodie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I brought an out of town guest here because she wanted fresh oysters and I wanted to show off the great SD restaurant scene. The staff at Ironside went above and beyond to make this a wonderful experience. Their cocktails are delicious and the food was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant scene
    kneecee
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Cool seafood restaurant with great seafood entree choices, fresh oysters and good selection of wine. Great service Casual noisy atmosphere Will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Lobster Ever!
    Flop
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I hosted an evening for two friends and loved it. The lobster was incredible and reasonably priced. They got the tomato salsad which looked elegant and both thought it good. I had melon and salami which was delicious. The dessert menu was drab and disappointing so no dessert for my birthday celebration which was not needed--but missed. The noise level was too high--even though we made 6:00 p.m. reservations in hopes of mitigating it, since many reviews mentioned it. Service was very good from beginning to end. Parking difficult and could be the one reason I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hate2Cook
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Ceviche had great flavor but surprisingly little fish in it. At $12 for 4 ounces (waitress told us the weight) that is a little steep for tomato, onion and spicy peppers. Lobster roll was great. The grilled albacore salad was on romaine, with shredded carrot and 2 slices of cucumber. That's it. The waitress said it came with roasted root veggies but there were none. It was basically bagged salad with a fully cooked (somewhat dry) tuna steak on it. Loved the atmosphere though.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this neighborhood addition!
    memarie3
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    From apps to dessert this please is spot on! Love the decor and our server, David, was the best!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service. Noisey, too noisey
    jreatsandtweetsVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    3rd visit, always great service but it's so darn noisey; precludes meaningful conversation. Food is OK.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    It has been a long time since I have had such a good dining experience. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal and the service was prompt and attentive. Only complaint would be the noise level which made it a little hard to visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice in little Italy
    Karavaki
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Wonderful! Went back twice we had a bunch of appetizers ... Try the Fish ceviche, crab cakes and octopus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.