Osetra The Fishhouse
Osetra The Fishhouse

Osetra The Fishhouse

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.osetrafishhouse.com/
  • Phone: (619) 239-1800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, Californian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer a variety of banquet events menus, that can be tailored to your event.
  • Entertainment: Live Music on Friday and Saturdays starting at 9:00 pm and Late Night Happy Hour from 9:00 to midnight.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E Street
  • Public Transit: Trolley and Buses Stops are only steps from us. Please visit www.sdcommute.com go to trip planner and enter the address of your location or landmark and for destination enter HORTON PLAZA on landmark. We are located 1 short block from the Mall.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is offered at the Gaslamp Suites at 520 E. Street. Rate is $10 from 4pm to 11 pm. Monday through Thursday. And $15 on the weekend including Friday from 4pm to 11pm. Horton Plaza Mall validates parking for up to 3 hours. You do your own validation at machines at the mall.Please validate before you visit the restaurant. Osetra is only a short block from the mall.
A word from Osetra The Fishhouse
A progressive Fishhouse offering gourmet seafood, prime aged meat and an award-winning wine collection showcased in a three-story wine tower.
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Osetra The Fishhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (31)fit for foodies (29)romantic (17)notable wine list (14)good for groups (13)neighborhood gem (13)great for outdoor dining (12)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (4)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Service and food was outstanding. A great place for a special date night or entertaining clients.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Travel Foodie
    Foodie20VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Disappointed in the quality, taste, and presentation of the food. Thought this is was going to be special based on the reviews and it was just an average, run-of-the-mill, expensive fish restaurant. Nothing outstanding.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DinerVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    noise level was no more than moderate. Field is not populating correctly. Food and service were superb. Menu was creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh deliciously prepared seafood!
    Shellie
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Our first time in Osetra The Fishhouse and we couldn't have been more impressed by everything. Certainly a place to tell our friends about and we did. We love seafood and you couldn't ask for fresher or better prepared food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland food
    EmmyEats
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Made reservations here on a whim because we passed by and it looked good. We went on a Sunday evening, so it was not too crowded. I ordered the tuna roll for an appetizer, which was great (if you like deep fried sushi). I ordered the portabella mushroom appetizer as my main dish, which I ended up sending back. There was an odd spice in it that just ruined the entire dish. My mother ordered the chicken, which came with greens and mashed potatoes. Nothing to get excited over, it was all very bland and tasteless. Service was excellent and the meal I sent back was comped, so very happy on that end. The atmosphere was nice and the decor of the restaurant is good, but I don't think we'll be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit overpriced
    Paul
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food here is good and the place is posh and I return with a coupon once every year or so. However, the price to value ratio is not very good at all. You can easily spend 100 bucks here with tip by just ordering an appetizer and two entrees. Add a couple of glasses of wine and dessert and you're spending what should be reserved for truly top notch places, which although good, is not Osetra. Service here is attentive but they are not very good with seating people that have reservations on time so there definitely room for improvement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Dates!
    ladymidnight
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The quiet, classic ambiance of this seafood restaurant is perfect for dates or anniversaries. The custom cocktail menu is pricey but well worth it: flavorful and just heavy handed enough to satisfy. The seafood selection is diverse, and there's also a few good choices for those who don't enjoy seafood. Pricey and best saved for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    NineInchNeal
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Outstanding Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Ravioli and Scallops. Fantastic craft cocktail and wine list. Eat outside on a Saturday night if you can get a table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood restaurant
    George
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Known for seafood but the lamb chops were excellent. Service great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Never Again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This place is not even worth me spending time reviewing it, so I'll be short... Great location. Food was decent. Service was mediocre at best. Not worth anyone spending time or money to leave angry and disappointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SDRW experience
    Seegarz
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Located downtown, we had a great dinner for $35. Great appetizers, main course, and of course dessert. Ate too much bread to start off with, but it was a great meal nonetheless. Only 4 star for service because I had also requested the wine pairing and the waitstaff forgot. Plus the dessert wine was way too sweet for my palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dinner out
    hl924
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We visit San Diego a few times a year and Osetra is now on our must eat list. Everything from the drinks, to the warm bread and our amazing meal was just perfect. Our server did a great job. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pasta!
    hungry2eatVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    everything from the food, service noise level was perfect. Only thing, I am not too comfortable with high seats. The lobster ravioli was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Customer Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The bartender poured a bad glass of champagne and told me to try it after she told me it's not good. It was flat so she poured me a different open bottle said the same disclaimer and the second glass was not good either so she decided to open a fresh bottle! Absolutely ridiculous. A place that charges me $7 for glass on happy hour should have class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • catman
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    food and serice was goo. but northing outstanding about the food
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Waiter should talk to you more and get to know you
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love the food, BUT!
    Foodie25
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Love the food, BUT I didn't love the ambiance. There were screaming toddlers on one side & the loudness if the bar. The server was swapped mid-way and the service sent south after he took over. Forgetful and simple things like refilling water was overlooked. Food was great if only all of staff were on the same page.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    SchmooVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Treated ourselves to caviar before dinner. Great atmosphere, superb service (thanks Olga!), fantastic bar (and bartender). All around a classy nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sea Food
    31years
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were looking for a great sea food restaurant to celebrate our 31st wedding. Sat upstairs had the best waitress and Maitre d who surprised us with a lovely dessert and congrats of our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Sea Bass
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a lovely dinner. The food was excellent, as was the wine. We will put it on our go there again list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 209 reviews are from the Osetra The Fishhouse reviews archive.
  • luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    the ambiance was great. the sea bass was average. the risotto was not cooked. the chicken was straight out of a mediocre cafeteria. we were ignored most of the night and our waitress tried to make up for it with a mediocre tiramisu. I will.not recommend to any of our friends.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and ambiance
    Betty
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This restaurant is located in the middle of a very walkable area of downtown San Diego, so no need to worry about parking. We ordered the pear salad that was one of the best salads we've ever eaten. I followed this up with the lamb osso bucco, which was incredibly tasty. My husband's entree was also very good. The serving sizes are very adequate and satisfying. The restaurant has a large wine cellar and the wine angel is hoisted up with cables to retrieve bottled of wine. On the back of the hoist are wings, making the angle image complete. We enjoyed our meal tremendously.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive yet ordinary menu
    FoodLoverman
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I thought that the menu was quite ordinary given the price. Was not too happy with my order. I ordered the Chilean Sea bass. I often judge a restaurant on weather or not I think I could cook the same dish at my home just as well. They over cooked the Sea bass and used a star of anise to create a sauce for the risotto. I thought that I could cook a better sea bass at home with simpler ingredients. I did not think that the side dishes were proportionately priced. At some point you realize that you are not necessarily paying those prices for the food but you are paying for the ambiance of the restaurant. There are better restaurants with cheaper food and ambiance that is just as well. The need to improve the food to match the price.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always A Pleasure
    TJnBJ
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We are locals and this is our sixth time there. They are a constant. This is where we bring guests and don't want anything to go wrong.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    So we ended up looking for a restaurant at 10PM. We ordered the mussels appetizer and they arrived...exploded. Every other mussel looked like they blew up in their shell. When the waiter came to ask how they were we told him and he was friendly but didn't do anything about it. Later I got the caviar sushi while my date got the salmon. She really loved hers. Mine was as close to rubber as anything I've ever eaten. The waiter never came back to check about that. Eventually a manager checked on us - one of the few couples left in the restaurant - and we told her what happened. She comped the mussels and offered us dessert and cards for free apps. Which was very nice. But with a sharp pain coming from the sushi we just went back to the hotel.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Attention to Detail
    JustinClark1023
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I made a reservation about an hour before going in. I also made a note on my Open Table Reservation that it was my friends birthday. We sat down, ordered, ate..the food was delicious and the service was fantastic. At the end, they brought my friend a little birthday dessert. I didn't even have to worry about reminding them or anything, they read the reservation notes and responded. It's nice to know they honor special requests and read the reservation notes. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Food! Great Service!
    OutofTowners
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a wonderful family gathering at the restaurant. Every item of food and drink we ordered was exceptional! We will praise and recommend this eatery highly to our friends.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer Service need work...
    tabemasu
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Although the ambiance and the food was good, this restaurant was sadly disappointing on the customer service end. Being the only Asians in the restaurant, we felt neglected. The only time the waiter was friendly was when he brought the check to us. Guess he thought it would get him a big tip...BIG Mistake. I must admit that the oysters were very good. We also picked this restaurant because they advertised 1/2 price happy hour menu, but only if you sit in the lounge area and that detail was not advertised. They would not allow us to order from the happy hour menu even though we had a child with us (reason for not sitting in the lounge area and they seated us there). Great customer service goes a long way!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cleminsd
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    A really lovely dining experience. Food was delicious and prepared just as ordered. Wait staff were delightful, friendly and knowledgeable. There was no rush between courses and the atmosphere was very pleasant. Can't wait to dine here again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I really wanted to like Osetra but unfortunately was disappointed. I was in town for business and I really wanted to have a nice seafood dinner. The overall ambiance was great, we sat outside, it was a lovely night and the people watching was fun. The service was ok but not great, our server would disappear for long stretches at a time. The food was my biggest disappointment. I ordered the sea bass and I was served a huge chunk of meat about 5 inches thick that was very tough and hard to cut. I really had to saw at it to get a bite and in the end I didn't eat much of it. The sides that came with the fish were actually quite good but I didn't order the sea bass to eat potatoes and green beans. Overall, a mediocre experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seafood Gem
    finediner
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Osetras is a beautiful restaurant located downtown San Diego with a delicious menu selection, from the appetizers to the main entree dishes to the desserts. Everything was mouth watering, everything we ordered tasted delicious. We got to meet Chef Giovanni to personally thank him for an awesome Father's day experience. Kudos to Chef Giovanni and all the staff who were very attentive to our needs. I highly recommend this restaurant for their delicious food, the ambiance, and the friendly and attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent wait staff
    linksster
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The wait staff was attentive but not overbearing which was great. We were not in a rush but wanted to take our time. They were respectful to that. Plus, the food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food ever!!
    Food4thought
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Extremely pleased with the food selections they provide and the service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for the fish
    Dave
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I sat outside by the sidewalk to see people ps by. Sashimi tuna was really seared ahi but delicious and rare. Oysters so fresh. Scallops topped with caviar in blodd orange sauce reduction. Heavenly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HappyCamper
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    a nice street side seafood cafe in a great location to people watch
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • closed early on a Thursday night
    yumyum
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    When my husband and I arrived, we were told that they were closing early because it was pretty slow. I guess it would have been nice to know when we made dinner reservations thru Open Table. So I am unable to rate this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great birthday dinner
    eisenbmi
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Osetra was delicious! The waiter was very friendly and knowledgable. The bone-in rib eye just melted in your mouth. We shared it and an order of asparagus. Excellent! Highly recommended. We will be back to try other entrees. Great place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Jsprague56VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Our waiter was neither skilled nor responsive. We arrived at 430 to enjoy outside dining and happy hour. Since we sat outside we were told that "happy hour was only at the bar." The waiter offered a "free appetizer." We ordered glasses of wine and he came out and spilled them in my lap. He then only brought back one glass of wine and handed my wife the wine list, which was still dripping from the spilled wine. Salad, appetizer and dinner took two hours. The waiter seemed more interested in a girl sitting at the bar. The bill was incorrect and we had to ask for it to be changed (charged us for the wine and appetizer even though he promised they would be "comped" due to spilling all over me).
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Forget about The Fish Market
    MNoonan
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My usual go to seafood restaurant in downtown San Diego is The Fish Market, but, it's often difficult to get into, due to heritage and popularity. I used Yelp and Restaurant.com to look for alternatives, when I couldn't book a reservation at The Fish Market. I stumbled upon Osetra and I've replace my favorite place now! Excellent service, delicious menu, eclectic ambiance, just what I was looking for. I eagerly anticipate my next visit to San Diego so I can return to Osetra!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    service and entrees were good. the gnochi was very good. we were a little disappointed by the dessert and they were ok, chocolate lava cake wasn't hot and the dessert selection wasn't very imaginative.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate