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Searsucker Downtown San Diego
Searsucker Downtown San Diego

Searsucker Downtown San Diego Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.searsucker.com
  • Phone: (619) 233-7327
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm(reservations recommended)
    Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2:00pm (no reservations necessary)
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 10:00am-2:30pm (no reservations necessary)
    Bar: Everyday 5:00pm- last call
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Brian Malarkey
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: We cater! Chef Brian Malarkey has teamed up with Chef Antonio Friscia form Campine, a full service event catering company that can bring the Searsucker experience to you: www.campinecatering.com
  • Entertainment: DJ Thursday-Saturday
  • Special Events & Promotions: For private dining inquiries, please contact Mikki@StingSanDiego.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th and Market
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is $15 per vehicle
    Metered street parking is an option
    Parking Structure on 6th and Market (Park it on Market)
A word from Searsucker Downtown San Diego
Seated in the heart of the Gaslamp District, Searsucker serves New American Classic cuisine paired with specialty cocktails and unique local brews.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "I went to Sskr with my GF. Made the reserv for 2. Got there 10PM. The host immediately took us to a table for 2, the majority of the tables were for parties of 4 or more. They show us our table, right next to a STEEL POLE that was at least 6 inches wide,it blocked our view to the side. We ordered drinks and dinner After our dinner, we decide to pay our check and move to a table closer to the bar. Suddenly this security guy comes to us and tells us those tables are for reservations only, and if we can please abandon the table and go to the bar. After just spending $200 dlls I was already being kicked out! I was furious! I complained to the guy and exited the restaurant! I still can't believe they treat their customers like trash."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I love Searsucker! Great food, great staff, very fun atmosphere. Had a blast sharing the small plates w/my hubby. And the dirty martinis w/blue cheese stuffed olives were-AMAZING!!! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Everything we had was delicious, but most notably was the filet! You could seriously cut it without effort with a butter knife. Magnifique!!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Overall, we had a good brunch. However, we had 2 issues with the brunch. First of all, our reservation was at 10:30am, a full half hour after bruch starts. Several of us had seen the "man-mosa" online and wanted to try it, but our sever told us "the purees were not ready." He never came back to tell us when they were ready, so we all had coffee and a sober brunch. Everyone liked their food, except for me. I ordered the crab, lemon, and avocado Benedict. The eggs come on cheddar biscuts, the crabcake is totally seperate. it is not a crab benedict. it is cheddar benedict with a crab cake on the side. you should put that on a different part of the menu."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Small portions, poor service, expensive and great drinks"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The only vegetarian option was some gnochi type dish that was pretty flavorless. The husband enjoyed his steak but it was tiny! It is definitely going to put a big dent in your wallet if you want to leave full..."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We left the Padre game early to make our Saturday night, eight o'clock reservation and were very please that our table for six was spot-on ready for us. Unfortunately, we left upon being seated because of the deafening noise level. We couldn't even hear amongst our group to decide whether or not to leave - that was enough right there to tell us to go. Having been there on a Tuesday evening in April, and having a fantastic birthday dinner (60th celebration), we decided to bring back guests to share our previous positive experience. We will return, but not with guests and not on a Saturday night. We were pleased we were able to find another spot in the Gaslamp without a reservation by 9 o'clock that same night though!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great ambiance - I really enjoy the low light atmosphere and industrial decor as well as delicious drinks, food, and dessert! Pretty much loved everything we ordered including the pork belly, brie, mushrooms, pork butt, and duck. Had the bone marrow and duck fat fries on a previous visit and those were amazing, too! Finished it off with the brown butter cake which was rich and delicious with strawberries, honeycomb, and honey ice cream!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great food, great service, cool scene, just a little loud for conversation."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Overrated for the price. Food was unseasoned. More children than I would expect in a fine dining establishment."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food is wonderful. The appetizers came out in a perfect timely manner, the wine recommended was spot on, and the service was absolutely proper. Dessert was simple but flawless."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We had such a great time at Searsucker. We brought along our 8-year-old daughter and she even loved it. The food was some of the best we've ever had. I highly recommend the scallops!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Fresh, innovative and delicious food. The Spicy Shrimp with Grits is sublime. Very high energy and high volume diningroom . In spite of some sporadic server issues, I go back every time I'm here. 5 and counting."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We found Searsucker to be a fabulous find. Unique food that was fun to eat, flavors were great and quite a variety of good choices to try."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Went with a group of four friends...the best thing we ate was the pork butt. Overall it was a good experience, but the loud music and overall noise level made it so difficult for us to talk....everything needs to be brought down a few decibels."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We thought it was pricey, but ended up ordering a tomato soup with a grilled brie cheese sandwich that turned out to be wonderful. Perhaps If we are more daring next time everything else will be wonderful. The salad is what I call the "funky" lettuce, not the wedge or caesar. Some may love that, not my thing. Extensive appetizer menu. Don't know if there was a patio, extremely large. Perhaps there is a night scene that we were too early for. Right in the gas lamp district."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We took my husband there for Fathers Day and we loved it. The food was amazing and the decor and atmosphere was super cool. The only 1 downfall was even though it was kind of kid friendly there didn't offer kids options. They had to order 1 thing and split. Other then that 2 thumbs up."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Overall, enjoyed Sunday brunch. Everything was good. The place is noisy due to high ceilings, so not particularly conducive to conversation. I picked "energetic" as noise level, since that was the only choice, but would have chosen noisy. The items on the menu were interesting and the waiter was attentive. What I didn't like is that I returned from the bathroom and the waiter said to me "he ordered you a bottomless Mimosa, is that ok?" referring to my husband. I answered "sure" then after he left my husband said he hadn't ordered one for me, but had told the waiter I may want one. The bottomless mimosa was $15 and I may still have ordered it, but didn't like the sales method employed. Overall, though, an enjoyable brunch."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food and service were good, but music was very loud and very bad. Pumping dance club music, had to yell to talk. Otherwise everything was fine"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Went because of the high praise from others and appearance in San Diego Magazine's Best Restaurants list. We were expecting a more refined experience. The food was good but not out of this world; service was tolerable but nothing special. Prices trended towards the high side. I could see myself enjoying lunch here but, overall, I found it overrated."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I love Searsucker. Plain and simple. The food is fresh and prepared beautifully. On the "must have" lists - Duckfat Fries. man oh man.... also the Porkbelly and Egg is also scrumptious. Searsucker also has unusual cocktails. One that I crave and must have when I go is the Peter Rabbit. A pimms, lemonade, basil glass of heaven served with a pickled carrot and a basil leaf. Unusual, refreshing and delightful."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The food was amazing especially the bacon and egg appetizer, shrimp and grits. The one negative was our steak was a tad over cooked and was not medium rare. I would give it a four and a half rating because of the steak. However the sauces on the other dishes were amazing and I'd definitely go back and definitely recommend."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Service was exceptional. Ambiance is nice. Food was just ok. Having dined the previous week at Juniper and Ivy, Searsucker was just a notch below."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I got the feeling as if this was a new restaurant and not a local favorite. The host barely looked up when we walked in. Couldn't even stop taking with another hostess to say hello. Stood there quite awhile before he simply said, "name." Not my idea of a welcoming greeting. Thankfully, the server and food helped alleviate our innitial off-putting. But as we were leaving not one of the four people at the front said goodbye nor good night. I can't believe these people are the first and last impression of an otherwise fine establishment. Shame. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I ate outside on a Friday night and it was pretty noisy! I sampled a lot of things on the menu- squid, pork butt, "cowboy caviar" beet salad- it was all great and had a super caramel chocolate creation for dessert. I would certainly go back"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Nearly always a great choice. Very reliable service, great scene. Perfect place to meet w/friends. Excellent menu. Solid wine list."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Took 15 min to get a servers attention to get greeted and order wine, they decided to pay attention to the larger parties next to us. Took 30 more min to get 3 apps, 2 were cold and one was so salty (the mac& cheese) we sent it back. we skipped entrees and bailed after that 1.5 hours later, for fish tacos down the street. Might be good for picking up chicks/guys at the bar but I'd advise to save yourself a c-note and head somewhere else."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "You should definitely believe all the rave reviews - this place is great. Among the table we had shrimp & grits, dates, and mussels. All were bursting with flavor. Entree we had the yellowtail - cooked well, seasoned appropriately to still be able to taste the fish (I hate it when places drown fish in chutney and other ridiculousness). Our waiter, Scotty, was super busy but always attentive and friendly. All in all, Searsucker is a safe bet when trying to find a solid, delicious meal in Gaslamp. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Great food and wine. I had the hanger steak it was cooked perfectly. The beer list is okay though not many beers on tap."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Is the third time I go to San Diego and is the second time that I go there. I had to come back the food is great, the service is the BEST!!!, and there are a lot of handsome guys at the bar"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Seriously enough to get me to come back over and over again"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food is great. The wine list good. Service was very good. It was way too loud, making it extremely difficult to have a conversation. The loud music detracted immensely from the whole dining experience. I would not recommend this restaurant to a friend . Also traffic and parking was atrocious. First and last time I dine there."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Searsucker had a great atmosphere at the bar and energitic host that made you feel welcomed. My girlfriend who doesn't like fish order the Halibut and absolutely loved it. I had the scallops and I liked it but have had better. Service was great and drink menu was enticing. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I had ono. It was overcooked and not very flavorable. Others in my party were happy with their selections. I should have sent the ono back but that would not have corrected the flavor. Know they try to be creative with dishes, but this one was a failure on two counts. Sorry"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I went here twice during a recent trip to San Diego as Searsucker was on the eater Hot Map. If this is a representation of the best San Diego has to offer, need to look for new restaurants. The menu sounded amazing, but dish after dish was under-seasoned. I so wanted to like this place, but it felt like all the small details were missing."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "small plates, salads and desserts were wonderful, but many of the fish entrees were under-seaseoned. a bit disappointed."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Really enjoyed everything from fun cocktails to interesting mix of flavors- everything delicious! Would go back for sure."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Was very surprised and pleased with Searsucker in San Diego.....Went completely on a whim, scouring the internet to find a great local restaurant in the downtown area...Searsucker was excellent....great drink menu as well as awesome selection of wine and beer....food was out standing and waiter very helpful and informative with the menu...when in the area or if you are looking for a new hot spot downtown give Searsucker a try."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service spot on. Loud and buzzing, and full on a week night."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I had my reservations when we walked up and the electro dance music was pulsating away. But we were able to talk over it and it did seem to fade into subconsciousness. The food was reasonably priced and tasty. My wife really enjoyed the scallops. I had a large piece of ono. I could have done with a smaller piece and a more flavorful sauce. Probably the most interesting aspect of the restaurant was watching the locals come out after dark. We had a nice table in the bar next to a large window. Most interesting!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014