Searsucker Downtown San Diego
Searsucker Downtown San Diego

Searsucker Downtown San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.searsucker.com/
  • Phone: 6192337327x
  • 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: 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
Searsucker Downtown San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
202 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (116)fit for foodies (116)vibrant bar scene (93)good for groups (90)special occasion (58)neighborhood gem (38)great for brunch (27)romantic (24)late-night find (24)great for outdoor dining (20)great for lunch (16)notable wine list (13)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Ended well but started off rocky
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I don't know if it was because we booked through Open Table and not the restaurant directly (like the secret bad rooms you get when booking through priceline)? I had booked over a week in advance and they tried to sit us next to a very busy door to the kitchen. Luckily we got there before the clients we were entertaining; so I had time to object and get re-seated. We were then rudely told we had to finish in 1.5 hours, but the server did not rush us, thank goodness. The meal was very good and I have food allergies and our server and the chef were very helpful. They went the added step of marking up the menu for what I could have. We regularly go to Herringbone a sister rest. If we didn't know this chain we might not consider going back.
    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.
  • Surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have heard great and negative stories about restaurant, but decided to try it out anyways. Starting off with the beef tartare appetizer made our mouths water for more. My boyfriend ordered the shark and I went with the fillet and we ordered the duck fat fries as a side. Everything was amazing. I'm a smaller woman, and always end up taking my food home as leftovers, not this night! We pretty much licked the plates clean. Amazingly delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    Hungrydc
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The restaurant was very busy and we visited on a Tuesday night, so booking is probably essential. Inside, the restaurant is attractively laid out, with several different areas, including bar seating and a lounge type section as well as standard tables of varying sizes. There seemed to be several groups in and this led to a noisy, vibrant atmosphere. Service was great. Our waitress, Lauren, took the trouble to explain the sizes of different types of dish to give us a guide as to what to order. Based on her advice, we shared a "small", Farm Bird Lollipops and had an entree each. The lollipops were good and spicy, but the two mains were a little bland for our taste. We had mahi mahi and a hanger steak. Both were OK, but no more than that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic
    Rodgjam
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Service, ambiance, food, wine all most excellent. We had a great time and would highly recommend. GM dropped in at just the right time to confirm our happiness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow....yum!
    SFfoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Unique menu...beautiful presentations. Loud, but comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Excellent eggs benedict. Great place for sunday brunch. Service and bar are very good. Price is right.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FANTASTIC food & fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Made the reservation on recommendation by our daughter and were NOT sorry! I told them via email that it was our 30th Wedding anniversary and they treated us to a special dessert! The food for dinner was AMAZEBALLS! The drinks were a "bit" pricey but also delicious, fairly quick service at the bar even though it was VERY busy. I've been telling friends ALL about it, highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    DrMSB
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I took some of my employees for a special occasion and it was a fun night. The restaurant is a little loud, but the food and service were excellent. We had the duck fat fries, artichoke dip and mushroom appetizers and they were all very good. Two in the party has scallops, one the seared ahi tuna and I had the mahi mahi. All were very good. We did not have dessert there. The wine list could have been longer, but we found a nice selection. It was a little pricey but I was quite happy with the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DudeVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very good food. Great service. The bar is a pickup spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    foodnwinelvrVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband and I have been to Searsucker at least 5 times. Each time we are disappointed with the front house and service, but somehow we forget between visits and come back. This night was no different. The hostess desk workers are always cold and unfriendly, and sometimes even rude. I get the feeling we are annoying them, and god forbid we ask for a specific seating area! Even though the restaurant was only about half full, we got seated next to the kitchen and right next to a drink station with an ice maker. All night the servers were slamming the door on that ice maker and it could be heard over the VERY LOUD music! The food was mostly good. I always wish there were more vegetables on the plates. Overall it was a $250 so-so experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good
    SaxmanVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    More than a great bar this is also an acceptable restaurant . Ordering lots of small plastes is the way to order here. Duck fat fries, Short ribs, scallops, Shrimp & Grits, and mussels are all very good. The dinners are not that good. Two of has had the tuna and it was not at all pallatable.Someone in our group had the steak and it wasn't bad. Great cocktails. This place is upscale compared to its neighbors.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WONDERFUL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We just had a wonderful time at Enterprise Fish and Co. From the food (spectacular big lobster and a very very tasteful tuna) to the service, everything was just great! Congratulations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious appetizers!
    sophieGirl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The appetizers were creative and delicious. The fish dishes were good (loved the reduction sauce) but the filet was just ok. We ate here in February and the food was much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OBNOXIOUSLY LOUD
    tVtoriVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    There's a big difference between energetic ambiance and obnoxiously loud. I recorded the decibel level at 98 (iphone app) which is the same as a hand drill. Sorry, don't like the constant sound of a hand drill with my meal. It's not even a good party place, because you can't hear ANYONE at your table. The food was okay -- didn't like the caesar salad -- and had to return main dish, it was lukewarm, not hot. Place is overrated. Their aim for loud music is to turn over tables -- which they did because we left immediately -- didn't want to order dessert or coffee.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Nice place in heart of Gas Lamp District. Very very loud. Music played loudly and the surfaces are all hard reflecting the noise. It was hard to have conversation for 6. One guest bought the 30 ounce bone on rib eye. The bone is about 18 inches log. It came our virtually raw and had to be sent back. The duck was tough but everyone else enjoyed their items. The small plates were all very nice. I would recommend those.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JJMan
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I met friends on a Tuesday night around 9 PM. The crowd was still decent and the wait staff was great. The bartender was friendly, knowledgeable and beautiful. The food is generally really creative and delicious. It is always one of the top places in the Gaslamp for great looking people as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Larzyluvswine
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Asked friends for their suggestion on a Gaslamp restaurant and several said, 'Searsucker." The food was wonderful, as was our waitress. The birthday dessert with "Happy Birthday" written in chocolate was the perfect finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere, good food
    tinyplanet
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Met a friend here for brunch on a Sunday and from the reviews was expecting a big crowd. The restaurant was only about 1/4 full at 1230. The bar area is very nice, will check that out at a happy hour. I had the heirloom tomato and pesto sandwich, which was the only veg-friendly menu choice (unless you go with a salad, and it didn't look special). The tomato was soggy, the cheese was great, the pesto was really good. I can't speak to the chicken salad that my friend had as I don't eat chicken, but she left about half of it. Service was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Gaslamp Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I love this restaurant for its ambience, its *wonderful* inventive cocktails and its generally incredible food. My only wish is that it had more vegetarian options than just an eggplant parmesan (one of my wife's *least* favorite vegetarian dishes). C'mon guys, vegetarians love creative awesome entrees too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    TracyVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We enjoyed the ambiance, food and service with out last visit to Searsucker.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maureen
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our evening...service was perfect with spot on recommendations. We enjoyed every bite from appetizers (and many of them) to entrees! No rush either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BAD SERVICE AND COLD FOOD
    Terrible
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    When we got there the Hostess was upset because I requested another seat that wasn't so close to the kitchen. That was the beginning of a bad experience, she had a very bad attitude! It took forever for the waitress to take our order. When we finally got food, my dish was cold! I asked her to please have the cook warm it up and that took another 20+ minutes. Assuming they cooked a new dish since it took so long, but they obviously put it in the microwave, but it must have sat in kitchen took long, because it was cold…AGAIN! Oh, and when they say "bottomless" mimosa they mean It literally...empty, empty, empty glass, it took forever to come back and refill.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • a fish called flavorless
    michaeljr
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I thought you were supposed to taste your food :'(
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This restaurant was recommended by a friend who lives in the area. Because of that, 3 of us made small group reservations equally a total of 25 from our conference dining there on the same evening. When we arrived, the restaurant was not overly busy/full yet the hostess stand made us feel like we were being an inconvenience to them even though we all had reservations. It took forever for them to figure out how to seat us and then we got semi-decent service from a waitress that didn't seem to want to be working that evening. The food was flavorful but not overly impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Place was jumpin'
    Robbie1208
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Packed at the bar and in the restaurant. Nice menu, good quality food but lacked the service to match the price point. Still very worth experiencing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boom-Boom-Boom
    NHFC
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Let's start with the positive: the waitress was terrific. She quickly took to the banter my husband dished out, and she was enthusiastic about the food. We thought she was a real pro at her job. However, the food was so-so. They claim to be farm to table, but that seems to be a buzzword they throw in there to attract foodies. Best part was the cheddar bites, but the a la carte menu leaves one pining away for vegetables on the side. The worst part of the evening was the music. Somebody who works there has a humming jones for subwoofers, and the bass nearly blasted us out of our seats. If you plan on having a conversation at this place, forget about it. To end with a positive, the steak was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awkward Night
    Robaroo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Arrived early, checked in and grabbed a drink at the bar. When no one came to claim us after our reservation time passed, so we approached the desk again. Same woman helped us and acted as if she'd never seen us. Not sure anyone would have come to find us in the bar. Then our appetizers came quickly (server was nice) but we waited at least 45 mins for SALADS. Server claims he did not put in the order since we hadn't finished one of our appetizers. Didn't even consider we didn't like the appetizer. Just seemed like we were out of sync. Of course all the young folks seemed to get their food and server when needed. I had raved so much to the friends I brought about this restaurant. Good thing we have a since of humor.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what I remember, rude hostess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I returned to Seasucker about a year after having a really good experience (my 5th overall), I was eager to return but was unfortunately disappointed with my experience. When we arrived the restaurant was relatively empty, the hostess took us to a table in the corner and we asked if we could sit at a different table. She grabbed our menus, walked to the other table, dropped them on the table and walked away. She never looked at us again...I would have rather she said "no, i can't move you" than be disrespectful and unprofessional. Although we were all a little taken back when we realized she was wearing Lululemon workout pants. It was an awful introduction to the night, the food was marginally impressive, more misses than hits.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service always a little off
    LuvtoeatDTSDVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food and ambiance great. i have eaten here several times and said I'd never go back because of very indifferent service. A friend wanted to go there for the first time form out of town and I relunctantly agreed. Servers have a very indifferent attitude and is not consistent with the prices, ambiance, and reputation of seersucker. they act as if they are doing the favor by "allowing" me to eat there rather than appreciative that I have chosen to eat there.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I have been to Searsucker many times for dinner and loved it! So, I decided to try brunch. The service was horrible. We had 10am reservations and the place was empty. They finally took our order at 10:45 and we got our good around 11:15. The food was cold. I was sooooo disappointed because this has always been one of my favorite places. I will probably go back for dinner but I will skip their brunch.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was just so-so
    Eats
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    For the prices at Searsucker, the quality of the food just didn't match. The appetizers were much better than the entrees so it might be better to just share several of those as your meal. The drinks were delicious as well. But I have to say I'm just not sure what all the hype is about at Searsucker. There are way better places throughout San Diego. I was actually pretty disappointed. I went with a group of 4 and none of our entrees were very good, especially considering each of them were over $30. I definitely won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food is amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    too loud for a dinner for 12...noise level a little high...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super tasty!
    Bennyfanatic
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Try the crab benedict with avocado. Prices are reasonable and the food is good quality. Ambiance is nice and the wait staff are friendly. The coffee could be a tiny bit stronger but I think that's more a matter of personal taste. The muddier the better in my opinion. My husband and I are planning to make brunch at the Searsucker a regular thing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambiance!
    Chirsty1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We loved the view and the interior design of this place. We split a bunch of appetizers and enjoyed some amazing lavender moscow mules to drinK
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great way to start the weekend!
    lovesfood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The mussels done with chorizo and a beer broth were the starter for the table...they're served with crusty bread to do up the broth. Might as well ask for more bread right up front because you want to get all the broth. We also had the melt-in-your-mouth short ribs. The beet and radish salad was good but not spectacular. The pork butt with. roasted peaches and bacon was sumptuous. Two others at the table eenjoyed this as well. The halibut was a winner as was the hanger steak. A wonderful meal for our 3rd visit...we have not been disappointed. Looking forward to our next SD visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and bar for SD
    Mohammed
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great combination of a good food, a great bar, and great drinks. Service was excellent. Perfect for large groups. Service was awesome, and food came out quick and high quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What?
    BeedyBo
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Love the food and the service is great but it's so loud that you have to shout to be heard across the table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    Love4food
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Go here every year while in town for Comic-Con. Excellent food!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service, not much else
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Very fast, friendly service . Unfortunately the food was mostly under seasoned and expensive. My chimichurri was non existent and the steak it was on desperately needed a little salt. The service set a good tone that the food couldn't match. Not worth the relatively high cost.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious, what's with the volume?
    Jenneats
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food and cocktails were wonderful and the decor charming. The music was so loud we had to shout at each other -- fine for a club but not for dinner with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.