Searsucker Downtown San Diego
611 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101Neighborhood:
Downtown / Gaslamp
AmericanPrice: $30 and under
Searsucker Downtown San Diego
- 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-2:00pm (reservations recommended)
Bar: Everyday 5:00pm- last call
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday: 5:00pm-7:00pm
- 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, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
- Entertainment: DJ Thursday-Saturday
- Special Events: For private dining inquiries, please contact Mikki@ehgrp.com
A word from Searsucker Downtown San Diego
Seated in the heart of the Gaslamp District, Searsucker serves Chef Brian Malarkey's New American Classic cuisine paired with specialty cocktails and unique local brews.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
- Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
- Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
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Searsucker Downtown San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
199 reviews since July 26, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelEnergetic
fit for foodies (129)hot spot (119)good for groups (98)vibrant bar scene (84)special occasion (55)neighborhood gem (53)great for brunch (25)late-night find (25)romantic (24)great for outdoor dining (22)notable wine list (20)great for lunch (14)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (4)Show More
- Amazing!visitorSanDiegoDined on 11/16/2014We had a reservation for 6, res. were easy to make and the restaurant was able to accommodate a somewhat last minute change from 6 to 8. The service was spectacular, the waitress was knowledgeable about the meals and favorites and everything we ate was amazing! Everyone was friendly and polite, I did not feel we were bothered throughout our dinner but every glass/plate was tended to promptly. Even with our larger group we all received our meals at the same time. It was a little hard for the people on opposite ends to hear all conversations, but overall it was a fantastic experience. I would definitely return and have already recommended Searsucker to several people we've met in the last few days! Thank you, everything was fantastic!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- UnimpressedSita1414Dined on 11/14/2014Waiter was very rude though bussers and support wait staff were excellent. We still tipped well in the hopes that our waiter would in turn take care of those doing the real work. We went there hoping for more of the foodie experience we were used to but found the combinations to be underwhelming. The food was more about the menu descriptions than the quality. Simply not worth it. Wished we had gone back to Juniper and Ivy instead.Special Features:
- Amazing, delicious meal!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/12/2014We visited Searsucker from Vancouver, Canada. Everything we tried was thoughtfully prepared, beautifully presented, and absolutely delicious. Ended the meal with a sundae. What a treat! We had a wonderful time. Thank you!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent Sunday BrunchGetOuttaThehouseDined on 11/9/2014My wife and I have eaten at Searsucker a few times and have always had a good experience so we decided to try the brunch with 3 other couples. Everyone had a great time and the food was fantastic! The Chilaquiles were a huge hit and the S'mores dessert was an amazing way to finish off the brunch. On top of the great food, service was fantastic!Special Features:
- Excellent service, great foodJMaasVIPDined on 11/8/2014My boyfriend and I had a wonderful meal on a busy Saturday night. Though it was very loud, as we knew it would be, we were seated in the back, for a more romantic feel. Our waiter was very accommodating and had excellent suggestions on what appetizers and cocktails to order. My boyfriend had the "Pyramid of Greatness" and I had a "Skinny Jenny" which were wonderful. He also had a beer recommended by the waiter which he loved even though he normally hates beer. We enjoyed the eggs + pork belly dish, basically a fancy Eggs Benedict everyone should try. And we each had a steak, him the hanger and me the filet. I wish there had been more "lobster butter" on the filet, and a tad overcooked. I can't wait to go back, as we didn't try dessert!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very disappointingLarryDined on 11/8/2014The sound was deafening in this restaurant. The initial appetizer, an articoke dish featured artichokes baked with cheese. I was expecting to see actual artickes, not a puree and color was very unappealin. We both ordered Mahi Mahi for a main dish which was overcooked and inedible. The waitress was unfailing polite and did what she could to improve our experience though the aditional appetizer we ordered in lieu of an entree, crabcakes, was overcooked as well.
- over-hypedOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 11/8/2014food was okay but not memorable; loud loud loud dining room; trying to be too hip
- Date nightOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 11/7/2014Great place if don't want to talk to your date! When I made the reservation, I had no idea how noisy the restaurant would be. The host was very nice and accommodating, but we waited 45 minutes after our reservation time to be seated outside where we could hear each other. Food and service were great! I would recommend if you want to eat here and be able to hear your date, make a reservation for the patio. Great place to people watch!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent food & service, shocking indoor noiseOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 11/3/2014We really enjoyed our dining with our convention friends at Searsucker Downtown San Diego. The food was excellent, as was the service. Of paramount importance was getting a table outside. We tried to reserve an outdoor table, but we told that it was "first come first serve." (We had made the reservation two months earlier from Iowa City.) The helpful maitre d' insured that we were able to get a table outside, which was imperative to us because of the shocking noise level inside. We wanted to talk with our friends whom we hadn't seen in several years. (Actually, we were the only ones outside because it was chilly outside.)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food was exoticWearyBusinessTravellerDined on 11/2/2014Maybe I am just not that into the eclectic offerings, but I wasn't thrilled with the food (small plates) or the specialty cocktails. I think my group would have preferred to go somewhere else, but the location and service were great.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 10/31/2014The food really good and the place is nice I would recommend it to everyone who like to try different kind of foodSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MemorableOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 10/31/2014Very good food ! We had the pulled pork and duck entrees. Both were very good. Also the corn with chorizo was a very flavorful side dish House wines good too ! Very lively placeSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great foodthomas96cDined on 10/27/2014This was a casual business diner and Searsucker was a perfect place for that. The food is out of this world. The ambiance is outstanding. We were there on a Monday evening and the place was packed - no wonder!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- BrunchEmmyEatsDined on 10/26/2014Went for Sunday Brunch. Immediately wished we had gone to whatever restaurant is across the street.. the outdoor patio was full! Made me wonder why Searsucker was empty. We ordered the bottomless mimosas, which would have been a great value had the waiter been attentive enough to actually keep them full. The food was good; the bacon was excellent. I would have understood our neglect by the waiter had the restaurant been full; but there were only about 6 tables occupied in the entire restaurant (and there was more than one server working). Moved to the bar after we ate and the bartenders were then very attentive to our mimosas :)I would recommend this to a friend.
- DelicousBenjiezoomDined on 10/25/2014Great entrees and especially the small bites. Very eclectic menu with cutting edge food combinations.Special Features:
- Creative drinks and food! a+serviceFab5Dined on 10/25/2014Server was great, drinks were amazing food top notch!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Noisy and not exceptionalFan2zDined on 10/23/2014This restaurant is definitely a hot spot but a little too noisy. The food was not exceptional. The beet salad was delicious as was the hangar steak. The mushroom appetizer was too garlicky and the melted cheese covering was unevenly layered. Drinks were pretty good. Service was very good.Special Features:
- hutchjonDined on 10/23/2014We arrived early for our reservation but I was not a problem. I'm glad we were early because it was nice to see the place before it became more packed. The server was very knowledgable about the food and wine lists as he should have been. The food great Brie and cranberries, hangar steak, filet, pork belly. All great.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- mediocre food and very loudonlygoodfoodDined on 10/19/2014we went here for lunch during a meeting at the San diego convention center. It was so loud that it was not possible to have a conversation at the table. the food was not exceptional. Service was OK. we asked for a quieter table and the hostess just shrugged. Would not go back or recommend to anyone else.
- KathyDined on 10/18/2014great food; gets louder as the night goes on so keep that in mindSpecial Features:
- Nice place to take group, but...jvionasDined on 10/18/2014We had a group of 7 at the Searsucker on a Saturday night - 3 people from the company I work for and 4 people from a company that is a prospective client. The ambiance was perfect - it felt like a nice place to take clients without being too pretentious. The food was all around good - cheese biscuits had a nice little kick that was fun. Only complaint is that it was really, really loud so it was hard to hear across the table and definitely hard to have one conversation between 7 people. We ended up having 3 mini conversations. Not sure if it's always like this, but definitely something to keep in mind.
- Highly RecommendRoseNAlDined on 10/18/2014We chose this place because of Top Chef Brian M. We were not disappointed. Our waiter Casey was extremely friendly and knowledgable. As soon as he knew I couldn't handle spicy foods, he recommended choices that would fit my pallet. Spot On!! Every dish we both had was yummy!! That braised short rib was excellent! Service was amazing. I highly recommend for everyone.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- food was less than goodadanaDined on 10/17/2014Duck .chicken. tuna. Scallops. All were less than good. Only good food was the bread biscuits. Cesar salad and the fries were mediocre. This was a let down. Will not go back again.
- Great food...TedoVIPDined on 10/16/2014"Searsucker" was hopping for a Thursday night and the service and food were excellent. With a group of 6 we enjoyed sharing a greater variety of food but not the conversation, the place was loud. There wasn't a miss in any of the small plates or entrees we enjoyed. The meat eaters and vegetarians both left very happy. Our server went out of his way to help our picky eater and she was thrilled with her artichoke special. Next time we are in town will definitely go back!Special Features:
- GREAT atmosphere, food & cocktails!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/12/2014This restaurant was the culinary highlight of our trip to San Diego! The cocktails were fantastic, and the food scrumptious. The atmosphere was awesome!Special Features:
- Third time at the restaurant.OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/12/2014This (and only) time server was not helpful. I had to drag information about the menu from him. It ruined my previous experience with the restaurant. That, in addition to not being able to hear a thing. I'll spend my money somewhere else.Special Features:
- Positive/NegativeRebeccaZweigDined on 10/10/2014I love Searsuckers for the amazing food, service and restaurant decor. However the chairs are horrible!! I know it seems like a small thing but when you're paying a premium price for food and cocktails you want to be comfortable. It's like sitting on patio furniture. And because we like to order appetizers, cocktails, dinner and dessert we are there for quite awhile so the chairs are actually very important. Upgrade your chairs and barstool cushions please!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- to be and be seenccatgoDined on 10/9/2014This restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter is super easy to get to and was packed on a Thursday night. We ordered cocktails and small plates to share but most of the food we ordered I felt lacked flavor. My favorite was the beet salad and the beef tartar. I thought the crab cake was too fishy a flavor and the bone marrow was flat tasting. The cheddar puffers served complimentary to the table, were delicious. The service was slow and inattentive and the server didnt seem too interested in providing any recommendations of what she enjoyed on the menu. I feel there are more enjoyable places along the street with better tasting food and better service.Special Features:
- Great for an evening out!Rabbits64Dined on 10/9/2014I made reservations online, they were confirmed via email, and everything went so smoothly with respect to getting a table. No waiting on hold... The service was phenomenal: the waiter knew the menu well, made excellent suggestions re: appetizers, main dishes and wine. He also was knowledgeable about the restaurant and appeared vested in his job! Great location for a group dinner with excellent food, spirits and service!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- onthegoonthegoVIPDined on 10/9/2014Awesome experience - wonderful selection and combination of foods and preparations. The drinks were just as good with their own infused gin and vodka as well as fabulous signature drinks - all natural. Well worth experiencing - everyone in the restaurant were very attentive and personable which made it lots of fun as well. Overall wonderful!Special Features:
- Worthest experiance everRaySLDined on 10/7/2014We were party of 8 we almost tried most of the 1 page menu, there is no variety and so crowded. so let me be fair begin with the good things 1-Appitiezers as really good we enjoy every plate. 2-Main dish is not that great so recommend to go with app. if you can. 3-We order the following fillet , scallop , chicken and steak for main disk. Here is the bad thing (we notice that they can't cook meat one of our plate went twice to the kitchen because it was rare and we asked for medium well. Don't except high end like this restaurant would do that.Special Features:
- Food is great, service is superb!OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 10/5/2014If there are any new budding restaurants out there, or new restaurateur that would like a course in efficient restaurant service, please have dinner in this restaurant! Another lesson that will be learned is the art of cooking great tasting food with quality ingredients. This was my first time here, and it really left a lasting impression. There is no wonder why this is billed as the best restaurant in San Diego. Will be back soon!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Don't get the hypeKarebearVIPDined on 10/4/20143 out of four dishes were great, but we paid $30-$35 per dish and had to pay extra for a side? Music was so loud we had to yell to one another and our table was pushed so close to where the cooks pick up food that my husband chair kept getting kicked. My $14 salad came on a small plate and the lettuce was wilted. It went back, but the waitress wasn't that thrilled with me? They had a million staff on duty and we waited forever for our drinks and to be greeted by our waitress. She said hi a,d then we didn't see her for another 15?Special Features:
- Good food - very noisySnobbyFoodieDined on 10/1/2014Restaurant had us wait for 60 minutes past our reservation time. Food was very good. Very noisy and you could barely speak to the person next to you.Special Features:
- lively, great place to entertainDowneysDined on 10/1/2014First, contrary to several reviews, our service was excellent. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu & was not pretentious at all. Our out of town clients loved the diverse menu & lively atmosphere on a Wednesday night. We shared a number of small plates. Excelent food, good people watching & a lot of fun. Will definitely return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fun and LoudOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 9/30/2014The waitress was excellent and the wine list interesting. Food was well done and good for our vegan friend. Had interesting decor and felt warm and friendly. Was too loud to talk, blasting music when only a few diners were there and increasingly loud with more people. Could not conduct business at all and almost asked to turn down the music when we first arrived. Not romantic, but very fun.Special Features:
- Not so goodOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/28/2014Reser for 6pm prior to concert, Sept 28th. Tables seemed to added - it was near the kitchen and in the waiters path. Had to move my chair to the side of the table to keep waiters from hitting the back of my chair. The noise level (yelling in the kitchen) would be better described as chaotic rather then energetic. We enjoyed the wine but our meals were not served until about 6:50. One meal- the Ono, was the driest fish ever. My meal - the steak - the rub was good but the quality of the meat just was not there - It was not tender. Both sent back. Our waitress was attentive and apologetic and the manager as well but based on the overall experience not sure I would give them a second chance. We were only charged for our wine.
- Not worth the $$WendyllDined on 9/28/2014My husband and I like to dine out, and we like good food. We don't mind spending money, but we expect to get what we pay for. Searsucker seems to be a SD Magazine darling, and so we thought the food and service would be worth the $35+ per plate cost. It was not. My scallops were good, if a bit undercooked, but nothing outstanding. The couscous they were served on was bland. Our friends both got the filet, and it was filet. Not bad, not good. Definitely not special. My husband got the thresher shark, and that I must say, was the stand out. The side dishes (snap peas and brussel spouts) again were nothing special. The appetizer salads, again, nothing special. Our bill with tip came to about $300. I would have been more satisfied at In and Out
- Drunk brunch...ftw!elvnthrDined on 9/28/2014The bottomless mimosas are honestly just a nice bonus. It's all about the food. We went for my wife's birthday -- 20 folks which included kids, aunts, and friends. We ordered one of every brunch item and shared. Everything was really really good. Even the mushroom / veggie omelet was good (although i didn't go back for a second bite of that -- not when there was tasty chillaquiles, pork belly hash, green eggs and ham!Special Features:
- Ended well but started off rockyarchgalDined on 9/27/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.