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Ironside Fish & Oyster

4.6
4.6
3573 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Ironside is now taking reservations for patio and dining room seating.

We are now offering Happy Hour MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 3:00PM - 5:00PM.

Little Italy was built by the fishing industry. Ironside attempts to continue that narrative. It's our contemporary interpretation of the classic fish house and oyster bar. Located in a historic auction house on India St we did a full comprehensive restoration of the building, with three open-air culinary hubs featuring an expansive raw bar, chefs table, and bakery. We tried to be mindful of the past while looking towards the future.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 135 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 269-3033

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jason McLeod

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Cross street

    Date Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,573 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Seafood

  • San Diego

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service, food and beverages! We’ll be back!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wonderful restaurant in the heart of Little Italy. Inside and outside seating. Relatively loud and extremely dark but overall was nice.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food, as always. Ordered 2 Octopus la plancha bc it's just Yum! Lobster rolls too!!
  4. TC

    TomC

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Went for oyster happy hour. The oysters were very tasty but very small.
  5. MG

    MirandaG

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Oysters were small (not very meaty) Happy hour dishes were ok and portion sizes were smaller than typical appetizers
  6. s

    sandiegofoodie

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Extremely overpriced for portion served. Ordered the shrimp and octopus cocktail which was more like a ceviche. Octopus unrecognizable. I had scallops served on pesto pasta. Very difficult to spot the scallops in this dish. My husband had the yellowtail. It was adequate but overpriced at$38.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a delicious dinner for our family.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and tye drinks were strong. Perfect evening!
  9. RS

    RalucaS

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. The area is filled with trendy and touristy places but Ironside is our go-to for casual yet fantastic food, service and vibe. It just feels so well done on various levels and will continue to be our go-to when in the area.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Waited 55 min to receive our food, and it never arrived.
  11. d

    debbiet

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    The food was good but at 645 they were out of several items already. Last, the wine prices are absurd. Not even close to what they should be. Do not rip people off like that
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took our son there for his birthday. The experience is always top notch. Not sure you can get fresher oysters.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fabulous! She suggested one of each when we ordered the oysters. Food came out at a good pace, not too fast and not too slow.
  14. TD

    TvDx

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Came here for the oysters and they're pretty good but, sadly, have had better. Although by no means are they sub-par, just think I've personally been spoiled. Clam fries, on the other hand, were amazing and would definitely try again. Looking forward to exploring more of the menu. Service was impeccable!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    FOOD AND SERVICE WAS GREAT!! But couldve sat on outdoor or table not the high table ones.. it felt small and crowded plus the loud noises around the area! Haha i enjoyed the FRESH OYSTERS and the Octopus la pancha. 💗💗 my first time here but definitely coming back. I wanna try more of their food!!!
  16. M

    Midnightred

    Tucson

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Oysters Rockefeller, little oysters got lost in the spinach and cheese. Clam chowder was delicious but only one small clam in the bowl. My son loved the lobster roll. Drinks were forgotten and came out have way through dinner, even the soda. Interior of the restaurant was beautiful. Desert menu also forgotten for some time. Maybe not enough staff to keep it running smoothly.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ironside is truly one of the best restaurants in San Diego. The atmosphere is exquisite being in the heart of Little Italy. The service is the best, they take care of you like they were taking care of family. All the food I’ve tried has been so scrumptious, and their servings are more than filling. 10/10 one of my favorite places in this city
  18. V

    Viri

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Bad experience the food was not good I feel sick righ now
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!! Loved the drinks and oysters!!
  20. CA

    CindyA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Cool little spot with awesome servers and very cool decor.
  21. MG

    MattG

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely stellar experience. Food and drinks were amazing. Service was also great.
  22. C

    Celine

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    I come here often and last night was the worst food experience ever at ironside. The oysters were ridiculously small and thin, almost looked empty yet the server described them as medium to large and meaty. The octopus a la plancha was sooooo small and skinny and I know it normally isn’t that small because I’ve ordered it plenty of times before. The fish and chips we ordered never arrived. The chowders fries were good but the bone marrow barely had any marrow and all you could taste was the crab and Mayo on top.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best all around experiences I’ve had in looooong time. The food was exceptional, drinks were fun but I would say that the waiter was what really made it great. He was knowledgeable, attentive and had a great sense of humor.
  24. RG

    RobertGFromLaJolla

    San Diego

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had another excellent experience at Ironside. The best dish by far was the Japanese sweet potatoes with a cream sauce. Really worth being on a Michelin guide restaurant menu, my only comment would be for the crabcakes so there should be two crabcakes plus salad for $22 to have an equivalent good value. The drinks were amazingly complex and wonderful. The staff excellent. We had the clams for the main course. Also excellent.
  25. GP

    GreatPTT

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome food
  26. AZ

    AmyZ

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered two lobster rolls crab cake salad, clam chowder and my finished all of them. The food is very good, and the drinks are great too.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was great although the HH oysters were tiny. Service was ok.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I booked this reservation for a friend’s birthday dinner and the Ironside staff made it a very special event. Three different staff members said happy birthday to her, we were given champagne and a tasty dessert to celebrate. Aside from that, the food was incredible and the ambiance made it all such a great experience!
  29. e

    eliotc

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great fresh ingredients, beautiful decor.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone loved their meals and appreciated the ambiance. Would definitely recommend or go back when back in San Diego.
  31. M

    Michael

    Dallas

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    20th Anniversary
  32. k

    kathym

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    It took almost 2 hours to be served 1 bottle of wine, 1 appetizers which was awful and I entree. Waiter never checked to see how food was. Would not recommend!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner and service was amazing. The sashimi was delectable and melt in your mouth goodness!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We had high expectations of our experience; based on our previous experiences a few years ago. The music was entirely too loud. The chips that accompanied the rockfish ceviche were stale. The clam chowder was served without a spoon and the spoon had to be requested twice before one was given. We appreciated the oysters and the staff’s efforts during a busy service but probably won’t be back again.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I’ve had in a very long time - not only was the sea bass delectable, I will dream of the Japanese sweet potato for weeks. One of the very best things I’ve ever eaten.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall great experience. A favorite of myself and fiancé and we had friends in town and they enjoyed themselves. Myself and best friend ordered crab cake salad, myself first time, not a usual go-to and we were both underwhelmed. First we thought it was going to be crab salad with crab cake mixed in somehow. But also, green leafs were lackluster, limp, brown, salad dressing didn’t go well and was overwhelming for the salad.
  37. JW

    JenniferW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We'd heard they had the best oysters in town, and I think that was true! Service was great, as was the rockfish ceviche
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ironside is absolutely amazing! We were lucky to get a table On the patio as the weather is amazing. My friend and I shared the Bigger platter, a side salad and fries. It was delicious. The oysters were perfect and not to sea tasting. The lobster was super good but the aguachile was my fave. It was sour with an ample amount of shrimp. 👍🏻 server was great, super fun and attentive at the right times. Absolute must-go.
  39. QS

    QualitySeeker

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and drinks were excellent as always, and service was professional and good, but facilities upkeep not as good as in the past. Missing toilet paper in the bathroom, chairs not cleaned between diners, so we had to wipe them ourselves, and the facilities' neatness not as good as in the past. For that reason, I did not give this 5 stars. I suppose they are suffering from lack of good help to hire, like many others. We will be patient about this and return because of the excellent food. I had the bone marrow with crab--outstanding and their upgrade on a Manhattan cocktail, my husband had the always excellent fish & chips. Oysters are always reliably good, too.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing happy hour menu

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ironside Fish & Oyster using the Order Online button.

Ironside Fish & Oyster is rated 4.6 stars by 3573 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 135 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for Ironside Fish & Oyster

1654 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Date Street

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jason McLeod

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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