Ironside Fish & Oyster

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$30 and under
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Seafood
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.

Reservations do not guarantee a dining room table, but may be seated at our elevated lounge tables, shared community tables, or counter-style seating depending on availability.

Parties of 6 or more will be subject to a $20 per person cancellation or no-show fee if less than 24 hours notice is given.

During our happy hour, we serve chef features, guest favorites and have a limited menu.
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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It was fine.

OT
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our daughter out for her birthday! So many yummy things on the menu so we had to get a little of everything!! Happy Hour oysters, Fries, Ceviche. All so good! Then the crab cake, fig and burata salad, lobster roll and Opah. Broccolini and roasted Carrots as well! All were amazing! We will be back!

f
Las Vegas
59 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went there for the best fish and chips but was told by the server they don't have them anymore. Upset that google didn't update the search. We had oysters from the raw bar, very tasty. We also ordered a lobster roll but was disappointed the lobster meats were all chopped up, didn't really taste the lobster flavor. We also had grilled swordfish and opah, fresh and tasty. Finally, you need to order the ironside bread if you like bread. It's delicious! Overall, it was a very pleasant experience!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly I don’t review many of the restaurants that I’ve been to but Ironside is one of those restaurants that deserves a positive review. From the moment you arrive (outside) you experience impeccable style in decor and that continues inside. The staff is extremely relaxed (in the right way) and knowledgeable of both the drinks and food menus. Overall the restaurant instantly became one of favorite local restaurants.

MS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food! Everything we had was excellent!

JG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes. I recommend. Food was excellent. Recommend patio for less noise especially if nice evening. All aspects were good. Great location in Little Italy next to best homemade ice cream store.

DN
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, Ironside delivered a terrific experience--we stop in every time we are in San Diego. Our server was great and the oysters were great. I would highly recommend giving Ironside a shot if you are in Little Italy. My favorite is ordering the "Big" and then adding on another 6 oysters. More than enough for two people.

CN
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, ambiance great! One of my favorites!

MO
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good seafood in Little Italy, however if you want Italian go across the street and eat at a real Italian restaurant.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time. Picked blind after reading the reviews . We were very happy with the selection, a bit loud but overall an “A”

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food!!! Pretty decor!!! Great drinks!

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super dog friendly. Happy hour outing enjoying a staycation day with my boyfriend. Gumbo, chowder, octopus tacos and oysters were amazing.

JL
Singapore
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We came here for the happy hour and so we only had access to the house oysters which were delicious, but I feel like they didn't know how to shuck it properly as there were a lot of shells in each oyster which made eating it kind of unpleasant. The other things we ordered were great though such as the lobster rolls, clam chowder, chowder fries, grilled octopus.

KR
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! The crab cake sandwich was delicious!

AZ
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

this place is always good with attentive staff and great food

RI
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Constantly exceeds expectations. Delicious and fresh. Oysters were outstanding, cocktails great, service great.

CB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would definitely recommend getting the Tower! Service was great, lots of energy, would return when back in San Diego

I
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food we had awesome service by Jeff, we would definitely recommend and comeback

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was incredible and food was delicious. Pastry Chef was fantastic with my youngest son at the pastry counter. Definitely would go back. Seafood was so fresh loved the oysters.

ET
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was really good, I had the shark, which was one of the specials, and was pleasantly surprised as to how delicious it was. Only negatives here, the service was kind of slow, and the restaurant was extremely hot. There were people waiting for their tables that left because of how hot it was in there. Other than that, food and drinks I definitely recommend!

s
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The servers were friendly. The food came quickly, and the drinks took forever. We were given hot plates out of the dishwasher for our salad.
The worst part was the uncomfortable temperature. Climate change is real — please figure out a way to cool the restaurant down on these hot days. We left much quicker than Planned, and spent less money because it was so miserably hot inside. May other patrons were fanning themselves too.

BM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Hot, hot, hot was the temperature inside the restaurant. It was so hot with no moving air it was almost hard to breathe. I couldn’t stop sweating. Poor wait staff are stuck wearing heavy jeans and jean aprons. The food was just ok. I ordered the happy hour salad, french fries as well as a crab cake. The french fries were the best part of the meal. I had read so many great reviews, but was disappointed in the food and air temp.

AE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing, staff was accompanying.

J
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food!

AC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Everything was great until the oysters came out. Not a single one of them was cleaned. So Expect a piece of shell in all of your oysters.

IG
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were visiting San Diego and one of our Lyft drivers recommended Ironside for fantastic fish! We won't go again. It was dark inside of the restaurant, and the food was ok at best. Perhaps we ordered the wrong thing, but our server wasn't helpful in making selections, and seemed as if he just wanted us to order and get on our way. We traveled with a child and they really don't have a child's menu, which was fine, they did offer to make him a grilled cheese. We did research the menu prior to our arrival, and had options he would have chose otherwise. We were seated next to an obnoxiously loud couple that were doing shots, and drinking heavily. Their conversation wasn't family appropriate despite being there during family dining, and they just ruined the entire experience. The food wasn't amazing either. For the price go somewhere else - there's plenty of great options nearby.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome !!!!

S
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious.
Our table was ready at the reserved time .
Our waiter was busy and two other waiters had to step in for him. In all fairness to the restaurant, they were busy but when I'm paying $$$$ I expected better service.
Once again, the food was delicious !

MD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience, awesome food! Can’t wait to come back!

NA
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was awesome very well thought out modern takes on traditional seafood.

MM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Austin was the best. When he learned we were from out of town he went out of his way to recommend fun things to do in San Diego. Lunch is a very good deal and the ambiance it VERY relaxing. If you hand in San Diego and have time to kill before your checkin I highly suggest this place.

PB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic place!excellent food. Service can be better. They did not clean the table between one plate and the other one. Thus, the table was a little bit dirty when the new dishes arrived. They can put a little bit more attention on the details.

J
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, delicious flavors and lots more we want to try on our next visit. We will definitely go back.

MD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was celebrating the birthday of my boyfriend, and he loved the restaurant, food , service , everything

k
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Their barstools are the most uncomfortable I’ve ever sat on. However, the food and service were so amazing that I came back again the next day for lunch and once again say on that awful barstool.

AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was pricey but the food was great and the service was fantastic. We throughly enjoyed ourselves

CL
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food at Ironside. It gets bsut so reservations are recommended. The oysters and lobster roll are a must.

AB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and staff were very friendly and accommodating

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, thankful I made a reservation. Place went above and beyond for our special occasion.

MB
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went for lunch with my 10 year old son who loves seafood. We shared oysters, Caesar salad and lobster a la plancha. It was all amazingly delicious. We finished up with a plum sorbet that was equally interesting.

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