Ironside Fish & Oyster

4.7
1944 reviews
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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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Portland
2 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, fabulous food, and lively atmosphere. Enjoyed every minute and every morsel!

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood experience I have ever had. Order small plates to sample the many different flavors.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great seafood and very nice atmosphere. The octopus is a must.

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good seafood, oysters in a pleasant setting but a little noisy for my tastes.

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LT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Great atmosphere; food was just okay (clam chowder/biscuit was a bit too salty)

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and atmosphere!

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

It was incredible! Our server was perhaps one of the best aspects of this place.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Counter seating was abundant but we were seated in the far corner at the bakery bar. It was totally unnecessary and we asked to be seated at empty chairs in other more lively counters but were ignored. Service was slow and server was interested in us. Poor experience for the price. Will not go back.

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San Diego
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Way too loud. I had to remove my hearing aids and still had a headache outside seating is terrific. Inside is really bad. Service was very good

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the bigger Seafood Tower & the bread & it was delicious and filling. We had the donut and the almond/caramel puff for desert. It hit the spot & we were eyeing the crab dish to try next time.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing dinner! As always. You won’t regret.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lobster roll wasn’t the best!

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San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Katie was our server, honestly the best service I’ve ever had in Ironside, I go there about once or twice a month and I’ve always been happy with the food and service but today it was extremely exceptional! Thank you so much for letting us celebrate a birthday today and making us feel welcome and part of the family. I will not forget today and big huge props for that girl! She was more attentive than anyone I’ve ever been served over there.

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

The food was delicious but the thing that really made this night special was the amazing service!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Waaaaay too expensive for what you get. Had clam chowder which was good, broccolini, and the grilled octopus. And it came to $50. It was a Thursday evening, and the servers seemed a little disorganized. Tables are way too close together. Good for big parties, big loud parties, but not for one or two people just trying to eat.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. 10/10.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I had a really good time and enjoyed the atmosphere of Ironside. We’re not big oyster eaters but we dodo enjoy the other seafood you guys have.

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ML
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lobster roll of my life! Don’t sleep on the tuna either. Also bomb!

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Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the place was very nice and the lobster roll and parfait were amazing!!!

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S
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious dinner. Every dish we had was exceptional from the fresh oysters to mouth watering yellow fin collar. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great seafood meal.

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Kansas City
44 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our “go to” places when we are in town.
Didn’t disappoint. Food service was timely. Preparation and taste on point. Our server, Brittany, was very pleasant, hospitable and appropriately attentive.
The grilled oysters and kanpachi crude were excellent. Our entrees, yellowtail and swordfish SUPERB !

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Oysters were good, but no cocktail sauce. Lobster was excellent. Service was outstanding.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good experience for my wife’s birthday.

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1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Young hot cookies

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Iron Side any time we’re in San Diego and always leave satisfied! Clayton was our server on the last visit and he was very friendly and helpful, even scoring us a souvenir squid mug to take home. Great ambience, delicious food - we’ll keep coming back!

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, by far the best place in town ! Worth every dollar.

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood, atmosphere and service. Would highly recommend

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San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was very good. We ordered a bunch of small plates for a family of four and had a variety of offerings. The atmosphere was fun festive and lively

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time to San Diego. Went for Christmas Dinner. Hs a reservation and was seated promptly on time. Service was outstanding. Food was excellent. Only complaint is the tables are too close together.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went there for Christmas dinner. The fresh fish and oysters were amazing. Their ceviches were very good. The service was excellent. Will be going back again. Great place to bring friends from out-of-town.

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excelente comida el servicio muy bueno

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T
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great oyster bar. The most fresh oyster I've seen. Only one dollar each during happy hour.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food average ... better seafood places in SD. Place was cold . Service average ... not impressive except bar is nice, well stocked good bar ambience .. would go back for drinks appetizers only

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MS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to the staff at the host stand and the efforts made to seat us early; with our elderly parents in tow, waiting was difficult and they were freezing, so the prompt indoor seating was much appreciated! Wishing you all continued prosperity in 2019, can't wait to dine with you again soon!

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LL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must experience in Little Italy! One of our favorite restaurants.

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KD
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, oysters on the 1/2 shell were delicious and fresh!

Service from Kate was spectacular and attentive!

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1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Happy Hour specials, especially $1 pacific oysters! Service was awesome. Try the lobster roll for sure!!!

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NB
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

My wife and I popped in here to have a drink and a light lunch. This restaurant/bar has a lot of ambience and a good vibe to it. Interior decorations are interesting to look at. The drinks and the wine list our extensive, and I tried some 18-year-old Cuban rum which is an on usual drink to get here in San Diego.

But here’s the rub! You got to love shellfish and the prices that they are charging here. Lots of tourist circulating here, or neighborhood people sitting to the bar. I think they are missing here the opportunity to have some traditional fish dinners; halibut, cod, etc. I would even settle for fish and chips! Hard to dine in here and spend less than $100, especially when one oyster cost $3.25.

There is lots of restaurants to explore in this area, and not all of them are this expensive.

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KW
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ironside continues to impress me time and time again. Impecable service and the food is not only fresh and we'll put together but I feel like you get great value as the menu has options at various price points and with something for everyone. Highly recommend!

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