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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EK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The is very nice upbeat place for drinks and share plates. Seafood is fresh everyday and the menu changes everyday as well! The portions are on small side so multiple share plates are needed. Service is very good and upbeat. Will go back again given the chance!

MS
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I went to Ironside Fish and Oyster for a date night having been here a few times and really enjoying the food and atmosphere. Our experience did not disappoint and we really liked our night out. The food was very good, from the appetizers to the main course, yet the desserts could use a little more creativity and focus. Our reservation was honored the moment we arrived and we were seated in spite of the crowded restaurant, which makes a big difference to me and is the reason to use open table. The service was great and even included the filleting if our whole fish table side. We were never left waiting for anything and the restaurant wasn’t too noisy even though so crowded. In all, a great experience and wonderful food.

GR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The ambiance is amazing as well as their staffs, but for a restaurant with so many great reviews up to date, their quality of food has dropped and literally almost everything was way too salty.

F
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This place has $1 oysters 🦪 for happy hour which was at 3-6pm when I went, and I believe this is why most people go. I don’t like oysters 😅, but other people enjoyed them. The other happy hour items I had were the gumbo, fries and an octopus taco which were all good, nothing to write home about. This is the place to be if you like oysters.

f
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good suggestions on wine and food. Generous portion and well cooked dishes.

OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Perfect place

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DZ
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The seafood is outstanding here, and the presentations are too. Waitstaff was attentive. Prices are good, and there are small plates which give you an opportunity to try several items at reasonable prices. Noise level, however, is LOUD.

TT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The ambiance was nice enough. Service was nothing acceptable...not bad, but not outstanding either. Prices were reasonable. Octopus ala plancha was overdone. Fish was undercooked. Sides were okay.

FL
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Celebrated with family. The oysters Rockefeller were average. The tuna belly was bland and even after it was warmed up it was not good.

JD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was an amazing meal. It was my birthday and I felt treated like a queen. The value for the quality is great. the cocktails were fun they even had themed Halloween options. I recommend sharing a bunch of small plates. The octopus was divine!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last evening in San Diego and couldn’t have been a better meal highlighted by chowder fries, amazing lobster roll and fish dishes!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inside for Happy hour, outside on patio for dinner - all outstanding.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

BW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my wife's 65th birthday. When the five of us arrived we were each given a glass of champagne. Had no idea. Very nice gesture. Food was terrific. One of our friends said the crab cake sandwich was the best she ever had. The clam chowder was also delicious. Everything was fantastic.

M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh food, great service, awesome vine, and excellent happy hour pricing !

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Awosome!! Fantastic taste, music, service.

W
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place to eat. My wife and I have gone there a few times. Kyle the head chef is fantastic and I would recommend that you sit at the chef‘s table. Great experience and great food.

OT
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our experience here at Ironside.

MN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy and great prices

WF
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was good but over priced. Service was marginal at best.

J
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here. Big selection of fresh seafood, including Maine lobster (get it A La Plancha!) Cool vibe, great decor, friendly service!

JR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was slow and items missed

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good here.

SY
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I had real high hopes for this place after reading the reviews on YELP The restaurant has a really great atmosphere and our waiter was very attentive and nice. We ordered food during happy hour to start. The clam chowder was good but not great but the Jambalaya was not even close (it actually tasted like black bean soup). One of my friends order the octopus taco and it was the size of a quarter. My friends ordered dinner too and said it was good but the dinners we $25 and $32 dollars so you got a little more on your plate. I guess if you are looking for a bar to drink and suck down oysters, this is the place to go. It was not what I was looking for and I wish I knew this before we showed up

M
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Oysters were fresh and tasty but most contained chips of oyster shell, so their shucker was not very good or into much of a hurry. Caesar’s salad dressing out of a jar, Romain leaves in a small bowl needing to be cut. Octopus tacos scorching hot even without the chorizo. Muscles were large and plump perhaps the best item. The service Felt like they were pressuring us to finish up and leave. The noise level was intense.

RV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and servers; it seems to be getting noisier by the day. Am considering stopping to go there, because nobody can hear anyone.

EA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience, the entire night was perfect and the food was amazing.

j
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the dining experience!

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Voted #1 best lobster rolls, we come back every time we’re in San Diego

e
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow the hospitality was phenomenal
Marco DOPE
Evan and the lady chef shucking oysters like gangsters
Thank you so much for your hospitality and a BEAUTIFUL restaurant

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary great all around

JE
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I had high hopes for our meal here, but I can say it was somewhat disappointing. The one high mark I would give would be to the service. They were very friendly and helpful. Most of the food was very salty. That was my biggest complaint.

JW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seafood and happy hour. Very attentive service.

BC
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! second time here and was as good as the first. great, interesting cocktails.

OT
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

what a neat place! great service and recommendations from Brittany, food was incredible

B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience at the kitchen counter seats and being able to watch the chefs and cooks complete and plate the various orders. An organized cooking staff with good communication. Entertaining as well as delicious.

SO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

the choices for a plate were limited more than in the options that are shown online.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing food and drinks are just superb!!!!

SE
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quality of the seafood was very good, especially the oysters. The menu could use a few more side options but the variety of seafood dishes was good. Service was outstanding - friendly and helpful in choosing from the menu. We had a great seat outside on a Friday night which was great people watching. Drink list is great.

NM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for having us and thank you for making dating easier.

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