Ironside Fish & Oyster

4.7
2797 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
COVID-19 UPDATE: Ironside is now taking reservations for patio seating. We are now offering Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3:00-5:00PM

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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PeggytheFoodie
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG, so amazing. Best lobster roll ever and the clam chowder and octopus was so amazing. So wonderful to eat indoors! Waiter was very attentive and I can't wait to come back for HAPPY HOUR! This is my #1 go to spot for seafood!

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vipGeorgiaM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All four of us ordered different items and everyone LOVED their selection. Anxious to go again.

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VEB1985yeeee
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended! Oysters + chowder fries are a great combo! Drinks are 💣

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Anna
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had outdoor seating and it was perfect for people watching. The octopus a la plancha and the big platter was a fun way to reconnect with a friend. The service was outstanding.

JJ
JauleneJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and even better food. I’m definitely coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Family dinner for my daughter’s b-day. Overall the service was great! The theme and ambiance was exceptional! The price was decent, but similar to many other downtown restaurants higher price often means smaller portions. We had the ‘Big’ seafood platter, kid’s fish and chips and the lobster roll. The crab cake was relatively small (for the price) and could’ve used more seasoning, but at least it was all crab meat and no filler with breadcrumbs. The oysters Rockefeller were ok. I just felt like they were missing something. Had some elsewhere a few weeks ago and the filling didn’t overpower the oyster. Aside from that the food tasted great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time great foods and service

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KristenD
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in SD. Oysters always clean and yummy ! shrimp are a fav ! can't wait to visit again

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Server: A+ - present, prompt and friendly
Atmosphere/ambiance: A - dimly lit enough, well decorated, energetic enough but not overwhelmingly so.
Food: B - My lobster roll’s bun was a bit too salty and broke apart very easily. Kind of unpleasant. The uni was, however, delicious. As were my wife’s mussels. I tried the gimlet with a Japanese gin base and it was also pretty damned tasty. I’d go back and try something else, for dinner. All in all a good experience. Thank you.

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Ardy
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place for seafood and Oysters!!!!!!!!!!!

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Brutus78
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

I hadn't had oysters in a while and these were fantastic. So was the opah. I recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ironside Fish and Oyster was so great. I loved the intimate feeling our bar top had. The food was great and the cocktails the waiter recommended were right on point.

MB
MichelB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place.

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vipJared008
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my friends bday. They welcomed us with a glass of bubbly, that was a nice touch. After enjoying our favorites plates. They brought dessert with a scoop of ice cream and a candle. My friend had a wonderful time and enjoyed the delicious food. The plates we had were the yellow tail, grilled octopus, crab cake & of course oysters.

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SpaceFoodie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible restaurant and happy hour as always. Indoor dining seemed a bit too lively for me considering the pandemic, but the spot we were seated at outdoors was perfect. Service was speedy and the flow of checking in and ordering more food was at the right pace, never feeling rushed or waiting. They have an incredible happy hour and if I lived in town instead of visiting, this would be my birthday spot for dinner since that's how much I enjoy it!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service was awful. Had to ask three times for everything before it was done. Waited almost 10 minutes for the check which never arrived. Finally had to calculate total of bill myself and put cash on table before walking out.

Inattentive and poorly run. Food was very average . Did not enjoy occasion at all

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steve
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was fantastic! The food was great! Unfortunately, Covid puts up barriers and turns the atmosphere a little .

I will be there again!

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Hosslin
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a super nice day to eat outdoors. Had a nice table and our waitress was super friendly and helped suggest to share some plates for the table. The street was hopping wit a lot of people and the vibe was super energetic. Great food. Octopus app and fried cauliflower was super tasty.

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foodiechick
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very lovely food! Service was okay, but the place gets busy, so I get it. We were at a far table so maybe felt a little forgotten. All good because the food was divine!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Loved this place. Great happy hour with lots of options and $1 oysters!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was good and ambience was even better. The wait for food did take a while (about 45 minutes).

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Very poor service and overall decent food.

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Jack
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great place for food and awesome ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurant experiences ever! We celebrated my mom’s birthday there and every single person who works there made her feel special. They went above and beyond and delivered the best service. On top of that the food and cocktails were absolutely amazing. Some of the best food we’ve ever had. Fun atmosphere too. Highly recommend for any occasion and will definitely be going back soon.

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vipMariaF
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!! Pet friendly, great service!
Awesome place to dine with your furry friends

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Oscar
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food! Amazing HH deals. Oysters take a long time during happy hour it seems. Service forgot our 2nd order of oysters.

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vipAnne2215
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Had to wait for drinks a bit..my food was just warm ...high priced but my brother who is an out of towner so he paid.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall the food was really good but I was a little disappointed in my dish. I asked the waiter how many scallops were in the dish and he said 3. I was disappointed when the meal came because the scallops were very small and there were only 2 instead of three, which I thought was unreasonable for $17.50. They tasted great, but not worth it for the price.

The service & atmosphere was good, but the portion sizes were very small for the price.

KM
KatieM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, best uni, great atmosphere. The service is always outstanding!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in San Diego! It is consistently good food and service, and the ambiance is great

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, dining at Ironside was a great experience. Great food and great service. Always impressed with Ironside’s menu and extremely friendly staff. 10/10 recommend!

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vipMelissaF
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! We will definitely be back. Everything was delicious and you can’t go wrong with clam chowder, oysters, ceviche, lobster roll, and banana pudding.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster roll and clam chowder was delicious as always.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a pleasure to visit Iron Side. The oysters were great, as were the cocktails. The staff are always friendly and although it was busy, we all felt safe in terms of covid. It’s so nice to be able to come back and sit down inside.

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Bebe
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great and the food and drinks were amazing!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Sever was very rude

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lobster roll!

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Tmart
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impressive. The waiter had the best pairings for wine and seafood. Food was amazing. I savored every bite. This was one of my best food experiences in San Diego. A must if you are in the area

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vipDavis
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Had a reservation made when indoor dining was not available, since reservation they opened indoor dining but was never notified of the option. The hostess needs to learn customer service. The waiter was not informative or educated us on the specialty of Ironside. Another well reviewed restaurant doesn't meet up with REAL customers.

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Ironside Fish & Oyster is rated 4.7 stars by 2797 OpenTable diners.

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