Ironside Fish & Oyster

4.7
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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, service was friendly and our waiter was very knowledgeable about all of the food options. Worth every dollar!

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and fantastic server.

k
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We’ll caveat this with the fact that we aren’t big oyster lovers, which seems to be their specialty. We had ceviche, crab cake and clam chowder. Ceviche was solid, but crab cake and chowder were both below average.

SA
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Okay food
Limited menu
Over priced

g
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We came to the restaurant on Monday 2/17. When we check in the front desk lady didn’t seem to welcome us; other than that, the food was great and server was nice and friendly.

KG
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very specialized seafood menu. Raw bar but not extensive fish options on the menu. Ala cart

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really cute ambiance and food was delicious!

JC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lobster Roll was fantastic. They make there own bread. Best ever.

DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was amazing. The menu so extensive we ordered a lot of small plates and shared. We had the grilled octopus, and it was tender and delicious. We asked to sit inside because the weather was too cold and the staff was extremely accommodating. Our evening began with a rock star waiter that went off shift during our meal. The only disappointment was the replacement waiter. She was a poor listener and got our dessert order wrong. We will absolutely come back for the food. The kitchen rocks!!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation night dinner- 3 of us- delicious!

d
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and great service. Marco is great!!

OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was AMAZING!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing valentines dinner here, the shared course was delicious and the service was excellent, would definitely recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice! Good food and service!

JS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I messed up and made my reservation for the wrong day but they still managed to seat us on Valentines Day with no wait. I was not expecting that once I realized I messed up the date of our reservation. The host was great, server great and of course the food was amazing. Thank you Ironside!!!

WB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great flavor, fresh seafood and a killer Clam Chowder. A must do if you visit San Diego

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It had been many years since I had eaten Oysters Rockefeller and I was not disappointed. They were incredible!!!
Our waiter was excellent! My only complaint was how close our table was to other guests. Larger size guests had difficulty getting in and out of their seats. It was very difficult to have a normal volume conversation.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ironside is a must visit for delicious seafood. We loved the uncomplicated menu and ambiance. It felt like a speakeasy. Perfect spot in Little Italy. The drink menu was creative and fun. The price on the lobster roll was a steal. It was one of the best I had—rivaled even the east coast! We can’t wait to come back.

DL
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fresh oysters and steamed shrimp were a great way to start the meal, and the fresh bread is worth every calorie! The fresh lobster in the lobster roll was also delicious.

CP
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my moms 70th birthday and they made her a special desert without asking based on our table conversation with the waiter. 5 stars. Everything was perfect.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We like the restaurant!!! The right amount of noise and music give our talk so much privacy. And we really enjoy the table settings and the vibe as a whole! Really nice!

P
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in Texas but when we visit San Diego (which is often), this restaurant is on our must do list! We love the atmosphere, and the seafood is outstanding!

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff went extra mile to celebrate our wedding anniversary with dessert & Sparkling wine!

MH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The restaurant is a huge open space with little to absorb sound which makes it quite a noisy venue. Fortunately we were seated in a quieter area which did not inhibit conversation.
The service and food were outstanding and I would definitely recommend Ironside Fish and Oyster if you are looking for top quality seafood.

a
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible ambiance, service, and killer seafood! We sat at the chef counter and loved seeing all the action. The octopus was incredibly tender and delicious, the brioche bread super soft and buttery, and let’s not forget the seafood tower! We’ll be back!

AG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The Lobster A La Plancha was outstanding! One 2 lb was perfect for sharing with some sides.

IH
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour!! Little Italy is a cool area to explore.

S
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Bonny R, was a gem and suggested great pairings. Food, service and ambiance were fantastic as usual

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The kampachi crudo wasn’t properly trimmed. Blood line, sinew & skin still on fish. Their popular bread loaf under cooked. The hamachi Kama was under seasoned. The scallion lime sauce boring. At dessert time , donut grossly under cooked. Being consistent is part of being professional, looks like we lost the real cooks on that day. So disappointed with your current standards. Service still remains high on my list. 😃

TC
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything was amazing. Great atmosphere

c
Guadalajara
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

La comida deliciosa el servicio malo

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GK
Chicago
128 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

great menu, solid service. wine lust could use some help.

TB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Noise level was loud. I would not go there if i wanted to converse with friends. They were playing music and guests were talking over it. The food was excellent. We had the branzino - maybe the best seafood dish ever. Service was very attentive.

CJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

KC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner here. It was Saturday night and it was loud, but we could still have a good conversation. The food and service were both outstanding. Wonderful attention to detail. Loved the decor and ambiance. Very modern. The bathrooms could have been a bit cleaner, but overall we really enjoyed the experience and plan to go back.

AK
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Do yourself a favor and ignore the hype about this restaurant. The food was mediocre, the service was spotty and it was nearly impossible to have a conversation. March across the street to Davanti for a much better experience.

CV
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We arrived early for our reservation and they were happy to accommodate us. However our bar top seating was at a small section of the pastry bar looking directly into a case of donuts.
The whole fish (branzino) was delicious but everything else was average. The oysters were not great and we were initially shorted one. The waiter quickly brought us three additional to make up for the shortage.
Our waiter was excellent and very accommodating even though he was given multiple new tables all at once.

WL
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ironside is a must-do for us when in San Diego! The service is always good, it’s a fun atmosphere, and the lobster roll is like none I’ve ever had.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Disappointed with this one. Was told by a few people to go to Ironside and how great the food AND service was. Even said that to the server and he said hopefully we will rave not only about the restaurant but also the server. Than he abandoned us for like 15 minutes. We kept having to flag down someone else to order additional drinks, order our food, get water and check. Everyone at the table was scratching their heads why the service was so bad when it didn’t seem like there was a huge rush and the place was fully staffed. Food was good but nothing stellar.

OT
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our food, eating two different types of fish with out of this world sauce! The place was beyond noisey. I had a delicious German beer which was worth the trip just for that. And the fish is worth putting up with the noise. Reservations required to get in to such a popular spot. Lively neighborhood too.

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