Ironside Fish & Oyster

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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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MS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food! Everything we had was excellent!

DN
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 2 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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

KR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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.

WL
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Ambiance is ok, nice looking restaurant but wished there were more seating outside. Didn’t have the dish we came for which was the live uni. Didn’t enjoy the “Rockafella” spinach oyster; just stick to the raw oyster instead. The best food was actually the bread that came from the bakery inside the restaurant. One of the worker actually gave us a fresh loaf of bread, which I believe was actually another business and not associated with ironSide.

OT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a good server, and he and the other staff were friendly and attentive.

The oysters were good and fresh.

The lobster, a la plancha style, was good and those in our party that ordered it enjoyed it a lot.

Another in our party ordered the swordfish, and it was their first time trying swordfish. They really enjoyed the dish, and were thoroughly pleased.

The House Recipe Bread was just ok. Not sure it was worth the price. I certainly wouldn’t order it again.

I ordered 3 small plates. The grilled octopus was fine. I have definitely had worse, but certainly have had better. The best part of that dish was the generous portion size.

I also ordered a cup of the chowder. It was also simply, ok. There was something missing on it. I would not recommend it nor order it again. The cheddar biscuit that came with it was cold and dry.

The final dish I had was the Kanpachi collar. This was really well prepared and something I would definitely order again.

We ended the meal with a order of their cinnamon donut holes and a sprinkles donut. Both were cold, and unimpressive. Would not recommend nor order them again.

The meal was a 7/10. But the price was INSANELY high. For what they charge, it should have been far better.

I have had amazing meals at other establishments in the Little Italy area for the same price point or less.

J
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best ceviche!

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m
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for a fantastic dinner! I think the four of us ordered enough food for six and we finished it all! The rockfish nituske was really nicely done and possibly the best lobster I've ever had.

Outstanding!

Thanks again!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Service was great. Atmosphere was excellent. Hands down my favorite restaurant ever.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we’re in town for the weekend we make sure to make Ironside’s happy hour the first stop. You can’t beat their delicious $1 happy hour oysters. We also love the chowder fries and their great cocktails. We can’t visit San Diego without some Ironside!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I enjoyed my meal.

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