Ironside Fish & Oyster

4.7
2888 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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ErinH
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience! We went for a birthday and they took such good care of us. The uni was amazing and the cocktail menu was super fun. Also highly recommend getting dessert. They have their own pastry chef and the dessert was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary and our waiter brought out to complementary glasses of champagne to celebrate. Could not have picked a better place to celebrate!

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vippeaches
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My husband and I went for my birthday. The food was good and our martinis were great. Our server Andrew was very nice and attentive. It was all a bit kitschy though and felt like they were trying a bit too hard. The oysters were good, the first round that came with the martinis were average so we ordered a few more of another variety and they were great. The octopus was delicious. The tempura cauliflower was undercooked though and not very flavorful. The crab cake had way too much filler, not enough crab. The bone marrow stole the show although I could hardly find the lobster that was supposed to be on top and for which we were charged an additional $10. Desserts were hit or miss, the pavlova was kind of a mess but the banana pudding was delicious!

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vipcolinw
Portland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious fresh seafood. To get started we did the bigger platter which was perfect for 4. Allowed everyone to try a little of everything. Did the spot prawns and octopus a la plancha (favorite dish) to share along with the fried cauliflower and zucchini salad. Lastly all shared the 2lb rock fish which was cooked to perfection. All great and well presented. Amazing experience. Highly recommend

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KaraS
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I would give 5 stars but my halibut was way overcooked. This was highly disappointing since this is a seafood restaurant, so they should know how to prepare fish. The cocktails and other dishes were all 5 stars, so I’m not sure what happened to my meal. I would’ve complained but no one promptly checked on us after I’d taken a couple bites.

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Nick
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, food is always great. Drinks were well made. Atmosphere is lively.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

The server was weird and uncomfortable. Had a reservation for 7 but didn’t get seated until 7:20. Strange

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JayB
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

WAY Overpriced!! Food was ok but nothing special. Fish and chips $18 for 3oz piece of fried cod. Bone marrow oscar literally had maybe 4 specs of crab meat. Lobster roll was the only thing that was actually worth ordering.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and even better food!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, phenomenal service and delicious cocktails as always!! Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. Great for all occasions.

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jaywhy
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

nice food but it’s expensive than expected. If party size is bigger, you should see the empty wallet.

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vipKellyV
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ironside is the perfect brunch with girlfriends or date spot. Great food, fun cocktails, it's everything San Diego and especially nice on the patio during sunny days.

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NicholasH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing. The food was awesome. We had an outside table and even though it was super busy and bustling, it felt like a private table for me and my wife.

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vipKatherineT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

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Cles
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Loved street side table. Hit happy hour for good cocktails and oysters.

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ErikaR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Decor/ambiance phenomenal. Drinks good. Oysters practically nonexistent in shell, the opposite of plumped. Like eating skin. Clam chowder good, crab cake good, lobster good. Not sure if we will be back.

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vipGerryV
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to have you back! Always terrific oysters and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is excellent as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Food quality high. Food preparation POOR. Every single dish was loaded with salt. All four diners independently stated that their own dish was overly salty.

I left a solid 15-20% tip for our server because service was good. But the food was a major let down for a place I have been told by others is one of the best in San Diego.

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vipTheresaF
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy! Nice to entertain out of town guests at a wonderful restaurant!

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vipwithfriends
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First dining experience here - and definitely will return. Appreciated the anniversary recognition! Helpful advice on oyster selection, excellent cocktail, and entrees. Interested in exploring more of the menu on future visits. Nice to sit outdoors - but would be best if all traffic going by could disappear (not their fault - just the current times).

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Lauren
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for a special occasion! Get the lobster a la plancha!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the ambience was beautiful and our server, I think his name was Andrew was perfect. Very knowledgeable about the menu, gave us just the perfect amount of attention. Will return definitely!!!!

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DanaJ
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you like the life in the heart of “Little Italy” the location of “Ironside Fish and Oyster” is prime. The seafood is always fresh and delicious. The drinks strong and fairly priced. We ate oysters and enjoyed well mixed drinks while we people and dog watched. We also had the mussels which were plump perfectly cooked and the broth was so fragrant it was like wonderful soup. Our waiter was professional, personable and added to the wonderful customer experience we received. My friend and I were celebrating my birthday and the fact we hadn’t seen each other in over a year due to covid. It was a memorable time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters, wine and service. Mussels were outstanding!

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CourtneyB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is above and beyond perfect with all the nautical nonsense! I’m in love and can’t wait to go back. Also every single person working there was just the best, so damn sweet, great recommendations and amazing service

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it every time. Such a great place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Service wasn’t that great. Went during

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excelente lugar .. pulpo a las brasas .. lo mejor

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place (and all of their restaurants) never Let me down.! The chefs choice oysters..the bread..and get double because you’ll want more. They get everything right. Octopus, wine, service, the chef is truly a mastermind.

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vipEmilyS
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious!! Ceviche is a must order!! Great location and great vibes

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JackH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment, Excellent seafood selection and cocktail selection.

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LeoO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice for our bday celebration. Food and wine were excellent and our server Olivia was phenomenal! Reservation was easy and reliable. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience4

I was 15 min late when I tried calling and they made me wait 30 mins to re sit me

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Becky
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To start off the place is so cute, it has so much detail. The quality of the food is absolutely amazing. We got clam chowder, chowder fries, octopus a la plancha, spring mussels, and Parmesan spinach oyster. The service was also great. Everyone was professional, helpful, and friendly. Presentation of food and drinks were just great.

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ceciliam
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service
Espectacular
Food
Like the place

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

It’s good but overpriced. I ordered the scallops (2 tiny ones) for 16.50!!! That was pretty ridiculous and a total rip off.

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LorraineH
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so delicious, best meal in SD

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StevenM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best scallops ever! The halibut was amazing and the clam chowder was really really good too. The Oysters Rockefeller were sub par, dry from too much breading, but overall 9/10.

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Ironside Fish & Oyster is rated 4.7 stars by 2888 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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