Ironside Fish & Oyster

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$30 and under
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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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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ironside is the best of the best for fresh EXCELLENT seafood in San Diego!

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CarolineM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect B'day Lunch! staff was extremely welcoming and attentive and even included a Dessert surprise with candle.

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vipKathyC
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and exceptional service!

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HeatherD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great. Wait staff was very knowledgeable about product, but slow. Took 20 after we ordered drinks to get them. Didn’t do any check backs. Beautiful restaurant. Would go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was very slow. Waitress Kit, was unapologetic and lacked the skill set to improve customer service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious food and great atmosphere. Never disappoints

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was good but expected more.

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Foodiechick
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job with the outdoor space dining during these difficult times. The Friday afternoon Happy hour oysters for $1 each were fabulous! The lobster cobb salad was fresh and delicious!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Everything, always!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Local fish plate was great. Oysters tasted fresh and delicious. Sparkling rose was perfect!

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vipMiFaiImpazzire
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fun sitting out on the street

MK
MKPP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good place for fun cocktails and seafood.

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RosaG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was very slow and we sat near the street so we could smell all the car fumes. That made it for an unpleasant experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The waiter took a while to get to us. We had to ask for silverware. The I e teas we ordered had to be brewed so it took a while for them to arrive. There were also no non-seafood options (not even a salad).

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary dinner. Excellent food service and ambience. will definitely go back

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Brian
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Fiancé and I were a little paranoid with all the people around. Extremely crowded and the people in Little Italy were not observing the CDC guidelines for social distancing and wedding g face mask

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great hospitality soon as we arrive and very accommodating with our stroller. Drink was awesome and waiter was helpful on different types of oysters to try out. Love love love the comeback sauce on the shrimp roll.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The atmosphere was great, my wife and I loved the look of the restaurant. The food was just ok. I think it's a little over priced. The best thing here are the oysters. If you order anything get oysters. I had the ghostwriter drink and it was very good. My wife tried to order a vodka drink and they only had Tito's. A vodka she hates. So if you want a different vodka don't go here. Overall place design was good, food overpriced for what you get, oysters great, certain drinks good, and no other options besides Tito's. I'll give it 3 out of 5.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our initial waitress was not great, she didn’t know the answers to questions we had about the wine or menu. She went on break and our next server was fantastic! We all enjoyed the food very much

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nsfromlamesa
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was a bit slow to start. Taking order etc but once it got going no complaints from beginning to end a great evening out with friends. And that bread...OMG!

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JJJJ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Something has gone wrong. Ironsides used to be an awesome place to go for Seafood and drinks, it wasn’t on Tuesday. The seafood tower was subpar, lobster was slimy and squishy. The oysters were only ok, they don’t offer cocktail sauce which I found strange for an oyster spot. Service was SLOOOOOW. Waiting on drinks all night. I hope it was just a bad night and not their new normal.

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Evita
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Overall the restaurant is nice. Food is overpriced. Service was very friendly but slow.

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JasonB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Octopus a la plancha with chorizo is amazing! We almost ordered a second one because we liked it so much! I'd personally say leave the mussels behind for something else... just my opinion. This place is great, and right in the middle of the trendy & bustling Little Italy neighborhood. Our server, Donald, went above and beyond his duties, offering us free dessert after their bakery had closed and showing up with some great restaurant recommendations to round out our stay in San Diego. If you want good fresh seafood in a trendy atmosphere, check this place out... but be sure to get a reservation, because it fills up fast.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We love Ironside. Our first time out since the new rules, we got a reservation and were seated immediately. The staff were nice and respectful of everything. The lobster roll was out of this world (we’ve had it before). The fish and chips were ‘eh’ but that’s ok. I was surprised at how loud it was and how many people were there given that I thought there would be less. It really didn’t seem that different from pre-Covid. Overall we still love this place and would go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING FOOD, AMAZING DRINKS, and AMAZING SERVICE

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food quality was just OK but for the price it was not good at all. Waiter Didn’t greet us for 30 minutes. She was rude and inattentive once she finally came over. Took 20 minutes to bring us our drink order. I made these reservations a month in advance for us to have a special night with friends visiting from out of town. Very disappointing. Do not recommend

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KostasC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great for happy hour. Enjoyed the oysters. Waitresses where super friendly

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vipEduardo
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I visited Ironsiide during my last visit to Sans Diego. The food, service and ambiance on this restaurant were all excellent!

This restaurant is a jewel in the SDO little Italy neighborhood and it is highly recommended for any type of visit.

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EricaR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it and had a very great experience. Servers were attentive and food was so tasty!!

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vipSPag
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for an early dinner which happened to be happy hour. So glad I did as their happy hour menu is fantastic.

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LizL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great ambience. Drinks were all beautifully presented and delicious and food is phenomenal.

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vipLinda
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful set up for outdoor seating. So delicious and wonderful service

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vipgeorgeb
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly service

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vipOskarC
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love coming to Ironside since my first visit last year. They have seating inside and outside right now. My wife and I enjoyed the octopus (so tender), clam chowder (creamy with plenty of clams), bigger seafood platter (oysters were so fresh), crab cakes (yum), lobster roll (delicious as always) and a shrimp roll (excellent as well). Looking forward to a return visit.

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lilmizknoitall
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

There are many seafood restaurants to choose from in the area, I would not recommend coming on a weekend as their staff is not well equipped to handle the bustle of a weekend Little Italy crowd.

Would I come on a slow night, with fewer tables in a pinch, perhaps. But not driving in from Los Angeles specifically for this meal again.

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vipBallplayersd
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Ugh. Got a server in training so was really disappointed. Food is pretty good overall. Service. Well. Just don’t expect much.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love ironside and always have the best time we come. YUP! We drive 3 hours (6 total there and back) just got iron sides amazing food and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Food and staff were amazing and attentive. Best in class.

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Meljns
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! What a great atmosphere and experience, even amid low-density and social distancing. The food and staff was wonderful, if I could give 6 stars, I WOULD! As our first time dining at Ironside, our server helped us navigate the menu and gave very insightful and thoughtful recommendations for us. We will definitely be returning and recommending this place to friends!

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TracyE
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

AWESOME food. Oysters are incredible (and the horseradish is real!) Soup is yummy. Ceviche is yummy too.

Service was very good for all the staff except for one dark haired young lady who was constantly irritated that we would ask so many questions. We had confusion on the happy hour menu...
The bathrooms are bizarre, aside from the shared sinks...the toilet paper rolls were unreachable, and there are NO toilet covers. No paper towels, only hand dryers. So, I had to walk to the toilet paper...not my favorite.

Overall, awesome evening!!!!!

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Ironside Fish & Oyster is rated 4.7 stars by 2697 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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