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Ironside Fish & Oyster

4.6
4.6
3647 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Ironside is now taking reservations for patio and dining room seating.

We are now offering Happy Hour MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 3:00PM - 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 84 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 269-3033

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Danielle Van Steen

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Cross street

    Date Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,647 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Seafood

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  1. d

    dine4fun

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Michael, or server, was personal, fun, engaging, and great!!! As we’re all off the other’s servers I interacted with. The oysters were wonderful. My friend enjoyed her clam chowder. My octopus was tough, chewy, and in my opinion very poorly presented. The broccolini was a bit undercooked, even for my I like my vegetables to still have some crunch tastes. I would go back for oysters and happy hour, but I can get a a better meal, for a a better price, elsewhere.
  2. MB

    MistyB

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  3. JS

    JessicaS

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Waiter and staff were very nice! Food was delicious!! Drinks were good. Noise was high but we could still have a conversation.
  4. O

    Olya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place, food and ambiance, Would highly recommend it!
  5. K

    Kintl

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice looking place but waited ages for a table despite a reservation. Need to watch that they don’t become too factory although popular. Great table service from wait staff.
  6. e

    emily

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service5ambience4
    Food was not good. Lobster was not fresh and overly dressed in sauce. Would not recommend if you’re used to east coast seafood.
  7. C

    Chelsea

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited Ironside on a Sunday evening and had a fantastic experience. I would definitely recommend a reservation if you’re visiting on the weekend. The restaurant had great esthetics and would be the perfect ambiance for a date night. Our server Michael took great care of us and added to the positive experience. We’d also like to give Ashley, the pastry chef, a shout out for not only being extremely lovely and entertaining but for whipping up the best biscuits and banana pudding!! (Never thought I’d enjoy banana pudding from CA so much). For dinner we enjoyed the oysters, peel and eat shrimp and the lobster roll. Absolutely everything was fantastic. The lobster roll beat out all the lobster rolls I’ve had, even in Boston. The cocktails were also excellent and the menu book showcasing them was helpful and fun! Overall we can’t recommend this place enough! 10/10 you should definitely visit!
  8. SP

    SteveP

    Orange County

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were very good. Server was very attentive and helpful. The clam chowder is the best I’ve ever tasted. The chowder fries are delicious and unique.
  9. JC

    JoanneC

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We would visit again. Katie provided excellent service and was always smiling. The food and oysters were good. I had clam chowder, biscuit, & salad. My husband had the fish and chips. If you are a wine drinker, I suggest bringing you own bottle and paying the $25 corking fee.
  10. M

    Matthew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing evening. I have failed as I cannot for the life of me remember our server but she was exceptional. Enjoyed a dozen oysters from a few different places up and down the west coast. The ceviche was fresh and light but the two stars of the night was the bone marrow and the octopus. The flavor and texture of both was out of this world. To top it off some of the best cocktails in little Italy and that’s really saying something. Don’t miss this spot but make reservations! It seems to always be packed for good reason.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food and ambiance
  12. EB

    EvaB

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Table for two set us a little too far apart for more intimate conversation, as my voice doesn’t travel that far
  13. DL

    DebL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got in on a earlier reservation. Nice. Food was amazing I had the charbroiled octopus and once again…amazing. Our service top notch and they supplied a charge for my cellphone. I am always amazed at the decor. Missed a couple of photo ops but my bad. I find this restaurant to always be a favorite and ceases to amaze me. Thank you for being a staple in San Diego and one of its finest restaurants.
  14. HI

    HIDE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    3-5pm happy hour is very good for having oyster. We were sorry that uni could't be ate. We think It maybe due to season.
  15. R

    Roro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Place was really good overall in terms of food and the whole aesthetic of the place. Staffs were very attentive and I really enjoyed their happy hour menu especially the 1$ oysters.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always pass by and it is I am on the other line so thought we would give it a try. Staff was great and attentive. Food was good. Glad we tried it
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This place did not disappoint, drinks were great and food was AMAZING. The oysters were unique and if you order the chef’s choice, you get several different oysters from different regions os the US and WOW it will blow you away. Each different oyster had a different taste/flavor that did not disappoint with an amazing finish that just overtook your tastebuds. 100% recommend
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    I have been to this restaurant many many times si se it opened, wordst service I have experienced , never once the server came to also if we wanted a drink we did not even order a main dish because server never came. I ordered the check never came I had to for to the hostess and she took my payment.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and wonderful clam chowder
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Guests in town
  21. HK

    HelenK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was attentive and friendly. Food was delicious. Will be back when we’re in San Diego again!
  22. JM

    JoshM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place and great food! Was a little loud but that’s just the atmosphere. 10/10 would go there again!
  23. m

    mz15

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food was very good but food was very slow. Not sure if it was waiter or kitchen. Busboy forgot to bring a bowl for my friends clamshells, so we had to pile them on the table.
  24. MT

    MaryzeT

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place for HH, $1 oyster, the best chowder and biscuit, & a decent beer selection. Our server, Michael, was attentive and gave A+ service. Overall a great experience and will be back!
  25. NM

    NMFlaneur

    New Mexico

    107 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This is a hard one: my dozen raw oysters were excellent. The rest of the food, pretty average. Like the rest of India Street, the outdoor seating was noisy. Service was no better than OK.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We have been here several times and loved the food and experience. This was the first time since the pandemic started. The menu has changed, seems more pub-seafoodlike than before. Food was decent, but not special.
  27. Y

    2Ytravel

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the oysters and Happy hour deals!! A very good experience.
  28. d

    davidw

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Food was just okay. Great place to grab some apps and drinks. Ordered yellowtail but pretty sure served mahi and tried to pass it off as yellowtail. Very pricey for quality of food
  29. NZ

    NickZ

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    This was my second visit to Ironside. The food was good, although my bluefin tuna was overseasoned, as was all the food, to the point that the food's flavor was obscured.
  30. EL

    EricaL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great place , staff were attentive Kelly was our waitress and she helped us pick really tasty choices .
  31. CA

    CynthiaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious drinks food tastes custom fresh unique flavors hot best experience caviar tasting can’t wait to go back to try more items
  32. CA

    ChadA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far the best dining experience I’ve had in many years! Ironside lived up to my every expectation and more. My family and I have already vowed to return for each other’s birthdays!!
  33. KD

    KarenD

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful! Food and drinks were delicious. Service was attentive without being pushy. Get a fun cocktail in a crazy glass - it’s worth it!
  34. RT

    RhettT

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is great. Love the seafood. Service is always on point
  35. CS

    ColinS

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! I’ll be back
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ALWAYS. A. PLEASURE. If heaven was a restaurant, it IS Ironside and the servers are the angels. The food is an absolute dream, ALWAYS exceptional. Thank you the the fishermen (and women) that deliver the highest level quality of menu offerings daily <3
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always top notch at Ironside.
  38. m

    michellev

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is awesome! Amazing cocktails and oysters! The service is exceptional
  39. JD

    JustD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This is one of my favorite seafood places to do raw bar and cocktails. Next time I would probably try the happy hour because I think we arrived 30 min before HH ends but we’re at a table and couldn’t partake. They were 30 min out after depleting everything and that’s essentially all we ordered. Raw bar and the octopus. That said, it was all phenomenal!!
  40. RS

    RobertS

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On the web it says that Happy Hour is from 3 pm to 6 pm Monday-Friday, so we made a reservation for Friday @ 5 pm. We arrived at 4:45 and were told that Happy Hour would be ending in 15 minutes. This was the only disappointment in the evening.

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Ironside Fish & Oyster is rated 4.6 stars by 3647 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 84 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for Ironside Fish & Oyster

1654 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Date Street

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Danielle Van Steen

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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