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Ironside Fish & Oyster

4.6
1610 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00

HAPPY HOUR Monday-Friday from 3-6pm

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Phone number
(619) 269-3033
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason McLeod
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Cross street
Date Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1610 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

We had a phenomenal time! Food was fantastic and our server was so great! Definitely looking forward to coming back!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

From the moment we arrived for lunch this restaurant was way above the regular standard of service. Tyler provided excellent service and fantastic recommendations! We were so impressed and can’t wait to come back!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Took a friend for lunch who had never been. Reservations are a must as this restaurant is always busy. Service was prompt and courteous. Wait staff were knowledgeable regarding questions on oysters. Lunch was good.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Too loud, too expensive, limited variety on menu. But the Seafood was fresh and delicious. Not a good place to catch up with friends.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

This place has an amazing cocktail menu, delicious food, fantastic ambience and the staff was super accommodating.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic seafood. A must if you’re a seafood fan.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Ordered the "Big" platter and uni. It took over 20 minutes for the cold seafood dishes to arrive. I enjoyed the uni but the rest of the seafood was not very satisfying or extraordinary, given the price. The chips that came with the ceviche were overly salty and didn't come with the platter until I asked.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Very good food and nice ambiance! We enjoyed our evening.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

lobster roll is a must! also had the halibut which was equally delicious!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Went for happy hour with a toddler and scored an outside table. Service was impeccable and the chowder and oysters are must haves. Such a great deal between 3-6pm.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Love the focus on local fisherman. We sat at the chef's counter and enjoyed watching the chefs in action. My husband had the lobster roll and he loved it and I enjoyed the steamed mussels. Great place.

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1.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Fish was like mush, crab cakes were mediocre. One fish serving was raw. Returned to kitchen and got it back after everyone was finished. No effort to remove from the bill. Whatever they had under the fish was like eating under cooked roots? Overpriced and food was terrible.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Exceptional seafood in a lively atmosphere. This place is a foodie's heaven. We found ourselves ordering much more than we usually would because the menu items were so good, we wanted to try everything! I would go back here in a heartbeat.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Preset menu for Mother’s Day did not disappoint! Always a favorite!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a great time! We enjoyed their Seafood Tower and those oysters are FRESH!!! We can taste the brine and ocean... not to mentions their Grilled Octopus w/ Chorizo. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

A bit pricey, but overall excellent and food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Such a fun spot to eat and drink! The ceviche was delicious, uni wonderful, and of course the lobster rolls!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This was our first time at this restaurant, and we certainly will come back! All of our dishes were delicious — the oysters, the halibut, and the sablefish. Plus the drinks were spot-on. The restaurant itself has a beautiful build out, like you’re inside a ship — very unique. They are doing many things right at Ironside. Don’t forget to make reservations; they get filled up quickly. Can’t wait to go back next time in San Diego!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The service was wonderful. The lobster roll was the best I’d ever had and the drink menu was fantastic! The decor and style are also really great and fun. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

excellent food - love the octopus. sitting at the bar enables one to see the preparation of the food on the grill. Staff friendly and interactive. Interesting cocktail menu.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We’ve dined all over the nation but by far this restaurant was the best hands down! We booked late so couldn’t get a table and was to our advantage. We sat at the back bar and the chefs kept us informed of all they were making, how and why! This place is an absolute MUST!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

We sat outside. The setting was charming with heaters to keep us warm. It was my wife’s birthday and the restaurant was aware. The service was 5 star, the food was 5 star. Our 2nd time here and absolutely one of the best restaurants in San Diego!!

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The fish and oysters were great. The only issues was it took almost 20 minutes to be greeted by our server and another 19 minutes to get a drink.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Never liked oysters all that much bud damn now I do, octopus A la plancha is off the hook *pun intended* and probably some of the best staff I've encountered in sandiego

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Our 2nd time here- the seafood is really good and the service was great. The "fish somelier" gave the most useful descriptions of the fresh fish which helped immensely. I have two concerns though:
1. The menu is large but when it comes down to it there are only a few choices you might want to order - the fresh fish portion only had three items on it. Other than that I was not interested in the "Holy S..t" for $420.00 or the "whole fish" selection at 1.5 lbs. Maybe they need to put better explanations on the menu to make the choices more inviting.
2. The place is extremely noisy and it has kind of a cold vibe rather than warm and inviting.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We sat at the chef's table and it was a great dining experience. Everything was great and would highly recommend dining there!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We are “ regulars” here living in Little Italy.
It’s an” go to” for us. Food always very good and service wonderful.
Chef Jose 👊🏽

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We had a wonderful anniversary celebration there. Everyone was super welcoming and Katie is an excellent server!

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2.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Barely Average. I was disappointed as was the group I went with.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

We had a great experience. All the staff that we interacted with were super nice and friendly. The food was yummy from small plates to dessert.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We loved sitting and watching the food being cooked in front of us!

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

El servicio de hostess fue malo, ya que pedimos una mesa de 5 y nos dieron una de cuatro, estuvimos incómodos. La comida es EXCELENTE

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Amazing service, amazing drinks, amazing foods. A member of our party has celiac, so gluten free options and how the food was prepared was very important to us. All around, incredible evening.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

This restaurant may not look like much from the outside but I promise once you walk through the entrance you’ll know you’re in a great place. Ironside Fish & Oyster is a delightful experience with wonderful food as well. The server was knowledgeable of the Oyster selection and gave solid recommendations. Get the Ironside Bread whatever happenes, you must try it.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Uni toast was breathless! And the lobster roll....amazing does not do it justice! I’ve always wanted to visit San Diego so i had a chance to do so for my birthday. Will have to come back whenever I visit San Diego again!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Great seafood with an interesting selection of unusual / local fish species such as Opah. I had the octopus appetizer, which was tender and tasty, followed by the Halibut with lobster froth. Amazing flavor! Sat outside and the service was prompt and friendly. Would eat here again!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

This was the best seafood of my life! In from out of town, I wanted to experience a nice restaurant with really good seafood and it totally exceeded expectations! The service was amazing and Colin, our server, was extremely knowledgeable and a fabulous guide though the menu.

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3.0Dined on April 23, 2018

This is one of our favorite places, both for us and for bringing out of town guests. While the food was excellent, as always, the service was subpar. We had to wait forever to order, and then the food took a particularly long time. So much so that our waiter had to explain the delay, but there was no offer made to help ease our wait, such as bread or a discount or anything.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Took a quick trip into San Diego for the weekend and we heard from a few locals to try Ironside. We attempted to go on Saturday night, but the wait was over an hour (don't forget the reservation!), so I knew the place had to be good. Decided to make a reservation for the following night and we were not disappointed! The service was top notch, with really great recommendations on food, craft cocktails, and wine. I read on Yelp that the must-try was the octopus, also suggested by our server, and it was the best thing we ate all weekend! The raw fish selection was all very fresh and filling. The craft cocktails are super fun and yummy. I really don't think you can go wrong with this establishment. Highly recommend! We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

This turned out to be one of the most enjoyable restaurant meals I’ve had in a long time! Attentive service!

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