Ironside Fish & Oyster

4.7
3158 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is a gem. Was highly recommended to us and did not disappoint. I was a little taken back by the small menu. I’m used to more choices but everything we had was outstanding! Started with the oysters Rockefeller, amazing! I had the mussels and my husband had the wahoo. That with the bread was a perfect dinner! The bar is super cool too! The only bummer was we had to eat outside. I would have much rather dined inside but they had heaters so it was fine.

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BrieC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ah absolutely perfect dinner! Everything is outstanding, and the service is top notch.

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MaiMo
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Always smiling and always checking in. Enjoyed it

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Marcela
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant experience in San Diego. The food and services were amazing. Was in town to celebrate my husband's birthday and they provided such a nice and warm dinner, with great suggestions for eat and drink. Our server was the best! Definitely recommend for couples and friends to have a nice dinner experience. Compared to other places we have been, the price is great to. A must go: Try the lobster roll and the octopus dish!

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Catherine
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ironside never disappoints and I love coming here for any special occasion. The service was excellent and the food was phenomenal. We sat outside and the heaters were great. Overall fantastic experience.

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JoanneL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun anniversary dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a wonderful experience for our anniversary. The whole staff was attentive and polite and the food of course was amazing! Cocktails too! Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ultimate special occasion meal!

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vipChris
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful restaurant with high energy level. Decor was unique and well thought out. Our table happened to be poorly situated next to the waiter stand, which was a sore distraction from the otherwise fabulous ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, food is amazing, service on point, just a perfect place for everyday dining and a special occasion

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Jordan
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Food and drinks were amazing and the restaurant is so nice on the inside. It was my friends birthday and they even gave us special menus that said "happy birthday" on them!

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GemmaK
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Strong/delish cocktails + great choice of oysters.

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vipBill
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice menu. Good service. Food is a little pricey. Noisy. Overall a nice place to go for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Had a teeny tiny problem and decided to speak up about it, sans the attitude ofc, but the gal who took care of us - did it with such grace and kindness and got it taken care of asap, and it just added to our little date nite. Thank you mystery girl!! You were amazing as was our server and food and drinks! Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't wait to come back.

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vipDankJe
Cincinnati
55 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, fresh seafood and oysters. Great service and ambience.

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JoeC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful oysters, all the food delicious. Super charming ambiance, friendly staff, great cocktails.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food and drinks. Kids friendly. Cocktails are amazing as well.

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Riggs
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! Great beer and wine selection too!

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vipZoolig
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the finest Seafood restaurants in San Diego.

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vipFoodieGal
San Diego
62 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ironside is definitely one of my husband and my "go to's." We really just enjoy the food, the relaxed atmosphere, and the positive vibes.

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KelseyA
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious happy hour, great service and such a cool vibe. Definitely recommend the chowder fries and table side banana pudding!

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vipMichelleL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful workers, and fun ambiance! Absolutely amazing and I highly recommend this place and will definitely be coming back again.

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geraldh
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

waitress and service was very good , food was excellent appetizers and main course , light crowd for a Saturday night so bonus , dessert was to much but very good

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vipFachoy
Orange County
67 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cocktails were creative and scrumptious. Lobster roll delicious and dozen Oysters were fresh albeit a bit small. Enjoyed our dinner before attending a great show, Led Zeppelin tribute band, Get the Led Out at the Balboa Theater, great show.

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vipKevin
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place to have lunch. The food is always great.

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vipBethL
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Hoppin place. Service was slow but that could just be the sign of the times. I didn’t like that I got my entree while my daughter got her salad. I finished my entree before she got hers. The noise level is very high. You have to shout to hear each other. However, the vibe and energy is great.

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jleetahoe
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We sat on the street and that was nice once the heater was turned on. Lots of people walking by which you need to realize is going to happen.The waitress was doing the best she could but things came out of the kitchen unevenly. The salad with avocado, hazelnuts and tangerines was really good as was the octopus. However, my husband ordered the swordfish just grilled. He got a piece of swordfish slightly larger than a deck of cards with nothing else for $38. The house bread is slightly sweet but pretty good. Very expensive for what you get.

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VicSF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've lived her now for almost 10 years and had not found a really good seafood place until now. Hands down the best lobster I've ever had and we just came from a trip this past Summer to Boston, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and the NYC, and practically had lobster almost every day. : ) My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here and they had nice/personal touches to make us feel special. It's in the heart of Little Italy, took a romantic stroll around the neighborhood, and lots of pictures. We'll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great vibe. Great food. Table side Banana Pudding is a MUST!

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bsolds
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun place for a birthday celebration! We went for happy hour and sat on the patio. It was fun watching all the locals and tourists wandering past. Our waitress was super fun, and the lobster roll was to die for! I don’t know about you but I don’t like Mayo on mine and they will do it for you with just butter if you ask-heavenly 😋

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has some amazing seafood dishes and a great list of cocktails. While we had a few critiques, the combination of ambience, reasonable prices, awesome oysters and lobster, and flavorful drinks still earned this restaurant five stars. Yes, expect to spend a decent amount but when compared to other seafood restaurants, the menu is pretty reasonably priced. Service and ambiance were great.
We started with half dozen oysters, which were super fresh and tasted great solo or with the provided toppings - a champagne sauce, horseradish, and lemon wedges.

For drinks, we ordered the Mai Tai and another cocktail called Pimm’s Royale. The flavors were excellent and the bunches of fresh mint made the drinks really refreshing. However, the drinks could have been a tad stiffer and the glasses served with less ice. Since the prices were okay ($12 or so per drink) and at least tasty, that didn't bother us too much.

We also ordered the crab cake, lobster roll, and roasted carrots. The lobster roll was amazing. The lobster was so succulent and buttery and stuffed into a roll similar to Texas toast - the bread had the perfect crust and soft in the middle. The amount of lobster was generous even when split between two people. The dish also came with a side of fries.

While the crab cake was good, the dish felt like it was missing something overall. It came with one okay-sized crab cake, slices of horseradish pickles, and some tartar sauce. The horseradish pickles were the most unique item on this dish and had a great tang and spicy kick. While I enjoyed the flavors, I'll probably try something else next time. This dish would not be filling for one person so probably need to order something else with it to make it a full meal.

The roasted carrots paired well with our entrees. It's served on a bed of slightly sweet orange yogurt with fried garbanzo beans and other herbs on top. Overall, great food and drinks and will come back to sample the rest of the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! We brought our 6 year old daughter and the staff was magnificent to her

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ambience, food was impeccable, and customer service was perfection. Can’t wait to go back when we’re back in San Diego.

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Yassi
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great drink. Great ambiance. The lobster roll, burrata salad and seafood is to die for.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing octopus

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bsmitty24
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Book now. Best seafood in SD

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Ironside Fish & Oyster is rated 4.7 stars by 3158 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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