Ironside Fish & Oyster

4.7
2761 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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service2ambience4

The food was really disappointing. Once it came, our waiter never came back to check on us until we flagged him down for more drinks.

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AmadA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. The price is on the higher end of the spectrum. The service was well managed.

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PLRonchetti
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing food and great ambience. Quality over quantity, super fresh dishes. Loved the drinks too. Was very satisfied.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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3rin
Denver
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing seafood!! Tasty cocktails and excellent service!

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vipBTMudd2001
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for my husbands birthday celebration, and everything from start to finish was stellar. The staff was friendly and attentive, the food phenomenal. This has become our go to restaurant when we visit SD.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall

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Kathy
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour specials! Delicious cocktails. Great ambience. Get the banana pudding!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent!!!

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ShaunJ
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Forgettable and Disappointing:
We had been here a number times pre-covid and I was excited to bring my partner here for a belated Valentines. As we both had been in the service industry before, we thought it wise to make a booking for 6pm on Tuesday instead of a Sunday.

I requested inside if possible, somewhere warm if not. We were seated close to the road and after trying for a few minutes to get the gas heaters going, the waiter gave up. In fact a row of 6 heaters were not on and as a result, it was freezing.

Waiter (Ri.) seemed disinterested and often said nothing to any thank you's. After our first round of drinks, our empty glasses sat on our table until we left. Even the manager that came over to drop off food did not clear empty plates and glasses. We had to order another round from someone that brought us our food (the only highlight, it was delicious!). Overall the service and the cold affected our desire to stay, so we settled up and went elsewhere for a nightcap and dessert. Sloppy.

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oliviajbk
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had an amazing experience here overall. The patio was adorable and the food was so good, did not have one bad dish. Highly recommend going during happy hour for dollar oysters!

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SarahC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend this place! Allie was my waitress and she was unbelievable with making my partner and I feel so welcomed on Valentine's Day. We loved every single dish (especially the big platter's shrimp and ceviche) and we can't wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service stellar! In all a magical night. As usual fine dining portions area bit on the smaller end for the cost, but besides that would come back.

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MartaR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the food and the service was amazing!! A must go

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vipJenn
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service here! They’ve done a good job modifying the outdoor space as well.

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vipJoseBAvalos
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We arrived 1/2 early but were asked to wait in the street until 8:00 pm even though our assigned/reserved table was free from the start. Total lack of common sense and sensitivity. Let with a foul taste in my mouth as a result of this even though the food, atmosphere and service from Andrew was outstanding.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Yummy dollar oysters on the half shell and rockfish ceviche.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best part: Service was excellent and Lobster Roll(Only downfall is bread larger portion than lobster)

Opportunity: Dessert; we have the Meringue; disgusting; hard and chewy, tasted burnt. Did not taste good at all.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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vipPatW
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We were seated in table in the main walkway. I ask for a table by the wall. They said could not do this as they needed the table for larger groups. We were a party of 3. Minutes later there were 2 people sitting at the table I wanted. Music from a speaker set next to our table. Ask them to move it as it was hard to talk. Finally they moved us to another table. Ordered Oyster Rockefeller. It was pretty bad. Ordered Lobster roll it was seriously small. Overall food was less than good and over priced.

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vipJC4Wine
San Diego
69 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely set up outdoors these days. Shielded from passers by and the staff was just so lovely...

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vipPatrickV
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food as usual and good champagne!

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vipTiffany
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place! The drink was majority rum and wonderful

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vipAngelaK
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Happy hour is amazing! Waiter was terrible. He ignored us for at least 30+ minutes but they were quite busy during HH.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience. The restaurant is only seating outside, but there are heaters to keep you warm, and the ambiance is still just as great. The food was perfectly prepared and timed out and the drinks were amazing. We got the Octopus, oysters, shrimp, the whole fish, and the halibut on a Parisian Gnocchi plate with vegetables and a brown sage butter. It was all incredible.

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KseniaS
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was really good but the service was unfortunately mediocre. Veeery slow. We waited 20 min before the waitress came to us to take an order and then another 20 min or so to get the drinks. I wouldn’t write this unless the waitress at least apologized that the order was taking long. She just said it was on the way and gave me a look, like why are you even asking. She definitely had an attitude. We are coming back to this restaurant but hope will get different server next time. Hope this comment helps their management too.

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JorCal
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Shrimp and chowder soup are both amazing. Lobster roll is one of the best in San Diego.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a reservation and were seated right away. Our server was attentive, friendly and helpful. The kitchen let her down - they either lost or somehow delayed our order. She kept having to go back and see why things weren’t being delivered as they were supposed to, the things the server doesn’t typically bring out, like our bread, for example. We enjoyed all the food we got when we got it, but all the tables around us had their food well before we did, and finished, and even left. Our server kept coming and telling us it would be right up and finally came over and said “I don’t know what’s happened to your food. I’m going to check with the kitchen again.” Our food came about 15 minutes later and the manager came over and comped our bread. We had ordered house specialty cocktails, oysters on the half shell and then waited over an hour for our bread to come and additional time until the entrees finally arrived. The food was delicious, the service good, the kitchen not so good. Prices were good for the quality of the food.

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Roxy
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places for happy hour! They have fresh fish and oysters, and an extensive cocktail program.
Extremely COVID friendly with outdoor seating and the service is always amazing.

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vipSteveP
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Ironside but it definitely won’t be the last. Everything was absolutely perfect, the food, the service and the atmosphere. The grilled octopus was the best I have ever had, tender and cooked just right. The lobster roll was delicious both the bread and the lobster filling. As good as those were, the chowder fries are what knocked it out of the park! The combination of the crispy fries and the best clam chowder I’ve ever tasted was unbelievably delicious. I will definitely order the chowder fries every time I eat there. They were so good that I really wanted to lick the bottom of the bowl. This is now one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego.

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Annabella
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious, creative fish and seafood and good service. Wonderful experience!

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vipEmily
Boise
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rachel was outstanding.. she was so gracious and generous. Made the meal memorable for meeting a friend even more so than the *incredible* lobster roll and oysters. Thank you Rachel!

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Molly
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ironside has been my boyfriend and I's anniversary dinner spot for 3 years now! The food is fantastic, the atmosphere is cool, and the cocktails are great. Get the ironside select oysters and the octopus, they're amazing.

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vipJackieb
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent oysters!

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vanny94
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

First time dining here. It was highly recommended by friends who have dined there before. It was my husband’s birthday and he enjoys oysters, so I decided to try it. He was impressed with the oyster selections and the seafood tower. The dinner entrees were surprisingly very small. Place was pricy but comparable to other similar restaurants. Hard to comment on the ambiance when you’re table is in a sidewalk 🤷🏻‍♀️ our reservation for 3 was made about one month in advance.

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Sandiegolocal
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Dan at the front door was great, very friendly and accommodating. Unfortunately the first woman server we had (maybe of Asian decent), was terrible. She never introduced herself, took 25 minutes with our drinks and gave us the wrong one. We requested a new server (a younger blonde girl) and she was sweet and made our experience enjoyable, if it wasn’t for her we wouldn’t have came back.

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Jason
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice variety of fresh oysters, the mussels in that lemongrass broth are amazing, and we don't normally get octopus but that octopus a la plancha is worth going back for!

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Skip
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

$1 oysters during happy hour. Need I say more?!?!?

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Mackenzie
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour is a must! Oysters were so good, but the mussels are amazing. 10/10 would recommend. Definitely visiting again on our next trip to San Diego!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recently dined here with a friend. It was my first time dining here, but my friend is a regular. We enjoyed chowder fries, clam chowder and biscuits, and raw oysters. The atmosphere and setting are great and the service was excellent. I highly recommend Ironside Fish & Oyster.

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Ironside Fish & Oyster is rated 4.7 stars by 2761 OpenTable diners.

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