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Ironside Fish & Oyster

4.6
4.6
3445 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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Booked 110 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

    Jason McLeod

  • 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

Menu

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What 3,445 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Seafood

  • San Diego

    Seafood

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  1. T

    Tanya

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service and food were great! We have an awesome time!

  2. S

    Satisfied

    Denver

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    Very busy Food average but served hot Service average Only an average experience

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, fun ambiance!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They went out of their way to make the night special. Thanks!

  5. MD

    MD1031

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    If you like seafood, this is your place. Everything on their menu is a hit I’d go back just for their cheddar bay biscuits

  6. OG

    OlgaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Should you visit this place? Absolutely! Two of us visited during happ[y hour so we didn't get to experience full menu. We ordered 5 dishes and 4 drinks. All were of a very good quality. Though I highly recommend this place (and by reading full menu want to come back) I also wanted to add 2 comments on what could be improved: 1) for dessert, we were choosing between pavlova and coconut-lime pie. We went with pavlova. I can't say I'd care to order it again because flavors did not work together: Nutella was overwhelming strawberries. They were supposed to be some rose flavor but I couldn't detect it (rosewater is usually quite strong). Overall, it felt like a kiddy-palate desert but there were not enough adult flavors (anything mildly sour, bitter, herbaceous) to go around. E.g. as a suggestion, I would have enjoyed basil added there (if you could make basil merengue, or light matcha, or super light sage/strawberry) I think it would have been better. 2) Second suggestion is about octopus-chorizo dish. There was too much chorizo, and since it was very salty/fatty I was constantly stealing my husband's fries from another dish. Octopus was perfect, so first few bites pairing it with chorizo went great, but then there was no mild octopus flavor to pair with very strong chorizo. Suggestion - take a bit of chorizo out and add a bit of fries (not full order, maybe 1/4 or 1/3 you would serve with fish and chips). Otherwise, it was a very good meal. I hope to be back soon for a full dinner menu for a truly memorable food experience. Highly recommend.

  7. DA

    DebA

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was an incredible treat. The food is fresh and great quality. We had oysters, osso bucco and crab, halibut, rockfish ceviche, and the uni. Outstanding! Dessert was strawberry and Nutella Pavlova which was perfect and not overly sweetened. The service was fun and friendly.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service and the best seafood I’ve had in a long time. Our server Joel was very helpful and gave us some good recommendations.

  9. SR

    SaquibR

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tatiana was great! We loved having her as our server. The food and drinks were delicious.

  11. AH

    AmandaH

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    We had high hopes with the high rating for this restaurant but the service was severely lacking. Our waitress actually left and someone had to take over her spot and hardly anybody was checking in on our table. We ordered oysters but I should’ve listened to the reviews. Oysters had pieces of shells in a lot of them and some had sand/dirt. We did get $5 off our dozen oysters but still didn’t make up for the terrible service. It’s really too bad as the ambience of this place is amazing with such great details like the cocktail menu and we would’ve stayed longer if the service was better. Sadly we won’t be back and I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant.

  12. LC

    LizC

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came here on the recommendation of my daughter & son in law. It was fabulous. Great vibe, excellent food and great service. Highly recommended.

  13. A

    Adventurer

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Food was excellent!! Food took a while to come out and I had to put a little effort in getting our server's attention at the end when we were ready to close out the bill but overall, I would highly recommend this place! ALL THE FOOD AND DRINK WAS DELICIOUS and the price point was fair. The nautical decor was also very impressive.

  14. R

    Reubend

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5

    RACIST, RACIST, RACIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am here from out of town visiting friends, and until I stepped foot in this restaurant, I've enjoyed my time. There were a total of 4 people at our table, one of our dinner guests, the ONLY black person at our table, asked for a to go box. A young lady that wasn't our waitress told our guest that they didn't have any to go boxes, but she could shove as much food as she could in her pockets, all the while with the biggest smirk on her face, AND she was WHITE, not to mention her demeanor....disgusting. From there, let's just say....it escalated. I asked for a manager, and honestly he was surprised, but only to a point. They wanted us gone, as quickly as they could get us out the door. We never asked for our dinner to be "comp'd"-we just wanted the young lady to apologize to our guest. The manager FINALLY came back to our table with the young lady, she denied saying anything of that nature, needless to say.....our waiter lost out, he was amazing, they wouldn't even let us tip him. We left with no apology, no bill and low and behold a TO GO BOX!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3

    Worst service I’ve ever experienced

  16. SB

    SteveB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, very good food! Loved the outdoor seating

  17. JL

    JohnL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fresh seafood/drinks and good ambience. Highly recommended

  18. OC

    OskarC

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. The Ironside never disappoints. Dining here is an experience for me. The golden era ocean liner theme is beautiful. The food is excellent as always.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5

    Our food took over an hour to come out. Our server apologized and offered us complimentary warm baked bread which is a item on the menu priced at $7 He ended up charging us for it anyway. I had the lobster roll. It was very tasty but there was very little lobster. My husbands food was cold. My sister could not eat her Yellowtail entree. Never again. Not for that price!

  20. d

    daveb

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great, yes, but your service was very helpful and fun.

  21. AM

    AMI9

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food but small portions so be prepared to get a few entrees per person. Drinks were outstanding!

  22. PP

    PPPadre

    Nashville

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Made a meal out of appetizers - Ousters Rockefeller and fresh oysters - shrimp - clam chowder that was FULL of clams, and broccolini- all terrific. Nice cheese bread came with showier. Watch out for the atomic horseradish. They mean it!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great night!

  24. G

    Gustavo

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5

    Im a regular Last night they where off or something Fish cold And over cooked They change for lobster roll And fries where cold Like i said im a regular i know the quality. Hopefully next time is up to there standard’s

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Without a doubt the best restaurant I visited during my visit to San Diego! Definitely going back in the fall when I return. I had Oysters, Lobster Roll & even the Table side Banana Pudding. It was all to die for! Cocktails were great as well as the friendly service. Be prepared a little for the sink situation in the bathroom. Haha! The sinks are shared with the restroom next to you & it can be at first a bit shocking to see someone else’s hands come across in the bathroom. Hahaha!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Mothers Day. The scallops were awesome but not hot.

  27. A

    Anthony

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Would highly recommend this place! Everything we ate and drank was fantastic. Our server Weston was awesome as well!

  28. MA

    MartinA

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The Citrus-Bets Salad did not had any Bets. however, the item was removed from the final tab The steamed clams o the Calabria Hot Sauce were too hut even for a guy that eats hot and spicy food The clam Chowder was very simple Best part was the fish and chips

  29. LF

    LesleyF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    It's in the gaslamp so choose your time accordingly. We had a great table outdoors and great service. My wife ordered the lobster. It was cooked perfectly and she really enjoyed it. I had the street tacos and they were also very tasty. We will definitely be back.

  30. DC

    DanikaC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    Waiter was absolute trash! Completely left us unattended for sooo long that it ruined our dinner experience :( Food was great even though one plate came incomplete. PS didn’t get to order dessert because our server never came back to ask before dessert service closed. Not cool!

  31. JH

    JarredH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    Food was mediocre at best. It was very disappointing. Worst 7 dollar bread ever!

  32. SW

    SW85

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    High quality food and service is just as good. Amazed by this spot. Tip the bartenders and servers well!

  33. N

    N1234

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Nice ambiance for happy hour or even dinner. Great staff, although a little slow on service. Good and drinks were great too!

  34. O

    Oscar

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Happy Hour menu with $1 oysters. Clam Chowder cups delicious. We got the octopus and it was cooked perfectly, nice and tender. Would recommend making reservations for happy hour!

  35. RS

    RwikS

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service, great ambience, great options

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent everything! Great service and delicious dishes. Lots of energy among the staff and customers. We were there for our 34th anniversary and probably the oldest couple in the place but felt completely at home. Plus no screaming babies (including adults acting like babies). Just a very refreshing experience. We’ll be back.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    This is one of my go to places usually everything is great, unfortunately this time the oysters had a lot of grit, shell pieces and didn’t seem fresh.

  38. BM

    BetoM

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    This is my favorite place in San Diego! Love the clam chowder and lobster roll! But what makes this my favorite are the oysters and the mezcal oyster-backs! And they’re dog-friendly!!!!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great! Fantastic experience and amazing happy hour.

  40. P

    Peter

    Oklahoma City

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    Wish there was a better vodka selection.

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Ironside Fish & Oyster is rated 4.6 stars by 3445 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 110 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

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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

    Jason McLeod

  • 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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