Ironside Fish & Oyster
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.
Brown Butter Mayo, Crispy Shallots, Chives
Octopus Fra Diavolo
Bread Crumbs, Chili Oil, Parmesan
Happy hour is amazing! Waiter was terrible. He ignored us for at least 30+ minutes but they were quite busy during HH.
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.
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.
Shrimp and chowder soup are both amazing. Lobster roll is one of the best in San Diego.
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.
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.
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.
Delicious, creative fish and seafood and good service. Wonderful experience!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
$1 oysters during happy hour. Need I say more?!?!?
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!
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.
We didn’t realize the restaurant doesn’t carry ketchup or cocktail sauce, that would have influenced what we ordered. We were disappointed in the food.
Food was delicious. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The staff was equally helpful. Ambience was gorgeous.
Excellent! Love it here!
Their service was really good. Everyone works there are friendly and nice. Food tasted good and presentation was also wonderful.
Excellent selection of oysters and shellfish. Ironside is a nice spot for a plate of raw delicasies and glass of champagne.
Wonderful! We felt very comfortable eating inside!
As usual Happy Hour was very happy! Great service and food!
Food and service were great!! Nice out door seating too.
Always amazing! Octopus, I can have 5 of those dishes as main course. Ceviche is good. TUNA WAS THE STAR OF THE NIGHT THOUGH!!! We couldn't get enough and almost ordered another! And it was a slightly different texture from ahi tuna, but still awesome!
Great experience food and service!
The food we did get was amazing, but our waitress was absolutely horrible. We were celebrating a birthday and were planning on racking up a large bill but after not getting half of the things we ordered we left hungry and disappointed. She even argued with us that we never ordered our main dishes, and it was up to us to convince her we didn’t want to argue, we just wanted the check. On top of this we had an allergy at the table and she completely ignored it. You would think the staff at a seafood restaurant would take an allergy warning seriously. This was our second visit to Ironside - the first was absolutely amazing! This visit was surely only a bad experience due to our waitress.
It was a great first experience! The server was very helpful and polite, and the food was awesome. Very fresh seafood and unique cocktail menu. Will definitely be back..
The best oysters in San Diego
The lobster roll was delicious. But the clam chowder was a little too salty. Drinks and the oysters were great.
The staff was very attentive and the food was delicious.
Wonderful service. We have been here several times and the service is always good. The food is constantly good! We have a good time every time we go here.
Birthday brunch , out of Uni so had other selections , oysters were delicious , unfortunately the sea bass and cod were super salty and rich so we barely ate it . Chowder was also really overly salty this time as well, our server was great and the staff worked well together .
Great food! I live in the valley and would drive down for two hours just to eat there.
Great food! Great Service! Always nice to eat here.
Once again this place does not disappoint. I absolutely love coming here and this was probably the 5th time do far. Thanks for always being great and consistent! I'll be coming back next week for oysters 🤞
$1 oysters during happy hour were awesome! Great ambiance inside and outside on the patio.
Ironside is the best of the best for fresh EXCELLENT seafood in San Diego!
Perfect B'day Lunch! staff was extremely welcoming and attentive and even included a Dessert surprise with candle.
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Ironside Fish & Oyster is rated 4.7 stars by 2738 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.