Ironside Fish & Oyster

4.7
3209 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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ChrisT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dinner in perfect booth

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vipEricaF
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We were forgotten about. The servers forgot our drinks the first time and we had to ask three times for them where they were. Then we asked to receive our fish and broccolini at the same time, and they ignored this and brought out our swordfish first and then the broccolini after we were finished because we were so hungry. The broccolini was undercooked and awful.

The server knew he messed up and only took off $9 off a $160 bill. Won’t be coming here again, so disappointed and undervalued as guests.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service from Andrew and Robert. The octopus was incredible, as was the rest of our food!

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vipRonH
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We loved the octopus and mussels! Great food and a fun venue.

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JoJo
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food, strong drinks, amazing atmosphere, outstanding staff. A great night out with friends!

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ErinS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is great but very expensive. You pay for the experience and ambiance. Best to go there with someone else money

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vipfancy
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent place , quality of food and service , if you like seafood this is the spot !

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vipChefMarian
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

At a meetup group I organize, we do Restaurant Reviews with a crew of 12-20 and I would say, WE ALL WOULD SAY, order the Clam Chowder to start.

Mei said: “I can’t get over I can’t get over how delicious the clam chowder is. For anyone who loves clam chowder .... this is the place to go to if you want clam chowder because it is clam chowder not potato chowder”. And I will add to that: “This place gets my 100% stamp of approval on their ‘chowda’ along with their wonderful biscuit”.

The Fish and Chips were spot on. I’ve had Fish and Chips in England and these were equally good.

“Very good catch of the day moist and on a bed of diced vegetables ….. highly recommend” says Roger.

I eat a lot of Octopus (we ordered Octopus al la Plancha) this is by far the best …. its tender yet crunchy at the same time” says Mai. Susan agrees: “as good as in Spain but the way it’s prepared with the chorizo and stuff on the side and the spices are really amazing”. Nancie Ann says: “that was the best octopus I’ve ever had”. Bob says: ” it is very tender, very soft and it’s very hard to do so they did a very good job with that”. So, they got a lot of praise for the Octopus.

Keiko says: “the broccolini was phenomenal like I mean it was beautiful with an anchovy sauce …. it was divine”.

Susan: "I love scallops and I’m very picky about them. These were super sweet and met all my expectations”. Bob joins in “it’s really good seasoning. My scallops were very very sweet”. I would like to add “I don’t eat scallops. But these made me see why other people do”.

Carmen says “the Arugula salad was excellent”.

Shrimp Agua Chile, Mei says was very refreshing. I would like to say: “I was actually surprised that I enjoyed everything we ordered, family style”. So we got to taste a lot of dishes. I highly recommend you do that when you come”.

Best,
Chef Marian

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NathanW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HH oysters are amazing quality. Drinks were strong. Rockfish ceviche very fresh. Clam chowder was very very good.

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SusanW
Tucson
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were seated promptly as we had reservations. We waited 20 minutes for a server to come over. We ordered drinks and dinner at that time, as well as an appetizer. Drinks came in 15 minutes. Dinner came in about 25 minutes and the appetizer came about 35 minutes.

Husband ordered fish and chips. The fish was good. I had the scallops. They were good but $30 for 3 scallops, they were not that good. Enjoyed the rockfish ceviche was delish but came after the meal.

Our server kept us informed of the delays. We enjoyed our food, but not so much to go there again. Food was good, not great. Bill was over $100, for meal, 2 beer and one cocktail. Just not good enough to go again.

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vipKaren
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing octopus! Lobster roll was fabulous!
Server was awesome too
Thank you from Philly!

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vipPaulaV
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant located in the Little Italy area. The food is fresh and service is excellent. I highly recommend this for a brunch or dinner with friends. It's a very social and lively place!

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Cami
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for my husband’s birthday. Food and service was incredible. We felt comfortable eating outside because tables were spread out and near heat lamps. We love coming to Ironside for special occasions.

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GreggK
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The happy hour and oysters were great. We had a wonderful server named Amber who took at care of us.

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Melissa
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance and delicious food. I had the lobster roll that looks deceiving but it’s full of lobster in the inside!

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vipJenniferS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food was mediocre. But I would come back just for the service. I have never had such impeccable service before. From the hostess, to the waitress, even the woman working in pastry, it was amazing. Kudos to the hiring team. This is a stellar group of people. Amazing

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ChristianaH
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I really enjoyed coming here! It was my birthday, and I appreciated the extra touches (like a printed menu with "Happy Birthday", champagne for everyone at the table, and dessert). It was an important evening for me, family wise, and I felt that it was a fun adventure to come here. All the cocktails that were ordered were truly a treat! Every single one of them! And the seafood was delicious. I would definitely come back here!

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vipMichaelD
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Sat outside. So little noisy from the street. Food was fantastic! Lobster Roll Is to die for.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Good food and drinks

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vipEllenH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was ok- not great. Ceviche had fresh veggies but we struggled to find any seafood. We ordered the recommended Ironside bread but they forgot to bring it. Entrees were good. Not great.

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LoremeaB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was amazing. Portions could be slightly bigger but delicious.
Didn’t go for happy hour but I guess that’s when you can get the best value for oysters. If not pretty pricey

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

As always the fresh oysters did not disappoint. Also had fish and chips- very tasty although the portions a little smaller than elsewhere

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sanas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent bravo bravo . Food & service . Location & restaurant design is great

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JoeyC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I stop by here every time I’m in San Diego for the live uni but the whole menu is amazing.

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neochu1
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The menu and the food were outstanding. Our waiter AJ was great and friendly but his service was not consistent and thorough to everyone. Overall, I would definitely recommend the place, we had a great experience.

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darrenbrokeit
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a special event at Ironside! The staff really went out of their way to make the night special. Alex was fantastic and was not only incredibly knowledgeable about the menu, but was also incredibly thoughtful about the pacing of the courses, and made sure to make our celebration extra special!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

We waited for over an hour for our main entree and our service was horrible. The waiter did not come and check on us once he took our orders. An hour after we got our drinks and calm chowder, he came over and told us our order would be out soon and that he was leaving and someone else would be taking over. Our food came out about ten minutes later. It was good, however our service was terrible.

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RobertF
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here. The food is amazing. The service is incredible. You can't go wrong here.

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Rango
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Visually great! Drinks were interesting but not memorable. Rock cod cerviche bites were either inedibly salty or tasteless. Tiny single piece of fish on fish and chips. Chips were completely covered in salt and inedible so had to be sent back. Scallops were nice though again three bites.
Ugh… eat elsewhere!

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Xoch
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great spot day or night! Delicious seafood

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vipMichele
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Came here with another couple for a double date. We were seated outside and our heat lamp was amazing. Questionably on fire but had some great heat coming from it! Our server Chi was so great. It was pretty busy despite being a weekday. Our friends ordered a second round of drinks which she may have forgotten to put in. She redeemed herself with a round of shots plus free dessert, which I would go back for specifically - it was to die for! Banana trifle of some sort with graham crackers, whipped cream, banana cream, and real bananas. It was everything we didn't know we needed. As for the rest of the food we highly recommend the chowder fries. Our friends got the lobster roll and fish and chips which they both said they loved. We split the scallops in brown butter sauce and they were cooked perfectly. We love this place and will definitely be back!

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EugeneZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Oysters But they do not have a wide choice of fish

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klif
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The high top seating is really uncomfortable and pretty crammed in there. Water grill had a similar food experience but better ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mussels I have ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service (from Allie O). Can’t get over the greatness of the octopus and clam chowder. Responsive staff when we asked for things and can’t wait to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing!!! Thank you Ironside you never disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

visited for the weekend, the food was delicious, the server was witty and helpful, the resturant had good vibes, 10/10

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Joker
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noon reservations. Was seated outside almost immediately. Server was excellent. Friendly and attentive. Great time!

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vipBW108
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Nice Vibe menu limited

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