OSETRA Seafood & Steaks

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Osetra Seafood and Steaks; voted the Best Seafood Restaurant in the heart of Gaslamp Quarter. Inside, the only 30 foot Wine Tower in all of San Diego, complete with our award-winning wine list! Our menu is classic, yet contemporary. Osetra offers locally-sourced seafood and sushi where consistency in execution and highlighting the fish itself is a priority. Osetra Seafood boasts a sleek and energetic bar, elegant private dining rooms, and a three-story wine tower. Our extensive award-winning wine list and seasonally curated craft cocktails will exceed expectations. Our Fishhouse lends the perfect balance between fresh seafood, chic decor, and impeccable service.
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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentines Day is always a sh*tshow downtown, but making a reservation on OpenTable, confirming we would get a nice table, and checking in with the restaurant to confirm the menu details was a total breeze. Exceptional service from the host staff during a stressful/crowded/over-demanding night, but my only disappointment was forgetting our server’s name because he deserved recognition for handling his section’s crowd. Lots of stuffy couples with their noses in the air, haha. Bravo to he and the rest of the wait staff last night. Well done. The chefs and kitchen already know how it’s done and continue to deliver year after year. I can always expect delicious fare that never disappoints. 😘😘😘

VB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Food was great just wish our server would of checked on us more often. But good place will go again

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Valentine’s Day dinner with my fiancé was a disappointment. His steak was significantly undercooked, and my salmon lacked flavor. The deserts also lacked in that they seemed pre-packaged and lackluster. The music resembled a night club and did not create the ambiance desired for a romantic meal. I expected much more for the $250 price tag.

L
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner with friends for one of their birthdays. It was our third time dining here. I had the Sea Bass which was amazing and cooked to perfection! One friend had the stuffed sole and one had the lamb chops. They both said their dishes were great! We shared a serving of the lobster mashed potatoes which I could have had as a main course -- they are that good!!! We will definitely be back!

RV
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was outstanding. My only complaint was the size of table.

OT
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We brought our friends to Ostera for the food and the experience of the wine tower. We were terribly disappointed that the staff was not climbing the tower due to a problem. The food was wonderful, as we’ve experienced in the pas, but we were not happy that the spectacular wine tower (which is greatly advertised) was not operating. I hope the owner gets everything working for our next visit to San Diego.

BP
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter went above and beyond and made us feel like regulars. He was very friendly and knowledgeable of the specials and menu and helped us feel at home making sure we got exactly what we were in the mood for. Our filets were out of this world and I really enjoyed the lobster mashed potatoes. We don’t remember his name but we hope he gets the kudos he deserves! Thanks for a great date night!

OT
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Very bad cuts of beef around the table. Seafood was over cooked. Prices are way to high for the lack of quality. We had an attentive server - but the overall experience lacked what you would expect at this price range. The atmosphere was run down- the wine tower was not in operation and bathrooms were more like a gas station, not fine dining. Skip this joint!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved it!! Would come here again!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Last Friday 1/24- I wrote on yelp
Oh my gosh! Our reservations were at 6:30 and it is 8:10 and we were served our side dishes but still waiting for our main courses. Hilarious our waiter said - did u enjoy ur food and are u ready for dessert !!! Where is our main course ? Who runs this restaurant ! Literally writing this review as we continue to wait for our food! Not coming back! How do you forget the main course!

J
Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience4

I actually kind of pike our evening but i and mt husband got really sick so cannot speak highly about food quality. I also belive it is pretty limited menu.

RL
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great space, helpful and courteous staff, great menu selection. Will definitely recommend to friends, colleagues, and family. The best restaurant and dining experience in downtown San Diego so far!

K
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Osetra was terrific. Just what we wanted and staff was so nice.

s
Buckinghamshire
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although this is on the face of it a sea food restaurant, I had a wonderful New York Strip Sirloin steak here. Super quality food.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Was my first and last time on this place.

Even with reservation we have to wait 30 minutes and the service was not so good as the food.

The oysters are as the same size as a coin

HR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

I would have felt cheated spending $60 on the meal I had and our bill was over $300. The food was absolutely awful. Cheap cuts of meat improperly cooked. Boxed pasta. Raw brussel sprouts. And to top it off STONE COLD pecan pie? What a joke! My husband and I were legitimately angry when we left. The chef should be fired.

CL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We were seated immediately.
Our order was taken quickly then we waited and waited 65 minutes later still no entree meanwhile all tables around us have received their meal and finished eating. We call waitress over tell her we are done waiting and she proceeds to bring us the bill ... I ask to speak to the manager and she snatches the bill from me and says it’s free with an attitude- what’s free ? Water and bread ? What about an explanation as to why our meal never came out or an apology for the error.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Our dinner took an extremely long time... we ordered at 8:15p and did not get our food until 9:45p.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex was our server for New Year’s eve and not only did he make the night absolutely magical when it was all said and done he even splurge for my beautiful sweetheart and I for a dessert… With the class, elegance, and ambience of this establishment one is surely to find the secret ingredient to bind two people together at that very moment in time.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Got together with friends on New Year’s Eve, our waitress was slow. I understand it was New Year’s Eve and the kitchen was probably a bit backed up but it took her 45 minutes to get us bread and a bottle of wine. She never apologized or followed up, each time we needed something we had to flag her down and ask.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for New Years’ Eve with our 10 year old and still had a wonderful time! The “small” seafood platter was huge and diverse. And my husband’s pasta was perfect. My son’s chicken tenders were a large portion and cooked just right for him. The wine list was great for me and the beer selection was also very good for my husband. Highly recommend this place for a great meal in ten Gaslamp!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.

EW
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We made a reservation and even with that we were seated at a table in the bar. A table that was in the middle of a cross path. I requested standard seating in my reservation. I went back to the hostess and she seated us elsewhere which had many open tables for two diners so I’m confused why she put us in the bar in the first place. We were ignored for about 15 minutes and then a waiter who also seemed to be serving as sommelier took menus from the diners next to us and plopped then on the table. No wine list no cocktail menu and didn’t bother to ask if we wanted them. We ordered the calamari and the oysters. The calamari was rubbery the only thing salvageable was the shrimp. The oysters came with cubes of ice melting into what would have been a standard champagne mignonette, not separated fully from the membrane, without oyster forks, and no hors d’oeuvres spoons to put the watered down mignonette or cocktail sauce is n the oysters. For entree we ordered the cioppino and the shrimp linguine. The cioppino was actually flavorful but the shrimp linguine which was listed under house specialities was frozen meal level. The waiter seemed to sense we had an issue and proactively sent the manager over who sent us a free dessert, lemon chiffon cake, which was good and gave us a 25% discount so they did try to mage it right.

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Excellent foods, drinks. The waiter forgot some stuff we ordered but everything else was perfect. We would go back to this restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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GR
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food, had Christmas Eve dinner and had a wonderful time.

PM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so friendly, the portions were generous and the flavors were sumptuous. Very cozy yet private atmosphere. Overall it was a superb dining experience.

w
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the classiest restaurants in San Diego! The Food and Service are outstanding!

V
San Diego
76 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wish we had more time to enjoy the ambiance, service and food at Osetra, but we were running late for a show. Next time will try to manage our time better. I had a wonderful veggie dish and my friend had octopus. Great glass of Sancerre wine too. I bet their desserts are wonderful too.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meals, wonderful service. Very professional staff.

L
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here from out of town for Thanksgiving dinner and loved it! The food was amazing, server was attentive and they played Christmas music quietly in the background. I would definitely come again next time I was in town!

d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Mediocre food. Odd vertical cellar with faux angel on cable picking bottles. Much overpriced.

MV
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The location and ambiance is good. We sat outside by choice which was of course noisy and impacted by cars driving by and folks smoking on the streets. Inside it was quieter and calmer. The food was good but did not warrant the high price. The lobster bisque was mediocre. The calamari appetizer was unique but not my favorite. The sea bass was very good but again overpriced. All portions were ample though very heavy on the starch and carbohydrates, which most of us did not finish. We will probably not go back since there are so many other good restaurants in the Gaslamp with much lower price tags.

GW
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! The New York strip steak was awesome. I highly recommend!

J
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience5

The ambiance and service was good but we were not impressed with our meals.

KK
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, manager were perfection!! I highly recommend getting the crab legs;)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Worst steak ever. Quality and preparation, the chef got it wrong twice.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We actually went back after the first time. First time I would rate higher. Second time the food was not as good as the first. Steak the first night second night I had the seafood fettuccine. Shellfish meat was really small and not very tasty. Bland. My wife had the lobster Mac and cheese, again, couldn’t taste the cheese, bland.

C
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I decided to meet for dinner. He’s never been to Osetra and it’s been a year or two since I’ve been and I was craving lobster. We were sat upstairs which was great. I’ve never been up there. Our server Shad was knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and attentive in the right way. We had a fantastic and decadent dinner.

KM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! I can't wait to eat there again!

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