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Saltwater, San Diego, CA

Saltwater

4.3
4.3
348 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Saltwater is the premiere seafood restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter, owned by the SD Dining group. As the best seafood restaurant in San Diego, we pride ourselves on the freshness of our ingredients, with fish being flown in daily from the mediteranean sea straight to our fresh fish bar where diners can choose their fish, weigh it and have it cooked to perfection, exactly how they like it! This is one of the few restaurants in California that offers this kind of seafood experience and truly sets us apart from our competition. The interior is a stunning deep royal blue that offers a romantic, premier, and nautical ambience that will make you feel like you are on a 90’ Riva yacht sailing through the Grand Canal. Come stop by for an experience that you will surely never forget.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 525-9990

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Equipped for intimate gatherings (10-12 guests), Saltwater’s private glass-encased wine cellar within the restaurant will provide uninterrupted and exclusive service.With our timeless yacht setting, interior accentuated by mahogany walls and scenic portholes, we will make sure to envelop you in luxury unlike anything you have ever experienced.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    Market Street

  • Parking details

    We do have a parking structure near us, called Park it on Market. It is on sixth and market st.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 348 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Fit for Foodies

  • San Diego

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. RF

    RickF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food..delicious. Salmon Great. Friendly service. Very Nice.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The fish was marginal. I got stuffed filet of sole, but the fish was not filet of sole and I don't know what it was and it was not good! The oysters were ok. The lobster ravioli was good!
  3. B

    Boom

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Help diners decide where to eat. Remember to keep it short, simple and specific.
  4. EK

    ElizabethK

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was exceptional. Best meal we’ve had in a long time. Highly recommend.
  5. M

    Msoliver

    Orlando

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great business dinner. We ate outside on the patio so noise was limited to street. Service and food were excellent. Will go back again when in town!
  6. CH

    CayH

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Food just ok...sea bass not so good. Smell similar to sewage indoors, so sat outside in the extreme heat.
  7. MH

    MarkH

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Be sure to ask the price of the specials before you order.
  8. JC

    JohnC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Steak was under cooked and food was bland.
  9. n

    naaa

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    I expected a special occasion atmosphere, but other than the host wishing us a happy anniversary, it didn’t feel like a place to celebrate any special occasion. Food and service was excellent though.
  10. JW

    JoannW

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone loved their food. Fresh delicious lobster and fish.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all-around!!
  12. BT

    BizTraveler

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Bring your ear plugs. This restaurant inside is louder than a rock concert with your ear next to speakers. Was painful!! They play music loud so entire Gaslight district knows they are open since not many guests. Food was decent...service okay...over priced for entire experience.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and the food is fantastic. The staff are friendly and professional and great spot for people watching. Highly recommend
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    The food quality was incredibly poor for the amount of money spent.
  15. MT

    MikeT

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My only disappointment was scallops not being available.
  16. NS

    NataliyaS

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place, very good food!
  17. RU

    RUDYP

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The ambience was pretty nice. It over looks the gaslamp street so people watching is a must. The waiter was top notch as was the "bus boys". Now the food. My filet mignon was over cooked (ordered Med well) well it was cooked correctly but was very dry. The calamari was like eating rubber, not good. The lobster Mac was the best I've ever eaten! The whipped potatoes were good but nothing to write about. I'm 50/50 as to if I'd come back. If I want a steak I'm headed most likely to Ruth Chris.
  18. FH

    FredH

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Went there for happy hour prior to attending the civic theater. Great happy hour prices and excellent food quality. They were a little under-staffed, but everyone was pitching in to get the job done. Would definitely recommend.
  19. DD

    DaleD

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter and the caviar were the best that you can get. He was totally aware and attentive, and the caviar was as good as you can find.
  20. B

    Breck

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Made the reservation weeks ago for a party of 12 film industry executives and they sat us at a table meant for 10, so we were squeezed very tightly (I noticed after we arrived that the host I spoke to on the phone the week before to increase the party size from 9 to 12 had in fact entered us as a party of 11). Hostess told me day of when I called to confirm that we'd be at a beautiful table against the windows, but they put us at a cramped table in the middle of the restaurant. Service was slow - took almost 20 minutes for three of us at the table to get our second round of beer/wine. One party member was elbowed quite hard in the back of the head by a server/runner and they didn't apologize. Our server wasn't very hospitable and didn't come by that often. All that said, the food was pretty good, however I would've expected much more from bringing in a large party of film executives which had been planned weeks in advance.
  21. b

    bobny

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food and service
  22. k

    kkflash

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great restaurant. Street is a bit funky
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience5
    The lobster was tough and wasn’t as good as I anticipated. But crab cakes are good and and so is the octopus. Food is definitely over priced. It’s more of an upscale price and the quality isn’t upscale.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night with hubby. We were able to get a cute little corner table on the patio so we were to ourselves but still see and hear all the outdoor atmosphere of the street. The food was delicious and the portions were generous. We would definitely go back!
  25. SK

    SarinaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy Hour was spectacular and the Lobster Mac and Cheese was amazing! Andrew, our server, is a master at his craft and guided us through one of the best dining experiences during our stay in the Gaslamp District.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Had to send back filet twice and one member of the party had to leave early to get food elsewhere.
  27. DF

    DenverFoodies

    Jacksonville

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, atmosphere, and service
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was great overall but they charged us for slicing the steak… which we never asked for. But other than that it was a great experience and everyone was very friendly
  29. BC

    BriannaC

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was spectacular! The service, even better! We sat outside and were lucky enough to be right next to a 2 man band playing on the street corner. Awesome experience. Dinner and a show! My husband loved his birthday dinner here.
  30. B

    Butcheebear

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Uncle and I, ate at the bar. Our Server, Chelsie was attentive, responsive, smart, kind, knowledgeable, and beautiful from the inside out. The Saltwater Grill delivered in regards to quality and service. I went to San Diego, expecting a quality seafood meal at the Gas Lamp District. That is what I 'got'.
  31. MC

    MikeC825

    Charlotte

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food taste and quality were exceptional. Still a bit pricey
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh seafood, awesome oysters, bokchoi and mushrooms and the calamari were the one of the best
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food is just so so, we first had the calamari and the breading is tasteless , the Caesar salad had way too much dressing, and the linguini with clams was just ok. My friend had the salmon which she liked. We sat outside which was very nice, lots of people watching. I would not rave about the food.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very interesting seating. You can sit outside where you are literally in the street next to a crosswalk. Perfect if you like people watching and the bustle of Gaslamp. Sitting inside is much more relaxed with gentle, upbeat music, and soft lighting. Overall the restaurant was great! The server was very attentive but not overbearing. He seemed to be around just enough to take care of us but didn't interrupt our conversation. Hard to explain but he did a great job. Absolutely book a table here.
  35. AD

    ADKJSK25

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Fun evening. Some of our parties meals were great, some overcooked. Terrific cocktails.
  36. NP

    NPLS

    Naples

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and good people watching. Good food and excellent service.
  37. EF

    EmilyF

    Nashville

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I sat at the bar. My server was very attentive in the beginning, but as it got busier, I struggled to her her attention. Food was great!
  38. MB

    MarkB

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service, great location. Fresh seafood 4.5 out of 5. Be sure to get the grilled octopus for an appetizer!
  39. G

    robertG

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great restaurant, service and food

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Saltwater is rated 4.3 stars by 348 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for Saltwater

565 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6913

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Market Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We do have a parking structure near us, called Park it on Market. It is on sixth and market st.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 525-9990

  • Private party facilities

    Equipped for intimate gatherings (10-12 guests), Saltwater’s private glass-encased wine cellar within the restaurant will provide uninterrupted and exclusive service.With our timeless yacht setting, interior accentuated by mahogany walls and scenic portholes, we will make sure to envelop you in luxury unlike anything you have ever experienced.

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