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Saltwater, San Diego, CA

Saltwater

4.1
4.1
553 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 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 525-9990
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Vincenzo Lo Verso
  • 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
  • Cross street
    Market Street, 5th St
  • 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, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Lobster Feast at Saltwater! 🦞✨

    Multiple dates available
    Don’t miss out on our new Lobster Feast at Saltwater! 🦞✨ For only $99 per couple, indulge in a 4 course culinary experience like no other. Available Sunday to Tuesday. Reserve your spot now! 🍽️🥂
    Lobster Feast at Saltwater! 🦞✨ Photo
  • Taste the luxury of Caviar and Champagne

    Multiple dates available
    Indulge in a luxurious experience with a limited offering of a bottle of house Champagne paired with our domestic caviar. The Champagne boasts a complex flavor profile, with notes of citrus and brioche, and a fine mousse that dances on the tongue – a perfect complement to the rich and savory taste of the caviar. This $99 limited-edition pairing presents an opportunity for the most discerning palettes to savor a refined, sophisticated combination of flavors, and to create unforgettable memories.
    Taste the luxury of Caviar and Champagne Photo

What 553 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

553 Reviews
  1. Rick

    San Diego

    116 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a memorable experience. The food was to die for and the service was outstanding. I had budgeted about twice what we eventually spent even with drinks and dessert. Will gladly go back anytime.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an amazing Mother‘s Day lunch! Fresh Oysters, a whole Branzino which was shareable, paired with a crisp Italian Prosecco - a wonderful e experience. The service was impeccable also. Very attentive and friendly. I can highly recommend Saltwater!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful dining experience. The food was amazing, the service was excellent and then ambiance was fantastic. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, service and food. Very professional staff created an excellent evening.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. The bread and the calimari were great. I had the big eye Tuna and it was perfect.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Service and Great Happy Hour. Enjoyed sitting on the patio for people watching. The hostess at the front was the bright spot, super friendly and loves her job..

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This restaurant wasn’t prepared for the crowds before the Billy Joel concert—food/service were both pretty bad…

    1 person found this helpful

  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We were downtown for the Billy Joel/Sting concert and our timing was very tight. Our reservation was for 530pm, in order to make a 7pm concert at Petco Park. We weren’t seated until 6:00, and at 6:50, still no sign of any food, which forced us to cancel our food order, pay for our drinks, and basically run to get to the concert. The party next to us had the same issue, and had waited over an hour for their food. The restaurant should have planned for the increased volume due to the concert, but was obviously underprepared and the kitchen staff very overwhelmed.

    1 person found this helpful

  9. BarbY

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Made "reservation" at the bar. Got there, reservation was confirmed and told " go on ahead. The bar is open seating." Ummm, huh? What was the point of the reservation, I asked. Was told she didn't know and I'd have to talk to the manager. Food took over an hour and although the food was delicious in taste, it was COLD. One bartender for the entire bar area and restaurant. Felt bad for the guy as it wasn't his fault but spent a LOT of money for a very disappointing experience. Won't be returning.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was fine, but not great. Our server tried, but the restaurant set him up to fail. I would not recommend coming here on a night when there’s a big event at Petco. They clearly added as many tables as possible to maximize profit. We were so jammed together that our server could not fit between the tables. Bar service was slow and they had food runners just unceremoniously dropping food at your table. Sometimes it was your food - sometimes not. Overall, it felt like a very loud, mediocre cruise ship on land.

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FAQs

Saltwater is rated 4.1 stars by 553 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 5 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Saltwater

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

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Market Street, 5th St
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Vincenzo Lo Verso
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, 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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