Searsucker Downtown San Diego

4.3
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$30 and under
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Searsucker San Diego, located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp District of Downtown San Diego, is a nationally recognized restaurant concept encouraging guests to come early, and stay late. Menus are both serious and fun, with creative twists on New American Classics for Weekend Brunch, Weekday Lunch, Dinner and Daily Happy Hour. Dishes range from shared plates and small bites ideal for the whole table, to farm and ocean dishes that you’ll want to keep all to yourself.

Inspired by the simplicity, relaxed and feel-good vibe of the seersucker fabric, Searsucker offers a space that invites patrons to relax and enjoy. The airy design features a glass enclosed kitchen, a lounge space with comfortable seating and a lively bar area. Patrons can watch the action, chat without boundaries and feel as if they’re at a friend’s dinner party rather than a restaurant--so come early, and stay late!
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4.2
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4.4
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4.4
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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful experience!

SH
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

This used to be one of our favorites, but has made a change for the bad with a different menu. We miss the old searsucker. The food was bland. Change in ownership from what we understand and the menu for all of the locations is now the same.

d
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

OK place for a birthday dinner, Nice ambiance but the food was just Ok

M
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Misha and Will took very good care of us! Thanks

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food

MA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We arrived about 20 minutes early but they were able to seat us right away, so that was nice. Overall the service was mediocre. We ordered the charcuterie and were rushed because our table wasn’t big enough to fit our appetizer and entrees. The quality of the food was good but lacked flavor. Overall not impressed.

e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

No servers started me off with water, even after the second time the bar manager saw me (after 20 minutes by now) he said he will get someone to serve me. Terrible. Food options are lame and boring. Had too much hope this place would be better than the other bars around, but not the case.

S
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always enjoy this place. This time the only issue was that the salmon I ordered was odd shaped and had a few bones. Our waiter asked how everything was, I mentioned the issue and my salmon was replaced with another fresh, hot, normal shaped and boneless piece!!

PB
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service, cool room at an ideal location. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

It was a fine breakfast, but they were out of multiple things I tried to order (it was only 12:45pm on a regular weekend brunch day). Their online menu does not match the weekend menu and we were disappointed to not get to try most of the things that peaked our interest online (shrimp and grits, cinnamon rolls, biscuits and gravy). We had some people order the bottomless mimosa but the service was so slow that it was kind of becoming a waste. It wasn't even that busy so we didn't fully understand the hold up. I ended up having the green eggs and ham and it was fine, but nothing to write home about. Overall a really awesome ambiance and great music, would love to give them a try again with a smaller group but honestly I doubt I'll feel inclined to go back.

MC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were fortunate enough to sit with Sabrina who literally stole the show. Great experience and fantastic food! Mark Chandler

KF
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

great food - our server was pretty slow - took a long time to get the check and it was not busy at ALL

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was bad. Really bad. It was empty and so loud. Service was below average. Haven’t been in a long time and won’t go back.

k
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I remember it being absolutely amazing....I was disappointed this go. It was ok. Not amazing.

LD
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from east coast, great food and atmosphere!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time having monthly meet up at sear suckers. Our waitress was friendly and accommodating.

S
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food5service5ambience1

This place on the weekend is NOT a dinner place but was like a thumping nightclub that serves dinner. We found ourselves screaming at each other because the music was so loud and pounding like a nightclub. The food was delicious but eating in that kind of environment is awful. It’s not a cheap place So to have this kind of experience is not worth it. Try a week day instead as it might be better.

S
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio, buena cocina, un buen ambiente

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was good but took forever and when served was cold. We would have sent it back, but we couldn’t find our waiter to do it.

FK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience1

Short ribs was very salty not much flavor. Waiter kept coming to our table with the wrong food.

Searsucker Downtown San Diego
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We made a change with our short rib demi recipe as we also found it was salty. We are sorry that your experience was poor and will work with our culinary and service teams to make improvements. Thank you taking the time to share your feedback.

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PT
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A fun atmosphere. Initially sat us close to a noisy large table but happily moved us when requested. Squash soup was creamy and delicious. Caesar salad was plain and definitely not delicious. My wife had the Salmon which was tender and tasty, if a bit skimpy. I had Calamari which was okay, if a bit greasy. With a single wine, over $100 which is okay but a little on the high side. Overall pretty good, particularly for gas lamp which ends to be so-so.

OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and the 80s music

MT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, fun atmosphere, live music and good food!

S
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire service and management were so warm and welcoming! The food was fresh and tasteful. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending Searsucker to others for a business lunch!

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went for our 20th Wedding Anniversary and pretty bummed about the food. The chicken tasted oddly like duck and was really salty...so much so, I ended up not eating it! Although the server and staff were very attentive, they weren’t very friendly...like you could tell he just didn’t wanna be there. We’ve been there before and enjoyed it, but this time it wasn’t so great.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Our meals came out cold. The food was under spiced and over priced for its quality.

G
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Their pricing is quite steep, which may be one of the reasons the restaurant was nearly empty at 7pm on this weeknight. I’ll look forward to returning the next time I’m in town, so long as their current business model continues to be viable.

PS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Been many times used to shine bright...food was mediocre, we were rushed despite the restaurant being empty, menu has changed - it lost so much of its charm. Unfortunately for Searsucker many new notable places have opened in San Diego in the past few years...unless they make a return to what they were 5 years ago I do not see this restaurant staying open. And please - get more bar staff.

AP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was outstanding, but the food was below average. I was there with my teen kids and they ordered marinara pasta, which tasted like BBQ sauce. My salad was also just "meh".

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Portions were small on calamari and the fries with the burger were straight from Dairy Queen. They just changed the menu up per our editor so not sure if that was the issue but being my first tome there and all the hype, it was not what I expected for a $200 tab.

LP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went NYE and the prix fixe meal was delicious (except for the lobster risotto). My husband's salmon entree was just what he wanted and the desserts were scrumptious!

EL
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

The restaurant was almost out of everything, almost half of the dishes were not available. Got a much more expensive bottle of wine than originally ordered and the overall price was ridiculously high for what you’ve got...

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Missing from the menu was chicken, roasted chicken , hamburgers, burrata, calamari, and at least one other item. We waited all day to enjoy the restaurant, one of my favorites in San Diego, and it was a bust. The manager apologized and reduced our bill. But still...I am reeling two days later.

AL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal restaurant. The salmon was some of the best salmon we’ve ever had. The cocktails are insanely good. The Beyond Burger was better than most beef burgers I’ve had. Our server was so nice and gave great recommendations. Simply a great dining experience.

OT
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't say enough great things about this restaurant. The food and service were amazing! Ricardo, the manager, was very accommodating and the food prepared by Executive Chef Ryan was bursting with flavors. We started with the shrimp taco appetizer which was excellent. My husband and I both had the chicken which was fantastic and all the staff was exceptionally friendly! We'll definitely be back soon! One of the best!

EO
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Calamari was very tough. We brought it to the attention of the waiter and he apologized and had it removed from our tab. Service was very good.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Changed the entire menu- not the same one on open table. We’re rude about it. Only ordered appetizers and sat there for over 45 minutes waiting on them. Food was okay but the menu before was way way better.

U
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were there for a 75th Bday and the server was nice enough, on her own, to bring out a small desert with Happy Birthday scrolled on the plate. When we got the bill we were charged for the desert. Unacceptable !!! Also we went there because of certain items on the menu. When we tried to order Lamb neck, we were told that they changed the menu and it was no longer available. When I looked on line before we went out that night it showed that it was on the menu.

MF
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious as were the Moctails. The service was a bit slow at the end. The chairs are extremely uncomfortable so we opted to move to a booth.

C
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The service and decor were excellent! Unfortunately, the food was not very good. To be fair, we came in with pretty high expectations, but the biscuits were the only item that stood out. The biscuits were incredible! Next time, we'll have a drink at the bar and have biscuits, they were THAT good.