Searsucker Downtown San Diego

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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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We will be open during normal hours for Christmas Eve and serving our regular menu.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our entrees were good. We had a Stickey Toffee Pudding that was not good. The whip cream topping with some sort of Southwest seasoning? Was inedible.

Our server was very good. They should have not charged us for the desert. They did charge us which was unfortunate.

CS
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Front of the house wasn’t friendly. We had to wait to be seated and it wasn’t busy. We were given a table right by the opened doors on a cold night. We asked to move and it was like a chore. 1 out of 5 really liked the meal.

DB
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not what it was. You can tell it doesn’t have a strong chef at the helm anymore. While many restaurants in the area had lines to get in, this one does not anymore. We were sat towards the back, and with many tables open, by the servers station. With that the service was still terrible trying to get a first drink and appetizer. Forget about a refill. We had the steak and salmon with the steak med rare but blue in the center and the salmon the opposite and black crusted on the flesh side although it wasn’t asked for or on the menu as Cajun blackened. Potatoes were gummy, but the corn was delicious. Little flavor in the meal in general. We passed on dessert and left.

P
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eddie was the man!! Very knowledgeable and gave good recommendations. Octopus is a must try and the short rib is melt in your mouth good!

JW
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The servicer were obviously unhappy and made my party feel unwelcome.

JR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service from the reception to the wait staff! Carley was genuine and attentive and Ricardo gave special attention to us for my sisters birthday! Love this place!!!

NA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience3

To start off, the food was excellent. We started with two appetizers (pork belly and the mussels) both of which were fantastic. Our mains were short rib and the filet. Again, all fantastic! Bar drinks were also well made.
Where you lost me.. I came here with my husband for dinner and to celebrate a milestone at his work. I was excited to bring him to Searsucker, as I’ve visited once before and loved it. I was really confused with where you’re trying to take the establishment. I understand that there is a large bar and we’re in the middle of gaslamp. With that said, are you trying to compete with the sports bars? Having a person on the mic announcing birthdays and promoting vodka seems really down market for a restaurant that is as great as yours with the price points that you charge. I felt like I was back in college enjoying $2 vodka soda nights or something... if it was just me, so be it. However, as soon as the guy would start talking on the mic, everyone dining looked around with confusion. And a cardboard cut out? Really?
Lastly, our service was not very good at all. What made it worse was the table next to us with a different server getting fantastic service. They arrived much later than us and got their food and drinks well before us, too. For slapping in an additional charge for service, I would hope you would also expect more from your staff. I’m perfectly fine with paying more, and still left a 20% tip on top of everything, but I went into your restaurant excited and left feeling like I never need to go back.

FR
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This our favorite Gaslamp restaurant!
The food is always good and the staff is always friendly and attentive.

MF
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mussels, Frites and Cobb Salad with Chicken were all outstanding for lunch. Will go back for dinner!

Searsucker Downtown San Diego
Responded on November 17, 2019

Great to hear Melissa, we look forward to have you join us again for dinner.

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LB
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went here today and got the Mussels which were very good! The environment is nice and cozy and a good place to come for food even with a limited menu.

Searsucker Downtown San Diego
Responded on November 17, 2019

We saute our mussels in 10 Barrel Brewery's Pub Beer and add in some chorizo which give them a great flavor. Thanks for the feedback Larry!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

need more vegetables on menu

thx

KB
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good brunch & service was great!!

GD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Hip Hop brunch should be more hip hop.Play list can be improved.Servers can dress the part a bit more. People want a great expierence including food drinks & ambiance. Place was packed.Service & food great just lacked in HipHop. Ok food & beverages named by theme.But what else was hiphop??? Go all out not 1/2 @$$. People wanted to get hip hop w music vibe..some servers broke out in some dance moves YESSSSSS customers dancing at thier table.We were MORE hip hop than the restaurant. Get some blow up radios /mics party favors It lacks the WOW factor of hiphop.You cant put a name on it & thats it.

ST
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, drinks, food, and atmosphere ! Definitely will be going back!

HE
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Drinks and food came out at a good pace. It worked out perfectly before seeing a show at the Balboa Theatre.

a
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The two salads we ordered - the lettuce was frozen. It hurt to eat. There was hardly anyone in the restaurant during lunch, yet it took forever for our waitress to take our order, and even longer for the food to arrive. I'e been here for brunch before and LOVED it. But this lunch experience was very disappointing.

f
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good dinner but not top notch.

B
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Another meh corporate restaurant meal. Ordered 5 dishes to share, meat was tough, lettuce was bruised and overdressed. Artichoke appetizer was good, though. Would not return.

d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience4

The portions size we’re extremely small for the exorbitant cost of the meal. Plus I has shrimp and grits, which is a dish I eat often which is normally very flavorful, it was tasteless at searsuckers.

KK
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Excellent menu with lots of options. Kids menu as well. Clean, service with stellar. Definitely will come back.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fresh Cobb salad and mocktails - highly recommend

LE
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. Our server was attentive, but not intrusive and let us conduct our business meeting without interruption, she was very knowledgeable and friendly. Great food, service and location!

F
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Group brunch after cancer walk at Balboa Park

EH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

the Jidori chicken was rubbery and oversalted. What a shame! My husband ordered the lamb instead. We were not offered a free dessert, or anything on the house after that big disappointment.

T
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Javer was a great server! Food and beverages were all great.

GG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Went for a business lunch. Restaurant was empty but music was super loud. Food was ok but service was not great- don’t think they understand people want to be in n out for lunch.

LG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It used to be a lot better for lunch. I feel it's gone a bit average...

CM
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food. Seating is important at this restaurant. Don't sit near the kitchen or prep area. Too loud/distracting and crowded.

OT
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place. Will recommend it to others.

RM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious and service was almost perfect apart from the fact our starters came out after our mains arrived! Would deffo go back

Recommend the burrata or lamb neck!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such a nice experience! Form the bartender at the bar that made the beat martini i think I’ve ever had to the final bill which was so reasonable that I had to look twice. The food was amazing and Richard our server made us feel totally at home. Loved this place years ago and I’m happy to say it is still a favorite. See you next time

SN
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. Great food, excellent service. Definitely will be returning

SK
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's a nice place. I got the New York Strip. The steak was good, cooked right. DIdn't come with alot of potatos or mushrooms. Really just enough to say they were there. If you I think it's alittle over priced.

m
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice venue. Pricing a little high, but not drastic. I had cobb salad and something in the salad was very salty, not sure if it was dressing or chicken, but I really tasted a lot of salt.

KL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was the best we had in San Diego (and the best I've had in a long time.) Very attentive, knowledgeable, and fun. We had a great time. The manager even found out that we were a bachelorette party and did something special for the bride to be.

HP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch options with fun cocktails and a delicious sticky bun.

CF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious and the staff was amazing! Katie was the best server!

JO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Food was average for downtown. Nothing special. Service was very poor. We got the main courses BEFORE the appetizers. But the worst part is that the music was so loud that we couldn't talk to each other. Even the waiter had to yell to be heard. I enjoy loud music in a club, but not when I am sitting to eat at a restaurant. I don't know why they do this. Never going back.

CL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The NY strip was incredible and the drinks were impressive! I'll be back soon.

PM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks, brunch with a live DJ was awesome.