Searsucker Downtown San Diego

4.3
2931 Reviews
$30 and under
American
After careful consideration, we have decided to temporarily suspend operations at Searsucker San Diego until further notice, as of July 26th, 2020.
Frequently changing COVID-19 governmental mandates and operational restrictions coupled with restricted tourism and uncertain business volumes in the Gaslamp Quarter has resulted in being unable to continue our regular restaurant service for the foreseeable future.
Please continue to check our websites and social media for updates.

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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2931 people are saying
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.3
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4.2
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3.9
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KhaledH
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This isn’t the same seersuckers that we have come know and love. The menu is not great. The food quality is bad to fair. I would say wait till corona is over before you go... sorry to say, and I’d love to support them but you really aren’t getting any back for that support. Service is good though

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DebbieG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Only 6 tables were open and we felt ignored by service. Menu was boring but food tasted okay. Disappointed being a "top chef" restaurant. I have been to many of the contestants restaurants and this was the worst. Go across the street to barley mash. Amazing there.

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vipBeth
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Brunette hostess less than welcoming. Waiter great! Food VERY mediocre. Though not the fault of the restaurant, 70% of gaslamp visitors not wearing masks and walking close to all tables. Would not return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Medium rare steak was well done. Luckily the meat was still tender. Short ribs were delicious. This used to be one of my favorite restaurants but the service was not great and to overcook a fillet that badly is not excusable. I didn’t even bother complaining because my server was hard to get any attention from and mostly inept anyway. I’m hopefully chalking this up to COVID stress on workers but don’t really plan to return with so many other options available.

Searsucker Downtown San Diego
Responded on July 20, 2020

We regret to hear that you were not fully satisfied with your experience. We have passed your notes along to our management team and we hope we get the chance to welcome you back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I love this place. And support it 💯 during these difficult times but the menu is limited, you have to sit outside (no their fault) but the martinis were not the same ... not sure who’s bartendinf back there bc I used to think they had the best martini in town! Hope it picks back up after this meaa

Searsucker Downtown San Diego
Responded on July 13, 2020

Hi there! Thank you for leaving your feedback. We are disappointed to learn that you did not completely enjoy your experience. We have passed your notes along to our team and look forward to welcoming you back.

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vipRosie
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are keeping capacity down and keeping it sanitized well. Food and drinks were great!

Searsucker Downtown San Diego
Responded on July 7, 2020

Thank you Rosie, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience!

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MattS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Menu was limited to "bar food" and not the experience we had hoped. Drinks were good

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DannyG
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, friendly staff. Food was tasty. Would eat there again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience3

Drinks and food were way overpriced and the food wasn’t good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good. Service was perfunctory. Very loud.

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

While Searsucker is always a fun place ambiance wise and we had good service - the food was adequate. The portions were small in most cases and we were going to order desert but the desert options were limited and did not entice anyone. So I know a few people left still a little hungry. And for what we paid - it wasn't worth it. So if Brunch is your thing - try someplace else.

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vipfoodsampler
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food and service was very good. However, thought it was pretty pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Arrived early, restaurant was empty, yet the hostess was difficult to get a regulars table versus a high top as I requested in original reservation.
Two of us ordered the NY strip and it was very tough, we both only ate half.

The appetizer meatballs were good, the sashimi was very tasty and my husband had the sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert which was different than what I was used to.

For being there early and restaurant empty, I would have expected our server to be available and around for drinks.

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bella
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful experience!

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vipJohn
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Soup was cold and Cesar salad good, cocktail drink boring.

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JoeF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience. The service was prompt and the food was delicious. We were in awe. Thank you!!

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vipSHH2
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
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.

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davidd
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

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vipMargaret
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Misha and Will took very good care of us! Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food

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ManuelA
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.

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esnyc
New York Area
2 reviews
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.

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vipSipper
Los Angeles
31 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!!

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vipPBSteve
San Diego
63 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Sydney
Washington DC
2 reviews
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.

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MarkC
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

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KristineF
Portland
4 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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
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.

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kym2
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

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LauriD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from east coast, great food and atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Sherrieinthehills
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.

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Samy
Mexico City
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio, buena cocina, un buen ambiente

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipFeliciaK
San Diego
6 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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ProfTom
San Diego
19 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and the 80s music

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MizT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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vipStkluver
Miami
27 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 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.

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Searsucker Downtown San Diego is rated 4.3 stars by 2931 OpenTable diners.

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