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About Searsucker Downtown San Diego
Searsucker San Diego, located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp District of Downtown San Diego, is a nationally recognized restaurant concept by Top Chef alum Brian Malarkey. Menus are both serious and fun, with creative twists on New American Classics for Weekend Brunch, Weekday Lunch, Dinner and 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.
Searsucker embodies the social dining experience by encouraging guests to come early and stay late. Inspired by the simplicity, relaxed and feel-good vibe of the seersucker fabric, Chef Brian Malarkey created 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.
San Diego, CA 92101
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Sunday-Thursday: 5:30pm - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 3:00pm
5th and Market
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet is $20 per vehicle
Metered street parking is an option
Parking Structure on 6th and Market (Park it on Market)
Chef Tony Torres
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Top Chef alum Brian Malarkey’s menus are both serious and fun, with creative twists on New American Classics. 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.
Searsucker Downtown San Diego Ratings and Reviews
Food is great. Service is TERRIBLE. Don't worry, though, once the hostesses finish their conversation about the latest Searsucker drama and gossip, they will acknowledge your presence and say hello and take you to your table. Eventually, the waiter will arrive at your table to introduce him/herself. He/she'll also eventually put your order into the system, but not for at least 30 minutes. (You won't see him/her during this time, by the way.) When the order does come out, the food runner may or may not knock over your champagne, sending ice water flying across your table, shoes, and the floor. (Fortunately, your food will have taken so long to get to the table that you will have already finished the said bottle of champagne, so that's a plus.)
As much as it wants to be, Searsucker is not all that. Quickly becoming a has-been. A little customer service training would be useful. When it's this bad, it's usually the management.
We we're very glad they took same day reservations. We actually were running late, so called the restaurant and they were very understanding and held our reservation until we got there. It was only 15 minutes, but I've had other restaurants not accommodate us. Food was delicious and we had a great time. Definitely looking forward to our next visit
Service was good. Food wasn't great. Drinks were not great.
I took my date out to Seersucker for a date night. I Ubered there knowing the parking is always tough in the area. We were promptly seated. The restaurant was filled, lights were dimly lit, table was not too far from the bar.
Chicken liver toast sourdough, radish, blood orange marmalade - The sweetness and crunch is good. Chicken liver flavor just enough to keep you wanting more.
Baby broccoli miso-maple, togarashi crunch - Incredible. The flavor really makes this the highlight of the night
grilled octopus cucumber, avocado, chili, cilantro - Soft and chewy. I wasn't able able to tell it was grilled at all. No distinctive flavors; not even the cilantro. Average at best.
gnocchi, I don't remember the cream that they added to this but this dish was a new test from the kitchen. It is hand made and meant to be softer in texture. Definitely needs a lot of improvement. The sauce is bitter and the gnocchi comes apart. I had to question if it was cooked at all. The texture as it came apart was granular. I made my suggestions to the staff and hope they fix it.
chocolate mousse bar - portion is great for sharing as long as you take little bites of the peanut butter ice cream. Enjoyable enough. Good to match with coffee since it's as sweet as you expect.
Waiter was attentive and helpful. Despite the hiccup with the gnocchi, he gave me the dessert for free. My table wasn't the only one with good service. Definitely see this being consistent across all their employees
I came here with a group of friends a few nights ago and from start to finish our experience was great! We ordered drinks and lots of small plates to share, we were impressed with everything! I don't usually go to the gaslamp quarter because parking is a pain but I would say for Searsucker Id make an exception!
Bummed my cowboy breakfast (which sounds really substantial as you read the menu and costs more than others) was such a meager portion. It had like 3 tiny potatoes and hardly any eggs. I had to order another entree, and I’m not a big eater either . The steak ration was tiny as well. I wish I had ordered the “boring “ breakfast instead, as the 2 accompanying people with me who ordered it had WAY more food than I did. Should be adjusted to reflect the same portion amount IMO. Other than that food and service were exceptional ! Will definitely be back
This was a wonderful find and apparently also a local favorite. We enjoyed the appetizers, drinks, entrees, and desserts - what's not to like!? The fish was amazing, the side dishes (which we had as appetizers) were excellent, and desserts exceeded our expectations. We found the menu to be inventive (the "Who needs a hug" cocktail and the duck wings, for example) and everything was delicious.
The food quality was great, however portion size was very underassuming for $14-15 dollars you're expecting a full plate even if just mostly eggs and potatoes. Instead there were about 4-5 bites for the two dishes we got, the green eggs and ham equivolent and the corn beef hash. The hash had a piece of hair in it. Then, the waiter took 10+ minutes to get the team we ordered at the start, and 20 minutes to drop off the check after we were done eating - so not too attentive at all. We left feeling hungry after having spent 40$ on food (no booze) for brunch.
Great brunch experience! The green eggs and ham was delicious but the portion size was way too small. The egg yolk oozing over the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with arugula & green cream sauce made the perfect bite ... !!!The banana bread was moist and flavorful- tasted great with cream cheese served. The caramelized onions really added flavor to the Mushroom scrambled eggs.
The food was average (one steak had to be sent back twice); the service inattentive (had to ask for plates that had been sitting for quite a while to be cleared; had to ask for flatware once our main courses came, etc). A DJ came on about 9:15 and all of a sudden very loud, obnoxious music was being pumped into the dining room - no one could hear anyone else. Not recommended
I made a reservation in advance and requested a booth or intimate table but this was not honoured. The hostess tried to seat us at a high top by the entrance to my dismay and then seated us at a corner high top a little less noisy and less traffic. Restaurant was very loud and service slow. Food was okay but nothing special. I don’t plan to return.
We had the most wonderful time at Searsucker! The tuna poke is phenNOMnal. Phenomenal. And the biscuits and champagne pear salad are to die for. The scallops and broccholini were fine but nothing as amazing as the smalls and apps. Our server was exceptional and the whole evening was just great. Would 100% come here again!
This place was a pleasant surprise! Friends of ours came into San Diego and we live an hour north, so we went based on photos and reviews from Open Table - this restaurant even surpasses the most glowing review! The handcrafted cocktails are OUTSTANDING, so tasty, and the food is ridiculously flavorful - we shared a lot of small plates between 4 of us, some at the recommendation of our attentive and knowledgeable server - everything was to die for. My faves were the duck wings, short ribs, duck fat fries (like beyond delicious), and if you're into chocolate and peanut butter ABSOLUTELY get the chocolate and peanut butter mousse bar for dessert. Unbelievable, we will be back!
The restaurant location and atmosphere was nice. I was there mid-week for a business lunch with 10 people, the venue was not busy but the kitchen was slow. The waiters were attentive, refilled our drinks, but having an hour from ordering, I ended up taking my lunch to go. I do not recommend for lunch if you have time restrictions.
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