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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.

611 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH
Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm

DINNER:
Sunday-Thursday: 5:30pm - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm

Happy Hour
Monday-Friday: 4:30pm-7pm

BRUNCH:
Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
5th and Market

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 233-7327

Website:
http://www.searsucker.com/

Parking Details:
Valet is $20 per vehicle
Metered street parking is an option
Parking Structure on 6th and Market (Park it on Market)

Executive Chef:
Chef Tony Torres

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
For private dining inquiries, please contact kaley@searsucker.com

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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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (28)
Good for Groups (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
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Special Occasion (20)
Casual (20)
Hot Spot (20)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Fun (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Creative Cuisine (17)
People Watching (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Business Meals (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Romantic (7)
Tapas (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Cozy (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Authentic (4)
Great Beer (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Healthy (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
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Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

The food was really disappointing

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 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

Went for a casual brunch and was not disappointed. Great atmosphere, food and drinks! Definitely worth a visit whether it’s for a casual meal or special occasion!

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined 2 days ago

Very very poor service

Tiny portions

Very expensive

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 (Birmingham)·Dined 3 days ago

Enjoyable gourmet food in casual setting. We were staying at the Pendry Hotel and this restaurant was close walking distance

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Server was horrible.

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 (Monterrey)·Dined 4 days ago

Delicious and a great place but We had to wait todo be seated 10 minutes with reservation.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food, cool space, a bit loud but we sat away from he bar which was nicer. A bit expensive but very good quality food.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Great except our table was beside the entrance to the kitchen

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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

best new york steak i ever had

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

The scallops were not so good (they really need a starch with all that sauce), the short rib appetizer was tasty. The side of corn was delicious.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Delicious brunch!

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We visit San Diego twice a year for business......
Searsucker is always on our must hit list.
Great food, fantastic people watching.
One of our top hot spots in the country

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food and service, but the music was so loud that my group of friends could not hear each other.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was luke warm. Too noisy.old fashioneds were served on regular ice nor cubed ice food was not that greatl

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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

=Overview=
Service was good. Food wasn't great. Drinks were not great.

=Vibe=
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.

=Food=
Apps:
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.


=Service=
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

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Loved it, great menu, great cocktails, fun atmosphere

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Manchester)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great food and service all round. Portions are small which influences the value for money as the only negative. Perfect levels of noise to allow business discussions.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Prices a bit high but otherwise a great experience. Food was wonderful

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great place to celebrate birthday and/or get together good food, great service

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Menu was varied and we order 5 items to share. Each was excellent and the service was impeccable. Highly recommended.

Tags: Great Beer, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Restaurant itself was nice. Meatballs were very under seasoned. Salad wasn’t cut up. Instead I had to cut the salad leaves into bite size pieces. They also didn’t serve the s’mores dessert as was noted in many other reviews. Very disappointing experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2018

love this place. go all the time. our waitress was spread too thin

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Happy birthday

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

It was our first visit and we really enjoyed it. The lobster rolls were absolutely amazing! The Oysters Rockefeller were really good as well. I would highly recommend it. Beer and wine were also very nice.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Excellent restaurant that was recommended to us. The FOOD IS OUTSTANDING!
When my husband saw Duck pot pie he was in Heaven ! SO good and great comfort food for him.

We will Definitely come back out of our way to eat here when we're in San Diego.

Tags: Bar Seating, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Amazing food!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We got a recommendation from a friend to come here and we would come back next time we're in town! Easy to get to and a great variety

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

A bit disappointing.
Very noisy- the music was turned way up
Very slow-it wasn't even that crowded (about 25% full).
A bit pricey for what you get.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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