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.View Private Dining Details
We started at the bar while we waited for our reservation time. Had the jalaberry strawpeno, amazing! For dinner we order the biscuits, duck fries, pork chop, and filet tenderloin. The biscuits had an awesome wood oven baked taste to them and the honey had a very slight heat which tickled the tastebuds. Duck fat fries were crispy and had just enough parmesan cheese. Pork chop was HUGE and DELICIOUS!! The crispy fat next to the juicy chop was fantastic. My wife filet tenderloin was fork tender and melts in your mouth. Service at both the bar and table were outstanding.
We have eaten at Searsucker in Las Vegas and had a better dining experience. We ordered multiple dishes on this occasion. The shortribs were delicious and tender. The tuna poke was acceptable, but somewhat boring, served with potato chips that were too salty. The ceasar salad was fine, nothing special. The octopus had an unappealing fishy aftertaste. At 9:30 pm, they cranked up the music, as if to turn the restaurant into a bar, and making it very difficult for our group to continue our conversations. With so many restaurants in the Gaslamp district, this one will not get a repeat visit. Our server was polite and responsive, about the only good part of the experience.
Service was top notch, our waiter was knowledgeable, friendly, and very prompt. Helped us decide what to order without being pushy. Food and drinks were spectacular.
Service was outstanding
excellent restaurant food and service nice place and creative dishes with a high quality ingredients everything we order had a wonderful taste tomato soup tuna poke salmon steak and wine pinot noir and our fabulous dessert
I took my best friend and her Mom here on a Sunday night and we were all so impressed with the food, service and drinks. We decided to order small plates and share it all and it was fantastic. We had expertly crafted Old Fashioned followed by a wine suggested by our awesome waiter, Richard (Natalie was shadowing him for training). Richard's attention was helpful and attentive and not at all in-your-face. The food was SPECTACULAR. The dishes we really remembered were the short ribs, the baby broccoli, and the beet salad. but honestly, it was the excellent service by Richard that we remember most. Very a special gathering even better. Thank you!!
Not the same place it used to be which was dynamic and very flavorful. Same recipes without the care they had 2-3 years ago. Next time I'll go to his other place herb and eatery
This was our second visit to Searsucker San Diego. We had a wonderful evening with terrific service and fantastic food, as usual. The remodeled dining room looks amazing and we will definitely be back again!
Great location in the heart of San Diego downtown, very nice ambiance and the food and service were remarkable. Even though it was packed and with the Saturday night noise, it was very pleasant and our server was super friendly and gave us excellent advice on choices. Definitely will come back!
I really object to the management putting a 3% tax on all food and wine ostensibly so that they can follow the law and pay their dishwasher a living wage. This is straight out gouging and I will not return to ANY restaurant that does it.
Great service and really good food! We ordered a variety of small plates to share and each one had very unique flavors and was something I’d order again!
Visiting San Diego with my boyfriend. This spot was a fun Friday night date spot!
Beautiful people great service. I would definitely recommend this place.
It isn't cheap but great time to be had be all.
Cocktail hour is my favorite
Given its location in the happening Gaslamp Quarter, they could rest on their laurels and location and just be okay. Instead, it's a really good dining experience that I happily recommend. Fun and attractive decor, and nice split between the festive bar and dining room, but still very open. I loved the atmosphere. Food was overall very good and enjoyable: beef tartare was amongst my favorites, though serving with potato chips not my favorite, but still very tasty; grilled octopus was nice, though I don't recall any particular flavors from the dish; pork belly the only let down, as it was a poor cut of mostly fat (though secretly I love the extra fat, that's not the way it should be served, and it was just too much); filet was perfectly done, and two of us were very happy with the dish; the other two had the chicken breast, which looked enormous and smelled wonderful, and those guests also were very happy with their dish; and the sides were perfect- butter mashed potatoes = heaven; brussels sprouts awesome; corn was really great, my guests really enjoyed, but it's spicy and I don't do spicy, but everyone else loved the dish. Service was well-intentioned but hit or miss. Very considerate when they were around, but they weren't always around, and they were definitely hurried. But they were nice sincere people, and that alone goes a long way for me.
My expectations were high when we walked in. Great looking place. Apps were ok, entrees took over an hour and my filet was overcooked. Server proceeded to charge me for it anyways and brought large glasses of cheap vodka to make up for it. Manager and server were unfortunately very absent in any attempt to rush our food out. Like I said, great looking place but I would not go back or recommend.
It’s an okay dinner spot. Food was fine but overpriced. We were seated in the back, cafe-style, which was so cramped that the couple seated next to (and after) us asked to be moved. The restaurant was so loud that my date and I could barely hear each other.
There are likely restaurants with much better ambiance for a Saturday night out.
Place was great EXCEPT the waitress didn't inform us that we were getting cut off our bottomless mimosas at 2:00 PM when we ordered them at 1:30 PM. A heads up would've been nice before 6/8 people ordered bottomless.
Food and service were good. Very open, not good for intimate dining. Ambiance was fun, sound level was fine and then pretty loud around 9. Music was turned up.
Bad table inches away from the service station, cold soup, way too expensive for what you get.
The lamb neck was amazing!!!! Service was great. Nice atmosphere.
Disappointing - extraordinarily average.
The food was really disappointing
We’ve been here a number of times, & always have enjoyed. We took our daughter for her 25th Birthday. We always get the “Smalls” & share. Oug favs are the tomatoe soup with grilled cheese, pork belly, & the biscuits. Love the broccoli & Brussels sprouts too. Looking forward to going back again!
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!
Very very poor service
Great good time
Enjoyable gourmet food in casual setting. We were staying at the Pendry Hotel and this restaurant was close walking distance
Server was horrible.
I would highly recommend Searsucker. I scheduled a client dinner with a group of 8 in our party and the restaurant was very accommodating. The atmosphere and ambience was very nice. They have a wide variety of drinks and food. Our food was delicious and everyone enjoyed their dinner entrée and were very pleased overall with the restaurant selection. Reservations were for 6pm, but as the night progressed closer to 9pm the noise was a little louder and difficult to have conversations across the table. Overall, I would definitely recommend!
Delicious and a great place but We had to wait todo be seated 10 minutes with reservation.
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.
Great except our table was beside the entrance to the kitchen
best new york steak i ever had
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.
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 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
Great food and service, but the music was so loud that my group of friends could not hear each other.
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
Food was luke warm. Too noisy.old fashioneds were served on regular ice nor cubed ice food was not that greatl