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About Searsucker Downtown San Diego
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 an open 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. Chef 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. Open for Dinner, Weekday Lunch, Weekend Brunch, Happy Hour and Late Night.
San Diego, CA 92101
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Sunday-Thursday: 5:30pm - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm
Late Night Menu:
Friday & Saturday: 11pm - 1am
Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 3:30pm
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 Chris Gerwig
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Chef 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
We had been to one of Brian Malarkey's restaurants before, so our expectations were high. We left absolutely blown away by the quality of the food and service. If I could give this place six stars, I would.
Arrived early for our 6:00 pre-theater reservation, and were allowed to select our table. We chose outdoors on the Fifth Avenue patio. Our waiter, Daniel (I think), was knowledgeable, friendly, respectful, and funny. We had been thinking of sharing several small plates, and he recommended sharing four between two of us - which turned out to be the perfect amount.
We had the braised short rib, at Daniel's suggestion, and the mussels with chorizo, the brussels sprouts, and the shrimp and grits. Each one of those items could have been the star of the meal at many restaurants; this was just an abundance of gastronomic joys. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the mussels. Or the brussels sprouts. Or the short rib. Or the shrimp & grits. I called the short rib "meat butter" because it literally melted in your mouth. The combination of the mussels and chorizo was unbelievable, I could have eaten 100 of them, exploded, and died happy. The brussels sprouts had the exact right amount of char, and the sriracha/walnut glaze was exquisite. Chef knows what he's doing, no question.
One nicety that caught my attention was one of the other members of the service staff stopping by to refold her napkin when my wife left for a minute. A small thing that could easily go unnoticed, but really a sterling service touch.
Dessert was the banana pudding with vanilla wafers and an iced espresso drink with several liquers. Both delightful! An odd touch was when Daniel mentioned that he needed to physically take my ID while I had the after-dinner drink, as it was served in a special vessel, which apparently, some people had decided to go home with in the past. It was special indeed. I'll leave it to you to order one yourself to see what it was.
Can't recommend highly enough...
Super find for my wife and I Pre-Theatre. 10 minute walk to SD Civic Theatre - you just have to step over all the homeless on the way. You can always Uber...
Food was great- go with "Smalls" menu and order a bunch to share.
Service was over the top. Very friendly, very helpful and very attentive
There was a power outage during the day so they weren't able to open for dinner service. The rating and review is because there was no call or notice until we walked in for our birthday dinner reservation. Would have expected a heads up. Instead we had to scramble on a Saturday during Labor Day weekend to find an alternative like many others who weren't notified either.
We planned on going to Searsucker for weeks and reserved our table ahead of time.
Unfortunately, when we showed up 15 minutes before our reserved time (7PM) we found a note on the door stating they were closed due to loss of power earlier in the day.
They never called to let us know (despite power being back on) and in our reservations I let them know we were celebrating our anniversary. It was a huge disappointment, we understand that things happen but the complete lack of communication was hugely unprofessional. Could've been handled far better.
I love this place, but they had a power outage and we were unable to eat there this past Friday night (they were closed for the night and obviously going through some turmoil). These things happen in life of course, but I got no notice from Open Table or the restaurant. I took an Uber and showed up, only to have to find another restaurant at the last minute . . . I would not have traveled downtown if I had known. With many reservations for the labor day weekend and a sophisticated and established app like Open Table, I couldn't get some kind of notice/alert that ALL reservations were cancelled? And I further get prompted to give this review? What can my review possibly be in this circumstance? Unacceptable.
The menu is already limited as it is. We tried to order several drinks and they kept saying they ran out or they don't have it stocked. The food was horrible. Super salty. We wanted to give this place a try since it has received good reviews. We ended up leaving the restaurant and went to Water Grill ( which is always amazing).
The service was terrible. The hostess stand was empty and they were las then cheerful. Our server would not go over any specials or attend our table. He took our order and dropped off out check. We had to wave over other servers to take our dirty dishes and order another round. Steak was over cooked which is unacceptable when your paying $40 per steak. Will not return.
We went there after the ball game. Got their early but no problem, as there were many empty tables at that time. Nice atmosphere, and good to watch people if sitting by the window or on the patio. Our server was very friendly and offered suggestions which we tried. Service was overall excellent, there were people constantly refilling water, checking on us and clearing plates.
We ordered many of the 'small plates' and 'ands' so we could share. A couple things came out just warm and felt like they might have been sitting for a bit, so that could have been better. Favourites were the short rib, shrimp and grits, duck fat fries, corn. Duck wings were good too but a bit spicy, mushroom and burrata, mashed potatoes, meatball and Cesar salad were just okay. We left feeling full and that the meal was overall good, but we weren't wowed or anything. I'd still say it's worth a go.
Have loved this restaurant in the past and was excited to take my family there, but this time was less enthused. Brunch Menu seemed small and limited and the Chilachiles (which several ordered) were a lot of chips. Banana bread was divine, but included the end piece which I usually cut off. Great atmosphere, but hope it can stay up to its reputation.
Living in San Diego, we normally avoid the Gas Lamp district like a trip to the dentist. I chose this restaurant based off reviews and "best of" lists. The service was great and food was above average. Nice appetizer of roasted mushrooms, borata cheese and a big hunk of French toast. I had a very nicely prepared moonfish. My wife had a lovely spotted bass. For dessert we shared a homemade banana pudding. We have only been in SD for about 2 months, coming from DC, it has been hard to find restaurant with the attention to detail that is seen in cities like DC. SearSucker did a pretty good job and we would definitely go back.
Sitting outside is not the same experience as sitting inside. There is no real separation between eating and the people walking along the street which can be chaotic and uncomfortable at times. I would not recommend sitting outside - inside is a much nicer experience (this was my second time at the restaurant).
Also, our service was horrible - disengaged in all aspects.
Tomahawk ribeye apparently takes over an hour and 15 min to prepare. This is what the waitress told us after we ordered our sides and finished them. I feel like this should be information provided at the beginning considering how popular it is.
Beef tartare was delicious!
Everything else afterwards though was diminished by the fact that I was so looking forward to the tomahawk ribeye and was not able to order it.
I also felt that the service level definitely dropped midway. She was great in the beginning and then it took forever to flag her down in order to order our entrees. This made the dinner quite lengthy with a lot of down time with no food on the table.
We went for my husband's 30th birthday, which I had included with our reservation. Service was pretty bad - we waited an hour for salads and the waitress didn't stop by to update us. They did comp an appetizer, but we wouldn't go back or recommend. Location, while downtown, also wasn't great. Clubgoers passed by the whole time.
We were in San Diego for vacation and business and this was our celebratory dinner once the business was concluded. We lucked out with Richard as our server. He was very pleasant, well informed and helped us make good choices in food and drinks. We enjoyed the fries, the escarole beet salad, duck wings, the doughnuts with 2 sauces and the delicious cocktail (French squeeze). Can't remember what other dish we ordered, but can tell you that the portions were very generous. We ordered four small plates and dessert and we took half of it home. We were seated by an open window and it was also fun to people watch in this very busy part of the Gaslamp district
Our concierge and a friend recommended going there and we were looking forward to it. We did not have a pleasant experience and would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. We were seating for a very long time before anyone even acknowledged us or brought us water. There was a crowd of waiters just hanging out in the back of restaurant. When our waiter did finally come to our table he did not apologize rather he conducted himself in an arrogant and condescending manner. My wife and I ordered drinks and a salad and decided we would not give that place our business. We went somewhere else for dinner!
Exceptional food and cocktails, average service, and deafening volume of music. Searsucker is a restaurant I want to love visiting because the food is fantastic, but no food is worth tolerating music so loud we can't hold a conversation without yelling. It was 1 pm for Sunday brunch, not 1 am at a dance club.
The food was great. We loved the mimosa special, and our brunch was well prepared. Seeing that it was comic con weekend, we were hoping to be seated closer to the front so we could people watch, but instead were seated in a back corner. It was still a lovely spot, and we enjoyed the ambiance. Our biggest complaint was the server. The restaurant wasn't very busy at the time, but he rarely came by our table, and did not exude the usual friendly attitude you'd expect in a customer service environment. For lack of a better word, he seemed "meh" and that put a slight damper on the experience.
Awesome food, atmosphere, energy in the restaurant. Went during comic con. Had reservations, got seated immediately. My gf and I decided to get a few of the small plates instead of a meal, and it worked perfectly. Great food, drinks are amazing as well. Will definitely be going back next one I visit San Diego
We were down in San Diego for three days during Comic Con 2017 - the food was easily the best we'd had throughout our trip. Fantastic ambiance, the wait staff were attentive despite the room being very busy/ heavily booked and the rush of celebrities did not detract from the attention we received as guests.
Hands down will definitely come again whenever I'm back in San Diego.
I recommend the sea scallops and the pork belly.
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