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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, and Happy Hour.

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 - 3:30pm

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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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

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2012

I've returned to Searsucker for a third time and again, wasn't disappointed. Great restaurant; great food; superb service.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 14, 2012

Very lively, great staff and incredible food. We went on a Friday night and it was very loud! If you want a more quite scene, I would recommend going during the middle or beginning of the week. Searsucker has some of the most amazing food I've had in San Diego, and very friendly, very helpful staff who have a great knowledge of food. Because we've never been before, they gave us a free "bites" dish. As a huge foodie and aspiring chef, I would totally recommend Searsucker! Hope this helps!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 14, 2012

The food was over the top; so was the noise level. If you are hard of hearing this place may not be for you. It was fun dinning on the small plates and we all shared.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 8, 2012

We were visiting San Diego and were told by multiple people (including waiters at other restaurants) that we just HAD to try Searsucker. The ambiance is awesome; they have a very lively atmosphere. Our waitress was very nice and helpful. I don't know if they always do this, but we were given cheddar puffers for free upon arrival. I was still pretty full from lunch, so I just opted for the triple cheese toast + tomato-tarragon soup. It was delicious and way larger than I expected. It's basically a huge grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup. My husband was more adventurous with his ordering, although I forget what he got. He loved it. They even brought me a free slice of cake for my birthday! Wonderful experience!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 2012

No complaints! Excellent place to eat. Highly recommend this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2012

Searsucker was a fun, vibrant, energetic place. Food and service were good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 3, 2012

Awesome!! Had awesome time. Try the bone marrow! Bringing gift home for the doggies!!
Went 12-3-2012 while in town for a convention.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2012

Great menu, very inventive. Flavours were spot on with every dish we had. The "small plates" aren't really that small, ha ha. Loved the variety of items they had and how the menu was presented (sea, ranch, farm, land). The PB sundae dessert.....holy crow. Foodgasm, for sure. Perfect meal.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2012

This was one of the best meals I have ever had. The Mussels in beer and chorizo sauce were to die for. We will be back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 28, 2012

If you are interested as a foodie, the food was prepared perfectly but too salty. We returned the mushroom burrata appetizer. Do not recommend the Caesar salad, it was none close to what you are imagining, the dressing was a balsamic mix, no egg, and the anchovies were overpowering pungent semi dry fish, not your typical marinated in olive oil. Hard to swallow. The chef loves bacon and panchetta, they are in many dishes. The seafood was worth ordering, our scallops done perfectly, but again salty. If you are wanting a romatic dinner, go somewhere else, the repetitive music is LOUD and annoying with same. Take you high blood pressure or water pill beforehand.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2012

Good but not great. Would go back, though.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2012

Sear-sucked...Low points included:Sand /grit in saladSlow service, waited 15 minutes to be greeted by our server when we arrived at 6pm on a slow Sunday. Servers could be seen chatting in the kitchen, specifically avoiding eye contact w/ our table of 6.Very salty food (Mahi, Brussels)Very Oily Food (Eggplant, Brussels)Waaaaaay overpriced for the qualityEqually waaaay overrated, for the money I expect much better food and service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2012

Loved this place! The duck fat fries were fabulous. Duck x3 was great. Filet was one of the best steaks we've had. The PB Cup Sundae was delicious and the milk chocolate mousse was amazing. We live in Los Angeles but definitely will be back the next time we are in San Diego. Next time we will hit the bar too, which was hopping with a young professional crowd.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2012

Food it's absolutely awesome, and the service it's one of the best.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 16, 2012

Celebrated our anniversary here on a Friday night. What a great find! Food was best we have had in ages! Can't wait to try the other Malarkey restaurants!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 13, 2012

I went on a Tuesday night &the restaurant was totally full...and after my dinner, I totally understand why. The ambience was really cool, l loved the "lamp" lights. Our server was wonderful, helpful, attentive and friendly. Now, onto the food:

The Duck-fat fries were crisp and yummy, but not overly duck-tasting. I liked that, you may not.

My friend had the duck main course and loved it.

I had the chicken with the incredible Franks sauce - every bite was an explosion of flavour. I loved it.

That being said, the highlight of the meal were the brussels sprouts. Seriously. Tangy, smokey and delicious. You must experience them.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 13, 2012

appetizers and desserts were excellent. 1 main course (scallops) was very generous and very good. the other main (sword fish) was overcooked and a small portion for the price.
service was subpar - we were at nobu 24 hrs earlier and nobu provided far superior all around service. at searsucker, we were seated for over 10 min before a server addressed us. the pace of the meal - transition from appetizer to main to dessert was a little too slow.
placement of the tables is too congested. backs of our chairs were constantly run into by staff and other customers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2012

Everything was wonderful, except the music. It was loud and thumping. We could not talk at all. part of dining out is the intimacy of being away from home and other distractions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2012

Here it is, plain and simple...the menu was great and the food was awesome. A very unique menu with some interesting items you won't find anywhere else. Service was good too. That being said, it is not a place to bring a first date. It is loud and trendy. Almost has a night club pre-game feel to it. If you go with a group of boisterous college or high school buddies who are not picky eaters, then you will thoroughly enjoy it and go back in the future.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 9, 2012

Searsucker was one of the best dining experiences I have had in years. Great space with energy, service was great but the food was simply wonderful.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 9, 2012

Amazing!

We had made a reservation several days in advance but arrived about half an hour late since we got lost. The hostess was very nice and seated us within 15 minutes even though the restaurant was quite busy.

Our server was very attentive and extremely knowledgeable about the menu and flavour pairings. He answered all of our questions and made great recommendations. All of his suggestions were spot on.

Overall, we had a great dining experience at Searsucker. Stylish decor, phenomenal food, and great service! What more could we ask for?!

PS. Try the shark!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2012

Great find in downtown San Diego!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 8, 2012

Seating is too close together. Food and service were outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 7, 2012

Wonderful experience and the food was great! Thank you Searsucker!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2012

Very enjoyable dinner and the food was so unique and outstanding.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2012

Food was totally over-spiced. We sampled 6 appetizers and they were all the same in terms of trying too hard to be different.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2012

I've been to Searsucker several times and have always had a great meal. And I have been to Gabardine which is excellent. I love their lunch menu at Searsucker - especially the short rib. It's the best! For dinner, the small bites of squid and short rib were excellent and the filet was cooked perfectly. Service was fantastic. Very attentive and definitely knowledgeable of the menu. Downers: Lighting at night is just way too dark to see your menus and we were seated next to a table with baby carriages sticking out which was pretty uncomfortable for this business meeting. Must remember sitting against the wall is the best seating.And of course, OpenTable makes everything so easy.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2012

Had the drunken chicken salad sandwich. It was delicious... Just wish there was more of it. Portion-size is small and the sandwich didn't come with any sides. I was left still being hungry. The waitress should have offered a side dish or perhaps at least mentioned the portion size. The other three people in my party had much larger portions of their selections.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2012

Food is very mediocre and not at all worth the price. Swordfish was overcooked and dry & salad was drenched in dressing. Steak arrived cold. Dessert was "deconstructed" and not in a good way. Service felt very rushed. Place is noisy and crowded. We expected better.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2012

Searsucker is the place I always take friends who are visiting from out of town. The food and service are exceptional! The atmosphere is fun and the drinks are delicious. Searsucker never disappoints!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2012

all food was excellent, great selection from wine by the glass
it is one of my favorites restaurants, always for special ocassions

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 1, 2012

Went for dinner, Thursday evening with friends. Lovely food,the strawberry champagne salad was the best salad I have ever had, the service was good, cool place and only trendy people working there. The ambience was nice, but a bit loud, I wanted to stay and have some drinks after the dinner, would have been perfect but we had other plans. Went back for lunch a few days after to find the food less good and the service as well.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 31, 2012

A great place for a special occasion. The food is always delicious. I love how everyone is so knowledgable about the food, including the person who is pouring the water.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2012

After several great experiences at Burlap, we decided to try Searsucker. We had heard great things. The food was terrific. However, we had a waitress that was very snippy, unprofessional and just downright bad. Even the table next to us was complaining about their experience with the same waitress. Too many things to go into, but the rest of the experience was excellent. The other waiters/waitresses seemed to be very nice. Unfortunately, we got stuck with the one bad apple.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2012

I had very high expectations when I made the reservation at Searsucker and I was NOT let down. The food was exquisitley prepared and beautifully presented. The service was top notch with an appropriate balance. We were there during the Gaslamp Halloween Block Party so the restaurant was decked out for the occasion and that added to the entire experience. Brian Malarkey's reputation preceeds him and I WILL be back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 26, 2012

compared to last time I ate there, it was a bit disappointing. The duck may be the best thing on the menu and I didn't have it this time.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 26, 2012

Excellent food & superb service

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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2012

What a find! Great vibe and the food definitely delivered. Loved it!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2012

The service was not bad, but it failed to match the food and beverage.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2012

While in San Diego for a week - staying in the Gaslamp district we decided to visit Searsucker for their Sunday Brunch. It was an absolute highlight to our week in terms of food, atmosphere and service. And that's saying something since there are a good number of awesome places to enjoy in the district. I had the Green Eggs and Ham and it was stupendous. So good I can't even remember what my husband was oo'ing and aw'ing over himself. I think the corned beef hash? It was, again, a highlight to our week. I can't gush enough.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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