Searsucker Downtown San Diego

4.4
2730 reviews
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Searsucker San Diego, located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp District of Downtown San Diego, is a nationally recognized restaurant concept encouraging guests to come early, and stay late. Menus are both serious and fun, with creative twists on New American Classics for Weekend Brunch, Weekday Lunch, Dinner and Daily 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.

Inspired by the simplicity, relaxed and feel-good vibe of the seersucker fabric, Searsucker offers 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--so come early, and stay late!
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JC
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Waited 80 minutes for food once it was ordered without any explanation or apology for the delay. One meal had to be sent back once it came out as it was undercooked. Very disappointing experience.

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O
San Diego
56 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great location in the San Diego Gaslamp District, one enters a vibrant, but noisy space with exposed duct work and industrial, contemporary feel. The ambiance is certainly energetic, but the disco beat gets a bit old after awhile. I was also turned off by the fake, battery powered candles on the table--very unclassy. That said, the service and food were very good. My martini was a bit modest in size, but the Caesar salad was very good, as were the shrimp and grits I had for my main course. This was my 2nd dining experience at Searsucker--this one not quite as positive, but I would still keep it on the list when visiting San Diego, but be prepared for the noise if you go.

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Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was very good. Drinks were on point however meal was average . We were there for lunch and had Searsucker burger with duck fat fries
Fries were tasty but burger over cooked /on dry side
Overall decent spot for lunch

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SN
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I have eaten previously at Searsucker but this time it was a real disappointment. The appetizer we ordered didn’t arrive. Instead our catch of the day fish arrived at the table. When we asked to have the appetizer first the fish was taken away. Later the fish was brought back to the table but was inedible as was the broccoli and sprouts. Not a good dining experience.

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MB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg! Sooooooo yummy! We used OpenTable to book a reservation and the food and the service was phenomenal!

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n
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation for 3 people for 715pm. They were not crowded at that time. I guess San Diegans do not dine early. By the time we left it was packed and buzzing with groups. Ryan was our server and he was excellent. He saw we were not in a hurry and he left us alone to talk. He came back to check on us for drinks and he made very good suggestions. We all ordered the smoked old fashion which was quite smooth and flavorful. Hints of citrus was involved as well.

As for appetizers, we ordered wings, which were very nice, the artichoke hearts dish which was another winner and the pork bellies, which were ok. It was unusual to be ok with pork. Maybe my taste buds were off. For entrees, we got the Opa fish, which is indigenous of Hawaii and Fiji. The opa has a distinct flavor with the consistency of a swordfish. As sides, we ordered the Brussels sprouts and creamy mash potatoes. The mash was super creamy, and I had to dip in a few times. He suggested to surprise us for dessert. When it came it was their homemade donut sprinkled in cinnamon sugar with a chocolate cream dip and I think it was a vanilla dip. Omg they were so fresh. Anytime I come to San Diego, I always make it a point to dine at Searsucker. Yes, it is worth it and given how packed the place was last night, I am. Not the only one who believes in this place.

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V
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious.. but the service was awesome. Recomend it

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JT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was top notch, and the atmosphere was great. Food was good. Had the special, which was opah and it was over cooked and dry. Should have gotten the pork chop.

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KW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went on Mother’s Day for the brunch special and it was amazing. The shrimp and grits plate was delicious. The service there was really great and our waitress was extremely nice and attentive. I would definitely recommend this place to my friends. The only downside is that they did not have a children’s menu so if you’re going for a family event I would keep that in mind.

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SW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waited over 50 minutes for our breakfast for my mom and I. I finally decided to leave I was so annoyed. The manager and server wereunapologetic. Horrible start to Mother’s Day.

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PM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

While I had been to Searsucker before and really enjoyed it, somehow on Mother’s Day they seemed inexplicably slammed or at least our server was. It took over 50 minutes to get our drinks, and about an hour and 10 minutes to get our food. Empty plates would sit and get passed by upwards of 3 times. Other than that issue the food was great and eventually worth it however I was amazed how somehow Mother’s Day managed to seem to throw them off.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Not impressed. Artichoke appetizer needed some sort of flavor and my vegetarian dish was so salty I had to send it back. Too noisy to be able to hold a conversation with the person sitting next to me. Won’t go back

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HD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Octopus appetizer was terrible. Burned and rubbery. Catch of the day fish was way over cooked. Med rare steak was well done. To their credit they recooked another to med rare properly and provided free dessert due to trouble. Waiter was friendly and responsive so service was very good. Maybe just got an in experienced chef. So many options in SD I would not return.

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AL
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience we at Searsucker last night. The food was fantastic, but the highlight to our evening was Saul our server. We live in Boston, Massachusetts and my husband works in New York City, so we have eaten at many great restaurants. However, we have never had such fantastic service as last night. Saul was so knowledgeable about the drink menu as well as the food menu. We learned a lot from him. He was warm and personable.

I would highly recommend the duck fat fries, the brussel sprouts, and the pork belly. The PB&J old fashioned was fantastic! The s'mores milk shake was a fun way to end the meal.

We look forward to returning to Searsucker!

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A
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

I reserved a table for 2 online for their NOTORIOUS B.R.U.N.C.H event. The event itself, ambiance, music, atmosphere, and service were great! When I did my reservation I left special instructions for them to please leave a note on the table for my boyfriend with a sweet message from me. They did an amazing job delivering that request! After we finished eating, they brought out the note on a really nice card stock note that had the restaurant's name on it. Not only that, but they brought a slice of this delicious chocolate dessert. Both my boyfriend and I were very pleasantly surprised! I thought they had forgotten about the note but they actually exceeded my expectations!! The food itself was ok. We ordered the banh mi and the fried chicken sandwich, both sounded delicious on the menu but the actual dishes were a bit bland. My salad was quite salty as well. But maybe it was just an off day for them. Overall I'm really happy with the experience and would consider going back just for the hip-hop experience. Thanks for the outstanding service!

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JP
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

The DJ playing hip hop was too loud. We could not speak to each other and had to lean in and YELL at one another...so we just looked at our phones. First such experience at Searsucker.

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A
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here - the seared octopus was the best we have ever had (only 2 of us ate it) My hubby had the strip steak and it was tender and wonderful, another person had the lamb neck, sounds ugly but was fall off the bone tender with lots of flavor. Then my octopus friend and I shared the Black Cod. I am very fussy about my fish, if it is overcooked I am not happy. When I told the waiter that, he assured me that he didn't need to tell the chef, that it would NOT come out overcooked and dry. And he was right! The sauce was very good but had some type of small bean or grain in it, and I think the bean or grain was not complementary to the sauce. So overall it was an excellent meal and I would suggest dining here

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a nice day so we had outside seating for a group of 7 which they were able to accommodate. I would suggest knowing what you’d like to eat before as the food takes semi long to get out. The server was nice and the food came out hot. I ordered the chilaquiles for breakfast eggs over medium, I noticed in the menu it said sunny side up so I made sure to tell the waiter over medium. They came out sunny side up so I asked the other gentlemen who brought the food out if my waiter wrote over medium. I used to work at a restaurant so I know the cooks are short handed and flustered so they might have been the ones who didn’t read the ticket correctly. I didn’t ask for new ones since I didn’t want to wait and it wasn’t the waiters fault. All in all it was a nice experience.

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GW
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in the gaslamp district. I highly advise getting reservations. Their drink menu has a lot of very good customer options and the patio seating is good as well.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing! Went back the next day too. Highly recommend if you are in the San Diego area.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had great experience for my best friends birthday. One of my favorite dinner spots in San Diego.

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TT
Dallas
103 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Disappointed. With the good and service. I was expecting more from this location.

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EB
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great drinks and shareable food. Very accommodating to larger groups. They were able to seat us immediately even though we showed up 45 minutes early for our reservation. Fun cocktails. Definitely try the meatballs

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MV
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome live music, the ambiance was great, easy listening, which added to the great food affair...

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d
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The brunch menu was really bad. Very salty and not much flavors. I don't recommend for brunch.

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthdays!!!!

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RL
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

All food was a disappointment, we ordered two entrees, two side dishes, and two desserts, my friend and I thought nothing was really very good. The filet mignon was tough and overcooked and didn't seem like a quality piece of meat, the salmon was the same-dry and lacking quality and flavor. The brussel sprouts were soaked in a sauce that had an overpowering vinegar flavor, way way too strong. Both desserts were a disappointment, one had no flavor and the other was disgustingly sweet. The only thing that was good was the mashed potatoes and they were not hot when we got them. Ambiance was nice, service was great. But I would rather spend $200 elsewhere.

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KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! The staff was friendly. They went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed our meals.

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San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My husband and I went for Easter Sunday brunch. The place was crowded and the chair I had was uncomfortable. Prefixed menu that was good and bottomless mimosas. I had the chili Quiles and hubby had the steak and eggs.
The best part of our dinning experience was our waitress Stephanie. She was friendly and knowledgeable. She kept the mimosas coming. Definitely would like to try this place again on a non-holiday.

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DD
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and ambiance were fantastic! Our server was very nice, but clearly overwhelmed by a large table he was handling, so we had to wait a long time and ask for things multiple times. But otherwise on a less busy night I’m sure it would have been perfect.

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F
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent! Quality if the food was exceptional! Very pleased and will return

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great. If you want the Tomahawk steak it will take over an hour.

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O
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I used to live in San Diego and my family and I came down to visit this past weekend. We were here on Saturday at 930- it was loud, but lively, with lots of music. The food and appetizers were amazing. The only reason I could not give this place 5 stars overall was because the food took an hour to get out to us.

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m
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

I never write reviews. But I’m compelled to do so here due to a really terrible server who was all at once rude, disrespectful and just plain douchey. We were never greeted when we arrived. The bus boy took our order. And when the server finally showed up, his first line was, “ what do you want?” No hi. No apology. No greetings.

The food was inconsistent at best. And when we complained it barely registered with the server, who instead kept calling us “girls” all night.

I left a 20% tip but only because the bus boy tried really hard to fix a bad situation.

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D
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Terrible. Fish of the day was dry and almost inedible.
Slow filling drink orders. Noise intolerable. Luckily I had a good friend with me to pass the time, even though we had to shout at each other.

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TN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and server were excellent. He gave us a history of the restaurant and told us to mix and match apps and entrees. Carpaccio and tuna tartare as apps and shrimp and grits with pork belly as entrees. Shrimp and grits and the apps were outstanding. Definitely return here.

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VA
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Older times drinks were much better. But food was above average and the ambience makes it for a memorable experience.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was great with excellent service

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Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Small portions were pricey, but the food was excellent. Great service and atmosphere as well.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there with a group of 10 business colleagues and all of us loved it. Food was delicious - lots of shareable dishes. Servers were friendly, professional and not pushy as we lingered over our meal. I’d highly recommend it for any group dining.

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