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Searsucker North County/ Del Mar

581 reviews
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$30 and under
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Searsucker, located in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center in the heart of North County 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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Mid Day Eats: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm; Friday- Saturday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Daily Happy Hour: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Wednesday: 4:30pm - close

Brunch: Saturday – Sunday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
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Phone number
(858) 369-5700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Cesar Oceguera
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Cross street
Del Mar Heights Road
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Parking details
Del Mar Highlands Center Parking Lot.
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Live Music during all night Happy Hour Wednesdays, and during weekend brunch!
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Special events & promotions
For private event inquiries, please contact
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Searsucker has a private group dining area that can seat up to 40 guests, a semi-private outdoor table that can seat up to 8, and a wrap around patio and whole venue available for buyouts!

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What 581 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

The service was great and the food was amazing. It is a nice place to have a business lunch. Cool atmosphere and easy to hear your conversation.

vipcjfsince1980 (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Love searsucker. Great drinks, great food, great service.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Service is definitely going down the hill. It is not what it used to be. Very disappointing!

vipPSPS (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful food and service. Attentive staff with great smiles. The food was cooked perfectly and we each enjoyed different dishes

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Good was super good. It's pretty good in there though.

Premonsdaydinner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

My husband and I both ate the shrimp and grits appetizer as our entree. The appetizer comes in a generous portion. The calamari was soggy because they mixed too much of the sweet and sour sauce on top. The sauce over powered the calamari. I would have prefer the sauce on the side. I was not too fond of the Brussels sprouts. The sprouts were too sour because it tasted like they used too much red wine vinegar. The desserts are large enough to share. Our server, Collin, was funny and friendly!

vipLucy (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Pork and duck fat fries were both very salty. Salmon was very good. The beet and goat cheese jar was fabulous !!
The service was excellent. Decor was great.
I would go back. Just wouldn’t order the fries or pork chop.

vipOTSD (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I made reservations here for Valentine’s Day. As with most restaurants on this occasion, they only offered a pre-fixed menu. However, unlike most restaurants, this was not a typical volume play. While it was a bit pricey, the flavor and presentation of each dish in the four courses was excellent. For our mains, I had the NY strip and my wife had a cornmeal battered branzino. Both were seasoned well and cooked as specified. Another notable standout was the Tetilla Cheese plate as a dessert option. Not your typical offering, but a surprisingly delicious mix of savory, spicy and sweet.

SusanB (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Great food. Great entertainment. Exceptional desserts!

TedP (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

very good food, extremely loud - difficult to have reasonable conversation

Gretchen65 (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The server/ manager removed the entrees from the bill. This was appreciated. However, our 44th anniversary celebration was not pleasant. Too loud - sounded like canned crowd noise...?
The server and the wine were the only good parts of the night. We brought the wine!

We will not return.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Food tasteless and lacks seasoning.

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Service was very good . Wish they had more booths inside. Great food also

vipJeffS (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Limited food, wine, and scotch selection

vipGaffer (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Way way way to salty!!!!

Couldnt eat french fries at all!!

vippspca (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Service and shareable plates were great.

vipLinda (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Food was excellent!

HoppyLyss (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Have been to this location a few times and this was not the best experience I've had. While this was SDRW, service/clearing between courses/consistency with dishes/check backs were VERY slow except for the check drop.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent brunch

guyzz (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We normally go for lunch so this was the first time visiting on a Saturday night. It was a busy night, so the manager took our drink orders. Despite that, everybody still got it right. One of our guests was a bit more high maintenance yet the waiter and manger were outstanding at responding politely and promptly to the requests. Food - duck wings were outstanding, chicken moist tender and flavorful. Restaurant week, so it would have been helpful to let us know up front that the Prix Fixe menu had slightly different portions, but we worked it out anyway. In any case definitely still one of our favorite spots.

Britboy (Milwaukee)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

So I had high expectations as we have diner here many times before, but it was restaurant week so it very busy, service was rushed (in and out in a hour) what really ticked me off was the 3% additional surcharge to cover the cost increase in minimum wage. While I support a living wage why not simply add $1 to every main course and 50 cents to a starter.

OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Reservation booked on Open Table was not actually a reservation....told to go wait in bar for 30 mins then come back to check if we could have a table (no pager etc).

Food was passable but not fantastic. Disappointing for the price. "Rare" tuna was dry, if that's possible. Beets and Goat cheese jar was confusing - sweet jello cubes with beet jam underneath. Desert (mousse bar) was the best part.

$160 for two with restaurant week menus, 2 extra sides & 2 glasses of wine.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

From snippy bartenders, to drafty table, to slow surface, and undercooked burger ruined by American cheese, it was a disastrous evening. I think this place is better suited to bar bites and cocktails in the back patio, but I will not be coming back for dinner

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

The decor is interesting - rustic/loft. My entree was wonderful (Jidori chicken). The service was ..... mixed. Our server was pleasant and came to our table within minutes. However, he did not inform my husband that his iced tea would not be the usual brewed black tea but a fruity concoction. Nor did he warn my husband that the Chile Torneado purée accompanying the flank steak is extremely over-the-top spicy-hot —- so hot it entirely overpowered the perfectly grilled steak. My husband had asked for non-sugar sweetener for his iced tea at the time it was served. We waited over 15 minutes for the sweetener and it only arrived after finally getting a chance to ask for it again from the young lady delivering our entrees.

Staff should be instructed to inform the guests of anything different from the norm, especially in cases like the uncomfortably spicy purée which was not flagged as such on the menu.

However, the reason I give Searsucker such a low rating is the racket. The restaurant was not packed, but the noise level was horrible. There was no way my husband and I could have a conversation without leaning over and yelling. The rating descriptions above label my rating as “energetic” ... I would define it as “painfully loud”. Instead of having a relaxing dinner and enjoying the excellent Jidori chicken dish, I found myself shoveling the food down as fast as I could just to escape the never-ending pounding din. Definitely not my idea of money well spent.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Food came out in a timely manner. Our server Cierra was very helpful with suggestions. Food tasted amazing, drinks pretty good. A little too dark for me inside but I got over it.

wendyc (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

It was restaurant week. The restaurant week serving sizes, especially the dessert, were smaller than ordering a la carte. The food was delicious. The waitress was excellent. The hostess desk was just ok. When we have a reservation and there are empty tables, i don't like being told to "wait at the bar".

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Took way too long to get our check processed. We probably waited longer than 30 min with receipt and our credit card clearly visable on the table and had to waiver her down.
Our server would disappear for long durations and not check on us.

vipLJSD (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was very good - lots of choices in apps/small plates which is what we did. Kids' menu is pretty good. Prices are fairly high - esp on the entrees. THey also charge a service charge of 3% for wages . . . . i hate it when restaurants do that.

Sandy (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We’ve been to Searsucker Del Mar many times and it never disappoints. Great place for brunch, great food and service and kept the bottomless mimosas coming.

Maryam (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Consistent, and good. I like the food. I am happy that there are more choices for dessert at brunch. Thank you! Love the banana bread. Love the coffee served in the wood platter...with coffee beans.