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Ironside Fish & Oyster

4.6
4.6
3777 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Ironside is now taking reservations for patio and dining room seating.

We are now offering Happy Hour MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 3:00PM - 5:00PM.

Little Italy was built by the fishing industry. Ironside attempts to continue that narrative. It's our contemporary interpretation of the classic fish house and oyster bar. Located in a historic auction house on India St we did a full comprehensive restoration of the building, with three open-air culinary hubs featuring an expansive raw bar, chefs table, and bakery. We tried to be mindful of the past while looking towards the future. A 4% surcharge will be added to all guest checks.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 85 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 269-3033

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Danielle Van Steen

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Cross street

    Date Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,777 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Seafood

  • San Diego

    Seafood

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  1. AC

    AbigailC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous place for our date night on vacation! A friend recommended this place and they delivered. The food was amazing, the waitstaff had great knowledge and recommendations on how to sub/add to my dish. Not to mention Little Italy was a great place to walk around. Loved it!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Genuinely one of the best restaurant in San Diego for so many reasons. Amazing food, awesome menu, awesome cocktails, awesome service staff doesn’t get any better than this place.
  3. T

    Thuyvi

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    such an amazing experience for our anniversary! dominque was very accommodating and so sweet! we’ll be back!!!
  4. C

    Cb123

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience. Clean and comfortable. Friendly staff. Very fresh seafood. The oysters were amazing and the seafood tower was perfect for my husband and I.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service (Tatiana is the sweetest), great food, great ambiance. Our favorite date spot!
  6. K

    Kristian

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was pretty good and lots of healthy options. The staff was friendly but I feel for the price and ambiance they could make it a bit more semi-formal for employees to give a more professional experience. Also, wish they had a few more options in general: example salads, sides, ceviche, fish choices, etc. that being said the food was well cooked and had great flavor. Would come back for sure.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    We were sat half outside and half inside when it was very cold out. Upset we didn’t get set up near the back. This was a special, large dinner during a conference and the service was horrible. I had to get up multiple times to ask for more drinks and to order our food. The awareness was very poor unfortunately.
  8. WJ

    WeidongJ

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was super, and meals come on fast as well full of the table.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ironside is our favorite date spot for one good reason: their service and staff are exceptional. From the moment we walked in to when we signed the receipt we felt nothing short of special. We will be back time and time again as long as they deliver great attentive and professional service
  10. JD

    JDubu

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had the Octopus as one of our appetizers. We all agreed it was the best we ever had. Good choices for bourbon too.
  11. f

    fmiskolc

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    First time here and only a decent(ish) experience. Octopus dish is really really delicious but there is no excuse for taking an hour to bring out the oysters and other raw seafood on the platter. We understand that there was a large party that ordered four 24 oyster plates but other tables should’ve been integrated into that workstream in the kitchen instead of having to wait until all their food was prepared. Overall, what could’ve been a good night was negatively affected by poor management of the work volume leaving guests at smaller tables dissatisfied with the wait… and there’s too many other good places in San Diego to go to to come back here anytime soon.
  12. t

    tigersharkm

    Portland

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Very Loud and took almost 30 minutes to get a house salad.
  13. JC

    JamesC

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Worst oysters I have ever seen! Wouldn’t pay for those no matter what the cost! Seriously the contents of the oyster shell was small as a quarter. No idea how the person responsible for purchasing or the manager would let these be served to customers. We did enjoy the chowder, octopus and fries though…
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy hour oysters were unbeatable
  15. KL

    KarenL

    Phoenix

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dominique was wonderful server! She is so personable and knowledgeable….great experience
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was terrible, it took almost 1 hour to get drinks. The place is dirty it needs a good cleaning. Will not be going back.
  17. V

    caseyV

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly delicious seafood and creative takes on the classics
  18. OG

    OrganicGirl

    Minneapolis

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great server. AJ rescued me when my crab claws were stuck to the shell. Lobster roll was great, as was kale salad and peel and eat shrimp.
  19. MT

    MariT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone here is very sweet as they know you. Especially Rachel. She made me and my husband so welcomed. Super friendly yet very professional. We love everything about this place.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and waitress.
  22. CB

    CB123

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    It's very overpriced & seems like a tourist restaurant now. My husband's tuna entree was overcooked and rock hard. We ordered 18 raw oysters and they were not cut from the shell. They did comp us for the oysters and give us free bread, but we won't be going there anymore. Sad- I used to love it
  23. ML

    MayraL

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Love this place but service was slow on this visit!
  24. P

    Peggie

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious...the service was excellent...and they brought out a birthday dessert for my friend! Will definitely be back!
  25. LP

    LoriP

    Denver

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was ok. Drinks were so so.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We saw a show that Andrew Zimmer( food critic) was on and was raving about Ironside. We happened to be in the San Diego area today so we went there today for lunch. First of all the restrooms need some work. So for the food, I ordered the Clam Chowder and my wife had the basic lunch salad, both ok. I ordered the Opah with white beans. It was basically tasteless. My wife ordered the lots of French Fries and a few fish chips. Nothing great. Maybe it is what we ordered that was the problem but it should of been better. The best part of our lunch was our server Rachel.
  27. RK

    RK2021

    Calgary

    30 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    It was a totally bad NYE experience. Anything that needed skill to prepare was terrible. Oysters were the highlight albeit poorly shucked. Thank god Shake Shack was a few blocks down.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Worst restaurant every seen
  29. B

    Bree

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the loveliest time at Ironside - the food was so delicious and our server, Dominque, made some excellent recommendations.
  30. JB

    JenniferB

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Somehow this isn’t the place it used to be. It was a busy night, but the service was slow. Almost an hour before the food came. Love their oysters. Server was friendly and polite. I’m sure he was working hard.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time at Ironside. I wish I had made it a higher priority sooner. The food a d service were fantastic. Everything was so fresh and I love the fact that the menu changes daily based on the fresh seafood available.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    We usually only come for HR for the $1 oysters. They were acceptable this time (small and briny, probably Miyagis), but not as tasty as the last few times we’ve come. Service this time was also a bit disappointing. Our waiter took forever to come so we ended up ordering from a waitress from a different section. When he finally showed up, he didn’t introduce himself or spare us more than a few seconds. We saw more of the other waitress than our actual waiter.
  33. DA

    DonnaA

    Washington DC

    136 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Creative menu and delicious entrees! Both the grilled snapper and the lobster roll were excellent. The cocktail menu book was really fun to browse through. Very gracious service by our well informed server, Rebecca. The only negative aspect of the night was our opening encounter with the tall young hostess with long dark hair. She did not seem to know what she was doing and was very unprofessional. Not a great introduction to such a classy place.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was the best!!!!
  35. F

    Foody

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were great. I read the past reviews and cant figure out why they were so negative. We had a great night.
  36. k

    kimba26

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food and flavors. Every dish we ordered was high quality and thoughtfully prepared. Fantastic!
  37. LM

    LouisM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience5
    Ambiance was great, cocktails were good. Small portions, but the food was good. Two in our party of four were celebrating birthdays and this was acknowledged by staff on arrival, but that was the last we heard of it. Long story short, $500 meal and we all left hungry. In fact, we went for pizza across the street right after. Great place for a quick cocktail, but we won’t be back to eat.
  38. SG

    SkyGlow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cool ambiance and the food was so delicious. Cocktails were really good too. Wait staff was really attentive and nice. We would definitely go back to try other items on the menu.
  39. EC

    EveC

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    This has always been my favorite restaurant since I moved to San Diego 7 years ago. The menu has changed a lot from pre-covid days with a lot more Mexican flavors and dishes replacing the classic European seafood dishes. Still a great place for the ambience and food quality.
  40. BC

    BrandtC

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Dozen very small oysters for $38 pretty disappointing, lobster roll tasty but also fairly expensive for what you get, fish and chips was excellent local rockfish and reasonable with fries at $22. Service good but not great. Would be better for oysters at their happy hour price (fair). Probably concentrate on good Italian food next time in Little Italy.

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Ironside Fish & Oyster is rated 4.6 stars by 3777 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 85 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for Ironside Fish & Oyster

1654 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Date Street

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Danielle Van Steen

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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