About Searsucker Downtown San Diego
San Diego, CA 92101
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.
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 12pm - 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)
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, 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
Took a group of 15 people for a business meal with a customer. The food was very good and the service great. My customer enjoyed the total experience. I would recommend this restaurant to others for unique dishes and great food. It is a loud environment though so keep that in mind.
I've dined here every Feb since they opened. They have creative offerings whether going traditional with app/entree, or building your own tasting menu from their cold and small plate selections (which is my preference). Excellent bar selection as well, and they seem to attract all kinds from businessmen/women to couples to single friends going out for the night.
Second time I have been here and it was amazing. I can't remember my servers name but she was great and had a good energy about her. I tried to get her to sing 90's R&B whenever she dropped off our drinks but she didn't do it. Other than that I don't have any complaints.
Fantastic food, cocktails, and service! Great ambiance and vibe, fantastic music. We were especially amazed at some of the bussers, who could carry 26 wine glasses at the same time.
Our only complaint is that it was so loud that we had a hard time having a conversation across the table.
We visited this restaurant for lunch two days in a row. Our service both days was mediocre at best. One of the plates we ordered was over 10 minutes late with no explanation. The crab cake is the worst I've ever had... the chefs need to travel back east to see how they're made... and it would be nice to actually see the crab meat. On the second day, my friend ordered the beet salad only to have the salad arrive without any beets. They did finally bring him a bowl of beets when we pointed it out without any explanation. Please look elsewhere.
Apple core and bruised apple found in the salad. Fairly good, well cooked scallops but for 30+ dollars poor value.
Service seemed rushed and impersonal.
This place fancies itself. It represents lazy management.
If you appreciate good food, warm service and a comfortable dining experience this place is not for you.
It was a spontaneous weekend getaway with a few friends this past weekend and we wanted something nice to eat so we came to Searsucker in downtown SD. The item that caught our attention was the tomahawk ribeye which we were eager to try.
The experience: We were greeted and seated by the hostess. We sat, chatted, ordered apps, drinks. The apps and drinks came and 30 mins has passed by while we enjoyed the starters. When the server came to take our order hang for a bit, one of us wanted to order the tomahawk since it's been raved so much. Little did we know we couldn't order it since it takes an hour to make and we had a time limit of 2 hours for the table. I personally thought this was unfair to not be able to order the dish we wanted because (1) we should've been advised in the beginning by the servers that we must order the tomahawk right away, (2) they shouldn't have presumed everyone is a regular and know their rules beforehand, (3) no disclosure of it anywhere on the menu. Going forward, a tip for Searsucker is to make things known to customers so they can have the opportunity to get the full experience. We left disappointed but we know it's a great menu. Maybe next time.
Great assortment of small plates. Seating is fairly casual and the vibe was rockin on the Saturday night. Decent pours for the martini, not your disappointing mixology pour. I really enjoyed the meal. Three of us split 8 small pKates and we were very satisfied.
Excelente lugar. Buen ambiente, el personal muy amable. Es un buen sitio para ir con los amigos, tomarte una copa y en general pasar un buen rato. La comida es muy rica y el gasto es alrededor de los $75-100 dls por persona, licor incluido.
I had the biscuits and meatballs and they were really good however my husband had the bone-in pork chop which was absolutely horrible. It was rubbery, had no taste and awful spices. Didn't have time to return so went hungry. Staff was excellent and very satisfying. Won't be returning soon.
Did not disappoint. I ate here 4 years ago and dreamt about the day I could return. My dreams came true. I ate here again on Monday night. Although the bone marrow was no longer on the menu, we found plenty of other tasty treats. Six of us split the small plates, short rib, pork belly, brussel sprouts, muscles and biscuits. WOW! We then ordered a fish and steak entrée and shared. The fish was ok but the steak was great. My fav is the pork belly. We then split a banana pudding and donuts for dessert. Simply Devine. The hostesses and wait staff were on their game. They made us feel very special. I promise that every time I'm in San Diego, this is one stop I will always make.
Very poor experience. Was pleased when I went a few years ago. This time seated almost an hour late for our reservation, with slow, inattentive service overall. The restaurant on primetime Saturday had run out of their three most popular items, so everyone had the sense of getting their second or third choice throughout the meal. Overpriced, overrated, poor dining experience.
Utterly forgotten! It took our waitress over 40 mins to realize our food hadn't been served (we were immersed in a business conversation) and then management tried to step in and salvage the situation. The damage was already done.
Probably just a one off fumble, but it was a big one!
Options abound in the gas lamp district but hard to go wrong with Searsucker. Vibrant scene even on a Monday night downtown. Excellent choices in the small plates, with the beef tartar, shrimp and grits, octopus and pork belly standing out. The tenderloin filets were perfectly prepared and the duck pot pie got high marks. Go for the duck fat fries and brussel sprouts for the full experience. Nice options on the wine list despite the relatively small selection. The 2011 Damilano Barolo was drinking well despite its relative youth. Service dependably solid and prices more than reasonable.
The restaurant decor was nice but like so many of the other restaurants in the Gaslamp, the food was lackluster. It was seemingly creative but missed the mark on flavor and freshness. It's a fun place to hang out with friends though. The server was very attentive and friendly. I recommend Searsucker if you happen to be in the neighborhood.
I travel a lot for work and get the opportunity to eat at a number of amazing spots and Searsuckers is one of my favorite restaurants in the entire country. The food is outstanding, great location (Gaslamp San Diego) and cool atmosphere. I would rate my last meal there in the top five of my life.
Walking into the restaurant, it was loud but good energy loud. Also because they were busy. It was packed when my group and I walked in. We had reservation at 7pm and was seated when the whole party arrived. The menu was simple and everything was shareable. Everything we got was "okay"... it was more of you're either gonna love it or dislike it because the flavors here are rich & thick. It's flavors on flavors and there wasn't really a flow. We had the tuna poke, crab cake, fried octopus, pork belly, shrimp and grits, and the New York steak. Honestly, the ONE great thing I had was their chimmichuri sauce! My goodness, I had to ask for extra with my steak! It was amazingly flavorful and bomb! We also had a few drinks and they were good! I'd recommend small plates (their pretty fulfilling) !
This is a tough one... we were that table where everything went wrong and our server was completely inept. However, the manager Drew was outstanding and did more than necessary to makes us happy. The food was delicious (get the meatballs!) I'm certainly willing to give the restaurant another try.
I made a reservation for a friend's 30th birthday. The server multiple times said happy birthday and made birthday references. I expected since I paid almost $220 dollars that they would have brought out a dessert for the special night. I was very disappointed and will not recommend this eatery to my friends or company.
Seersucker was a great choice for a girls weekend place! Great people watching, good wine and good food. It appears to get louder and louder as the evening progresses and seemed like it was turning into a nightclub atmosphere. We were seated at a lovely banquet in the middle behind the hostess stand and would have stayed longer but could not get a cup of coffee with dessert. I asked two different wait staff persons and our waitress just skipped it and brought the bill. I guess the 50 ish crowd isn't important after 10pm. Overall it was good food and a nice dinner spot.
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