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, Happy Hour and Late Night.
San Diego, CA 92101
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
Walking into the restaurant, it was loud ...
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 tabl ...
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.
Great place for dinner before a show. W ...
Great place for dinner before a show. We met some friends for dinner here before seeing a show at the Civic and the waiter was fantastic. He made sure we had an enjoyable meal and was out of there in time to make the show. Great food too!
I made a reservation for a friend's 30th ...
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 girl ...
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.
I have been wanting to try this restaura ...
I have been wanting to try this restaurant for awhile because of the high reviews, finally had the chance to set up a casual business lunch. The ambiance is great, very open, casual modern, clean and professional. I ordered the burger which sounded great, medium well is my preference but it seemed rare, even the bacon didn't seemed cooked all the way so the burger grossed me out. My client lved his, I didn't bother
Complaining because I was at a business lunch & I was already grossed out. The other meals that were served looked fantastic and they all enjoyed the experience.
The noise level is so loud that I had to ...
The noise level is so loud that I had to ask our server to turn down the music. If he had not done that, we would not have been able to carry on a conversation. Two of us ordered the BLT. It was dry and mostly bread. I have never had such a disappointing BLT out. Dennys does a better job.
My husband did say that his burger was good. So he had better luck with his choice.
We went for New Year's Eve. Poor, poor s ...
We went for New Year's Eve. Poor, poor service, food was a major disappointment. Would never return nor recommend this place. We dine at many fine restaurants worldwide and this is no where near any descriptions of the reviews. Save your time, money and disappointment and go elsewhere
It might not be fair to judge this resta ...
It might not be fair to judge this restaurant based on a special occasion such as New Year's Eve. So, please proceed with that kept in mind. However, the prefix meal was $85, and so I was expecting it to be better than it was. Also, we seemed to be at a table that was added for the evening, in a walkway. It was a high traffic area, and too close to the bar. It was frustrating to see other tables in better spots, knowing that everyone was paying the same amount for the evening, yet we were at a make shift section. Also, it was raining pretty hard that night, and was quite chilly out. The restaurant typically leaves their doors open at the front, but I was sitting nearby and it was freezing. Also, the music was way too loud for 7:15 pm. I'm sure this restaurant's average service and food is much better than this night, but unfortunately I'm not daring enough to ever try again.
this was an absolutely awful dining expe ...
this was an absolutely awful dining experience. I literally can't tell you one good thing about it. It was NYE so it was a preset menu, but all the good was cold and honestly, not good. The service was rushed, my drink was poorly mad. I can go on and on and on. Not to mention, 1 drink each for two people the meal cost 250 dollars. I would explore other options when in san diego.
THIS WAS AWFUL!
Shared an early New Year's Eve dinner wi ...
Shared an early New Year's Eve dinner with our 23 and 21 year old son and daughter. The hostesses were friendly and energetic and seated us at a high top next to the large street picture window. We enjoyed glancing out to see the activity on the street as everyone was starting to arrive in the Gaslamp/Downtown area to ring in the New Year, as we enjoyed our pre-set dinner menu and wine pairings throughout the evening.
Drew, our waiter was personable and impeccable. We loved the vibe and liveliness of Searsucker. The food was incredible! From start to finish we all made our selections from cold starter, to hot starter, to main, and then dessert; a wine pairing with each course, and champagne for all with dessert - delicious and festive! We did not feel rushed, and thoroughly felt pampered as we worked our way through our memorable and delectable meal.
The restaurant was full to capacity and vibrant, such a great way to start out the New Year Preparation/Celebration! The four of us agreed that from the outstanding service, amazing restaurant scene, and unsurpassed meal...........we could not have shared a better experience or meal on New Year's Eve.
We were so pleased to see that there was Valet Parking, which can be a challenge in the Gaslamp Quarter. And once we finished our dining extravaganza, the kids continued on to their New Year's Eve Celebrating across the street, and overnighted at a nearby hotel, while my husband and I drove back to our Pacific Beach condo rental. Such a Special and wonderful evening at Searsucker.
We live in Florida, and were visiting our son for the holidays who had recently transferred to San Diego for work, but look forward to visiting Searsucker again the next time we are in town!
Above all - the service by waiter Josh ...
Above all - the service by waiter Josh was extraordinary. One of our party ordered a lamb entrée which turned out to be too gamey, so was offered an alternative. The pork chop and filet were exceptional. Meals are expensive, but worth it. Cocktails were moderate to expensive, but they have a good wine selection.
Overall, a great evening experience for Christmas Eve dinner!
We make Christmas Eve dinner at Searsuck ...
We make Christmas Eve dinner at Searsucker a tradition, and now with our 2 yr old. Food was very good and service was accomodating. We went early and beat the rush. Appetizer portions are small but delicious- wish they made the boneless rib as an entre portion.
This restaurant is best suited if your d ...
This restaurant is best suited if your date is loud and doesn't realize it. We all have one of those friends. The ambiance is loud music so that you can't really comfortably talk to the people on the other side of the table. The food was excellent, but I get a little annoyed when every person who walks by the table fills up my water glass.... by reaching over all the food on my table and breaking eye contact with my date. Mind you, eye contact is crucial since you can't actually hear what your date is saying. We sat down and it took well over 90 minutes for two people to make it through a meal, without being able to carry on a conversation because the aforementioned noise level. The drinks are great, and our waiter was awesome and responsive while he was there. Your food will come out long after you forgot what you ordered, somewhere in the range of "I wonder what's taking so long" and "Did they forget about me?".
We have been wanting to visit Searsucker ...
We have been wanting to visit Searsuckers for quite a while. It was my wife's birthday so we decided to go. It was an outstanding experience. It is a busy restaurant especially for a Tuesday. Our service was exceptional. The food was delicious. We will recommend Searsuckers to our friends and will definently be back. Thank you for a great evening.
Nice atmosphere. Pretty spacious with s ...
Nice atmosphere. Pretty spacious with semi-open kitchen. The pork belly was amazing. The artichoke dip a little disappointing. Had the fried chicken which I'm usually obsessed with. The breeding fell off too easily. I enjoy crispy flavorful skin (it's my favorite) so this was a bit disappointing. Drinks were ok...not great.
We arrived on time for our dinner reserv ...
We arrived on time for our dinner reservation. We were seated and waited a few minutes for our waiter. We ordered and had a glass of water. After 30 minutes our waiter appeared serving the table next to us. We asked about our appetizers and he said it was coming. After another 15 minutes waiting we could not find anyone to ask about our food. They all seemed too busy with a large party. We stood up and tried to get the attention of a waiter or the manager. No luck. We waited 50 minutes after ordering and decided to leave. I did tell the seating person we were leaving and she did not say anything. We spent an hour sitting there with a glass of water.
Fun ambience. Good comfort food. we were ...
Fun ambience. Good comfort food. we were there during a big meeting at the convention center so the place was packed. Noise level was high at the beginning of our meal, about 8.30 pm, but got better as our meal progress. Friendly waiting staff, great meal.
We enjoyed our appetizers such as the sh ...
We enjoyed our appetizers such as the shrimp and garlic; baked brie and octopus along with my pork chop (would have liked a switch of more vegetables and less beans and a bigger pork chop for the cost!) and enjoyed our drinks and dessert. I would have loved to try the short ribs but overall a very good meal.
This is in a great location, easy walkin ...
This is in a great location, easy walking downtown to other restaurants and stores. We were excited to try their popular 'shrimp and grits' but the food was SO salty we were unable to eat it. One of our diners did enjoy the french toast so the entire meal was not a waste.
Despite a very busy night they gave me m ...
Despite a very busy night they gave me my reserved table for 6 right on time; service of hostess and waiter was friendly and efficacious. Food is really fresh and tasty.
Music is a bit too loud to have conversation with the all table. The menu would deserve to have more choices since everything is good.
Their effort to have unique tasting food ...
Their effort to have unique tasting food has resulted with comfort food (fried chicken) that's over seasoned and almost unrecognizable. Some things are best left more simple. We made the poor choice of ordering the chicken for most of our party, and that was unfortunate as a group.
The service was slow and inattentive wit ...
The service was slow and inattentive with a resaurant that was not that crowded. It took way to long for our server to come to our table. The wine over priced bottle of wine took about 15 minutes to arrive. The food was average and wine selection is sparse with few Cabernet options one medium price and one almost $100. The fried chicken was on the verge of burned. Short ribs were the best thing on the menu. I would not go there again.
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