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.
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 $15 per vehicle
Metered street parking is an option
Parking Structure on 6th and Market (Park it on Market)
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, 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
I love the design and overall look of th ...
I love the design and overall look of the restaurant and the food was exceptional. I would return for the quality and unique touches to the dishes alone.
My only drawback is how loud the music was making it very hard for our group to converse at our table. That's expected in a lively bar, but not in an upscale restaurant. Perhaps that's a Gaslamp District thing.
My table was next to a west-facing windo ...
My table was next to a west-facing window without shades in full sun. It was an uncomfortably hot table. The staff did everything they could to help mitigate the issue, but they really need to install sun shades for their window-table guests. Other than that, the restaurant is great. The food was outstanding, and the staff were awesome.
Cons - Super loud so if you are looking ...
Cons - Super loud so if you are looking to be loud, then this is the place to be. It was a saturday night at 8:30 pm, so it was still relatively early. We saw the fried chicken dish on the menu and was sold. Subsequent to seeing it on the menu, I asked the server what she recommended and her first dish she recommended was the fried chicken. Placed our orders and we were good to go...So I thought. Five minutes later, in anticipation of the fried chicken dish, the server came back and informed us the restaurant was out of that dish. Really?! We are talking about chickens, buttermilk and flour?! Had to settle for something else; was not a happy camper.
Pros - Food is good, however, a little too expensive for the type of cuisines they had. Don't get me wrong, dishes are very satisfying with great flavor, but lacked the "wow" factor. Very energetic atmosphere so this is not the place for a date night or romancing...
Fantastic service. Waiter did a great jo ...
Fantastic service. Waiter did a great job guiding us through choices, was attentive and ever present without being intrusive.
We shared 3 of the small plates which was more than enough for two of us.
Pork belly was great as were the duck wings and crab cake.
We will make this a regular stop when in town.
Good was over salted. Crab cakes and Br ...
Good was over salted. Crab cakes and Brussel sprouts were burnt. If you restaurant offers valet parking and restaurant is open until 10pm; it is reasonable to expect valet parking would close no earlier than 10 too but our car was parked way down 2 blocks and my elderly guest had to walk. They had the audacity to charge $15 for this ctappy service.
Our server was fantastic. The hosting st ...
Our server was fantastic. The hosting staff was on point and took note of my notes in the reservation. Drinks were great. Food was fabulous. Everything was ON POINT. Would absolutely recommend to anyone and everyone. Thanks Searsucker staff!
This was our second time dining at this ...
This was our second time dining at this wonderful restaurant the staff was exceptional and very attentive and knowledgeable. Emily, the general manager, was delightful, and very attentive and went out of her way to make sure that everyone was having a great dining experience. The Buttermilk Fried Chicken was a new menu addition and was so crisp and juicy that just writing about now is making me salivate! My husband ordered the Ono and received a very large portion and it was very flaky and seasoned to perfection. The grilled octopus appetizer small plate at the perfect amount of char and seasoning and everyone at the table enjoyed it immensely as we also enjoyed the short rib appetizer, it was so tender you could cut it with a spoon. The Searsucker is a must visit dining experience if you're ever in the San Diego gaslamp district for any reason, or actually, just go to San Diego to eat at the Searsucker...I would!!!
I have eaten at Searsucker on three diff ...
I have eaten at Searsucker on three different occasions, with large groups as well as my family of four, and every meal has been fantastic! After our last visit, we could not stop talking about how good the food was and days later we are still daydreaming about the warm brown butter cake..oh my goodness... I don't often provide a review online, because something really has to wow me in order to spend time on a written recommendation. However, in this case, I didn't have to think twice about leaving a comment. Eat here as soon as you get a chance!! Also, our server, Dominique, was awesome. That girl deserves 5 stars too.
Our female Boss was in from PHX, Az. She ...
Our female Boss was in from PHX, Az. She's hip to the Gaslamp. This was our second "corporate meal" at Searsucker and both times have been fun times. The service on 6/30/16 was excellent without being overbearing. Thanks for that. Excellent wine too!
Great experience. one of my absolute fav ...
Great experience. one of my absolute favorite places to eat. the food is always AMAZING and the staff is friendly and fun. they seem to like their job! the manger gave us great places to check out afterwards as well.
Food came out faster than expected, but ...
Food came out faster than expected, but I was surprised at such a small portion for its price tag. Ambiance wasn't great because there was a screaming baby close to our table. But I guess it's the parents' fault for not being considerate of other diners.
This was my husband and my first time di ...
This was my husband and my first time dinning at searsuckers and had no idea what to expect! We were blown away, it was outstanding! The cost was a little high but the food was more than worth the money. I had a New York strip steak and my husband had the lamb neck and both were cooked to perfect and tasted amazing! The waitress we had was patient and stayed on top of everything all night! We will definitely be back!
We had 2 seven year olds with us and ou ...
We had 2 seven year olds with us and our waiter was very sweet to them and very accommodating! It was early so it wasn't that crowded, so the noise level was very low. The food was excellent! I would go back again!
I loved my experience at Searsucker in d ...
I loved my experience at Searsucker in downtown San Diego. I went with three friends and we ordered a few bottles of wine along with multiple small plates. We probably ordered 10 or 12 dishes. They arrived in a staggered fashion so we were able to focus on and enjoy 2 or 3 plates at a time. Everything was presented beautifully and tasted delicious. We left satisfied and full after a few hours of enjoying each other's company. The restaurant was decorated cute and modern. The bar area seemed quite lively with the dining area a bit more relaxed and tranquil. I will definitely be back to enjoy Searsucker during my next visit to San Diego!
Party of five. We enjoyed cocktails and ...
Party of five. We enjoyed cocktails and food primarily from the small plates menu. We enjoy delicious food and would rather share lots of "tastes" then feast on an entrée. And...we weren't disappointed. Everything was fantastic. My only complaint was that when we ordered our first round of small plates, they brought all of them out all at once. Clearly, that's not the best way to thoroughly enjoy each item. Other than that...it was a great evening! We'll be back!
What took me so long?
I don't know why I didn't get in here sooner. When Searsucker first opened, the lines were out the door, and I wasn't interested in waiting that long. I don't have an excuse for waiting so long to try again. It was fantastic! Now, I hope to become a regular. We had the NY strip steak, beet salad and Brussels sprouts - all delicious - so now I want to try everything else on the menu!
We were looking very forward to our dinn ...
We were looking very forward to our dinner at Searsucker. We had late reservations at 9:30pm and the kitchen closes at 10:00. We ordered several Plates to Share and then the Tomahawk Porterhouse steak to share which we requested to be cooked Medium. The side dishes were very good, but when the $75 Tomahawk steak came out, it was as rare as could be, we couldn't even cut through it. The server agreed and she took it back to the cooks. The server came back and told us that the grills were off and they could only put it in the oven to cook it more which is completely unacceptable to us for a steak of this caliber. We ended up not even accepting the steak and they wrote it off our bill and gave us a complimentary dessert. I am disappointed that a restaurant of this caliber was so unaccommodating to their patrons. We will think twice before having dinner again at Searsucker. We would highly recommend an earlier reservation.
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