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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, 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
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.
Eclectic menu, but sadly very uncomforta ...
Eclectic menu, but sadly very uncomfortable chairs. Given that there is a mix, I switched and got a more comfortable option. Chairs that stop in mid thigh should be outlawed. You may as well be sitting on a log. Given the unique good and special drink options, too bad the chair is what I remember.
We opted to eat here on a whim based on ...
We opted to eat here on a whim based on reviews and happy hour. We were not disappointed. You MUST have a happy hour drink at the bar. Great taste and even better prices. We tried the house infused vodkas and we're very impressed. The short rib was delicious as an app and the fried chicken was the best we've had. Both of those were recommendations from 2 different servers. Thanks! We would highly recommend this place for a dinner with friends. Great atmosphere too.
The food took a long to arrive to our ta ...
The food took a long to arrive to our table. People arriving after us got their food first. Manager approached us before it was it became too long and was very nice and professional. Overall, the service was great and the food was delicious.
Started out poor - no service - too loud ...
Started out poor - no service - too loud and pounding music - had to sit outside to hear anything. Gentleman came up finally and turned out to be the manager- from that point things went from a one star to a 5 star. Food was outstanding and service catapulted when our waiter took over. Think he was working a large party when we were seated at first.
We almost left at the beginning but glad we stayed .
We had great expectations from reviews b ...
We had great expectations from reviews but the food was poor, a ceased salad with sodden wet leaves (clearly not dried after washing), croutons that were like small bricks.Similar comments about a mixed green salad that lacked the advertised goats cheese and walnuts. A signature salmon dish and a fish of the day were mediocre but edible. Signature sprout side dish seemed to have been cooked and the reheated many times so despite some promise in flavour and concept it was flabby and granular. Fries were OK. However it doesn't take a genius to guess that given previous reviews either the chef has left or was on holiday. We have eaten in a range of the good San Diego restaurants over the last week and this was the worse and the only one we wouldn't go back to.
Best to cross the street and go the Bluepoint next door.
Final comment on the seating round the edge of the room it is arranged so that half the party looks at a wall so eliminates any enjoyment of the noisy atmosphere. Staff complacent too.
Searsucker never disappoints! We started ...
Searsucker never disappoints! We started off with some signature cocktails, try the Strawberry Smash, it's delicious. They also have blue cheese stuffed olives for dirty martinis.
Their small plates are fantastic. The tuna poké, mushrooms and beef tartare are our faves. If you're wanting something sweet to start with, try the pâté mousse. It's like butter, but the chocolate and cherries make the bites sweet and savory at the same time.
We've tried almost all of their entrées, but this last visit the fried chicken and bone-in pork chop were the best. The brussells sprouts, duck fat fries and jalapeño corn were must sides.
Then, if you're not entirely full, split the dessert sampler. The doughnut holes and sauce were cinnamon and sugar heaven and the strawberry shortcake had some caramel on the bottom that was delicious.
We've always had such great service from our server and all the staff and we always bring friends from out of town here that stay in the Gaslamp.
We've been coming to Searsucker since th ...
We've been coming to Searsucker since they first opened their doors. Lately the food is a hit & miss, BTW, we come at least once a week, so i know what i am talking about. For the same dish one time it is delicious, the next time it's just OK.
On Saturday we requested for the meat balls to be returned, all they tasted of was salt that's all, they did take the dish away, but didn't even deduct it from the bill . The staff is mostly friendly, but always in such a hurry!!
We came here for dinner in a group setti ...
We came here for dinner in a group setting. Beautiful place and decorations. The staff were all in costumes for Halloween. The food and drinks were really good, and a but on the pricey side, but worth it. It was a bit loud from the bar, so if you want a more intimate setting, try to find a table further away. We went out downtown right after and it was in a perfect middle location. Definitely would go back.
So. I read the reviews in the glossy mag ...
So. I read the reviews in the glossy mags. I know there's already an outpost in Aria in Las Vegas. Let's go to the "original" I say. I'm staying in GasLamp which is terrific and since I knew San Diego in the desolate recession years of the early 90s . . . it truly is transformed. Expectations are high. I'm not feeling it. We have wonderful service from folks who took care of us when we wandered in at 9.30 on a Sunday (last year we went to the LaJolla offshoot) . . and yet the food didn't pop in the way we thought it would. Maybe I'm blase from living in Las Vegas, but the positive spin is this: Don't be intimidated by the reputation. You'll love the food, it's solid, un-fussy and great value. Generously portioned, super-nice staff who tolerated us being super-slow eaters and still let us linger over dessert. Blown away by any kind of culinary innovation? It didn't matter come 11pm on a Sunday.
Loving this place!! Seasucker is so wond ...
Loving this place!! Seasucker is so wonderful!! We were there Sunday from 11am; made reservation for 3 for close window seating. The gentleman waiter was so outstanding, who serves us with his heart and his full knowledge of the manu and bar drinks!!
Great food and service. We had a table f ...
Great food and service. We had a table for eight for a business lunch and it was a fun, lively environment. Everyone loved their meal and food allergies/preferences were accommodated with no fuss. Will be returning!
The music was so loud that you could not ...
The music was so loud that you could not hear a conversation across the table. Not good for dining. The food seemed to not be able to figure our whether it was to be hot or cold. Part of the meal was not, the other art was cold, on the same plate. Not good. These guys need to figure out whether they want to be a good food place and work on that, or whether they want to be a good bar place and work on that. They don't do both well.
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