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
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.
I've also been to Burlap and this chef/o ...
I've also been to Burlap and this chef/owner has very interesting menus. I really appreciate the variety of small plates. I like to try as many things on a menu as I can without having to be rolled out.
We had a variety of small plates which t ...
We had a variety of small plates which the waiter staggered coming out. Staff was exceptional and the food was delish.
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!
Great meal and fantastic service!
Great meal and fantastic service!
Server was fabulous ! Other staff member ...
Server was fabulous ! Other staff members helped me buy a gift for a family member. Overall great experience!
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!
Loved the ambiance. Service was spectacu ...
Loved the ambiance. Service was spectacular. Cocktails were great. Food was amazing.
I have been to Searsucker several times and this was the finest! Excellent service, incredible dishes, beautiful playing. This is definitely one of my favorites in 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!
Excellent service and food
Our food took longer tha it should have, but we were brought a complimentary appetizer on the house. Our waitress was phenomenal and the food was tremendous! A fantastic place for a date with my husband!
great date night place
Really great server; food was really flavorful and perfectly cooked.
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!
Everything was perfect, especially the service! A+++
Staff was great. Music too loud for din ...
Staff was great. Music too loud for dining. Chicken was dry. Steak was good but tough. Broccoli was good. Wine was good. Brussel sprouts too salty but tasty. Maybe better for younger folk.
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.
I dined with 3 colleagues one evening. ...
I dined with 3 colleagues one evening. Place was very noisy, so that made any business conversation almost impossible. Our waitress suggested the swordfish, saying it was one of the chef's signature dishes. Oops, she forgot to tell us it was very hot and spicy! Otherwise, great food, in a noisy environment!
The food was terrible... We ordered the ...
The food was terrible... We ordered the $75 ribeye and it cam out rare when we ordered it medium rare. I ordered a filet medium and it came out well done. The waitress with the thick black glasses where no where to be found so we just ate the food. Come on Searsucker... this was a special occasion and you could have done much better
I chose this place for dinner based on a ...
I chose this place for dinner based on a waiter's recommendation. It's in the gas lamp district. The interior decor was a little cold. The Caesar salad and especially the shrimp and grits were excellent. The filet was very good, but we found the Brussels sprouts that were recommended not at all to our liking. They were so heavily seasoned that one couldn't taste them. Neither my wife or I liked them, didn't finish half of them and were disappointed they were left on the bill, even after two of the waitstaff heard our dissatisfaction. Overall, a disappointing experience.
The food was well prepared and tasty and the portions generous, although the menu is somewhat limited. The service was good, the wine list ok but somewhat limited. The restaurant was very noisy, but one would still be heard.
My son took me to dinner at Searsucker. ...
My son took me to dinner at Searsucker. It was exceptionally good. Everything was perfect. He ordered the swordfish and I ordered the pork chop, we were both very pleased. We ordered two side dishes as well and then took food home. Wonderful experience and delicious food!
Nice atmosphere. Relaxed and friendly. T ...
Nice atmosphere. Relaxed and friendly. The food was ok. Had the pork belly which was a thick slab and not visually appealing. The ny strip was not bad, had a nice chimichurri sauce. Overall an average dining experience. Was expecting a bit more innovative new American cuisine.
Given the owner's reputation and notorie ...
Given the owner's reputation and notoriety, I expected better consistency and quality of preparation from the kitchen. Wait staff was poorly trained: (1) poor attentiveness (2) didn't inform me a primary menu ingredient was missing from my dish. Over easy eggs were all hard (like they sat under a heat lamp for a while. Manager was excellent: apologized and comped my meal because of the poor communication. Pastries were hit and miss: doughnuts were great, the scones were more like muffins. If I can make better food at home, there's no reason to come back.
Excellent Sunday brunch with huge portio ...
Excellent Sunday brunch with huge portions and friendly service. Relaxing modern atmosphere. A great choice!
The place looked really nice. Bathrooms ...
The place looked really nice. Bathrooms private and clean. Crab benny was very salty. Music was loud so not ideal for conversation with your friends as you could hardly hear each other above the music.
Great food, great crew
Warm friendly staff took great care of us and the food was, as always, amazing. Loved the mimosas with fresh peach juice.
For the price, this place isn't that gre ...
For the price, this place isn't that great. Our waiter wasn't very attentive and forgot our duck fries. I ordered the tuna poke jar which was a bit too salty. The smore dessert was amazing and the duck pot pie was delish too!
Appetizers and small plates are especial ...
Appetizers and small plates are especially good! The tomahawk steak is all a meat-lover could hope for. The duck pot-pie was delicious.
While the meal was pleasant, it was by n ...
While the meal was pleasant, it was by no means a great deal or a gem.
Delicious dishes! The beef tartare is ab ...
Delicious dishes! The beef tartare is absolutely the best I have ever eaten and the octopus served in a maison jar stole my heart. I love this place!!!
Too noisy difficult for a normal convers ...
Too noisy difficult for a normal conversation Reasonable food but not spectacular
First time visit, looking for a fun, hip spot
Searsucker did not disappoint! It was loud but fun, great drinks, great table service. The only wrinkle was the hostess who did not seat us because we were just three minutes early and then didn't call us until we went looking for her. However, the actual server and the delicious meal erased the hiccup from our first arrival. Otherwise I'd recommend to anyone looking for a great place for food, people watching and drinks.
Our waiter and hostess were very accommodating. I had mentioned that my fish was too salty and without hesitation my meal was replaced. And I got an apology. Things happen but it's nice to know that Seersucker wants to have satisfied diners.
Came in with a group of 13 on a Wed night. Service was horrible. Took us 30 minutes just to receive our drink order. The server was rude. The food was mediocre. Fish overcooked and lamb very fatty. I will not be back to this restaurant.
I had a great time during their brunch! #yass
Went in to celebrate my birthday and enjoyed the nice brunch and good selection of food and drinks! The host/waiter were great and friendly!
Definitely not a sucker for going here!
Outstanding dining experience all around. They were flexible with our reservations when we had to push it back. The energy level of the place on a Saturday evening was great, not like any club scene but a good "vibe". The service was great and the food was amazing. There were four of us, 2 couples, and we each shared the Tomahawk bone-in ribeye with some other side dishes. People stopped to watch when the steaks were delivered to our table. They are enormous! The sides, including brussel sprouts, corn and mashed potatoes hit the spot. The meat itself was perfectly cooked and delicious. We had several cocktails and a bottle of wine and enjoyed every minute of it. The only complaint I have is that the chairs they use at some of the tables are not comfortable at all. They're smaller wood rim "bistro" type chairs and they need to go. To enjoy that quality of food I want comfortable seating. That said, it still didn't interfere with that amazing steak! :)
Food was amazing but the bartender overcharged me
Our waiter was amazing but the bartender overcharged me and then lied about it and then when I told her it was my birthday she laughed and said "too bad"
Great food. A little noisy for casual co ...
Great food. A little noisy for casual conversation.
even though we made rez 3 weeks before w ...
even though we made rez 3 weeks before we were seated all the way in the back corner. This was dinner for a bday celebration, waitress had an attitude when we requested to be seated more central. We were seated right next to the kitchen entrance, I don't know which one was worst but definitely the last time we are going there!
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