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 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!
Cocktails were especially good.
Cocktails were especially good.
The Sisters Weekend
We had an incredible dining experience. The waitress was fabulous. Attentive without hovering. Food was amazing - we all enjoyed our sides, main course and cookies and milk. We had a delicious moderate priced bottle of Malbec - one of my favorites varietals. I had attended a special event there a few days earlier and the apps were so good I knew I wanted to come back with my sisters over the weekend. We were a party of 6.
Good food, not exactly what we were looking for
My husband was not impressed with the flavor of the chicken (or lack thereof, according to him). I thought my duck pot pie was delicious and fresh, but the artichoke hearts and duck fat fries weighed us down. Definitely should have ordered only one of those, because they were high fat and didn't have much acidity or lightness to cut the intensity of the dish. Overall very good food, but expensive for an entrée that didn't WOW.
all of this area of San Diego is polluted with tourists druggies and homeless. Police are frequently seen making arrests. If you are looking for ok food and good drinks in a very loud tourist environment this is for you. otherwise avoid SD like the plague or stay in your hotel. maybe if you are with a convention group......
Happening Place Good, but very noisey
Food and drink were above average for the price. Great location. The noise level is very loud. On top of that there is very loud music with a heavy base playing at thime of our dinner. Makes talking very difficult so everybody is yelling, that cause the noise factor to go way up. If the noise factor was reduced probably would go back
NY strip (of unknown weight) - Cooked pr ...
NY strip (of unknown weight) - Cooked properly per request. Ralph's quality meat. Nothing special. Two fingerling potatoes cut in half and a few spears of broccoli rabe. It was okay. Beef tartare of potatoes chips was pretty good. Fries with bacon? ketchup are good. Pork belly was decent. The sweet bread underneath was good. $15 "specialty" cocktails - I didn't try them. They have Alpine Duet on tap though.
One of the best meals I've had in a long ...
One of the best meals I've had in a long time! Everything was absolutely delicious! Between the 3 of us, we had the duck fat fries (so so insanely good), artichokes (beware, this is a super cheesy DIP. While delicious, not what the menu led me to believe it would be), corn, shrimp & grits, NY strip and filet. Everything was seasoned perfectly and cooked correctly. Exceptional service, awesome ambiance. All around, fabulous dining experience!
I really enjoyed the scallops and the fo ...
I really enjoyed the scallops and the foie gras mousse.
Delicious food!!! I loved the shrimp and grits
The pork belly and duck fat fries were amazing! Every dish we had was perfectly cooked and seasoned.
Has never disappointed
Having visited Seersucker 4 times in the past year, it has always been a goto restaurant when in the San Diego area. Great food and wine, and the scallops have been the best my wife and I have ever eaten. Service prompt and efficient. Maybe a bit too noisy for those who are a bit hard of hearing, but they do have some nice outside tables along the street. Will return whenever possible.
Great vibe, interesting food, try the sh ...
Great vibe, interesting food, try the short rib!
service was excellent. cocktails and food were great, too!
Delicious, and almost unbearably loud
Why oh why do good restaurants think that somehow they can attract a younger, hipper crowd by cranking up the thumping music, forcing diners to YELL AT EACH OTHER while eating what was a innovative, interesting and delicious meal? All 6 of us loved every course, and even stayed right through dessert, but I couldn't wait to get outside to the relative quiet of the Gaslamp District on a busy night. The chef's good work was almost totally negated by the terrible ambience. Not sure I would go back, as much as I liked the food.
Excellent food!!! Mahi Mahi was amazing
Excellent food!!! Mahi Mahi was amazing
Thumbs up for Searsucker
My wife and I tried the Searsucker and really enjoyed it. It isn't a quiet romantic spot, but lots of energy, great selection of small plates and entrees, and wait staff was great.
fabulous shared plates
We did a series of shared plates for a group of four and never regretted a bite. The duck-fat fries have ruined all other fries for me. The poke was fabulous. The brown butter cake was a perfect ending. The cocktails were interesting and refreshing and the environment was a nice evening out with friends.
The quality of food here was far better than I expected in the Gaslamp district. Pulled Pork sandwich was really great, and the beer selection on tap very good.
Great Brunch spot!
Loved the mimosa combinations - my favorite was the pear and the group favorite was the original orange juice. We wanted peach but they were out of it.
My son and I don't drink but we went because we read that they are growing their own produce locally and that much of the staff chooses to work on the farm. We love that and wanted to help support it. We were blown away with the food. We ordered more food than we could eat because we wanted to try different dishes that sounded really good. We loved everything and just took the rest home.
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