San Diego, California
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The team behind some of San Diego’s most innovative cocktail bars (Craft & Commerce, Polite Provisions) has set its sights on serious cuisine with Ironside Fish & Oyster, an ambitious restaurant, raw bar, and bakery in a former warehouse in Little Italy. Executive chef Jason McLeod earned two Michelin stars at upscale Ria, in Chicago, but at Ironside, he’s aiming for approachable takes on seasonal seafood, from whole golden-spotted bass from Baja, cooked a la plancha, to scallop ceviche with fresh citrus, pickled tomatoes, avocados, and olives. The restaurant’s nautical decor includes a live lobster tank, a wall decked out with 3-D piranha heads, and copper and brass light fixtures. The best seat in the house is at the bakery bar—a 26-foot-long solid oak table where you can watch the pastry chefs make buttery brioche buns for lobster rolls and spelt loaves spiked with salty toasted seaweed.

Last Reviewed
093 2015

Address

1654 India St.
San Diego, CA

Contact

619/269-3033

Ironside Fish & Oyster

San Diego, California
$$

The team behind some of San Diego’s most innovative cocktail bars (Craft & Commerce, Polite Provisions) has set its sights on serious cuisine with Ironside Fish & Oyster, an ambitious restaurant, raw bar, and bakery in a former warehouse in Little Italy. Executive chef Jason McLeod earned two Michelin stars at upscale Ria, in Chicago, but at Ironside, he’s aiming for approachable takes on seasonal seafood, from whole golden-spotted bass from Baja, cooked a la plancha, to scallop ceviche with fresh citrus, pickled tomatoes, avocados, and olives. The restaurant’s nautical decor includes a live lobster tank, a wall decked out with 3-D piranha heads, and copper and brass light fixtures. The best seat in the house is at the bakery bar—a 26-foot-long solid oak table where you can watch the pastry chefs make buttery brioche buns for lobster rolls and spelt loaves spiked with salty toasted seaweed.

Last Reviewed
August 2015

Address

1654 India St.
San Diego, CA

Contact

619/269-3033