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“Wait until its not new. Imagine bringing out of town guests to a reservation, ordering over three hundred dollars of appetizers ”
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Ranked #99 of 4,804 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 5th and Market
Description: Seated in the heart of the Gaslamp District, Searsucker serves New American Classic cuisine paired with specialty cocktails and unique local brews.
San Diego
2 reviews
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“Wait until its not new. Imagine bringing out of town guests to a reservation, ordering over three hundred dollars of appetizers ”
Reviewed February 21, 2011

I was so excited to go here but won't make the trip again. It was disheartening to be asked to move after two hours at a table. Seats are uncomfortable and its loud. I'm thirty something...and its loud.

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“So overrated I don't that word is strong enough”
Reviewed February 12, 2011

During the 2 1/2 hours that we waited for a table we had good drinks in a nice atmosphere but that is where the positive things end. We were told we would have a two hour wait but didn't get seated until 2 1/2 hours later and it was clear that the hostess had passed us over and then was untruthful about the extended wait. We let it go because we'd enjoyed the $140 bar tab we'd acquired while waiting. Upon being seated the waitress informed us that we had 10 minutes to order food but assured us that she would space out our order. When 10 minutes later every item we'd ordered, whether small plate or main, was on the table at once we would have forgiven even this had any of the food been any good. The food was, at best, creative but nothing tasted very good. Because everything was on the table at once, we all looked at the dishes and couldn't choose even one standout delicious item. I promise that if you skip this restaurant you are better off.

Visited February 2011
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Los Angeles
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5 reviews
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“The Food Will Take You Somewhere You Have Never Been”
Reviewed October 1, 2010

The atmosphere is trendy and unusual. The service beyond superb and the food is a whirlwind of compatable and competing tastes. Have the shrimp and grits - you will never forget it.

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Los Angeles, California
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“Searsucker delivers an eclectic menu in a trendy lounge-like atmosphere.”
Reviewed September 18, 2010

Brian Malarkey's new Searsucker restaurant opened in summer of 2010 and is located in the Gaslamp district of downtown San Diego (not La Jolla). It offers a very good menu with some unique choices in a contemporary atmosphere, complete with sofas. The menu offers small bites for as low $3 and well as traditional appetizers called "smalls." We ordered the pretzel, ham and honey bite that turned out to be the best "pigs in a blanket" that we had ever eaten and the only such dish we had ever eaten in a restaurant. Have you ever wanted to try duck-fat fries? They are on the menu at Searsucker.

The kitchen is open to the dining area and the chef's callouts can be heard in the background. The decor is very youthful with interesting wall graphics and lighting. There are a few booths and several half-booths with comfortably padded seats. Unfortunately, many of the table chairs are uncomfortable french style small cafe chairs that should be upgraded as the restaurant grows in popularity.

The restaurant is named after the traditional summer fabric "seersucker" with a twist in spelling because of the restaurant's proximity to the sea. The unusual name is a nod to one of Brian's favorite suits worn on opening day at the Del Mar racetrack. See searsucker dot com for more information. We will eat here again.

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