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Saltwater, San Diego, CA

Saltwater

4.2
4.2
323 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Saltwater is the premiere seafood restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter, owned by the SD Dining group. As the best seafood restaurant in San Diego, we pride ourselves on the freshness of our ingredients, with fish being flown in daily from the mediteranean sea straight to our fresh fish bar where diners can choose their fish, weigh it and have it cooked to perfection, exactly how they like it! This is one of the few restaurants in California that offers this kind of seafood experience and truly sets us apart from our competition. The interior is a stunning deep royal blue that offers a romantic, premier, and nautical ambience that will make you feel like you are on a 90’ Riva yacht sailing through the Grand Canal. Come stop by for an experience that you will surely never forget.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 525-9990

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Equipped for intimate gatherings (10-12 guests), Saltwater’s private glass-encased wine cellar within the restaurant will provide uninterrupted and exclusive service.With our timeless yacht setting, interior accentuated by mahogany walls and scenic portholes, we will make sure to envelop you in luxury unlike anything you have ever experienced.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    Market Street

  • Parking details

    We do have a parking structure near us, called Park it on Market. It is on sixth and market st.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 323 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. SK

    SarinaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy Hour was spectacular and the Lobster Mac and Cheese was amazing! Andrew, our server, is a master at his craft and guided us through one of the best dining experiences during our stay in the Gaslamp District.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Had to send back filet twice and one member of the party had to leave early to get food elsewhere.
  3. DF

    DenverFoodies

    Jacksonville

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, atmosphere, and service
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was great overall but they charged us for slicing the steak… which we never asked for. But other than that it was a great experience and everyone was very friendly
  5. BC

    BriannaC

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was spectacular! The service, even better! We sat outside and were lucky enough to be right next to a 2 man band playing on the street corner. Awesome experience. Dinner and a show! My husband loved his birthday dinner here.
  6. B

    Butcheebear

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Uncle and I, ate at the bar. Our Server, Chelsie was attentive, responsive, smart, kind, knowledgeable, and beautiful from the inside out. The Saltwater Grill delivered in regards to quality and service. I went to San Diego, expecting a quality seafood meal at the Gas Lamp District. That is what I 'got'.
  7. MC

    MikeC825

    Charlotte

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food taste and quality were exceptional. Still a bit pricey
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh seafood, awesome oysters, bokchoi and mushrooms and the calamari were the one of the best
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food is just so so, we first had the calamari and the breading is tasteless , the Caesar salad had way too much dressing, and the linguini with clams was just ok. My friend had the salmon which she liked. We sat outside which was very nice, lots of people watching. I would not rave about the food.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very interesting seating. You can sit outside where you are literally in the street next to a crosswalk. Perfect if you like people watching and the bustle of Gaslamp. Sitting inside is much more relaxed with gentle, upbeat music, and soft lighting. Overall the restaurant was great! The server was very attentive but not overbearing. He seemed to be around just enough to take care of us but didn't interrupt our conversation. Hard to explain but he did a great job. Absolutely book a table here.
  11. AD

    ADKJSK25

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Fun evening. Some of our parties meals were great, some overcooked. Terrific cocktails.
  12. NP

    NPLS

    Naples

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and good people watching. Good food and excellent service.
  13. EF

    EmilyF

    Nashville

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I sat at the bar. My server was very attentive in the beginning, but as it got busier, I struggled to her her attention. Food was great!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service, great location. Fresh seafood 4.5 out of 5. Be sure to get the grilled octopus for an appetizer!
  15. G

    robertG

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great restaurant, service and food
  17. O

    Ohms

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were outstanding! The seafood was delicately prepared so that nothing interfered with the inherent natural flavor. The oysters were rather small but not unexpected for the West Coast variety. We didn't order steaks but the steak tartare was excellent. The only drawback was that we were seated outside and the outdoor heater was far too strong. But we managed to find another table to accommodate us comfortably. Overall a very enjoyable experience.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Just wish they had Cioppino on the menu
  19. BD

    BizDinner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The appetizers, oysters, soup, salad and sides were fantastic! However none of our party of 12 were happy with their main courses. We ordered a variety of items, fish, pasta and steak, sadly they were all a miss for our group. We had a private room which was in desperate need of paint. The room had a horrible echo which made it very hard to have conversations during a business dinner. A large tapestry on even one wall would help tremendously. The staff was helpful and did their best but it was obvious they were short staffed for a convention being in town. The restrooms were not clean and some of our group were served drinks with old lipstick on the glasses.
  20. JB

    JBSD

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I chose Saltwater based on the menu shown on the website. None of the dishes I wanted to try were on the actual menu. The restaurant is attractive, but the tables are far too close together. As diners arrived, the noise level became deafening; it was impossible to hear my dining partner.
  21. SS

    SkipSaltwater

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Poorly run restaurant, top to bottom. Manager yelled at the hostess in front of guests. There was an air of tension from the start, as though ruled with an iron fist. Manager set up his office at a table in the dining room, including charging cord, files, manuals, etc. Food wasn't inspected coming out of the kitchen. Staff worked hard, but too hard, too fast, and it lost the niceties of eating out. I was stained with oil, and the lamb chops came out raw, and then came back improperly cooked. I make better lamb at home... Steer somewhere else for your money.
  22. B

    Brunch

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All of the food was delicious. We had both raw and cooked dishes. Scallops were cooked perfectly. Beef tartare was flavourful. Octopus, yellowfin and tuna were great. Attentive servers. So happy we dined here.
  23. RD

    RoyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wanted a special place to celebrate my wife's 70th birthday. She had been asking for a true caviar experience for a while. Saltwater came through perfectly. Caviar came with all the fixings and nicely presented. It was truly a special event. I had the oyster appetizer, again with all the fixings, and I was happy. For the main course she had the stuffed lobster, which is quite a production. Comes complete with tails, huge claws and the stuffing. I had to help her finish it there was so much tasty meat. I had scallops, one of my favorites, and they were the best I have had in a restaurant. My wife loved the portholes with the view of the moving ocean waves. I enjoyed the busy street view. The staff was super attentive without being intrusive. Perfect timing for when to remove a plate and offer up the next. Had to pass on desert, no room left!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made last minute reservations for Sunday night, for table 8! The restaurant accommodate us. And we were beyond surprised at the service we got!!! Our waiter Steward was funny amazing and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was great! We definitely go back when in town.
  25. M

    Mochi21

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Service was great. Except our server forgot our order of asparagus. It was worth our bottle of Veuve!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    The service and food was so bad we left mid meal. Our poor server was being split between bartending and table serving. There is no way she could have kept up with her tables, which she didn’t. The octopus appetizer came out cold. The potatoes under it were old and dry. Completely inedible. My husband’s steak and lobster was pathetic. It looked disgusting. He didn’t even try it. We called the manager over and he had a terrible attitude. He didn’t care at all so we left. Certainly not what we were expecting from a high end restaurant.
  27. k

    kynthera

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely amazing! I had the lobster ravioli which was the best ravioli I have ever had in my life. the lemon cello cake was to die for it was so fluffy and not overly sweet absolutely, truly delicious, my husband had the steak tartare which he said was divine!
  28. LG

    LeonardG

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food portions and quality were excellent! The Mother's Day menu was impressive. The only knock is the waiter forgot to bring the mother at our table her glass of champagne. I had to ask.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The appetizers were soso. Had the grilled octopus which was phenomenal and the oysters of which 3 were of a good size and three were the size of small clams. Should be ashamed of themselves for even serving it tbh... especially at $18. I kid you not you could fit all three in a teaspoon. Also had the salmon fillet and the tuna as entrees. Salmon was very plain and unremarkable. Tuna was good but completely lacking of salt while the grilled polenta that it came with was oversalted. Guess people weren't checking the quality. All in all prob won't be returning as it was an underwhelming meal for over $200. My server and the service were great tho!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We came here hoping for nice dinner on a beautiful Friday night. Food was horrible, service was terrible. Order was Incomplete. They forgot the Salmon. The Big Eye Tuna was terribly cooked. Tasted like it was boiled. The Salmon was blah. Lobster Mac Cheese was ok. Waitress disappeared, never got our refills or any other service after that. Didn't finish the food, left disgusted. Maybe a bad night, won't be returning.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the greatest time. The food was fantastic. The service was amazing. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. Our server Stuart was the best he had great recommendations and he made our experience unforgettable
  32. XS

    XtianSayz

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal that was set last minute and a bit later in the evening, but they attended to us quickly and attentively. Alec was great making sure we were taken care of and set us up outdoors when we were the only group wanting to be sat outside. Good and drinks were spectacular. Would go again when in San Diego
  33. T

    Tuesday23

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal we have ever had in several visits to San Diego.
  34. GP

    GeorgeP

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Understaffed and overbooked Did not have wine listed on their list 1hr 15 min before entree arrived Goes on no repeat reservation list
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such friendly staff and great service!!
  36. NM

    NancyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I really enjoyed dining at Saltwater - the ambiance, food and service was great. It's on the pricey side but will definitely go back when I have the chance.
  37. MP

    MP13

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Overpriced for offerings, lobster pasta was good but lobster tail underseasoned/overcooked. Service not adequate for prices.
  38. CI

    CIndy

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service. Cocktails are very overpriced. Tito’s martini was $19’ same as a fifth of Tito’s.
  39. DD

    DoDo

    Tokyo

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Place, foods, service, all are good. This is good for dinner with friends, family or partner.
  40. JG

    JGreene

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Use to be Osetra but in the Blue Point location. Sat at the bar waiting for our guests. Took a long time to get a drink. Sat at our table, ordered appetizers. Plates were never cleared before the main courses. Some ordered steaks and were never given steak knives. Order the meat “medium” both entrees were rare! Sent them back, still came back rare. Had to ask for bread three times. Given a free dessert, but never to return. Food was ONLY FAIR. Pasta wasn’t cooked enough and we were not asked for an additional drink or wine list. Good luck surviving!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Saltwater is rated 4.2 stars by 323 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Saltwater

565 5th Ave San Diego, CA 92101-6913

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Market Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We do have a parking structure near us, called Park it on Market. It is on sixth and market st.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 525-9990

  • Private party facilities

    Equipped for intimate gatherings (10-12 guests), Saltwater’s private glass-encased wine cellar within the restaurant will provide uninterrupted and exclusive service.With our timeless yacht setting, interior accentuated by mahogany walls and scenic portholes, we will make sure to envelop you in luxury unlike anything you have ever experienced.

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