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Hunter Steakhouse - Oceanside
Hunter Steakhouse - Oceanside

Hunter Steakhouse - Oceanside Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.huntersteakhouse.com
  • Email: oceanside@huntersteakhouse.com
  • Phone: (760) 433-2633
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch
    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner
    Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm; Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch
    Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Steak
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Whether it's a small intimate gathering or a large corporate event off site, Hunter Steakhouse catering will assist in making your celebration memorable. Choose from an array of menu options including our traditional "Santa Maria Style" BBQ. This very popular choice consists of tri-tip sirloin and & chicken slowly cooked over red oak on one of our old fashioned buckboard barbecue pits. If you can imagine it we can create it. If you would prefer to build your own menu, we would be happy to accommodate any requests you make. Hunter Steakhouse looks forward to serving you.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our unique "log cabin" inspired buildings allow us to have a wide selection of different rooms and options for your next large gathering. From small to large parties we have an abundance of different private rooms available to host your next great event. Let us help you make your next dinner party memorable.
  • Private Party Contact: Janell Roberts (760) 433-2633

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stewart St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our lot is directly in front of the restaurant as well as on the East side of the restaurant.
A word from Hunter Steakhouse - Oceanside
Welcome to Hunter Steakhouse "serving the best Prime Rib in Town". We embrace our 40 year tradition as a classic steakhouse while continually renewing our commitment to small town hospitality. whether you visit us in the heart of Mission Valley or the City of Oceanside, our staff looks forward to serving you with a smile. We know that you'll find our award winning Prime Rib, hand carved steaks and chops, fresh seafood, and many other home made dishes to your liking. From our table side salad bar to our home made soups and sauces we take a great deal of pride in offering you only the freshest ingredients. We're truly honored to have you as our guests. You're family, You're invited.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Easy to get to near freeways & lots of ample parking. Staff is very attentive and wonderful."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I found the food good. Food is often a personal taste, so my tastes may not be the same as everyone else. For me the steak (Strip Sirloin) I received was dry, and slightly (just slightly) overcooked, and to MY taste cooked on a fire that was too hot. Some people like their steak cooked that way, so it may be the best way for you. This was also ONE try... perhaps the chef at the time made a mistake, they are human beings. My wife greatly enjoyed her prime rib and it looked to be cooked very well. Please observe that actual ratings they give to the stars. I found this GOOD, just not Outstanding, or even Very good. I will try again. The service was Outstanding."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Restaurant is good, but a bit expensive. Menu is varied. Easy to get to location."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "When we booked we mentioned it was our anniversary and would like a quiet table, the hostess and waitress both wished us Happy Anniversary a very nice touch. The meal was above what we expected, prime rib was delicious, carrot cake to share was moist and gone, atmosphere was perfect. Will return for sure."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Prime Rib was over cooked with a strange texture. Definitely over priced. We were all so disappointed."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Food was good, not great - especially for a place with Steak in it's name. Service was fine and all my food came out quickly. Wines were reasonably priced. As other reviewers have stated, it is noisy - it seems like all the conversations bounce off the walls. I was dining alone on a business trip, so it wasn't a problem for me."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We have eaten at Hunter Steakhouse several times now and have been very satisfied every time. The lamb chops are a particularly excellent choice, but you will also find wonderful steaks and prime rib. I enjoy the Caesar salad, but my husband and sister-in-law are big fans of the table-side green salad that you can have made with just those items you most enjoy on a salad. Either way, an excellent meal is a certainty here."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We met some friends of ours there for dinner. We hadn't seen them in a long time & wanted to enjoy a good meal together. We got what we hoped for!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This is an elegant restaurant with a lovely fireplace and several different dining areas. The menu is good, however, it needs more chicken options. The steak I had was very juicy and flavorful. We loved the tableside salad bar. The room we were in did fill up quickly and was very loud. The music playing overhead was not appropriate at all - it was not dining music. The biggest complaint we had was the attention of our server. She disappeared for long periods of time. All the other tables in our area had different servers and the were very tentative. It took 20 minutes to get a piece of cake for dessert. This was very aggravating and the server didn't even apologize. Other than that, we liked the restaurant."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This is the 2nd time my husband and I have eaten at hunters and we both really enjoyed ourselves. We had our infinite with us and the staff made sure we were in the corn which was nice. The steaks are very tasty and the wine list is great. The pice is a little high but I think it's worth it. The do a table salad which is fun. They bring a tray with a bowl and tons of toppings and you get to pick which ones you want. Our serve was very attentive. The only cons we had was it was a little loud. I could hear the conversations from everyone around us and it didn't fit the low romantic feeling a got last time I was there. Overall a wonderful place to dine and I will definitly go back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food was great. Service was efficient and friendly. Wine list was not huge but there is definately something for everyone - I found one of my favorites at a very reasonable price. Cost was more than fair. We went to the bar after dinner. Again, we found a friendly staff. We will go back."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Wanted to go to a good steak house without having to sell a kidney. This place turned out to be a great spot. We had a 4-course meal with excellent food and left there feeling like we had some $ to spare. Will most certainly return again."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "The steak was the best, tender and juicy. The price was very reasonable."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had not been to the Hunter for a few years but had loved it in the past. I was disappointed to see that the place had not been updated since oh... the 80's. The table salad bar was nice, just as we remembered. My wife and I both ordered the standard cut filet, our server told us that since it was early she would get us the early dining price. we were also told that their med well was pink in the middle. What we got was a thin piece of steak (no way was it a filet) that was cooked overly well, so dry neither of us were able to finish. Chili's or Outback would have been a much better option. Not the Valentine's meal we expected. I can say for sure that we will not be coming back."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We spent a lovely Valentine's Dinner at Hunter's -- the service and steaks were outstanding, as usual. A very enjoyable evening -- dinner and a movie with my sweetie. Who could ask for more."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had never been there before...They sat us in the middle of the room. We sat there and look at each other and said this isn't how we want to spend Valentines Day so we go up and left. We were sitting across from each other. No romance at all."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite haunts. The food is consistently delicious, the selection is broad without being over-reaching. My kids love it and dinner for the 6 of us doesn't break the bank."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "Great restaurant. We have never been disappointed! The food is great and the service fast and friendly!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "order two prime rib steaks well done and they where pretty dry no juice at all but my other to sirlon steaks where fine. 2for2 It was our first time in this restaurant. I always order prime rib at Coco's well done and still has juice. I don't like red meat but I also dont want my rib dry. too bad it was a special occasion with my family."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "The food was pretty good. My friend and I went in for a restaurant week deal (4 courses for 25 or 35 depending on the main). It was so much food. I barely finished half of my steak, and definitely couldn't handle dessert. They offer boules of rye bread (which were fantastic!). I would certainly come back if it's on the way (it's a bit far from San Diego). I have to say that there were two things that sort of bugged me. 1) The parking is horrible. It's in this odd T-shape formation, and there aren't a lot of spaces. Get there early to find a spot. 2) I sort of felt that our server was a little disinterested in helping us (either off-putted by the fact that we were only there for the restaurant week deal or because of our age)."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We went for restaurant week. I ordered the shrimp cocktail (3 jumbo) good, paid extra for the clam chowder - missing seasoning or clams? My guest got the ceasar with anchovies and said it was great. I got the salmon and he got the sirloin, both were delish. I got carrot cake and he got chocolate cake with rasperry sauce - I thought they were just ok. Bread was good but needs to be warm. Cinnamon in the butter clashed with the ceasar and chowder. Service was great except the shrimp was brought out at the same time as the soup & salad. Maintenance - Our battery operated candle was out, waitress said the batteries are on order. As we looked around we realized almost all of them were out, the light on the wall above us was out, etc."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Rob is a GREAT -- if you can get into his section, you will be rewarded with a superior waiter. Kind, generous, knowledgeable, and easy going style. He makes your dining a pleasure, an extraordinary event, even if it is just lunch. The forest chicken was very good; the top sirloin was superb. As you can tell, we kind of like it."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "The service here was great. Went for my husbands birthday and was not impressed. The lighting made our heads hurt so we got our dessert to go. Our steaks were overcooked and my medium cooked was actually well done. Maybe it was because we chose the restaurant week four course meal I don't know. I won't be going back unfortunately."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Service was pathetic. Aside from getting appetizer order, dinner order, and bringing the check we saw the waitress maybe twice in 1.5 hours. The Filet was flat and didn't show signs of being seasoned."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Great food , good drinks, good service and good times -- Always!!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Had a 7:45PM Reservation on New Year's Eve. Wasn't seated until 8:15PM - why make reservations? I realize it's New Years Eve, but the way you turn tables faster is to have faster service, or offer guests a free drink in the bar if they will move from their table. Food was average. Crab stuffed mushrooms were overcooked, shrimp cocktail was fine. Tableside salad bar was interesting, if not messy. Prime rib, rib steak filet mignon and top sirloin were good, especially the cajun rib eye. Desserts are huge - no complaint there. Server was flustered most of the knight, but did a good job. I'd recommend this restaurant but NOT on New Year's Eve."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The service was excellent, but the food was mediocre at best. Granted, we went on New Year's Eve and they were VERY busy, but I expected something special and the food just fell short. The calimari was overcooked and the prime rib was tiny, even though they said it was the standard cut. The food was not horrible, but I've had better at a low end steak chain. The dessert selection was yummy."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Steaks and prime rib have been better with previous visits.."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I have been coming to The Hunter for at least 30 years. (back when it was The Hungry Hunter) On this occasion we were having our family Christmas celebration, we had a party of 12. As always the food was out of this world. The service was exceptional. Everyone commented on what a lovely time we had. Thanks again for making our special gathering even more so."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "There were three in our party with a reservation on Christmas Day. Given the holiday, I was prepared for crowds and lower service levels as well as a limited menu, but I was quite surprised to find the restaurant very well organized. We were seated reasonably quickly and service was up to Hunter's usual high standards. Although there were somewhat fewer items to choose from than on the full regular menu, there was still an excellent selection and we chose three different entrees all of which were delicious. I would recommend Hunter Steakhouse to all."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Restrauant not fulley staff for Christmas dinner, poor presentation of food. Mashed potatoes look like yesterdays version and vegatables were sparse. Beverage service was poor."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We chose Hunter Steakhouse for our Christmas dinner. It was extremely busy in the restaurant, but the crowds were handled in an orderly fashion. All the staff seemed happy to see us. By the way, the prime rib was superb."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "I have gone to the Hunter House/Hungry Hunter since the 80's. My dates used to take me there, and it was fun. Now it is more family oriented. Our daughter and husband met us there for Christmas dinner, they had a good selection and we enjoyed everything. We each selected a different item, but I stick with the petit prime rib. It wasn't noisy, everyone was enjoying them selves. My son-in-law's steak was more rare than medium rare, but overall good."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Restaurant was very busy. We had to wait pass our reservation time. Also, the food took very long to arrive. Our salad/soup took 30mins. We dont know why it takes 30mins for them to get us something that's already prepared. I ordered my steak medium, but it was burnt and fully cooked. it was very dry for a rib eye steak. I would have told my server, but she was nowhere to be found. I only ate half the steak and didn't want anymore. Making the payment alone took me 10-15mins because we had to get someone to track down our server. I will never return to this location. Slow service and food was not cooked as requested."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "My husband and I had Christmas Eve dinner with the Hunter, and couldn't have imagined what a delightful experience it would be. The staff was cheery and pleasant, even at 8pm on Xmas eve! I have never had a restaurant cook a steak as perfectly, for the prices you pay there. Overall, I give them a ten!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "While it could use some updating, our overall experience at Hunter's was really positive. The food was delicious and our waitress was great...everything was served quickly and we had a really nice time. It's not flashy...more of a comfy place. The fireplace and wood all around kind of gives it a mountain lodge feel, which was great for Christmas. Their kids' menu was awesome...my daughter had a generously sized steak, fries and a drink for $7.99."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Seventeen of us met for an annual Christmas dinner party at the Hungry Hunter. We came happy, we left happier still. The food was very very good and the service we received was absolutely top notch. The servers were kind, efficient, knowledgeable about the food and wine...we credit them for making our annual dinner party a most memorable one."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "From Sandra who worked with me to get a table by the fireside, to John the Manager who got the roses on the table and adjusted the reservation time, to etc. etc. etc. EVERYONE contributed to a fantastic wedding anniversary for just me and my wife. She was blown away as we walked up the stairs to the dining room and turned the corner seeing our table. And the Christmas decorations throughout the restuarant were very "Martha Stewart" (just perfect). They just need to put up the white minilights on the tree trunks out in the parking lot. I'm sure that's next on their agenda as they've done it in the past and it is still only the 6th. So there's still time!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "We had a great and moderately priced steak meal at Hunters Steakhouse last Saturday. They seem to run in a "professional" manner as the food that they present is of both high quality along with a high level of consistency. We both had the small size filet mignon steak, it was perfectly seasoned, served to the requested degree of cooking and was of extremely high quality. Very tender and tasty, very much resembling another favorite steakhouse of a markedly higher price point. Due to these consistently positive experiences, we find ourselves going to this restaurant with increasingly frequency."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Food was great, the salad bar at your table is always fun. Great steaks!"
    Dined on 11/24/2013