Red Tracton's
Red Tracton's

Red Tracton's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://redtractonssteakhouse.com/
  • Phone: 8587556600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: Red Tracton's features live entertainment at the World famous "Piano Bar" Wednesday - Saturday. 7:30pm - 11:30 pm on week nights and Weekends 8:00pm till closing. Dinner is also served in the Lounge
  • Special Events: Del Mar Race Track season starts July 16, 2008. We will be unable to except on line reservations for dinner. We will be excepting online reservation for Lunch Mon - Sun and Dinner Mon & Tue night. Thank You

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jimmy Durante
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Self parking during lunch hours and valet after 4:00PM.
A word from Red Tracton's
Unique 50's style Steakhouse and Supper Club. Red Tracton's is know for serving only the finest in "Prime" Beef and Seafood. Quality and quantity is Red's trademark. Live entertainment Wednesday - Saturday at the Piano bar.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Red Tracton's reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (47)vibrant bar scene (45)neighborhood gem (39)romantic (24)fit for foodies (24)notable wine list (23)good for groups (21)great for lunch (20)hot spot (14)late-night find (13)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Always consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    same faces, same service, consistent food. Always good for a business lunch where you need "old school" ambience and quiet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Tracton's is Superific!!
    desertfoodie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    One of our favorite dining spots in North County, San Diego. Fried Chicken Sunday is really one of our favorite nights! Excellent steaks and Prime Rib! Ask for Jackie for your server!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Tracton's Restaurant
    PersnicketyDinersVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Our type of restaurant... Great food with attentive waiters served in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere suitable for conversation .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A 28 Year Old Gem
    WilG
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We went to Red Tracton's for dinner to say farewell to family. Free Valet Parking was great. Entering the Restaurant we were created by the Host and escorted to our table. Red Tracton has a diverse menu, although they are well known for an excellent steak. My wife had a pasta seafood plate with shrimp, scallops and Lobster, which she loved. We split the house special salad (made by the waitress at our table), which we loved. The rest of us had filet mignon8 oz cut, baked potatoes and salad. The meal was delicious with large side dish portions. Recommend splitting the baked potatoes and other side dishes. Our service was excellent and we left comfortably full and happy we had our farewell dinner at Red Tracton's.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    BEARVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Went to lunch with a friend. The caprisi salad and the sand dabs were amazing. Our waitress was warm and friendly and gave us just the right amount of attention.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • desi
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The best steaks in town, with a giant baked potatoe and the best creamed spinach with a great server named Robin. Everything was perfect. We also enjoyed Richard Samuels on the piano. Great day at Pacific Classic followed by a fabulous dinner at Reds.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Red Tractons
    enosteak1VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very good food, energetic setting. Twice baked potatoes are excellent!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Passyunk
    Passyunk
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great food and good drinks. Best thing to do after a losing day at the track.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food!
    Deedee
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went to Del Mar Race track and this resturant is very close, you could walk. Been there forever! They sat us on time and the Prime Rib was amazing, Salad perfect and the baked potato was huge and good!! It was my husbands birthday and he loved it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A GREAT PLACE TO HAVE FUN
    BWC2014VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Despite being track season, able to find room at the small bar. Bartender engaging and very friendly even though it flowed heavy with customers coming and going. Mgr n Maitre'd very accomodating even though they were slammed. Only had wait a few minutes beyond the res time which was not unusual for track season. Waitress and wait staff were fantastic... food was excellent as ususal. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great steak!
    bobbyVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Good as ever. The rib eye steak was outstanding. Cooked perfectly charred on the outside and med. rare on the inside. So flavorful and tender. This steak is better than most steakhouses and I have been to many! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but steak was not ordered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We came from the track where we had a couple owners and our long time Trainer of ours and we are family coming from NoCal, Texas, NY and NC. We continue to have a box at Del Mar for over 20 years and run maybe 3-5 horses over the meet. This was the guys weekend. I made a reso on Open Table and they honored flawlessly even the additional person. The only gripe I have is that even though it was a busy kitchen my steak ordered rare to medium came back to me fully red and rare. I sucked it up and enjoyed the meal with the men including the BEST backed or twice baked potatoes. Great service, appreciate the service, but please get the orders right. Otherwise this is a place at any season to eat.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Favorite Resturant in San Diego!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I made my reservation on Open Table 60 days in advance, since the Del Mar Horse track is operating during July. I called to adjust the time and we got a great table! My friends had never eaten at Tracton's , they were very impressed and will eat there again. I have been eating at Tracton's for many years, and never had a bad meal, only great meals. I had the steak sandwich , it was delicious. Can't wait to go back , for another great meal. Every entree is large, so make sure you are hungry! Tracton's is the best Resturant to dine at , before or after going to the Del Mar Race Track?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    JodyviVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We have eaten here every year during Del Mar race season, so disappointing this time in the service and food. Hopefully next time will be as we remembered in the past.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot historical restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    What a great spot! Lots of action, amazing food. Hot spot for all types of diners. Bar dining is fabulous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over-rated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I took a good friend there for her Birthday, she loved it. I thought it was OK, the $5million dollor itty bitty filet was over salted, the potato was great, but ANYONE can bake a potato. I was floored however, when we got our bill, I expected it to be over priced, but damn, I was shocked, they charged us $180 dollars for a lobster!!! Yup, ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY smack-a-roos for a little Lobster!! Yeah, don't think I need to go here twice!!! But if your trying to smoooze or impress someone that you have money to burn, this is definitely the place to do it!! $180 lobster is INSANE! Our sever should have warned us!!! But I'm sure she was just padding her tip!!! Gotta love American Capitalism!!! Red Tracton's has it nailed on the head!!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    ksmedstad
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food was fabulous and portions were HUGE! Very noisy in bar area, but worth it for the ambiance. Also has a fun piano player on Friday nights. Would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    stevendo
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Steak, au gratin potatoes, warm bread and soft butter and Jackie is the best server.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 80th Birthday Dinner
    Jack
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Our food (my wife and two of our guests really liked their food). The other couple were nt happy with their food. The fish dish was just warm the lobster was sent back and still came out just warm and try.They said they would not come back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food is okay but piano is great!
    VanessaVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We sat in the piano bar area and the people at the bar were pretty drunk and loud so it would have been great if I was also drunk but I wasn't. Food is overpriced for the quality and taste. If the food was really good, I wouldn't mind paying the price but it wasn't and I'm not very picky (I'll eat anything for the most part!). I didn't really start enjoying myself until the piano man came on so once he did, I was a lot happier! Server was pleasant. I'd probably only come back for drinks while enjoying the piano man.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Play the ponies then go to Red's
    Zseller
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We were down in the area to spend a few days in Del Mar for a weekend get away. Red Tracton's was one of the recommended places to go for a meal and we were very happy that we chose the restaurant. It was a classic steakhouse that had a wide variety of options to choose from. Being a former Minnesotan now living in California I was shocked to see that Walleye was an option on the menu. While I did not opt for this one of our other diners did and I was able to sample it. While it was not the same as having it as part of a shore lunch on a lake in Northern MN, it was still very good. The prime rib which had melted in my mouth. We all came away stuffed and satisfied with our choices. The weakest link was the twice baked potato.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our first visit was a good one
    43rdAnniversary
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We went there to celebrate our 43rd anniversary and it was great. Will definitely go back again. We love the old time steak houses and this is one of the best so far.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Red Tracton's 28-Jun-2014
    DelMartianVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants! Great drinks, food, and service. The chops, steaks, and scallops are excellent. The lobster (the first time we've ordered lobster here) was so-so and overpriced (our opinion) and that's why we knocked off a point this time (we would have given a 4.5 overall but that option is not available).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All Good!
    gourmet2
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We met out of town friends here and had a great meal and great food. Then we enjoyed the piano bar! Nice evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Its one of my Favorites!
    Nanfavorites
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Red Tractons has been in Del Mar since before I was born (well okay maybe not that old) but its been here for a long time. If you want the BEST food (come here) if you want A LOT of food?( come here) however if you think you're going to have any kind of conversation in the "bar dining room" ( request the back dining room instead) Food is a bit expensive but really well worth the price you would get at any other steak/fish house resturant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Del Mar Fav
    norette
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    great old school steak house. Steaks great Lobster Bisque best ever. Very professional wait staff. no wonder it is a Del Mar Favorite over the years
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Prime Rib
    sdgolfer
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Red Tracton's has the best prime rib anywhere! They give you huge portions and all their food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PersnicketyDinersVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Delicious food - steak, liver & onions, Southern fried chicken in the atmosphere of an upscale chop house. No one will go wrong by visiting this establishment
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Fridays!
    Selective
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Do yourself a favor and come here for lunch on Friday. During lunch only they serve an open faced Lobster Salad sandwich that if phenomenal. Pricey, yes. Reservation needed to reserve that meal; however after lunch you will count the weeks until you can make here again on a Friday. I always do. Bon Appetite!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NanciVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Large portions, good food, be sure to ask price of daily specials.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and drink
    GW9411VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Had not been to Red's before but found it to be an excellent stop for meat with an extensive, high quality wine list. They also had fish and chicken meals (in fact that night there was a swordfish special) but we were there for the meat. Portions were generous and depending on what size you get can be split (they do have a sharing charge that was reasonable) and the sides should definitely be split unless you have a BIG appetite. We brought our own wine but in review of the wine list were impressed. Split a salad-spinach and dessert-the éclair and both were plenty. This is not a place that the little kids will enjoy, but the big kids should!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blahhh....
    TheMagician
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Food was mediocre at best, but our waitress was amazing. The Mac and cheese lobster was atrocious and the meat was just "okay," I had such high hopes about going here and was totally let down. It was a special occasion and it was between here or the Aviara and chose here and just totally missed. $150 later and definitely NOT WORTH IT.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Not prime quality beef. Waste of $
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Ordered the bone in cut prime rib medium, it came with a gray color and texture of something that had been microwaved, temperature was luke warm at best that quickly became cool, the super hot horseradish did not even elicit a sniffle. At a price point of $50 per plate, the maitre'd should at least unfold and attempt to place the napkin, pull the table out so the lady could be seated unobtrusively, when I ask for sour cream and chives for a baked potato, it should not come with rough chopped scallions! The owner (Tracy) and son took turns brown nosing an couple in innocuous conversation. Ludicrous reviews touting this as a quality special occasion restaurant with drunk patrons in shorts and t shirts stumbling to the bathroom facilities.
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  • The best
    JCSDVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Best restaurant & staff in San Diego!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 60's classic with piano bar.
    Galieats
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Lots of great food and good service. Great for date night. Type of place Bing Crosby would have enjoyed, close to the race track. Sophisticated yet you can go in jeans.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 408 reviews are from the Red Tracton's reviews archive.
  • DSAII
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Our server was incredible! She's been with the family for years, and she made us feel like family during our dining experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ask about the Market Price
    DGDG
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Everything was great, but if the menu says "Market Price", do inquire what it is. I was taken by surprise when the bill came and a half-order of king crab legs was $100. But the food was good, the service excellent, the piano-bar wonderful. All-in-all a fun night out, I look forward to my next visit!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good at all
    datenight4two
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We are not why all the great reviews for this place. We have been to steakhouses all over the US, and many in San Diego. This is probably one of the most expensive yet overrated places we have ever been. Our medium rare steaks were not actually medium rare. The quality of the ribeye cut wasn't that good. The service was indifferent (took me a fairly long time to get my check). In short, there are much better places in San Diego. Don't bother with Red Tracton's.
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  • Great Old School Steakhouse
    EZHawkVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Enjoyed our evening very much. Great Prime Steaks and service. Green Goddess salad dressing was a special treat. I'd say go and you will enjoy yourself.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME
    Great
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Red Tractons is never a disappointment. The food is wonderful. The service is great and it is just an overall nice place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.