About Carvers Steaks & Chops

Welcome to Carvers Steaks and Chops - a San Diego restaurant committed to the tradition of the big-city steakhouse without the big-city price or the big-city drive.

Located in the community of Rancho Bernardo, Carvers is the perfect stop for whatever mood you're in. Whether it's stopping in to enjoy a hand-shaken martini after work or bringing the entire family in to sample some of our award-winning prime rib, choice steaks, seafood options, and meals for the kids, we will cater to your every need.

Visit us and experience our array of dining options, live entertainment, and top-notch service. Carvers Steaks & Chops - voted one of North San Diego County's Finest Steakhouses twelve years running.

11940 Bernardo Plaza Dr
San Diego, CA 92128
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner

Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Bernardo Center Drive

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 485-1262

Website:
http://carverssteak.com/

Entertainment:
Classic Rock and Roll every Friday and Saturday evening in our lounge (8pm-12am). Small dance floor.

Catering:
Traditional buckboard catering with items cooked over red oak. Or classic items prepared in house and served on site.

Parking Details:
Wrap around parking with additional parking available in the nearby shopping center.

Executive Chef:
Alberto Cisneros

Private Party Facilities:
Two private dining rooms available holding up to 80 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Bruce Cook: (858) 485-1262

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Carvers Steaks & Chops Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (44)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Good for Anniversaries (39)
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Good for Birthdays (36)
Good for a Date (30)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Romantic (22)
Comfort Food (21)
Cozy (20)
Business Meals (19)
Casual (18)
Good for Groups (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Happy Hour (11)
Authentic (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Fun (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Live Music (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent as usual for Carver’s!!

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 (Calgary)·Dined 7 days ago

We had a great dinner and the staff was great
Good selection of wines as well

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Filet mignon cooked perfectly - waitress was wonderful - Christmas decorations beautiful - lovely evening!!!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

This was my first time at Carvers for dinner with a couple friends. Everyone was friendly and service was excellent. We each enjoyed our salads and entrees from the early bird option. They were tasty and well prepared. The bread was a bit airy and the cheesecake dessert was incredibly sweet so these two items were disappointing to us. For such a fine dining restaurant, you might want to reconsider your bread option and offer a better tasting cheesecake. But, we will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wife And go here for anniversaries, birthdays and with out of town guests. We rate the food with Ruth Kris but much better ambiance and quieter. Service and servers go above and beyond to make the visit suburb. Highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Our dining experience was great. The food, the friendly people, and especially our server Kelly. She really made the evening special. We will be back soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

There were some very loud groups present who made conversation at our table close to impossible. It certainly diminished our enjoyment of our dinner get together.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The steaks are wonderful almost Mortons level at half the price when you consider you also include a salad or soup and an generous vegetable with the meal. The only things a touch not so good was we were fed so fast we were only there about 30 minutes and would have prefered more time to dine. We will be back. May have to just order slower or ask server to wait to put entree in. I love this place and the value is INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great atmosphere, Great service, great food! How much more to say

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very good traditional food a reasonable prices. Consistently good value .

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Carver's...always good. Great prime rib and old school deliciousness

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Service was great. Kelly was professional and friendly. Food was good except trying to get a filet mignon cooked well done (no pink). We have been there twice and both time had to send it back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Everything was good but just a little loud for a dinner for 2. There was a large group next to us and they were a bit loud. Great food!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

For the last 30 years, it has benn our best standbys. The room we were in was nice at first then it got overcrowded and very noisy. Service then started to leg behind. Oh well, the Holidays.

Tags: Casual, Healthy
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food was very good. I had the lamb chops and my husband had the prime rib. We were very satisfied with everything. The room got a little warm after a while but everything else overcompensated.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We have been to Carvers many times, but I have to say that we were very disappointed in our Thanksgiving dinner. The salad and soup were fine, but the bread was a bit dry. The dinner was cold. We asked that they warm it up, but they replaced both of our meals. When it returned, the meal was hot but not good. The turkey was dry and mixed light and dark meat... more dark than light. The dark was on the bottom so you didn't realize it was mostly dark until you started eating. Not much flavor. The potatoes were o.k. but very small serving. Couldn't find any stuffing... a few walnuts. The beans were way overcooked.... to the point of being mushy.

We were given pumpkin pie free of charge because we asked that the meal be heated. At least a small gesture. We did NOT complain to the waitress after the meal was returned to us hot as my husband hates to complain to the staff, but he will not want to go back. :(

The dinner was not even sort of worth almost $30.00 a plate. I can't remember the exact cost... maybe $28.00 a plate? Very disappointed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Lovely dinner - it was Thanksgiving. Food was delicious

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were there for Thanksgiving. Our table was ready on time, the service was excellent and the food was great. They were so organized to run as efficiently as they did on a holiday.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We patronize Carver's regularly, mostly at off-peak hours and love the quiet atmosphere, good food and professional service.
Well --- Thanksgiving day was anything but quiet. (I love the noise level grade of "Energetic"): pandemonium would have been closer to the mark. The food and service were still very good, but the acoustics, crowded together tables, and noise level were not good. We will not be back on another holiday occasion.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Our server,Miguel, was attentive and very helpful. Can’t wait to come back

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Everything was excellent but the food. My prime rib and potato arrived lukewarm, almost cool. I was hungry and proceeded to eat, but the taste and pleasure were affected. My fellow guests were more pleased. As host, I was disappointed that something so obvious and important as serving temperature was neglected.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food, Great Service! Having a 50 character minimum is ridiculous.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food was delicious. The steak was perfectly cooked and the halibut tasty. The bread came fresh out of the oven.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

They were super busy so the noise level was higher than normal. Our server Victoria did a great job even while dealing with a party of 12 next to us.
Food was great

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

A few friends suggested Carver’s Steakhouse. I have to say this was one of the best steaks I ever had. I chose the 14 oz Chicago cut ribeye, medium rare. It was cooked perfectly, juicy, and bursting with flavor. I would definitely go back. The accompanying port wine glaze was equally delicious.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

One of our favorite places, consistent quality and great service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent value for money as always!

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

My husband and our families had been dining here many times and we can't say any negative things about it. John the manager always greeted us and so with the other staff. Best steaks, excellent service and price is reasonable. We loved this place!

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We come here from Seattle to visit
Parents. Been coming here for years.
Love it.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Healthy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

All in all great time. I'll be going back again soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Waitress provided Very good service, the food was tasty, but the area was a bit noisy.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Dinner is always good. When it is busy, service is more relaxed than typical. One of us ordered the small filet... perfect as always. The other took the special filet (bacon-wrapped, blue cheese and port wine reduction) -- steak ordered medium rare came out rare. Server returned to kitchen and brought it back medium... acceptable. Manhattans and martinis are shaken... so expect ice chips. We skipped dessert, and settled for coffee. A nice evening; always a favorite spot!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Another delicious, cooked-to-perfection meal. The chilled shrimp cocktail was colossal! Fabulous for birthdays , anniversaries and special occasions. A wonderful treat.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Outstanding value for early dining menu. Corkage fee only $15--good deal. Service was attentive. Will go back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We were a party of three with a 1:00 reservation. Arrived fifteen minutes early and were promptly seated. Comfortable booth and quiet ambiance. Our waiter was attentive, without being a pest, and helpful with menu selections. The food and service were exceptional and we enjoyed a very relaxing lunch. An unexpected perk was the $15.00 Tuesday lunch special menu. A great value and a perfect luncheon portion. Looking forward to a return visit!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Everything was great very satisfied like always great place for dining or just socializing

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy, Fun, Authentic, Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was our second time at Carver's - as before the food was outstanding and the service by Rachel was excellent. The prime rib is outstanding and the standard cut was large enough to have a second meal the next day. The romaine salad is really good and was a real highlight for me.

When I return in the future I will ask to sit in the library - anywhere but the glassed dining area. We found our seating loud and made conversation for us "older people" difficult. Where we were seated an outside security light kept coming on (and staying on) and our server Rachel explained they are trying to do something about it - but my dinning partners were left staring into the light - very uncomfortable.

Also a little disappointing I indicated on our reservation that we were celebrating an anniversary Carver's did not acknowledge it.

The upside beside the outstanding food was our server Rachel - she was great. She was social when needed and professional with our order. Great having her for the evening!

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great place for a steak, always good service and steaks are excellent. Texas Ribeye has a little zing to it for a slightly different steak dinner

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We never have a bad meal at carvers. It’s always consistently perfect. Well worth the drive from Del Mar.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This place is extremely consistent. Never had a bad meal here and have eaten here maybe 50 times over the last 10 years. Not gourmet, you have to try to ruin a steak, but they do a good job of what they do.

The location is in a retirement community that is full of tasteless restaurants, and in that location, they really stand out as exceptional.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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