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

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (35)
Special Occasion (35)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
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Good for Birthdays (29)
Good for a Date (24)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Cozy (19)
Business Meals (18)
Romantic (18)
Good for Groups (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Casual (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Authentic (8)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fun (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Live Music (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Great, got the garden view and the food was again super and wine relish and service excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Prime Rib among the best in the County. Great service. Quality food all around

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Excellent, attentive waiter and service . Prime rib was good but rare not medium rare. Both mashed potatoes and scalloped potatoes not good Bleu cheese wedge salad delicious. Easy to talk nice atmosphere

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Celebrating my birthday, wonderful service, dinner and I was surprised with a generous slice of their homemade delicious bread pudding. We had a great evening. Thank you

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Waitress was very efficient, friendly and competent. Very out going n friendly...makes all the difference

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great meal here, as always. I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. He wanted a steak dinner. We went on Tuesday for the $15 fillet mignon deal. It was awesome!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great value and great food, especially the early bird specials and the Tuesday special. My ribs were so tender, they literally fell off the bone. My husband's prime rib was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 15, 2017

This place is always wonderful! They know how to cook steaks. Plus, after Brigatine in Escondido changed their ambiance, Carver's replaced it for the warm feeling.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Wonderfully old fashioned with quiet atmosphere. Food was better than other similar restaurants in the area. Service was good but server forgot to bring plain butter. They seem to think adding honey makes it better but forget it tastes pretty funny in a baked potato and they don't warn you ahead of time. Kept my water filled 5 times.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great Food and Service

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 3, 2017

I loved the Romaine salad. It was delicious, and nice bite size pieces. The Tournedoes Oscar was very good. I had the potatoes au gratin, and really enjoyed them. The flavor was excellent. The dessert I had, was the apple cinnamon bread pudding. Excellent! The servers were very attentive, and it was a nice birthday dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Everything was great. The only negatives were that there was a very noisy table with a baby and a screaming toddler. Also, this restaurant could really use a lot of updating with the decor. It's stuck in the early 1980s with dated paint colors, chipped time, worn out carpeting, etc. But everything else was fantastic. Our guests really enjoyed their food as well.

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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Carvers has the best Prime Rib and Baby Back Ribs in the entire area. The reason we like Carvers is that the food is great. Why don't you list "excellent cuisine" as one of the categories in your list of the things that would cause us to recommend this fine restaurant? That is a serious omission on your part, Open Table!

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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Always a good time worth the drive from L.A. Came here last year and couldn't wait to come back.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Live Music, Good for a Date, Casual, Tapas, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 17, 2017

The food and service was excellent. Our table was ready when we arrived. I always like the selection of steaks and chops.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Healthy, Cozy, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 14, 2017

A great restaurant for those classic, tasty meals that are upscale without being pretentious. Introduce your kids to high quality dining in an adult, family atmosphere.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly
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 (London)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Outside is fine, inside strong smell of carpet cleanser.
We asked for medium rare NY Strips, all 3 were Medium at minimum.
Anyway steaks were tasty. Bread and baked potatoe were fine. As was the Hahn Caberet Sauvignon.
Overall too uotdated, think it needs refurbishment in Q3 2017.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The fillet mignon was not up to par. The scampi and the salmon were excellent. We sometimes eat at Black Angus - but I hate their fillet mignon and prefer yours; but this time the cut of meat was not superior. We will see you again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I had salmon but didn't care for the topping in the salmon

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 7, 2017

My wife said that the "Early Bird" filet mignon was very tough and dry. She ordered medium rare. She says the salad and side dish were fine. I ate an excellent steak and delicious sides, and I enjoyed the French Onion Soup. That is why I gave a middle score for food. Hers was bad; mine was great.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Wife and I wanted something special for our anniversary, so, like we've done for each others birthday, we chose Carvers. Excellent, friendly staff, great food and wine, and a very comfortable seating arrangement. Over the past few years, we found we liked a particular table. Unfortunately, when we arrived, it was occupied. But, after about 15 minutes, the people left and we asked and got the ok to move to it. Good start to the evening. The meal was great. I tried the porterhouse and my wife selected the filet. Each came with baked potato with all the trimmings. Aside from a couple strands of ??, my steak was very tasty and large enough to take home for lunch the following day. To top the evening off, we had the Mississippi Mud Pie to share. It too was top notch.
We will undoubtedly be returning for future occasions. Highly recommended.
Tom

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The service was terrible. Everything was rushed. We just sat down and they were bugging us for drink order before we had a chance to look at either menu. We hadn't finished the salad course when the servers were placing our entrees on the table without removing the salad course. We had made the reservation weeks in advance an had to have been given the worst table in the place in the path of the severs going in and out of the kitchen. The noise level was not conducive to conversation. As this was our second time there I expected much better food as before. My filet was totally over cooked on one side and what they served as béarnaise sauce bared no resemblance to the real thing.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Nice steakhouse. I should know not to order the salmon which was overcooked with mushy rice. My date enjoyed his ribs. The live music and the opportunity to dance was the primary reason for coming.

Tags: Authentic, Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 20, 2017

We dine here a few times a year. The most recent occasion we decided to try the $15 Tuesday special dinner. It was as described, served hot and reasonably tasty. Portions were small but ok for older folks. In the future we will order from the regular menu and get something special. They have great meat entrees. Service was excellent and the wait staff friendly and helpful.
Overall advice: If you got to Carvers go for the regular menu.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Friendly wait staff and amazing menu options. Garlic cheese bread was out of this world!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We were kind of indecisive with the appetizer. Instead of trying to help us by suggesting something, the server decided to just leave us. Awkward! Then he finally returns and takes our order. Although we loved the food, the server was very unpersonable and not very friendly. We also thought it was kind of rude to be sweeping the crumbs off our table while we're still seating there. We felt like we were being rushed with our food. Loved the food but will not be coming back for the service especially when it was a 40mins drive for us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We were very disappointed. Would probably never go back. Thankfully we live in Scottsdale Arizona.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Food was great, the waitress was amazing - We had a bit of a mix up with the food and the waitress was very quick to correct everything(Ordered an item gluten free, was not served that way). The only reason for the stars on the ambiance was the fact that I was seated at a booth that was facing the sunset through their open windows. They don't have anything to block the sun so I was blind for a while, but since I was there with my girlfriend I just sat on the same side of the booth as her. For those who don't have that option, it's not a good time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Carvers never fails to deliver great food and service - the fact that the price of an entrée includes salad/soup and a starch is pretty amazing - I've never had a bad meal here - their steaks are always great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 14, 2017

As usual, the dinner was outstanding. Our waiter, Ryan, was great!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Service was so slow there over 2 hrs
Food not good vegetables loaded with oil
Horrible experience

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We went to Carvers for my son's graduation dinner. We were pleased to find such a high quality Steakhouse so close to home. The food was fantastic and they had a very good wine by the glass.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Good place for a Steak and don't forget about dessert

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 3, 2017

A bit pricey, but the food and service was outstanding. After dinner, we moved to the bar which had a good selection of food, wine, and beer. And the band, THE LEMON SQUEEZERS had the place rockin' all night!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Excellent food, reasonable prices. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 31, 2017

The food was very good. Our party of 6 all enjoyed our various dishes. The service was excellent. The 2 children with us were given gracious attention. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

First time at Carvers but won't be last. Reminds us of old time steakhouse that restaurants are supposed to be like!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Delicious food at a great price with excellent service. Lovely dining experience. The prime rib was the best!

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Casual, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Best prime rib around. Always great food and great service

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Had dinner on Wednesday for my son's 24th birthday. Food was wonderful and our server was excellent! We'll be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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