Hunter Steakhouse - Oceanside

4.2
700 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 700 people are saying
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AmandaH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Asked to sit in the bar, it is loud down there, but the dining room is not as loud, keep in mind. The bar was packed,but our waitress was awesome, attentive, gracious, patient and did a great job. I had the ny strip and it was cooked perfectly with an outstanding baked potato with all the fixings….my husband had the salmon and said it was fresh tasting…this is a great casual steak house with very good food to boot

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience from start to finish .Friendly staff,great food and the ambiance made it all worth it.

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Ilene
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I had to send my steak back because it was tough and full of grizzle. It was impossible to cut. The manager recommended that particular steak. When she was called, she asked me if I would like something else. Being everyone in my party was just about done, I ordered the prime rib to go. I was charged the prime rib price instead of the steak price. When I questioned the manager she said you ordered the prime rib, so that is the price. I should have received the meal for free, or at least charged the cheaper steak price. I have been coming to that restaurant for over 20 years. I would think twice about coming again after the poor service I received.

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vipKerry
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

First, the waitress was wonderful, she was very attentive. But I must say, this place is dirty, and don’t sit any where near the service area, there’s a really strong mildew smell, it overwhelms the smell of even the chili.
The cook is terrible, my husband asked for a medium rare steak and it was well done. I asked for a medium rare prime ribs, it was extremely rare and the king crab had a very strong smell, was way overly salty and mushy.

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ChrisF
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is old school and very good. Food was very good but the service was excellent.

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SherylS
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I drove by this restaurant on my way to a conference in Carlsbad. I wanted to check it out after reading the reviews. I booked my reservation on Open Table for same day. When I arrived, I was greeted right away by the hostess. My table was ready and I was seated right away. My server was Dina. Super sweet, attentive and made numerous checks on me making sure everything was meeting my expectations. I had Filet Mignon ordered medium rare. It came out perfect. The chef knows what he is doing. This steakhouse has been in operation for 50 years and it was exceptional.

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Laura
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Timely seating. Good menu choices. Good service. Good food. Overall enjoyable.

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vipRico
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

I mean - meh...

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vipCarol
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The food was terrible. I ordered MahiMahi. It was overcooked and tasteless. The Porterhouses were also substandard, especially for the price. Our waiter was ok, but a bit robotic.

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concerned
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waitress was an unmasked anti-vaxxer who was happy to share her opinions about it. Made us feel very uncomfortable in the restaurant. We left.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to steakhouse in this area. Consistent with their quality, service, this is a great basic steakhouse

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vipBriA
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration for step dad.
Had a awesome evening being taken care of by Jeanine.
One of the best servers we had not only at Hunters but most restaurants. 5 stars for her service alone.,
Thank you for a nice evening

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

In dire need of a remodel or at least a decor update but offers a great steak for a good price.

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very efficient and friendly greeting and table staff. Most food was great but my prime rib, ordered medium, was closer to the low side of medium rare with some blood still on top. Cooked more on one side than the other. That seems to be a problem with all restaurants that serve prime rib. Next time, I'll order a steak. Definitely would recommend Hunter's.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We went for our 33 anniversary and we said so when we made the reservation. We were seated in a brightly lit noisy room. Not much for an anniversary vibe. My husband had prime rib that was amazing. I ordered rib eye. It was rather thin so half was cooked ok (which I asked for med rare) but one half was way over done. It was not good at all Our waitress checked in once but not after I had checked on my steak. When she came back I informed her of the issue. It was too late to eat at the point so she said she would give us the Birthday discount of 10$ instead of taking the meal off?! She never asked if we would like to order a dessert or made mention of our anniversary. Such an odd night. You would have figured we would have been put in the other room that was dim, low key and quiet. We stay in Carlsbad every few months and have been dying to try this place. So sad it was such a bad experience.

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KatieJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food great drinks

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AmberW
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Little fruit looking flies were flying all over us and our food inside the restaurant making it hard to enjoy our meal. Food was just ok.

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vipLobo
Orange County
282 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Hunter Steakhouse is always consistent! We tried the Crab Stuffed Mushrooms appetizer...they were delicious. Having dined here many times, my go to favorites are the Prime Rib, Filet, BBQ Baby Back Ribs. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu!

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tammy
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Steak overcooked, ran out of soup, waitress couldn’t answer questions.

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vipChristopher
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful, relaxing time enjoying delicious meat in my appetizer and the main dish! The food was prepared and cooked to perfection and I appreciated the attention given to us by our waitress,

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Sandi
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have not been to Hunter Steakhouse in a few years. For some reason we always forget it's there. We went there last night and it was just as good as it was in the 60's when it was Hungry Hunter. It's just a pleasant surprise when you return to a favorite restaurant expecting it to have changed and it hasn't changed at all except to be even better. We both had the standard filet. I ordered the peppercorn whisky sauce with mine and my husband had the Bernaise. They melted in your mouth. We had the made at the table salad which is not made at the table right now because of Covid but taste every bit as good. We chose augratin potatoes for our side dish and they were soooo good. So glad this great restaurant has stayed in South Oceanside all these years and continues to attract both new and old diners. Keep it up Hunter Steak House!

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RonaldB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food good; price reasonable, service good. However, this restaurant needs a major upgrade to the interior.

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Brunch
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent waitress took care of everything for our party of three. Prime rib and steak was prepared excellent. The garden salad was really special, almost a meal in itself. Gluten free menu upon request.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a date night here! We loved everything about our experience. Amazing food, wine and service. We ordered the artichoke dip, house salad and filet mignon. Our server Janell provided fantastic service! We look forward to making Hunter’s Steakhouse one of our regular date night spots!

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KenN
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hunters have been a go to for our family for years. It is good food at a good price. It is not real fancy but good. Wait staff is nice and accommodating . We had a party of 6 who attended last night. The Hunters in Oceanside is dark and very 1970s looking. They have a million dollar view looking over the lagoon that they could take advantage of but choose not too. It would be great if they could bring more light into the restaurant and the patrons could have a few; but then again they would most likely increase their prices due to the expense on the remodel.
Stead or Fish. Excellent. Baked Potato and salad including along with bread. So it is a real value for your money vs. the a la carte meals you get at real fancy places where you feel ripped off.
Also free parking with out having to pay a valet to park your car. So Go !

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vipBriA
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Janine was the favorite part of our experience.
Excellent service.
Food was great but the service even better.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server and food were excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New to the area. Staying for a few nights. Great restaurant. Surprised by the availability. Seems to be an old charmer restaurant. The clientele were seasoned Nd knew this was a great spot. So many new an trendy locations, but this is rooted and knows how to trade a steak and customers.

You will not be disappointed.

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AliceG
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

everything on the menu I have ordered is delicous. I have friends I took there, they loved the food, drinks and service

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Lora
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love eating at Hunters. Food is always excellent, as is the service. We look forward to Hunters being able to resume their signature tableside salad creation again once pandemic restrictions are eased! It was always a favorite!

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Cathyo
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This was my favorite restaurant. Unfortunately, it seems to have declined a lot. The lettuce in my salad was limp and had brown spots on some of the leaves. The steak wasn't cooked properly ad had to be sent back. No one really enjoyed their meal. There were 4 of us. I'm not sure what has happened here. Very Sad.

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vipDanR
Tallahassee
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clam chowder was very good. The house salad was big and wonderful. Steaks were also good. Good variety.

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vipRoger
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Ordered pink prime rib got well done
Wait person took our 2 glasses of wine off our bill offered to take both prime rib back in order to get medium/pink
She was great waitress

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Vivienne
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The price of your food for the quality was a pleasant surprise. Go there every time I am vacationing in the area. Crab legs were outstanding.

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DarleneW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a GREAT first time visit at Hunter to celebrate my son's birthday. We enjoyed our dining experience very much...Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been coming here for years. The food is always good and our server was great

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ThomasH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We used to go here often when we lived in Orange County. Living in Nevada, we still try to make the drive when visiting family in OC. Great everything here!

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Dave
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have and will continue to recommend Hunter Steak House as one of the best restrauants in Oceanside.

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vipMercerB
San Diego
82 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Prime rib and nice wine selections. Good carrot cake too!

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CERK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here!

FAQs

Hunter Steakhouse - Oceanside offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 433-2633.

Hunter Steakhouse - Oceanside is rated 4.2 stars by 700 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.