Hunter Steakhouse - Oceanside

4.4
628 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 628 people are saying
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CindyM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best prime rib I’ve ever had. Consistently great.

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JimW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Dinner was booked for a Birthday - No mention of that was ever mentioned once we got there. Waitress was a bit snarky and seemed to be rushing us so to turn the table. I ordered the Hunter cut of the Prime Rib at MED = I was served more on the rare side with the center still raw so had to send it back to bring to temp ordered and then it was very bland, and was not cut even as it was wide at the bone and then got thinner to the top of the roast. Au gratin potato's were just warm and the ceasar salad was almost there as it was just enough to cover the plate while the regular dinner salads that others ordered were heaping.

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michaels
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

WOW. I have never written a review like this before. The restaurant was dirty. Dust, cob webs and spider webs everywhere I looked. Dead bugs inside the lighting fixtures. Furnishings outdated and in disrepair. Prime rib was tasteless. Au jus has a bitter taste to it and the mashed potatoes tasted like whatever dairy was used, has turned. Again, a bitter aftertaste. The carrots in the steamed mixed veg looked like they used a veggie peeler, rather than slicing it or chopping. Had we not been there with guests, we would have left before we were seated. I can only imagine what the kitchen looks like after what I saw and experienced. I am shocked they are even in business. Should have known that if they have last minute reservation for a party of 4 on a Sat. evening, when everyone else in North County was booked, maybe not a great spot. The only positive note is that the staff was very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with my family for my 60th birthday made reservations table was ready when we arrived .The service was great food and drinks were spot on !

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hunter is the best place for Prime Rib and their Steak Neil is the bomb. We love to sit downstairs in the bar area. It has a great ambience and lively feel. The upstairs area need some lighting, fireplace (more cozy) feeling.

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RobertB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Identified special occasion on the reservation and per request was provided a quiet upstairs area for an intimate proposal.

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vipGodsgirl
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This place is a neighborhood gem. It's been there for years and has always been GREAT!
Excellent prime rib, among many other things! It's a cozy place too.

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Hungry
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great and priced great. Always enjoy our time at Hunters.

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CraigleM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a nice light dinner and good conversation. We were seated in the main dining room and the wait staff was very attentive. Always a good choice.

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Tommy
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server Dina was outstanding as usual. Very friendly, courteous and accommodating. Look forward to coming back.

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ScottE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place has been here a long time. Really good food, good service

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JamesS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. First time expreience. Food and service was great.

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Krasavka
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

After being seated we waited 10-15 minutes with out anyone offering us water or asking if we would like to order cocktails. Then our server came to our table and was ready to take our dinner orders, never once asking if we would like drinks. The dining room was swarming with gnats/fruit flies and we spent the entire time we were there swatting them away from our food and drinks. My sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce was so tough I could barely cut it and ended up eating less than half of it. My husband, daughter and son-in law didn’t have any complaints about their dinners. After we had finished our entrees the server came out with a closed to-go box and set it down on the table and said it was a piece of chocolate mousse cake. It was my son-in-laws birthday and he is gluten intolerant - the server didn’t bother to ask him if he would like a piece of cake or something else. I had hoped for a more festive dinner, perhaps a scoop of ice cream with a candle or something else that my son-in-law could actually eat. We had been to this restaurant before and were happy with our experience there but this time it was so bad I doubt that we will ever go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

It was my birthday and I acknowledge it when I made reservations but there was no mention when we walked in. I always have liked a good prime rib on my bday and Koko beach is now closed so I chose Hunters. We saw our waiter 2 times during the 1-1/2 hour we were there. He even came at the end and apologized for the lack of service. I will never dine in there again which is a shame and really feel that I was short changed especially at $30 a plate.

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Bernie
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Luv the ribs and the lamb but their fillet is still the best around! Been going there for 10 years for our date night and have never been disappointed. We prefer eating down stairs, casual warm environment.

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ScottE
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great little restaurant, it's been there for a long time.

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NicoleK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and great service. We had a ton of leftovers. Unfortunately with only outside dining available (not their fault) missing a bit of ambiance.

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TeriG
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

The set up outside was nice with the lights and tent, just don’t know why they didn’t use cloth table clothes. The table clothes were plastic, maybe for easy wipe up? Don’t they use cloth inside?
Other then that service and food was excellent!

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vipNico
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I'm traveling to San Diego this is a must stop. The Prime Rib is superb and their horseradish sauce is outstanding. The food shows that homemade taste and quality.

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KatieM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The appetizer was very good. All of it was good - but for the price and for what you get, you expected more. The veggies come with a huge broccoli stalk (if you order that) and my boyfriend and I both left it behind since it is hard to cut, eat and wasn't cooked through. We know other places we could have received more bang for our buck, but wanted something more quiet and intimate, so for that it fit the bill. Both of us got the ribeye, which was good, don't get me wrong. Probably won't be going back when we want to have an awesome steak dinner, if that makes sense.

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TheresaSolbergfromOSide19
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hunters was excellent as always ! One of our favorites

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vipJessieb
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Disappointing. Slow service, fatty tri tip, bugs in overhead chandelier and overpriced. No thanks Hunter Steakhouse - poor experience.

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JanetO
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ended up all alone in the tent outside the building. Everything was great, and it was a very pleasant dining experience.

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HunterRegular
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I was a little taken aback, when the couple left to our side and the person cleaning the
section, did nothing other than spray the cloth with Lysol and wipe off the top of the table....the people had their hands all over the top of the booth and on the seat....

The waitress did not have gloves on, and she gave me a straw unwrapped and with her fingers.

I'm not paranoid, just really wondering what level they really do go to for sanitizing.

I also have eaten out in restaurants since covid and have always been handed a disposable menu..... this one was not a throw away. It was plastic coated, however in light of what I witnessed from the staff in cleanliness, I would question the sanitizing.

The FOOD HOWEVER IS STUPENDOUS.

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ShadT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was Great food was Fantastic I recommend going
Family enjoyed surf and turf
In a relaxed atmosphere

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KevinS
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My father and I were very happy with their service and our waiter was outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sat at the downstairs bar and it was a perfect date night.

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Deemcreynolds
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you. Wonderful

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vipNico
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent prime rib as always. Felt safe with new health measures. Thanks

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vipDebbie
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite dining place. Menu choice is very good. food is delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zac was a fantastic server. Courteous and encouraged us to ask for what we wanted and he would do all he could to accommodate. We hope to return and see Zac again. The forest mushroom chicken is delicious.

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MikeW
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place as
always, plenty of room even with social distancing!

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Tommy
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I meet my brother there about once a month for lunch. It is always an enjoyable experience. The staff is very friendly. I will continue to visit there for a good meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and the food was great!! We will be back😃

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vipDebbie
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want reasonable delicious quality food, then this the place. Try it you'll love it

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carlsbadguy
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The food was just OK not great or even very good.

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RichardM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and atmosphere, great service and delicious champagne!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Jeanine was our waitress and she was great. She was friendly and warm. The food was good and a great value.

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EugeneA
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

I eat here often and I would rank all categories good or very good. Service wasn't this time; normally it is. Unaware, too many tables, made excuses, false flattery, just own it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We chose Hunter because we were in the mood for steak and the open table rating said it was cozy - i took cozy to mean relatively quiet but now I know it means everyone is packed in tight. It was very noisy! Very hard to have a conversation without yelling. The steak was average - certainly not worth $30 a plate. The children’s mac and cheese looked like it came straight out of the Kraft box. Wait staff seemed overwhelmed and while I don’t expect personalized maitre d type of service at this class of restaurant I was surprised at how terse and cold the wait staff was. Ordering was so rushed I felt like we were on an assembly line. The bathroom, while generally clean, looked like it hadn’t been attended to all night.
Plus side: the food did not take a long time and the wine we ordered was good (we got 7 Moons).

FAQs

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

Hunter Steakhouse - Oceanside is rated 4.4 stars by 628 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.