The Best Steakhouse Restaurants in San Diego

The OpenTable Team

San Diego, CA draws visitors and residents alike because of its year-round sunny weather, its always-comfortable temps, and its idyllic location on the Pacific Ocean. San Diego's coastal culture also makes it a great place for dining, since fresh local ingredients can be pulled from the sea and local farms night after night. One type of restaurant where San Diego restaurants shine is the steakhouse. There are countless steakhouses in this Southern California town that take advantage of excellent ingredients like fresh lobster, plump shrimp, and locally farmed meat—but at which steakhouses are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. This list contains the best steakhouses in San Diego. Pick one for mouthwatering steak or seafood, and see why coastal dining is so special.

Restaurants:Born & Raised, Cowboy Star, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse - San Diego
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Little Italy, Downtown / Gaslamp

Born & Raised

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Little Italy
2,311 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
It's hard to decide what the real draw of Born & Raised San Diego is: the stunning interior or the delicious food. Whatever guests come for, they won't be disappointed. The restaurRead more
94% recommended
Special Occasion in San Diego
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Cowboy Star

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Gaslamp
2,941 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Looking for steak in the Gaslamp Quarter? Head to Cowboy Star, an institution that is part butcher shop and part steakhouse—perhaps the best steakhouse in Sen Diego. Thanks to its Read more
92% recommended
Best Overall in San Diego
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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse - San Diego

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Gaslamp
849 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse is a standout steakout chain throughout the U.S. The San Diego location does not disappoint, offering diners incredibly lavish steakhouse mealsRead more

STK- San Diego

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Gaslamp
733 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
Combine an upscale nightclub lounge atmosphere with an incredible steak menu and get STK: a San Deigo steakhouse in the Gaslamp Quarter that's a good spot for date night or fancy eRead more
83% recommended

Larsen's Steakhouse - La Jolla

$$$$·Steakhouse·
La Jolla
593 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
In the ritzy San Diego suburb of La Jolla is Larsen's: a restaurant that has a distinctly neighborhood vibe, a spot some consider to be the best steakhouse in San Diego. Larsen's iRead more
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Stake Chophouse & Bar

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Coronado
875 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List
Located in Downtown Coronado is Stake: a steakhouse with a contemporary atmosphere and an reputation for serivng seafood that is as outstanding as the meat on its menu. Stake has aRead more
89% recommended
Steakhouse in San Diego

Fleming's Steakhouse - San Diego

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown / Gaslamp
1,584 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Another international steakhouse chain with an excellent location is Fleming's: a steakhouse celebrated for its stellar wine list and its upscale atmosphere. Patrons will want to dRead more
93% recommended
Special Occasion in San Diego

Red Tracton's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Del Mar
1,145 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Situated across from the famous Del Mar racetrack is Red Tracton's, a casual, San Diego classic that has a large menu of steak and seafood dishes, and also a piano bar that attractRead more
Late Night Find in San Diego

Saska's

$$$$·Steak·
Mission Beach
317 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Good for Anniversaries
Locals consider Saska's the best resstaurant in Mission beach, and many San Diegans consider it to be the best steakhouse in San Diego. The menu at Saska's straightforward steakhouRead more
100% recommended
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Morton's The Steakhouse - San Diego

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Gaslamp
2,307 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Diners can visit Morton's the Steakhouse in San Diego for some of the highest quality prime cuts of steak anywher ein Southern California. While Morton's is a chain, the location iRead more
97% recommended
Steakhouse in San Diego

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Del Mar

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Del Mar
2,203 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
Ruth's Chris Steak House is a popular steakhouse chain across North America. When it comes to the San Diego location, diners consider it to be one of the best steakhouse options inRead more
96% recommended
Special Occasion in San Diego

Argyle Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Carlsbad
957 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Lunch
North San Diego is not known as the city's hottest dining area. But it is home to perhaps the steakhouse in San Diego, Argyle Steakhouse. Argyle pays special attention to the kind Read more
90% recommended

Butcher Shop Steakhouse - San Diego

$$$$·Steak·
Kearny Mesa
2,142 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
The Butcher Shop Steakhouse may be located in San Diego. However, it's a Chicago-style steakhouse, and the owners of the Butcher shop do their best to make patrons feel like they aRead more
82% recommended

Island Prime

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Gaslamp
5,866 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
For steak with perhaps the best view in San Diego, head to Island Prime. This waterfront steakhouse option offers diners views of both the San Diego city skyline and stunning CoronRead more
94% recommended
Steakhouse in San Diego

West Steak and Seafood

$$$$·Steak·
Carlsbad
2,282 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Another standout for steak in North San Diego is West Steak and Seafood. Technically located in Carlsbad, West Steak and Seafood oozes romance and is the perfect destination for anRead more
92% recommended
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Lou & Mickey's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Gaslamp
2,096 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Go back in time at Lou and Mickey's, an old-fashioned style steakhouse in the Gaslam Quarter that is designed to make guests feel like they've traveled back to the turn of the centRead more
87% recommended
Steakhouse in San Diego

Greystone Prime Steakhouse & Seafood

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / Gaslamp
1,290 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Greystone Prime Steakhouse and Seafood stands out in San Diego not only because the quality of meat is so good there. It also stands out because they are non-traditional on purposeRead more

333 Pacific - Steaks & Seafood

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Oceanside
4,298 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
It's hard to have a bad time at 333 Pacific in Oceanside, CA, because the restaurant is situated just alongside the world-famous Oceanside Pier, and it offers unparallel views of tRead more
95% recommended
Steakhouse in San Diego

Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown / Gaslamp
2,561 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Donovan's promises diners who love steak a fine dining experience, right in the heart of the Gaslam Quarter. Just a block from Petco Park and the Convention Center, Donovan's is a Read more
89% recommended
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Black Angus Steakhouse - San Diego Friars Rd. - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Grantville
1,300 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
Black Angust steakhouse is a California classic, opened in Los Angeles in 1964. This San Diego location in Grantville lives up to the reputation of the chain, with outstanding cutsRead more
93% recommended
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