Masters Kitchen and Cocktail

4.6
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$30 and under
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Masters Kitchen and Cocktail is located blocks from the beach in the heart of Oceanside, CA. An industrial space with classic history, Masters was once a well ­remembered drag car shop. The revamped restaurant keeps its authentic character, and offers a warm and inviting dining experience for a lovely escape from the sun and sand. A separate bar with communal seating serves traditional craft cocktails that sip and smell of the 1920s.
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TS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant occupies a former manufacturing building and has exposed the bowstring trusses and brick walls for a great, loft-like ambiance. The food and cocktails are very good. I would recommend this without hesitation.

ME
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The bar service was so incredibly slow. We ordered 2 drinks and an appetizer to start the night. Our appetizer came out before the drinks. Ordered another round and a glass of wine with our entrees. Our entrees were out before drinks again. The creme brûlée didn’t have that crunch on top.

YM
Austin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We go to this place periodically for happy hour...we do love the happy hour menu, the ambiance is good, and the service is decent. We still spend about $120 or so each visit.

GT
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came for the savory menu and it delivered. Enjoyed cocktails and apps in a very nice setting with wonderful attentive service. We will be back! Thank you!

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, Amanda our server was wonderful.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

One of our orders had to be remade due to a food allergy that the kitchen missed the request to leave off the food order.

t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I definitely would return to try more dishes. The hamburger, fries, soup and chili cornbread were amazing. The fish (cod) taco entree was not a star. They have televisions if you are interested in watching a sporting event, but the sound wasn't too loud. The restaurant was cold (January) because of the open patio, so bring a jacket.

CC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, food great ... went there with the girls to listen to the band ... very nice but could not hear very well... Cee was amazing... had to re ask fir water s napkins but other then that great evening

MG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We like going to masters. Nicely decorated, good food and good service. Also a nice selection of beers and drinks. Parking is not good however, just a few spaces in the alley, otherwise good luck finding one on the street.

OT
San Diego
70 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food good, Praeger Bros pizza bread was good. Skirt steak tasty but tough. Brussels sprouts were good. For some reason the place smelled heavily of chlorine (like a pool).

SJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our musician friend "Ashun" invited us to Masters Kitchen and Cocktail to hear him perform. What a great presence the restaurant has when walking in to greet the hostess. The restaurant has large roll up doors/windows making it an open air ambiance. There are wood beam ceilings throughout the restaurant making it very relaxing. The hostess seated us promptly and was delightful. Our server was very friendly with prompt service as well. We choose the Ahi poke to start and it was delicious, then proceeded to the Mussels in a generous amount of Spicy tomato and fennel broth. Bruschetta was also with our mussel order allowing us to sop up the delicious broth. Both dishes were extremely flavorful. We followed our appetizers with Cream Brulee dessert suggested by our server. OMG it was so light and delicious. We was introduced to the Entertainment Publicist "Nellie" who secures the nightly entertainment for Masters Kitchen and Cocktail. In a section of the restaurant she set up an art gallery venue featuring local artists. She was gracious enough to invite us to view the Art Gallery before our food arrived. What a lovely addition to Masters Kitchen and Cocktail. Ashun was excellent as always. We will be returning soon. Thank you Sharon & Kevin

MG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great food and service . It was new year's Eve and we had an 8;30pm reservation and were seated and greeted right away . The food was spectacular. Taste and presentation . My fiance and I had such a great time. Thank you.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service, and food!

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Too loud with the screaming kids. Otherwise food was good and service was fast. Steak was supposed to be medium rare came out well done and fried chicken was burnt

d
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lots of families with little babies...a bit noisy, but in a joyful way

HD
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place with great food, great service and delicious drinks. We cannot wait to go back!

F
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So good! The chef now is amazing

SF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good place in Oceanside for a lunch or dinner. Quieter than most.

SW
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor is eclectic, especially given that it is in a remodeled auto body shop. It's very comfortable, with plants providing privacy in the booth we occupied. There is a good variety on the menu and wine and beer list. Service was prompt and friendly.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food good but not great. Nice playing but flavor a bit lacking. Scheduled musician did not show up.Server very pleasant.

OS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

We've enoyed Masters since it opened. We have noticed a decline in the quality of food since Andre's departure. The watermelon salad was very disappointing. It used to be our absolute favorite item and it is just not what it used to be. The add-on steak was overcooked and unmemorable. Not sure what the steak was purported to be but it was as tender and flavorful as a cut of round or chuck - pretty disappointing. The cheese steak egg rolls were served on top of spicy ketchup. I figured the ketchup would be served on the side, but they were rolling around in ketchup, which made them soggy. It would be nice if a manager floated arround and asked how everything was. We come here less and less and miss how awesome it used to be.

L
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around experience. Service, food and ambiance were everything we expected and more. Will definitely return.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went her for brunch on a Sunday! The chicken and waffles are amazing!! Great place to watch sports too.

G
San Diego
65 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Masters hits it on all cylinders (yes it’s pun, visit the restaurant to find out why). Love Masters for those times you want great food, don’t want to break the bank, and you really don’t want to dress up too much. Excellent food and drinks.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

6th anniversary. Food took a while, the kitchen was backed up but waitress was nice.

DB
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

This is a great place for Happy Hour and/or a full meal. My only complaint is the noise from the music that makes it tough to hold a conversation on the other side at a dining table. I like that the music is kept in the bar area but wish the volume could be lower in the dining area.

G
San Diego
65 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Masters has been absolutely great every time we have visited. Love the cheeseboard. Love the fish specials. Homemade chips are awesome!

SP
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Fun food! We eat vegetarian meals and the variety was good!

KG
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love going to Masters! The food is excellent and the servers are always friendly and very helpful. I brought my mother (who is from Maryland) for an early dinner and she loved it as much as I did! The drinks are great too!!

S
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food came out fast, server was really cool, and the food was great. Cool spot too!

AK
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Impeccable service. Yummy cocktails. I was pleasantly surprised and excited that this place lived up to the positive reviews we had read about. Highly recommend it and can't wait to go back.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The bar and atmosphere was amazing.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience here! The food was great! We ordered family style. The Brussels sprouts were really good! Great salads as well

SD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server was very attentive. The charcuterie boards prepared for us by Chef Nace were fantastic.

While it's enjoyable to have live music, it was much too loud and we were on the south wall of the dining room, not that close to the musician. It was difficult to have conversations without having to talk loudly.

CS
Phoenix
32 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Considering there isn’t much in Oceanside on the “higher end” this was a breadth of fresh air.

DV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This was our 5th time here, but it's been almost 2 years since our last visit. It used to be a hip, fun, busy place, with outstanding service & really inventive dishes. Now, it was almost empty at 7:30pm, the service was inept at best and the food was just okay. Our server never even mentioned a drink special, but we noticed it on our way out. We would have definitely tried it. A couple of us had the catch of the day, one in tacos & one in a sandwich. The fish itself was fantastic, the rest of the meal was only so-so. They have lowered their prices, so it's not as expensive as it used to be, but we did notice the charcuterie board was not near as nice as it was on previous occasions. Looks like they are trying to make a more 'family friendly' and less expensive of a restaurant. No more awesome lamb chops, or bone marrow appys. A little sad.

G
San Diego
65 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Masters is really good. The food is a cut above most you will find in north county at twice the price.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My husband and I loved our brunch! Such a cool ambiance. Will definitely return!

CR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed bottomless mimosas and breakfast. Food was delicious!