Masters Kitchen and Cocktail

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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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4.4
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F
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So good! The chef now is amazing

SF
San Diego
2 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
12 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
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
59 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
13 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
30 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
59 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!

KG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, good service! A bit loud and lots of background noise but we had a great night/dinner!

F
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Unfortunately, it has gone downhill a little bit… Increased prices and smaller portions. Ordered the potato chip appetizer and got a tiny bowl of crushed potato chips with two sides of blue cheese dressing for $8. They still have a decent happy hour though.

TT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! We had appetizers of truffle fries and cocktails and a wedge salad. Then enjoyed the catch of the day fish tacos and a Masters burger. Food was excellent. Compliments to the chef! We ended with creme brûlée. It was fantastic. Great happy hour menu! Beautiful ambiance, very modern. We were very happy with the service too. Will definitely go back when we’re in the area!

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food is so delicious but the service is bizarre and terrible! I keep going back because the food is so good but the service is so bad!

MP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Food extremely disappointing after having a very good experience several times in the past. Have taken friends and in fact a group of us will be there this Thursday evening. Reported to your staff that the fish special was far below your standards and an apology from management was forth coming. However, there was no adjustment to the cost of my meal that I think should have been offered. Hoping this was one time thing.

JW
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place and my first time for Brunch. Met my best friend here to catch up, food and service was excellent. He has the Lobster sandwich with house-made chips that looked great. Must have been, he ate all of it. I went for the traditional eggs and bacon which was prepared perfectly. I tried the Bloody Mary which was very tasty, he had the bottomless Mimosa's.

Kristopher was our server and he was on point. We were deep in conversation most of the meal and his timing checking in us was just right.

This is an excellent restaurant, their handcrafted cocktails are made with daily fresh ingredients. For any meal, this gem in Oceanside is worth it.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife was impressed and we are looking forward to going again.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service was poor and slow.

J
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Great place! Fantastic oysters. I had the ribs One was very dry. The corn bread was dry and hard too. They used to serve coleslaw which was nice and moist. I missed that !

CG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

They limited them rmenu for Mother’s Fay and even e that the Cesar’s salad was drenched the catch of the day undercooked, the tacos uninteresting and very small. . So disappointing.

O
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply great food. Their new lobster roll was awesome.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A little noisy but great food. Loved the oysters and the Sea Bass

S
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pre-theatre, Masters is a great choice for drinks and dinner. Their happy hour includes ten interesting cocktails as well as beer and wine, and the choice of a number of inexpensive entrees. We both chose the Alamo drink, a non-sweet treat perfect to accompany the meal. We had the Ancho Chile barbeque ribs, which were tender and deliciously spicy without being tongue-numbing at all. Jalapeno cornbread accompanied. We also had an order of delicious truffle fries. We we in and out in about an hour, with a caring waiter and half an hour to walk three blocks to the theatre, get a coffee and see the opening scene of the play at the Brooks.
Even at 6 pm, the noise level makes conversdation difficult, but possible. From Thursday through Sunday after seven, live music makes that impossible. So choose carefully when to go.

LF
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to have brunch. The food is amazing, service is always great. No complaints.

TC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Let me start out by saying we have been to Master many times.
We had great hope that Masters could bounce back from the recent changes in staff.(including the chef)
Sadly our last visit will likely be our last.
The food was less then mediocre and cold.
Service was jus ok.
Oside has too many quality restaurants to choose from to put up with subpar food.

D
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a fantastic meal of various small plates. It was wonderful!

KS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Loved the ambiance, and my fish sandwich was pretty delish. I didn’t care much for my cocktail and our waiter had no problem taking it away and replenishing it with another.
Would definitely go back.

MV
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

We have been to Masters three times. It seems like this most recent time the food was different. It wasn’t as good for some reason.
The service was terrible! The hostess seemed very stressed and the server wasn’t very on top of things. Forgot water when ordered. Sent out wrong food. Didn’t check in after a long time after entrees hit the table.

MK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remarkable food and service. Portions on some dishes are on the smaller side but the flavors are exceptional.