Butcher Shop Steakhouse - San Diego

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Reminiscent of a classic Chicago-style steakhouse, The Butcher Shop features only the finest quality mid-western aged steaks and chops, charbroiled to perfection over a mesquite wood-fired grill. In addition to the USDA Choice & Prime Beef steaks, the extensive menu also is highlighted by Angus Prime Rib, slow-roasted to retain its tender juiciness, as well as veal, chicken, lobster tail, king crab legs, and shrimp entrees. The dessert selection is nothing short of decadent, and there is a full bar and excellent wine list. The ambiance is elegant, warm, and intimate with rich dark wood paneling, comfortable leather booths, gleaming brass, beautifully etched-glass panels, and a cozy fireplace. The gracious and attentive service staff will anticipate your every need and ensure that your dining experience exceeds your highest expectations. Whether you visit for lunch, dinner, or just cocktails & appetizers in the lounge, you will soon list this among your favorite dining destinations.
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Sun 7:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Thu 7:30PM - 11:00PM
Fri - Sat 8:30PM - 11:00PM

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n
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food not as good as we've enjoyed in past. Maybe kitchen has changed since ownership change. Service was bad.

MO
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I’ve gone several times before, but this time I do have to say I wasn’t impressed. First my dad didn’t get his wine until his dinner arrived (server said the bar was busy, really) and it was his birthday! Then another server brings out the food puts it right next to us, but doesn’t distribute them? I guess we had to wait for OUR server to give it to us? I am glad we left after dessert because seated parallel to us was a table of 6 drunk customers I could see eventually getting loud and obnoxious!

LB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Without a doubt, The Butcher Shop serves the best prime rib in town. And prime rib is offered among many other things at their bounteous Thanksgiving buffet -- including lamb, turkey, ham, and salmon. Gravies are excellent and their rustic bread stuffing is remarkable for all of its textures and taste. My mother preferred her own fabulous cooking to most restaurants but I could have brought her here, Nuf said.

B
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate dinner here on Thanksgiving. They have a very nice buffet, which we enjoyed.

KA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Butcher Shop consistently has the best Thanksgiving and Christmas buffets in town. The food is amazing.

DL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Was there for Thanksgiving and they had a special buffet for the holiday. There were so many choices and they were all delicious. Service was very friendly, too! Overall, a great experience!

H
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was their Thanksgiving buffet. The food was excellent. We went about noon and the selection of items was quite extensive. The food was warm and fresh. We were given a table in front of the fireplace which was nice. I asked to have my roll heated and the server brought us two warmed rolls. Initially, my husband declined his complimentary glass of champagne, but later a gentleman stopped at our table to inquire how everything was and my husband asked for the complimentary glass of champagne. The man returned with a glass that turned out to be Martinelli's sparkling apple cider. Mistake? When our server was made aware of this she apologized and brought the glass of champagne. Thanksgiving at the Butcher shop has been a tradition for us and we will be returning.

JK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had a great time and superb food. Will always recommend the Butcher Shop

OT
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal. Outstanding. Can’t wait to go again. Our steaks were perfect. Best steaks and prices.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! Thanks for making our evening special while we celebrated!

J
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Based on online reviews, I expected much better. This is not a high end steakhouse.

OT
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about tonight was perfect the food was amazing the service was great

B
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BUTCHER SHOP is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is great and reasonably priced. The ambiance is classic and the staff is very friendly.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Seated promptly. Waitress was very good, attentive. Brought out two birthday desserts for the two people with a birthday. Food was excellent.

D
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I've been told to try the Butcher Shop for years, and it did not disappoint. This was a b'day dinner for my husband and we secured the table right in front of the fireplace. The food was outstanding - I can't say that I've ever had steak so perfectly prepared and melt in your mouth. The service was a bit off, but not terribly so. If you need a place for that special dining experience, this is the place!

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding in the food was very good

JA
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

desert Items ordered were forgotten, server did provided a free dessert to go, They no longer accept the passport card, Food quality is always terrific

OT
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Never disappointed. Steaks perfect.

SR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We were ver disappointed that the Butcher Shop stopped taking the Passport dining card. I am a Realtor and give the Passport dining card as closing gifts. I had many clients come to this restaurant because of the card.

We had a large party and the bill was inexpensive due to no card usage. Food and service were very good🍷👍

S
San Diego
295 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had great prime rib with garlic potatoes. Service was excellent, all arrived on time and was tasty.

MG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food had no taste. Waiter was nice and friendly. Price for the food would of been fair is the food was good.

JM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Butcher Shop is full of old-world charm, with a somewhat dated decor. We dined there on a fairly slow night, so it was quiet, which was very nice and easy to have a conversation. Service is always very good, and this time was no exception.
My one observation, which isn’t truly a complaint, is that I ordered halibut. It was the only fish on the menu other than salmon. What came out was swordfish. It was good, I like swordfish, but the menu said halibut, so that was what I was expecting.
Otherwise, the other three family members with me really enjoyed their meals, and the evening was delightful.

S
San Diego
295 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Not their best night, lots of diners, waited for reserved table because of prior guests seated in booth. Food excellent, service very good, I'm spoiled and so expect excellent service. They did a great recovery and still got me out in time for the theater. No real complaints. always love their beef! Cooked exactly right every time.

OT
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening just wish they could do something with the seating it’s always like you’re right on top of each other

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Meat quality is very poor for a steakhouse. Very disappointed!

RB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Love the black and red booths of traditional steak houses and the lighting is soft, pleasing but still enough to read the menu. We had a quiet spot until they put a noisy group right next to us when there were other places they could have put them away from a table of 3. Fish and Prime rib, delicious, but veggies bland, boreing, no seasoning. Garlic toast tough and lacked freshness. Cheese cake lacked flavor. Presentation seemed uninspired. Been coming here for years but remember it was better.

SP
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So disappointed that I got no points for this reservation.

RC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My wife chose the salad and didn't care for the dressing. I had the onion soup which I thought was very good. The noise level, unfortunately, was too high where we were sitting. I had to lean over to talk with my wife in a loud voice. My wife enjoyed her steak and the halibut that I had needed extra "tropical" sauce but I thought that it was OK. We will come back again at a later date.

S
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice birthday celebration with great food and service. Many thanks.

Butcher Shop Steakhouse - San Diego
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you very much for allowing us to serve you- Happy Birthday once again!

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G
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love prime rib in this restaurant served a delicious juicy big slab of it

FN
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our server did a very good job of assisting/supporting our (three-person birthday) party of eight.The food was tasty and portions were large—lots of leftovers for lunch the next day.

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went during restaurant week. Loved the special menu. Delicious food!!!

BY
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was a very busy night and all my food was cold. I had Prime Rib with a baked potatoe. I honestly believe the waitress may have taken a well deserved break and our food set awhile. They were very very busy due to outside activities the night we were there. I look forward to going back on a normal night and trying again. They have a great menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

It was very nice. Food was great.

CM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The ambiance was great, but the food and service could have been better. We were seated almost right away, however, it took about 20 minutes to get our dinner and drink orders in. We wanted to give the restaurant the benefit of the doubt since it was restaurant week, but we couldn't get past the wait times from start to finish. we also noticed that the food was not completely fresh when it came out. The lobster tasted as if it had been sitting out for a while, and the creme brulee did not have the signature crunch on the top layer. Sad to say: we were disappointed.

KT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The meat was too lean and lacked the flavor. Asked for medium rare but was closer to medium.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I came for restaurant week. Coming here is always a treat. We both had the sirloin steak with the bleu cheese on top. It was so delicious! In fact, everything was so tasty!!

CM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steakhouse of my East Coast childhood. Careful service. Perfectly cooled steaks. Traditional sides, a solid Caeser salad and Indulgent desserts.

J
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time here (during restaurant week) and I loved the old world charm of the dining room. Our server was wonderful and kept checking back with us and the portions were large! Will be back!

DU
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We went here during Restaurant Week and decided to choose one of their 3 course options. The french onion soup and dessert were very good, but the main course of prime rib was pretty mediocre. If I go back I will go for a steak.

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