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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L
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It's a great spot for special occasions. Pricey, but expect a return on your investment. Food was good; my wine had soured and hubby's drink was weak. Still a fun spot to dine.

OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want a steak cooked to perfection this is the place! Been coming here for many years and have never had a bad experience!

RS
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sunset dinner is a great deal at $24 for prime rib and catch of the day. Upordered the macadamia crusted halibut and it was very good. Prime Rib was perfect medium and excellent spicy horseradish. Drinks were very reasonably priced for cocktails and wine by the glass.

NC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Very disappointed in the meal. I ordered a new your steak & tasted lots of added flavoring but not a good grilled steak taste .... even the sampler platter was just so so, nothing special

S
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dinner. Thanks

E
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great staff very friendly
Once a year we go and spend money without worries and enjoy good food

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall great experience. Ordered the filet which was cooked perfectly!! Will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We went tonight for New Years Eve dinner. The steaks were cooked as ordered. The prime rib was seasoned nicely and very tender. The atmosphere is like an old mobster movie, perfect for a get together with friends.
We were able to talk without having to yell over the crowd. Waitress was attentive and service was very good.

RP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve dinner spent at Butcher Shop was fabulous.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always quality food, good service, classic ambiance. Great bartender, too.

RV
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The steaks were excellent. The waitress was very helpful and fast. Overall everything was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prime rib bites are amazing. The service and food are always excellent.

OT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter’s 33rd birthday.

MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always excellent food and service. Great restaurant for business lunch or dinner

LY
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

My reservation was for 4:00 p.m. My guest & I arrived at 3:50 p.m. The host advised that they were in the midst of a shift change & that he could not immediately seat us. He allowed me & my 92-year-old father to wait in a draft entry area for 15 minutes. He was clearly unable to think out of the box--or at all. I fail to understand why a restaurant that I have frequented regularly for decades employs someone of his caliber. I also fail to understand why a 4:00 p.m. reservation was accepted if seating was not able to be accomplished until 4:15 p.m.
On the upside, our server, Julie, was outstanding.

DR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

We have dined here numerous times. At least the last 6 times the food is not cooked correctly. Most times the food is sent back to the kitchen which leaves the other diner to eat alone. The server is always told how to have the meat/potato cooked but this rarely provides the food being prepared as requested. Sometimes the manager is notified. The manager on duty Sunday night did come to the table to discuss our concerns. We did not ask for him to come over and we never ask for the meal to be comped. We keep coming back but because of the expense, the frustration, and overall disappointment, we are reluctant to return.

OT
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner...the waitress timed everything perfect. Cocktails were delicious, appetizer great and the steak dinners were amazing. Loved it all.

DB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful with the expecting being that all three filet mignons ordered for our table were slightly overcooked and they trimmed the rack of lamb wayyy too much and compared to what others were served ours was tiny.

RS
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was not our first time at the Butcher Shop! We enjoy dining here during the year, but always during the holidays!! The food is always great, service is tops, and the value is very good! The restaurants ambiance is very classy without being stuffy! Nice to have the wait staff be very professional and personable! My only complaint would be the situation in the parking lot!
It was definitely a busy evening, but the line for valet parking was excessively long and slow! Would be nice to have more self-parking spots!

OT
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always wonderful dinner wonderful service such a nice place to go to great value for the money

n
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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

MO
San Diego
5 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
20 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

B
San Diego
18 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
6 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.

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