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About Butcher Shop Steakhouse - San Diego

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.

5255 Kearny Villa Road
San Diego, CA 92123
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm.

Cross Street:
Complex Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 565-2272

Website:
http://www.butchershopsandiego.com/

Catering:
Private Dining options available for groups of 25 to 200. Please call 858-565-2272 for details.

Parking Details:
$2 Valet parking is available on many nights.

Public Transit:
Route 20

Executive Chef:
Felix Guerrero

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Elegant Banquet Facilities available to accommodate all of your party needs- Wedding receptions, Rehearsal dinners, Holiday parties and luncheons, Retirements, Corporate events, Military parties, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner events from 25-200 guests.

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Private Dining

We have two private banquet rooms- our Board Room, which seats 25-40 people, and our Windsor Room, which seats 50-200 people. We also offer semi-private intimate surroundings for any occasion.

Butcher Shop Steakhouse - San Diego Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

service

4.5

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4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (24)
Cozy (22)
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Casual (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Good for Groups (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Authentic (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

Waitress was uninvolved and inattentive.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was below par. Not what we are use to from this restaurant. Food was good. We had a very nice booth by the fireplace.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Everything about it was great. Prime Rib was outstanding. We will definitely go back

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

My husband and I have been going to the Butcher Shop for dinner and brunch for years. It is the best spot for a date night or brunch with the family.
I love the old school feel, you can almost hear Frank Sinatra singing...oh wait that is the soft music in the background. The wait staff is attentive and we have always had a server and bus waiter. No empty glasses on their watch. Wine list is good and their house cab is great. The steak is always perfect and it comes with soup or salad and rice or potato. Nice if you are on a budget or just like to save money.
Their homemade Blue cheese dressing is delicious. Get some to dip your garlic bread, oh yes that comes with the meal also. A wonderful place to enjoy good food and cocktails too.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Wasn’t impressed by the organization at the front desk. Seemed a little chaotic which transfered into ambiance of the evening. The food and drink was great. Prime Rib was excellent. It was busy and noisy on a Wednesday night.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

I've had a few nice steaks at The Butcher Shop. The most recent trip a rare steak came out black and blue. I can buy a 1lb Choice NY from Primos on Santo for $7 and butter baste it in a pan myself. Very disappointed with the food. Most everything else was nice, but when the kitchen can't cook a rare steak at a steak house, time to find another. I'll stick to Cowboy Star for when I want a nice steak.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 5, 2017

They have been around forever, I work about 1/4 mile away and go to Butcher 5-6X a year. What i detest about Butcher is that around the holidays they seem to cater to their larger parties rather than to their regular clientele.

I had a noon reservation.
showed up about 10 mins early.
was told to wait while they sat big tables.
then had to wait as they had sat many people, thus a rush on the kitchen/staff.
humm..............
After lurking around the hostess stand we finally got sat.
Food was good as always, waitress was friendly and did a good job.

hostess (which is usually mgr) needs to recognize year round patrons.,...........even during holidays

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We love coming here

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

never seen it so crowded. holiday crowd. noisy but not bad. nice ambiance. poritons large and food always good. veggies taasted chemically but meat and fish, salads good. goof value.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The Butcher Shop has been in business for over 30 years, so they must be doing something right. And they are.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great place to eat. Been there several times, it's become our favorite local restruant.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The Butcher Shop is one of a handful of restaurants we go to for better-than-usual dining out. The atmosphere is elegant, the food delicious and there are lots of choices.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We eat there several times a year and the food and service is consistently good .

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Service was great and food delicious. Unfortunately noise level was high.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2017

First time here and my wife and I loved it! We were celebrating our anniversary and planned to have a drink at the bar first since it was still Happy Hour. We decided to have our dinner at the bar because we loved the bartender - old school, great service, great conversationalist, a real gentleman - and knew how to make a Perfect Martini. Because we changed from a table to the bar we thought the restaurant would forget it was our anniversary - they didn't and surprised us with a cheesecake and a $20 off our next visit. Because of this, I am planning to take my wife there for her birthday...and many more times in the future. By the way, the food was fantastic!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The service from our waitress was beyond exceptional. The food was ok but not fully worth the price tag. The sorbet had freezer burn and I unfortunately found rubber lining from the sorbet container in the scoop I had ordered, after I had started eating and chewing on it.

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Two couples out for a nice evening to enjoy friendship great food lovely lady waiter. Very nice evening. Corkage fee is spot on!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great for a date night with husband/wife. You can actually visit without shouting. The food is great, alone with a relaxing environment. Service is good, though it wouldn't hurt to inject a little personality along with that service. We are regular customers at the Butcher Shop.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always enjoy my meal here and it’s a great place to get together with friends for lunch

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The waitress made the evening. She was very professional and attentive to all details of the night. The host sat us at a very small table and gave a twosome the booth which should not have happened. All in all we would return as the meal and environment were outstanding

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and prices. I really like this old fashion steak restaurant. Always have a great time. Prime rib and rib eye wete delicious. Onion soup is very good.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food, service, and atmosphere were absolutely excellent. If there was any criticism it would be that parking was very difficult for both valet or self parking. We had to wait 20 minutes to get parked.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Always Good food, great service, good value. We love the taste of their prime rib!!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great service

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Got the early bird special with fatty prime rib and fake butter-soaked Texas toast.

Guy and his girlfriend at the bar were vulgar and obnoxious. Bartender played along and did nothing.

Place hasn’t been remodeled since the ‘50’s.

Won’t go back...

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Always a great place for a decent meal, good service, and the ambiance of a nice place to relax. Prime rib was primo.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

My favorite restaurant. The music Is great. The resturant itsself is nice.I always feel valued and the food and dessert is always top notch 😃 it was a little louder than usual just because there was an event occurring. That was no bother though .

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Very nice dinner. We had the early special. It was nice (douo or salad, entree, side, and ice cream dessert).

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Our servers were very efficient and engaging. The menu had plenty of excellent options and everything we ordered tasted great. Prices are very reasonable.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great service. Great reception. Very attentive, but not intrusive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

It was just ok. The food was decent but the service was greatly lacking. Restaurant needs an overhaul.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Good place to eat they know my name

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Our wait staff was friendly, helpful, and attentive. Excellent meal, possibly the best price chop I've ever had. Everything, from appetizers, main course, and deserts were excellent. I hadn't been to this location for many years, but will certainly be back again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great date night dim lighting, with great food, and service. We will be back.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Really enjoyed our dinner food and service were excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 13, 2017

My rack ol lamb was overlooked I asked for medium rare and was almost well done. The prior time here I had the halibut which was also overlooked and dry I still like the place Very friendly staff very good soups salads and sides. Corkage is only $12. Guess I have learned my lesson and will stick with the steaks in the future After all it is a steak house

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Have used The Butcher Shop on a couple of recent occasions for business lunches. There are not a lot of great options in the Kearny Mesa area and The Butcher Shop fits the bill for the right clients.

It is truly "old school", with subdued lighting, red leather booths and a beefy menu. Probably not the best option for a light lunch or a group looking for a healthy, green meal. But if your group likes solid steak, prime rib and chop options for lunch in the mid-County area, this may be your spot.

Wait staff is attentive and helpful. Interior is quiet and makes for good private conversations. Portions are solid. Offerings are traditional and done well. I would comment that the exterior is a bit underwhelming, and the surrounding neighborhood does not speak to an upscale experience, but this place is a little hidden gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great dinner, halibut was excellent, chicken scallopini was tender, and the service was great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Nice atmosphere although it seemed a bit 1980's New York. Very dark old fashioned decor. A make over would be advisable. Noticed many seniors but not many under 50, this is normally the sign of the death of a restaurant. Smell of old carpet not a plus. Food was ok but overpriced for the quality. Halibut was dry and uninspired, meatloaf was disappointing. Marie Calender's at best at but double the price.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had a very nice dinner at the butcher shop. The good food and quiet atmosphere made for a pleasant dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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