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Butcher Shop Steakhouse - San Diego

4.3
2164 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2164 people are saying
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MarkN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Service just sucked. We got up and ordered drinks at the bar, twice, because our waitress wouldn’t come around. The bartender was nice, and, very apologetically, brought us our drinks. Steaks were raw and had to be sent back for medium rare. One and done

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place. Love the decor. Menu provides a good variety of options. I will say the 8oz sirloin looked shy of 8oz bit maybe that is me. Would I go back, YES.

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Blakena
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

You can never go wrong with prime rib or any steak here! Fried zucchini and the cheesecake were also very delicious sides!

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Margarita
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were on point and the food was delicious. Definitely plan on returning.

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Birthday
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service the lava cake and cheese cake were a fabulous finish!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very nice evening. We arrived early for our reservation and they were able to get us seated. The French onion soup was to die for. I was looking forward to that the most. The steak was cooked to order and the baked potato was awesome to. My friend got the prime rib And he was in heaven. I like to call him a prime rib know it’s all and when he finishes the the biggest cut you know it’s good. Cant wait to come back.

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AnSonekeovilay
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience! I’ve always driven pass this restaurant and never wandered in so last weekend I decided that I wanted to dine here. My friends and I had a wonderful time and the food was great! The host and waitress were amazing, made us feel at home. I’ll definitely come again!
Thank you.

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vipTomP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can hardly wait until it reopens full strength and the menu is back to normal

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! I haven’t been to the butcher shop in ages and the food did not disappoint! I really wanted steak so I got the NY strip and my husband had the prime rib - both delicious. The shrimp cocktail was ridiculously good - the cocktail sauce was a great mix! Only bummer is it had only 5 shrimp (I wanted more) . We are definitely planning on going again for our next special occasion :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+++ experience!
Excellent food and staff!

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JDRomero
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking to have a great dinner - whether it be with family, friends, or a significant other - look no further than the Butcher Shop! The food is delicious and, if I am being honest, a little expensive but worth the cost. My girlfriend and I started off with the fried zucchini and crab cakes (she had the zucchini, I had the crab cakes), and we both thought our appetizers were really tasty. We both got the 12oz NY steak (her medium, me medium rare) with a baked potato with butter, sour cream, and scallions, and we shared the mac n cheese, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, and mushroom bowl, all of which were on point. I also added the cold water lobster tail to my dish, and it was the biggest, most delicious lobster tail I'd ever had! The meal was amazing! We were celebrating our 3 year anniversary, and the restaurant gave us a cheesecake dessert on the house, which was really awesome of them. If I were to give a one-phrase recommendation of the Butcher Shop, it'd be: worth it!

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RonB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Butcher Shop is always great. My filet was perfectly done and very tender, the server was very personable and the service was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner date with excellent food and service! I would definitely recommend this restaurant and we will definitely be coming back!

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TaylorH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I decided to do a last minute date night and I was shocked that I was able to get a reservation last minute on a Saturday! The service was incredible. We decided to get the sunset meal deal and felt like it was such a bang for our buck. We will be back.

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vipBarb
San Diego
71 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding & service was wonderful! Great to see everyone enjoying life !
Godspeed, Larry +

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vipAGMG
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Prime rib was perfect, chicken scallopini was different than it used to be before Covid. Tasted good but I liked it the way it was before. Still great service and ambiance. So happy they’re open again. We really missed one of our go to places!

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vipRebecca40
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Due to COVID, The Butcher shop put up outside covered dining...very nice and comfortable. The servers were busy, but did take good care of us. My husband and I had different chicken dishes....very tasty. We brought our own wine...corkage fee is $15.00, which is lower than many restaurants. We will be back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The prime rib was outstanding loved the outdoor dining so happy to be able to enjoy this restaurant again

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JackieF
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this place so much. Celebrated my husband's birthday. Food was amazing and the service is always top notch. Outside was fun, we were very comfortable and warm. Even with being so close to the interstate we could hear each other and the music playing quite well. Cannot wait to eat here again.

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vipMikeC
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Normally i would give the benefit of the doubt given Covid times we live in. But this place was terrible. Rock hard prime rib. Appetizers look like they can from red lobster and service was extremely poor.

Sad i was looking forward to a good mea.

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Elisa
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

I had a really bad experience do to the wind. The restaurant is not well prepared to receive clients. I was not able to eat do to the cold weather. They at least need more heaters. The stuff members did everything possible on their hands to help us! Very nice people! The mashed potato tasted horrible not what I was expecting. The prime rib was fair.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant and they did an excellent job safely seating down to the incredible service and the best piece of prime rib ever.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Prime rib was outstanding as usual. Burger was disappointing - overcooked dry patty, came naked and needed basic condiments (ketchup, mustard, Mayo), basic bun, and no pickle as was promised on the menu. Fries and onion soup were good although the soup was served lukewarm. Service was good overall except the server, Claudia, kinda forgot about us after the food came - I never got that hot sauce I asked for but we did eventually got more water with the check. Also, why ask if it’s a special occasion if nothing comes of it? No happy birthday? Outside dining during Covid was honestly quite comfortable - just make sure to dress according to the weather. To be clear, I would absolutely dine here again, but only if it was for the prime rib.

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vipDeannaM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We love the Butcher Shop but this experience wasn't the best. We had a reservation but had to wait for almost 30 minutes to be seated. When we were seated, we weren't provided any service for 15 minutes, they didn't seem to have enough staff. When we finally ordered, we found out they were out of prime rib, the reason we'd chosen to go there as our last indoor dining option before San Diego went back into the purple tier. So, it was a bit of a bummer.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, outstanding service, outstanding experience! We absolutely loved our dinner. We had the crab cakes for appetizers, French onion soup (perfect), Prime Rib and Cajun Brisket. Yum, yum, yum!

We also try to patronize local businesses and eat “outside the box” this one was so amazing! Thank you Butcher Shop for helping us celebrate our wedding anniversary.

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GeneC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The meal was very enjoyable. Atmosphere was plush and comfortable. We will go back

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Samona
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great old school steakhouse with friendly service. The Prime Rib is really as tasty as everyone says. The ribeye was also delicious. Love the red booths and ambiance. We will definitely be back to this place.

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Davidm
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Don’t tell them it’s your birthday they will serve you a piece of cheesecake that you didn’t order and charge you for it. We can’t even eat cheesecake so it was waisted.

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MatthewS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great meal. Steak was cooked to perfection. Just wish that pandemic was over so that you can relax and enjoy the great food.

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DianeC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I don’t mind price increases, but I do mind bad food. They couldn’t cut the steak any thinner. Vegetables, just soggy zucchini. Tuft meat, ate couple of bites. Never again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We were there for our 1st anniversary dinner the hostess she was rude and we choose to sit outside for social distancing but the freeway traffic made it hard to hold a conversation and our desert was sent to another table. The waitress was nice but her visits to check on us was far and few in between. My friends had raved about this place for years so we decided to check it out but we were disappointed for our first experience

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vipDavidG
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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VerySatsfdHappyAttendee
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

in the 6 months I haven't treated myself out to a 'exclusive dinner' for myself, this was superb. I haven't been in "Butcher Shop" in couple years and I told myself when it was time for me to go out I wanted prime rib. This was one of "melt in my mouth" prime rib I've had in ages. Loved everything I had including the iced tea / spumoni. Had the Sunset Dinner menu.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

we order the calamari as an appetizer honestly i expected more for the price, it was your typical frozen calamari just threw in the fryer flavorless, the wine was good, and the steak delicious, but i would not go there again, the room that we got sit at smells very bad.

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coronach
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a spur of the moment get together with some friends and had an excellent meal. The service and the food was excellent as usual. Even with the COVID restrictions we had a great time. Thanks again to the staff at the Butcher Shop Steak House.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is tried and true. The Potato skin appetizer was yummy. Top sirloin steak was delicious with veggies. House wine is good at a great price. Even with the new regulations it was fun and relaxing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

What a gem. They offer indoor dining and have excellent service. They take proper Covid-19 protocol EXCEPT taking temperatures of customers. They take in a lot of money no doubt with their pricy menu, they REALLY should have 3-4 scanning thermometers to ensure 100% safety measures. OVERALL, I had an incredible time. The for is amazing and the waiters/waitresses/hosts/hostesses excel at their jobs. 4.5/5

Their ambiance is dated for sure circa 1980’s. If this doesn’t bother you, it’s a great place. For me however, I thought a little restoration could be used.

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Donna
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside which gave us a bit more entertainment than dining outside, watching the traffic both vehicle and pedestrian go by. Food was excellent as it always is.

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vipRickG
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

They have a diminished menu due to Covid, so some items you're looking for may not be there. My garlic mashed potatoes weren't great, but the beef was up bvb to their usual standards and they're trying their best with a reduced wait staff.

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Butcher Shop Steakhouse - San Diego offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 565-2272.

Butcher Shop Steakhouse - San Diego is rated 4.3 stars by 2164 OpenTable diners.

Butcher Shop Steakhouse - San Diego does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://butchershopsandiego.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

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