Red Tracton's

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Unique 50's style Steakhouse and Supper Club. Red Tracton's is know for serving only the finest in "Prime" Beef and Seafood. Quality and quantity is Red's trademark. Live entertainment Wednesday - Saturday at the Piano bar.
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LH
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The portions of the meal was very generous, the quality of food that was ordered was amazing.
The best prime rib I’ve ever had in a restaurant.
I would definitely come back for another meal again.

c
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

As usual the food and the service were outstanding. The quality of the food and the preparation are the best in San Diego. That said, they really need some refurbishment. The booths are very, very old and offer no support for those of us who are a bit older and have backs that ache. The restroom and its associated hall have a smell of mildew and have not been refurbished in many years. The first time I went to red Tractons was at the original location on rodeo in Baldwin Hills my parents brought me there for a special celebration. As an adult and living in San Diego it is one of my favorite places. Please Red Tracton’s invest a little money in the facility, I’m sure it will prove to be a good ROI.

m
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This was the second time we ate here and the service was fair at best. It was busy, but there were plenty of staff. The famous lobster bisque was cold, the champagne was warm, spinach salad was swimming in dressing and my ribeye was not only mostly fat, but had a vein running through it that should have been removed. The baked potato was very good, the potatoes au gratin were very good and the cheesecake and coffee were good. However, for $250 and two people, I will steer clear of this restaurant for a long time before returning.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, large portions, not cheap, a bit loud, overall very satisfied.

SB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We've been coming to Tracton's for years. Their salad exceptional was way overdressed and my halibut was overcooked. At $57, one would think the chef would know how to cook any kind of fish. On the other hand, the salmon was cooked just right and was delicious. Didn't have dessert this time, but they are usually great. So that's why my mixed stars.

DC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red Tracton's is by far one of my favorite restaurants!

SF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

s
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always--this place is never disappointing

T
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience2

We like Red Tracton’s and normally have very good experiences there. We decided to have dinner there this evening which was New Year’s Eve and also happens to be my birthday. I made the reservations about a week before and specifically mentioned that it was a birthday when I made the reservation. Sadly, Red Tracton’s suffers from holiday dinner big-itis. We were not seated in the regular restaurant but in sort of a screened-in porch which is an area near the front which usually contains special parties and happy hour, in which they had set up tables for overflow dining ... it was pretty chilly in there. In addition to our entrees we ordered their special salad which is tossed table side. The salad was limp and tasteless. The service was ok, but the entire experience was not the warm, comfortable ambience, service and food we expect from Red Tracton’s. Not once was the birthday ever mentioned and it was specifically noted in the reservation. We were not even asked if we wanted any dessert. An expensive evening for a special night which turned out to be not so special. We knew it was a holiday and going to be crowded, but it wasn’t a great experience for the money, tonight. Oh well.

T
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always OUTSTANDING!!!! Just go!!!!!

OT
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & food!!!

D
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

My first visit to Red Tracton's was on Christmas Eve so it may not be a fair time to evaluate.It started off strong-- warm bread and good salad but when the main courses arrived, things soured a bit. We all ordered prime rib since the restaurant built its reputation on it and we were sadly disappointed. Didn't compare with other prime rib chains like Lawry's. The mashed potatoes were rather bland. The final blow was the chocolate lava cake-- it was like eating a dry sponge without the lava. To her credit, our server took it off the bill when we complained. The server was very friendly and upbeat but not the most attentive. All in all I would say the experience was just ok.

JL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Approx 1lb lobster tail $125 & overcooked! Scallops served lukewarm almost cold...not very edible. Overall not a good experience.

y
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love the old school style of this place. Nothing inventive, just classics but with a piano bar.

OT
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had reservations for 2 at 7:45 to sit by the music and didn’t get seated until 9:45. The bar gave us a drink to make up for

CC
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable dining! Good food!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I booked us on Open Table. I included a note that it was my wife’s birthday.
We arrived, the host asks if we have a reservations, I said yes, under name Ben. The host goes “yes, Ben, it’s Katherine’s birthday”, we replied yes. The host did not say happy birthday to my wife and told us to follow him to our table.
We ordered Sprite, they brought soda water with lemon. We asked them to take it back and get us Sprite, it came back exactly the same, we gave up.
My 11-year-old food was ribs, she told us that her ribs are dry, I tried it off her plate, sure enough, super dry, even the child could tell.
My wife’s steak was not good either.
For dessert, we ordered chocolate lava cake and mango sorbet. Mango sorbet never came, we didn’t bother saying anything.
Our servant comes after we were done with the lava cake, and asked if we wanted any coffee, my wife asked for a decaf and I asked for a regular coffee. Some minutes later our servant showed up with the bill, our coffees never came!!!
At no point they ever said happy birthday to my wife and didn’t bother to bring her one candle. I have dined at expensive places before, they all bring you a small piece of cake with a candle on it and wish you happy birthday.
Looked at the bill, there was a charge for Sprite; at least there was no mango sorbet or coffee on it.
I will never go back to this place. That was our first and last time!

TH
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food. Compared to other restaurants we visit, I felt Red Traction’s was a little overpriced.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was okay but it should have been outstanding for the prices that are charged. Our twice cooked potatoes were too salty and dry, and the Lyonnaise potatoes were dry and tasteless. My daughter ordered the wedge salad and I was surprised there was no bacon. Just a wedge and dressing. The prime rib was tender and my son in law did rave about his pork chops.

The service was excellent but the food did not live up to our expectations.

T
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to have our Thanksgiving dinner at Red
Tracton’s. It did not disappoint! Fabulous as always!

DJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Service impeccable. Food very good. They need to upgrade their bread. Way, way too expensive.

S
San Diego
125 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Red Tractons. The portions are gigantic but yummy. We are a BIG enthusiast of the onion rings- fortunately there were 6 of us so we managed to finish the order!

OT
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Really love this old school spot. First time i had a great experience which is what brought me back. This time ordered the fish special and it was pure ammonia... they quickly apologized and handled things properly. I was bummed but it can happen anywhere just with their prices they shouldn't try to pass off old fish

F
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Awesome as always! The fried chicken was a bit dry.....everything else was great!!

OT
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I’ve eaten at Red Tractons several times. This review is for my most recent visit. We ordered my girlfriends favorite Rib Eye steak. It tasted good, but not as great as other times. The lobster bisque was excellent though. Fun place to dance and listen to music.
I’d like to point out that I have had the best rib eye steaks at Red Tractons before. Just this time , did not meet the bar they set which is higher .

F
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want quiet ask for the back room

CF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Loud, clubby but tired decor, decent food but very expensive. Scallops were good but $50 for five, or $100 for 10, and they were not jumbo. Twice-baked potato was enough for three people. We were seated in a dimly lit room with booths and large and small tables with comfortable but tired decor. One over-served table of eight was so loud, it interrupted conversation.

DB
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We enjoyed our food. There were very loud people near us and that isnt really the restaurants fault . The swear words and noise just put a damper on our evening. There was also a table that included high engery children running around. I must say the kids were better then the adult table. I would think we would of been comped a little. Oh, well still enjoyed the food.

a
San Diego
130 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Amazing food here! Pleasantly surprised.
Salmon and seafood pasta dishes were fabulous.
Delicious warm sourdough bread with plenty of whipped butter.
Will def. return.
A note for management though: bathrooms were gross and need a remodel.

JO
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

so much noise you couldn't carry on a conversation across the table

MM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I love going to Red Traction's when I'm in town but they have jacked up their prices so high I may have to look for another restaurant.$44.99 for 6 shrimp cocktail is asking too much

T
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While Red Tracton's always has GREAT steaks, we had the Sunday Special, Fried Chicken, Fried Shrimp, and the Seafood Pasta in the Light Cream Sauce and ALL WHERE FANTASTIC!!! We Love Red Tracon's still after 20 years of dining here!

F
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had fun at the bar before dinner chatting with our friends and the bartender. Then we had a great dinner and service. After dinner we enjoyed the music and the dancing! An evening at Red Traction’s is always fun and delicious ❤️

d
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

RH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal as always. For those that think the decor is outdated please stay away. Find a sushi bar to poison yourselves.

We are always made to feel welcome and appreciated.

AH
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Extremely expensive for the type of food. The service was terrible. First and last time.

TO
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I forgot her name but our waitress was the best, food outstanding, we will be back & soon! ! ! !

GE
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Love the food!

CM
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the crab legs at red tracton’s! My husband is very fond of liver, which is not available many places, everything we have tried has been very good. The service is excellent, and the portions more than generous.

L
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

If you have a taste for Lobster don't miss this special treat....Open face Lobster salad sandwich. It's incredible and worth the trip. But be sure to reserve it in advance, it sells out quickly. Now available on Fridays and Saturdays. Yum!