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Red Tracton's

4.5
1177 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
East coast style Steakhouse and Supper Club with roots dating back 75 years plus . Red Tracton's is know for serving only the finest in Prime Beef and Seafood. Quality and quantity is Reds trademark. Live entertainment Tuesday - Saturday at the Piano bar.

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
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 1177 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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emmie
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Everyone enjoyed their meals and the wait staff was very nice and helpful. We had a great quiet table.

I go for the fried chicken and sadly it was overcooked. the outside parts were hard but the inside was fine. Drumsticks cooked perfectly though--I guess the chef left the bigger pieces in a little too long.

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vipdarves
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They had no crab legs....the one reason I wanted to dine there! Also didn't offer lobster. Oh well.

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vipSnowbird
San Diego
130 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best onion rings anywhere. Love all of the food there and the 'old fashioned' steak house feel.

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vipTeresaC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great meal with great service at Red's!

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vipEdsiesgems
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Overall-an enjoyable experience. Drinks excellent, first time we ordered steak and disappointed-too much gristle.
Sides always good and like their split charge adding another side. Service was excellent.

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GaryJ
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Meh, What disappointed us the most was how the food was cooked and the cost of the underwhelming food. The prices here are right on par with Ruth Chris Steakhouse, but the quality of the food is way below. I had the Filet Mignon ($62.50) with a side of mushrooms and onions, with a baked potato. I ordered my steak medium, expecting just a little pink on the inside and instead I got charred outside and uncooked, rare on the inside. I decided not to send it back because all the food was on the table and everything else would be ice cold by the time I got the filet back. The mushrooms and onions ($15) were greasy/oily and overcooked, the baked potato was gigantic. I thought all of the items were bland, no seasoning. So, if I'm going to spend a couple of hundred dollars for dinner, I really expect a memorable meal. Red Tracton's didn't deliver.

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vipJoeF
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

it's old school. Dark, Booths, Funny locals at the Bar. Excellent Cocktails.

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vipDelMartian
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

awesome but kind of loud by the piano bar - to be expected but we get it - turn it down to 7 not 11

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vipMeateater
San Diego
60 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, great old-fashioned steak house! The wine list was (due to Covid) not impressive, but otherwise all was good. As for a table in the dining room, the added extra room is impersonal and no good

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Absolute worst food I’ve ever been served. 5 people- 5 different meals, no one could eat it- $300 bill was comical after sampling the food quality- tasted like perhaps they froze all of their food early in the pandemic last year and now were working through their food storage. On top of the poor food quality, after I parked in their lot I was approached by the valet team who told me they were valet only and I needed to pay him for me to park my own car- there was no signage supporting this, but paid him anyway. Do yourself a huge favor and skip this one.

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donB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been going to Red Tracton's for years', and always enjoyed it. We plan on going there next week to celebrate my wife's birthday. The food and service is excellent! If the restaurant was closer, we would be there a lot more. The ambience is very comfortable.

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vipstevem
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and lots of fun

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AnnH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a more than wonderful Easter dinner at Red Tracton’s. This place was so wonderful and still had the old school steak house feel to it! Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Got sat in the bar for a nice birthday dinner party, they had the basketball game on and it was a NOISY ZOO!! Not a good ambiance for a nice expensive dinner. Food was ok, took a really long time and some of it got burnt. Service was also just ok, our server dropped our food off and we never saw her again. Overall a pretty poor experience especially for the price. If I ever go back I will request the actual dining room!

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terryg
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

despite the pandemic, still wonderful prime rib cooked to perfection

with fantastic service

still our favorite steak place by far

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We made a reservation for 7pm and were told when we arrived that there was still a 30- to 40-minute wait because there were 10 reservations ahead of ours. In 40 years of being a human, I’ve never made a reservation and then not been able to sit down at my table within maybe 5-10 minutes. We were led into the noisy bar area and waited for almost and hour, surrounded by a lot of very drunk middle-age couples with more surgically enhanced everything than we’d ever seen confined in such a small space—and we’re from Scottsdale! It took a kind but assertive complaint to a nearby cocktail server to get seated, and we ended up outside by an electrical closet and storage, sitting by the pathway people walk down to go to the bathroom. The server we had from that point forward was lovely, and we could at least hear each other, but the only part of our meal that was good was the wedge salad. The steak was a poor quality and not worth the money, and the vegetables and rice were edible but also not great given the cost. We expected better—and we decided it was only worth the price of admission to watch drunk surgically enhanced women throw themselves at men twice their age against the backdrop of a lively piano bar. I mean, who needs reality television?

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vipWoody
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is no place better than red Tracton's for a classic Meal!

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Jeansabs
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was nice to be back in Red Tracton's again, though different. The food was good,
not fabulous but decent value. There is not as much seating of course and it was
Sunday night and the bar area was not open.

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vipRustyW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Steaks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I’ve had many wonderful meals at Red Traction
The last meal spending close to $600.
Was the worst experience and meal I ever had
The steam was very tough the wedge salad came out a chopped salad with so many union in it that was all you could taste
I left most of my diner on my plate
I’m hoping due to the pandemic that this will not be the normal

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Seated in the bar area due to social distancing. It was a bit chilly but food is always amazing here.

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Pennez
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very very expensive with an almost nonexistent Cabernet choice- Josh! I’ve always liked this place but it is pricing itself out of the market.

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vipJerryB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, food and service outstanding. The lounge with the piano bar and dancing an added plus.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Large portions, however food of poor quality, presentation and taste.

Quality of food, environment and and presentation do not line up with the price.

Paper menus with food stains and copies slanted. Dishes with spots and food on plates. Brick hard bread and super dry chicken.

Sadly disappointed and concerned that this restaurant would be on Open Table which normally has very good restaurants. Please evaluate.

Required Valet also very interesting as there was no need for one given the restaurant flow.

Truly concerned.

Odd and unsavory.

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kevinm
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

31 yrs in San Diego and I have never been before. Not sure why it took me so long to finally go here, but it does not disappoint. CLASSIC old school steak house vibe with horserace theme. Food is top notch and drinks are fantastic. Service was just as good

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vipTerryS
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always super

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vipMelissaB
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Things aren’t the same at this local restaurant, prices are not in line with the quality of the food, half the restaurant was quiet and dark, no music, depressed staff and were not in New York...a vodka cranberry or margarita is not $25 to $39 a glass...ask before you order, $100 per person is one thing but a party of 4 paying $625!..Now I understand why 4 tables over a guy yelled out “are you kidding me”!!?? Just before leaving, he must have seen his outrageous bill. Sorry RT after 4 years of coming here, last night was the last. I know Covid is real but so our customers expectations and your new pricing is not in line with any upgrades to your restaurant, your staff, the location, or the quality of your food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience2

It was a joke. There prices were so jacked up for Valentines’s :Day that we all felt taken advantage of. 5 shrimp were $60! A baked potato was 11.50 as an up charge for a side. They used to be included and then were raised to $4.50 or something. We dined here a lot in the past but never again. They also didn’t mention a special menu foe Valentine’s Day when I made the res on here. I emailed the restaurant and never got a response.

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vip1cathe1
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway good, but the staff is the glue that has held the place together, an institution in
Del Mar

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Over priced and building needs renovation

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steveg293
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and atmosphere. Hope to be back soon.

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MichaelM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service excellent as usual. Tables all full on a Friday night. Nice ambiance. Good time. Certainly on expensive side but excellent food.

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GinaHB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red Tracton’s never disappoints ... when you want a classic steak house experience this is the place.

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vipEms087
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fantastic! A must visit if you’re in Solana Beach.

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EricaM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy we chose Red Tractons for date night. Our server was attentive and pleasant. We started with their delicious Lobster Bisque & New England Clam Chowder. I ordered the Scallops, sautéed perfectly and my boyfriend ordered their signature Prime Rib. Both dishes were excellent! 5 stars!

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vipJTDM
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great live music in the bar.

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DEBORAHR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

THE WORST PIECE OF ??PRIME RIB?? I HAVE EVER HAD. VERY SAD FOR A PLACE THAT TOUTS "FAMOUS PRIME RIB". THE MEAT CUT 8OZ WAS TOUGH AND HAD VERY LITTLE FLAVOR. MY "PREMIUM SIDE", LOADED BAKED POTATO WAS BARELY WARM. THE 2 BLACKENED SHRIMP WERE GOOD.
MY WIFE HAD THE 8OZ FILET BUTTERLIED AND SHE WAS HAPPY WITH IT.
THIS RESERVATION WAS MADE AS AN ANNIVERSARY DINNER, BUT NO OFFER OF A SHARED COMPLIMENTARY DESSERT WAS MADE.
ALL IN ALL, A VERY POOR VALUE FOR $150.00
NEEDLESS TO SAY,,, WE EXPECTED BETTER.
BRENT RUFENACHT - 760-212-9707

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vipPKMaz
Phoenix
70 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious & plentiful. The service was prompt & friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening meal.

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vipTerryS
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Certain food items are grossly overpriced.
1. Shrimp cocktail $42 vs $19to $23. same quality
2. Some wines overpriced

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vipluv2eat
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at a table in the bar area where I could watch baseball as well as listen to the live musician and piano player. Fantastic meal included lobster bisque, loaded baked potato, and an order of Alaskan King crab legs. All free dishes were delicious and superb. Brought home path of the generous portions in a doggy box. The Krebs were expensive and the best I’ve ever had. Also had cappuccino ice cream for dessert which was very good as well. Friendly and very helpful service I will definitely be returning.

FAQs

Red Tracton's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 755-6600.

Red Tracton's is rated 4.5 stars by 1177 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.