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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4.5
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4.6
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4.3
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Get the lobster bisque, its amazing

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vipTahoediner
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great. I love the Lobster Bisque most of all. Prime Rib was cooked perfectly. Server was great.

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vipMartin44p
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Poor attention from wait person. Slow getting drinks and the food was very disappointing. The prime rib was over cooked and too lean...the crust and fat were removed...lacked flavor!

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RICHARDN
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great service, the food was cold ..had items had to be return multiple items.. and we never do that. A $400 dinner should be great. This was not. Will return again at some point to retry.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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divin1
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Red Tracton's. It's a little on the expensive side but well worth it. The crab legs are the best!!

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TerryB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Prime Rib was tender but lacked the nice crusty seasoned outside of really good prime rib. Stuffed baked potato was large and excellent. It took a while after we were seated for the server to appear, but once she did she was efficient and courteous.

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vipernestr
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed eating at Red's. Been a regular for over 25 years

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MarkR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is not an inexpensive restaurant by any standard, and it is worth every penny. From the exceedingly polite parking valet to the gracious doorman to the superb wait staff, everyone was cheerful and obviously concerned to ensure we had a great experience. The food was beyond amazing - the best we've ever had at a restaurant bar none. For special occasions, this is the place to go. The bar area was extremely loud, but the dining area much less so. The live music was also reasonably good, though a little harder to hear from our table. Overall a thoroughly wonderful evening.

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SusanB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous as always. Prime rib is the best in town. Salad "excepionale" was great.

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vipms1sd
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The bar scene there is VERY ACTIVE (keep in mind, DMTC is closed) and the bathrooms (both genders) were disgusting.
The service staff were all very nice, but we were often interrupted by service staff that were "just checking", which was because they don't seem to really know who has what table.
Filet mignon was good. 2X baked potatoes was very dry. They were out of asparagus.
1st time. May tryb again, to see if things are a little better since their aged beef inventory seemed legit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait was a little long considering I had a reservation, but the staff was more than accommodating

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Alway's a great place to eat and enjoy the entertainment!

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vipEastcoaster
Central Coast
59 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Restaurant has serving for multi generations and has a loyal following. We have eaten here twice with a few years separating each visit. On both occasions we have found the restaurant lacking. The steak and other very expensive entrees are not tender and juicy as you would expect. Potatoes were served lukewarm and vegetables were a la carte and uninteresting. Surprisingly wine by the glass was reasonably priced and the selection contained all the better standbys.

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Carol
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had sea bass with veggies. It was a nice big piece of fish(sautéed) but undercooked to my my taste. Vegetables so-so.
Big problem was price-for what you get. $170 something, we had house wine by the glass, nothing fancy.

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zack12454
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great "old money" environment, fantastic food with enough for three-leftover meals, Erica our waiter was superb. Wine list was broad and eclectic. We are lucky to have this restaurant in our backyard.

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vip1cathe1
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food is decent but the same ol, same ol. Just prices going up

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vipTMMJ
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very unimpressed. Overly priced, needs a renovation and food was just average.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints. Great food, great service, they bring the bread out immediately, and great ambience. My only complaint this time was that they had raise their prices on the steaks and it seemed like the quality of the steak was it reflected in the price.

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vipgumdoc
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solid meal with solid steak house ambiance. Fun night

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Great food, service and atmosphere. One of our favorites!!

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LH5859
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
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.

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carlsbadguy
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
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.

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vipmlhunt4nufood
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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSashaB
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.

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

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

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ShaunF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

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

Great as always--this place is never disappointing

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vipjazzmo
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere. Food was expensive but good.

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vipTaylor
San Diego
43 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.

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vipTortuga
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMpadilla
Guadalajara
18 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & food!!!

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vipDicos
San Diego
34 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.

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JeffL
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.

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vipypdypd
Vancouver
15 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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

Always enjoyable dining! Good food!

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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vipTHAZ
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

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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 1132 OpenTable diners.

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