Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. San Diego
  4. North San Diego
  5. Escondido
Hunsakers, Escondido, CA

Hunsakers

4.7
4.7
1168 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
My passion is creativity and inspiration and asking what’s next, while honoring all that has come before me. Tradition and innovation work together to drive thoughtful evolution to pave the way forward. I bring the best of myself in every dish.
Vincent’s has meant so much to me over these last 17 years, but it's important to evolve and stay ahead of the curve. The team and I are excited for this next chapter and we know our loyal guests will love the new experience we have planned.
- Chef Brandon Hunsaker

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Californian, Continental

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 745-3835

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Brandon Hunsaker

  • Catering

    For catering or private dinners call the restaurant and speak personally with Jeannette.

  • Private party facilities

    For catering or private dinners call the restaurant and speak personally with Jeannette.

  • Neighborhood

    Escondido

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Parking details

    Street parking is usually available on Grand Ave and Broadway. Within a close distance to the restaurant there are also public parking lots.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

What 1,168 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Romantic

  • San Diego

    Good for special occasions

  • North San Diego

    Innovative

  • North San Diego

    Romantic

  • North San Diego

    Good for special occasions

  • North San Diego

    Steakhouse

Sort by

Filters

  1. AB

    AndrewB

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! We went with the chef’s menu and were blown away by every course! I highly recommend!
  2. s

    santa

    San Diego

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best upper class restaurant in North county.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was fabulous. This is fine dining. We will return often. Wow
  4. N

    Nomnom1

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem in Escondido! Haven’t been there since it was Vincent’s restaurant. What a beautiful transformation and lovely dining experience. They had a piano player there and he was very wonderful. His name was Anthony. The servers were very personable and happy to assist you. I met the owner, Jeanette, and she was so dynamic and took the time to talk to me about the restaurant and just enjoy good conversation with her. This can be a lovely spot for a birthday or a romantic anniversary, I was very impressed and loved my evening there so much. Such a class act.
  5. M

    Mykidsarecool

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent,delicious food from onion soup appetizer to rack of lamb! We will definitely return!
  6. SF

    ShanonF

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! We ordered the chef decides dinner…Exceptional! The food, the drinks, the ambiance, the staff are all first class. If you are looking to remember a special night, this is it.
  7. LW

    LouisW

    Orange County

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Veal chop was amazing, try the Kurabota Pork Belly with Pesto - two thumbs up!
  8. SL

    SteveL

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time at Hunsakers. We had been to Vincent's many times in years past. The meal was fantastic. From the Parker House rolls to start the meal, to the French Onion soup and ultimately the Beef Wellington. Every dish was prepared perfectly. Although we are not big drinkers, we were amazed at the alcohol menu, as well as the wine list. This is a wonderful special occasion restaurant and we look forward to returning.
  9. RB

    RickB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    Food was good, people were nice, but very slow food service and even slower drink service.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was phenomenal. Cocktails were stiff but good. Service was outstanding.
  11. KF

    KristenF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined on Christmas Eve. We enjoyed a delicious set menu that expanded our kids' palates and delighted us. The food was prepared beautifully, the service was friendly and attentive. We we look forward to our next visit.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here back in the middle of December after going to the Safari Park. It was my girlfriend’s birthday dinner and we couldn’t have asked for better tasting food. EVERYTHING was delicious 🤯 Seriously deserving of all 5 stars 👌🏽
  13. l

    loriet

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the food was excellent and freshly prepared once ordered.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is such a rare find in Escondido! Very personable, clean, and great service! Amazing food and drinks, I personally really enjoyed the pork chop with the chimichurri with the french onion soup! They’re also very accommodating and can make any drink you want! Great place for date nights, or going out with friends!
  15. LW

    LouisW

    Orange County

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Somebody go in the kitchen and smack Brandon!!!@! BECAUSE THIS FOOD IS SO DANG GOOD! Excellent, excellent, excellent! - my only observation - bigger martini glasses. Highly recommend this place!
  16. G

    Great2find

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best french onion soup since I lived in France.
  17. G

    Great2find

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I couldn't believe I was in Escondido!! Absolutely gorgeous atmosphere. Exceptional service. To die for cuisine. Way beyond any restaurant in all of Northern San Diego. Bravo. Only request please open near The Ranch I would be there every day.
  18. CG

    CatherineG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an incredible dinner. We enjoyed the “Chef’s Table Menu”! The pork belly with cherry blossom soy glaze was a great start, the Colorado lamb chop with beets & brown butter pecan sauce was full of flavor, the Venison Wellington with port wine sauce was cooked to “medium rare” perfection, and the Kobe Ribeye cap with Lions Mane mushrooms was “over the top”! We loved everything we ate, and wished we had room for more. We finished with cafe (espresso flavor) and a Drambuie up. Very best meal we have enjoyed in the United States in the last 10 years. The chef at Hunsakers has an incredible Gift! Thank you for such an enjoyable evening. We will be back for more.
  19. G

    Gabo

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This is a very cozy restaurant, love the ambiance, nice, comfortable, great food, good wine, we will definitely come back with friends.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A hidden gem in North County that every foodie must experience. Our entire dinner was top notch. Service was very attentive without being over bearing. All staff was very friendly and our server was very knowledgeable about the food offerings. Extensive wine list which was welcomed. Food was outstanding and beyond expectations, as well as the presentation of each dish. Our dining experience was extraordinary, and we will return for another encore.
  21. KS

    KarenS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had the most wonderful meal at Hunsakers! From the bread to the desert it was wonderful! Beautiful attention to detail in every plate! Escondido is very fortunate to have such a talented chef, great staff and exceptional restaurant!
  22. O

    Ozatar

    San Diego

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Hunsakers is always a wonderful choice for a fine dining experience. The chef is creative and consistently serves up flawless meals. This occasion was their special Sunday Supper Club,which is a pre-fix multi-course dinner.We enjoyed all the food, and really our only 2 negative comments: the first course too way too long to arrive (40 minutes) and there was quite possibly too much food that evening! The service was great!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, fantastic servers, excellent bartender. The pianist was a very nice touch. Will definitely be back.
  24. GD

    GregD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious gourmet food! Our waiter was super nice! Not many people there on a Wed. night so it was quiet. Loved the soft music… not too loud ….
  25. M

    Melisa

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Great cocktails. The bread and butter were delicious. But the rib eye was phenomenal w/ potato gratin.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was truly the best dining experience from the service, food and ambiance . We had the crab cake, duo tamales, clams, short rib ravioli, John Dory and lamb everything was outstanding in flavor and presentation . My new favorite restaurant. What a hidden treasure in Escondido. I live in Solana Beach and it’s worth the drive . I will be back and soon it was that good ♥️♥️♥️
  27. GI

    GuiaI

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinning experience! I would consider coming back for restaurant week or special events specially if I get a promotion invitation :)love love love. Service exceptional. Best I have so far
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We tried this place out because of their Restaurant Week promotion. I’m glad we were able to find this gem of a restaurant. Great ambiance, staff and food. We will be definitely be going back and try their Supper club.
  29. f

    farmgirl

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a real find in north San Diego County! The food is amazing, continental in style and simply best meal ever in the entire county. We will definitely be back. The seafood starter was so fresh and the taste was like you were sitting at the Ocean. The bread was a real treat as we hardly ever have it for dinner but this could become addictive. The steaks were cooked to perfection and the vegetables were just perfect. As for desert it was divine and we each had a different one so we were able to taste both. The pastry reminded one of Paris and the pear of Normandy. Our hope is that many more discover the gem of Escondido which I think means hidden....an apt description of this fabulous restaurant.
  30. h

    hope

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time and delicious meal during restaurant week!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite place in Escondido! The portions are delicious and huge! The service is always friendly!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Amazing service. Friendly staff I will definitely be back
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice setting. It was a great experience. Loved that the owner are and checked on us on several occasions. Server was a little slow but she picked up the slack.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As you walk in you are greeted with a friendly smile at the door, you hear the sound of a live pianist and are transported into the experience that is Hunsakers. Pleasantly decorated and softly lit, the tone is set for a rejuvenating dining experience. The reason that keeps me coming back. The reasonably-priced menu (for fine dining…) is French inspired and contains options for every palette. They have options for the entire table (Chefs Share Table) or À La Carte for individual orders. They offer signature cocktails and have a full bar including beer offerings and an extensive wine list. The Beginnings range from my personal favorite, the best French Onion Soup I’ve ever had, to Crab Cakes, artisan salads and more. The Entrées offered have prime cuts of fine meats, tasty poultry dishes and seafood offerings. The deserts have a fruity flare for the dramatic, are very rich and simply divine! My choice: French Onion Soup, Prime Beef Short Rib with Corn Ravioli with a Bordeaux Reduction and Mango & Passionfruit Trifle for dessert. ($100 + tip) No matter what you order, it’s expertly prepared, presented and served. The hostess, waitstaff and bartender are all very friendly and accommodating. If you have allergies, they patently help you find the right items to choose. I also love the option of choosing your cutlery for meat dishes. The entirety of the experience- the atmosphere, exceptional menu and friendly staff- comes together for one truly pleasurable dining experience.
  35. L

    Lisa

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Not the best showing. I really wanted a good steak house, even with the pricey menu I was hoping it would knock my socks off. It didn't. It has a very limited menu and only two steaks to choose from. The salad options were marginal at best. Being a fan of Vincent's in the past, I was wondering how this was going to compete? The bar was loud with only a few locals and proceeded to get louder. That will probably be an issue with such a small space. The upgraded decor was tasteful, and our server was attentive. We had to ask twice for a Whiskey/cocktail menu which was touted on the website. (The trainee said there wasn't one and handed us the wine list.) The filet was very good, worth 65.? no. The scallops were done nicely but the risotto was very rich on top of an already rich dish of scallops. It was a Friday night at 6:30 and there was only two other groups. The price point and lack of different steaks to choose from may be the reason.
  36. TE

    TrishE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Don’t get me wrong! Dining at Hunsakers was a fantastic experience! The food was scrumptious, the ambience was beautiful, service was excellent and I will definitely go back. For first courses, I ordered the salad which was fantastic; one of my dining companions ordered the onion soup, which he loved, and the other one ordered the crab cakes, which were also excellent. For entrees, I ordered the filet mignon which melted in my mouth and it was cooked perfectly! Both of my companions ordered the pork chop which was huge and beautiful and they both reported was also cooked perfectly. The sides were potatoes and it would have been nice to have a little side of some vegetables as well. The waitress was very accommodating and not at all intrusive. The owner came by to check on us and chat as well. For dessert, we shared the hunny cake and it was to die for! I wanted to give it 4.999 stars but was forced to choose between 4 and 5 because there were a couple of LITTLE things that I have to mention just so Hunsakers can improve upon them: The first thing we were served was really good bread and even better butter with pesto in it — it was delicious but the butter was cold and hard; my companions and I had to automatically downgrade them for serving cold, hard butter even though it was delicious. The other thing was, although both the owner and waitress knew we were there celebrating a special occasion (my retirement), they didn’t do anything about it except wish me a happy retirement even though my host mentioned it several times. We were waiting for a little something like a scoop of ice cream, a little chocolate cake, or even a cookie! Something to acknowledge the occasion. (In fact, my host said he would have given a 50% tip if they had done something like that and he was waiting for it but it didn’t happen.) However, these things are minor and didn’t really detract from our experience. I can’t wait to return and see what the chef has to offer next time!
  37. s

    santa

    San Diego

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Steak was cooked perfectly. Onion soup was delicious. Crab cakes wonderful. Water was kept full. Wine BLIND JUSTICE was superb after decanting for 30 min ($450). A little less than $800 for 3 people including the wine. Best restaurant in North County Inland and I have been to them all.
  38. w

    waterskius

    Los Angeles

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Best dirty martini I have had with fresh blue cheese onions. Bread and special butter was great. High grade steaks. Great veggie option if u have the chef whip something up (although the avocado was really smoky). Piano player a bit loud and kinda just buzzes through songs.
  39. HD

    HappyDiner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the evening very much. Filet was excellent, cooked perfectly, tender and flavorfull. Service was very good, friendly, responsive and prompt. Met owner. Wine was perfect for meal. Desert was generous in size, nicely prepared and presented and tasted great.
  40. s

    santa

    San Diego

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and TOR wine from their wine list was also outstanding. Service was as good as any high end restaurant. It is not inexpensive. With 2 bottles of fine wine and most expensive food about $260 pp . About the same at all of the fine restaurants I go to. Enjoy it.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

Hunsakers is rated 4.7 stars by 1168 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Hunsakers

113 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Neighborhood

    Escondido

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Californian, Continental

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking is usually available on Grand Ave and Broadway. Within a close distance to the restaurant there are also public parking lots.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Brandon Hunsaker

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 745-3835

  • Catering

    For catering or private dinners call the restaurant and speak personally with Jeannette.

  • Private party facilities

    For catering or private dinners call the restaurant and speak personally with Jeannette.

  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
Copyright © 2023 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo