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Imperial Steak House, San Diego, CA
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Imperial Steak House

4.1
4.1
65 Reviews
$50 and over
American
Imperial Steak House



Imperial Steakhouse & Lounge formally known as (Imperial House) Has been proudly serving San Diego in the Bankers Hill District since 1969. We offer a classic steakhouse atmosphere with prime steaks.
Imperial Steakhouse serves a range of Prime steak cuts , dry-aged never frozen. Any selection can be paired with a wine from our wine list.

Imperial Steakhouse offers the best affordable prices for a great tasting steak dinner in San Diego, with free side dishes . We have an awesome Chef with more than 35 years experience from Texas,

Chef D (Dave).

Imperial Steakhouse & Lounge offers seasonal, specialty craft cocktails, as well as classic cocktails and accommodating friendly service. We offer three private dining rooms for your event needs including private parties, celebrations or business meetings.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (619) 234-3525

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Dave Walker

  • Catering

    we cater any big or small party or event in our restaurant or we can deliver for a small fee, 25 people minimum. please send us and email or call us at any time.

  • Private party facilities

    we have a large banquet room that accommodates over a 100 guest, also a private dinning area, that are available by reservation only.

  • Neighborhood

    Banker's Hill

  • Cross street

    between 5th and 6th ave across Balboa Park

  • Parking details

    free parking after 5pm in the LAZ parking lot, across the street

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 65 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. B

    Brynjo

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Imperial served one of the best steaks I’ve had in years. It was prime grade strip expertly seared to medium rare plus as I requested, and well seasoned with a balanced blend of salt, pepper, and perhaps some garlic salt. Sides of mashed and al a carte asparagus were luxurious and fresh. The resturant was almost empty on a Friday Night, which was odd, since the “old school” decor consisting of plush deep seated high back leather arm chairs, wood paneled room with opulent crown molding and art work beautifully complements the equally opulent fully stocked bar on other side of foyer.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Let's start with the environment, it is very outdated and may scare you off; however, power through and order food because it is phenomenal. I ordered a Manhattan steak and the Tomahawk steak. Both were cooked to perfection, so juicy and nice render. I also order the spicy garlic shrimp, keep in mind you only get 6-7 shrimp and two Texas toasts, but it was very good. I would HIGHLY recommend this place and it would be a shame if people did not try it solely on the way it looks.
  3. TG

    ThomasG

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dave is an excellent chef, he always comes out to great us and to check on the food. His steaks and lobsters are always on point. Frankie, the waiter, is always a pleasure to see. Remembers our names, shows great hospitality and always makes sure our food comes out flawless. He even picked up that we didn’t enjoy one of the apps and removed it without us even having to ask. Class act. Definitely recommend this place for the Steaks and Lobsters. Hidden gem
  4. r

    rogerp

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service. Would have liked the room to be a bit lighter. Hard reading the menu.
  5. TG

    ThomasG

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Frankie is an amazing server, very friendly and professional with service. Dave is the chef in the back and makes epic steaks! I’m
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Please have the owners call me. Serious concern 619-518-3356
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Incredibly overpriced microwaved sides and steaks…. Do not trust the other reviews… i think the owners created multiple accounts…
  8. TL

    TLo82

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb dining experience. Quiet venue. Excellent steaks. Highly recommend.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Horrendous food for the price.
  10. AT

    AlanT

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the few original retro steak restaurants in the Bankers Hill area. Delicious steaks with a no nonsense menu.
  11. C

    Cole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a pleasant place to enjoy a nice dinner.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service, great food
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The place is old school steak house It was empty when we eat due to planned party later in the evening The steaks were cooked just as we ordered them Our server was very friendly and stop by just often enough to check if we needed anything but not so much we could not enjoy our dinner It was a fair value for the quality of the meal
  14. DR

    DanR

    Exclusive

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Old School steakhouse, very good
  15. TG

    ThomasG

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dave (Chef) & Frankie (server) run a great restaurant
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Interesting place. Stereotypical old school dimly lit red leather steakhouse, with live music and a biker-bar clientele. Steak was good!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!!! Didn’t know what to expect when I walked in. I was completely pleased with the entire experience. Amazing steaks…
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Went and had my birthday dinner. Arrived at 7pm and bacially had the entire place to ourself. Fun and friendly staff.
  19. JD

    JenniferD

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My husband and I enjoyed a delicious tomahawk steak that we split. There is a splitting fee. The restaurant was quiet and adhered to social distancing. We would come here again for dinner.
  20. R

    Robin

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2021

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Our server could’ve beeb a bit better. Continually had to remind him of what we asked for and things of that nature. My surprise birthday cake wasn’t good, it would’ve been nice if they asked for a flavor preference. The steak was AMAZING. Loved the seasoning, will definitely be back.
  21. LP

    LandonP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    overall1food2service3ambience3
    This place was an expensive mistake. Everything looked like it was 50 years old. The steak was very good but the sides and appetizers were terrible. The scalloped potatoes tasted like ashes with shredded Costco cheese that wasn’t melted on top. The mashed potatoes looked like they were from KFC without the flavor. The calamari only tasted like the greasy batter. I will never go there again.
  22. JR

    JohnR

    Dallas

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An old favorite, can't find the dark red leather booths and warm wood paneling in many places any more. Steaks were perfect as was the service. And - thanks for being open and an island of civilization.
  23. TG

    ThomasG

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing steaks and lobster! The service was solid and the owner was welcoming.
  24. MS

    MikeandSteph

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner. This was our first time and will be back!
  25. BS

    BobS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2020

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    I gave 1's because 0 wasn't an option. The place is OLD....food was almost edible ....prices were HUGE. I was expecting a Mortons and got something from the 60's. Waitress was nice.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing steak! Only thing disappointing was the available seating outside. Which was 2 tables. Otherwise best steak I’ve ever had. Highly recommend the Manhattan Cut Filet!
  27. b

    bb1769

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    This is definitely a traditional steak house, complete with traditional furniture and ambience. Staff are very friendly. Food was good, but I wouldn't say outstanding. We ordered the filet mignon and the salmon entrees. The filet was done to our request. The salmon was, to my taste, rather underdone, though they didn't ask how I'd like it. My only con about the place really is that it's quite expensive: $50 for a 8-oz (if that) filet, and all you get is the steak; potato, salad or veggies are all extra.
  28. E

    Emily

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and service. A restaurant we frequent often. After dinner it is fun to have a drink at the bar. Great bartenders and music. A fun atmosphere.
  29. B

    Becca

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    The prices are outrageous. Can’t even share without a $20 price. The waiter was watching us eat the entire time. It was very strange.
  30. JT

    JodyT

    Sacramento

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great dinner Friday night at Imperial Steak House. Very old-school but great quality and value compared to other steak houses I've been to. My rib-eye was cooked perfectly. Service was outstanding.
  31. CS

    CSS12

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    I had read the reviews, but wanted to experience the food for myself. I was hungry and right across the street. It was early, so they we’re giving discounts for their “Happy Hour.” They seated me right away and I ordered a martini. It was good, but they didn’t offer blue cheese olives (something a good steakhouse would have). I ordered a wedge salad that was mediocre. The tomatoes tasted bad and they weren’t chopped up. Then I ordered a Fillet Mignon - and stressed I wanted it well done (I know that everyone gives me a hard time about it, but that’s the way I like it!). When it came out it was rare...not even medium rare. The nice server took it back and when he returned with it, it was still red inside. I took a few bites along the edges...but that was it. I will mention that the steak was over-seasoned because that was in one of the reviews I read. They were right. I like seasonings but this was over the top. Overall, I must say that my experience wasn’t good and I will not go back. However, I will say that the server was extremely nice.
  32. JA

    JoAnna

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place should be a local landmark. Frank was our server and he was an angel
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    So much fun! Great food, strong drinks, throwback to a bygone era. I’d definitely go back.
  34. p

    peter45

    Toronto

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We have gone twice in last few weeks and sadly I doubt if we will go back. The service was more then outstanding but food choices not on the menu reflects a problem. Not having a baked potato or other choice items on the menu is not right. Offering PRIME steaks and seasoning them so much that it masks the taste of the meat is not right which questions whether the meat is prime or??? Have loved this place for years but something has happened.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Pianist doesn’t actually play requested songs
  36. BH

    BrendaH

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our evening was grand! We went to the Imperial Steak House to celebrate a milestone, Frankie, our wait-staff was fantastic the shrimp was delicious. The scallop potatoes melted in your mouth and the asparagus was grilled nicely. I had a wonderful piece of cheesecake for dessert, he had rich creamy ice cream. We will be back!
  37. SB

    SueB

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a group of 8, and we all thought our steaks were done just perfectly. The food was beyond excellent. Very quiet, very comfortable chairs, excellent service. The steaks are pricy but worth it.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    I enjoyed my meal (sweet & tangy salmon) while the others who had the surf and turf said theirs was on the salty side. Overall, it was a decent experience although the company of friends can do that as well...
  39. DG

    DowntownGirl

    San Diego

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The staff & service is excellent. Nice having chef greet guests. Our steak were good, but not great as anticipate and represented by waiter
  40. SV

    SVjb

    San Diego

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    This is primarily a steak place. The meat is excellent, but expensive. The staff is attentive and definitely select a flaming dessert. Old school classic table-side show.

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

FAQs

Imperial Steak House does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Imperial Steak House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 234-3525.

Imperial Steak House is rated 4.1 stars by 65 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


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

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Google Map for Imperial Steak House

505 Kalmia St, San Diego, CA 92101-1629

Additional information

  • Cross street

    between 5th and 6th ave across Balboa Park

  • Neighborhood

    Banker's Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    free parking after 5pm in the LAZ parking lot, across the street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Dave Walker

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 234-3525

  • Catering

    we cater any big or small party or event in our restaurant or we can deliver for a small fee, 25 people minimum. please send us and email or call us at any time.

  • Private party facilities

    we have a large banquet room that accommodates over a 100 guest, also a private dinning area, that are available by reservation only.

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