Hunter Steakhouse

    $$ Steakhouses, American, Seafood
    Open11:30 AM - 9:00 PM

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    1221 Vista Way

    Oceanside, CA 92054

    United States

    Moreno St

    Mon

    • 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM

    Tue

    • 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM

    Wed

    • 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM

    Thu

    • 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM

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    Fri

    • 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM

    Sat

    • 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM

    Sun

    • 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM

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    John R.

    We're a classic steakhouse specializing in hand cut steaks and our award winning prime rib. For over 40 years our focus has been to deliver a fantastic meal while delivering small town hospitality.

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    • Q:

      Can reservations be made for Xmas day in 2023?

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      I don't see, why not, but you would have to call. I also strongly urged you not to go there because the food absolutely sucks.

      Paul S. 
      2 months ago
    • Q:

      Are you open in thanksgiving ? Special menu?

      A:

      Yes they're open every holiday, expect 4th of July. They do have special menus for holidays as well, I got the filet and lobster deal that came with a choice of an appetizer and a dessert for $50 it was great

      Victoria M. 
      a month ago

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      Terry W.
      Artesia, United States
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      Dec 14, 2023

      great food & drinks, great service, love the ambiance. reasonable prices. Midwest steak flavor, hearty but healthy sides, i took a party of 14 & we will all be back soon.

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      Sarah S.
      Oceanside, United States
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      Jan 3, 2023

      This place is a total time capsule, and upon entering you feel like you're transported back to the 70s. My family has dined at Hunter Steakhouse every now and then since I was much younger but now that I live down the road, almost every special occasion seems to warrant another visit. Over the past year we've managed to dine here 4-5 times and each experience has been pleasant and I've left already planning what I'll order next time.

      Our most recent visit last week was a reservation for my mum's birthday, and we all enjoyed starting off with a round of gin and tonics, followed by our mains which were a variety of different things - the forest mushroom chicken, a New York strip, salmon, plain pasta... everything was excellent. While the menu prices are not cheap, you get so much bang for your buck when you're ordering a main, it definitely feels like a worthy spend. I always start my meal with the tableside salad bar, which feels extra special as it's built to order right in front of you. There's a great selection of sides to choose from to accompany your main, and if you're getting a steak may I highly suggest adding the whiskey peppercorn sauce!

      I had to knock a star off mostly due to the fact that our server at our last visit was fine in the sense that we were all fed and watered by the end of the meal, but she did a couple of things that were quite off-putting, like when she took everyone's order EXCEPT the birthday girl's, and walked away to attend to another table before we flagged her down to bring her back and finalize our order. She didn't have a very warm demeanor and seemed annoyed by our requests (for another round of drinks, asking questions about items on the menu, etc...). Aside from all that, our experience was barely dampened. We finished our meal with a huge slice of carrot cake, which was delicious. All in all, it was yet another happy meal!

      P.S. As many may also know, Hunter Steakhouse is rumored to have some paranormal activity, so I'm already planning my next visit with some friends to hang out at the bar close to closing to see whether we can meet some of the real "locals"... :) See ya real soon

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      T D.
      Oceanside, United States
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      Nov 22, 2023

      So many years coming here and many memories. Unfortunately, the last three visits have not been successful. Though the service has always been good, the food is consistently going down hill. The Salad wheel which my entire family always looked forward to was small and though the produce seemed fresh it was the only thing I actually enjoyed about the dinner. We had to send back the clam chowder ( water) my sister-in-law basically had to saw through her steak and, I discovered a partial hidden hamburger bun under my chicken dish ( there is no hamburger bun belonging to my entree). This restaurant is in need of a huge makeover physically and in regards to its menu. With that being said I hope maybe the new owners will put new life into this Oceanside icon soon .

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      Michelle B.
      San Diego, United States
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      Aug 31, 2023

      We went on a Sunday night at 7pm with reservations to celebrate a family members 60th birthday (which we mentioned when making reservation). We were about 15 min late, our fault and we apologized. With that being said, the parking lot was empty.

      The hostess started off rude, barely even acknowledging us. As we were waiting for a table, a couple walked up, handed her their menus and said they were leaving. The hostess showed she could care less. The woman came back and told her why they were leaving and again, the hostess did not care. The hotess said something to another employee and he brought us to the darkest table possible and the only table that sits between the hostess stand and kitchen. Nope. Asked for another table. She told us in a rude voice, okay but it'll be a while. Really??? There were 5-6 tables available. By this time, the Manager stopped by the hostess stand and she told them we wanted another table and he said, no problem and we were sat at another table. Needless to say, we should have left. But, it was late and we were hungry. The restaurant was hot and muggy, A/C was not working.

      Our server was very nice (I don't have her name). She brought drinks, salad and dinner all in a timely and friendly manner. She was the ONLY bright spot of the night. The prime rib was over cooked, the mixed vegetables mushy and the baked potato had been sitting around. At the end of the meal, they did not bring anytyhing for the birthday (even though another table was brought a dessert and they sang Happy Birthday).

      We used to love the Hungry Hunter and Hunter Steakhouse in Mission Valley but this will be last time we ever go to this Hunter Steakhouse. There are too many options around with much better food. I am hopeful that our server applies for another job as she deserves a better working environment!!

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      Pamela F.
      Fallbrook, United States
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      It's been a while since we dined here last but we made our way back and it was wonderful, as always. The prime rib was tender and had great flavor. Hubby got the tips and enjoyed every bite. All sides and salads were fresh and delicious! And the service is stellar! Very friendly staff that aren't afraid to smile! Dinner was again a pleasure!

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      Fernando U.
      Carlsbad, United States
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      Hunter is a family favorite for the last 25 yrs! Service is consistently good the Table-Side Salad is the reason for our continued patronage. We are very glad it is back post-Covid.

      The steak is the way to go and it is done right!

      Top Sirloin dine right!
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      Erik W.
      Oceanside, United States
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      I went here with my wife and my son, a couple weeks back, and we were not disappointed. I don't know about the rest of you all, but when I go out, I don't expect to be blown away with orgasmic food anymore. However, we did order a couple different things off the menu, and all of them were good.

      We did the table side salad, which my son loved because of course it's something fun and different. I did the ribeye, which was seasoned well, but I did add a bit of salt. My wife ordered the prime rib which she said she enjoyed.

      We didn't end up getting that lobster or crab because they said they were no longer going to be serving it because of the market prices which I understand because they are getting a bit out of control as well. All in all. I do recommend this place if you're looking for a quieter, low-key steakhouse.

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      Lisa S.
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      Nov 28, 2023

      We had a lovely evening here. Jeanine was our server, and she was excellent. Very welcoming and helpful. We had their Lamb Chops, which were cooked perfectly. My husband had the Filet, and he thoroughly enjoyed it. We started off with martinis and tableside salads, which were good. I would probably go back if I was in the neighborhood. It's a bit far, but if you're in the area, I do recommend this place.

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      Jan P.
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      This just gives me all the feels. A place that feels like somewhere you grew up going with your family that provides great service and the food stays consistent. Like a hometown spot. Not somewhere I'd take a hot date, but somewhere I'd go for a birthday dinner with the fam, which is exactly what I did! I cannot.. and I repeat.. I cannot rave enough about the tableside salad. OMG. Yes. Let me eat that everyday. You feeling like a quick steak that's better than outback but don't want to go somewhere upscale? Look no further. I will say it one more time. Do yourself a favor and get the tableside salad bar. Thanks.

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      Donna O.
      San Diego, United States
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      Aug 31, 2023

      Excellent service and great food! Dina was wonderful!

      Nice family place!
      I had the ribeye and a good glass of red wine.

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