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The 11 Best Steak Restaurants In San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

Salivating for sirloin? Find the best steak options at these San Diego steakhouses. We analyzed top review sites, articles, and food blogs to ensure only the best steak was featured on this list. Enjoy a steak dinner with prime cuts of rib-eye and tenderloin with great sides at these San Diego restaurants.

Find the perfect Steak spot

Island Prime

American, $$$, Midway DistrictAmerican, $$$San Diego, Midway District
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Steak in San Diego

    Eater, 2019
  • Eater, 2016

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    Eater, 2016

Cowboy Star

American, $$$, East VillageAmerican, $$$San Diego, East Village
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Steak in San Diego

    Eater, 2019
  • Eater, 2016

    13 Barbecue Dishes at Non-Barbecue Spots in San Diego

    Eater, 2016

STK Steakhouse

American, $$$, Core-ColumbiaAmerican, $$$San Diego, Core-Columbia
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Steakhouses in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Steak in San Diego

    Eater, 2019

Larsen's Steakhouse

American, $$$, University CityAmerican, $$$San Diego, University City
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Steak in San Diego

    Eater, 2019

Lou & Mickey's

American, $$$, Gaslamp QuarterAmerican, $$$San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Steak in San Diego

    Eater, 2019

Mermaids & Cowboys

American, La JollaAmericanSan Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2021

    Where to Dine Outdoors in San Diego

    Eater, 2021

Greystone Prime Steakhouse & Seafood

American, $$, Gaslamp QuarterAmerican, $$San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Steakhouses in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

Juniper & Ivy

Bar, $$$, HarborviewBar, $$$San Diego, Harborview
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

    Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits

    USA Today
  • Trip Savvy, 2019

    The 20 Best Restaurants in San Diego

    Trip Savvy, 2019

The Smoking Goat

French, $$$, North ParkFrench, $$$San Diego, North Park
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Sabor Brazilian Grill

Bar, Point Loma HeightsBarSan Diego, Point Loma Heights
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 5.0

Morton's The Steakhouse

American, $$$$, MarinaAmerican, $$$$San Diego, Marina
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Steakhouses in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

How did these spots get chosen?

Choosing the right spot for Steak can be tough, especially if you’re exploring new restaurants. The restaurants in this list rose to the top after we analyzed the Yelp and Google ratings for 10162 restaurants in San Diego, 823905 restaurant reviews, and exactly 624 lists and articles from experts at Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life, USA Today and Eater and more. All with some boam magic. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - 2021 Best Steakhouses in San Diego Area, USA Today - Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits and Eater - Where to Dine Outdoors in San Diego. If it’s on the list, we’ve checked and verified that the restaurant is still open and will showcase any updated hours and services you need to be aware of. Every restaurant shown earned its spot fair and square. With boam, money never makes the list. These ten restaurants offer the best Steak in San Diego.

Most common questions

Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab, Island Prime, and Cowboy Star are the highest-rated steak spots that are good for a date night in San Diego.

Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab, Island Prime, and Mermaids & Cowboys have outdoor seating and steak in San Diego.

Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab, Island Prime, and Cowboy Star are the highest-rated upscale spots for steak in San Diego.

Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab, Mermaids & Cowboys, and Cowboy Star are the highest-rated steak spots for take-out in San Diego.

Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab, Island Prime, and Mermaids & Cowboys are the highest-rated steak spots for dinner in San Diego.

Drink pairing tips for Steak

  • Go for Rosé with grilled turkey burger

    For an elevated experience, pair your grilled turkey burger with Rosé. This combination works particularly well because this pink wine battles the grilled flavours.


  • A next-level match for ribeye

    Experts suggest pairing a ribeye with a glass of Syrah, a popular red wine.


  • Sauvignon Blanc and pork ribs with a barbecue rub


    The acidic flavors in Sauvignon Blanc makes it a great white wine to pair with pork ribs with a barbecue rub.

Fun facts about Steak

  • A delicious pairing

    If you’re gonna be eating steak, then we’d advise washing it down with a nice tea.

  • Think you love Philly cheesesteak

    Joey Chestnut set a new world record by eating the most Philly cheesesteak at a time. The record, which hasn’t been beaten since, is 23 cheesesteak.

  • A day about barbeque

    Ever heard of National Barbeque Day? If you’re in The United States then you better be ready to enjoy it on July July!

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