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Hunsakers, Escondido, CA

Hunsakers

4.6
4.6
1202 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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time 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.

  • Area

    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

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Popular dishes

What 1,202 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • San Diego

    Good for special occasions

  • San Diego

    Steakhouse

  • North San Diego

    Great for fine wines

  • North San Diego

    Good for special occasions

  • North San Diego

    Steakhouse

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  1. TracyM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is small but very interesting. The food is outstanding quality, fresh and flavorful. I can't wait to return!
  2. CupcakeS

    Los Angeles

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Delicious ! We came on a Weds night and were greeted warmly by owner Jeanette. We dined on the brussel sprout and squash blossom salad, the miso sable fish and the sweet potato stuffed with skirt steak on a bed of chmichurri. Dessert sounded wonderful but we were full. Next time !
  3. FamilyOut

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect double date night. We all shared each other’s dishes and everything was exceptional.
  4. AndrewC

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A small, romantic restaurant, excellent food, service, very friendly stuff, and decent prices. An amazing wine selection.
  5. Xhsoue

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2023

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    The decore is a little confusing and by the menu, the scheme is hard to figure out. I will say the plates are executed correctly with tradition of a refined pallet. The piano player was pleasant and a nice touch. Where it went off was lack of specialty. While our server was nice she hadn’t a clue of how to tie everything together; it was a relief, but would have been nice to figure out the overall concept of what Hunsakers is/was or could be.
  6. Bruce

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Good to above average from a limited menu. Ambiance was serene despite an above average noise level when the restaurant filled up. My only complaint is the value. Our shared small plate, two wagu steak entrees and two glasses of wine came to $285 including 20% tip. Lower priced entrees would have brought the bill down to $200, still a bit on the high side. The service was good, but a bit inconsistent. Corkage, which we did not use, was $35, a bit on the high side. I will go back, but would like to see a more varied menu and better service. The food presentation was lovely.
  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time dining at Hunsakers and the cocktails were excellent and the Chefs Mercy Meal was amazing! We loved every bit, from service to dining!
  8. joyb

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is ALWAYS over the moon fabulous. This has become our place, and Kasey has become for server. It is the very best Escondido has to offer. The food, the service, the cocktails, the owner, all spectacular. It’s the perfect place for a cozy date night, so leave the kids at home. I rarely if ever write reviews, so please heed my advice. BOOK HUNSAKERS!!! Peace…love…joy joyphil
  9. lindseyb

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! We love this place and food!! A must try
  10. JasonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a beautiful place to break bread. The food is fantastic (I love the homemade rolls). The service is dynamic, and the drink will make anyone Jolly. Come prepared to be wowed! I highly recommend Hunsakers. Kasey is such a kind server and chef.
  11. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at our very favorite Escondido restaurant, Hunsaker’s. There was a guest chef as Chef Brandon Hunsaker was hurt in an accident last week. As was Chef Brandon, the guest chef also was trained under the original owner and chef, Vincent Grumel, and he brought a traditional Vincent’s flair to our meal last night. The food was superb. The small but fantastic restaurant is trying to find its way while Chef Brandon heals; if you can, please visit them soon to show your support for this Escondido institution.
  12. Great2find

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wellington Wednesday climbs the highest-ranking of ladders in my standards. Me and my nurse friends had a blast. Thank you, we'll be back
  13. Love2Dine

    San Diego

    51 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    I really don’t know where to begin. We were on the fence on whether or not to even go because the prices were higher than some of the best restaurants in town, but it was a special occasion and wanted to try something new. We started at the bar with a glass of champagne. So far so good. Then we got seated and because we are foodventurous, we decided to go with the Chefs Menu at $120 a person which was supposed to be special Chef dishes. Big mistake. First - this French inspired restaurant only had two bottles of French wine. When I asked him to tell me about the wine, they said they didn’t know anything about the wine and they would Google it. Are you kidding me? At this price the servers should know their wine, They first brought out a ceviche (no chips) but didn’t read the reservation notes that I had a chili oil allergy. When we reminded them, they removed my plate and brought me a bowl of asparagus soup that I could’ve gotten from the menu for $17. I told them it felt like an afterthought all because I brought up my allergy. They said Chef didn’t want his ceviche not to be fresh. Really? Next was the entrée my husband got a beautiful lobster but they said it had chili oil on it so I didn’t get one. I got overcooked steak on a mountain of gluey mashed potatoes, and a tiny piece of salmon. It was so bad that I couldn’t eat it and I didn’t. They did end up comping it. We waited in an empty restaurant for over 10 minutes for the third course that never came so we got the check. I have no idea how this place stays in business but needless to say we will not be back. When we returned home I received a notification that they had canceled my reservation and told open table that I never showed up. My guess is they knew this review was coming
  14. Alba

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love the cocktails. Definitely a hidden gem in Escondido! No punt intended.
  15. Powayfoodie

    San Diego

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative and tasty dishes. First time to the restaurant during Restaurant Week, pretty impressed with both the presentation and the quality. 👍🏻👍🏻
  16. Carolina

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, amazing food. It is my special occasion go to.
  17. MistyB

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food, and ambiance!
  18. KD888

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was sophisticated, yet still had a comfortable and welcoming feel. The service was impeccable, with the staff going above and beyond to make sure we were well taken care of. And the food - was absolutely incredible. Each dish was beautifully presented and bursting with flavor, showcasing the chef's skill and creativity. Overall, I highly recommend for anyone looking for an exceptional dining experience.
  19. Ajenn

    San Diego

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our dinner was great and our server, Megan, was fabulous.
  20. NicholeP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service. Our bartender Blake made some amazing drinks and was hilarious. And of course the food was delicious.
  21. SeanS

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Cute spot that i wouldn’t expect from Escondido. High quality steaks and tasty cocktails. Nice to have the owner walk around and check in on tables
  22. StephVR

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here to celebrate our anniversary. We decided to go with the Chef's Table Menu and leave our meal in the chef's hands. Chef Brandon never disappoints and the food was absolutely delicious. Highly recommend!
  23. LHT3

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Over the top service and awesome food. Among the three best restaurants in Escondido.
  24. DebbieW

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and services was awesome! We definitely be going back and it’s a great place for drinks, date night. The onion soup / rolls were fabulous and the dessert :). They have these little books so you can write notes to your server . Brilliant
  25. DeAa

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent! Service was attentive, but not intrusive. They did add a few things to charges I did not ask for, like, premium liquor. There was also one other charge, which I believed was a misunderstanding, but, I did not want to appear rude after the server had been very kind. This is a 1st class dining experience, so prices reflect that. However, I would recommend discussing costs before charges.
  26. eva5

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely gem of a restaurant. We had the chef's choice and were very happy with every dish. We will definitely be returning.
  27. joyb

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This dining experience was our second and far from our last. We plan to be regulars, whether it’s a special occasion, on just everyday dining, Hunsakers, is a fabulous place to visit. It is a hidden jewel in Escondido. Last time we were there, the food was exquisite, and this time was no different. EVERYTHING WAS FABULOUS. The chef has really mastered the art of preparing food that taste just as fabulous as it looks. The portions are generous, and the prices are much more than fair. The service was amazing. Casey, our server was very personable, professional,and made us feel at home. The owner of the restaurant is very warm, friendly, and hands on. She takes ownership in making sure everyone has an extraordinary experience. Hunsakers is a great night out, give it a try. If you have children, take my advice and get a babysitter- this cozy atmosphere, with candlelit tables, is perfect for a date night or just catching up with family, good friends or kindred spirits. -joyphil
  28. Christian1

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best food I’ve had in a loooong time. Well worth the 30 min drive. We will return.
  29. SueL

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Everyone was so nice and attentive. We were here when it was Vincent’s, this was our first visit since the change in ownership. We will be back! Fun cocktail menu and great wine list. Loved the sausage and bone marrow app. Rabbit, squab and lamb chops were excellent. Looking forward to next time. Best fine dining in Escondido.
  30. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Super unique and high quality!
  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  32. LouisW

    Orange County

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great early evening happy hour with friends! Awesome food, service and smiles!
  33. Alaska49

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing hidden gem in downtown Escondido. This is not your “regular” steakhouse experience. Each dish was prepared and presented beautifully. Each dish included and interesting and extremely flavorful and unexpected twist. For your next occasion, or steakhouse dining experience, do not hesitate to try this location. It will become a favorite.
  34. Steaklover

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great service
  35. AndrewB

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2023

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

    San Diego

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best upper class restaurant in North county.
  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was fabulous. This is fine dining. We will return often. Wow
  38. Nomnom1

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2023

    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.
  39. Mykidsarecool

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2023

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

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 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.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser 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

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Hunsakers is rated 4.6 stars by 1202 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Hunsakers

113 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Broadway

  • Area

    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

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • 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.

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