Imperial Steak House
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.
Pianist doesn’t actually play requested songs
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!
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.
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...
The staff & service is excellent. Nice having chef greet guests. Our steak were good, but not great as anticipate and represented by waiter
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.
Enjoyed the food. Frankie, our waiter, was very friendly. Enjoyed meeting Chef Dave and learning about his style.
The staff and chef were very friendly. Best steak value in San Diego. Baked Potatoes are amazing! Try the Acai Sorbet!
Our waiter was Mike and he was nice and polite. The chief came out and introduced himself. The only down side was a $15 charge for Splitting our dinner. The 28 oz cowboy streak was tasting and not overdone. It came with a wedge salad and one side which was a plus.
Great food and service at a very reasonable cost!
Food was amazing! The chef came out & made sure our steaks were all to our liking. We really loved the classic vintage decor! The red chairs & big booths are so cool. The place was pretty empty on a Friday night, which is crazy since the food & service were fantastic! This place feels like where you’d go for a special occasion or date. Great wedding proposal spot! We went into the bar after our meal & had fun requesting songs for the pianist to play. The whole experience felt like stepping back in time! Loved it!!!!
Wonderful dining experience...delicious, friendly and quiet...tmw
Good food, very nice place however some service improvements could be made. We had to ask for bread, which did not arrive until our meal did. The server saw that my companion was finished though I was clearly not, with 1/3 or my filet mignon still on my plate. He scooped up my companion’s plate and next thing I knew he’d whisked my plate up without even bothering to ask not only if I had finished, or would I like the 1/3 of my $50 filet wrapped up to go. They did knock $10 off the price of my meal to make up for the loss, but it should have been about $15 off by my estimation. The server was very young, very polite and apologetic so I hope he learned to ask before removing plates, and if the customer would like their food wrapped to go. All said I would give this place another chance.
Old-school ambiance in terms of decor and background music. It’s definitely a steakhouse, though the owner/chef (Dave) who talked to us is trying to update it some. Food was well prepared; the steak and the asparagus were done just right.
The food was amazing. It had me wanting it the following day. Chef Dave can really get down. Service was also fast.
It was fabulous! The steak was excellent! Waiter Frankie was terrific. Chef/Manager Dave was great. We will come back often. Loved it!
AMAZING . Love the food, loved the chef, and loved the service!
Went here for Valentine's Day or thought I was going here for Valentine's Day. Had a reservation made multiple days in advance. Get to the restaurant and I am told that they no longer have the lobster bisque soup and have a tomato bisque (so tomato soup) instead of lobster bisque. Not exactly a great trade off. Then it gets better (or worse). They then inform my date and I that they no longer have the prime rib option. So the only steak option at a "steakhouse" they no longer have available because they are sold out. They had 3 entree options on their prefixed menu and the only steak option they are sold out of. So they wanted 60+ for chicken and tomato soup at a steakhouse. As a result, I had to find a new restaurant on Valentine's Day at 830pm. Completely unacceptable and utterly disrespectful to do to your customers on Valentine's Day.
I was excited to try this place and as a result will never even consider going there.
Got there 6 people for Valentine's Day reservation at 7. They were out of Prime Rib and Shrimp. They only thing left was Chicken. So we left and got lucky got a reservation at Morton's so much better.
Nothing pleasant about our experience. Bad food, bad service, and totally overpriced for frozen veggies and canned gravy. Ran out of prime rib before 6:30. How does that happen when it’s the specialty?
We went to restaurant for Valentines Day. Menu did not reflect what was actually available — menu promoted prime rib — but we were told none was available. Wait staff were not trained well. Food was poor quality. Small portion sizes. Better food could be had at coffee house. Salmon was over cooked. Obviously we will not return.
Everything was absolutely wonderful! Staff is very friendly and accommodating, appetizers and main course perfect! Dessert... was less than perfect!
First was informed they no longer take Entertainment book coupon, even though it was not expired yet. Ordered the rib eye steak to share, because it is so large, with a pasta dish. Pasta was good but left under salamander to long, noodles on top dry. The steak was very chewy. flavor was okay. I wouldn't call that prime beef. I buy prime steaks for home cooking and never have that problem. If they want to be a steak house they should go to Donavon's for a steak then make some changes.
We were a bit surprised that the two of us were the only patrons that weekday night. At any rate, the food was excellent and our young waiter, still under training, was gracious. The overall ambiance was that of an old fashioned mid-western steak house or country club. We might have given five stars in all categories, but I would rather wait until we ate in something closer to a full house to see the restaurant under pressure. Sometime soon we will return with a larger party and put them to a real test.
They changed the menu to focus more on steaks. The lobster bisque was good. The crab cakes had too much bread and not enough crab. The fillet and prime rib were excellent.
We had a great dinner with outstanding service!
Food was bland and not well presented. The service was excellent and the noise level very low which allows conversation at the table which is a plus. If the food was better, this would be a nice place to meet friends.
Imperial House, one of my longtime favorite restaurants, is under new management. They have shifted their focus from continental cuisine to steaks, but they still have a good selection of appetizers and entrees, as well as tableside flambé desserts. The ambiance is still elegant: paneled walls, deep comfortable chairs, soft background music. Service is excellent and very accommodating.
We visited the Imperial House about 10 years ago. Loved the professional waiters, food and ambiance. Love the high back leather chairs. This recent visit was disappointing. Waiter was good, however not the seasoned professional type. Shirt was wrinkled not pressed and crisp. Food was maybe room temperature. We ordered the beef stroganoff and the steak Diane. Was disappointing that the steak Diane was no longer flamed at the table but the desserts could have been. The GM was nice and made it a point to visit our table. The elegance and nostalgic environment has been lost. The background music was fantastic. Also, we were the first to be seated for the evening and there were crumbs all over the lovely red vintage looking carpet. We won't go back or recommend but love the first memory we have of the Imperial House!
The Imperial House is a very attractive, comfortable steak house across the street from Balboa Park in San Diego. The dining room is nicely decorated with red leather booths and high back chairs. The service was excellent even though my wife and I were the only diners in the dining room while we were there! The food was very good. My wife had the lobster & shrimp, and I had a New York steak. It proved to be a nice, quiet and romantic evening.
Best rack of lamb!