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Charcoal House Restaurant

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9566 Murray Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942-3924
+1 619-741-6880
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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San Diego, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Went to get a steak and found it was predominantly a middle eastern restaraunt. Food wasn't bad but was really looking for a steak.

Thank Kirc1991J
Simi Valley, California
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82 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Stopped here for dinner with the family while passing through San Diego... Happy Hour is a great bargain for dinner! We shared several appetizers and everyone was satisfied. The chicken lemon rice soup was a particular hit. Wine was good. Service was excellent. Dinner for 5, with wine, under 50 bucks. I'm sold!

Thank Globetrotter805
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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74 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

It was close to the Best Western where we stayed and recommended by the staff and locals we spoke with.. A little spendy but I guess that's top be expected for the area. The food was prepared well and served as ordered. Friendly servers and quite atmosphere.

Thank David H
Santa Monica, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

Great food great atmosphere. Great service. Decent prices place is very clean close to the great best western plus hotel😊

Thank Lisa A
San Diego, California
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171 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016

Thought we'd give this place a try based on an ad in the paper with the new design/new food. The restaurant area is very out-dated and not great looking. We went in to try their new middle eastern cuisine. Almost everything worth ordering from the menu was not in stock. You can't be sold out if your restaurant opens at... More 

Thank Sally M
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224 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015

I guess they are changing the menu to middle-eastern. This is disappointing. I was told they will still offer the Cognac Filet, and i highly recommend it. Comes to the table sizzling and creates a stir. The sauce is rich, and slightly sweet. Loaded with onions and mushrooms. It is quite good. Ask for Mary Jane to serve you, she's... More 

Thank email4saundra1
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
90 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015 via mobile

Place was empty on a Saturday evening which should have been my first clue. Steaks were tough as shoe leather vegetables were overlooked and prices were high! Won't be back!

Thank lanit50
Highlands Ranch, Colorado, United States
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84 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

Steak specials on Saturdays, Taco's specials on Thursdays and All you can eat fish on Fridays. Great wait staff and they show the Baseball games in the bar area

Thank Clair T
Greenbelt, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

Great to sit out side close to the hotel. They have nice happy hour drink menu. The food is ok for a fast meal. We were around 10 of us. The staff was great serving us.

Thank 1973Mowill
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

My first mistake was reading all the previous reviews and not paying attention to what people were really writing about. MY BAD! I thought their combined enthusiasm meant that the restaurant was a good place to eat...MY BADx2 If you read the reviews of the Charcoal House they are mostly for the funky, fun, loud, very entertaining bar that is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9566 Murray Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942-3924
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  La Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 619-741-6880

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?