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“Just as we remembered it!”

Trabuco Oaks Steak House
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Price range: US$20 - US$30
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed April 24, 2016

About two decades ago, my wife and I had a great steak at Trabuco Oaks steakhouse. She couldn't finish hers, so she was looking forward to eating steak the next day except, she left her "doggy bag" in the restaurant! In 20+ years, she had not forgotten the regret that came with that experience. So, we were passing through the other day and we decided to stop in. Got there early and had the place all to ourselves. The rib-eye was perfect. So was the martini (double olive) and the massive baked potato with all the fixings. Our waiter, Mark, could not have been more attentive. So, what kept them from getting that elusive 5th star? Well, part of the history of Trabuco Oaks is that, for years, if you showed up wearing a tie, it was cut off and mounted somewhere in the restaurant. After years of doing this, the place is covered in ties!!! As you might imagine, all those ties are hard to dust and impossible to clean and, the result is a musty order that made me wish the owners had found something else to do to build a unique tradition around. Maybe the ties would have been less noticeable if the place was full of people. End the end, we had a GREAT meal that I would easily rate at 5-stars!

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Thank Jim C
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Reviewed April 9, 2016

Disappointment is the best word to describe our dinner experience at Trabuco Oaks. I was a long Trabuco Oaks fan 10-15 years ago. Decided we wanted a good steak and said let's go to Trabuco Oaks. First the restaurant hasn't changed in 15 years except more dirt and dust. Nostalgia is one word to describe the restaurant. Just not clean is another. Our booth had two big rips in the seat vinyl and as I looked around the restaurant most of the chairs all had rips in them also. The plastic red and white table cloth had stains on it. Not to be picky but after you have noticed how run down the restaurant is than to have the waiter serve your steak and his shirt is full of stains like he rubbed his hands on it, it becomes a little too much. I know my meat and they served a rib-eye that is USDA Choice grade. You would think that if you are paying $40.00 for a steak you would get Prime Grade. On the positive side the food did come out hot and sizzling. If you want to pay a high price for Nostalgia than Trabuco Oaks is for you. If you are looking for a quality steak with a clean environment than you might consider somewhere else.

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Reviewed April 9, 2016

We went to Trabuco Oaks Steakhouse hoping to have a really good steak dinner. Unfortunately, our porterhouse steak dinners were not very good. The salad was limp, the steak was not very tasty and the potato was nothing special. My steak tasted old, like it had been sitting in the fridge too long, and was not very tender. Our server was prompt and attentive. The rustic ambiance is cute, with cut-off ties hanging everywhere, but in my opinion, ambiance should enhance the dining experience, not be a substitute for good food. A $38 steak should be delicious. Mine was not. Won't be going back.

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Reviewed February 27, 2016

Count on a really good but expensive steak. The service was excellent. The atmosphere is one of a kind and very casual. The only complaint I have is not that everything is old but that it's dusty.

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Thank sbadOcca
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Reviewed February 11, 2016

Trabuco Oaks Steakhouse is out in the canyon, away from everything else. When you enter, it seems like you are stepping into an old house with sloping floors. You carefully wind your way back to the dining area where there is a large oak tree growing up right thru the middle of the room. The place isn't fancy and if anyone has mistakenly worn a tie, it will soon be cut off by their waiter and hung on the wall. Run our has it if you ever find your tie on another visit, your meal is free.

The steaks and ribs are outstanding. There are plenty of different cuts and sizes to satisfy any appetite. Sides are baked potatoes, corn, or baked beans. The kabobs are also very good. You will have plenty to eat, that's for sure.

We like to come here because it is something different and relaxing. The food is good, the people are down to earth, and kids are easily entertained by walking around looking at all the funny ties and checking out the tree. Sometimes it is forgotten since it's down in the canyon, but it is a nice change of pace.

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Thank Jill H
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