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Morton's The Steakhouse

Morton's is famous for its animated signature tableside menu presentation: steaks, whole Maine lobsters and other main course selections, along with fresh vegetables, are presented on a cart rolled to your table, where the server displays and describes each menu item in appetizing and entertaining detail.

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After a day at the convention or office, you'll wind down just strolling through the elegant dining room to your table. Mahogany walls, well-stocked private wine cellars (you can have your own if you like, complete with your name engraved across the front), and candlelit booths all contribute to a warm and relaxing atmosphere. A peek into the cocktail lounge might reveal ice cubes flying through the air and landing expertly in a highball glass. Once seated at your table, sit back, order a Martini, Lemon Drop, or the house specialty, a Cosmopolitan, and ease into the dining experience that is Morton's.

The servers here are on top of their game. Several of them knew patrons by name, always a good sign. And if you've never experienced tableside presentation, understand that Morton's took the idea and made it an art. Each cut of meat and fish is carefully described as the waiter holds it before you—including a live lobster. Even the potato is gently tossed between the waiter's hands and spoken of as if no meal could be complete without it. At Morton's, I'd have to agree.

While known for its steaks, the night my guest and I dined we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the seafood courses. If you start with the shrimp alexander with beurre blanc sauce, you won't be disappointed. Suggest the scallops wrapped in bacon for your companion. The scallops feature a particularly surprising apricot-horseradish chutney, the punch of which makes a perfect counterpoint to the savoriness of the scallops and bacon.

For salads you might try the Morton's, an iceberg-anchovy affair that can only be described as old school—in a good way, since it's about this time you notice Frank Sinatra's been serenading you from the sound system and black-and-white celebrity snapshots line one of the walls. Ah, old school, you think again.

Just then your filet arrives. And what a filet. Don't believe those who say that because the filet is one of the leaner cuts it doesn't have as much flavor. They haven't been to Morton's. Morton's prides itself on offering the best aged beef the USDA has to offer. The prime rib often sells out and it's the wise diner who calls ahead to reserve this bestseller. Or, try the New York strip. Be forewarned, however, that medium rare at Morton's is actually rare—red, not pink, in the middle. If that's not to your liking, your server will be more than happy to send it back for a little more grill time.

The wine list is extensive but simply asking your server will guarantee a quality selection either by the glass or the bottle. Our waiter suggested the Clos du Bois Marlstone Meritage to accompany the filet and it lived up to my expectation.

It's hard to imagine completing a meal at Morton's without their signature dessert, the Godiva hot chocolate cake paired with vanilla Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Wow. After my next hard day at the office, I'll be sure to nurse myself back to good health with this comfort food. It's absolutely delicious and a must for chocoholics.

If you're looking to create just the right event—corporate meeting, rehearsal dinner, or reception—be sure to ask for a tour of the meeting rooms. Morton's classy décor combined with a lovely meal are sure to make your guests feel appreciated and pampered. For corporate meetings, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment is available.

Morton's is one of San Diego's finest steakhouses. It's a great place for a special night out in a relaxed yet sophisticated setting.

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Restaurant Info

  • Address: 285 J Street, San Diego CA 92101
  • Cross Street: 3rd Avenue
  • Location: Downtown | Marina
  • Cuisine: American | Steak |
  • Cost: $$$$ | Expensive | $75 - $100
  • Category: Casual Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Unknown
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Meals Served: Dinner |
  • Parking:
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: (619)696-3369

Business Hours

Main Dining Room | All Day 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Main Dining Room | All Day 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Main Dining Room | All Day 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Main Dining Room | All Day 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Main Dining Room | All Day 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Main Dining Room | All Day 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Main Dining Room | All Day 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.


  • Takeout Available


  • Dining Alone


F.A.Q. - Frequently Asked Questions


Restaurant Address: 285 J Street, San Diego CA 92101

User Reviews

Perfect !  

I recently dined at Mortons and have to say the service and the food are a perfect 10. My husband and I frequently dine there and we are never disapointed. I recommend the crab cakes and the cajun rib-eye, no other resturant even comes close. I have ALWAYS had great service!!! I give it a 10.


Very good food and service, this was the first time we have dined at a resturant of this calibar. Staff was very patient with us. Thanks for a good time

Steak to Die For  

My best friends and I (there were three of us) dined at Morton's this past weekend. I did make reservations a week in advance. Our reservation was for 6pm on a Saturday night. As we arrived, the maitre'd introduced himself to our party, and walked us to our table. The hostess was very polite as well. The wait staff work in teams of 2. The menu items were presented in rare form. The actual steaks, salmon and live lobster were presented to us at our table. They also give you a menu card as well. We ordered the Single Cut Filet Mignon, the Cajun Ribeye, Hashbrown Potatoes and for dessert we ordered the Godiva Chocolate Cake. They suggest that you order your hot desserts in advance as they require 30-40 minutes cooking time. The Filet Mignon melted in our mouths. Each bite was savory with flavor and juices. The Cajun Ribeye was spicy and tender. It gave us a little kick. We were in heaven. The Godiva chocolate cake was to die for as well. Hot, warm, and very chocolatey. I have recommended Morton's to everyone I have seen. For a party of three, we spent around $160 and that includes dessert as well. It was a wonderful dining experience and I can't wait to make it back there.


Just what you'd expect from Morton's! Great service, better food and a good pour keep us coming back for more! This is as good as food gets, and while it's a bit pricey, you don't mind paying for quality when they deliver time and again. Of course the steaks are great, but it is worth it to try the swordfish at some point. Probably the best I've ever had! Make sure you save some room for the Chocolate Godiva cake!



Little Pricey, but they made up for it in service  

I grew up eating at the Morton’s in Beverly Hills; my father would take me there all the time. I remember being young and seeing a few celebs, it made this place magically to me. Well I’m not young anymore, but Morton’s still has that allure to me so I though I would give the one here in San Diego a chance. I took my g/f there for our anniversary, and when I made the reservation, they asked if there was an occasion for our visit. To my surprise when we were seated, there was a sample menu with our names on it and a happy anniversary greeting on it. I thought that was great, and our waiter informed us he would be buying our dessert. My g/f not being one that has eaten at a lot of nice restaurants was very surprised by the service. Our waiter was wonderful and always there right when I needed him. But, onto the most important part, the food. We started with their crab cakes, and being someone that does not enjoy seafood, I actually thought they were very good. I ordered the New York and my g/f the Filet. The waiter recommended the peppercorn topping for my New York, so I took his advice. The steaks came and they were all that I remembered and expected from Morton’s. Nice and thick and cooked right to perfection, not to rare, not to overcooked. I do not think i even looked up once i started on my steak. For dessert we again took the recommendation of our waiter and order a soufflé (chocolate). Now having a French grandmother I am used to a very good soufflé, and they did not fail. While we were eating our dessert, the Manager came by our table with a tray of different drinks to choose from that were on the house. Nice touch. So Overall, I would have to say Morton’s still lives up to... Well being Morton’s. The service I heard before I went there was horrible, but they could not have been more wrong. It was excellent meal and they went the extra mile to make it memorable.

Absolutely Amazing Food  

This place should really be a 5 but our service was extremely slow. Apparently we hit them on a busy nite but the servers were great the food was completely worth the wait. The best steak I ever had and they gave us our dessert for free because of the wait. Can't wait to go back again!

could have been better  

The food was excellent, service was poor. The waiter saw a group of us all under the age of 25 and assumed a poor tip I suppose, because we got very medicore servie as if he was expecting a terrible tip from us...little did he know we are excellent tippers, and deserved to be treated as well as he treated his other tables.

Morton's service and food  

We had a group celebration at Morton's recently. The service was pretty good, but not top notch. The timing of the food delivery was a little off. I had the steak and lobster and it was good, but I would take Fleming's or Donovan's steaks over Morton's. With food and beverage's, it came close to $200 per person.

Order carefully or get burned!  

Dinner looked very promising starting with some appetizers that were very good. But then my New York Strip came out so badly burned on the outside that I really couldn't taste anything but charcoal black. I mentioned it to the server and she replied "Oh that's our typical way of cooking the steaks. On your next visit, request 'very little char' and the chef won't burn it so much." No offer to replace the dish was even suggested by the server. I won't have to worry about ordering 'correctly' the next time because I'll be ordering at Ruth's Chris a half mile north. Less expensive and better food.

Mixed Dining Experience  

Truly a mixed dining experience. Our cocktails were weak, but the warm bread was superb. Appetisers were grilled asparagus [interesting taste but not very flavorful] and "jumbo" crab cake [very good, but hardly "jumbo" in size].Then the main course: two double filet mignons, ordered medium. The steaks were a little too rare, but were tender with excellent flavor; however, mine had a tough streak of gristle on one end, surprising for a $40 price tag. We shared hash brown potatoes, which were served burned black on the outside. When we asked if that was the usual way they served them, our waiter said no, they shouldn't have been brought that way, and he took them off the bill. Finally, the Godiva Chocolate cake with ice cream was excellent, although somewhat small for the price. In summary, a very mixed experience. Considering the $180 bill, Morton's should be been a better experience, and we will not return.

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