Bites Nearby: Landre's Sports Bar & Grill

Santee's newest eatery finds the right balance of sports, family fun and good eats.

You could stand on a corner and look around until a restaurant sign draws you in. But we've got a better idea. Each week, Santee Patch picks a great restaurant, either in town or nearby, that is worth checking out. Here's this week's choice:

Overview: A hip new sport's bar in Santee, Landre's grand opening was last Friday and already they are proving this place is a winner! The restaurant was opened by a long-time Santee resident hoping to bring good quality food and the love of sports together in one establishment.

Landre's is a family restaurant with grown-up menu choices. From salads to steaks and scallops, those with a discerning palate will be pleased. Don't worry about your picky eaters, there is a kids menu as well!

Decor:  Outside of the restaurant is covered with decorations indicating their "grand opening," including the well known "" banner. Inside, the colors are red and yellow with signed jerseys, bats and banners everywhere.

There is outdoor and indoor seating and a huge dining room with very large seating capacity. Good for the whole team to come eat after the game! Some of the sporting memorabilia are from local Santee residents and a jersey signed by one of Landre's own staff members really puts a personal touch on the place. The waiting area even has authentic ball park seats straight from the stadium! 

There are at least a dozen large plasma TVs so no matter where you are seated you will have a great view of the game. The game area is one of the most appealing parts of the restaurant. There is a small TV and bean bags so little kids can watch a movie and several arcade games to entertain children while their parents are watching the game. We had a great time playing a few rounds of basketball while waiting for our appetizers. Steven claims he beat me but I think we need a rematch!

Entrees and Sides:  The menu features several daily house-made scratch soups, we tried the asparagus soup which was absolutely delicious! I will go back again just for the soup. The waitress told me the smoky clam chowder with chorizo is fabulous and is going to be a permanent item and now I can't wait to go back to try it. 

There is a long appetizer menu ranging from standard bar food like bacon and garlic fries to elegant crab cakes and pulled pork sliders. Happy Hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays, a VERY long and happy three hours, which features $1 off all drinks and $5 select appetizers. We had the bacon and garlic fries and pulled pork sliders. The sliders are served on a soft ciabatta bread with melted cheese and tangy BBQ sauce.  Three tasty sliders with a heaping pile of fries for $5 at happy hour. You can't beat that.

Steven had the I Di Pezzi Di Carne, I tried the Romaine wedge salad. The Romaine wedge (genius! who likes iceberg lettuce?) is a typical wedge with blue cheese, bacon, tomatoes and a large wedge of romaine heart. The toppings are more than generous, the lettuce is fresh, green and beautiful. 

The menu features several burgers and sandwiches that come with fries, and gourmet dinner entrees, such as the steak medallions with mushroom gravy, thyme mashers and sauteed summer squash- absolutely delicious. The steak is tender, the sauce very rich and flavorful. The veggies are perfectly cooked and they certainly don't skimp on mashed potatoes.

They have at least nine beers on tap, including four from our local , and many bottled options. After a couple pints at $4.50 (happy hour price) and a large meal, we went home very happy. 

Service: Very friendly, efficient service. Sit-down, full service family style restaurant.

Signature Dish: Daily specials and soup specials rotate.  Too early to tell yet what the signature dish will be, the waitress tipped me off that the menu may be expanding. 

We will be watching and waiting to see what more Landre's will have to offer, check back in with us soon!

Lakeside Mom June 03, 2011 at 07:09 PM
I love Landre's we have already been there twice and our team party is there this weekend. My kids never want to leave the game area, and we fed a family of four for $35 with REAL food! We will definitely be back! :o) BTW, the 5 cheese mac is outstanding!!!
SanteeMom June 03, 2011 at 07:20 PM
LOVE Landre's!!!! We have been once and are headed back this weekend! The food is fantastic and the atmosphere is really relaxing and fun! Not to mention the Game area for the kids - my son had a blast! The service was tops too!
Ellen McGuire June 03, 2011 at 09:48 PM
Great atmosphere,fantastic service,the pulled pork sliders are to die for!! Chili fries are awsome! Can't beat Happy Hour at Landre's!
BILLIE JO June 06, 2011 at 08:45 PM
BEST place I have ever worked!!! Total props to management and owners, you rock!!! BJ
Charles June 08, 2011 at 06:13 AM
Unfortunately, a disappointment. The food is average, priced too high for Santee, extremely noisy even for a week night. I think it is a bad ideal to place a arcade in the middle of a, supposedly, Sports Bar. My daughter and I went there tonight, I order Steak & Shrimp for $21 and my daughter ordered a burger and fries for $12. The steak was tough and the shrimp were small for the price. My daughter's burger was a thin burger patty and fries, should of been priced around $7. I was hoping it was going to be a great new eating place for me and my family but I think we will skip it.
Laurie Austin June 08, 2011 at 06:44 AM
Went there for Linner on Sunday, 6/05, had the Blue crab appateezer. Good size portion for one - full meal.Rich with crab meat and yummy. Hubby had a gorgonzola burger and sweet potto fries, boy had regular burger and fries - all good. Mixed drink was light (ordered the PO blonde - what was I thinkin?) Next time I will try the local beer. Looking forward to it.
Kevin Hippensteel June 09, 2011 at 10:52 PM
Glad to have it, but it didn't feel like a sports bar. It felt like a restaurant with TV's. I think it would help if the right side was set up more like East Bound or like some of the sports bars in PB.
santeeneighbor June 09, 2011 at 11:34 PM
We tried dinner there one night last week. The menu was not what we thought it would be. I really didn't like the booth we sat in either, if the person behind you moves then you feel them. Kind of disappointed, I was thinking it was going to have more bar type food. Not much on the menu for a sandwich except for the pulled pork.
Landre's Sports Bar & Grill June 10, 2011 at 08:37 PM
Charles, Mrs O and Kevin, Well you have asked and we are answering. We know that we only have one shot at a first impression and a few of those have not gone our way. We would like for you to come give us another shot. First Charles we have now changed out the Sorry excuse for a Ribeye and we are doing our own butchering on those, Larger Steak for the steak lover in you. We are also adding a NY Strip to the menu as well. The burger patties have also been changed out. Second Mrs. O our menu to open was a little small we all agree. We have since added a few things including more on the sandwich side of life. We added a Tuna Melt, The Capania (Fresh Basil, mozzarella and sliced roma tomatoes) also a Crispy Chicken sandwich as well. This was the first I have heard about the booths and I will get that fixed as soon as I can. I want to thank both of you for comming in and would like to ask you back to give us another shot. Kevin our concept is Family Friendly Sports Bar & Grill. While we appriciate the thought on being more like East Bound ( Which is an amazing place) we want to be able to set ourselves apart from every other sports bar around. We are working on a plan now to seperate the Bar side a little more from the restaurant side where the stadium chairs are now. Landre Malone Owner Landre's Sports Bar & Grill
Kevin Hippensteel June 10, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Thanks for the reply and I understand the balance your are trying for. I hope to meet you next time I come in.
Landre's Sports Bar & Grill June 10, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Kevin next time you are in ask for me. I am trying to squeeze in a day off here and there but for the most part I am here everyday and will be here all night tonight. Landre
Charles June 10, 2011 at 09:35 PM
Fair enough, obviously you do care about your customers, so I would be happy to give your restaurant another try. Thank you for taking the time to answer our complaints, something that is rarely done, now days. I look forward to coming in next week with my entire family of 5.
anne elkin June 17, 2011 at 11:04 PM
I have really tried to like this place. We have visited 3 times now and each time something has disappointed us. Pros: Local brews, great beer. We like the sports look and love the support of local teams including the local high schools. Cons: First time, cold food especially the fries. The owner came by and we told him. He said that they had purchased heat lamps and they weren't working and were getting the 3rd set to get them up and running. The second time we were there, the waitress told us that when they first opened the owner decided not to use heat lamps and was trying to work on getting the food out hot. So which one is true? The burgers were marginal at best. Small, almost fast food like, but restaurant prices. The next 2 times we went the food took a very long time to get to us. The food was okay, but not worth the price. We tried the potato skins, and the chili hot dog. Tonight we waited almost 40 minutes for 2 salads, one shrimp cocktail and a tuna melt. My mother-in-law ordered more hot water for her hot tea which seemed to take quite a while to get as well. They were not very busy, and had several open tables. We spoke with the manager and he said they were having a lot of turnover in the kitchen and until they got that sorted out they were not doing any advertising. We really want this place to work out but until we hear from others that it has improved we will not return for anything except the beer.
Landre's Sports Bar & Grill June 18, 2011 at 05:32 AM
Anne, Our goal is to be a great place for food, family and fun. If for anyreason we let you down I will be the first one to apologize. The Second time you came in a server told you that I decided not to use heat lamps which incorrect. That end of the business I will deal with misinformation should never be given as an excuse and for that I apologize. The Next time you came in the food took along time to get to you that also is My fault while we have had some turn over in the kitchen we now have that hammered down and fixed our ticket times. Last night you went in and I saw your Yelp and immeaditly Called My Manager on Duty and asked him what happened at your table. He informed me that your turn around ticket time was less than 17 min from the time the server put it in and the time it hit that table. If my server delayed putting in your order once again that is my fault and something in our upcoming meeting I will fix as well. Once again every thing is taken seriously with me. I would love the chance to feed you a great meal if you would like to come back and see me. Ask for me by name when you come in if I am not there let my manager know who you are and I will make my way down there to make sure everything is perfect. Landre Malone Owner Landre's Sports Bar & Grill
Landre's Sports Bar & Grill June 19, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Mrs. O As of yesterday all of the booths at Landre's are now Secure we worked all night after close to make sure we had them all done before we opened. Also we are adding new things to the menu check it out at www.landresbarandgrill.com the updated menu is on there now. Thanks for your feed back. Landre Malone
Mariah July 17, 2011 at 03:27 AM
Just tried Landre's and really enjoyed the food! It was pretty busy, to boot. If only they had a small-portion selection or a "light and healthy" selection for those of us watching our portion sizes and calories, I would be here all the time! My chicken sandwich & fries - which were delicious - will be about three meals for me. Hopefully in the future they will offer low-cal and/or smaller plates for people who eat like birds but still enjoy tasty food.
Ellen McGuire July 19, 2011 at 07:50 AM
Mariah, That sounds like a good idea. In the mean time try the pulled pork sliders from the appitizer menu...there are 3 so it is easy to portion control,the pork is lean & you can order them with or without fries. You might also try the shrimp cocktail...light but still satisfying. I hope that will help with any Landre "cravings" you might have!
Landre's Sports Bar & Grill July 24, 2011 at 08:35 PM
Come help us Monday night from 5p-7p we are raising money to send the East County U-14 ASA Softball State Champions to Nationals. We will be donating a portion of all sales to these amazing young ladies journey of a life time.
Jean August 13, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Give it another try. I too was disappointed the first time I ate there (right after the opening) but sometimes it just takes some time for everything to come together. I went back to watch the Chargers game, had the pulled pork sliders (delicious), and the service is outstanding, very friendly staff. One other restaurant in Santee that is rumored to be shutting its doors is no surprise to me. They didn't know the meaning of two words "customer service."
Norm Rivera August 28, 2011 at 03:52 PM
My wife and I tried it for the first time last night. Nice friendly and clean. However, after not going with my gut feeling which is play it safe and order the burger. I ordered the full rack of BBQ Ribs which they were all out of on 7:15pm Saturday. So I decided to try the Seafood Linguine. First came the curdled looking Broccoli/Bacon soup because they were all out of Clam Choder. With a layer of oil on top and green curdled soup below I tried a spoonful or two and that was it. As for the Linguine, not tasty, the Scallops actually tasted like they were going bad. The shrimp was okay so I ate them leaving the rest behind. My wife had the French Dip sandwich and she said it was okay. We don't go out much but this was not what I had in mind for a treat. I would rather be doing something else than spending my Sunday morning writing this up but $47.00 later and thats with no alcohol I think next time I'll stick with the Burger.
Jean August 28, 2011 at 09:23 PM
Sounds like they still have a problem in the kitchen. You should never ever pay for something that is not edible. Send it back. I just had four of the greatest meals in a long time here in Colorado. A humus, feta and spinach wrap at Mothers, mac & trifle cheese to die for at the West Side cafe in the Holiday Inn at Vail and for breakfast, sameplace, a redneck eggs benedict, then last night in Breckenridge at Bubba Gump the New Orleans shrimp plate. Tourist areas in particular know you have to get it right and make it special because there is a lot of competition for the dollar.


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