Friday, June 15, 2012

Haunted Oceanside CA Hunter Steakhouse

The Hunter Steakhouse is one of Oceanside CA most haunted locations. Many ghosts haunted the land around the Hunter Steakhouse as well.
Prior to the restaurant being built, the land was once Oceanside's Buena Vista Cemetery. The first known burial was in 1885 and the last known was in 1906. It's not known why burials stopped at Buena Vista; some people disinterred and moved their loved ones' bodies to the nearby Oceanside Cemetery.

The land the cemetery was on was purchased by a schoolteacher in the 1950s. She wanted to preserve the view of Buena Vista Lagoon from her home located on Stewart Street. The land was later purchased by a developer who wanted to use the site for commercial properties. In January 1970, 17 bodies were disinterred and removed to El Camino Memorial Park in Sorrento Valley while others went to other resting places.


During the grading of the site for use, and during the creation of the ramp for the I-5 freeway, construction workers found human remains and coffins. These discoveries were swept under the rug by developers so the workers took it upon themselves to rebury any remains they found on the site.

Patrons and employees of the Hunter are said to have eerie experiences in the restaurant. These include hearing their names called, objects moving on their own, power surges and the desire to gaze at the windows in the building. The spirit of a woman seems to enjoy spending time in the stairwell to the bar area. A floating apparition was seen on the second floor. Doors slam, lighting fixtures sway and cold spots are felt.
Activity has also been reported at the nearby Amazon Bike Shop. The building was formerly a gas station and strange incidents were reported during that time as well.

A small reminder of the Buena Vista Cemetery remains in the form of a plaque near the entrance of the restaurant, donated by the Oceanside Historical Society. Part of it reads, "Dedicated to the memories of those who were buried at Buena Vista Cemetery. While some bodies were moved before and during construction on this site many remain here or nearby." The names of the people found on gravestones are listed on the plaque.

Could it be the spirits of the former Buena Vista Cemetery residents are regular visitors to the restaurant and a nearby bicycle shop?

 The Paranormalistics look forward to investigating this location.

In 1971, the Hungry Hunter Steakhouse opened on the site of the old cemetery. Many employees over the years have reported seeing apparitions, including a woman dressed in old-fashioned clothing, an older man, and vague misty shapes.

Often workers will hear their names being called, although they are alone in the building. The alarm system goes off for no reason, lights flicker, and chandeliers shake. Incredibly loud banging noises are heard from the attic, but nothing is ever found.

Female workers sometimes feel their skin or hair being stroked. One waitress, alone in the building late one evening, heard a “wolf whistle.”

Wine bottles rearrange themselves, doors open and close by themselves, and beer bottles fall off their shelves.

The credit card machine has been observed to work on its own, and the refrigerator door will sometimes lock itself. There are even a few icy cold spots in the restaurant.

The bartender, Kyle Gaines,  has been working at the Hunter Steakhouse (changed from the Hungry Hunter in 1996) for many years. Late at night, when he is alone in the restaurant, cleaning up and getting ready to close, he sometimes hears his name being called. He has been aware of paranormal activity since he was a kid. He used to hunt for arrow heads with a friend who lived near some old Indian burial grounds, and he “used to feel things out there”.

There are some people around the area who believe the site of the Hunter Restaurant was actually a Native American burial ground before the settlers were interred there! Is it any wonder the Steakhouse has some unsettled entities residing within its walls?

15 comments:

  1. Such an interesting, fact filled story! Over the years many of my friends have worked at The Hunter as waitresses,bartenders etc. and they all say the same thing. Something is definately going on there! Supposedly the basement is a total hot spot and the employees were terrified of going down there for supplies. Another friend said the glasses used to fall off the shelves & shatter even though no one was anywhere near them. Creepy

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    1. We feel this is one of the most interesting areas of Oceanside, CA. The fact that it was once a graveyard and that the bodies buried there were not properly re- located is sad, and makes for a perfect environment for paranormal activity. In this case it's unfortunate that the poor souls have not found rest. Anyone should think twice about being buried in the ground, because this seems to happen time and time again with cemeteries.

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  3. Fuck yeah, I work here. It's all true!!

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  4. Lots of orbs in our pictures from this place, some with faces.

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  5. Were looking forward to investigate this place; any new hauntings there happened lately? Thanks.

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  6. Went for romantic dinner with my husband, to get away from the Halloween crap. We don't celebrate Halloween. Just wanted some crab and good steak and to try something new. Good crab, wouldn't go back for the steak which was disappointing. but we had the booth against the wall, Someone or thing knocked on our backs. Didn't even know about this history on place. The feeling of that place is true. The whole time I was sitting there, I kept looking up at the window above that seemed to go into a room, empty room. Don't know why I was, but I kept thinking, this place would be a perfect haunted house! Little did I know until I posted on FB where I was at trying to avoid Halloween. My friend was almost laughing at me! and clued me in Ironic huh! Sad for the bodies moved. RIP

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  7. I took a picture towards fire place and got the male ghost.. I was freaked out

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  8. I just recently went for a last minute get away to Oceanside with my bf/sister. We were both craving a good steak so we decided to try this place out. Never heard of it, nor had we ever been there. The restaurant was quiet, but quaint, the food was great and the waitress was very sweet. While eating I kept seeing silhouettes walking up and down the stairs, but dismissed it because of the dim lighting. During conversation I kept getting light headed and dizzy spells, similar to the sensation of a roller coaster ride. I had several out of body moments, where my spirit seemed to be floating over the table. I had intense ringing in both my ears, and head pressure. I'm a medium and experience similar things when I'm meditating. These sensations are very common when spirit wants to communicate with the living. I knew something was off, but wasn't sure what it was. Later that evening, after leaving the restaurant a man at the local mini-mart mentioned during small chat, that the steakhouse was haunted. It all made perfect sense. I'd still go back, the food was great. ;)

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  10. I crashed my car one night at this intersection of 78 fwy getting onto 5 south in front of the bike shop, I believe this area has to be haunted esp. this intersection, always from childhood I remeber seeing plenty of bad accidents here & it also happen to me at 12 at night.

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  11. I have a friend that was headed on to the southbound 5 ramp from 78 freeway.
    A car ran a red light and got crushed by his truck the woman passed away at the scene. It was 10 years ago. I ate there today. Very good food. Heard voices and noises but only in bathroom hallway..... Daniel

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