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HELP -- Romantic Steak Dinner Location - This Tuesday Night!

tahoerue Aug 28, 2006 03:38 AM

Hi there,

I am taking my boyfriend out to dinner for a special celebration and want to go to a place where neither of us have been.

Any advice for San Francisco or the Penninsula is appreciated.

Thanks so much!

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    NoeMan RE: tahoerue Aug 28, 2006 03:46 AM

    It's a chain but it's great. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse on Van Ness in San Francisco.

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      kc72 RE: tahoerue Aug 28, 2006 03:49 AM

      where have you been so far?

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        tahoerue RE: kc72 Aug 28, 2006 03:54 AM

        Thanks...I know he has done the big steak houses, such as House of Prime Rib and Ruth's Chris. But we also have done Chez Panisse, Zuni, Boulevard, etc. He is partial to steak...

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        sfbrit RE: tahoerue Aug 28, 2006 04:20 AM

        Izzy's Steakhouse is a great choice, both in SF (marina district) and the peninsula (at San Carlos Airport).

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          Robert Lauriston RE: sfbrit Aug 28, 2006 03:36 PM

          Izzy's is relatively inexpensive but not great.

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            doc RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 28, 2006 04:34 PM

            Actually I was at Izzy's a couple of weeks ago and as far as I know it is still open. I think it was a cuban restaurant in the previous incarnation. Agree that it is not a high-end steakhouse, just decent "bang for the buck" steaks.

            On the peninsula, you might also look at Sundance in Palo Alto, which is an old standby or if you are looking for something more romantic/high end, I would check the menu at Marche in Menlo Park. Bumping the romance/ambience up a notch, maybe the Village Pub in Woodside? It's not a steakhouse per se, but they have a grass-fed filet on the menu and sometimes a "special" steak offering. http://thevillagepub.net/home.php

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              Robert Lauriston RE: doc Aug 28, 2006 04:43 PM

              I must have been confusing it with some other Peninsula branch of an SF place.

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            beer786 RE: sfbrit Aug 28, 2006 10:28 PM

            what at izzys did you enjoy?i have always seen it off the freeway but never tried it.

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            ML8000 RE: tahoerue Aug 28, 2006 05:42 AM

            You might try Harris' or Morton's.

            Harris' -- good solid choice, they raise their own cattle, etc., probably on par w/ Ruth Chris price/service wise...perhaps a little more formal (looks, feels like a steakhouse)

            Morton's -- luxo, upscale, aged beef, expensive (everything is priced seperate: steak, spud, spinach, etc.)

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              Doodleboomer RE: ML8000 Aug 28, 2006 07:35 AM

              haven't been to harris' but i second morton's. definetly upscale, but ,kind of an old boy's club vibe, great steak, and wonderful salads and sides. definetly a special occasion

            2. psb RE: tahoerue Aug 28, 2006 09:08 AM

              Well it's not a steakhouse, but for atmosphereics
              what about BIX? I havent been there in a while,
              but it is a "mood place" and you certainly can get
              a hunk of meat there.

              Some of the steak houses seem a bit of a "corporate
              setting, rather than intimate.

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                gfsf RE: tahoerue Aug 28, 2006 02:21 PM

                I had a great birthday dinner and ribeye at "Town" in San Carlos on Friday on Laurel St. Great bar scene too. They even print Happy Birthday with the birthday guest's name on the menu, a nice touch and a great souvenir.

                1. Robert Lauriston RE: tahoerue Aug 28, 2006 03:47 PM

                  Why patronize an out-of-town corporate chain like Morton's or Ruth's Chris when we have so many local alternatives?


                  Here's a recent thread on SF steakhouses:


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                    Ruth Lafler RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 28, 2006 09:42 PM

                    I don't know about the others, but I think Alfred's is kinda romantic, in a dark, old-fashioned clubby kind of way, especially the back room.

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                      MJT RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 28, 2006 09:46 PM

                      Jeanty at Jacks is always good for steak. I also like the steak frites at Fringale.

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                      beer786 RE: tahoerue Aug 28, 2006 10:28 PM

                      i prefer sundance steakhouse in palo alto, i find the food and service to be outstanding.

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