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Steaks for Birthday on Sat. 11/18

manda Nov 17, 2006 03:34 PM

Can anyone recommend a place with decent steaks - not necessarily a steakhouse - and good desserts? We're looking to spend around $25-$35 pp.

I'm looking for something between SF and San Mateo.


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    Jeff RE: manda Nov 17, 2006 06:16 PM

    In that price range, try Izzy's. Only problem is locale--there's one in the Marina district in SF and I believe there's one in San Carlos, a bit south of San Mateo.

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: manda Nov 17, 2006 06:32 PM

      $25-35 including dessert, tax, and tip?

      Izzy's and Original Joe's are about the cheapest places with decent steak, and the steak alone's around $25.

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        manda RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 17, 2006 07:54 PM

        Oops, I meant for entrees. Sounds like those two would fit the bill.

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          Robert Lauriston RE: manda Nov 17, 2006 08:11 PM

          El Raigon is in your price range and has better food.


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            Civil Bear RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 20, 2006 09:04 PM

            El Raigon's menu looks enticing. Are the steaks ala carte?

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              Robert Lauriston RE: Civil Bear Nov 20, 2006 09:11 PM

              Yes. Sides are $5 for shareably large helpings.

      2. Lori SF RE: manda Nov 17, 2006 08:07 PM

        Slow Club has a good steak and good desserst
        Sam's Grill- has a great steak- never had dessert here.
        Belden Taverna

        1. Melanie Wong RE: manda Nov 17, 2006 09:05 PM

          Haven't been there, but what about Cleo's for brazilian steakhouse? More about the meat than dessert...

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            Hungrygirl35 RE: Melanie Wong Nov 12, 2007 09:55 AM

            We have always enjoyed Cleo's, it probably depends on the time you go. We've gone on weekend nights, so that is probably the best time when the meat is fresh and not dried out cooking for a long time. Plus, love the pineapple and the amazing fried bananas.

          2. Civil Bear RE: manda Nov 20, 2006 08:58 PM

            Ugh, I went to Cleo's for lunch a couple months ago and will never return. The best cut of meat they served in their rotation was plain 'ol sirloin. The sausages were salty, the pork lion was dry, and the brisket (yes, brisket on a spit) was tough as nails. To top it all off they only served 7 of their 9 offerings.

            For just a buck or two more, Espetus on Market Street is much, much better.

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              dinnerout RE: manda Nov 21, 2006 10:14 PM

              What about Acme Chophouse? Not exactly in between, but definitely on the Southern end of SF. Haven't been in a bit so I'm not quite sure about the prices.

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                Civil Bear RE: dinnerout Nov 21, 2006 10:35 PM

                The steaks at Acme are definitely outside the OP's price range ($35+ for ala carte).

              2. foodiegrl RE: manda Nov 21, 2006 11:24 PM

                I have to second El Raigon. The steaks are amazing, and the atmosphere is a bit more festive than your typical steakhouse. They also have a private room that is often available for no extra charge.

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                  buoncibo RE: manda Nov 22, 2006 11:02 PM

                  Have heard that Town in San Carlos has good steaks. Can anyone confirm that?

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                    sfoperalover RE: buoncibo Dec 19, 2007 08:48 PM

                    i've always been a fan of the steak at universal cafe - but it's been a while since i've indulged there.

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