Where can I find great steaks or beef on the Peninsula or in South Bay?
My friend and I are looking for a great beef restaurant somewhere, anywhere on the Peninsula or South Bay. I know a lot of the beef greats in SF - Harris, Ruth's Chris, Brothers (Korean BBQ), House of Prime Rib - but don't know of any in the Peninsula or South Bay area. It could be either a steak house or other beef restaurant.
Any recommendations? Thanks in advance!
For your reference, here are some of my favorite beef restaurants:
MarkJoseph (in Manhattan): My absolute favorite steak house in the US. They have the same if not better quality than Peter Luger's (in Brooklyn) but take credit card and are much more convenient to get to for peeps who live in Manhattan.
Ruth's Chris (SF): My favorite steak house in SF. I know. I'm a bit embarrassed that a chain ranks at the top of my list in SF, but there's something about the steaks sizzling on the hot plate with a glaze of butter on top that I just can't resist.
Koryo (Oakland): My favorite Korean BBQ joint in the Bay Area based on quality of beef and marinade alone. Service could be nicer, but you can't beat the taste of that thinly sliced and sizzling piece of beef as it moves from the flaming wood charcoal grill on your table and lands on your tongue.
Brothers (SF): This Korean BBQ restaurant is a close second compared to Koryo. The beef is almost as good as Koryo but the service is much friendlier. Whether you go to Brothers or Koryo, you should definitely remember to not wear nice clothes as the aroma from all the BBQ smoke will permeate your clothes. Usually, I can smell the delicious combination of garlic, marinade and BBQ smoke emanating from my pores the next morning. Yum...
House of Prime Rib (SF): Although the beef can be a bit inconsistent here, this is still one of my favorite SF beef restaurants. When they're on, the quality of the prime rib is excellent. Also, as weird as this may sound, the salad appetizer here is also great. Most importantly, HOPR is a lot of fun to visit because there's always a very festive atmosphere to the restaurant.
I'm going to go out on a ledge and suggest the following:
Forbes Mill - Steakhouse - Los Gatos, Ca : the only steakhouse i'd go w/o being dragged to that's not in the city.
Palace BBQ - Korean BBQ Buffet - Sunnyvale, Ca : might be santa clara, i'm not sure. off el camino next to hankook market. all you can eat beef, spare ribs, pork, etc.
As for prime rib, I really like houston's (right after HOPR) but they're also in the city. I guess Tied House, although I'm not sure if they still offer it.
re: Melanie Wong
Sorry I didn't mean to ignore your question, I just didn't see it!
Broadway is a bit more staid and more of an old fashioned steak house, lots of older folks who eat there twice a month kind of place.
Prime on the Avenue is a little more modern (for a steak house), nicer plating, veggies that aren't creamed etc.
I've been to both Forbes Mill in Los Gatos and Alexander's in Cupertino. Both are excellent but very different.
Forbes Mill is upscale, fancy dining in formal, behave yourself kind of way. Great food, never had a bad thing.
Alexander's is known for their Kobe beef offerings, so that's a plus in terms of food. Superb wine list and helpful staff. The thing about Alexander's though, that is a surprise, is that the crowd is not too "fancy." Plenty of people bring their kids, and the noise level is a bit higher here. Not as stuffy as Forbes Mill.
So I guess depending on what the dining occasion is, go to the right place. Make reservations though, no matter which one you might choose to go to. Both have great food, but if you want to try Kobe - go to Alexander's.
The Grill on the Alley at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. GREAT steaks. GREAT martinis. GREAT red wine. GREAT shrimp cocktail.
Given your appreciation for Korean bbq, I recommend Juban on Broadway in Burlingame and Santa Cruz Ave in Menlo Park. I have only been to Burlingame, and like it very much. They have a variety of good beef including a selction of Wagyu.