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Harris Steak house vs. House of Prime Rib

swillbill Feb 9, 2006 12:08 PM

who's been? Which is better? I have a craving for some old school meat and potatoes. thanks

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    Philip Jul 11, 2007 09:21 AM

    Went to the House of Prime Rib for the first time on Sunday. I ordered my meat "rare," so I expected it to be med rare (which it was). Very flavorful and tender piece of meat. To only downside: I asked for the salad to have the dressing on the side, but the waiter put on a big show with the mixing & spinning. So, the salad was overdressed, but still tasty.

    My vote is for HOPR over Harris.

    1. gemster Jul 9, 2007 03:54 PM

      Am I the only one who doesn't like HOPR? The meats there are tough and not flavorful.

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        bbulkow Jul 9, 2007 04:13 PM

        Nope. To my eye, HOPR is a tourist-filled ripoff center. The first two times I went, I went with a group, and kind of enjoyed it. The last time (probably 3 years ago) I didn't even enjoy the party-in-a-can atmosphere. Played out.

        1. re: bbulkow
          Robert Lauriston Jul 10, 2007 02:58 AM

          HOPR's prices are pretty low by San Francisco standards. The food's stuck in the 50s, but the whole meal costs less than a prime rib entree alone would cost at non-retro establishments.

          Here's a topic with some tips on how to make the most of it:


      2. steve h. Jun 28, 2007 10:31 AM

        love the prime rib. what makes house of prime rib special? how do they cook it? what sides are interesting? how are the wines?

        i'm used to manhattan steak houses (for better or worse). how does hopr stack up?

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          twocents Jun 29, 2007 03:47 PM

          crusted in salt. if I'm not mistaken there are videos on their website. Sides are creamed spinach or corn, and baked or mashed potato. Also included is the house salad. I like both the creamed spinach and the corn, but they are both pretty heavy and unsophisticated; I find it satisfying. Same on the mashed potatoes with gravy. The salad is kind of retro, too, romaine, iceberg, watercress with chopped boiled egg and beet fairly doused in a sherry vinaigrette. I think that turns a lot of people off, but I like it.

          I've been 5 times in the last 8 months. I very much enjoy the overall experience, including atmosphere, a Manhattan, the salad, sides and especially the beef. There are many complaints on the board regarding tough/cold/fatty slices, but I have never had such a problem (I always get the king cut). I have to say I am no connoisseur of prime rib, but to me the cuts are rich and beefy. (My normal preferred cuts are hangar, skirt, followed by ribeye).

          1. re: twocents
            steve h. Jun 30, 2007 12:12 PM

            thanks for your post. i'm a beef fan but shy away when in san francisco. i'm a skirt steak, porterhouse guy but love a great prime rib. king cut it is.

            1. re: steve h.
              Bunson Jul 1, 2007 05:44 AM

              Thumbs up to the House of Prime Rib. I haven't looked for a steakhouse but it seems really hit or miss from what people are saying...I'd stick with the sure thing!

              1. re: steve h.
                Melanie Wong Jul 6, 2007 03:46 AM


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                  steve h. Jul 6, 2007 08:34 AM

                  good posts. thanks B and MW.
                  (edited 7:15 or so)

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            Vince Feb 11, 2006 05:33 PM

            House of Prime Rib....no question.....best i have ever had and its the same everytime, its never hit or miss

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              semmel Feb 11, 2006 09:53 AM

              House of Prime Rib does its one thing well. I ate their last year, my first prime rib. I almost didn't make a reservation, cuz my group planned to go at 6pm on a Thursday, but we got sqeezed in, and then squeezed in again when one person was half an hour late trying to find parking. The place was jumping, lots of happy faces, and I felt well treated. But I doubt I'll go back.

              For old school, you could also go to Izzy's on Steiner.

              For a newer school, I like Bobo's on Lombard.

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                ShopperGirl Feb 10, 2006 04:18 PM

                I LOVE House of Prime Rib. Been going there for 30 years. It's never changed...except for the crowd. I don't go anymore because you have to plan weeks in advance. Harris' is okay if you want steak. I'm sure there are better and cheaper steakhouses in SF. We sat in the bar area because we were dressed casual. I don't particulary like places that make the men wear ties. Is there a Smith & Wolensky out here?

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                1. re: ShopperGirl
                  foodaddict Feb 10, 2006 06:29 PM

                  Ever see how Harris Ranch treats their animals from I-5? That's turned me off to them.

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                    moto Feb 11, 2006 08:37 AM

                    Hello, Acme Chophouse makes the extra effort to use humanely raised meats and sustainably grown or gathered seafood and produce, with very good service and not excessive prices for the quality of ingredients. cheers

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                  doodleboomer Feb 9, 2006 12:56 PM

                  morton's, while being expensive, is great. i haven't been to either harris' or HoPr, but I have been to morton's (on post) many, many times and it rocks. from their meat (which i have to say comes from my dad's company) to their asparagus with bearnaise, and many other sides, it is phenomenal.

                  steak houses are expensive, but sometimes very worth it, and this is!

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                    pate man Feb 9, 2006 05:17 AM

                    Harris' ages their steaks- they are excellent but expensive. They have a website.
                    House of Prime Rib does ONE thing. Prime rib. Thats it. You have a choice of potato and is served with creamed spinach. They serve all the food including the salad with ICEBURG table side. Very old school.

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                      Jeff Feb 9, 2006 05:13 AM

                      If you want steak, go to Harris's. If you want prime rib, go to HOPR.

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                        Robert Lauriston Feb 9, 2006 05:46 AM

                        If you want steak, go to Alfred's!

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                          bernalgirl Feb 9, 2006 06:06 AM

                          Agree that Harris' is not the best place for a steak. If you're craving good meat and an Old School ambience, go to HOPR. But I think Harris' is a ripoff.

                          1. re: Robert Lauriston
                            Jeff Feb 9, 2006 11:23 AM

                            Have to disagree with the Alfred's recommendation. Ambiance is fine, but the ribeye I had there was nothing other than a big pile of fat. Alas, SF is not a great steak town. ACME and El Raigon are commendable for the meat, but the atmosphere at both is decidely non-steakhouse.

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                              Zach Georgopoulos Feb 9, 2006 11:48 AM

                              Unfortunately, Alfred's is sort of hit or miss nowadays. This pains me, as I have been a long time fan. I haven't given up on them, yet, though -- last time I went, I had a great steak.

                              1. re: Zach Georgopoulos
                                kresge86 Jul 6, 2007 01:55 PM

                                I agree that Alfred's can be hit-or-miss, but it's more often a hit, and I love the place anyway. However, for a can't miss steak, I recommend Harris'. We have been to Harris' at least once a year for the past 20 years, and we've never had a bad steak. Also, in our experience, the service is always impeccable. Even when we arrived wet (it was raining) in jeans and sweatshirts and were seated in the main dining room at 10pm (when they were technically closing), we were treated extremely well, and not rushed in the slightest. Fabulous food with great old style service.

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