Izzy's Chop House, San Ramon
I have a business dinner there tomorrow night and would love any input. My search turned up nothing. I know they have locations elsewhere in the Bay Area but have not tried them. I am most interested in anything in particular to avoid, wine list and how it compares to other steak places in the Tri-Valley. Thanks for your help!
I have only been to the San Carlos location, and I think Izzy's is decent value. The prices are the big attraction, e.g. a filet dinner is about $26 vs $35-40 & up at most other steakhouses.
Plusses: Steaks are good, a few of the sides are decent, eg. the creamed spinach. The sole dinner is surprisingly good and inexpensive ($17?). A few of the appetizers, e.g. the oven roasted mussels ala Lulu are very good, most are forgettable.
Minuses: Service can be amateurish. Bread is cold and always somehow tastes stale. Wine list is ok and fairly priced at about 2x retail, but very limited. Most of the sides are poor to mediocre (fries, brocolli, asparagus) and always seem to arrive cold with the entree.
I've only been to the San Francisco location, but I'd agree with doc that Izzy's is a good value, but not a lot else.
The steaks are moderately priced and reasonably good. You definitely won't feel guilty using one of the many steak sauces at your booth.
I'd agree with doc about the wine as well. This is a good steakhouse to order beer in. Anchor Steam goes great with beef.