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Best Steak dinner in SF?

doxxie lover Sep 24, 2007 01:56 PM

A group of us are looking to have a dinner out and STEAK is the theme.

We were considering:

House of Prime Rib

Any other suggestions or comments about the ones above?

  1. Robert Lauriston Sep 24, 2007 01:59 PM

    No steak at House of Prime Rib.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      PYTHONCHARLY Sep 22, 2009 10:54 AM

      Correct but a great place none the less,

      1. re: PYTHONCHARLY
        Robert Lauriston Sep 22, 2009 11:19 AM

        Yeah, so long as you want prime rib.

    2. Husky Sep 24, 2007 02:02 PM

      I really like El Raigon -- it's high quality meat and not a corporate environment.

      1. coconutgoddess Sep 24, 2007 02:02 PM

        this is my favorite in SF.


        ignore the online menu, my favorite on the menu is not even on it.
        (bone in ribeye with marrow)

        1. c
          christineb Sep 24, 2007 02:04 PM

          Alfred's is a really cool steak house...it has a very old school kind of theme, and great, traditional food.

          1. k
            kresge86 Sep 24, 2007 02:24 PM

            I suggest Harris (1st choice), Acme, Alfred's or Bob's (in the Omni). Morton's is okay, but feels mass-produced (like the chain restaurant it is). House of Prime Rib feels like an "old English steak house" exhibit at Epcot Center at Disney. The food is okay, but it's hard for me to get past the show-like atmosphere. Ruth's Chris feels like a prom night restaurant. Boboquivari's offers good steak, but gets low marks for its atmosphere (in a motel parking lot). El Raigon is also okay and has a beautiful, quiet dining room, but I don't recall being wowed by their steaks. I haven't yet tried Lark Creek Steak, so I can't speak to that.

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            1. re: kresge86
              coconutgoddess Sep 25, 2007 08:58 AM

              prom night steak, haha now that is the funny of the day!

            2. osho Sep 24, 2007 02:25 PM

              Brazen Head does an excellent steak. I haven't been in a while though.

              1. Robert Lauriston Sep 24, 2007 02:35 PM

                If you care, the independent local steakhouses all serve dry-aged beef, the branches of out-of-town chains all serve wet-aged:

                dry-aged: Acme, Alfred's, Boboquivari's, El Raigon, Harris'

                wet-aged: Bob's, Morton's, Ruth's Chris

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                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  grishnackh Sep 24, 2007 03:30 PM

                  You should stick to one of the outfits that Robert posted as serving dry-aged beef.

                  Of those five, if you want a clubby 'old-school' steakhouse atmosphere and good steaks at relatively reasonable prices, then head to Alfred's.

                  If you want a snootier 'old-school' steakhouse serving very good steaks and if money is no object, then head to Harris'.

                  If you care a lot about the manner in which the cow providing your steak was bred, fed, and raised [humanely I'd hope], then your best bet is to head to Acme Chophouse.

                  If you don't at all care about the proto-typical steakhouse atmosphere, aren't particularly price-sensitive, and want to try what many consider to be the best-tasting steak in San Francisco, then head to Boboquivari's.

                  1. re: grishnackh
                    Robert Lauriston Sep 24, 2007 03:52 PM

                    And if you want to taste the best Argentine-style grass-fed ribeye, go to El Raigon.

                  2. re: Robert Lauriston
                    ChefBoyAreMe Sep 25, 2007 09:01 AM

                    Fair warning....if you eat a Harris, you might, like I do, feel compelled to whet your appetite with a martini. Something about the place makes it seem manadatory.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston
                      Robert Lauriston Mar 7, 2008 11:19 AM

                      Updating that list:

                      dry-aged: Acme, Alfred's, Boboquivari's, El Raigon, Epic Roasthouse, Harris'

                      both (?): Lark Creek Steak (menu specifies dry-aged for certain steaks)

                      to be determined: Joe DiMaggio's, Izzy's (menus just say "aged")

                      wet-aged: Bob's, Morton's, Ruth's Chris

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston
                        Robert Lauriston Sep 22, 2009 09:52 AM

                        El Raigon has closed.

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston
                          nicedragonboy Sep 24, 2009 02:58 PM

                          Any idea when that happened? Their website is still up and running.

                          1. re: nicedragonboy
                            bobpantzer Sep 24, 2009 03:07 PM

                            I read about somewhere (I think SF.Eater.com) early this week. It was also in this morning's "The Scoop" columni in the Chronicle.

                            1. re: nicedragonboy
                              Robert Lauriston Sep 24, 2009 03:08 PM


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