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Best Steak dinner in SF?

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

We were considering:

ACME
House of Prime Rib
Mortons

Any other suggestions or comments about the ones above?

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  1. No steak at House of Prime Rib.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Correct but a great place none the less,

      1. re: PYTHONCHARLY

        Yeah, so long as you want prime rib.

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

      1. this is my favorite in SF.

        http://www.harrisrestaurant.com/

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

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

          1. 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

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

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

              1. 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

                  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

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

                  2. re: Robert Lauriston

                    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

                      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

                        El Raigon has closed.

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

                          1. re: nicedragonboy

                            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

                              http://sf.eater.com/tags/don-pistos