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Best steak at a non-steakhouse restaurant in SF

I have been craving a good steak and the consensus on the board seems to be that the steakhouses in San Francisco are not true destinations for the food.

I'm meeting a friend for dinner next week who isn't into steak and thought I might be able to find a great steak (maybe even better than at the steakhouses here?) at a restaurant other than a steakhouse, that way we could both find options we want.

Any good suggestions for the best non-steakhouse restaurant for steaks within San Francisco proper? Price is less relevant than quality. Thanks!

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  1. We have always loved the steak frites at Le Zinc in Noe Valley, but you can't be in a hurry here, it is very authentically French. Chenery Park in Glen Park always has a nice steak on the menu as well.

    Chenery Park Restaurant
    683 Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

    Le Zinc
    4063 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

    1. The ribeye at Perbacco is fantastic. Good food all around.

      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      1. I was utterly surprised that one of the best steaks I've ever had was the bone in rib-eye for two at One Market.

        1. Last time I had the rib-eye & frites for two at Florio (Fillmore between Pine/Bush, SF), it was very, very good. The steak & frites for one is a hangar steak.


          1. universal cafe usually has steak frites on their menu, and it is delicious. not sure if they always do though, so you might want to check first.

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            1. re: shivani


              Universal Cafe
              2814 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              1. re: whiner

                I shared the steak from Ame in the bar of the hotel one night with a friend. Fantastic. Truly one of the best steaks I've had in a while.

                1. re: The Dive

                  Yep. I mean... I don't know what other steaks you've had ;-) ... but it is the best steak I've had at a restaurant in SF...

              2. I agree with Florio and the ribeye at Fifth Floor was great.

                1. One of my favorites is the steak for two at the Globe, but it wouldn't suit your needs, unless you're a big eater. The steak there is more like a hanger steak, but was *crazy* with drippings and flavor - not a 3 inch thick beefcake.

                  1. I agree that bistros and brasseries are a better bet than chains that attract expense account tourists. And while I love rib eye, it's sort of a different craving.

                    A few more options:
                    L'Ardoise has steak frites on their menu regularly
                    We had a wonderful skirt steak at Bar Jules this week
                    Slow Club and NoPA are both good spots for grilled meats of all kinds.

                    None of these will run over $30 an entree (unlike ribeye for two) and should come with potatoes and vegetables.

                    Personally I'd give the edge to French restaurants, for doing more than you could by simply buying a fine cute of meat at a local butcher and cooking it yourself, and for better value on wines.

                    Now who has a good peppercorn sauce? And has anyone been to Acme Chophouse lately?

                    1. I would second the steak for two at Globe - a great grilled porterhouse, cut and served at the table, accompanied by individual servings of potato gratin for two ...

                      Another favorite is South Park Cafe's Steak Frites - a grilled hangar steak with an amazing red wine sauce - and some of the best french fries in town ...

                      Globe Restaurant
                      290 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94111

                      South Park Cafe
                      108 South Park, San Francisco, CA 94107