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Harris or Arcadia?

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The hubby wants steak for his birthday, either in SF (near his workplace) or south bay (near mine) and I'm torn between these two places that we haven't tried.

I was drawn to Arcadia since I loved Michael Mina's restaurant, and I like how it seems more modern than Harris, which seems pretty old-school. However, we do want to go somewhere "nice" that's suitable for a special occasion and I'm wondering if it's too casual.

These restaurants are already crossed off our list:
- Alexander's - been there before and wasn't blown away, considering it was the most $$$ we ever spent for steak
- Epic Roasthouse - Seemed more about the view than the food. Hubby thinks it's "too trendy"
- House of Prime Rib - love it, but been here too many times
- Ruth's Chris - like HOPR, good but we're looking to try someplace new

Anyone eaten at both Harris and Arcadia and have an opinion? Or any other suggestions aside from the above?

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  1. while it's late and I'm tired and my mind is blanking out, keep in mind that there are many excellent restaurants in San Francisco that are not steakhouses per se, but feature steak on the menu and do a very good job....

    someone help?

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Nope, never been. Let me check out their menu.

        I'm definitely more interested in actual steakhouse restaurants than just places that serve steak so we can have more choices on what cuts are available.

        1. re: arlenemae

          How about 5A5?

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          5A5 Steak Lounge
          244 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

      2. I like Harris' as the best steak I've had in San Francisco, although I like House of Prime Rib for the namesake dish more. I've been to Arcadia once before, and the food is not bad, not as good of course as Michael Mina in SF. The restaurant is itself very uninspired, as it sits in the lobby of the Marriott and looks like a run of the mill hotel lobby restaurant. I agree with your take on Alexander's, in that American prime steaks there are only OK at best. If you go to Alexander's and want something great, you unfortunately have to spend more than $100 on either an Australian steak or Japanese Wagyu. But then again, it's the meat that still shines above the preparation, in Alexander's case. If you've never been, I find that the best steak in the South Bay, which I like better than Harris's actually, is at Forbes Mill in downtown Los Gatos.