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Oct 11, 2011 09:08 AM

SF steakhouses 2011

Lots of new places, lots of old ones that closed, should probably start from scratch.

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  1. dry-aged: Alfred's, Boboquivari's, Epic Roasthouse, Harris'

    menus specify dry-aged for certain steaks: 5A5 Steak Lounge, Alexander's Steakhouse, Bourbon Steak, Lark Creek Steak

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

    wet-aged (all branches of out-of-town chains): Bob's, Morton's, Ruth's Chris

    Harris' Restaurant
    2100 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109

    Epic Roasthouse
    369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

    Lark Creek Steak
    845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    1450 Lombard St., San Francisco, CA 94123

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

    Alexander’s Steakhouse
    448 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA

    1. Le Bordeaux, but I haven't been yet.

      The idea of a steakhouse seems like an anachronism. Lots of places in San Francisco serve good beef.

      Le Bordeaux
      524 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133

      5 Replies
        1. re: Windy

          I think the advantage of a steakhouse is that they can sell enough beef to dry-age their own. At most of the places with dry-aged meat, steak is just a fraction of the menu.

          Bob's, Morton's, and Ruth's Chris seem like total anachronisms to me. I presume most of their business comes from tourists who don't know any better.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            "I think the advantage of a steakhouse is that they can sell enough beef to dry-age their own. At most of the places with dry-aged meat, steak is just a fraction of the menu."

            1. re: wolfe

              5A5 Steak Lounge, Alexander's Steakhouse, and Bourbon Steak, despite having the word "steak" in their names, have a lot of other things on the menu, as does Epic.

          2. re: Windy

            Le Bordeaux closed. Goes to show how bad an idea it is to open a restaurant without a liquor license.

          3. My (limited) wisdom on this remains unchanged. I don't generally go to steakhouses, but if I do go, Harris' is the spot for me.

            1. Leatherneck Steakhouse in the Marines Memorial is new.

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              1. re: sugartoof

                You should really get into the City more often. the Leatherneck Steakhouse has been there for a while.

                1. re: wolfe

                  Well look at that, you're right. So it's not new it's just frequently omitted.

                  The premise of it's recent slate of mentions has been that most San Franciscans don't even know it's there.

                  1. re: sugartoof

                    "Well look at that, you're right."
                    "Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn sometimes"
                    I think it gets overlooked because folks think you must have a military connection to eat in the Marines Memorial Hotel, maybe even be a Marine. There are no ex-marines, Semper Fi.

                    1. re: wolfe

                      I think you have to be military or retired to stay there, but anyone can eat there,

                      Semper Pri - Airborne

                      1. re: wolfe

                        Forget the misperception it's not accessible to the public, the steakhouse gets overlooked because it's fairly hidden, and some of us just aren't aware it's even there.

                        1. re: sugartoof

                          Well you are aware now and I breathlessly await your review but I'm not sure why you keep saying it's unknown. Don't you read Chowhound?

                          1. re: wolfe

                            Lots of mentions on CH, but you haven't linked to a single full report/review on here. It was also excluded from the thread.

                            Marine's Memorial is known to San Franciscan's for catered events, that is different than the steakhouse.

                            Time to move on.

                            1. re: sugartoof

                              I didn't exclude Leatherneck from the list above, just forgot about it. Personally I have no interest in steak that's not dry-aged.

                              Here's an enthusiastic report:


                    2. re: wolfe

                      Seems as if it has been there for abut 100 years, feels that way anyway.

                      1. re: hms0898

                        Not quite,"The club opened on November 10, 1946, the anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps."

                      1. re: sugartoof

                        Adding a link. Jonathan Kauffman reviewed it quite positively this week in SF Weekly. The beef is not dry-aged. The prices are relatively low.

                        Is there really any such thing as wet aging? I don't think sitting in a walking in a cryovac bag does anything to improve beef.

                        Leatherneck Steakhouse & Lounge
                        609 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                      2. I like Alfreds.
                        Mortons is a chain but they have the advantage of having the bar open early if you happen to get in early.
                        At the Harris you can not get in the door till 5 or 5:30, but they have an excellent steak.