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Steak tartare

simply_victoria Jul 9, 2014 12:05 PM

Traveling around California with a friend who has let me pick most of the places where we are eating on the trip. He loves steak tartare. I was looking for good suggestions for restaurants with this dish. Also, we are thinking of hitting it on a Sunday night while in San Francisco. Any good suggestions?

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  1. c oliver RE: simply_victoria Jul 9, 2014 12:14 PM

    Cafe Claude, which I really like, has it on their menu but I've not eaten it there. Even so, I'd recommend it. I checked and they are open Sunday for dinner.


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      The Dive RE: c oliver Jul 9, 2014 01:16 PM

      I really like the Cafe Claude version.

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        c oliver RE: The Dive Jul 9, 2014 01:38 PM

        Good to know. I like that it's chopped rather than ground.

    2. Robert Lauriston RE: simply_victoria Jul 9, 2014 12:24 PM

      Perbacco makes the best I've had in SF. Try the salsiccia di bra as well. Closed Sundays.

      Wayfare Tavern's was also very good.

      If you're in the area, the version they make at Moody's Bistro in Truckee is worth a detour.

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        c oliver RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 9, 2014 12:31 PM

        Ooh, thanks for the heads up about Moody's. We hadn't been in a couple of years until recently.

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        srr RE: simply_victoria Jul 9, 2014 12:50 PM

        I love to sit at the bar at Harris' and order a martini and steak tartare. Classic steak house vibe. Great martinis.

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          Jeff RE: simply_victoria Jul 9, 2014 01:29 PM


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            twenex RE: Jeff Jul 11, 2014 10:44 AM

            I second this, but these days you have to request they make it at the table. BTW, any place that doesn't make it at the table should be eliminated from consideration, IMHO.

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              Robert Lauriston RE: twenex Jul 11, 2014 11:00 AM

              Having it prepared tableside is fun, but it can't improve the dish, and few restaurants have the old-fashioned cart.

          2. pamf RE: simply_victoria Jul 9, 2014 01:39 PM

            Chez Maman has two locations, Hayes Valley and Potrero.

            Gamine is on Union Street in the Cow Hollow/Marina neighborhood.


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              Melanie Wong RE: pamf Jul 9, 2014 01:59 PM

              Here's my post on the steak tartar at Gamine. Ask 'em to go easy on the ketchup.

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                estnet RE: Melanie Wong Jul 10, 2014 09:31 PM

                Wow, ketchup???? Never even thought of that - this wasn't an option any of the times I had it in France ;)

            2. ourswimmer RE: simply_victoria Jul 9, 2014 09:09 PM

              I had very nice beef tartare recently at Bar Tartine. It had a lot of a sort of red pepper yogurt sauce with it, which I liked but which was not really traditional.

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                Robert Lauriston RE: ourswimmer Jul 10, 2014 08:52 AM

                Oh yeah, I've had that a couple of times. Great stuff and their toast is the best.

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                marilees RE: simply_victoria Jul 10, 2014 10:42 AM

                I had one at Prospect about a year ago with a very interesting mustard ice cream. It sounds odd, but it was pretty amazing and really stood out as a more special take on steak tartare

                1. Melanie Wong RE: simply_victoria Jul 10, 2014 05:08 PM

                  The Square, new spot in North Beach has beef tartare with salt-vinegar chips on the dinner menu. Anyone tried it?

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