While San Francisco has plenty of vegetarian options, the city is just as well known for its carnivorous indulgences. Here, we feature a dozen steakhouses in San Francisco, some vintage American classics, others globally inspired, modern, and chic—all undeniably mouthwatering.
1. 5A5 Steak Lounge: 244 Jackson Street
This Financial District restaurant blends the hip, romantic vibe of a cocktail lounge with the carnivorous glamour of a Japanese steakhouse. Pick your cut of some of the highest quality steaks around, from US Certified Angus Beef to Australian 'Kobe' and the grade A5 100% Japanese Wagyu (the "highest grade of steak in the world").
2. Boboquivari's (aka Bobo's): 1450 Lombard Street
Very near the crookedest part of Lombard Street is this playful, circus-like twist on the traditional steakhouse. (
Boboquivari refers to the venetian court jester of comedy.) Bobo's beef has been dry-aged for 4-6 weeks and pan-seared to perfection. Pair it with the Dungeness crab for one delectable surf-and-turf meal.
3. Alexander's Steakhouse: 448 Brannan Street
This SoMA joint gets their beef from small farms in the U.S., Australia, and Japan. Another thing to boast about: Alexander's is one of the few restaurants in the U.S. that has been certified to serve Authentic Kobe beef from Japan. If you really want to go all out, order the "Study of Beef," a prix-fixe menu featuring steaks, seafood, and Japanese specialties.
4. Lolinda: 2518 Mission Street
This Argentinean steakhouse in the Mission District spices up its beef with Latin American flavors. Meats are cooked over a wood-fired grill and go incredibly well with ceviches, plantains, and empanadas.
5. Alfred's Steakhouse: 659 Merchant Street
Alfred's is a true classic, serving San Franciscans since 1928. Curl up in a leather booth, cut your dry-aged, mesquite-grilled steak underneath a crystal chandelier, and wash it all down with a big martini.
6. Bob's Steak & Chop House: 500 California Street, Omni Hotel
This Financial District steakhouse is actually a chain that originated in Dallas, Texas, but we'll let that slide… Bob's features a fairly traditional menu, with seven steak options available, all which come with a glazed carrot and potatoes.
7. House of Prime Rib: 1906 Van Ness Avenue
This is some old-school fun. Get your meat carved table-side with some Yorkshire pudding and creamed spinach. Beware: You'll be rolling out of this place, which has been stuffing bellies since the 1940s.
8. Osso Steakhouse: 1777 California Street
Located near the top of Nob Hill, this Art Deco-styled steakhouse selects their beef from only the highest quality sources. Make it surf and turf, and be sure to try the skillet-roasted chorizo cheese bread.
9. Leatherneck Steakhouse: 609 Sutter Street
Located on the top floor of the Marines' Memorial Club near Union Square, you'll get some awesome city views and live piano music. But more importantly, you'll get the traditional steakhouse experience, with a few twists, like the truffle tater tots. Do be sure to obey the dress code: no gym attire or sleepwear!
10. Espetus Churrascaria: 1686 Market Street
At this Brazilian steakhouse located at the edge of Hayes Valley, you pay a flat prix-fixe fee for unlimited meats—including 12-14 prime cuts and meat skewers (with blazed pineapple)—all carved tableside. The salad bar is a beast of its own, with ceviches and Brazilian specialties.
11. EPIC Steak: 369 The Embarcadero
This modern steakhouse is fit with plush chairs and an incredible view of the Bay Bridge and the San Francisco skyline. To match the scenery, the food and wine selection is rich and impressive: fresh seafood and plenty of beef. The truly ravenous may want to splurge for the 5-lb. Epic “Dude Ranch” Steak.
12. Harris' The San Francisco Steakhouse: 2100 Van Ness Avenue
Around since 1984, this classic spot has all the signature details of a vintage steakhouse with leather booths, chandeliers, and white tablecloths. They offer dry-aged mid-western and Wagyu beef grilled on an open range mesquite grill with sides like creamed spinach and traditional onion soup. Live jazz music in the lounge area rounds out the experience.