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A Guide to
The Best Steakhouses in San Francisco

Looking for a juicy steak and all the sides? Here’s our definitive list of the best steakhouses in San Francisco, from timeless classics to newer gems.

San Francisco's culinary scene is renowned for its great diversity and top quality, and its steakhouses are no exception. From iconic establishments to modern twists, the City by the Bay offers many options to satisfy steak lovers of all styles and budgets, offering meaty delicacies and outstanding seafood at various price points. With so many fantastic steakhouse options all throughout the city, each unique in its own way, we can only say: “Well done, chefs!”

House of Prime Rib

1906 Van Ness Ave.
(415) 885-4605

A San Francisco institution, House of Prime Rib specializes in classic prime rib that is aged for 21 days and carved tableside to your liking. Each order is accompanied by a colorful salad, mashed potatoes and gravy or a baked potato with sour cream and chives, traditional Yorkshire Pudding, creamed spinach, and fresh horseradish sauce. Of course, there are delicious desserts and a variety of cocktails and wines on the menu to round out your meal. The Cocktail Lounge is a great spot for an aperitif, and the restaurant has a cozy, old-school atmosphere. It's a wonderful location for a special weekend dinner or to take family and friends that are visiting the city. Prices range from moderate to high, offering choices for different budgets.

Eat at House of Prime Rib

Tadich Grill

240 California St.
(415) 391-1849

Another iconic spot, Financial District's Tadich Grill is the oldest, continuously run restaurant in California, with its roots in a coffee stand formed by three Croatian immigrants in 1849. It's the kind of place where the servers know your name, and the bartenders remember if you like your martini shaken or stirred. The restaurant offers over 75 entrees daily, including its famous selection of mesquite charcoal broiled meats and a wide array of excellent seafood. Some customer favorites include the filet mignon with shoestring fries and vegetables, the Dalmation Stew, which is plated with lobster, clams, scallops, and a side of grilled bread, and the crab cake appetizer. The wine list offers plenty, and the seasoned bar team prepares classic handmade cocktails. Prices are moderate. With this many menu options, there is something for every preference and budget.

Eat at Tadich Grill

EPIC Steak

369 The Embarcadero
(415) 369-9955

This Embarcadero steakhouse seamlessly blends classic charm with modern sophistication, delivering a refined dining experience complemented by breathtaking views of the Bay Bridge. Chef Parke Ulrich crafts dishes that exude simplicity yet are full of flavor. The à la carte menu boasts a variety of tempting options sourced from both land and sea, accompanied by an extensive wine list and a selection of signature cocktails. Be sure to leave room for dessert to complete your dining experience. The use of high quality, environmentally responsible produce, meat, and seafood combined with outstanding beverage choices and some of the best views in town mean prices here are on the higher end.

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Original Joe’s

601 Union St.
(415) 775-4877

Original Joe’s has been serving up hearty steaks and classic dishes since 1937. Today, the restaurant offers a daily show by preparing dishes in an open kitchen. House specialties include roasted prime rib with mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, au jus, and horseradish sauce; a house-made lasagna; and risotto with seared scallops. A variety of steaks and chops graces the menu as well, and there's a wide selection of wines as well as classic, seasonal, and signature cocktails. The prices at this timeless classic and local favorite are on the moderate side.

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Alexander’s Steakhouse

448 Brannan St.
(415) 495-1111

Located in the SoMa district, Alexander’s Steakhouse presents a fine-dining rendition of the contemporary American steakhouse, subtly infused with Japanese elements across its menu. Lauded for its extensive selection of both domestic and imported Wagyu steak, it’s a prime destination for carnivores seeking the best of the best. The omakase tasting menu is outstanding, with dishes like Wagyu tataki, crab garlic noodles, and black sesame panna cotta. Feeling extra fancy? Add the caviar service, which consists of an ounce of golden Osetra caviar, accompanied by scallion pancakes, cured egg yolk, creme fraiche, and chives. You can also order from the à la carte menu, where you’ll find a variety of internationally sourced steaks, seafood, and desserts. Night cap cocktails and fortified wines are also available. Offering unique and special meats, in addition to an all-around top-notch experience, the price point at this popular steakhouse is at the higher end.

Eat at Alexander's

The Vault

555 California St.
(415) 508-4675

Located in the Financial District, The Vault offers a sophisticated dining experience in a historic setting: housed in an original bank vault! Transforming the traditional steakhouse with a contemporary culinary perspective, the restaurant offers timeless cocktails, diverse whiskey offerings, and thoughtfully selected wines. The steaks are meticulously prepared, and the freshly sourced seafood, inventive side dishes, and personalized tableside service make for an extravagant experience. Highlights on the menu include caviar service; a variety of black angus and Wagyu meats, which can be served with sauces like black truffle bordelaise and barrel-aged Worcestershire; and a side of black truffle lobster mac and cheese. At the Piano Lounge, you can enjoy live music and a happy hour menu five days a week. Prices at this steakhouse are on the higher end, but a meal at this sleek and modern spot is well worth the splurge.

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Harris’ Restaurant

2100 Van Ness Ave.
(415) 673-1888

A classic steakhouse with a timeless ambiance, Harris' has been serving top-quality steaks since 1984. Come here for a swanky night of jazz, classic cocktails, award-winning wines, and A5 Wagyu beef. This family-run fine-dining establishment serves iconic dishes like a dry-aged Porterhouse, bone-in New York steaks, and Maine lobster. There is also a selection of interesting sides, like truffle Madeira sauce and caramelized onions, and a variety of distinguished Midwestern aged beef. If you want to enjoy the Harris' experience at home, stop by the steakhouse's Butcher Shop, offering a selection of dry-aged beef that's freshly cut. And while the Pacific Bar & Piano Lounge could be your destination for the night, with live jazz and the full menu available in a more upbeat environment, it's also a fantastic spot for pre-dinner drinks. Prices are on the higher side, but the impeccable service and consistently excellent food make it a standout.

Eat at Harris'

John's Grill

63 Ellis St.
(415) 986-0069

Family-owned and closing in on its 120th year of business, John's Grill is a San Francisco institution. Featured in classic works of detective noir like The Maltese Falcon and the gathering place of choices for decades' worth of San Francisco politicos, John's Grill is where you can get a healthy portion of local character to go with your terrific, dry-aged Black Angus steaks. The team at John's Grill prides itself on consistency—in service, in ambiance, and in its quality menu selections. Naturally, you're reading this because you're looking for a good steak; but don't ignore the jumbo prawns, lamb chops, or one-of-a-kind Jack LaLane salad, either.

Eat at John's Grill

Niku Steakhouse

61 Division St.
(415) 829-7817

Combining Japanese and American influences, Niku Steakhouse offers a unique, high-end dining experience in the Design District. This Michelin-starred restaurant shines with its in-house dry-aging program and unique selections of coveted Japanese A5 Wagyu, coupled with a focus on wood-fired cuisine. Executive Chef Dustin Falcon, an alumnus of The French Laundry, and his team create innovative small plates and side dishes that elevate the dining experience beyond traditional steakhouse fare, such as black truffle gnudi with chicken and lardo sausage, morel mushrooms, and madeira blanquette, and Kusshi oysters with fermented tomato water gelée and housemade tajin. The steakhouse offers an award-winning wine list and a variety of cocktails focusing on whiskeys from around the world. The space feels luxurious and modern, with floor-to-ceiling windows and dark wood walls. Adjacent to the restaurant, there is also an outstanding butcher shop. Prices here are on the higher end, reflecting the quality of the ingredients and the craftsmanship of the dishes.

Eat at Niku

Miller & Lux

700 Terry A Francois Blvd.
(415) 872-6699

Named after the iconic Central Valley ranching company, Miller & Lux pays homage to California's agricultural heritage while serving top-quality steaks right by Chase Center. Chef Tyler Florence invites guests to a fine-dining experience with steaks sourced from top-tier American ranches; an extensive raw bar featuring exquisite, sustainable seafood; and a selection of farm-direct vegetables. A globally curated wine list and an outstanding cocktail program round out the evening. In addition to perfectly prepared steaks and luxurious side dishes and plates, the M&L Burger—made with a dry-aged blend, Mt. Tam Triple Cream, bacon jam, onion rings, watercress, and truffle fries—is a highlight on the menu. It's sophistication even garnered it a spot on Michelin's roundup of the Best Hamburgers in California. With its old-school yet luxe ambiance, fabulous hospitality, and top-notch culinary offerings, the price point at this steakhouse is at the higher end.

Eat at Miller & Lux


2518 Mission St.
(415) 550-6970

Lolinda, located in the Mission District, offers a South American-inspired take on the traditional steak restaurant. Chefs Alejandro Morgan and Juan Torres craft a carefully curated menu blending Latin American flavors with influences of California cuisine. The restaurant has a vibrant ambiance perfect for various occasions, from group gatherings and romantic evenings to business meetings and festive events. A family-style concept of meats prepared over the woodfired grill in combination with Latin-American favorites, like ceviche and empanadas, make this steakhouse stand out. For dessert, try their twist on Milk and Cookies, featuring homemade alfajores filled with dulce de leche, paired with a creamy vanilla milkshake. Lolinda also has fantastic wine and cocktail lists that reflect the restaurant's South American roots. Prices are moderate to high, and the happy hour menu offers a solid selection of delicious items.

Eat at Lolinda

Osso Steakhouse

1177 California St.
(415) 771-6776

Nob Hill's Osso Steakhouse offers a fine-dining experience of dry-aged steaks and modern ambiance. As you enter the elegant space, you'll be enveloped in a welcoming atmosphere, complemented by attentive staff committed to impeccable service. The steakhouse serves carefully chosen premium cuts from top ranches and farms, guaranteeing outstanding quality and taste. In addition to skillfully prepared steaks, the restaurant offers appetizers, sides, and dessert, as well as an award-winning wine list and craft cocktails. Highlights on the menu include hamachi crudo with yuzu ponzu, jalapeño, and shiso, a 45-oz Tomahawk steak, and a jumbo lobster tail with sauteed spinach and bearnaise. The restaurant also offers a superb selection of bar bites, ideal for those seeking a laid-back dining experience with great company and refreshing drinks. Prices here are on the higher side, but the quality of the meat and the attention to detail make it worth the splurge.

Eat at Osso

Mastro’s Steakhouse

399 Geary St.
(415) 363-9539

Part of a renowned steakhouse chain, the Union Square location of Mastro’s Steakhouse offers a high-end dining experience. The restaurant combines top quality steaks and seafood with outstanding service. With a strict upscale dress code and daily live music, the ambiance is classy, vibrant, and elegant. In addition to excellent American and Japanese A5 Wagyu steaks, menu highlights include a lobster cocktail, a sushi selection, and truffle butter sautéed wild mushrooms. An extensive, award-winning wine list and a selection of classic and signature cocktails are there for your perusal, and you will want to save room for the famous warm butter cake. As this is a place for a special night out or an important business gathering, prices at this upscale locale are on the higher end.

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Author Lucas Mittenentzwei
Lucas Mittenentzwei

Lucas Mittenentzwei is a digital project and content consultant. Originally from Germany, he has lived in California since 2010, calling San Francisco his home for several years. Lucas started in the hospitality industry before joining Visit California in its mission to inspire the world to visit the Golden State. He is passionate about all aspects of the travel experience, but trying new restaurants (or tried-and-true classics) is at the top of his list.