Best Steakhouses in San Francisco

July 15, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Restaurants where you can really get your meat on.

Alexander's Steakhouse
Steakhouse · China Basin · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

"How do you say 'wow' in Japanese?" wonder "discriminating" diners smitten by these "luxe" steakhouses with "creative Asian" touches, where beef that "melts in your mouth" and the signature hamachi shots ( "a must" ) are presented alongside "fantastic" wines and "rare" spirits; if you're not a "software mogul" , you're looking at a "splurge" , but "everything is top-drawer" , right down to the "spectacular service" and complimentary "cotton candy upon departure."
Harris' The San Francisco Steakhouse
Steakhouse · Polk Gulch · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.6

Steakhouses don’t get much more "old-world" than this Polk Gulch "class act" where the chops are "serious" , the tabs are "expensive" and there’s "mahogany everywhere" ; granted, as a "throwback to another era" , it can feel "a bit old-fashioned" , but "prompt and very attentive" service helps ensure it's a "welcome experience" nevertheless.
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Steakhouse · Pacific Heights · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

"Quality" steaks "cooked to perfection" are the hallmarks of these "bucket-list" links in the national chophouse chain that also please "big eaters" with "scrumptious" sides and "full-bodied" wines; "attentive" service, "splurge" pricing and traditional decor oozing "San Francisco charm" make them a natural for "celebrations" and "special occasions."
Morton's The Steakhouse
American · Nob Hill · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

These links of a national chain provide a "classic steakhouse" experience – "perfectly cooked" chops, "welcoming service" , clubby atmospherics – that works for both "date night" or "business" dining; no kidding, it’s a "high-end experience" with a guaranteed "big bill" at the finish, but most agree "you can’t go wrong here."
5A5 Steak Lounge
Steakhouse · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

Packing "a very trendy punch" , this "modern" Downtown steakhouse "lounge" attracts a "cool" crowd with its "chic" "retro" design as a backdrop for "imaginative" starters and "real-deal" cuts of beef; "prompt" , "accommodating" service and "killer cocktails" soften the sting of potentially "spending a small fortune."
Roka Akor
Japanese · Downtown · $$$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.1

"Sleek is the word" at this "upscale" branch of a global Japanese chain, where a "fabulous" space in Downtown’s Jackson Square sets the scene for "expertly grilled" robata fare, including "high-quality" steaks, plus "awesome" sushi; the lower-level lounge is a "winner" known for its "happy-hour specials" , while the big-ticket dining room is "perfect for a business dinner."
Epic Steak
Steakhouse · Embarcadero · $$$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

"Away from the Ferry Building crowds" , this "modern" Embarcadero steakhouse has "special occasion" written all over it thanks to a drop-dead view of the "shimmering" Bay Bridge and "delicious" fare (including the beer-burger-brownie deal at the bar upstairs); expect "clubby" decor, "romantic" lighting and tabs as "big" as the cavernous setting, which also features a waterfront patio.
Alfred's SF
Steakhouse · Downtown · $$$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

Now a member of Daniel Patterson’s restaurant empire, this classic Downtown steakhouse continues to supply hefty cuts of grass-fed beef via a mesquite grill, accompanied by signature house martinis. The spruced-up setting retains its crimson walls, red-leather booths and chandeliers for a fitting dose of retro style, though the prices are very much up to date.