In a city as diverse and crazy about eating as San Francisco, steakhouses come in as many different forms as its citizenry. Classics reign but new-fangled cuts and stunning presentations dot the beefy landscape. These are our San Francisco Best Steakhouse winners for 2023, selected by our editors — look for our readers’ choice winner, selected by our audience.
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Japanese and Italian flavors enliven a tasting menu spun with kanpachi and Wagyu tataki. But beef connoisseurs descend on the clubby space for wet and dry-aged American rib eyes and porterhouses, an extensive menu of specialized Japanese Wagyu (olive-fed Sanuki Kagawa A5, anyone?) and epic desserts to match. Hours are 5:30pm to 9pm daily. alexanderssteakhouse.com
Known in equal measure for the SF 49ers porterhouse (said to weigh 49 ounces or more) and a six pound crab feast, Bobo’s balances a menu of steak and seafood with traditional steakhouse salads (iceberg wedge) and sides (creamy spinach, loaded baked potato). Hours are 5pm to 10pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Hours are 5pm to 10pm Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday. boboquivaris.com
House of Prime Rib
Of course you are here for the prime rib, cut tableside, served large and with a side of Yorkshire pudding as King Henry VIII would have it. Smaller appetites can sate themselves with The English Cut (sliced thin) and seasonal greens, similarly prepared tableside. Everyone gets to enjoy the wood-paneled room, comfy chairs and roaring fireplace. Hours are 5pm to 10pm Monday through Friday, 4pm to 10pm Saturday and Sunday. houseofprimerib.net
American and Japanese-raised Wagyu lead off a menu of beef classics such as steak Diane and pepper steak. Fans love the triple-arched wooden bar. Lined with green club chairs, it is the perfect spot to savor a martini and live jazz from the piano and a standing bass. Hours are 5pm to 9pm Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, 5pm to 10pm Friday and Saturday, closed Monday. harrisrestaurant.com
An in-house aging program, emphasis on wood-fired cooking, and Asian flavor tilt mean ember-roasted Japanese A5 can be tried individually or as part of a tasting menu and the crispy pig ears find their jazz hands with chili fish caramel and cilantro. For dessert, the wagyu fat brownie topped with miso dots is a must. Hours are 5:30pm to 9pm Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday. nikusteakhouse.com
Revel in the majesty of next door neighbor, Grace’s Cathedral as you enter, then snuggle into a black, tufted banquette to await the skillet-roasted chorizo cheese bread (even better with a Vieux Carre cocktail). The asparagus soup is a must-try and the bone-in veal chop and Tomahawk pork chop shift the focus away from aged beef. Filet mignon with or without the bone are classic. Hours are 5:30pm to 8:30pm daily. ossosteakhouse.com
A San Francisco mainstay since 1908, here you’ll find expertly prepared steaks, fresh seafood and excellent service in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. johnsgrill.com
The Vault Steakhouse & Garden
Whether you want to enjoy the covered and heated outdoor garden or head inside for a new spin on a classic steakhouse, The Vault is going to offer you a night of elegance and fine dining. vaultsteakhouse.com
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