Alfred's Steakhouse has been open in San Francisco for 88 years, feeding locals unpretentious steaks and tableside Manhattans over the years until the restaurant reached an iconic status in the city. Now, after a seven-week shutter to change hands to new owners Daniel Patterson Group and update the space, Alfred's reopens Thursday, February 18 to return to its status as one of San Francisco's top steakhouses. The refresh includes fresh red paint, new Hollywood-style booths in the lounge area, restored wood floors after ripping up the carpet in the bar area, and new carpet in the restaurant, but it's all been updated with an eye toward maintaining the history of the space. What remains from the restaurant of yore includes the dining room's original booths, the old meat case (but cleaned up), German chandeliers, original 1928 stained glass sign in the entrance and the original bar. Artist John Ricca is responsible for what hangs on the walls, which is commemorative of the city.
As for the food, executive chef Charlie Parker is in charge of the Flannery Beef steaks, which are aged for 15 or 30 days and wood-fire grilled with mesquite. There are the typical side sauces like bearnaise, but with a brown butter update. Sides similarly have been modernized to put mascarpone in the mashed potatoes and include seasonal vegetables, like sunchoke currently. The Buckaroo lunch — a cult-status lunch where regulars wear their "Buckaroo badge" — will return on February 25. The full dinner menu and wine list is below.
Alfred's has reopened for business daily at 4 p.m. The Buckaroo lunch will be available on Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.