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16 Grade-A Steakhouses in San Francisco

Where to satisfy the meatiest of cravings

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When the craving for a steak strikes, it should be satisfied in the meatiest of ways. San Francisco may not be known as a meat-eating town, but there are enough places to provide relief to your beef-sized itch. In fact, some of the oldest restaurants in town are focused on steak.

Some — like Tadich Grill and Bobo’s — have entire sections of their menu devoted to fish, while others — like Niku and Gozu — are obsessed with wagyu. There are the classic steakhouses, such as House of Prime Rib and Harris', and more modern takes on the genre. All of this to say: despite common beliefs, there are plenty of places to go primal on a piece of meat and a martini, and this map can lead you to the best of them.

Read on for the best steakhouses in San Francisco, and if you're still in a meaty mood, then here's where to find the city's essential burgers and hot dogs.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bobo's

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1450 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 441-8880
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“The Crab” and “the Burger” are just the ticket at Bobo’s, a jester-inspired dining destination on Lombard. It’s named for boboquivaris, the Venetian court entertainer, in a nod to the Italian roots of chef/owner Andrea Froncilio. Bone-in filet mignon is a no-fail order here — add half a crab for $28.95 more.

2. Izzy's

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3345 Steiner St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 563-0487
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Izzy's, open since 1987 in the Marina, proudly serves aged corn-fed American beef, and at reasonably affordable prices. It is possible to get a filet mignon for under $30, and that includes two sides of your choosing. The restaurant also boasts one of the largest parklets in San Francisco, strung with twinkle lights.

3. Original Joe's

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601 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-4877
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This North Beach institution is still bustling with jacketed waiters bringing big plates of steak and pasta to leather booths with white tablecloths. Dating back to 1937, the original location suffered a fire in 2007, but Joe’s finally reopened five years later on Washington Square. The generous Italian-American menu includes flame-grilled New York strip, ribeye, porterhouse, filet mignon, or flat iron, which come with a side of spaghetti or housemade ravioli. Or try the prime rib roast, which includes classic mashed potatoes and creamed spinach.

Original Joe’s, Friday 6pm

4. The Brazen Head

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3166 Buchanan St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 921-7600
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Brazen Head is not a flashy downtown steakhouse experience, it’s more like the village pub of Cow Hollow. Regulars have been coming back to this cozy wood-paneled dining room for more than 40 years, and the house special is the prime rib, cooked however you like it, and served simply with a baked potato, green veggies, and jus. 

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5. 5A5 Steak Lounge

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244 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 989-2539
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The steakhouse choice of FiDi worker bees, 5A5 delivers on the steak front — if in a bit of an outdated lounge space. There's a Japanese bent here, in that the name originates from the five senses and A5 grade Japanese wagyu. Beyond that, the menu skews Japanese with dishes like lobster tempura and hamachi crudo. There are plenty of traditional steakhouse options, though, plus all the wagyu you can stand.

6. Roka Akor

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801 Montgomery St #100
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 362-8887
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Roka Akor is a luxury mini chain known for wagyu steak and omakase sushi. The San Francisco location opened as a glam underground lair at the foot of the Transamerica Pyramid in 2013. Coming off the robata charcoal grill, diners feast on Japanese wagyu from specific prefectures. From the fish counter, they can add on sashimi and nigiri, or go all in for the full omakase.

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7. Harris' Restaurant

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2100 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 673-1888
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At Harris', you'll travel back to a time when tuna tartare served in a martini glass was the dish du jour. And you'll like it, because the throwback quotient at this classic steakhouse is the best thing about it. That and the steaks, which are corn-fed and sourced from the Midwest, dry-aged for three weeks in the restaurant, and then mesquite-fire grilled.

8. House of Prime Rib

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1906 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 885-4605
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This San Francisco classic (est. 1949) is a trip back in time. The restaurant's apropos name says it all — it serves one thing and one thing only, and it does that roast beef perfectly. The only choices you need to make are: meat temperature, cut thickness, mashed or loaded baked potatoes, and martini or Manhattan. Each plate comes with a salad prepared tableside, creamed spinach, Yorkshire pudding, and potatoes — and of course a hulking piece of beef cut from roving carts. Take visiting friends and family, celebrate big life occasions, or just satisfy steak cravings.

9. Tadich Grill

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240 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 391-1849
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Open since 1849, Tadich Grill is a San Francisco tradition, complete with a wood-fired grill that outputs satisfyingly charred steaks. The most famous dash is the Hangtown Fry (an oyster omelet), but the steaks are of equal mention. Just be prepared to wait, since this is a popular tourist destination, but bartenders will happily ply you with drinks until it's table time.

10. Gozu

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201 Spear St #120
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 523-9745
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Gozu is not technically a steakhouse — but it is an all-wagyu tasting menu, for those who love their luxuriously marbled beef. Chef Marc Zimmerman worked at Alexander’s for years before opening Gozu in 2019. It’s a dramatic black box of a space, with a horseshoe counter centered on a live-fire grill. The chefs pass steak bites across the counter, breaking down how they use all parts of the animal, and 13 to 15 courses currently start at $195 per person.

11. Epic Steak

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369 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 369-9955
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The view of the shimmery Bay Bridge is the top draw here — perfect for impressing a date or clients — and the steaks and seafood are a close second. Sister restaurant next door Waterbar is seafood-focused, and that overflows onto Epic's menu, with lots of surf and turf options.

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12. John's Grill

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63 Ellis St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 986-0069
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Focused on steak and seafood, John’s Grill is a San Francisco institution favored by local politicians and filled with literary romance. Featured in Dashiell Hammett’s detective novel the Maltese Falcon, the restaurant has played up the connection — they’ve got a model Maltese Falcon and some Sam Spade lamb chops on the menu, for instance. But the strongest order might be steak: All cuts are dry-aged Black Angus from the Midwest.

13. Alexander's Steakhouse

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448 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 495-1111
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Another Japanese-focused steakhouse, Alexander's dry ages its Omaha prime beef for 28 days and offers imported and domestic wagyu from nine Japan prefectures. Its small plates go much further than Caesar salad, offering hamachi and halibut crudo and wild chanterelles. If you really want to go all out, you can do the five-course chef’s tasting for $194 per person, or the very meaty A5 Hitachi tasting for $245.

14. Niku Steakhouse

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61 Division St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 829-7817
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The Omakase Restaurant Group’s steakhouse specializing in wagyu beef sets itself apart with its own in-house butcher next door, serving hard-to-find menu items like wagyu beef jerky; decadent A5 Kobe; and huge, dry-aged imperial tomahawk steaks. More than 100 wines by the glass and excellent non-beef items, like produce from Kicking Bull Farms, put Niku Steakhouse over the top.

15. Lolinda

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2518 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 550-6970
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Restaurateur Adriano Paganini (Beretta, Super Duper Burger) puts his spin on the Argentinian steakhouse, offering top-notch fare at fair prices, in a very sexy, boisterous room. Consider this spot for birthday parties, bachelorettes, and more, as it's the perfect celebratory spot with a modernized steakhouse feel.

16. Bullshead Restaurant

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840 Ulloa St
San Francisco, CA 94127
(415) 665-4350
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An affordable, very casual, populist steak and burger spot, Bullshead Restaurant has held it down in West Portal since 1979. For a simple ribeye and baked potato dinner, a big chuck burger, or a ground buffalo steak in a place that feels miles away from the bougie San Francisco scene, this is the spot.

1. Bobo's

1450 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123

“The Crab” and “the Burger” are just the ticket at Bobo’s, a jester-inspired dining destination on Lombard. It’s named for boboquivaris, the Venetian court entertainer, in a nod to the Italian roots of chef/owner Andrea Froncilio. Bone-in filet mignon is a no-fail order here — add half a crab for $28.95 more.

1450 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. Izzy's

3345 Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Izzy's, open since 1987 in the Marina, proudly serves aged corn-fed American beef, and at reasonably affordable prices. It is possible to get a filet mignon for under $30, and that includes two sides of your choosing. The restaurant also boasts one of the largest parklets in San Francisco, strung with twinkle lights.

3345 Steiner St
San Francisco, CA 94123

3. Original Joe's

601 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Original Joe’s, Friday 6pm

This North Beach institution is still bustling with jacketed waiters bringing big plates of steak and pasta to leather booths with white tablecloths. Dating back to 1937, the original location suffered a fire in 2007, but Joe’s finally reopened five years later on Washington Square. The generous Italian-American menu includes flame-grilled New York strip, ribeye, porterhouse, filet mignon, or flat iron, which come with a side of spaghetti or housemade ravioli. Or try the prime rib roast, which includes classic mashed potatoes and creamed spinach.

601 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94133

4. The Brazen Head

3166 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Brazen Head

Brazen Head is not a flashy downtown steakhouse experience, it’s more like the village pub of Cow Hollow. Regulars have been coming back to this cozy wood-paneled dining room for more than 40 years, and the house special is the prime rib, cooked however you like it, and served simply with a baked potato, green veggies, and jus. 

3166 Buchanan St
San Francisco, CA 94123

5. 5A5 Steak Lounge

244 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94111

The steakhouse choice of FiDi worker bees, 5A5 delivers on the steak front — if in a bit of an outdated lounge space. There's a Japanese bent here, in that the name originates from the five senses and A5 grade Japanese wagyu. Beyond that, the menu skews Japanese with dishes like lobster tempura and hamachi crudo. There are plenty of traditional steakhouse options, though, plus all the wagyu you can stand.

244 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94111

6. Roka Akor

801 Montgomery St #100, San Francisco, CA 94133
Wagyu steak at Roka Akor Roka Akor

Roka Akor is a luxury mini chain known for wagyu steak and omakase sushi. The San Francisco location opened as a glam underground lair at the foot of the Transamerica Pyramid in 2013. Coming off the robata charcoal grill, diners feast on Japanese wagyu from specific prefectures. From the fish counter, they can add on sashimi and nigiri, or go all in for the full omakase.

801 Montgomery St #100
San Francisco, CA 94133

7. Harris' Restaurant

2100 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

At Harris', you'll travel back to a time when tuna tartare served in a martini glass was the dish du jour. And you'll like it, because the throwback quotient at this classic steakhouse is the best thing about it. That and the steaks, which are corn-fed and sourced from the Midwest, dry-aged for three weeks in the restaurant, and then mesquite-fire grilled.

2100 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109

8. House of Prime Rib

1906 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

This San Francisco classic (est. 1949) is a trip back in time. The restaurant's apropos name says it all — it serves one thing and one thing only, and it does that roast beef perfectly. The only choices you need to make are: meat temperature, cut thickness, mashed or loaded baked potatoes, and martini or Manhattan. Each plate comes with a salad prepared tableside, creamed spinach, Yorkshire pudding, and potatoes — and of course a hulking piece of beef cut from roving carts. Take visiting friends and family, celebrate big life occasions, or just satisfy steak cravings.

1906 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109

9. Tadich Grill

240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Open since 1849, Tadich Grill is a San Francisco tradition, complete with a wood-fired grill that outputs satisfyingly charred steaks. The most famous dash is the Hangtown Fry (an oyster omelet), but the steaks are of equal mention. Just be prepared to wait, since this is a popular tourist destination, but bartenders will happily ply you with drinks until it's table time.

240 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

10. Gozu

201 Spear St #120, San Francisco, CA 94105

Gozu is not technically a steakhouse — but it is an all-wagyu tasting menu, for those who love their luxuriously marbled beef. Chef Marc Zimmerman worked at Alexander’s for years before opening Gozu in 2019. It’s a dramatic black box of a space, with a horseshoe counter centered on a live-fire grill. The chefs pass steak bites across the counter, breaking down how they use all parts of the animal, and 13 to 15 courses currently start at $195 per person.

201 Spear St #120
San Francisco, CA 94105

11. Epic Steak

369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
EpicSteak.com

The view of the shimmery Bay Bridge is the top draw here — perfect for impressing a date or clients — and the steaks and seafood are a close second. Sister restaurant next door Waterbar is seafood-focused, and that overflows onto Epic's menu, with lots of surf and turf options.

369 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

12. John's Grill

63 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Focused on steak and seafood, John’s Grill is a San Francisco institution favored by local politicians and filled with literary romance. Featured in Dashiell Hammett’s detective novel the Maltese Falcon, the restaurant has played up the connection — they’ve got a model Maltese Falcon and some Sam Spade lamb chops on the menu, for instance. But the strongest order might be steak: All cuts are dry-aged Black Angus from the Midwest.

63 Ellis St
San Francisco, CA 94102

13. Alexander's Steakhouse

448 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Another Japanese-focused steakhouse, Alexander's dry ages its Omaha prime beef for 28 days and offers imported and domestic wagyu from nine Japan prefectures. Its small plates go much further than Caesar salad, offering hamachi and halibut crudo and wild chanterelles. If you really want to go all out, you can do the five-course chef’s tasting for $194 per person, or the very meaty A5 Hitachi tasting for $245.

448 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94107

14. Niku Steakhouse

61 Division St, San Francisco, CA 94103

The Omakase Restaurant Group’s steakhouse specializing in wagyu beef sets itself apart with its own in-house butcher next door, serving hard-to-find menu items like wagyu beef jerky; decadent A5 Kobe; and huge, dry-aged imperial tomahawk steaks. More than 100 wines by the glass and excellent non-beef items, like produce from Kicking Bull Farms, put Niku Steakhouse over the top.

61 Division St
San Francisco, CA 94103

15. Lolinda

2518 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Restaurateur Adriano Paganini (Beretta, Super Duper Burger) puts his spin on the Argentinian steakhouse, offering top-notch fare at fair prices, in a very sexy, boisterous room. Consider this spot for birthday parties, bachelorettes, and more, as it's the perfect celebratory spot with a modernized steakhouse feel.

2518 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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16. Bullshead Restaurant

840 Ulloa St, San Francisco, CA 94127

An affordable, very casual, populist steak and burger spot, Bullshead Restaurant has held it down in West Portal since 1979. For a simple ribeye and baked potato dinner, a big chuck burger, or a ground buffalo steak in a place that feels miles away from the bougie San Francisco scene, this is the spot.

840 Ulloa St
San Francisco, CA 94127

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