Alexander's Steakhouse | 448 Brannan St. San Francisco, CA 94107
Alexander’s Steakhouse is no stranger to popularity and there are a few locations throughout the U.S., including Pasadena, so I'm sure you've heard of it. My first time at Alexander’s was at the Pasadena location and that is still one of the best experiences I had. So, when I went to try the SF location, I already had a certain level of expectation and I clearly was not disappointed. In fact, our dinner was so amazing that it has raised new levels of expectations for the brand.
Reservations are recommended because as soon as we sat down, the crowd rushed in, the majority of which were businessmen enjoying themselves after work and a few couples who were out for a romantic evening. We were seated in the main dining room, there are also bar seats available and an upper dining area which overlooks the main dining room. To say that that staff was attentive is an understatement, I never once had to ask for a refill in water and the timing in-between dishes was never too long. In fact, the staff made sure we were always both present at the table before serving us our dishes, to ensure we got our food as fresh as possible.
Chef Peggy Tan and her staff curated a special tasting menu for us that evening, which showcased a few of their most popular dishes and a couple of unique staples like the hamachi shooters, that are given as starters. Throughout the night, each course became more engaging in flavors and presentation. No two dishes tasted the same and each one left us anxiously waiting to see what the Chef had up next.
To be honest, I lost count of exactly how many plates we tried. All I remember is leaving completely full and happy, with the biggest smiles on our face. However, there are a few standout dishes that I recommend for your visit there:
- Foie gras
- Fried asparagus salad (looks like a birds nest)
- Edamame with truffle butter
- A5 wagyu tartare
- Prime rib
- A side of fries (yes, they were that good!)
- Cotton candy dessert
I believe we spent about 3+ hours there, enjoying every moment and with no rush on ending it anytime soon. The very last treat customers are given is a flavored cotton candy that’s made in-house, so fluffy and light. It is the perfect way to top off the night.
Dinner menu prices range from $37-350 with wines by the glass starting at $10 and cocktails at $15. Alexander’s Steakhouse in San Francisco does offer valet services for $15 every night and $20 during Giants game nights. I would best describe this restaurant as an option for celebrations, special occasions, or if you’re in the mood to just have an epic meal. It is a fine-dining steakhouse so do keep that mind in mind when it comes to your attire (although there isn’t an attire requirement I personally like dressing suitably).
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