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Alfred's Steakhouse
Alfred's Steakhouse
  • Address:
    659 Merchant St.
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $31 to $50

Alfred's Steakhouse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alfredssteakhouse.com
  • Email: alfredssteakhouse@sbcglobal.net
  • Phone: (415) 781-7058
  • Hours of Operation: DINNER: Tuesday-Saturday: 5:30 - 9:00pm, Cocktails Starting at 5:00pm
    LUNCH: Thursday Only 11:30 until 2:00pm.
    HAPPY HOUR: Every Friday from 4-7PM
    available for private parties

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Continental
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Four rooms accommodating from 8 to 100 guests. Available for lunch or dinner, Tuesdays Through Saturdays
  • Private Party Contact: Marco Petri (415) 781-7058

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kearny
  • Public Transit: #15 bus #41 bus
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Alfred's offers 3 hours of free validated parking at the Hilton Financial Hotel - self parking only, entrance on Washington street.
A word from Alfred's Steakhouse
San Francisco's oldest steakhouse, specializing in corn-fed, dry-aged beef cooked over Mexican mesquite charcoal. Over 85 years of serving locals and visitors alike, with an extensive whiskey wall, monumental martinis, in an elegant atmosphere of red leather and crystal chandeliers.
Diner Reviews
  • "Went for the dinner portion of a bachelor party evening. The host was very accommodating, working with our changing reservation size. He called me back several times at my request. The table was waiting and where promised when we arrived. The service was excellent, and the food very good. We mostly ordered the pre-fixe "49er Special", although that turns out to be roughly the same price as buying each item a la cart. They leave bottles of water on the table, and came around often enough to make us feel well served. I was very pleased with the experience and would go back there again."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Let me start with the food, in a word, fantastic. My love had the ribeye, was perfectly cooked. The sauce we had was approximately a million degrees too hot, but so delicious. I ordered the chicken fried steak which is only at lunch now, but they made one special for me. It was THE BEST chicken fried steak I've had in MY LIFE. (and I've had a lot being a Hoosier and all)....heaven. The service left something to be desired. Our waiter was stressed out to the max. No pleasantries, he stormed up to the table and demanded our order. Didn't check back about drinks, I had to go to the host stand to order a second round. I expected better service, but the food more than made up for it."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I had steak and i found itt black at some points. The price for the diner was far to high for this quality. The steak came with 1 potatoo You can do better in San Fran for less money en better service."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Alfreds only does lunch once a week on Thursday and I love going to lunch there. Service was great and the host, Marco, is very kind and courteous and goes out of his way to see that everyone is taken care of. Food is great and more than enough. Prices for a steakhouse are very reasonable."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I've been to Alfred's on a couple of occasions and have enjoyed it. This was my first time back in several years and I'm sad to say it wasn't a great experience. I chose Alfred's to celebrate my birthday. Once we were seated we waited a long time before we got water, bread, or attention from our waiter. Our waiter's energy was frenetic and it didn't seem like he knew very much about the menu or the wine list. My friend ordered filet cooked medium, when it arrived it was raw in the middle. Grudgingly he sent it back and of course when it was returned it was well done. Unfortunately I won't go back to Alfred's and I won't be recommending it to anyone."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I have frequented this restaurant for many years and have found that the food is consistently very good. After two and a quarter hours we were asked to leave so that another party could have our table. As I glanced around, I could see tables were set up for larger groups (6 to 8 guests not-occupied) and there were other tables for four available. (I speculate that someone wanted our booth.) We were told that we could continue our conversation at the bar, (no offer for a complementary drink or coffee in exchange for the booth but we got the boot out the door.) In addition, the meal service was poor. For example we were 25% into eating our salad course before the waiter came with the fresh ground pepper."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was great except the onionsoup which was too sweet. Service excellent. Alfred add A servicecharge, 17 % on the bill. Only 45-50% of this servicecharge benefit servicepersonal. This is a reason for me not return to Alfreds again."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "On my last trip to San Fran I made a reservation at Alfreds. I went on the reviews, the history of the restaurant, and AAA guide. The ambiance was classic steakhouse and front staff was friendly. But that's where the positive ended. Our waiter never introduced himself nor did he identify himself. To this day I'm still not sure who our waiter actually was. My mom ordered the french onion soup - it was 1/4 broth and the rest bread. She ate maybe 5 spoonfuls. My dad and I had salads which were good. But, the steak was the problem. The bone in New York was all fat and bone and what meat was served had no flavor. My mom and I had the filet. When served, it actually resembled charcoal and had no flavor. What a disappointment."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "No doubt about it, Thursday lunches at Alfred's are a not-to-be-missed opportunity to re-live the grand old days of the two martini lunch. The good vibes starts at the front desk, where Marco greets diners by name and makes them feel welcome. The food is very good, the atmosphere very old SF in tone and style, and the experience just enough out of the ordinary to be memorable. Make sure to get your Buckaroo badge, which gets you a drink chit for your next visit. A loyalty program that feels good and makes diners feel special."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "My friends and I have been customers for many years and always enjoyed the house special of chicken-fried steak at lunch. Today it was horrible - over cooked and tasteless. Mashed potatoes were lumpy but the gravy was good."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "What a class act! A little dificult to find (hidden down an alley), but worth the quest. Excellent steaks, great wine paring, knowledgible and attentive, yet unobtrusive wait staff."
    Dined on 4/9/2013
  • "The night was great..drinks and than a dinner at one of the most beautiful restaurants I have been to. Wonderful definitely need to make reservations for that next special occasion."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "It has been my second time at Alfred's and I really love this place. The steaks are amazing and the price is great too! I can only recommend it, the service is also very good and staff is very friendly as well. I will certainly come back and I am already looking forward to it!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Good food, service the best and it was quiet, intimate conversation possible."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We have been to Alfred's several times, and it continues to be consistently wonderful. The service is outstanding and the food incredible. They do a great job, treat you well, and strive to make the entire experience the best. Great bar also serving up outstanding martini's!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I wanted to like it, didn't happen. Overdressed salads and mediocre steaks. Service was good. Beautiful interior. I really hoped for more. Very disappointed."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Everything was quite good, as always. But their practice of adding an automatice 17 % tip onto the bill, regardless fo the size of the party or quality of service, is annoying."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Excellent lunch. They only serve lunch on Thursdays. Calamari fritti was excellent. Too bad they don't have a Caesar salad on the menu."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Great food, great service and very the prices are reasonable!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Service was awful, & my husband had to get up & ask the maitre'd for fresh ground pepper. Had to ask for more butter, water & bread. Salads & entrees were mediocre. When we ordered dessert, they didn't acknowledge our anniversary. Also didn't ask if we wanted coffee. They charge a 17% automatic service fee for the privilege of letting us sit on their booths and use their plates & eating utensils. They do give the staff 40-50% of the 17%; how generous of them. Service wasn't worth 17%, so we left only 10% which posed a problem for the snotty maitre'd who informed my husband that they would change the amount on the bill that he had already signed and submit it to our credit card company for payment. Charge will be contested on principle."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "This is my standard place to go to for; a) an affordable, b) classic, and c) delicious night out. The wait staff has always been great, and it is a real treasure, from birthdays to my own bachelor party, it's always been a hit. If you find the opportunity, go and enjoy it."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is the very first time I came away from Alfred's "disappointed," and only because my expectations have been set so high based on the last several visits. I think some of it had to do with our waiter, who seemed new and slightly confused. The steaks were a bit overcooked--medium rare was more like medium, and that is not acceptable, especially in a steak house. I ordered my favorite, the ribeye steak with creamed spinach, and what was served looked like a New York steak instead. It was good, but not what I ordered or expected. My guests were happy with their meals. We will definitely return, but this trip did not live up to my expectations."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Really enjoy Alfred's. From the prime, dry-aged steaks to the martini's to the classic service."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We've been coming to Alfred's for more than 10 years. It's a hidden gem of a steakhouse that, usually, easily competes with Ruth's Chris or Morton's or Harris' Steakhouse. This particular evening the service was sub-par. It was an early dinner and the restaurant was not very busy, yet our wait staff hurried to our table, dropped off the food and, before we could ask for another glass of wine or more crumbled blue cheese, they rushed off. Additionally, before my wife could explain that she preferred her lobster to be taken out of the shell (too messy), he just gave her a shell cracker and quickly turned away to go to another table. We'll try 1 more time. Food = A / Service = F"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went for Valentine's Day and it was a a zoo. The food was tasty, if very traditional. We showed up on time and had to wait half an hour as "tables before us were lingering." This left a bad taste in my mouth and hinted that they had overbooked the tables for maximum profit and a reduced experience. The staff were friendly but harried and clearly had too many tables to do a good job. It was hard to get a refill of wine or anything else for that matter (e.g., the wine to go with our dinner came well after we were finished with most of the food). The courses came in such quick succession that I had to ask for slower pacing. It was clear that they were trying to "process" customers as quickly as possible. Probably best to avoid on holidays!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was truly disappointed in the food. The salad was limp and over dressed. The bone-in New York was medium rare as ordered, but had a burnt crust so each bite of meat was was flavored with an awful charcoal taste. The grilled asparagus had an overwhelming smoked flavor. The service was prompt and efficient and the atmosphere is quiet and classic San Francisco. I won't be going back because at their price point there are much better choices within walking distance."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "this is made for you. After booking nearly two months in advance for a Valentine dinner, we were seated in a middle row that was highly trafficked. We ordered wine and the waiter returned and said they were "out" of the item. The appetizer crab cocktail was not fresh. The cesar salad was soggy and it looked like it had been teft over from the day before - not even edible. The main entree plate was literally tossed onto the table as the server rushed away wiithout a word. We were never asked how the food was, if we needed any steak sauce or whether we would like another drink. After waiting a few minutes I literally had to get up and get my own sauce! This was the worst food and service I have experienced ever and will definatly not return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great experience, I read the reviews and was ready for some things (gratuity already included). Our server was excellent and the food was very good. I'm happy with the dining experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Alfred's steaks are out of this world !!! We went for my SO Birthday & Valentines day, what a wonderful time . All the waiters are true professional waiters , not somebody waiting for some other job to open up. We took 2 guest and they were overwhelm with the quality of the food. We all had the 49er specials, the ladies had filets 10 oz , the other gentleman had rib eye and I had Alfred's special bone New York , my God ever steak was FANTASTIC. We had a great California zinfandel , sorry don' t remember the name. We are planning to come back very soon."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant , food is impeccable , service is spot on , very friendly . Second visit here and will return again . Easily one of the best Steakhouses I've ever been too ."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great Scotch list. Everything is quiet , red, smoky, woodsy, and Pauly Walnuts. It's a typical old steakhouse but I like it. The ribeye was so-so this time. Better to stick with a filet or strip. This place is a classic though."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "When you have wonderfully aged meat it is a shame that it can't be cooked to order. When your dropping $400+ on a meal you expect at least that. Our orders were rare,medium rare and two medium. Every order came out medium to well or well done. The service was great the wine was wonderful. It was too dark to see your food, not something I'm a fan of. Be aware that they automatically put a 17% tip on all bills apparently."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Great place, great food. Just disappointed that no one acknowledged my husband's birthday."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Alfred's was a perfect place to take my lady for a romantic evening and the dining experience was remarkable."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "If you have a lunch planned for a Thursday, join the Buckaroo Luncheon Club and be prepared to become part of a group of regulars who make Alfred's a friendly hangout. Every client I've introduced to the Club has enjoyed the experience and shared their enthusiasm with others. It;s a remarkable marketing strategy that works at every level--loyal diners singing the praises of the restaurant creating a club-like feeling which reels more like-minded folks into the restaurant's orbit. I can't comment on anything but the ribeye steak and creamed spinach, which is my go-to meal at Alfred's. It is alwys perfectly cooked to my specifications. The house wines, for which Club members receive a chit for a free glass, is perfectly adequate."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Enhance the incrsdible dining experience by asking to sit at one of Fructoso's tables!!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We have been going to Alfred's for special occaisions for years. Good steak options, especially on the size. Lots of appetizers to choose from."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Undercooked and overcooked steaks. Service: did not talk much, no recommendations. Much too expensive for provided service and food Quality. Cheesecake was tasty."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I have been enjoying dinner at Alfred's when in San Francisco for years. A perfect combination of service, food, and beverages in a quiet and friendly atmosphere. The steaks are great as are the sides. Never had a bad bottle of wine there either."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "My only objection is the old time smell of the place when you first walk in. Just a warning. Don't let that put you off."
    Dined on 1/28/2014