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Bourbon and Beef
Bourbon and Beef

Bourbon and Beef Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bourbonbeef.com/
  • Phone: (510) 788-4821
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch from 11-2:30
    Brunch from 10-3
    Dinner from 5-10
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Latin American, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rockridge Bart Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bourbon and Beef
A Latin-inspired, gourmet restaurant..
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Friendly wait staff, great food and drink. Also, great place to dine and watch sports. I throughly enjoyed my dining experience!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Our visit to beef and bourbon was absolutely fantastic!!! The service was friendly, funny and extremely helpful. The food was to die for generous portions of well prepared, thoughtfully assembled ingredients that were a joy to eat. I can't wait to dine at this spot again!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a party of 4 with reservations for 8:15; we called ahead to see if we could arrive 1/2 hour later and were told "no problem". We arrived and our table was not ready for another 35 minutes. By the time we were seated, we were very hungry, so we ordered but it took another 35 minutes to get our food. No explanation of why the delay other than the fish takes 20 minutes to cook??? No bread and several times we had to ask to have our water glasses refilled, as they would forget even after being asked. Small restaurant, no real ambience other than a nice bar with a zillion bourbons and nice friendly bartenders; food was okay, but nothing amazing."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were seated and looked after by the host and staff. The food was delicious and unique. When we were sat, I mentioned to the hostess that we were there for my husband's birthday. Everyone that stopped by the table said a happy birthday to him (in a non-obtrusive way), and they added a candle to his dessert. Nice remembering. Nice touch. I would have liked to have stuck with the "Firsts" for my meal as they looked delicious and with sizable portions. I will be back to try them."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I Love bourbon and beef, and the "subtitle" for this place is something like "latin-inspired cuisine," which confounded my expectations. Bourbon and Latin don't really connect in my mind. Short ribs were unremarkable-the meat was tender but too sweet, and the slaw they came with was "off" w/ bleu cheese- a wrong note. BBQ must be crispy on the outside, rich and meaty and salty and smoky, without too much sugar- people always overdo the sugar. My duck was pretty good as domestic duck goes, it was cooked correctly & enjoyable, but not inspiring. I actually liked the kale best- it was cooked just right and was delicious. Dessert was hum-drum, just pretty good. I'm coming up with "just OK" all around here- not enough for the Bay Area."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We got to the restaurant and it was virtually empty. The food took an hour to be served. The service was poor. Music and TV were loud. I'd had much better experiences there before but this was really a bust."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food was great, loved the mussels and the tacos they were my favorite, lots of good flavors. Also enjoyed the brussel sprouts, the noise level in the restaurant is high, so it is not too easy for a conversation with a group of 6 people. The service was great, people were friendly."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "the food was amazing and very creative. would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Bottomless mimosa is a little pricey but the food is flawless. The service was on par with SF five star restaurants minus the fact that they forgot bread until we reminded them . This was probably due to a new menu starting a couple days ago."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Found the service to be very attentive; the food was very tasty with a Cuban flare which was not too spicy; their Bourban Manhattan was very good as well as their appetizers (brussel sprouts and chili's were delicious)!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My friend and I shared several appetizer and a bottle of wine. They were delicious and the wine was excellent ! We will revisit soon. I would not have found this restaurant if not for Open Table."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This was our first time and we were pleased with the ambiance. Our server was very good and attentive. Unfortunately, the food took forever to come out of the kitchen. She apologized but it was beyond a reasonable wait time after ordering. Once the food arrived it was just okay. We had high expectations especially after such a long wait."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great cocktails! Friendly service. I appreciated that they turned the world cup game on for us."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This was my 4th visit and I was disappointed with the food. Not sure what happened in the kitchen, but I hope things change. The ribeye wasn't sliced and was served cold. The salt fries were soggy, and the lobster tacos were subpar. My past dining experiences were exceptional, which is why I returned with a new guest. I hope these issues are addressed, so I can return."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I dunno. I feel like every time a good-great restaurant rocks a Groupon, the quality of the good goes from good/great to meh. We had brunch. Steak and eggs were fine. Huevos Rancheros are so much better at so many Latin American restaurants for half the price, and what's with a restaurant that--when you ask for a little bread to dip into your jus, they bring you (packaged?) "tostettes" and charge you $3! Okay for a Groupon since there was savings, but I am bummed that I am now totally demotivated to try Bourbon and Beef for dinner."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Were seated right on the spot, the service is very attentive and courteous and friendly. the food that i ordered is very good as well my friend no complain."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We go to this restaurant every 3 or 4 months, and each time we've gone it's been absolutely fantastic. The food and service are both fantastic. It's a little expensive, but the quality of the food makes this worth a small splurge."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food is very good. The name sort of implies it's a steak house but it's really food with a Latin flair."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "service excellent, food top notch, my new favorite brunch spot!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We came here for a special occasion, four of us plus two kids ~2 years old. The food was absolutely incredible. Probably the best in Rockridge (which is saying a lot as Olivetto is right across the street), but the service was clearly displeased that we had brought our kids. I guess we're expected not to have a nice dinner for the next 18 years? Anyway, I would highly recommend this place for the food, but don't bring anyone that's not old enough to drink."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Very overpriced for what they are offering. The dishes were very chaotic and did not make much sense. Some were well executed, and some were just plain sloppy ($8 for woody asparagus?)"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Have wanted to try this place since it opened. Finally came for lunch, which is the same as brunch. The menu is intriguing, using duck bacon on many items. My partner ordered a burger deemed excellent. I ordered the fish sandwich, which the waitperson told me was a lightly breaded halibut, which was actually salmon (even better). Both the burger and the fish came on ciabatta. My fish was a little too subtly spiced to be placed on ciabatta. Several options to spice it up. I chose to eat it sans bread. Very tasty. The sweet potato fries were also excellent. May come back for the very interesting looking huevos rancheros."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Ordered the pork belly benedict - absolutely delicious! Service was very lacking - when we arrived, there was only one table occupied, yet our server was not very helpful. She was unenthusiastic, uncaring, and unavailable. We asked about the lemonade and she said it was Minute Maid. Um, yum? Only reason I gave a 2nd star for service is that our food was delivered by the bartender, who took it upon himself to ask if we wanted refills for our iced tea. Wish I could have just given him a tip and skipped the server. One star for ambience because of the multiple flies in the restaurant. Yuck."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Good food and drinks, great staff! Not your usual Sunday brunch. And not just Mimosas and Bloody Mary's! A great alternative."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "They should've called themselves Bourbon and Pork! (Admittedly, it doesnt have the same ring to it as Bourbon and Beef) Their kobe pork was amazingly delicious and my favorite bite of the night. Although that's not to take away from their other dishes. They were all delicious! We had a big group of 9 so we had a wide variety of food to steal off each others plates! Aside from the pork, I really enjoyed the Tasmanian shrimp salad and Seafood paella. Cocktails were on point (try their signature cocktail or the Manhattan). Server was great, although food service seemed a bit slow. It was a busy night (Sat) but we were in a festive mood so it wasnt an issue for us. Plus the food was worth the wait!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food. Our service was exceptional. We look forward to eating here again."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We were surprised it was a Latin inspired cuisine; there was little of what one expects with the v aried and delightful food that is found on Spanish/Latin menus. Bourbon sampler was exquisite in presentation we were surprised at the lack of beef varieties. There is such potential for that location, space and concept. 2Bad!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I've been here about four times and this was our best experience. We took our kids for Father's Day. We had a reservation but still had to wait about 15 minutes. It was well worth the wait. The food is so good, especially the mac and cheese with chorizo. There were a few new items that I can't wait to try. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Do not come here expecting a steak house. The cuisine is latin-inspired and includes a number of seafood entrees and a few steaks. The restaurant is reflective of many recent openings with the emphasis is on the bar and tapas. Food quality for the most part was very good, but with a few misses, particularly the duck breast. Great small dishes included the bacon wrapped asparagus and the crispy brussel spouts. Service, overall, was good. The hostess was excellent but there were a few glitches with the server such as an order that was not placed. The cocktail list was excellent with a number of whisky-based creations. The ambiance is nice, but the restaurant is cramped and noisy. The good outweighed the bad and we will come back again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had brunch here. The pork belly eggs benedict and pork belly burrito were absolutely delicious. On the weekends they serve brunch until 3pm."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a great time at Bourbon and Beef. The Server, Lauren, was very engaging and knowledgable. We shared a lot of first and second courses between the four of us. Everything was excellent tasting. Including the cocktails! Would definately go back. Pricey, but worth it!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The staff were helpful and knew the menu. The food was good especially the porkchop and farro. Will go back."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Made a reservation for a table for 4 but when arrived were seated at end of bar which they consider a "table". When asked, they promised to move us to a table when one became available - but that never happened. So uncomfortable bar stools, speaker aimed right at us making conversation almost impossible without yelling, mediocre (at best) overpriced food, bar service area at one guest's elbow (literally) and short pours on several drinks (oops - well we won't charge you full price) made for a not-in-a-good-way memorable evening. I would characterize this place as putting one over on gullible pretentious hipsters - don't go there!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Helpful hostess, server OK but a bit standoffish. Ribs and mac & cheese were both very good for what they were....but not my favorite style. The seats are not comfortable, which gets old after an hour. There are better choices in the area."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Food was delicious; ambience was nice and comfortable. Noise level was moderate to low so easy to carry on a conversation. Service was great and it was an enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We ordered the filet and the ravioli with a couple of sides and two menu specialty drinks for a total of $120 with tip. Filet was good, but for $40 was expecting better. $24 for three ravioli seemed a bit excessive, but luckily I got the saffron rice as a side which was very good. All sides are separate, entres come with nothing. Good atmosphere, slow service even on a fairly empty Sunday at 9pm. Overall unimpressed by the quality of food you get for the price you pay. Too bad you can't eat the trendy atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This restaurant is very expensive. That would be OK if the food were worth it. It isn't. It's not bad. It's just not anything special. However, the service is truly excellent."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The food was good, not great, good quality and presented well. The service, while not bad, was timed badly and somewhat absent, despite each waitperson only serving what seemed to be three tables. Our drinks were brought out after our appetizers, and our menus were taken after we ordered the appetizers though we had not ordered main courses. So, then, by memory, we ordered another appetizer and their signature dish, paella, to share. Both came out at the same time after half an hour. So, the paella sat there another 10 minutes while we ate the appetizer on our small appetizer plates, not large enough to hold two things. We were never brought normal main-dish sized plates."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I was so disappointed. House salad had bland dressing. Poached eggs were soft boiled. I'll never come back. Sorry "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Second time here; the menu was "revised" since -- no more tapas-style items. The current menu is confused: not clear what kind of cuisine. Very disappointing. I ordered 2 appetizers, my companion ordered 1 appetizer + 1 main. Our server brought my appetizers first and nothing for my companion. I made clear that we weren't sharing, but she was snippy when I asked to have my companion's appetizer delivered ASAP. My brussel sprouts were more than "crispy" -- I DID NOT RECOGNIZE that they were brussel sprouts! My companion's main was fine but seriously tiny. Our bill for 3 apps/1 main plus 1 water and 1 drink was around $100. Not worth it. We will not return: there are many good choices along College, no reason to pay $$$$ for poor quality. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014