House of Prime Rib
House of Prime Rib

House of Prime Rib

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://houseofprimerib.net/
  • Phone: (415) 885-4605
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant can accommodate large parties. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Management 4158854605

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington St.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from House of Prime Rib
62 years of loyal customers can't be wrong. We are grateful to all of our customers, employees, and critics (...though we may not always agree!). The only way to find out the truth is with a visit. Oft imitated, never duplicated. Thank you in advance.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
House of Prime Rib reviews from OpenTable diners
712 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (536)good for groups (343)fit for foodies (266)notable wine list (209)romantic (188)neighborhood gem (181)hot spot (148)vibrant bar scene (80)kid-friendly (68)late-night find (30)great for lunch (7)great for outdoor dining (5)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Simply the best... Always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    I've been going since I was a child & 27 yrs later still has never failed my expectations! Already planning our next reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The waiter was inattentive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    The waiter who led us into the seat was inattentive. My friends and I were waiting for the call and seat, he just walked by and ignored us at least 3 times. However, the table waiter was very nice! Overall for the restaurant is good!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You can't go wrong with House of Prime Rib.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    House of Prime Rib knows what it does best, and that's all you get, and that's fine because "all" is an enormous amount of food, excellent quality and good service. It's a lot of food (did I say that already?) and a great time. The dining room is always very crowded, noisy and bustling with food carts, waitstaff, salad prep stands, condiment trays and moving guests. This is not your quiet, romantic location, but it is special and a very nice dining room. Overall, we had an excellent meal, enjoyed the prime rib and the sides (I love the creamed spinach, my husband is a fan of the Yorkshire pudding) and it's several days later and I think I'm still full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EVERYTHING WAS AS USUAL EXCEPT FOR...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    The cuts of meat were thinner than the last time we went. They give you a bone to make it look bigger but the thickness is less.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Institution
    UnderNoticed
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Delicious, meat, tender, juicy, character, simple, genuine
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It has lost its charm
    KeithVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I used to look forward to my annual visits to the house of prime rib, but over the years it has become progressively more a tourist trap with the staff treating you as such. Strict rules about when they will seat you, squeezing 5 people into a four top, salad tasted bland, several items in the order wrong (and it is a highly simplistic menu) and even the prime rib itself wasn't particularly flavorful. add to it very cramped environment with high noise levels, and it just doesn't seem quite worth it anymore.
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  • Always a pleasure to eat here!
    Panda
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Love this place and forgot how good the creamed spinach and baked potato were. Already coming back next month.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Place In The City
    Samurai6VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    What can I say about this place that I haven't before?? The prime rib is outstanding, service top notch, costs very reasonable, everyone goes home happy. This establishment is so successful because customers are always satisfied and the staff works hard to achieve that goal. I love it because it's so simple yet a feast fit for the Kings and Queens for sure. Our waiter Danny was in top notch form, didn't miss a beat taking care of myself and 3 hungry ladies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best foos & waitress
    JLing
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Everything was great the food didn't take for ever to get to us and we had one of the best waitresses she got my boyfriend seconds on the salad that he loves the most important part reason why he loves to go there lol. She was social and not a snoot like the bar waitress that had a funky attitude no Bueno but everything else was 100% on point
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have enjoyed this pace for 40 years!
    Romo351
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    HPR is our go-to place!! We have been going to the House for 40 years..special occasions and not so special occasions. Never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Bad Meal Here
    StormVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I'm a regular at the HOPR. Never had a bad meal until yesterday. My end cut which is usually tender and very flavorful was hard to cut, dry and bland. Service was great as usual.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Disappointed
    DCMikeVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    If I have a reservation and arrive early- I should not be seated at an afterthought, shoe-horned table 15 minutes after the reservation time. I was with a colleague, and was presented with a table for two with the seats side-by-side. It was wedged against a wall with a large table immediately in front of it. While I sat on the banquet side, they brought a chair so my colleague could sit off to the side. This all the while a couple with no reservation was given a completely proper table ahead of us-- honestly this place isn't nice enough to reward regulars with such accommodation. While the beef was good (though a bit cold?) the salad had soggy limp lettuce & vegetables (obviously old), the spinach was sub-par (just tasted like bland cream) and the Yorkshire pudding arrived anything but crisp. It was lack-luster and devoid of any polish this place might have had in its hey-day. Now just a trough feeding the masses.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love this place!!!!
    Kayc415
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Best prime rib you can get in San Francisco. You can never go wrong dinning here. It s a great place for a nice date, birthday party, or buisness lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not the way I remembered.
    Memories
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    I haven't been here in at least 15 years. Back then you could still have a quiet conversation. That is no longer the case. It is quite loud or "energetic". We had a reservation for 7:30 and were seated at 8:00. The waiter promptly arrived and seemed quite annoyed that we wanted to order a cocktail. Maybe that's what the 1/2 hour wait is supposed to be for. The food was very good and there was plenty of it. I felt somewhat rushed through the entire meal. I took the friend I was staying with in San Francisco as my guest. He wasn't all that impressed either.
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  • Can't go wrong!
    Amy1VIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    The food was better than I remember and the service is fast, but great. Be ready to eat a lot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JMiner
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We typically only come once a year after an annual work event held in SF. We look forward to it every year! Always a Fantastic Dinner!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rich
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    This is one of many times at the restaurant. A great place to celebrate special events, bring friends, and entertain out of town guests. Server are normally very friendly and eager to please. Roast beef of course is second to none. Very enjoyable and prices are very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience !
    NCpetaluma
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    You will never be disappointed dining here. It's always delicious! Can be very noisy so just know that is part of the fun experience. Always best to have a reservation otherwise you can wait hours....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still loving it...
    OhmanVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Traffic was bad going into d city n we arrived late. The host was kind enough to fit us in as quickly as he could even though d restaurant was packed. Really appreciated that! Everything else (ie food, service) was great as ever! Love this place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun for a birthday or girls' night out
    toadncat
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    As always, the prime rib was juicy, tender, and delicious. It's not the fanciest food, but it's reliably good. Love the salad, mashed potatoes, yorkshire pudding, and creamed spinach. Fun place for a celebration - this is a favorite for birthdays with the gang.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable and great customer service.
    bgmpsf
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great customer service from walking in to waitress who served us. It was very loud and to strain to hear each other. Their needs to be a dress code - work out wear & beanies to a nice restaurant (maybe I'm just old school).
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sadly the night was ruined
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    For the first time we had a bad experience at the house of prime rib - we've been going since 1989 and have always had a night to remember. This time the night started off great - wonderful service and drinks in the sitting area - the room where we sat however was louder than I have ever experienced - clearly nobody could hear each other and everybody was shouting - the wait staff was polite but quite no fun no banter no small talk - all business and he seemed to be extremely rushed - the service has always been a big part of the experience for us - this time we didn't even want to stay for desert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    petalumaprincess
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The three of us had a wonderful dining experience at The House of Prime Rib. While we waited a short time for our table to be ready, we were provided with a stool for my sister, who has trouble standing for any length of time. The drinks came quickly, the sourdough bread was delicious and the entrees outstanding. I even had a Happy Birthday song and candle with my English Trifle dessert. All delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening out
    MGR1204
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We were seated right away. Our waiter was great, attentive. Food was fantastic! Everyone ordered a different cut of prime rib and each was cooked perfectly! Recommended for a special occasion or just a great dinner out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FromLivermoreVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My wife and I usually eat at the House of Prime Rib about once or twice a year when visiting the city before attending an event. This is one of about 4 restaurants that we repeatedly frequent when in the city. The salad and Yorkshire pudding help make this place a unique dinning experience. This place is usually very busy, I needed to book this early Friday reservation almost 2 month in advance. This time we took her brother and his wife for their first time. Even though they chose the fish option, everyone enjoyed the occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional meal!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I've had a lot of prime rib in my life but never of the caliber I experienced at House of Prime Rib. The wine list was exceptional as well. I would highly recommend this restaurant and can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy, but GREAT food and service!
    CDE24
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Best prime rib I've had in a long time! Our waiter was on top of it. Quick but not rushed and gave quality service. I want to return on my next visit to San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    honeymooners31
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We were highly recommended to try this amazing establishment. It was our honeymoon trip to San Francisco and we took everyone's advice. The service was helpful and kind, the food was fantastic and prices were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but could be better
    Andy
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Last two time I went, it was perfect. Service was awesome, food was perfect, and the waiter was kind enough to ask me if I want second slice. This time around, the food is ok - good but not great. The meat wasn't really hot...barely warm only. Never granted a second slice, but it's ok since we are pretty much full already. Just didn't didn't felt as remarkable as before... The server was really unprofessional. The moment we told them we will be sharing some of the rib, his face went down and no longer wanted to serve us. It didn't get any better until we order some cocktail and he became more happy. Seriously?! Desert was ok, not mouth dropping and everything else dropped quality comparing to before, too. I really like this restaurant, so I hope it's just a one time mistake. Although I did hear other friend saying that they have the same feeling about lower quality recently. Also, it felt like they intentionally put all the asian people in the same area...not sure if I like that or not...or it could be there was just a lot of asian customer that day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Zeppelin Full of Beef
    RAM982
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    House of Prime Rib (HoPR) is one of my favorite places in San Francisco - mostly because it feels so out of place in San Francisco. In a place where everyone is drinking organic, fair-trade, monk-blended kale smoothies; HoPR is something different. The food is great (from salad to sides to the beef itself). The bar is extensive - with a wonderful Old Fashioned (though I wish they had draft beers as well as bottled). The service is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alright
    SRSFcity
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    At first, I was really excited to eat her but one seated it was just an OK dining experience. It was good service but I've actually had better service at other more low key restaurants. We were celebrating my friend's 21st birthday and I treated them to the dinner, they were a bit uncomfortable that I was paying that much- it might have showed but regardless I was fine about it. The food was really good but not amazing. Maybe a bit of reverse ageism detected. Haven't decided if I will go again or not.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Prime Rib Ever
    DIDIVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We took friends as our guests. House of Prime Rib has always been one of our favorite places to dine whether for a special occasion or just because we have a craving. Three of us ordered the House Cut and one of us could not contain himself so ordered the King Size Cut! Every selection comes with an accompanyment of your choice of mashed or baked potatoes, creamed corn or creamed spinach, yorkshire pudding. Because we couldn't decide, they even gave us 1/2 corn/1/2 spinach so we didn't have to miss out. I was tempted to order the Sea Bass special but settled on the prime rib. (No regrets). Good wines are usually overpriced in nice restaurants. We found their prices to be reasonable and affordable. We had specific requirements for the table we would be seated at. They graciously complied by seating us in a booth that was perfect. A wonderful evening had by all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Service
    WontBeBack
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    My date and I were seated at a table that seemed to be too small in the corner where the doors opened. I looked around to see other couples were seated at larger tables seating 4 people. There were plenty of other tables opened as well, but we were seated in the tiny corner. We shrugged it off and started to eat our bread that was served to us. Another server comes by and tells us to move to a different table while we were eating "to give us more space". But it turns out that they were kicking us out for a one person diner. So we were moved to a slightly larger 2 person table while juggling our wine and bread plates. We were overlooked often probably because we looked like college students. Terrible service, won't be coming back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Tony
    Tony
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The House of Prime Rib always does a good job with their special salad, Quality of Prime Rib, and service. They have it down to a science. An enjoyable evening, with plenty of food to eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • casualdiner51764
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We arrived an over an hour late as we got mixed up with the reservation time-my fault. The Host told me that it wasn't a problem but couldn't seat us right away since we downsized from a party of three to a party of two. So he put us on the wait list and told me that there were five parties of two ahead of us. We hung out in the lounge for a few minutes and a very nice cocktail waitress brought us snacks and took our drink orders. My husband loves the Martini's here. We hardly waited 20 minutes when the Host came by to seat us. Our server was friendly and attentive. Food came out fast and delicious. The House of Prime Rib gets 5 out of 5 stars from me, because they made our experience so wonderful in spite of being late.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GGCU
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was very good and about 5x more food than I ever eat at a restaurant-- So great for doggy bag lovers. The servers were very entertaining with their food preparations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth it!
    Llamaswife
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    drinks are awesome! Prime rib perfection! I did not like salad or yorkshire pudding but everything else was so very tasty and satisfying!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait
    txgal223
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I had a 9pm reservation. Did not get seated till close to 10pm. Other groups came in and got seated right away. I guess you have to know someone to get seated right away. I booked this reservation months in advanced and was looking forward to this experience, but was highly disappointed with the outcome. Will not go back to this place on my next visit to San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic and excellent
    cfriedman2000
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    the service was excellent and the food was superb--special kudos to the host reception and to Ryan the waiter and Christian the chef preparer for doing an excellent job. Worth the visit if your in town or as special event.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic old style ambience
    SgFoodie
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Nostalgic feel, with an old style flare salad spinning and carving at your table. Not for vegetarians! Being an international visitor it what's you expect with generous servings of prime rib and sides! Beef was great well cooked , tender and full of flavor. Place was packed with a noisy buzz!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.