McNamara's Steak and Chop House
McNamara's Steak and Chop House

McNamara's Steak and Chop House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mcnamarasrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9258330995
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Daily: 5:00 PM - Closing
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Planning an event at your place? Our professional staff will do whatever it takes to make your guests feel special. Catered events can be very complicated and sometimes difficult to coordinate. McNamara’s is experienced in catering at all levels. Be it a picnic at the park for the staff or an awards dinner at corporate headquarters, we are here to serve you. "You invite the guests, we'll take care of the rest."

    Call us at 925.833.0995 and we can discuss your event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Looking for a place to hold your private party? McNamara"s has individual dining rooms that will hold groups from ten to eighty. Whether it is a presentation or a celebration, the CEO's or the sales staff, physicians or physicists, we will make your event a special one, with the quality you expect. McNamara's is experienced in banquets at all levels. We are here to serve you. "You invite the guests, we'll take care of the rest." Call us at 925.833.0995 and we can discuss your banquet.
  • Private Party Contact: Vince 9258330995

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alcosta Blvd & Amador Valley Blvd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from McNamara's Steak and Chop House
McNamara’s is Located in the center of the TriValley. McNamara's Steak and Chop House (patterned after the famous chop houses in Chicago) is situated near the junction of Highway 580 and 680, less than three miles from Bishop Ranch and Hacienda Business Park. Surrounded by San Ramon, Pleasanton and Castro Valley, the restaurant is within minutes from Danville, Alamo and Livermore. If you're from out of town, McNamara’s is within two miles or less of most of the major hotels.

We serve only the finest hand selected Midwestern corn fed Angus beef, aged for a minimum of 21 days. All of our fish is delivered fresh daily. Our bread is hand crafted and baked fresh 7 days per week. Our award winning wine list features some of the finest wines available in California.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
McNamara's Steak and Chop House reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (23)special occasion (21)good for groups (11)neighborhood gem (10)notable wine list (10)great for outdoor dining (7)fit for foodies (5)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Not worth the money
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went here years ago after a recommendation from a friend. The food was just ok at that time. We thought we would give this place a second chance and we were so disappointed. The food was extremely bland. No taste at all. The oyster rockerfellar tasted more like sour runny cheese than oysters and spinach. The stuffed salmon and ahi tuna had no taste at all. The porterhouse steak was good but not cooked the way it was ordered. The brownie dessert was not a brownie but a dry brown cake. The bread pudding tasted like it was microwaved. We were so disappointed. We will never return again and will not recommend the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Wine List
    userVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The owner has changed. Wine list has become very poor. Dishes are great same as before but wine is miserable. The wine list is very different from that on HP.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    Antandjen
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The entrees were hot and delicious. We had rib eye and stuffed pork chops. They were flavorful and good portion size. However the appetizer was crab cakes. Not very good and the sauces were too mayonnaise tasting. The dessert which was brownie and ice cream were not very good either. The ice cream n fruit were fine but the brownie was not. Didn't taste like a brownie. Was more sponge like and dry. Appletini was average. Stella beer was fine. The waiter was ok. Not very personable.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great evening...
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was our 4 time this year and a special occasion Birthday with guests (first timers) and everyone enjoyed the evening. The beef selections were all excellent prime rib, rib eye and the filet. Have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet, formal, excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Ideal for a business meeting; quiet, dark and slightly formal. The menu is mostly classic steak house fare, and the wine list is thoughtful. Our group was impressed by the unexpectedly excellent fish entrees; sole, halibut and a macademia-crusted Hawaiian white fish special were all superb.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We went here to celebrate my husband's 35th birthday and we both had a wonderful first time experience. Our waiter was very attentive and the pianist was amazing! We have a 1 month old with us and the music soothed her to sleep...he was THAT good. Pricing can be a little steep but the food makes it worth it. We now have found "our" special restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and great service
    chipshotVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Looking for an East Bay restaurant on OpenTable and found McNamara's. Easy directions to a quiet location - started @ the bar for some wine. Once my other diners arrived, we were seated immediately. Started w/Salmon appetizer - flaky and flavor. The fresh selections were excellent - Monchong and a seafood variety over risotto. Both were well prepared. I recommend and will return again
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special birthday
    Cami
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Took my mother out for her 82nd birthday. The food was excellent had a fabulous tenderloin cooked exactly as requested. Had appetizers and dessert and those were excellent as well. My only complaint would be our water glasses not being refilled.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impeccable
    Enchanting
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Great experience. Service and food were great. The only problem was that the light over our table was dim. There was, apparently, a problem with the lamp at our table. The waiter offered to re-seat us but others in the party did not want to move once we had (with difficulty) read our menus and ordered.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Big Fan!
    MrsY
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I had no idea that it was there but I am so happy my husband and I found out about it! The food, service and overall experience was great!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service!
    OC2014VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We celebrate my husband birthday and enjoyed a magnificent dinner and great service. Is Children friendly. Enjoyed the live piano music. Two days later we come back with friends to enjoyed one more time the delicious food and service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food very poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Although the restaurant setting is lovely and the service just fine, the food just wasn't good. The steak was fatty, the vegetables didn't seem fresh, and the fish special bland. It was very expensive and sadly, we will never go back. It just wasn't good.
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  • Not Planning To Return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 24th Wedding Anniversary at McNamara's this weekend and were dissappoited in the food. The quality of food and preparation declined. My husband ordered the scallops and he said they were rubbery and previously frozen. My prawn cocktail was almost $13 for four (4) prawns that were split open (with some veins left in) and laying on a plate with garnish. Overall disappointed with food and service. We have too many good restaurants in our area to risk going back to McNamara's.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic as always!!
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    McNamaras continues to be our favorite restaurant home in Dublin. Would not change anything!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • City restaurant in the 'burbs'
    revjoe
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I requested a quiet table for four. I was extremely pleased. Food and service was incredible. Pricey but worth it. High quality everything. It's a 'suburban' restaurant, with a big city feel. Not rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • anniversary of sorts
    dineinstyle
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Excelent presentation, taste and timely delivery with a friendly helpfull waitress. Have been before and will come again
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional Food
    Susan
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    If you are hungry for beef or fish this is the place to go. The food is exceptional, the service is excellent, the cost is a little higher than other steak houses we have visited but if you are celebrating a special event it was well worth the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Swordfish was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Swordfish was good. I ordered the rice but got the Agra ten potatoes. The potatoes were extremely bland tasting. Pretty pricey for the fare we received
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • McNamera's Steak & Chop
    Matt
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I took my significant other, of 5 years, here for her 24th birthday. Hostess was very nice and gave us the best seat in the house. Ambiance was quite and low lighting. We had a fireplace and pianist playing in front of us. He even played Happy Birthday for her! -What a treat. Service is good. Food is great! This is one of my favorite places. I would recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Steakhouse
    Greg
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    McNamara's Steak and Chop House is consistently the best in the Greater Bay Area. The Prime Rib is beyond great and their steaks are melt in your mouth delicious. The service is exceptional and the ambiance is fit for a romantic dinner for two or a nice evening with friends or family. We have been to McNamara's enough times now to say that it is better than Ruth's Crist, Friday's Station, and any other restaurant that claims to be a steakhouse in this area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 253 reviews are from the McNamara's Steak and Chop House reviews archive.
  • Great dinner!
    l5ash
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Had a nice, romantic halibut dinner there. The bread pudding was delicious for dessert!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sylvester
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We went there last weekend to celebrate a birthday. The service was great, and the food was superb. The steaks were cooked exactly to order (one rare and one well done), and the ribs were the largest rack I have ever seen in a restaurant. The piano player added a special touch. They even went out of their way for the four year old guest.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good quality food but over priced.
    OldSchoolDiner
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The prime rib and lamb chops were well prepared and high quality. However, with most main courses close to $35 I would say they are a bit over priced. Happy hour prices for drinks are what you would expect to pay during a non-discount time of day.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old Food
    Vdayeh
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We ordered the Mac n cheese for our kids, and it came as a watery noodle soup and tastes like old cheese that they tried to water down with milk. None of the food was seasoned, and had no taste. The scalloped potatoes also tasted old, and the texture was off, as if they attempted to reheat and serve again. NEVER GOING BACK
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rib eye melted in my mouth
    jrh2601VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I travel to the Pleasanton and Dublin area monthly and been here twice. Delicious food, prepared well and good wine list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Trip Back in Time
    EastBayLarry
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This was not our first visit to McNamara's. It's an old-fashioned, detail-oriented restaurant. Wait staff is excellent. Food is very good. (House smoked salmon appetizer is amazing!) We enjoyed the ability to be pampered a bit, and to relax over a leisurely dinner. But we also found it a bit sad that there were so many empty tables. It was a Saturday night, and we really didn't even need our reservation; the place was mostly empty. That's too bad. It's a bit pricey, but worth the luxury.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than some of its reviews!!!!
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Second time in 6 months for dinner and found the meal above par. Steak and Pork Chop large and delicious. The special " Cajan Prime Rib w/ 3 coconut shrimp" was great along with shrimp-lobster tomato bisque. Very comfortable seating and atmosphere, A little dark for menu reading. Will go back....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    On a Sunday evening at 7pm, the place was dead. The chop house salad was overdressed. The pear salad had beets instead of pears. The steak had no flavor. The baked potatoes were overcooked. The creamed spinach was tasty but runny. The brownie a la mode was actually quite good. Service was very good, but the fact that the place was empty took away from the ambience. We will not return.
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  • Extremely dissapointing
    MoragaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Our meal at McNamara's has to rank as one of the worst meals out that I have ever had. The horse radish mixed in with the oyster sauce was so hot that it made the sauce inedible. While the prime rib was OK the fish was bland. The decaf coffee was so strong that it was undrinkable (and I regularly order Starbucks dark roast). The wines on the wine list were way overpriced at about 3 times retail. I would recommend that you stay away from McNamara's.
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  • Filet Mignon and prime rib
    MusselsVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Filet Mignon and prime rib were very good. Cooked exactly as requested. Beef quality was excellent, very tender and flavorful. Side dishes of au gratin potatoes was overly salty and mixed vegetables overly cooked though. We had the starter of Oysters Rockefeller that was also too salty and not warmed thoroughly through in oven. Could not detect much oyster in each shell among the mix of strong cheeses and bread crumbs. Would not recommend that starter.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dublin steak house
    RibeyeGuy
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    We had a party of five for a business dinner. I had a 26 oz Rib eye (about $36) that was a succulent and delicious medium-rare. We had one vegan on our team and they were able to provide an assortment of tasty vegetable dishes such as marinated mushrooms etc. Of note, they have a nice wine list at reasonable pricing. One of our party is a real wine enthusiast and he was able to pick a nice sparkling wine and then two bottles of reds to match the meal. A nice quiet table made it easy for us to speak. Service was friendly and prompt but not overbearing. I went home and told my wife that I want to take her to McNamara's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Pamo7
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I took my parents to dinner for their 64th Anniversary. My brother recommended it. We all had something different and we all enjoyed our meals. Everybody at the restaurant was very helpful and cheerful. We will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good meal except for the service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Visited McNamara's on Saturday evening for dinner and was quickly seated as per our opentable reservation. However, no specials menu was read/presented to us at any point and we didn't even know there were specials until we heard OUR waiter reciting it to the table next to us. No one refilled my water glass once and my dining partner had to ask for another Manhattan when his glass had lain empty for about 10 minutes. The waiter didn't look particularly stretched between tables, so I'm not sure what happened with us. Perhaps because we were a younger couple? We're in our late twenties, it's not like we were 15 on our first date. Disappointing service to say the least, but food was satisfactory. Prime rib and Filet Mignon were tasty!
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    good for groups, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Doesn't Disappoint
    44dinner
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Went for a dinner to celebrate a family success. Service was attentive without being cloying, Appetizers were consumed with gusto. Three different entrees were ordered, including one of the evening's specials. The food was excellently prepared, delicious, and nicely presented. I never heard anyone say "this could be a bit more...." We were all too busy enjoying the meal. Two chocolate brownie desserts were ordered, and I was given a taste. I now have a new definition for the word "decadent." Wow!!! A bit pricey, but as they say, "you get what you pay for." This dining experience was well worth what it cost.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MCNAMARA’S STEAK & CHOPHOUSE
    Chilebrown
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    It was our Anniversary/birthday which our host and waitress never acknowledged. The waitress was pleasant and perfunctory but could of been more attentive. Our crabcake appetizer was burnt on the bottom. Our busboy was the only person to tell and our concern fell on deaf ears. The salad was very overdressed. The steak was the highlight of our meal. When we spend a couple of large bills on a meat we have certain expectations. A little more attention to detail and this meal could of been perfect. We all vote with our dining dollars. McNamara's will not receive our vote.
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  • nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    great food service was excellent made reservation was seated on time had a wonderful time
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • McNamara's Steak and Chop House
    Rambert3
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My husband and I went to dinner here for Valentine's Day but the night after to avoid any crowds. It was just okay. The food was good, but for the price it should have been a lot better. And, when they brought out the food, my husband's order was incorrect. So, he had to sit there waiting for his correct meal while I'm eating mine. I shared with him so he ate half my meal while waiting for his correct meal. You would have thought they would have given him a free drink or given us a free dessert or a free appetizer or some kind of compensation for the snafu, but they didn't. Didn't even offer. For that kind of money, the customer service should have been a lot higher! We won't be going back to that restaurant any time soon.
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  • The steaks were great! The
    AlisonjVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The steaks were great! The onion soup was a bit too salty. Great wine list.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed in the food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Disappointed in the food, especially with it being so overpriced for what we got. My husband and I both ordered "specials". His swordsteak was overcooked in some areas and okay in others - inconsistent. I got the filet and lobster. The lobster was so overcooked and dry that I didn't even enjoy it. Since this was our Valentine's dinner and a quite expensive one, we were less than thrilled. We won't be returning.
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  • The best steak around
    Adam
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    It seems silly to commend a steakhouse on the quality of their steak, but this steak was incredible! It had a good sear, good flavor, and was cooked perfectly. I highly recommend the au gratin potatoes to go along with it. It is a lovely facility with an intimate ambiance but still has the charm of a family-run restaurant. This place is a gem and has been a staple of nice restaurants in the tri-valley for quite some time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet