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: (925) 833-0995
  • 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
30 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (17)romantic (14)neighborhood gem (8)notable wine list (5)good for groups (4)fit for foodies (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Excellent food
    Bond
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    McNamaras is the perfect restaurant for special occasions. It's our favorite place to celebrate special birthdays and holidays, and entertain visiting guests. Steaks are their speciality, and the entire meal is prepared to perfection. The horseradish mashed potatoes are to die for, and the creme brulee is the best you'll find. A highlight for us is the live piano music (Saturday nights, not sure what other nights). Several times, the musician has played special requests for us. Very friendly and professional atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Birthday Celebration Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The food and the service was excellent. We were celebrating a birthday. Although the prices are a bit steep, we will return for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mwarzyni
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Consistent steak and seafood - fine wine selection - have returned many times for anniversaries, birthdays, or just to get away.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Up To Par
    NukeVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Past visits have always been exceptional, but my wife's birthdays celebration dinner was wrought with fair at best service. It started with no acknowledgement at a table in the bar... then, I am not sure if we had inexperienced server, but it just seemed to a not up to par. We were seated...a long time passed before we were acknowledged and refills for water, tea and table service ware (silverware and napkins) were difficult at best to get without me getting up to retrieve on my own. The savings grace...the food was exceptional and the piano player was of the highest caliber! I have frequented McNamara's Steak and Chop House probably 20 times in the last four years...this was the exception not the rule!!! Will I come back...Yes!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great place e. The only comment that I would make is that my steak was over cooked
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected.
    serviceequalsnone
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I placed reservations using this app (open table) when I arrived I still had to wait another 25 min for an open table, while waiting we placed orders for drinks at the bar, my date and I ordered the same thing but somehow she received something very different but we just ignored that. After being seated we weren't greeted by a waiter for another 15 min. The food was dry but ok. The waiter messed up on my dates order and made it seem as if it were our faults. After returning with my dates missing side to complete her order, which we were both practically done with and ready for the check he goes missing for a long period of time. I also added notes that it was my girlfriends 31st Birthday. Nothing happened.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My wife and i enjoyed an early dinner after work. It was very quiet and relaxing, and the meal was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • McNamara's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    On the occasion of our 49th wedding anniversary, we arrived for our 6 0'clock reservation to a bar full of a very loud group having drinks only. We were seated in the main dining room but the noise level permeated throughout the entire restaurant so that my wife and I couldn't carry on a normal conversation. I'm sure it will never happen again, and the restaurant staff was very apologetic, but the ambience of the evening was very disappointing for us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made our Anniversary Special
    Special
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It was our 20th Wedding Anniversary and we wanted to try a new place we have never been to before. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the hostess who wished us a happy anniversary. No wait, off to our table. The waiter also greeted us with a happy anniversary and gave us complimentary Champagne. It was dark with a piano player and very romantic. We will go back again soon. Want to try the outdoor patio by the fire pit.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, Service was so so,
    micpul
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    While the steaks were good, we were placed at a table closest to a room with a party taking place. Alot of noise and confusion coming from the room got in the way of us being able to socialize at ours.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time, but not the last
    AlrightYa
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Never been here before, glad we decided to check it out. Amazing food, amazing service, and an amazing experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jim J
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The my food was terrible, my wife's was terrible as well and our guest didn't have anything nice to say, and the service after we ordered was substandard, I'm not sure what happened, we used to go here a lot, although it's been over a year since our last visit, and it WAS! always great. It sure isn't now. Jim
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent Dinner
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Service was a little slow they were not that busy The food was good, cooked to order Drinks were nice Overall a nice place maybe a little high priced however the food is good would come back
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 270 reviews are from the McNamara's Steak and Chop House reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food very poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Swordfish was good
    Steve
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.