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
39 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (23)special occasion (22)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
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • do it again
    Nina
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The food was excellent. Only disappointment was the service was almost over the top. Then at the end he kind of disappeared. Had towait for dessert to be boxed. Prime rib was very tender. Wine prices for the kind of restaurant were great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Enjoyed the atmosphere. Steaks very nice quality and prices good for the quality. Will return
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looks good, Tastes terrible
    Lydia
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    I was looking forward to a great steak but I should've known when the appetizers came out. The calamari smelled super fishy, was hard & in edible. The carpaccio had ZERO flavor just raw sliced meat thrown on a plate not even salted. Then I ordered the prime rib, Gross! There's an entire section on the menu devoted to explaining what each cook temp would be, I know how to order a steak- Medium Rare ALWAYS, this was closer to medium WELL & very lean & tasteless. The vegetables appeared & tasted like they were dumped out of a frozen bag, into some water to defrost then onto the plate. My husband ordered the Ribeye which was much better but still not great. My mom ordered the petrale sole, again fishy, over cooked & TERRIBLE.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Second time was a charm.
    AlanK
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We'd been here once before, 6 or 7 months ago. I wasn't that impressed on the first visit; my date and I thinking maybe it was just an off night....we'd give it another shot in the future. When I made the reservation on Open Table for this last visit, frankly I didn't remember us having been here before....thought I was going to a new place. My memory kicking after a day or so, thanks to my Date having a better memory than I. Figured this was as good a time as any for that second chance; and I'm very glad we came back. I give this place high marks all around on this visit, and I have a feeling that this is the norm. Service and food were very good and it's a nice spot to spend an evening. We will come back, and I'd recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beginning of BD Celebration Week
    Judy
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    My husband and I took our two grandchildren there to celebrate my BD. They both. 8 and 11 years old love this place. My husbAnd arranged for our adult son to surprise me. The restaurant staff handled it perfectly. The ahi is fabulous as is the baked potato. Wonderful bread, dessert, and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Just Lovely
    Winediva46
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The food is terrific and the service is outstanding. The bartender is great too. This is great dinner spot for date night. As my husband and I frequent this great venue for date night quite often. I highly recommend. Cheers. Mrs. Battiste
    Special Features:
    Romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Food and service the best in town. The twin filets topped with crab is fabulous.Piano being plated in background very nice. Vince,the owner,friendly and always smiling. Highly recommend .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horrible Food
    FoodieGirl
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    I can't begin to describe how awful our experience was. The service was good, the ambience was good. However, each dish we ordered was terrible. Starting with a warm beer, the appetizer was flavorless, the beefsteak tomato salad had NO flavor and the tomato wasn't ripe. The house salad came with stringy cooked onions and peppers and couldn't be eaten. The steaks were both flavorless. How any one can ruin a filet mignon is beyond me but it had zero flavor. My husbands Prime Rib chop was tough but chewy and an overall poor piece of meat. The side of potatoes tasted like watery cheese with undercooked potatoes and the smashed potatoes must have come out of a box. The desserts were another huge disappointment. The cheesecake was frozen.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Years Eve Dinner
    Brushback
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Three couples dinned together to celebrate on New Years Eve and thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance, service and food selection... Three of us had the Filet Mignon and Lobster combo... which was excellent. Everyone enjoyed the food and we will probably make this New Years Eve here an annual event!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experince
    Gary
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Everything about McNamara is excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. We had a very nice time and enjoyed the food and the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visit Frequently
    Downens
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    I have had the opportunity to dine multiple times at this lovely place and have enjoyed each and every time. The ambience is outstanding, prof servers and I love when the pianist plays. Although the prices have always been on the upper end it seems that the prices have recently been increased significatly. For two adults and 1 child the bill was $170, this past bill will keep me away a little longer this time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing...
    kfol
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    This was our first AND last visit to McNamaras. The atmosphere was very nice, overall it should be a great restaurant. But we were not impressed. Our waitress, while friendly, needs a refresher course in professionalism - taking the ladies orders first, not reaching across in front of plates or lifting menus over people's heads. The food was very disappointing. I had filet mignon medallions with crab bernaise - the medallions were tiny, very little crab or bernaise sauce, and the medallions were served on a bed of what tasted like fried potatoes. Two sides of potatoes? Rather odd.The au gratin potatoes tasted like they came out of a box. My husband had a rib eye which arrived cold. For the prices, we expected much better, we won't be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    TimO
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    My family enjoyed our Christmas Eve dinner at McNamara's this year. We had a great time. The food was the best and the service was above outstanding. We enjoyed the ambience as we enjoyed the best steaks we have ever had. The Mac and Cheese my daughter had was also a big hit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining????
    Bbinder
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    I did the reservation online which worked well. I was asked if we were celebrating anything. I said yes , my daughter's b'day. Great since they asked this meant,they planned something nice to acknowledge her b'day. Otherwise why would you ask? Wrong....it was never mentioned at all...even though we had gifts with us at the table. I don't mind expensive meals but normally the food is great (it wasn't) the service is great, no one even stopped by to see how we were doing (maître de) and yes it was expensive. Not a horrible night but either the Manager took the night off or they need to find a new Manager. I don't plan on going back. I guess that's obvious.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    BWNLadiesVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    We really enjoyed our party here and the food was excellent the waiter was really nice and gave pretty good service however we did have to ask for a lot of things that we thought should have been automatic. eg Bread, water refills, drinks menu and several other things.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    livermorediner
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    I eat out 3 to 5 times a week. For the price I wasn't wowed by the food. It was good and the service and décor matched the price but again the food was not up to par with the prices. I will say I had Pork but it was overdone. I will try again sometime.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best steakhouse EVER
    GreatSteak
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    I would recommend this restaurant to everybody. The food is amazing, the service is impeccable, the atmosphere is splendid.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good and in the neighborhood.
    Jeatciti
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Service and setting was lovely. I was disappointed in the quality of my ribeye steak. Tougher than I expected at such a nice restaurant. I will come back, but will try a different steak next time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Maga
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Celebrated my sister's birthday with friends at McNamara's. This was my first visit and I found the food, service and ambience excellent. They have a small, but excellent wine list and the menu is extensive, with beef, lamb, veal, fish, chicken and pasta dishes available. Wonderful first experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit and Miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Meat, Rib Chop and New York were good, nicely seasoned and cooked as ordered. Spinach salad was good, french onion soup had an odd taste creamed spinach left a lot to be desired, no flavor, no garlic, seemed like watered down cream
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Party of 2 for Saturday dinner. The person who directed us to our table was happy to accommodate our request not to sit next to the piano. The steaks were excellent, both the rib-eye special and the New York, tender and cooked to order. The asiago potatoes were OK, next time I'd order baked. The wine list was quite varied, but limited in options if you only wish to order by the glass.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music too loud
    Patrick
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    The selection of music was pleasant, but the volume was a little too loud. We appreciated our request for a table near the fireplace was read and acknowledged by the person who read our online reservation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Surf & Turf
    DavidPFarrell
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    McNamara's already has a decent romantic vibe, but we happened to get much of the restaurant to ourselves which made for an even more quiet romantic time. They had Prime Rib / Jumbo Prawn special and I jumped on it right away. I didn't want it all red so the waitress said she would request it cooked "Medium Rare+" ... I will be ordering that way forever because it was simply amazing! The waitress was attentive but not around any more than necessary, which was just right for us. We had a memorable time with excellent food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • price
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    grossly overpriced based on food quality (shrimp & lobster bisque tasted like Campbells' tomato soup)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • their service is awesome and
    unicornrose
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    their service is awesome and the food is amazing and you get a lot for what you pay
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oct. 6, 2013
    AngieA
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    We went to McNamara's as a special treat for my husband's birthday. (My husband doesn't like to make a big deal about birthdays so we didn't mention it to the staff. But had we, I'm sure it would have been handled nicely.) the service was great! Our server was attentive and made sure we weren't in wont of anything. The food was wonderful. I had the Ahi tuna, which was cooked perfectly; my husband had the prime rib special with mushrooms and shrimp. Yummy!. The ambiance was romantic; quiet and cozy. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistence
    BillVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    half dined many times at the Restaurant, and have never been disappointed. great job guys, and keep up the great work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steak at it's best
    Husband
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    McNamara's is where we go to celebrate great events in our lives. Just celebrated 44 years of marriage with my bride! Wouldn't think of going anywhere else. Great food, great service, great time!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Out with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Its a great place to go out with friends for dinner
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent place for that
    TomM
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    An excellent place for that special occasion. The atmosphere was very good piano music in the background and quiet enough that you can talk without straining to hear one another. The food was very good I had one of the best New York steaks I've ever had. My fiance had the stuffed pork chop and it was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not what I was expecting
    Oysterlover
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    I was dissappointed with the Oysters Rockefeller , presentation was great but too much cheese, slightly overcooked and I could not find the osyters. I was EXTREMELY disappointed with the Lobster Bisque, I've made it myself followining Julia Child's receipe and I would swear this came out of a can and I've had it out of a can made by someplace in the noritheast and that's exactly what it tasted like. Seemed like it was thickened with corn starch or something and did NOT taste like Lobster Bisque. The smashed horseradish potatoes were good but were barely warm. The prime rib was good but I've had better. The wine list was very poor and overpriced for what they offered. I have a far better selection at home. Sorry.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    Greeted by the owner Vince McNamara, who sat us immediately in a quiet, private booth. Bread and drinks came promptly, followed by appetizers (fried artichoke hearts with aioli, yum), salads (I had the tasty House Chopped salad), and soups (my son raved about the cheesy French Onion). The entrees arrived, perfectly cooked. While we all eyed my wife's Prime Rib & Prawns special, I was in heaven with the Petrale Sole, and my kids devoured their mouthwatering filets. We capped the meal with an assortment of desserts. I shared the amazing chocolate Crème Brulee, while the kids managed to find room for the generous servings of NY Cheesecake and warm Brownie. We left completely satisfied and very full. Definitely planning a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a very nice experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    It was a very nice experience although it was a very expensive experience. $118.00 for two dinners with desert plus tip but I did know the prices before I ordered. A lot for a working man but still a nice time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good experience. Food
    JJJJ
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    Really good experience. Food & service were superb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably high quality
    Pickyperson
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    Very high end feel in service & food presentation and we feel very reasonably priced
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • #1 Steaks in the East Bay
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    If you want impeccable... go to McNamara's! Always the best choice - food and service is incomparable. Go to Costco and get the $100 gift cards (for ~ $80) to save. Well worth the trip to Costco, Livermore for the gift cards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Steakhouse in the bay area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    This is was my 2nd time dining here and it was even better the 2nd time around. The portions are huge, the food is delicious and the owner and staff were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice cut of Prime Rib.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    Very nice cut of Prime Rib. Very nice service. Very good experience. A little pricey.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Son's Birthday
    Tina
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Our overall experience was wonderful! We have eaten here many time and have always been greeted with warmth and hospitality. The waiters are knowledgeable about the menu and eager to make our experience enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.