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Sundance The Steakhouse
Sundance The Steakhouse

Sundance The Steakhouse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sundancethesteakhouse.com
  • Phone: (650) 321-6798
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Alfredo Flores
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Sundance The Steakhouse offers three distinct dining areas that can be reserved for semi private events. Please refer to our web site for additional information and booking policies.
  • Private Party Contact: Galen Fletcher (650) 321-6798

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stanford Ave.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Additional parking is available on Stanford Avenue & across the street on the El Camino Real.
A word from Sundance The Steakhouse
Since its opening in 1974, prime steaks and martinis have never gone out of style at this Palo Alto institution. The atmosphere is very clubby with fireplaces, dark wood, sports memorabilia and plush leather booths tucked into the many nooks throughout the dining room. Famous for their slow-roasted prime rib & hand-cut U.S.D.A Prime Steaks, they also offer fresh seafood, cold water lobster tail & succulent shellfish. The 23 oz. Bone-In Rib eye Steak is the "Boss' Favorite" while the Double Cut Filet Mignon runs a close second. Sundance is respected for serving the best food money can buy coupled with value & simplicity – a welcome relief for serious food & steak aficionados. The menu is supported by an award-winning wine list that features over 400 selections focusing on highly allocated Napa Valley Cabernets & Sonoma Pinot Noirs. Exceptional ratings & numerous restaurant awards rank Sundance the Steakhouse as a true dining destination.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I fear that California casual has gone too far. Wearing jeans and a tee shirt to a nice restaurant isn't my idea of a special occasion place."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • " Sundance Steakhouse is a very good restaurant with tasty food, atttentive service, and reasonable prices. My party enjoyed all courses and was surprised how quickly we finished dinner. This is an excellent choice for lunch or dinner when in Palo Alto."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Our waitress brought out two "beefeaters" martinis that were both made with Vodka. No apology, nothing. She ended up bringing the bartender to our table and had him poor the Beefeaters in front of our faces....really? How rude. I think we know the difference between a vodka and gin. My husband hasn't ordered a Vodka martini in about 15 years. Not too interested in going back. Great food, but the service is spotty, and this is the second time with bad service. Maybe they put all their effort into the happy hour service and are just plain worn out by 6 pm for regular service. We will be going to another steak place in the future."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Always excellent food and service. The steaks are prepared perfectly."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Good evening but the steaks don't match the quality of a Palm for example"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The steaks are all around the best part of the menu. We ordered a New York and prime rib medium rare and they were served just right with the right level of seasoning. Creamed spinach was one of the better ones I gave had. Only recommendation for improvement is more attentive service- drinks were empty for long periods of time while there were long delays between courses . Overall, sundance was a treat ."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We had 9 in our party and we all had great meals and service. The prime rib was delicious!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Wanted a good steakhouse where we could take our kids for their 17th wedding anniversary. We were very impressed with the food, and especially the prime rib and mudd pie! Would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Lindsey out server made our evening. It was a friends BDay and she made a big desl out of it bringing him a birthday dessert . She made his day. Great service! Prime Rib was excellent as us all the food at this spot. Managers come over to make sure everything was good. Excellent spot for dinner or drinks. They also have fresh Oysters every night and they are wonderful. Hard to find oysters around here."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Over the years consistent and well worth the returns!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We went to celebrate our daughter's birthday and were not disappointed. Food was excellent, service was good."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Special occasion dinner for son's 18th birthday. We all had the prime rib, and it was delicious. It was cooked to order, as advertised. Side dishes of broccoli and carrots were not spectacular, but tasty nonetheless. Service was attentive but not instrusive. Our waiter even sang to us, with a nice voice indeed. We like the darker, cozy, pub-like atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Probably driven by this restaurant 100 times, finally decided to check it out. Glad we did! Great menu, lots of variety. Wine list is nicely organized. Try to save room for dessert, as the pastry chef is up to no good in the kitchen. And, if you are lucky enough to have Luke as your server, he will sing for you at the end of your meal! A wonderful way to close."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We are regulars at Sundance the steakhouse. For some reason this time we had to wait 40mn to get an entree. We got apologies. But then again we were left on our own with no dessert menu. A shame as this spoils the evening at this usually excellent restaurant."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Went for the "Sunset Menu" which is early dining at a discount with slightly smaller portions. Can't beat it . The prime rib was melt in your mouth good. Service is always first rate."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Our server, Geoff G, made our evening at Sundance a very special occasion. He had a pleasant sense of humor and gave us the sense that he wanted us to have a wonderful time. The food was delivered with gusto and promptness. When I asked if it would be too much trouble to get more butter, Geoff insisted that it was "no problem at all". The prime rib was perfect...medium rare, juicy and tender. The strawberry arugula salad was refreshingly cool for a very hot day! The butterscotch creme brûlée was to die for!!! The ambience was perfect...formal, but not stuffy. Elegant, but not overdone. It was a perfect place for two people to celebrate my birthday!!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "It was very crowded and a bit noisy. The food was good but the portion size of the prime rib isn't what it used to be."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This was our first time eating here. Food was delicious! The service was slow at times. The overall noise level was quite loud and not in a good way. The wait staff was very professional in all interactions. Was very pleased they gave a complimentary dessert for my husband's birthday dinner :)"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Our 12 year old grandson loves to come and so do we. Waiter Jeff did a great job and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The entire staff is top notch! I have been coming here since I was 15, now I'm 47."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My wife and I like going to Sundance so that just the two of us can enjoy a nice dinner, a fine martini and spend time enjoying each other's company for a couple hours."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I took clients here this week and I was really impressed. The restaurant has a great feel with tons of really cool sports memorabilia around the walls. The staff was very helpful and overall it was quiet and a great place to meet and discuss business. The portions were huge and everything was very good. I'll be back for sure."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Good food, reasonably priced......sports theme....bar area good for social and business interaction."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Everything from the reservation to desert was first class. You will not be disappointed selecting Sundance."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "For being a more expensive restaurant, I would expect the service to be much better. We had to ask three times just get some bread and I ended up drinking my friend's water because I never got a refill. The table next to us was a bunch of high-roller business men so were getting primo service, however. I appetizer was a little too salty for me. The prime was rib was delicious though. We did get a free dessert because it was my friends birthday so that was nice. Overall, if I am going to spend $30-50 a plate, I would expect the service to be much better. Disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The best steakhouse Ive been too in the bay area. Awesome atmosphere, great steaks and sides, perfect for that special occasion. Wine list is to die for!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We dine here fairly often and have never had a bad experience with bar service, table service or the food. We highly recommend this restaurant. The sunset menu never disappoints."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had the prime rib and the filet mignon egg rolls, both were excellent. The server was very attentive and the ambience was great!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "You'll walk in to be greeted by warm smiles and a friendly voices. Your eyes can't stop admiring the classy decor of leather and dark stained wood. The clean smell only disturbed as you walk by each recently served table. Your conversation only disturbed by appropriately timed service. And when the food hits your taste buds, it throws you back in your seat, as you try to slow down each chew and fight the urge to take another bite before swallowing, leaving you with a 5th sense of satisfaction, delight and urgency to plan another visit."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Sundance always provides fabulous food and exceptional service. This time they even went above and beyond when I thought I lost my phone. They searched high and low before I discovered it had fallen under the seat in my car. I was embarrassed to have wasted their time but they were very gracious and helpful."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I made a note in Open Table that it was my father's 88th birthday. Waitress was not aware. Really felt rushed through dinner. I was born and raised in Palo Alto and my parents like to dine at Sundance. Unfortunately, it's not what it used to be a few years ago."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Three of us had lunch and the food was excellent with many choices on the menu. Extensive wine list. The only reason for the service rating is that we continually had to flag down our server when needed something, i.e., dessert menu and it took some time to get our wine once it was ordered. Otherwise, a very pleasant experience. It was nice to be able to talk without having to talk over noise."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Our server was excellent, very personable but not overbearing. Bread was amazing. I liked the prime rib, but i didn't find it very flavorful. The mashed potatoes were very rich yet light and fluffy texture-wise. We mentioned at the end of the meal, after we had gotten the check, that it was our anniversary and the server insisted that he take the check back and adjust the price to give us our dessert for free (we got the apple pie, which was delicious). Over all a romantic and relaxing experience, although it was quite noisy, especially when we arrived at 7pm."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The minimum lighting is compounded by the dark paneling, which almost makes it seems like a cave. The meals were OK, except my filet was a cut from the end of the tenderloin. My filet had considerable grizzle, which I do not expect with a meal in that price range. I complained to our server, and to his credit, he removed it from our check."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "After several disappointing visits, finally had a good experience. The difference was not in the quality of food, but in the service and level of attention. The previous visits I had encountered rule, inattentitve servers, slow service and mistakes in our order. Not this time; we did not like the table we were given, asked to be seated in the bar and were given a geat table and an excellent server. Danny, the server who arranged for us to move is especially commended for his wonderful, helpful attitude, even though he lost us as a customer in his area."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Brought a friend from another state here while she was visiting. The food is great and our server was excellent. I would definitely recommend getting a reservation first as this place was pretty packed even on a Monday evening. Only down side is the parking situation. Lot was full and we had to drive around doing multiple U-turns to get back to the restaurant. If the lot is full, there aren't a lot of other options in the close vicinity for parking."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This is the 3rd time in a row that my favorite steak house on the peninsula has disapointed - on several counts. The server had an attitude, was unfriendly, did not accommodate my kids' requests for vegetables and got my side order wrong. One of their filets was a really strange cut of meat. The restaurant comped the steak, but my daughter went home hungry - I would much rather have got a decent steak than a credit on my bill. I have a business dinner there tonight - if my experience is like the previous 3 times, this will be my last visit. It is a shame - they have gone downhill rapidly, especially when it comes to service."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Fantastic steak house! The meat is perfectly cooked!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I just love this place. It's the best prime rib dinner around, bar none. Perfect steak, potato, just the right amount of sour cream, horseradish sauce, au jus, bacon, crispy vegetables. I hope to return soon and see you there!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Been there many times always good quality and never disappoints."
    Dined on 7/10/2014