Bobo's

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"Bobo's" is a stylish destination for the most exquisite steak and crab in the City. With antiqued red walls, colored glass light fixtures and tablecloths, the restaurant is like a plush Venetian jewel box. Executive Chef-Owner Andrea Froncillo has created a delectable menu that showcases his signature steak and seafood creations. The steak is USDA certified prime beef, dry-aged four to six weeks - longer than anywhere else on the West Coast! Our award winning bone in filet was the 1st on the west coast. The crab is Dungeness, harvested from the Pacific Ocean, and roasted in a savory garlic-butter sauce that is positively addicting
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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I ordered the mussels, shrimp and crab on the cast iron pan. It was so over cooked the shrimp were stuck to the pan. Totally burnt when I pried them off. The mussels were completely dried out and the crab came out like dried up flakes. I’ve never had a meal that bad in my life. The only reason I give it a good rating is my wife’s steak was good and the sides were ok (mod mac and creamed spinach. I think I got a rare bad meal because i was recommended this place by people who know food. Anyway. I’ll never go back

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VB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were personally greeted at our table and thanked for being there. I thought that was really nice. We had the filet mignon & crab which were cooked perfectly. It was really delicious.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

First time I ever had to send a steak back at Bobos. It was ice cold halfway through. Med-rare. Eaten here a lot. It is my #2 and #3 on my top 5 steaks list. #1 is a Kobe steak in Japan. Threw the whole dinner off. They took my steak back to the grill. Cooked it some more and brought it back. Made me think of everyone else's steak they had half eaten and re cooked on the same grill. I ate one more bite and could not stomach the rest. Going to be a minute before I can go back.

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AK
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my friend's birthday here and had the best of time. Food was exceptional and server was delightful. It's a bit pricey definitely but wortt every penny!

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CL
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Not only the steak and crab but every side dish was out of this world.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was outstanding. The bone in filet mignon and the half double shrimp and half crab was mouth watering.. 🙏🥩👍

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CF
Melbourne / VIC
98 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience. The food was delicious complemented by an excellent wine

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BD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

My wife and I were disappointed. We ordered steaks cooked “medium” and what we got were steaks well done and with no flavor. The sides (creamed spinach and potato) were just okay, nothing extraordinary or special.

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T
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waiter did not how to properly open a wine bottle.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was A1. Everything from the crab cakes to the Bone In Filet was perfection. The mango pana cotta was to die for. Hands down the best place to eat in SF. I don't mind the hefty bill when the food and service is superb.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bobo’s is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco.

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JK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Average food. Service meh at best. Stupid expensive.
Valet people working are 5 star. Really nice and very helpful.
Would never go back.

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JV
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my 2nd visit and it was just as good as I remember it. Last visit was 3-4 years ago with a larger group and service was fantastic. This recent visit was just two of us and the service, the staff friendliness (everyone smiles, so nice!), the food and the mood were top notch. Steaks were cooked as ordered, wine list was decent and so was the vodka martini to start. Bobo's is a gem among the many steak houses in SF, and the ambiance is much less stuffy than the main houses on Van Ness and Embarcadero.

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JG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

If you are not used to baked crab instead of steamed stick with the steak. The crab was dry, on our shrimp appetizer shrimp was the right word they were scrawny. Again just get the steak it was superb. I would expect a bit more courtesy from the wait staff from a restaurant at this price point, they seemed put out we were not running up the bill with alcohol. We don’t drink and they were upset to bring us more water.

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PB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pretty disappointed overall. When you are spending this kind of money on dinner ($300 for two) my expectations are pretty high and they fell flat. The service was either super slow or quite rushed depending on the moment. Took a long time to get our cocktails then everything showed up at the same time...app, salad, dinner & side. Then, the waiter was no where to be seen for quite awhile. Food was pretty mediocre, not bad by any means but certainly not high caliber.

For really good steak/fish...skip this place...there are better (either less expensive or way better service/food).

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RC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Didn’t have good communication with our waiter. He did not describe the dishes very well, the Crab was over cooked. The Steak was excellent. The wine list had very few medium prices options. Much better options in North Beach. I won’t go back.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good place for dinner and steaks

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Brought friends from Vancouver to our favorite steak house.
Not the Bobo’s of old. Portions smaller, routine Caesar with thick slices of chewy parmesan cheese, very small Bone in New York. Seemed the sides including the carpaccio had been premade and set aside. Did not tast fresh.
Service was there but slow. No passion for the act.
I have eaten at Bobo’s over 20 times. Sad to see it fall so far. It was nice to run into our favorite server Teo. Don’t think even he can fix this. Disappointing.

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SB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Charming spot. Tables are too close together for a private conversation. Other than that it was fantastic

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WW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

The crab is over cooked. I ordered a rare beef, but out out was warm. So disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lovely!

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MG
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Arrived early to reservation and they quickly accommodated. We were sat at a cute booth for two but the space was very cramped to accommodate a bottle of wine, entrees, sides, etc.
The space is interesting and whimiscal but some of the wall artifacts and chandleries had layers of dust which hung over our seating area & meal.

There was a group of 4 men in a nearby booth who were very loud, boisterous and were using the "F-word "very often. This did not create a pleasant environment. Instead we found it rude and disrespectful, especially as we were there to have an intimate dining experience.

We ordered the bone in fillet mignon and the whole roasted crab at the suggestion of our waiter Calib. The fillet was ordered as medium rare. When my date cut into her steak it was very cold, sinewy, undercooked and underseasoned, all of which was very disappointing. My date ate around the edges and I felt compelled to ask that it be sent back and cooked further, our waiter apologized and quickly dashed to have it cooked to the proper level.The fillet was returned cooked but it had a different flavor profile as it was now cooked in butter. It was acceptable but for the price and BoBo's claim that the bone-in fillet is their signature dish we were not impressed.

The roasted crab was good but not spectacular as you can find in many restaurants in SF. The waiter knew we were disappointed and brought us the dunce cap cone dessert complementary which was very thoughtful. The wine list was affordable and had a very good selection.

As a local, knowing the plethora of amazing restaurants in the Bay Area I will not be returning and i suggest others to seek a different steakhouse.

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JS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Place, Terrific Food. Highly recommend for good client meal.

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BG
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is no wonder why Bobo's was voted Best Steakhouse in the nation. It certainly blows away the local competition in each and every category. The service was excellent, the cocktails were generous, the food is unsurpassed in quality and presentation and the portions are more than ample. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed in anything having to do with this restaurant.

Well done, Bobo's!

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CA
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I took one of our friends for her birthday this past weekend. Our experience was absolutely sensational. While the steak was delicious, I would definitely recommend going with the seafood feast. It was delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was great!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good, service was poor, our drinks didn't show up until after our appetizers did. Table was horrible, they sat us near the front door and cold wind blew on us for the entire dinner.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, atmosphere.

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The mussels and crab tasted very fishy. When I cracked the crab, it was so fragile that it cracked into a million pieces so every bite of crab had shells in it.

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JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Overall the experience was something I will never want to experience again. Over rated

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EC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

This place definitely left a bad taste when there. If I would of know that Bobo's does not know how to differentiate what "MEDIUM RARE and RARE" is, personally I would of bought the steak at a market and cooked at home myself. I was perfectly clear to the Server that my partner wanted MEDIUM WELL and I wanted MEDIUM RARE, she ended up getting Medium Rare and my steak was completely Rare. After I mentioned this to the server, he took the steak and brought it back completely burnt. I don't blame him, his service was great. A little rigid but did this job. My question is who is cooking these steaks in the kitchen. Do they need help on how to cook the perfect steak?

I am not happy with this place, do not think I will be coming back and definitely not recommend this place to anyone else. The experience is great but I do not want to go to a place that can't even cook a steak properly. Sad!

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CM
San Joaquin
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The crab was old and smelled. Our steak was not cooked as ordered and had to be returned, we waited a long time for it to come back. The twice backed potato tasted like it was frozen, it was horrible. Waited 20 minutes for a glass of iced tea, would never go back there...

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EE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Immerse yourself in a kooky environment of Venetian bohemianism and enjoy a delicious meal. Quite enjoyable and memorable.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

We were very excited to try the highly recommended Bobos, but unfortunately our experience was subpar. We ordered filet and half crab, the filet tasted of seafood and the crab was extremely dry and fishy. They plated the crab and filet together, so the filet was sitting in a bed of crab juice.
Our waiter provided excellent service, but we would not go back because the food was not good and the price does not justify the risk of receiving the same experience next time.

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got the 49er porterhouse steak medium rare and it was Exquisite Service was great our waiter was wonderful and funny I will return

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service, ambiance and decor are also amazing. Definitely not cheap expect to spend about $60(on the low side) to $100 per person with an appatizer, entree and sides/drinks.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Bobo’s didn’t meet the expectations.

First of all, the service wasn’t great, it wasn’t necessary bad but for a upscale dining one can expect their water to be refilled without a reminder, a wine chiller with an order of white wine and plates/silver to be cleaned between services. No of that happened last night.

Secondly, food was awful. Whole crab we ordered was overcooked and way too salty. Crab cakes were dry and small. Steaks came undercooked inside (rare instead of medium rare) and almost burnt on outside, clearly their grill is too hot.

For the price tag, you can go to any other steakhouse in the area and get better service.

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CM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We went to BoBos for Valentines Day and had a great experience. The food was awesome and our waiter provided us with ezcellent, attentive service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter’s 21st. Hostess was wonderful and Joel was excellent.

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TS
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The heyday is over for Bobo's. Service bad, food worse. Every patron in this restaurant was experiencing the same frustration. Change the leadership, get a better head chef, whatever, but please make the change you need to get Bobo's back to the goto steakhouse in SF

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