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About House of Prime Rib

62 years of loyal customers can't be wrong. We are grateful to all of our customers, employees, and critics (...though we may not always agree!). The only way to find out the truth is with a visit. Oft imitated, never duplicated. Thank you in advance.

1906 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steak, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Washington St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 885-4605

Website:
http://houseofprimerib.net/

Private Party Facilities:
The restaurant can accommodate large parties. Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Management: (415) 885-4605

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

House of Prime Rib Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2012

The prime rib was very delicious and I like my mashed poTaToes. The gravy of The mash poTaToes had a liTTle biT of The prime rib Juice which I very like. Yorkshire pudding what kind of like a pancake feeling which was quite good. I'm not much of a salad person but there's salad is very quite good. The ambiance was very elegant. Orver all my biz it is restaurant was very gOOd and I give 5 stars. And As well I will recommend to this restAurAnt to my fAmily and friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 30, 2012

Place was packed, but we never felt rushed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2012

Food is great, service is just ok, they have a bit of an attitude, I think because this place is always busy and they can.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2012

We had the most delicious prime rib dinner with excellent service from the staff and servers! They were most accommodating in seating us before our entire party arrived and we greatly appreciated it as we were able to have some intoxicating drinks while we waited for them! My only caveat is that the noise level is "energetic" and I had great difficulty in having a conversation and hearing even the person next to me. Other than that, it was a wonderful dining experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2012

It was like entering a noisy food court, very busy, loud and the food was served as I could imagine you would do if you had to fill a lot of plates really fast, it seemed sloppy and at the same time it it seemed to be the concept of thoughing the gravy or sour cream on the baked potatoes. Even the way the salad was tossed seemed to be an act - it was all a show. The prime rib was tender, but no taste.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 29, 2012

Thank goodness we had a reservation! Our wait wasn't long, 30 minutes. Our waiter was awesome. The men waiters were seemingly more pleasant than the female ones. The portions of mashed potates and creamed spinach were noticeably less than the previous year - we had pictures to compare both visits and were offered more yorkshire pudding the year before too. We will return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2012

reservation was at 5, we didn't get seated till 5:45.
VERY LOUD!!!

beef was very good, did not care for the family style, lack of choices

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 28, 2012

The food was outstanding and worth every dime of it. The portions were perfect and prepared and served in front of you. The service was great and friendly. I ordered the House of Prime Rib Cut and it was cooked perfectly. My entire party was still talking about the restaurant on Saturday afternoon. I highly recommend this place and I will be back the next time I am in San Francisco.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2012

Classic prime rib dinner... We try to go at least twice a year. Great meal for the price.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2012

Everything was great as usualSeated within 10 of our reservation time. Food was excellent as was the service. They could use an update to their booths. Some of the cushions are very old and very uncomfortable to sit on. We plan on returning next year.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2012

We go every year for a holiday meal and we are never disappointed. Kudos!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 28, 2012

We have gone to the House of Prime Rib for 30 or 40 years and this is the first time we have gone away less than pleased. the beef isstill excellent, but the noise and boisterousness were not the quiet classy experience of years past. the waiter pushed us quickly through the meal, presumably under instructions to quickly turn over the table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2012

I went to The House of Prime Rib with a group of friends celebrating Christmas and the fact that some of our friends were in town and we love going out to eat.

I am going to give this only 3 stars because I made a reservation and they gave us a crappy table for how many people we had. I had a party of 6 people and I felt like it was a glorified 4 top. It was a bit tight for the amount of people we had.

I am also going to say that the other time I went to the House of Prime Rib, we were seated an hour after my reservation time, even though we arrived on time. The restaurant did however comp us some wine.

Our server was also a bit of a nut. Not sure what was going on there. It is worth it to try at least once. The food is awes

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2012

A San Francisco landmark and deservedly so...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2012

House of Prime Rib was as good as I remember it from long ago. I took adult grandchildren so it can become one of their traditions. The only disappointment was the waiter. He exuded boredom with his job and made it quite clear he would rather be doing something else. This is very sad for such an iconic restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2012

The food is amazing. Well worth the price.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 27, 2012

We always come to House of Prime Rib when we visit San Francisco. Sometimes we come with 10 people and when we're lucky it is just the 3 of us. The service is always excellent and the food is outstanding!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2012

Food was very good. The prime rib was SO tasty. I went the day after Christmas and the decorations, ambiance, & chatter made it very festive and fun.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2012

I have been there several times with lots of different people and everything has always been great. This time, I brought my family for dinner and I was very disappointed. It took forever to get our prime rib. They took the Prime Rib cart that was suppose to serve our ribs to us to go serve another room while we waited over 20 minutes. Our table was next to the storage closet for chairs and I was bumped every time that they got a chair which was about 20 times of getting bumped. This was the worst time that I have had at the restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2012

If you love Prime Rib this is the place to be....the menu basically is what type of cut of prime rib do you want. Each meal is paired with a salad (made table side to a degree), cream of corn or spinach and a bread pudding. Make reservations way in advance as this place gets super busy and you may not get a table. I highly recommend this place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2012

Choose your cut, choose the doneness then get exactly what you asked for. This place is consistently great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2012

Always a great meal and the servers are friendly and charismatic! I look forward to coming here every year.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2012

First time. Not last time. Best Prime Rib so far.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2012

Always a consistent food experience and when I ask for medium rare, my prime rib comes medium rare, unlike at some other places where it comes almost well done! My siblings and I come here annually during the holidays to get together.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2012

great service, best prime rib you can find anywhere, completely satisfied.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2012

Their meat is amazing and baked potatoes perfect.
However other sides just ok.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2012

The tables were very crowded together. The service was only okay. There was not room to eat comfortably. The martinis were big but because filled with ice and with these fancy containers which lids were loose and my drink spilled.

The food was only good. I would prefer to eat at the Burlingame House of Prime Rib. That ambience better because not so jammed pack and noisy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2012

I thought the food overall was great but the spinach side order was made too salty and the gravy should have been place on the side for the mash potatoes.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2012

We went to House of Prime Rib to celebrate my daughter's birthday. We had been anticipating the dinner and had heard all the hype about this restaurant and I was concerned that maybe it wouldn't live up to it. I had nothing to worry about! We were seated shortly after our alloted reservation time. Our waiter was quite friendly and quickly took our drink order...very awesome martinis!!! I wasn't too interested in the sides as I wanted to save my appetite for the prime rib....but the salad was really good, the bread was fresh hot and amazing. Our prime rib was the best I've ever eaten and it was so tastey. The sides were to die for, the mashed potatoes were creamy and delicious and the baked potatoe was gigantic and topped tableside.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2012

One item on the menu... Prime Rib, and they do it right. Not a romantic dinner, VERY LOUD inside the restaurant, and the close proximity to your neighboring guest became distractive when ours sat done with a strong smell of being baked in Mary Jane. Other than that, very friendly staff and excellent food.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 21, 2012

Service was excellent and accomodating. The food, as always, was well presented and of excellent quality and flavor and served hot. Atmosphere was noisy but that was expected given there didn't appear to be an empty seat in the house. Appreciated the amount of management involvement/supervision--kept everybody hopping. Loved the decor and warm, holiday, decorations. We had a table in the room with a fireplace and Christmas wreaths and lanterns coupled with the dark wood paneling and lower light level created an image of a previous century in England or the US.Good job, House of Prime Rib.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 21, 2012

Overall experience great! Dress code a bit of an issue. Men with sweatshirts and baseball hats dining with families dressed for christmas parties. Host was a bit curt upon checkin but our waiter was perfect! Food is amazing from start to finish.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2012

One of the best experience we have had in a long time.
Richard made the nite a great time out. My family
Thanks you all. We will be back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2012

well when we went it was very crowded .i guess due to the holidays and dinner took quite a while to come, due to large crowds eating . but at least they gave us a sundae to share at the end for free . for making us wait.it was packed. it was my birthday. but i did not tell them .did not want the fanfare.all in all it was nice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2012

A true SF standard. We go once a year and it's always great. San Francisco would not be the same without House of Prime RIb.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2012

EVERYTHING WAS GREAT. BEST PRIME RIB I HAVE HAD IN MANY, MANY YEARS.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2012

As usual, it was 5 star in every way.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2012

Great for a celebratory night with the guys/girls. Excellent, powerful Martini to start things off. Best prime rib and good wine selection.

I missed the larger bar area though. Not sure if it's permangently closed or just for the holidays. Was a great place to have 1-2 before dining. This is a place where you don't want to be rushed. Was a little more rushed for the holidays.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2012

I was really disappointed in the portions (slices) for the money. My son ordered the city cut and it looked like a thick slice of lunch meat, 1/8". I ordered the king Henry and at most the thickness was 3/8" to 1/2" topps and the extra slices that are offered with the king cut are even thinner than the city cut!!!
My advise is to fillup on bread and salad, the salad by the way was outstanding.
We used to go there frequently about 6 years ago and the portions were defiantly not the same.
Overall the food is still excellent but I must say I left a little disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2012

This is great place. The food is both classic and original. The service is impeccable and the ambiance is warm and festive.

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