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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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4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (207)
Good for Birthdays (174)
Good for Anniversaries (153)
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Good for a Date (127)
Good for Groups (119)
Worth the Drive (112)
Fun (89)
Business Meals (85)
Authentic (83)
Neighborhood Gem (82)
Romantic (81)
Comfort Food (79)
Fit for Foodies (79)
Notable Wine List (77)
Bar Seating (52)
Cozy (49)
Hot Spot (49)
Handcrafted Cocktails (46)
Casual (42)
People Watching (31)
Pre/post Theatre (31)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Kid-friendly (22)
Paleo Friendly (17)
Happy Hour (17)
Seasonal (12)
Tasting Menu (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Healthy (5)
Local Ingredients (3)
Scenic View (3)
Spicy (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was excellent and the server was very attentive and pleasant. The overall experience did feel rushed. it was as if once our meal was done they expected us to leave immediately.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This place always delivers. When you do something well, stick to it. They have the process nailed down and it really is the best prime rib ever. Our server was outstanding, too. My only very minor complaint is that it takes a long time to get drinks from the bar. They need to figure that out for sure. But its our annual family dinner that never disappoints.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The service was very good our waiter was very attentive. The House Of Prime Rib is well known for the best Prime Rib in the Bay Area, however on this visit I would rate the meat as good. The beef wasn’t seasoned as well as my previous visits. I believe the cut of beef may have been a choice grade instead of prime. I believe their prices are extremely high. The cost would be justified if they added a lobster tail to the entree. Everyone in our party of five said the food wasn’t as excellent as previous visits. The food was good but we expected excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

awesome experience. recommended by a friend, and I will definitely recommend my other friends!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Casual, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Celebrated our 5th year anniversary and we made the right choice choosing this restaurant. The food was so good and staff were nice. We highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

What a treat to visit again for our mutual birthday celebrations. How comforting to know that the place remains the same from year to year. Like visiting older family members during festive times. There's nothing like dining on fantastic prime rib with all the trimmings. Great bar and lively bartenders too! Heck, you don't have to find a place to park. Attendants take care of that for a very modest price. Can't wait for our next House of Prime Rib adventure.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Come here for incredible tasting prime rib. You will not leave hungry. My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. In hindsight I would have picked a different restaurant for this occasion since it’s not quiet and romantic, but after 25 years being well fed is not a bad thing either.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The House of Primerib is an institution that we have patronized for 30 years. It has become increasingly popular and it is difficult to get reservations. Reserved 3 months in advance. Seated in the traffic pattern. Couldn't get the famous cornbread. Asked twice and management came and tried to intimidate us. Noise level off the walls. Have put tables in the waiting area so no place to wait. Beef is still wonderful. Management seems to be trying to seat more people all the time. Expect sidewalk dining next.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Our 50th Anniversary included dining at HOPR/Dom Perignon, and arrangements for us were perfect! We will visit again.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Best prime rib place in the city. The food is spectacular. Cozy environment. Valet available.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on October 10, 2017

A great place to celebrate my husband’s (Michael) birthday. Always excellent food & service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Another outstanding dining experience at HoPR, after watching the Blue Angels perform their thrills and smelling that jet fuel exhaust, just made that succulent Prime Rib taste even better. Kellie, our server, Chef Tony who carved the beef, superb jobs! God Bless America.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food is always delicious and service is always excellent. A step back in time to great restaurants of a previous generation. If only more restaurants could master food and service the way House of Prime Rib has done. They are a true gem in San Francisco. One of our favorite places to eat.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food and service was spectacular! I can't wait until our next special occasion!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent prime rib. Extremely tender and tasty. Great service and ambience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

extremely loud! Great Service. Great Food. Did i say the restaurant was extremely loud?

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

You can always count on a fantastic meal at HOPR. Service and food is consistently top notch and the value for the money can’t be beat!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food is always terrific but service this time around was not so great. Waiter took a long time getting the check to us and a long time to bring back the paid transaction. He was helping other tables that weren’t assigned to him. Customer behind us was getting irritated because his food was taking longer to get to him.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This was a fantastic restaurant. I gave it a 4 star only because I felt the sides were mediocre. The prime rib was exceptional. If you love prime rib, this is the place to go.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Worst service ever

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My wife and I have been going to this SF dining institution since we were 18...we celebrated her 48th birthday at "House" this past Friday. You do the math. All i can say is that House of Prime Rib (HoPR) is a case study in "do one thing, and do it perfect". They simply have perfected what they do and I often tell people that in one meal I get to eat:

the best sour dough bread in SF
the best salad I've ever eaten (yes salad...I've gone just for the salad)
the best Prime Rib I've ever eaten
the best creamed spinach I've ever eaten
the best mashed/whipped potatoes I've ever eaten

That's a lot of best all to be found in a single meal at one restaurant. Yes it's that good.

The only draw back to the entire restaurant is that old Yogi Bera-ism "Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded". I remember the days when I could get a reservation for 2 on the spur of the moment or just a few days out. No more. You better book a large party 2-3 months in advance and dinner for 2 at least 3-4 weeks out.

I do want to gives special thanks to the restaurant for holding our reservation for our party of 8 for an hour. We were held up at my dad's Dr. appointment unexpectedly and the staff were gracious to hold the table for us.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Birthday and Cancer Survivor Celebration!

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 (México)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Excelente lugar.
La comida de primera y el ambiente amable.
La mejor carne en San Francisco

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 (London)·Dined on October 5, 2017

House of Prime Rib is a well known establishment serving fine prime rib for many decades. The prime rib was tender and juicy and the gravy was delicious. It was a very enjoyable meal. This place is quite busy for dinner so reservation is highly recommended. Parking in the neighborhood is very limited but valet parking is available at the curb ($14)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The restaurant was crowed and the AC seemed to be not working or set to high. You don’t expect to have a nice dinning experience and have drips of sweat coming down from your face onto your prime rib.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Such a great time with great food. They are Masters of the Prime Rib and large parties!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Absolutely wonderful- we come at least twice a year& this time was better than ever!! Wait person was so good- just so attentive& articulate- will be back soon again!!

No wonder mayor willie brown loves this place!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great restaurant...we’ve been going here for years and it’s still amazing food and service!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 3, 2017

My friend and I celebrated our birthdays. Our server Jackie was awesome and took very good care of us. She and the other server robustly sang Happy Birthday! The food was delicious and our Manhattans were perfect.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

I’ve been to dinner at the House of Prime Rib many times and it never disappoints. I go with the King Cut ‘seared’ add bacon to the mashed potatoes, and don’t forget the chocolate cake for dessert

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

I have frequented the HOP over the years. It has been quite a while since my last visit. This time around was a major disappointment. The costs have risen greatly, but the food and management have declined. I've read other reviews on the web that say there is a noticeable difference since Gus the former manager passed away. I absolutely agree! He ran that place with class and a sense of precision that no longer exists at the HOP.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

We had such a great experience. Our reservation was for 4:30pm and we got there around 4:15pm and we were seated and had our dinner on our table by 4:30. The food was delicious and service was exceptional.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was amazing!! Service was great and the only negative I had was that I told the person checking us in that we had 2 birthdays on our table and he said he would let our waitress know but did not .. so they didn't recognize the special occasion... :(..

but it was good otherwise..

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our server Vic was very professional. He explained the menu well, presented our "spinning salad" elegantly and entree with accompliments nicely and made our dinner special.
The Prime Rib was cooked perfectly to our requests. Side dishes of creamed spinach and mash potatoes were yummy but the creamed corn was disappointing and not very fresh tasting.
We all took left overs home in cute little House of Prime Rib plasticred handled bags. My only complaint was when our plates were taken off the table to place in the take home containers, the staff person quickly and sloppily scraped all the food off the plate (like one would do scraping it into a garbage container) piling all the food ontop of each other. It looked horrifying for a "fine dining" restaurant and SO unprofessional. (This is only one individual- not all staff).
Also the noise level was exceptional noisy from the staff workers speaking very loudly throughout our dining. Perhaps they could find a way to communicate to each other across the dining rooms without yelling.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 30, 2017

My husband had been here 50 years before and wanted to revisit the experience. He was not disappointed! The ambience was great, although it was quite noisy. The meal was great! Don't bother if you don't like prime rib, as that is all there is on the menu. What else would you expect, since it is "The House of Prime Rib"! The wait staff was attentive and very professional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Slipped on the floor since there was no signage or warning about the change in flooring from carpet to hardwood. Waitress rushed us through our meal, clearing plates before we were done. Never came back to ask us how things were or refilling our drinks. Didn't offer coffee or dessert. Boyfriend got king Henry cut and it was almost 60% fat and gristle.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

A great way to spend my 39th birthday!!!! Our waiter Fred was the best!!! Great food and people watching. Make a reservation before you go.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food is consistently good and sometimes it's exceptionally good. Service is hit or miss, but often good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Finally made it to House of Prime Rib after living in the Bay Area for 8 years. Great cocktails to start, and SO MUCH food. It actually is very worth the price.

Included in the price, is the steak itself + salad + yorkshire pudding + your choice of creamed corn or spinach + your choice of baked or mashed potatoes.

Other than the value, the service was great. And it was just a lovely evening overall. Easy valet up front which I would recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The prime rib and creamed spinach were definitely the stars of the show. All the portions are generous so bring your appetite! Only get the City Cut if you're not too hungry. Otherwise, get the House Cut and save room for dessert!

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