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About 5A5 Steak Lounge
5A5 Steak Lounge is San Francisco's first 'Steak Lounge' - a stylish and contemporary take on the traditional steakhouse with the upbeat ambiance of a cocktail lounge. Executive Chef Allen Chen (Alexander's Steakhouse) has developed an outstanding menu which both complements and explores the boundaries of the traditional 'steak & potatoes' fare. Steaks: we serve 100% Japanese Wagyu, US Certified Angus Beef, American and Australian 'Kobe'. A5 is the highest grade of beef in the world. 5A5- 5 senses/the A5 experience. 5A5 Steak Lounge is conveniently located in the northern FiDi . Please view our website for specials and other events.
San Francisco, CA 94111
Steak, Steakhouse, Japanese
Hours of Operation:
Lounge Open for Drinks at 5:00pm
Happy Hour: 5:00p - 6:30p
Sun-Mon: 5:30pm - 9pm
Tue-Thu: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Fri-Sat: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5A5 Steak Lounge is proud to offer 2 private rooms and 3 semi-private event spaces accommodating groups of any size, up to 300 guests. With our diverse menu featuring everything from luscious steaks to unique vegetarian options, 5A5 is the ultimate venue for any variety of special events.
5A5 Steak Lounge Ratings and Reviews
I brought my family here with great excitement, but sad to say I was deeply disappointed by the service in particular but the main courses as well. It has been several years since I have dined here and I can recall having an absolutely fabulous experience back then. Unless someone else organizes a dinner here, I don't believe that I will be coming back to 5A5 given all the choices available in the city.
Staff was not attentive for the first hour of our dinner. I had to ask the hostess to send the wait staff to take our wine order, bring the wine, take the order, etc.
Staff needs to be attentive that business dinners with 9 people need immediate attention to drinks, ordering, and swift execution throughout.
This place probably had it's glory 10+ years ago and now is simply a highly overpriced restaurant. Prices are not nearly in line with quality of everything: food, service, ambiance. There's probably a hundred places in the city way better than this at half the cost.
The best thing about 5A5 is the food. Everything we ordered was delicious and perfectly prepared.
The downside and the reason I won’t go back are 2 things.
First everything was way overpriced. Wine list too expensive, dinners too expensive, sides and starters too expensive. Fortunately for me it was a business meal, but even though my company paid, it was out of line.
Second reason was that the waiter was condescending. He gave me the impression that he thought I was cheap for only ordering the $90 bottle of wine, not the $250 bottle he recommended. He also padded the bill by suggesting way too much food for the 4 of us to eat. At steak places like this sides are shareable, but he wanted us to order 4 for the table. We did order 3 sides and ate less than 1/3 of each.
There are much better restaurants in SF.
Very accommodating towards special dates such as birthdays and anniversaries.
Cocktail was bitters heavy. Probably that's how it's made but I didn't like it much. It was somewhat like a old fashion with honey but didn't taste anything but bullet rye and bitters.
Food was good love the mashed potatoes. Filet Mignon was super tender.
The bussers skill was amazing I wish I could bus that well he cleared the whole table and wiped it in one go.
One thing that kind of ruined my whole experience was that I wrote don't let any one pay but me... and I didn't so I was mad. But overall good place would come back here again.
Recently, we celebrated a birthday and the overall experience was fantastic. The chef offered a complimentary appetizer- crab over a cucumber slice that was delicious. We dined in prime rib (cooked to perfection), mashed potatoes, cauliflower and mushrooms- all were a culinary delight. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the wine list and suggested the Pinot Noir which complimented the meal. The birthday dessert was small bites was sufficient to whet our senses.
We have dined here before and the meat is beyond wonderful. Delicious, and cooked to perfection. The only thing we did not like was dessert. We ordered a dessert to share and
it looked like they threw some things on a plate. It was ill prepared and looked like a
5 year old made it. So stick with the food and forget the dessert!
If you like steak, this is NOT the restaurant to visit! 2 friends and I visited on Saturday night, and we were excited to try 5A5 given the reviews. Clearly, the owners have several family members reviewing this place, because no independent reviewer would give this a passing grade.
The meal started with slow service and a 30 minute wait for our reservation. But, that was forgivable as the bar has a nice atmosphere. Once we were seated, we started with the Shisito peppers (actually very good, highlight of the meal), and Wagyu sliders. The sliders were a foreshadowing of what was to come...the meal slid downhill from there! Despite being ordered medium rare, they were served almost raw. Nothing "special" about these, and tasted like any slider you would get off the "passed trays" at any mid-level wedding. They make a big deal out of their Wagyu here, and we all expected something more.
Salads were next, the baked salad with an egg. This dish was ok. Then the trouble really began. The 3 of us ordered the $80 Ribeye. I only mention the price because there is an expectation of a good piece of meat. Again, not only were all 3 of our dishes WAY undercooked, the meat was tough, filled with gristle, and we were forced to send all of them back. It was inedible. Honestly, we spent the night listing places we had better steak at, and it didn't take Morton's or Joe's to beat it. We're talking Applebee's, Chili's and business class on United were better. The sides we ordered, the spinach, mushrooms, and cauliflower were serviceable, but again, nothing special.
The manager Matthew was the one bright spot. He apologized profusely, and did what he could to salvage the experience. But, after being there for hours, we weren't about to wait for another hour for a new steak. He didn't seem at all surprised by how poor the food was. I'm guessing his main job is apologizing to customers for the food. We left still a bit hungry, and definitely disappointed.
This was out first time to this restaurant and it was fantastic. The food, service and ambiance are all in harmony. The waiter took the time to explain the entire menu and did not rush us in ordering right away. I would highly recommend this restaurant for an intimate night out or just to have dinner with friends. We plan to return!
Appealing ambiance with open arrangement of tables. I dislike dark restaurants and this was a refreshing change of indirect lighting which helped to elevate my mood. The wagyu beef was truly an item not to miss if your wallet (corporate or personal) can stand the assault!!!! Our waiter, Chris, had worked there five years was very good and it was enjoyable interacting with him during our meal. The appetizers we ate, recommended by Chris, were very good (lobster tempura and the shishito peppers). Our t- bone steaks were very good and cooked as requested.
Great find. Really good food and service. Ambiance was quiet and comfortable. It is not a loud restaurant. We did not get the complimentary sparkling wines as it was advertised on Open Table at the time of making the reservation. I was not going to ask for freebies but if you do advertise it the hostess or the server should be aware of any specials offered. The people seated around us did get it, so it might have been an oversight. I don’t personally think oversights are acceptable at a restaurant of this caliber, so no 5 stars because of it. I would come again.
We ordered 2 of the very, very pricey Wagyu steaks and never was presented the certificate to validate. Steak was good but not as good as what I had elsewhere... tougher. Not seeing the certificate and the overall toughness of the meat makes me suspect of what was served.
While we had a pleasant evening and the service was good, my wife and I just really felt that almost all of the food had some issues with flavors not working well together. Since it left a lot to be desired for the price, we felt it was an overpriced dinner and most likely will not go back. I had the lobster bisque, but it was not a great flavor and since the lobster meat was added to it in the center (it was nice presentation) it didn't seem to go well with the bisque for some reason or do anything for the flavor. My wife had the grilled romaine salad and we agreed it was interesting, and maybe the best of what was ordered -- which shouldn't be the case at a restaurant showcasing steak. My filet was cooked perfectly and was very tender; however, the demi glace and green garlic flavors conflicted and didn't make the overall taste something I would recommend to anyone or order again. She ordered the t-bone because the ingredients peaked her interest, but it was a very strong flavor warranting a few bites only. The truffle mac & cheese was ok, but not anything great or special.
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