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.

244 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steak, Steakhouse, Japanese

Hours of Operation:
Lounge Open for Drinks at 5:00pm
Happy Hour: 5:00p - 6:30p

Dinner:
Sun-Mon: 5:30pm - 9pm
Tue-Thu: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Fri-Sat: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Battery Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 989-2539

Website:
http://www.5a5stk.com/

Parking Details:
Street Parking

Executive Chef:
Allen Chen

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
Private Dining
sales@5a5stk.com

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Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (16)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
People Watching (4)
Romantic (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Authentic (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Casual (2)
Cozy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Montana)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

The place si excellente but The price Is very expensive

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgable. Food was pricey but very delicious. The wagyu experience was recommended medium rare and was excellent served that way. The lobster tempura was wow.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This was my third visit in three years. The first two occasions were exceptional. The food was sub standard. The mash potatoes looked and tasted like slop. However the oysters were excellent. Overall very disappointing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was perfect once again. The servers was great. Food perfect.. Atmosphere great! I was able to perfect my proposal to my girlfriend in the perfect way there. Thank you so much! An she said Yes!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Awesome experience.
Jeff our server was A5 class!!!!

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great detail on anniversary’s dessert.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Nice place for many different occasions. Nice friendly and professional services. Good foods and atmosphere. Place I always recommend to my friends.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food was excellent. Our favorite items: Tempura Lobster, Padron Peppers, Mushrooms, Steaks were perfection, all were wonderful. Service was perfect. Very attractive and comfortable restaurant. I would rate it as one of, if not the best, SF's steak houses.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Had the filet and it could have used a slight rub prior to cooking.... i did enjoy the garlic sauces with it however

The gnocchi is a must!

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

Overall not bad but less than expected

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

the food here is absolutely amazing, and the service is excellent!

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great service; well-presented dishes. The wine was also excellent! - Taken.

Tags: Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Service is superb food is good nice selection of wines. Attentive server gem to the neighbood.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Awesome food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We went for my husband's birthday. The food was delicious, but a little pricey. Overall, we enjoyed it very much.

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Everything was amazing. Thanks for the great food and service!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Awesome Steak!
I am definitely coming back!
Learned a lot about Wagu beef. We had the sampler, although expensive I was able to taste the difference's in the Fillet, NY, Ribeye, and Cap.
Service was spot on. Very attentive. Location easy to find and park.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Place is a pedestrian tourist trap so avoid.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great food. Great place for a business dinner. Steak was amazing.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Terrific meal with an impressive selection of Wagyu beef. I enjoyed the garlic crusted prime rib with mashed potatoes. Atmosphere was trendy and the waiter Scott was superb. Would go back again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Outstanding food. Service was lacking. Had a difficult

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

As the demanding foodie that I am, Oh boy! It was delicious! From the Japanese Oysters to the gorgeous delicious Rib cup 4 oz, creamy spinach and delicate and tasty scallops! Simply the best! Well done cheffs!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This was a great restaurant and the filet was excellent! I think some of the sides were just OK but what they are know for meat wise was amazing!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Excellent food all around. NY strip was beat I've had. Tender like a filet with the flavor of a strip. Great service and good wine selection make for winning combo.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 13, 2017

I had specifically asked for a quiet table but was placed between the bar and dining room. It was so loud! Not a good location for a business dinner where we wanted to have a meaningful conversation.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great service and food. Prime rib was 86'd but the ribeye was excellent. Best creamed spinach I have ever had

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