Real steaks. Real martinis. Real San Francisco.
Finally Alfred's come back to the original Alfred's, you can tell that they are trying to get their clients back. After reopening steaks are not quite what the used to be, still need some aging but almost getting there. After selling it food & service declined very bad, prices went to the roof for a steak that was not worth it.
Now they have to show to their clients that original Alfred's has return but they may need to try harder since reputation went to the floor.
Overall keep working hard and clients will come back.
It was dark and food was just ok.
Service was not great
Old San Francisco elegance. Good cocktails. Delicious steak, creamed spinach, outstanding fries!
Alfred’s has been struggling of late, since it changed ownership a few years back. I had not been in over a year and was a bit shocked at the more limited menu offerings. No oysters! However, I hear the old owners have bought the place back and I have high hopes they’ll return the place to it’s former glory. It’s a shame as all the old staff are gone. I loved that you could take a year between visits and have the same waitstaff. And they were very professional.
The once noted "BEST BAKED POTATO IN SF" is missing from the menu. In its place ... a full menu of delicious steak options (some big enough to share) with sides including creamed spinach, and INCREDIBLE french fries. We had a wonderful uncrushed dinner for 5 to celebrate a friends birthday. Everything about Alfred's is a real value. Wine, food, cocktails, the entire experience. We will be back.
We felt the value was good considering you receive a very full meal for the price of the steak. More in keeping with the old Alfreds. We sat away from the bar so it wasn’t too noisy. Our server, Michael, was lots of fun. We had a very nice evening!
We hadn’t gone to Alfreds for a while due to the fire and closure. We were extremely impressed how great the service was and how excellent the food was. We will definitely be back soon!!!
We were looking forward to dinner at Alfred's after a 20 year hiatus, and were happy that the ambiance, service, and food were even better than we remembered. The portions are generous, very generous--including the cocktails. Dinner was memorable, from the presentation to the excellent food. The beef was cooked perfectly and definitely and deliciously tasted aged. (If it's not something you're into, avoid cuts with fat.) As for the sides, the smashed red potato is just that, one small-ish potato (accompanied by a very good creamy sauce), but the quantity of french fries was huge. Creamed spinach was terrific, and grilled broccoli fine. The sauces for the meat were tasty, but a little heavy for me. This may be the best prix fixe meal in SF. Everything is included, from appetizer to salad to meat and vegetable and potatoes. Dessert is extra, but who could possibly have room?
Something’s changed here. New
Owners? My steak looked like it was boiled. Sauces stunk, Caesar salad awful. I used to really enjoy coming here when in town. Time to scratch it off the list.
The food was fantastic. We had the menu where we had to select from specific items for an appetizer, the entree, sides, etc. Really good choices.
One bit of constructive criticism, I wish my steak had been seasoned while cooking.
Since re-opening under the original ownership in late November, we'd been eagerly awaiting a chance for a return visit. Our hopes were not misplaced - the restaurant hasn't missed a beat in the 2 years since our last visit. From the initial seating, to the interesting banter with our waiter, and finishing with our shared desserts, the experience was outstanding - so happy to have Alfred's, as much a San Francisco institution as a restaurant, back in form! Welcome back and best wishes in the New Year!
I've been going to Alfred's for around 20 years. The 20 years ago Alfred's was memorable, table side Ceasar salad, and garlic bread. Table side side Ceasar stopped, the garlic bread left the menu before the Alta Group change. The Alta Group years seemed to be a work ing progress, Ceasar like salad was being tweeted. Post Alta the current menu has been simplified, I personally would like a few more side dish options. The bread, salads and sides were unremarkable, service so-so, prices reasonable. Not sure how many second chances I'll give Alfred's.
A classic venue with solid steakhouse fare, but they ran out of French Fries.
I’ve had a better steak at a bus station
A "real" steakhouse
One fixed price meals with all the appropriate sides etc is well worth
Wonderful reasonable prices for great food
While I was appreciative to have a grass fed steak on the menu, both of our steaks (two different cuts) were not hot when served. Steak were good, but the other food items were just OK. Additionally, I had a martini, which they shake and pour at the table. There was a portion not served so the pitcher was left at the table. When it was finally poured, the ice cubes had melted and diluted the vodka. The location and ease of parking was a plus.
Disappointing to Pay $58 for a steak with a limited menu of sides. No appetizers or baked potato. Dated inside.
A classic San Francisco Steakhouse reborn!!
We used to go to Alfred’s back in the day, loved to get a table side Martini and order the ribeye! Beautiful! Great service, really old school. Then the place sold a few years ago, not the same quality. Now the old owners are back! Yea. I feel Ike I’m home again. Also, great free parking in the Hilton parking garage directly across the alley.
Alfred’s is a phenomenal establishment. From the moment you walk in the door to when you finish your meal, expect excellence from the Alfred’s staff. The kitchen produces high quality entrees in a more than reasonable time-frame. The traditional red booths bring back nostalgia from when things were simpler, and the food is excellent.
Alfred's used to have soul and class but the return of "old" management has taken that away. The shrimp was so watered down in taste that it had to have been thawed out under running water, the steak was undercooked and cold, the cream spinach and fries look like they were from a frozen dinner. I understand the attempt at an affordable pre fixe but the new (lower) prices were even too much relative to the quality of food being served.
Extremely noisy, unable to have a conversation at the table. Food was mediocre, portions small considering the prices charged. This is not the way Alfred's was a few years ago.
If you want to have an after game, sports bar-like experience; go to Alfred's.
If you want to have a quiet, intimate dinner, forget it. Go to Harri's, The Big Four or somewhere else.
Oh, and "Smashed Reds" in the menu is ONE golf ball sized, under cooked potato.... someone missed the plural "s" in the kitchen.
Yeah, we're not coming back.
Alfred's has been reincarnated, but the quality of the food and service is lacking: the steak tasted as if it had been frozen and then tenderized; the Ceasar salad dressing had a taste of vinegar; one of the four dishes ordered was served with the wrong sides; the server could not be bothered to top up the wine glasses after opening the bottle and pouring the initial glasses. The new Alfred's is a pale imitation of the old establishment.
Has gone downhill... Drinks weren't done well, meal seemed low budget and steak was dry. Our services was also slow and lacked professionalism.
Where to start. Probably the worst Service I’ve had at a restaurant. I think 45 minutes wait for the server to even come to the table after we were seated. And from that point on we had to ask someone to have the server come. Also, the other servers were a bit rude not only to us but the other tables as well.
For a steak house they served low grade steaks. One of which was way undercooked and the other way over cooked. When the brought the a new steak they had burnt, it took 40 minutes and then they just plopped it back down on the same plate with the now cold side dishes.
I was waited over 35 minutes to pay the bill and then the coat check person was busy talking to another employee for at least 5 minutes before I went in to grab the coats for my party.
The only saving grace of this Restaraunt was the bartender. Don’t have his name but he made one of the best martinis.
Sad that a cool place like this in the city just can’t pull it together.
We have been to the old Alfreds many times and loved it. This is the new Alfreds and it is horrible. The service was a huge problem, the food came out in odd waves and was never thought out . The Caesar Salad was an Anchovy dressing mess and the Romaine Salad was lacking the Bacon . We had to remind them how it was supposed to be presented. My rare Steak came out well-done...at a Steak House!
Drink orders were forgotten and we had to remind the server 2-3 times.
Overall the 7 of us left early and very unsatisfied.
Overall the restaurant was very nice and elegant. We had bad service the waiter got our order wrong and then tried to blame it on us that we weren't clear when I said very clearly the naked New York well done for my wife and we got a bone in New York rare with blood coming out. Then they just brought back the same steak trimed it out and over cooked it instead of making a new one and by the time my wife's steak came out mine was cold. Not satisfied with our dinner at all.
I am confident that Alfred's will get back on track, but I wasn't too impressed with their offering a week (?) into their re-opening.
The steaks were good quality, although my wife's fillet was much closer to rare than the requested medium. The caesar salad didn't look impressive on the plate, but was delicious - best part of the meal IMO. The creamed spinach and french fries were just bad, as was the service.
Alfred's is likely short-staffed at the moment, but our waiter never returned to take drink orders after our meals arrived. We sat for 15 minutes after our left-overs were wrapped waiting for an offer of dessert and coffee. (We opted for neither, as by that point we just wanted to go home.) Alfred's should not add a mandatory 18% service fee until their service is up to part with that of much less expensive chain restaurants.
I am rooting for Alfred's - I really do want them to succeed. Perhaps we should have waited another few weeks, rather than taking a $150 gamble so early into their relaunch.
We were there on its second day of new ownership. I hope that they work out the kinks and their food quality and service improve.
Went the 1st week Alfred's reopened & had a very enjoyable meal. Amazing, old-school ambience with friendly, attentive service. When my wife mentioned how much she enjoyed the Whiskey Sauce they not only offered her more, but packed extra in the "Doggy Bag". The steaks may not be the best you've ever had, but they are well prepared & ginormous - you'll probably need a Doggy Bag too.
The meat was under cooked, the salmon was not even warm and undercooked and they ran out of three different types of beer, including Anchor Steam. I had 4 drinks and each one was different as they ran out each time. Kevin the waiter was great!
There service was terrible - but as the waiter explained - they had an unexpectedly crowded night. That is a mystery - since this is a steakhouse that served an indelible steak. It was very strange - they had a steak they described as the Alfred's steak "without the fat and gristle." Should have ordered that one, since the Alfred's Special was basically all fat and gristle. Disgusting. The worst steak ever ordered at any restaurant. The Fat and Gristle special might have been slightly better if it had not been served ice cold. The quarter eaten steak pushed aside didn't seem to draw the waiter's attention - but that isn't out of keeping with a restaurant that is a nice room and nothing else.
This is a great place for a special meal. Friendly, professional service from the moment we walked in until we left. Great drinks, great food. We really enjoyed our dinner.
Poorly trained service people for supposedly high quality resto; s+p plus small candle on table...no small flower vase for some color; my rib eye was dry; waited a long time to put in our before dinner cocktail..no one approached table and it was not a busy evening. Mediocre at best.
The steak was overcooked and tough. The "smashed red potatoes" consisted of ONE tiny red potato that was half smashed by what looked like a spoon or dull knife. Service was very slow, we felt ignored. Had to ask to check on our food, we waited over an hour for our filets and the restaurant was not busy. Very disappointing, will not return.
We have been to Alfred's several times when visiting the San Francisco area. This review is only for the most recent visit. Our prior visits had both outstanding service and food so this could be a one-off occurrence.
Overall, this visit just didn't stack up to what an experience at a steakhouse should be or what our prior experience here was especially when you are paying at minimum $300-400 for drinks and a meal. When we first arrived usually we had a host or hostess that immediately greeted us at a host stand. This time we stood there several minutes looking around until the hostess walked over. She was very friendly and we had a nice chat with her and we were excited that she sat us in a booth toward the bar area so that we could see the end of the hockey game on the TV. From here on out the experience took a bit of a downturn. The hostess ended up having her son at work. Nice that they allow that if he stays in the background, however, when the bar seats cleared out at one point he was allowed to sit at the bar and play with blocks that kept crashing over loudly. They allowed him to continue playing there even when the seats filled up with people having a cocktail after their dinner. She appeared to know several of the people which I guess is fine but there were others you could tell didn't appreciate a kid playing at the bar next to them in this kind of "fine dining" environment. One couple quickly left after their drink. Added to this was slow bar service and the bartender sending us out the wrong drink.
On a positive note...the food was outstanding and Tim our server was the bright spot in the evening. Tim did an amazing job and we had zero complaints there.
The service was fine, the evening was meant to be a rare enjoyable night out. The anticipation for the highly rated steak made the two hour trip worth while.
Expecting an $85 steak to be better than any other ever tasted, we were very unimpressed. The side dishes were fair, again not worth the price. Do not order the spinach, do not spend $85 on a steak. Go to Ruth Chris,
Impeccable service (friendly, knowledgeable, timing aware, ...) Each dish cooked just right. Tasty cocktails. And the proximity many afters adventures make this a wonderful venue
Best steak I have ever had and the side dishes are great. The service is outstanding.
I love Alfred’s but if they want to have a brawl of a private party in the bar, they should close the restaurant or at a minimum advise diners that they are going to be barraged with thunderous noise during their dinner. The noise level spoiled the evening.