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About Alfred's Steakhouse

Alfred’s is a classic San Francisco steakhouse offering a modern spin on steakhouse fare in a glamorous setting. Open since 1928 and recently restored to its vintage glory, Alfred’s features dry-aged steaks cooked over a mesquite grill, along with sides, appetizers and even vegetarian entrees featuring the Bay Area’s fresh produce. Martinis and Manhattans are served with a refill in the shaker, and Bananas Foster are flambéed tableside in a nod to steakhouse traditions. The bar offers a more casual experience, where locals gather for deviled eggs or the Alfred’s burger and steak fries while they watch the game.

659 Merchant Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, American, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Dinner: Friday-Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Cross Street:
Kearny Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 781-7058

Website:
http://www.alfredssf.com/

Parking Details:
Alfred's Steakhouse offers free validated parking at the Hilton Valet right next door to the restaurant. The entrance to the valet is on Kearny Street

Public Transit:
Alfred's is located just a few blocks up Montgomery from the Montgomery Street station.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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Private Dining

Alfred's offers a variety of options for special events, including several private dining rooms for groups 10-50, semi-private room for 35, bar and lounge for 40, full buyout for 140. Menus include our dry-aged grilled beef, but also delicious chef-driven options for pescatarians and vegatarians.

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71% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 2 days ago

Great Ribeye

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Gracious enough to switch us to a booth as had been requested.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

It was one of the most disappointing meals in a long time. We are big fans of Daniel and really expected better food, especially at those prices.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Birthday celebration and they did not disappoint with banana foster finale.
We all had steak, and loved the sauce. Lemon broccoli we want to copy - so good!
My one buddy wanted the weekday special. Craving the pasta. They would not budge nor make exception. Fair but she had to ask.
Great old school cocktails - manhattans were highlighted and they have grasshoppers to. Fine port. Wine good but overpriced

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our server Marcus was awesome from the minute we came in on our honeymoon until he told our drinks to bar to make sure we had seats their after dinner. Plus the food was phenomenal 👍👍

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I have frequented this establishment several times and have yet to be disappointed. I do have to say that this most recent meal was a memorable one. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and decided to have the Porterhouse for 2 meal. The amount of food we had was staggering for a 3 course meal which began with a very nice romaine salad, the main course of the steam + 4 sides and 5 toppers and ended with a to die for Bananas Fosters. Not an inexpensive meal but well worth the price and I must say well priced for a mean in SF.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Bought an expensive $140 bottle of wine for the three of us at dinner. It was listed as a 2014 vintage. The waiter brought out a 2015 and was busy starting to open it when I pointed out this was not the vintage that was listed on the menu. He said he had just "pulled it from the bin." After a 5 minute delay the head waiter came over and blamed his wine distributor on the error but simply apologized, nothing more. By this time I was completely over the place and told him to just open it.

The food was fine but not the best steak I have ever had and the side dishes were average.

Then the bill comes and they have pre-charged a 20% gratuity on the bill.

Alfred's is not a place to be recommended.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Our family so appreciated the delicious cuisine and excellent service. The cocktails were amazing and generous. The staff made our 11 year old celebrating his birthday feel very special.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

GREAT food, but service for this level of restaurant was horrible, Our waitress was amazing, but overall service, other wait staff was very slow to refill water, etc. For the prive you pay to dine here, service should be impeccable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Thank you very much for Saturday night again! -Martin (Flannery Beef)

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Had 2 different waiters, didn’t understand that, but both were very good. First one recommended a really good French wine and was very knowledgeable about the different regions in France. Second one put on great show making banana foster. Food was very good.

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 (London)·Dined on December 31, 2017

When i booked there was definitely an option for just steak. And another option for a 4 course set menu.. when we got there, there was only the set menu available.
So we had to take that option.. neither of us like fish, so our options for 3 of the courses were very limited.
We are not american, so once the tax and a 20% tip were added (no choice but to pay), it ended up very very expensive.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Best filet, perfect cocktails, go back in a second!
Consistent excellent!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Meh. Not worth the expense.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great Steakhouse. Old fashioned in a good sense, great service, great food, great drinks.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I loved the service, ambiance, and food. It wasn't as fancy as other steak houses, but the food was delicious and lived up to the vibe.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The steak was cold and dry. The old Alfred was so much better in food qualities and services than the current operator. It is almost like the current operator does not know how to cook steaks. They are giving Alfred a bad reputation.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our reservation was for 8:45
on christmas eve. Our food did not arrive until 10pm, lukewarm. When dessert arrived, the sorbet was freezer burnt and the brownie was obviously a store bought processed confection prepared with very little care to appear that it was made in house. This was a pri-fix menu that was woefully sub-par. The steak was very good, but the sides were terrible cold. It was top dollar for something that tasted like casino fare. You do a terrible injustice to this restaurants legacy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

It's too expensive for a $75/person dinner. We didn't think it was worth it. We had to pay another extra $25.00 to get the steak.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Very poor quality for price. Won’t go back

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Steak tough. Loud. Under staffed. Definetly not the same

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

One of the steaks I’ve ever had...AMAZING
I highly recommend if you’re a meat eater.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was fantastic! Great great great fillet! Service top notch! Reservations recommended but may not be super necessary because very expensive. Not everyone will be going because of price but we loved it!

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The bread was frozen & we had to ask twice for it to be replaced. They were out of petrale sole early in the evening. We waited an extraordinarily long time for our main courses to arrive (over an hour) .
The waiter was nice and apologetic.
No offer was made to adjust the bill. Especially at these prices, this was disrespectful treatment and a disappointing experience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We had a most unpleasant evening at Alfred's. Our meal started with the Vesper and Premium Manhattan cocktails, which were good, and a wedge salad - good but not great, we've had better. We splurged on a $200+ burgundy, which was very good. But an hour-and-half later - where's our dinner? We're starving, most of the wine is gone (we were really looking forward to having the wine with our meal but what do you do for 90 minutes, whoops, it was closer to 2 hours by the time our food arrived). To be fair, they did bring some insipid deviled eggs over, which we hadn't ordered and didn't eat. No tip for you, I thought. Wrong again, they have a 20% service charge built into the price. Total for all this entertainment, around $400. Excuses and apologies followed but who goes to a steakhouse for excuses and apologies? My advice, choose one of the other fine steakhouses over this place...

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I will keep it simple... underwhelming and pricey.

Hey Steak houses aren’t cheap, but I
Won’t be going back to Alfred’s. That old mare ain’t what she used to be.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food was ok but one steak had to be sent back because it wasn't cooked to order and the presentation was terrible - a steak on a bare white plate with nothing else. Server was very nice but service was not good. Maybe it was the kitchen's fault but it really dragged.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

My New York Steak was delicious and perfectly cooked, but came with no side dishes. A baked potato was $9.00 I believe and for the price of the meal that should have been included. My Alfred's Salad was ok but lacked the vibrancy of the old Caesar Salad. Were there anchovies in the dressing? My martinis were excellent. My wife's Oysters were excellent as was her Beet and Avocado Salad.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

A great traditional spot! Loved it! The service was impeccable and topping off our dinner with table side made bananas flambé was delicious! Their house martini is superb

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Alfred's is very expensive and really doesn't provide enough of an experience to warrant the exorbitant cost of a meal here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The service was fantastic. From the minute we walked in the door until the minute we walked out, everybody that worked at Alfred's was friendly, courteous, and really helpful. I would definitely recommend!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This restaurant feels like it’s dying. Fast. The moment we walked in, we noticed the loud 60’s pop music that was so loud we had to ask them to turn it down. The music had no relevance to the brand and it felt desperate that it was so loud. The service was warm and sincere but you had to wonder why the hostess was clearing dishes. Food is over priced and very mediocre: calamari was obviously frozen because they were so shrunken, and the celery Victor — a house specialty — was nearly inedible, drowned in parmesan cheese. I honestly feel sad for such an historic building to be operated with such carelessness and as if they know no one will ever go back. We won’t.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Service was substandard for this high end restaurant. Service was slow and our server clearly did not like his job...a real sour-puss. Too bad, as he gives this otherwise nice restaurant a bad name.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We went to Alfreds as I saw the write up in Sunset Magazine and Alfreds was a favorite when I was a kid.
The bar was awesome and so were the bartenders and yummy drinks. As far as the food. Very very disappointed. The salads were nothing special and the steaks were very disappointing!!! They were aged which neither myself or my husband enjoy mostly because of the smell. We also had the mushrooms which were tough and not a great flavor.
None of this spoiled our evening but I would not go back or recommend!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

For our fifteenth wedding anniversary, we decided to have a nice steak (something we both enjoy) and go to a play (Aladdin). When dating we both enjoyed Alfred's in the past. We arrived early and had wonderful drinks in the bar. The bartender was very nice and pleasant to talk with.

When we entered the dining room for dinner, we met our waiter who was arrogant and unfriendly. It felt like he really did not want to be there. At best he pretended to be accommodating and when we wished to finish our drinks before ordering he just walked away. But the feeling of being rushed did not stop there, we wanted to order a salad first then decide on our dinner meals. The waiter said no, that we needed to order our meal all together and not to worry but that the food would come out at the right time. Well, I am glad he knows how we like to eat better then we do or that the kitchen is more important to follow a schedule then how we like to eat. Either reason rushed is all we felt.

The steaks were awesome, the fries were mediocre at best and the desert, Grilled Peach Melba, was a complete disaster. The after-dinner coffee was great.

The bill was wrong and all the waiter said was "ops that should have been removed". If my wife did not look closely then we would have been charged for something we did not order.

All in all, nice place and a historic restaurant but not worth the money and not worth putting up with unfriendly service. I will not go back. Better more attentive service is available in many other restaurants.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Highly disappointing for the price. This is typical of what happens to a landmark family run business when purchased and run by a corporation.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 25, 2017

If I want that Old School steakhouse experience I always head to Alfred's. I've probably been coming here steadily for the past 20 years and if I recall correctly, my first visit was back in the mid-eighties. It never varies. The food is excellent and the service is superb. There is an ample selection of wine and they mix a damn good cocktail. I do steak, filet usually and always cooked to perfection. Try the Perfect Manhattan.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Very loud diners for such an “elegant” old restaurant. T shirts and jeans worn by the techies.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Bad service, good steak, warm potatoe, sloppy cream spinach, added a 20 per cent tip was rude. Never go back. Better steak houses in sf. Service was some of the worse I have ever experienced.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

On Saturday night my wife and I dined at Alfred's for our first (and probably last) time. The entire experience from beginning to end was truly appalling. Management should know what happened. Specifically, we experienced a server who cursed about "her eff*ng night" for an endless 10 minutes in the middle of the floor, a manager who confessed she was "probably quitting tomorrow after this terrible night," and a 2+ hour wait for our food. To say the service was unprofessional, disrespectful and slow would be putting it mildly.

For a restaurant that is marketed/priced comparably to a fine steakhouse, there is a certain expectation of what the experience will be like. What we experienced was like a scene out of an episode of Kitchen Nightmares. And I've never seen anything like the server melt-down we were in the middle of either. It was really bad. My wife had been dying to try Alfred's ever since she saw a review in a magazine about a year ago. We are parents and hardly ever go out -- but this night we got a babysitter and chose to dine Alfred's. What an utter disappointment.

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