Alfred's Steakhouse

3.7
413 reviews
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Tucked away in a little alley in the financial district, Alfred's feels like a hidden treasure when you walk through the big, glass etched doors. Alfred's has been serving dry-aged beef grilled over a mesquite flame since 1928. While Sinatra croons, you'll instantly relax in the clubby red interior with plush leather booths and sparkling chandeliers that give a sense of sophistication without any of the pretension. The wine and cocktails are perfectly priced with a little extra in the martini shaker. It's unabashedly old school, from the classic sides to the welcoming hospitality. It's what a steak joint should be.

Real steaks. Real martinis. Real San Francisco.

Come for a special date, business dinner, night out with friends or enjoy your meal at the polished bar and watch a game. Several private and semi-private party spaces available.

Alfred's is open Monday thru Saturday at 5pm and offers 3-hours of complimentary
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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Wasn’t very busy on a Thursday night but our waitress wasn’t checking on us very much. My husband ordered his steak rare, and got medium rare, and the wait for a new steak to be fired up was ridiculous. Other than that, the food and restaurant were lovely.

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s
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is nice to see an old world steakhouse in the city. So much of what you find now is very fancy trying to too much to the meat. My wife and friends are going to dress up in Goodfellas wear and go enjoy a steak like in the old days. The wait staff is funny and very nice. If your a snob or like to Instagram the latest stuff, you won't like it.

If you want a good piece of meat in a classy joint - this place is for you!

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BN
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real grass-fed and aged beef. Cooked just right. A good value as appetizer, salad, sides are all included in the price. The martinis are also large and good. All great value for an SF restaurant. They include 18% service and do not allow any tipping (which I like).

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EC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Ribeye was overcooked and underseasoned, which was unexpected for a steak house.

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MB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Certainly enjoyed my dinner at Alfred's and having Al there to greet everyone. My only suggestion is that even for a steakhouse there should be an entrée other than one salmon choice for those who don't want beef.

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M
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this steakhouse and I think the new management (the return of the previous management) is doing a great job. This place is great for a date or a business meal.

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ES
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I'm so glad to see that Alfred's is back. It's like time travel to the swank era of San Francisco, with crystal chandeliers, red leather booths and waiters in ties. Jack Kerouac wrote about having martinis at the bar at Alfred's in "On the Road." Those famed martinis are still being served, along with dry-aged steaks. The latest menu has you pick your cut of meat, and then everything else comes with it under that one price. They start with a charcuterie for the table, then your choice of a starter (salads or shrimp cocktail), plus two side dishes and your choice of a sauce with your steak. It's a pretty simplified menu, also evocative of the past, but a remarkable value for San Francisco these days. The ribeye I had was outstanding and perfectly cooked. The french fries are miraculous.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service , Great steak, the new simplified menu is a great value!

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MD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alfred's is back in all of its old-school glory. The previous owner put a bit of an updated concept on top of Old School SF, which was an odd fit. It was a replica of the old place, but with a dinner-as-theatre gloss. And the menu was a little fussy.

I guess it wasn't successful and luckily, common sense prevailed. Now, the menu is much simpler than even the old Alfred's with a prix fixe menu. The only thing that changes is what cut of meat you want. You get dependable small bites (charcuterie), your choice of salad or prawns, cut of meat and traditional sides and dressings. My wife and I are eating small portions of protein, so for $25 more, you can share the meat and get all the accompaniments. Cocktails are great, desserts (choice of two and only two) are delicious, so there's no going wrong.

The room is a step back into the 50s and the only true representation of a classic steakhouse in the City. Then there's the waitstaff. The crew is all out of central casting--wonderfully, endearingly quirky and make you feel instantly at home. I wanted to hug 'em all and take them home.

All in all, a sigh of relief that one of the very best, least complicated, dependable experiences in SF is back, even better than it used to be. Go, go often, and bring your friends. We love you, Alfred's!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was not very good.

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JK
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food needed salt

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p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new Alfred's 2.0 with Al Petri is BACK and so much better than the previous restaurant group owners. How about a classic steakhouse with a personal touch? Yes, please.

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HO
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

They have been back at it for several months so w thought to give it a try. If your looking for classic Alfred's they have a ways to go. Steak was good great portions. Would like to see more appetizers availability. Service really good. If your expectations are a Ruth Chris or Morton's experience then this would not be your place. That's not a bad thing. It's all about the beef here meat lockers aged beef grass fed options. Served dry minimal seasoning. Steak done to the proper temp. You pick how you want to taste. Peppercorn, whiskey mushroom, horseradish yum. Bread pudding was tasty. Free parking at hotel for 3 hours. Walked away stuffed. Hope they can survive once again in a sea of SF steakhouses.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, great prices. Service fee on tax inappropriate.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Atrocious service. I had to ask for ice water 5 times, even getting up from my table to ask. We sat there an hour before getting water. Our waitress was very nice, But apologized to our table no less tha 10 times, plus every table around us, apologized for issues on their tables. There is a serious management issue there, like, there isn't any, plus the addition of 18% on every check and you have an entire staff moving like they have nowhere to go, nothing to do. . . Possibly the worst service I have ever experienced.

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OT
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Valentines Day

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our sever was so personable and made us feel right at home.

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RP
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Sadly dissappointed..bad smells...chewy my steak..I really wanted to like this place

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PV
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We were impressed with Alfred’s and happy to see Al Petri back and in the front of the house. As always, cocktails were generous and the service was attentive but not overbearing. The menu has been pared down to leave you with the full essence of a high quality steak house without pretense. It is also a excellent value in this age of ala carte everything, Alfred’s provides a complete meal for one price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was absolutely amazing, everyone was so nice. The food was incredible, couldn’t have imagined a better way to spend a special night with a special person.

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KG
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We don't complain much about our dining out experiences have to admit we were disappointed with the food. The salad (caesar) was adequate but had a lot of the rib parts of the lettuce instead of the leafy parts. The side dishes were weak, cream spinach rather tasteless, smashed potato and broccolini pretty plain, the fries were great though! And the steak (porterhouse) was a bit over cooked for the medium rare we ordered and really didn't have much beefy flavor. I was really looking forward to our dinner here and really wanted to like it but I can't say I did. The ambiance was great as was the service, just as we remembered the old place to be. Sorry but we cannot recommend this restaurant to our friends.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very, very poor experience. Food was cooked and presented poorly, server was robotic and agreed that food was prepared incorrectly. Ambiance was lacking. Basically an Old Spaghetti Factory for steaks.

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F
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great to see this fabulous traditional steak house back under the prior owner.
Wonderful luxurious old San Francisco decor.
Great steaks, appetizers, and side dishes.
Don't miss this gem.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 4

They took the best items off the menu. No Rockefeller, no Banana’s Foster, no porterhouse.

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f
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

Food was ordinary

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AM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The old decor of Alfred’s was much better.

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SR
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

They haven’t quite got it together since the remodel. Entree served before appetizer. Dessert was microwaved and only hot in the center. Food was great.

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JJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service staff were excellent. Food was very good but somewhat limited menu compared to the other steak houses I frequent.

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OB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have been going to Alfred's way back when it was on Broadway. When they moved I thought the quality had dropped off but still quite good. Then there was new ownership and I thought the quality went back up to excellent.
Had dinner there the other night after it reopened. Sorry but not impressed. This is an all steak place and I thought my steak was a C at best. Absolutely no flavor. Think I'll move on, too bad.

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GL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was dark and food was just ok.
Service was not great

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W
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old San Francisco elegance. Good cocktails. Delicious steak, creamed spinach, outstanding fries!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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p
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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SF
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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!

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

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EG
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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?

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BS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alfred's is such a beautifully designed restaurant, the service and food was exquisite, not to mention the wine. Love the dining experience.

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AK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

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.

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Y
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere,service,food 5*

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