Alfred's offers a variety of options for special events including several private dining rooms for groups of 10-60 guests, semi-private room for 35 or a full buyout for 120.View Private Dining Details
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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Had a reservation. Didn't get seated for an additional 45 minutes. This used to be a special get together every 2 months. Will never come back.
Ayla, the floor manager, was the best! The food was simple and the steak cooked to a perfect medium rare! I love the alley entrance and the history behind the restaurant. Thanks Alfred’s!
We're locals, and this was a first time back to Alfred's since the new owners took over a couple years ago. We had the $165 porterhouse for two. Lots of good food. Everything was excellent, except, wouldn't you know, the steak.
The monster steak was served on a huge cutting board, cut off the bone and sliced. It looked great, with a nicely blackened surface. We had ordered medium rare, which we believe means a hot red center. This usually gives a juicy flavorful steak, particularly with nicely marbled meat. Makes your mouth water.
Our steak, once we started putting the cut pieces on our plates had, instead of a red center it was well done at the ends, and barely pink in the center slices. That you can live with if it is still juicy. The killer was you could hardly discern the steak was above room temperature.
Instead of a nice hot juicy treat, it was 2 pounds of cold bland disappointment. It was too late, well after closing at 9 pm by the time we got the steak to do anything about it, so we grinned and ate around it.
The steaks condition reminded me of a trick I use with leftover steak, heat it in the microwave at defrost setting until it gets just warm enough to be appetizing. It takes a bit of time to do it right, but the very slow heating minimizes loss of the juices and the redness in the center. I'm not saying they did that, just it appeared in that condition. We took most of the steak home and will make broth with the bone and use that for stew with the meat. Not a complete loss.
Anyway we enjoyed everything else. Couple notes, wine by the glass are reasonable, wines by the bottle are toward the very high side. We're in some wine clubs, and brought our own. Corkage is $25 and is a full decant. Total service charges of 20% are required. Service charges of 20% are required.
2 hours to have our meal served. It was a disappointing experience at Alfred’s
Was a great experience. I got the butterflied filet medium-well and it was perfectly charred on the outside with very light tender punk on the center. Absolutely loved the sauces and sides! I got fritz and it was a perfect choice. They make bananas foster table side and it smells like Christmas! Definitely going back.
Alfred’s is a really awesome original “old school” steakhouse in the heart of San Francisco. If not for finding this place on Opentable we would have never come across it, but are really glad we did! Service was great, atmosphere could be good for a business dinner or even for a date or special occasion. Prices were reasonable and the steak was delicious - perfectly prepared grassfed local beef! Definitely try the tater tots topped with salmon roe and the Alfred’s cut bone in ribeye. Also the cheesecake - crumbly NY style cheesecake that was spot on!
This is a gem, much like one recovered from a Pharoh's tomb. Well not that old, but a faithful homage to the original Alfred's. And like a modern adaption of an old favorite, the execution, ingredients and twists on the classics speak to the increased sophistication of the dining public. You go for the steak, but the starters and sides are the real stars. There is only so much one can and should do with an excellent piece of beef. Once you give it some age, and cook it perfectly, the steak will more than satisfy. But the Oysters Rockefeller, the Creamed Spinach and even a straightforward Wedge with Blue are standouts. The cocktails are brilliant, the winelist adequate and the service is friendly. And unlike so many restaurants that are crammed with hipsters looking for the next new thing, this place is calm, quiet and easy to get into
Dreadful service and a $65 ribeye that was mediocre at best.
I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Don't waste your money. Overpriced meals. Service is extremely slow. Food was lukewarm to cold. None of the meals were cooked as ordered. Prime rib was literally raw in the middle. I asked for horseradish for the prime rib and the waitress said it didn't come with it. I asked if there was some in the kitchen and she said she would look. It took 45 minutes to get the appetizers and an hour and a half to get our meals. When we complained to the host (maître d), he said that we were next! It took another 10 minutes and four different servers brought out the meals one or two at a time so half of us were almost finished with our meals before the other half even got theirs. When they finally got coffee to us after the meal, the coffee cups were half full. I could go on and on. It was a terrible night. I've eaten there many times over the years -- probably a dozen times since they moved to Merchant Street. Each time was worse than the last. I should have learned my lesson. Oh, by the way, $50 for two martinis and the check has a built in 20% tip that they call a service charge so that you tip them again. (The "tip" line is underneath the service charge fee.) I won't eat there again. Too many good restaurants is the City. (As I re-read my review, I may have been a little hard on the waitress. I think she was trying .. she was just in over her head.)
Outstanding meal and service. Quiet.
The steak was perfect. The vegs was excellent.
Sooo slow service. Been here at least 100 times over the past 30 years and this was the worst dining experience at this place so far.
Bartender and hostess we're fantastic. Wait staff was slow and snotty. The food was prepared well and of good quality but the grass fed steaks tasted weird. Very causal atmosphere and the bar was awesome.
Service was poor. Rest of evening was mediocre. I was embarrassed as I had led my client to believe that this was an excellent restaurant. What happened?
Alfred's is such a classy place. There serve classic dishes so well prepared.
This is the place to go for old school elegant. The red booths and the classy presentation. It is a wonderful reprieve from the casual restaurants with no ambiance, that are noisy, with only wood tables and uncomfortable chairs, being on top of the diners next to you. Alfred's is the opposite of that. You really feel like you have gone out to DINE.
We have never had such good service. Just classy all around.
I would highly recommend it.
It is a hidden gem in an alley. Worth looking for.
Alfred's is a classic. We have enjoyed every so often vacationing in San Francisco (We are from Seattle) over the last 50 years and every time we come to San Francisco we always make it a point to dine at Alfred's. Over 50 years it has maintained a consistent excellent experience for us and our guests. The food is exceptional.
Alfred’s is an “Old School” steak house whose decor includes wonderful large tables in red leather with beautiful chandeliers. The bar is tucked away in the back and includes a wonderful selection of Single Malt Whisky (55 count).
The service was exceptional with the food wonderfully prepared and served. The menu includes other items besides steak that will make it easy to accommodate those who don’t want steak.
Great food and service. Price a little high but it was great to enjoy this well established sf steak house
Food was really good
Horrible meal. 25% surcharge added to bill for two
Everything Wa great
I’ve been coming to Alfreds since a friend turned me on to the place in 2010. One of the things I loved was the long time employees and a sense that they valued working there. Since it’s been in the new owners hands, the commitment to service is gone. Staff seems to be phoning it in. Truly sad, as I loved the spot. It’s also gotten really expensive. There were just two in my party and they tacked on a $51 service charge. The evening ended up running over $300. We kept the alcohol consumption to three glasses of wine and just had a couple of ribeye. Sadly, I’m going to find a new place to enjoy a steak at.
Gracious enough to switch us to a booth as had been requested.
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.
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
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 👍👍
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you very much for Saturday night again! -Martin (Flannery Beef)
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.
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.
Best filet, perfect cocktails, go back in a second!
Meh. Not worth the expense.
Great Steakhouse. Old fashioned in a good sense, great service, great food, great drinks.
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.
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.
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.
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.