McNamara's Steak and Chop House

3.9
603 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
McNamara’s is Located in the center of the TriValley. McNamara's Steak and Chop House (patterned after the famous chop houses in Chicago) is situated near the junction of Highway 580 and 680, less than three miles from Bishop Ranch and Hacienda Business Park. Surrounded by San Ramon, Pleasanton and Castro Valley, the restaurant is within minutes from Danville, Alamo and Livermore. If you're from out of town, McNamara’s is within two miles or less of most of the major hotels.

We serve only the finest hand selected Midwestern corn fed Angus beef, aged for a minimum of 21 days. All of our fish is delivered fresh daily. Our bread is hand crafted and baked fresh 7 days per week. Our award winning wine list features some of the finest wines available in California.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 2:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(925) 833-0995
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Michael
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Private party facilities
Looking for a place to hold your private party? McNamara"s has individual dining rooms that will hold groups from ten to eighty. Whether it is a presentation or a celebration, the CEO's or the sales staff, physicians or physicists, we will make your event a special one, with the quality you expect.

McNamara's is experienced in banquets at all levels. We are here to serve you. "You invite the guests, we'll take care of the rest."

Call us at 925.833.0995 and we can discuss your banquet.
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Private party contact
RIck and Sam: (925) 833-0995
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Catering
Planning an event at your place? Our professional staff will do whatever it takes to make your guests feel special. Catered events can be very complicated and sometimes difficult to coordinate. McNamara’s is experienced in catering at all levels. Be it a picnic at the park for the staff or an awards dinner at corporate headquarters, we are here to serve you. "You invite the guests, we'll take care of the rest."

Call us at 925.833.0995 and we can discuss your event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Alcosta Blvd & Amador Valley Blvd.
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Entertainment
Piano
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 603 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.0
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KG
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had reservations for 645. We got there at 6:40 they said there were 10 minutes behind. 45 minutes later still no table and the receptionist never said sorry or even acknowledgingly we were there. Worst customer service I've ever had, will not recommend this restaurant

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DM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

This has always been a nice place...a bit pricey, but has had a nice seafood menu. Our server was relatively new, did not know the food, and was very inattentive. When my dinner was delivered, it was missing the rice pilaf it was supposed to come with. We couldn't find the server and finally flagged down the owner who brought it to me. When the bill came, we were charged $43 for the salmon. I didn't realize this was not the price...my wife ordered it...and we didn't figure it out until we were in the parking lot. I went back and they were apologetic, explaining that they had different prices for each item (banquet, large party, etc) and gave me cash for the difference. I decided not to say that I had tipped and paid whatever tax there was on the higher amount...it was too expensive for the size of the salmon. Too many other places to get good salmon in the area.

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CC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was subpar and expensive.

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B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

I have been here before and found it to be somewhere I'd like to go back to but after this time I may be having second thoughts. Normally I'm a steak and potatoes type of eater but I wanted something different this time so I ordered Atlantic Salmon with a Caesar salad. The salad was dry and tasteless so I didn't eat it. The salmon - what ever was on it - was not something I'll ever eat again. Needless to say I didn't eat that either. I did eat the oysters I ordered and the ice cream desert. Kind of hard to mess up ice cream.
Will I ever eat there again? Maybe is all I can say. I was very disappointed in my meal.

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LP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Too busy and they mentioned it way too many times to us to feel uncomfortable... food didn’t have any flavor, potatoes were watery and we could’ve shared no one gave us that option for sides. Just surprised at over all service. Won’t go back.

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LL
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Will keep coming back. Great atmosphere. The oyster appetizer was sooo good. Entree was tasty. Overpriced kids menu however.

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G
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would like to thAnk Jess our waitress who was outstanding!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time dining at McNamara’s. We really enjoyed our time! The food was awesome and very friendly service! We’ll be back soon!

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LR
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent with great drinks
Pleasant atmosphere and excellent service

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P
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

Still waiting for a response from manager concerning an error on our bill.

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FA
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great at the restaurant! The service, the food and the welcoming feeling you get from the staff! My only thing was it was very pricey for the amount of food received. However the quality and taste of the food was phenomenal!

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LR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect table in a back room with a piano player for our date night. Food, atmosphere and service all top notch!

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JR
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quiet as there were not many people. Very friendly.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son’s birthday

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W
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Steaks were not good at all. We were all disappointed especially for the price we paid. The side dishes were acceptable except for the creamed spinach. It was too watery, looked almost like soup. I wanted to like it so much to support our local businesses, but I left the restaurant feeling like I got ripped off. We spent about $350! Also, the manager looked under dress. It ruined the ambiance. As for service, our waiter was trying really hard, but he needed help. We waited for awhile to order. I blamed that on management though.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

An outstanding atmosphere for a romantic dinner. The piano player sets the perfect mood with recognizable songs from many eras, but the volume is not overbearing even when seated close. McNamara's is a rare find with great food and an outstanding atmosphere with live music.

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c
Dallas
45 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The wait person was very nice. The wine was great. The steak - not so great. It was good, just not great.
Baked potato was dry and the skin was crisp?
Not the worst - not the best.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I treated special friends to a Bday dinner and they both appreciated everything about the restaurant.

Great ambiance. delightful, helpful and knowledgeable staff. Very tasty dishes and wonderful presentation. And DEElicious bread pudding!

Look forward to my next visit.

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NA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Onion soup was very good. Delicious steak dinner.
Waitstaff was very nice.

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NK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great never an empty glass. Dinner was spectacular. Steal was so tender I could cut it with a butter knife. Staff extremely friendly.

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S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Ordered 2 prime ribs and both were way over done. I ordered medium rare and the prime rib looked like it been sitting under the heating lamps for way to long, meat was very dry, closer to medium well. My niece’s prime rib ordered medium was brown in color and very close to being well done. Cream spinach was more like spinach soup, the horseradish smashed potatoes were over salted and couldn’t taste the horseradish and the potatoes au gratin was meh. I started with lemonade which was so awful and I had to ask fo switch to ice tea. Overall the worst meal I’ve had in a very long time. On the upside, when I told the server that the meat was not served as ordered they offered us a dessert or after dinner cocktail which I passed on both.

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K
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food good, service was good. But I hate when there's not even a little bit of vegetables even though ala carte. Plates look empty with just a steak and potato.
Kind of more expensive then expected. Will come again but probably not too often.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Service was horrible. We were in the restaurant for over 2 1/2 hours. Frequently with empty glasses or waiting over ten minutes for requested items if they showed up or we had to request a second time with another employee. Very disappointed from previous experiences years in the past.

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DJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We started off pretty good. Then all our food was not served at the same time. One side dish did not make it to the table until the meal was almos over. The coffee was served without spoons or sweetness being on the table. Took for ever to get dessert served. The prices was on the expensive side for the service and on a Sunday afternoon 5:30 pm how can you be out of the most favorite steak bone in ribeye. Sorry we will not be back.

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PH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Piano Player and our server was very warm and personable. The food is exceptional but the price is a little high. If you order a steak, you have to order sides as the steak comes solo.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, amazing food, wonderful everything!!

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R
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to McNamara’s for our wedding anniversary. We were warmly greeted and promptly seated. Our waiter was excellent and his service was outstanding. The dinner was very good, but a bit pricey. Overall it was an excellent evening.

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ES
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here was very good! Unfortunately it is all very expensive so I do not think I will be coming back very often. There was almost no one there, the room felt very stale. This place will shut down soon if they do not lower their prices.

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TA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Seems like the restaraunt might be under new management. The new patio space looks nice from the street but it’s not completed and looks messy at best. Sat on the patio and given menus then forgotten for about 10 - 15 minutes. Came back and took our drink order and then dissapeared for a while again. When they finally returned with our drinks we decided to ask for the check and leave. Disappointed because we had been here before and had good experiences but this definitely wasn’t one of them. Will give them some time to work out the kinks and give them another try in the future.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Although this meal was a bit pricey the food, service, and ambiance were outstanding.

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MT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The service was great throughout the course of the dinner. The only reason for the low Service score was due to the food that we just could not finish and one of the servers took our prime rib and other dishes back to box up for us to take home but when we got home we realized we were missing some of the dishes like prime rib! We called back the same evening and spoke with the manager about it and we were told they would compensate us on the next visit if we chose and we were fine with that.

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DG
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food and service was great. McNarama had changed the ambiance as the place was so dark in the past that it was very hard to read the menu. Not sure if it was combo of eating earlier in the day and the room happened to have windows, but sure made it more enjoyable!

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E
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good customer service and the food was great.

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5
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We have not been to McNamara's in many years. WE happen to be in Dublin and thought we would try it again and we were very pleased. The atmosphere is great, the service was excellent as well as the food. We will go back regularly.

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MV
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day dinner with our young kids. We went early, as to not disturb patrons with our toddlers - the ownership and management was incredible. Super fast, helpful, and the food was amazing!

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BM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I have been going to McNamara's since it first opened and it is always on our short list of places to go when we want to celebrate a special occasion, take friends out to dinner or just enjoy a quiet evening out.

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DS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drove 60 miles and it was worth it. Should be rated as one of the best steak houses in the Bay area.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST Prime Rib!!

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NA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For our Anniversary. We were treated very nicely, and made us feel like we picked the right restaurant to have our special dinner. Thanks to the receptionist, waiter, pianist, and the manager/owner of the restaurant.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food

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