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Mon, 4/23
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McNamara's Steak and Chop House

4.2
558 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Perfect For:
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
Dinner Hours 5:00PM to 9:00PM Daily
Happy Hours 4:30PM to 7:00PM Daily

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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
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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 558 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
value
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The atmosphere was very nice. The food was great. Very expensive but good quality. Great for a special occasion. The portions of the food were adequate and could be shared. I had out of town guests and they were impressed.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Food and service was very good

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

The food was good, but very expensive for what you got. We went early, but as people came in, the place became noisier and difficult to talk across the table of 6. All a la carte. Check the menu prices so you are not surprised.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This place was a huge disappointment. The food was ok..not good. The salad was limp and tasted like it had been sitting there all day waiting to be serviced. The prime rib had very little flavor, the brownie was cake not a brownie. The food came out very very slowly. Almost 30 min delay between courses. The piano player and fireplace was lovely. The restaurant overall really needs to be completely updated.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great people!!!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Attentive staff

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The meal was a special occasion because it was a free meal offered by ownership due to a poor 'last time visit'.
The service was very good. The starter first served appeared to re heated, leftover crab cakes that were overcooked and mushy. This was replaced by a Shrimp cocktail that was okay.

The Halibut was not very tasty and did not taste as fresh as one would expect from this establishment. And even the pineapple sauce did not enhance the taste. The vegetables that accompanied the entre were very good, cooked to perfection.

The desert offering was the best part of the entire meal.

I will hesitate to return and McNamara's has been a favorite dining experience for me until the last year or so.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Great food and excellent service.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

I brought friends from out of the area.
We all liked what we had.
My salad was wonderful!
It has only been open for lunch for a few months, but I am happy that they are.
I will be returning as soon as I can!
Only drawback was that they charge for bread.
When ordering a salad... which two of us did...rather cheap not to give a little bread.

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Very good prime rib. Emilio gave us great service. The lobster Mac and cheese tasted off and was watery. But the prime rib, au jus and horseradish was all great. The mashed potatoes were good. Reasonable prices. I hope they update the carpet soon.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I took my significant other for a Valentine's dinner. We were seated right away. Out waiter Emilio was very helpful to us in selecting a wine for our dinner choices. He was very friendly and new when to come to the table and when to stay away. The service was A+. I had the prime rib and was given an end-cut, which was delicious. My friend really enjoyed the petrole sole. The ambiance was perfect for the occasion. We both had an excellent evening.
The price were on the high-side, but for a special occasion it was worth it.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great food with great service

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day. Let's have a great meal together at a place we have enjoyed before.

We have enjoyed this restaurant several times in the past few years. It is an old-school chop house, and it is never more than half full. We made a 7:30 reservation.

At 7:30, the place was packed, and the front desk was frantic. They tell us it will be at least another half hour. Go to the bar and have a free drink. But there are people EATING at the bar, so it's impossible to actually get there.

After 45 minutes, we are led to our table, to discover that there is a fixed price menu for the day. It's fine, but it was not expected. We quickly see that there are way too many people and way too few waiters/servers/bussers. The organization of the evening was a mess.

About the food: the crab cakes appetizer tasted as if it had been made hours earlier. Room temperature and had no crab taste at all. Presentation on the plate, however, was very nice. Lobster bisque and clam chowder were both very thick; gravy rather than soup. The bisque tasted as if it were the very end of the large vat of bisque that had been made some time before. The chowder was better. The ribeye steak and the pork chops were both very good. The sides that we ordered had magically inflated prices (normally $4 each but $10 each tonight). Unacceptable.

I'm betting that there has been a recent change in management, and the new management had not planned sufficiently for this special event. Too bad, because we had felt that this was something of an old-school landmark; we probably won't be back.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I generally really like Mc Namaras. We are there frequently for dinner and business. This Valentines Day the food was so-so. Also, took the wrong dessert home. Food was served cold (my husbands plate). Mine was fine.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

We purchased the groupon for $74, it gave us $114 worth of food. We shared a salad which was good and the bone in rib eye. The steak was tough. I wish we ordered the filets. Service was good. Atmosphere is quiet, comfortable chairs but overall it looks dated.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Some of the best prime rib I’ve had in a long time cooked perfectly and sides were excellent as well. Loved the piano music as we ate, made the experience that much better

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

This is a great spot to eat! Great Piano!

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2.0Dined on February 1, 2018

I'm sorry to say that this lunch experience was not good. We were the only two patrons in the restaurant and yet, the crab cake starter was barely warm., with a sloppy presentation. What else did the

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

GREAT PLACE!!!

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Service was so great and the food was AMAZING!

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2.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Appetizers were cold in the middle as they were previously frozen, sent back and a few came back still cold in the middle. French fries were good, onion rings were not hot but room temperature and somewhat soggy. The steak was ok but not worth the $40+ price tag. Took a long time for the server to come to our table each time and asking for a dessert menu and to order took so long we ended up not having dessert. It was a disappointing experience, we had hoped for so much more.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Living close to this establishment, but never eating here, my wife and I decided to try this restaurant... As we like to have early dinners we made reservations for 5:30OM... Entering we found that there were only two couples dinning which was nice.. We were greeted by Tim, who we presumed was the owner.. He was nice and friendly and escorted us to our table..We ordered glasses of wine from our waiter and looked over the menu.. My wife decided to order the lobster tail (6 oz) and I ordered the 7oz Fillet Mignon... Sides ordered were a baked potato and potato Gratin... We never salt our food so we found our meal more salty then normal... Still my steak was absolutely cooked to perfection.. My wife loved her lobster tail... We split a pear and greens salad as well.. My wife ordered a coffee with baileys after dinner... We found that by the time we were getting ready to leave the restaurant had started to fill up..
we will definitely return again but will request less salt next time..

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Restaurant was over booked and understaffed, even for a New Year’s Eve dinner. I understand it’s always busy on those days, but it took almost 2 hours to get our food. Manager came up towards the end and compre some drinks, but I would have preferred better food, on time instead of a free drink. We couldn’t order the dessert we wanted because we were told by the waiter that would take another hour. Restaurant should not take so many customers if they don’t have the staff. We have been customers for years, but not sure if we will be going back any time soon.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

We were there on Christmas Eve and had a wonderful experience. Everything was perfect!

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4.0Dined on December 10, 2017

After a rough start while checking in for our reservation, the restaurant totally recovered and made it right! We wound up having a really good dinner. The food was very good and the steaks were cooked to the correct temp. Seasonal veggies could have used some seasoning, though.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

I would like to thank the owners for being right on point for my engagement dinner; we didnt have to wait to be seated even with other big parties being behind. They both made sure our party was taken care of with the food and drinks.

Great service and even better they allowed us to stay after the restaurant closed.!

I will come again plus the steak and food tasted way better then Ruth Chris and Flemings put together.

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3.0Dined on December 4, 2017

Really poor experience. 2 in our group ordered NY Strips and the steaks came out and looked more like a cheap cut of sirloin less than 3/4 inch thick and about 4-5 inches wide. We were told a mistake was made but they promised that they were in fact NY strips. Offered to make something else and did in fact take 1 off the bill but overall we felt that their response wasn’t genuine or truthful

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food but a little bit overpriced. Pretty slow for a weekend evening.

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1.0Dined on November 28, 2017

My bosses were not impressed. Obviously under new ownership since the last time I dined there.

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1.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Unfortunately this isn’t the same McNamara’s anymore. The new ownership really doesn’t understand how to deliver an upscale steakhouse experience. Honestly, everything from the food to the service was like a London steakhouse, and I don’t mean that as a compliment. I would avoid at all costs unless they change ownership again.

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3.0Dined on November 23, 2017

The service was excellent, but the quality of the food was disappointing. For a steak house my filet was tough and both gusts that ordered prime rib were disappointed.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

This is a high-class, old style steak house. Great atmosphere, outstanding wine list, excellent food. Our waiter was less than attentive, and we had to ask when he should have been more alert. But the rest of the staff -- the folks who did the busing and the water serving -- were attentive and friendly (and should be commended).

We save McNamara's for very special occasions. We probably ought to go more often. Their house smoked fish appetizer is amazing. Their creme brule is the perfect way to end your meal.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

Great food and variety on the menu.

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

Definitely going back again & again. Perfect for our business lunch meeting but I'm looking forward to taking my fella there for dinner. Great menu, nice wine list, great atmosphere, beautiful building & excellent service.

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2017

We ordered three different steaks and they were all over cooked. We sent one back and it came back with only a small improvement. The veggies and starters were promising, and the serving staff were lovely, but at the prices charged the steaks did not deliver.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Very nice with a piano music very comfortable and lots of food. Will return

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Great service! Excellent tasty Ahi Tuna appetizer, well prepared & served. Steaks & sides all good portions.

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1.0Dined on October 6, 2017

made a reservation, had to wait 20 minutes to be seated even though the restaurant was virtually empty, steaks were bland, and cold when they came out, and the coffee after my meal had a burnt taste, like it has been sitting for hours. when you pay this much for food, you should be wowed, not feel like you got ripped off--

i could have got a better steak at dennys-

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

We come to McNamara's once every few months and we're never let down. The staff is very friendly, responsive and knowledgeable. The food is awesome! Tim makes sure everyone in the party is taken care of. He is great!

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

Very nice steakhouse - we like the outdoor patio & the bar area. Good food, great service (and they have a Groupon!)

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