Sundance The Steakhouse

4.7
2675 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Since its opening in 1974, prime steaks and martinis have never gone out of style at this Palo Alto institution. The atmosphere is very clubby with fireplaces, dark wood, sports memorabilia and plush leather booths tucked into the many nooks throughout the dining room. Famous for their slow-roasted prime rib & hand-cut U.S.D.A Prime Steaks, they also offer fresh seafood, cold water lobster tail & succulent shellfish. The 23 oz. Bone-In Rib eye Steak is the "Boss' Favorite" while the Double Cut Filet Mignon runs a close second. Sundance is respected for serving the best food money can buy coupled with value & simplicity – a welcome relief for serious food & steak aficionados. The menu is supported by an award-winning wine list that features over 400 selections focusing on highly allocated Napa Valley Cabernets & Sonoma Pinot Noirs. Exceptional ratings & numerous restaurant awards rank Sundance the Steakhouse as a true dining destination.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Phone number
(650) 321-6798
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Alfredo Flores
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Private party facilities
Sundance The Steakhouse offers three distinct dining areas that can be reserved for semi private events. Please refer to our web site for additional information and booking policies.
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Private party contact
Galen Fletcher: (650) 321-6798
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Stanford Ave.
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Parking details
Additional parking is available on Stanford Avenue & across the street on the El Camino Real.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2675 People Are Saying
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Hong Kong
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Crab cake and clam chowder were awesome! Prime rib wasn't as tender as I expected. I'll try the steak next time. Love the olive oil + vinegar plate.

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b
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

never disappoints. meat eating is alive and well in Palo Alto

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b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to go for dinner

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D
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great server, Tracy and the food was very good.

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s
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service; however best to ask if a large group will be seated near your table. We had a fun lunch but had to yell to be heard once drinks at been served at the 12 seats next to us.

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SJ
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was a superstar! We had such a wonderful time on a very special occasion, and our waitress (whose name I’ve unfortunately forgotten) made it even better.

The wine list is outstanding, the food was outstanding,and the atmosphere is charming. (Our only issue was some confusion about what belonged on my plate.)

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P
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great waiter
Could not have been nicer
Went for a special birthday and the birthday girl was delighted

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HS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. Prime rib was cooked to perfection. Scallops were so good and tasty. Prawns with linguini was great as well, cooked well in cream sauce.

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S
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The food at this place is good but nothing exceptional. The service was terrible and the noise level was so bad you could hardly hear yourself think let along have a conversation.

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SW
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. We did have a little issue with the food being too salty (we were a group of 8, 6 out of the 8 said their food was too salty). When we mentioned this issue to the waiter he tried to fix it. The gave us complimentary dessert and asked if we wanted to sub out the mashed potatoes with veggies. This place is great, a minor hiccup.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply great food. Noce atmosphere. Portion is typical American one, i.e., big. A bit pricy though.

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P
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. Prime rib as good as any, and loads of other terrific offerings as well. Excellent service, large portions, and a great place to celebrate an occasion.

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ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and very accommodating for a large group. Everyone was happy with their order.

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B
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

We have been here before and everything was excellent. Our waiter this time maybe had too much to do as we even had to ask for desert and our bill. The food was not as good as last time but still would go back. As a matter of fact we went back for lunch as we were still in town. Lunch was excellent and so was our waiter.

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K
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My lobster was the best ever and all were happy with their meals. Dessert was delicious (hot fudge and all).

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PA
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Restaurant dark and loud. Expensive. Food was not hot when served. Waitress sucked.

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i
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

just amazing ! we loved the food and service was top notch.

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GB
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Attentive service and good food. Nice variety for a steakhouse.
Sitting in one of the larger rooms made it challenging to have a conversation as the noise level was obnoxious.
Get a booth if you plan to eat here.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food in a wonderful setting

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Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from the moment we walked in. Hostess, bartender, and wait staff were all very attentive and engaging. Very diverse menu and food was well presented. Quality of food, wine, and cocktails was outstanding.

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MG
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our team dinner at this place and the food was amazing and the ambiance was excellent. It was a loud though but the food compensated the noise.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Gave waiter two credit cards to split the bill and they stupidly split bill and put both dinners on one credit card!

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H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect birthday lunch! We sat in a comfortable booth. The bread was warm and our food came out quickly and tasted delicious! We were going to pass on dessert but they gave my sister in law a piece of mud pie with a candle on top. So wonderful! I will definitely be returning soon!

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M
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We took one of my oldest friends and his wife to dinner. We each had different dishes. The lobster bisque and New York steak were excellent. My wife had the house salad and chicken Marsala, which she also liked. The dessert menu was broad and very good. Only negatives were that our guest ordered prime rib medium rare, and the first try was close to well done, and the restaurant ran out of baked potatoes. Still a nice evening and dinner.

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LE
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a great experience at Sundance with an extensive menu and excellent service from the moment you step inside. Have really enjoyed for many, many years.

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P
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, as always. One of our most favorite restaurants on the Peninsula! The steak is always perfect, the atmosphere always enjoyable, and the service is the best ever! We always reserve a booth, which makes the experience even better. I highly recommend Sundance to everyone that asks about wanting great steak, and always consistent in service.

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RA
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

From start to finish, the staff made our visit pleasant and relaxing. The Menu is what one would expect in a Steak House, with good options for one and all. Everyone in our party truly enjoyed their meal and agreed that we should "do this again".

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SL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a great time at this restaurant. The ambiance is the classic steak house, wood paneled, leather chairs so it sets up the dinner expectations. What follows does not disappoint. There is a great bar with premium drinks. The menu, while steak centered has plenty of other items, including some pasta and fish and of course the requisite Lobster Tail. The wine list has a wonderful selection and there is an ample selection of after dinner drinks. All this is prepared to perfection and served with perfect timing by a well coached staff. And the whole meal can be enjoyed with friends in a atmosphere that allows casual conversation without raising your voice. I can always be easily persuaded to going to Sundance instead of anywhere else we might have been heading.

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S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service, good value (I have the sunset menu).

And it is close to where I live.

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M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have had many visits to Sundance and always have excellence in food, drinks, service. I do feel the menu is a bit expensive which is why my visits are not as often as when I was working.

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HE
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an excellent prime rib dinner. Service was good and the Sunset dinner was great value.

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DL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, great!

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. The restaurant is very cozy. We will definitely dine there again.

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C
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with very generous portions tastefully prepared. Wonderful attentive service

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KN
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Usually when I make a reservation I am sat at a nice booth, this time we were sat at a table next to an empty booth. I asked if we could sit in the booth and the host told us that it was specifically reserved for someone coming in, which no one ended up coming in and sitting in the booth. Service and food was great, only disappointed by our table and not being able to sit in a booth.

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KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We’ve been coming here for 15 or more years, and I feel like it is going downhill. The food and service were outstanding, as usual, but the ambiance is tanking. For the second time in a row we were seated in the loudest area of the restaurant, not including the bar, and in the exact same “let’s throw a table here” seat. It is really hard to have a great dinner when you can’t hardly hear your partner over the other obnoxiously loud tables. I was raised to keep my voice down at dinner when I’m in public. This seems to be a foreign concept to other people, and it didn’t used to be that way at Sundance. It used to be quiet, with a romantic and peaceful ambiance; not anymore, apparently. So disappointing because they have impeccable service (usually), and amazing food (always). I just wish they’d figure out that a couple doesn’t want to sit in the side room with 4 tables of 4+ people being so loud. This is the second loud and annoying experience in a row at Sundance. Third time and they’re out. Also, what’s the point of writing this review. Clearly no one cares. If they cared they would have reached out after my last review when my 20th anniversary was ruined.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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AA
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

We were really disappointed with our experience. We have been coming here for 30 years. This place can get busy, but somehow a server’s personality or an experienced food runner could find a way to still make it a positive experience. Sunday night that did not happen. It was like going to an over priced steakhouse for a bad experience. I was so sad cause this has never happened before and is one of my favorite restaurants.....

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E
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It had been a long time between visits to this restaurant and now I’m sorry I waited so long. Outstanding food and service - I had lobster bisque and fusilli pasta with prawns. Both were excellent. Noise level was very low so tablemate conversation was possible - a rare commodity these days. My only complaint is that their corkage fee for BYO wine is $30 which seems rather pricey. Will be back sooner rather than later.

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OT
Hawaii
349 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Terrific food, very good service, and a comfortable setting made for a wonderful birthday dinner for my wife. The Caesar salad, fillet mignon, and included potato/vegetables were delicious, and the complimentary mud pie was most appreciated.

Prices at Sundance Steakhouse are very reasonable, and I highly recommend this restaurant.

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