Sundance The Steakhouse

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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.
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LJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The French dip, as usual, was awesome. I had a lovely wedge salad on the side. The waiter was at the top of his game. He was attentive, and came back a couple of times to make sure everything was going splendidly. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Traditional Manhattan steakhouse experience with California wine selection.

E
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, super service and outstanding food selections

SG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Rest for ANY Ocasion especially for a special one a bit pricey but worht it for special ocasion!

MI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sundance always delivers -- great food and service!

V
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I actually would recommend this restaurant with some hesitation. I have been here a few times before with a larger group with work and the service and food was quite good. However I returned with my family and overall the experience went down from 4 stars to 3 stars. This is for a few reasons, first was that our wait from the appetizer course to our main course was probably close to 25minutes. The second was that my son ordered the children's menu pasta and basically it seemed like they didn't drain his pasta as there was nearly 1/2 of pasta water in the bottom of his dish. I understand the staff may not pay as much attention to a child's dish, however this was quite un-acceptable, even he was not happy and he is 6years old! The last small issue was I had the linguine with shrimp and surprisingly I had to add salt to the dish or else it was extremely bland. I really can't remember the last time I had to add salt to something I ordered at a restaurant.

FM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have a nice dinner with the family. Our go to when we are in the mood for prime rib.

b
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I felt rushed to order....only moments after my drink arrive, they served the salads....I didn’t get any potatoe with my order because the server was in such a hurry to discuss the vegetables.

SH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes, this place is great and has been for several decades. Great food and excellent service...love this place.

s
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere and outstanding servers! I always look forward to lunch or dinner at Sundance and they never fail. I want to thank our server Cash who is just top notch. He makes any meal even more enjoyable. He is GREAT.

J
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prime rib was outstanding

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We are semi regulars at Sundance because we can actually talk and we love the prime rib. We chose to go for the Sunset Special with an early reservation at 5:30 because we planned to go to Stanford Shopping Center afterwards. My husband and I don't eat much so the smaller cut of roast beef is just fine with us. Cost is not the issue. Got a waiter who gave us push back on splitting and wound up talking to the manager. He obligated us, but a little begrudgingly. The customer should know if there is a policy change or the wait staff needs to be brought up to speed.

JC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sundance is an institution..service is always great!! A little on the steep side price wise, but always a great experience.

SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We were seated in a small room, 4 tables in there, perhaps because it’s enclosed space, awfully noisy in there, at our table, we have to yell to one another in order to hear what others are trying to say, and this is a 2 hour dinner, so we suffered 2 full hours.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Haven't been to Sundance in years. We enjoyed the old school steakhouse ambiance. We each ordered the Sunset prime rib, a generous 6oz cut which was plenty for us. It was tender but not the most marbled or flavorful. The creamed spinach, garlic mashed potatoes, and veg sides were good. We got a complimentary mud pie for dessert for our celebration. Service was top notch! Also appreciated that it was quiet enough even with a full dining room that we didn't have to scream to have a conversation.

S
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We We were there on Saturday evening to celebrate our anniversary, the service and the food was excellent!!! The staff there was very friendly and courteous. We will definitely return with our friends and family.

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Brandon, was first class! He was accommodating to our special requests, always pleasant and attentive at the right times. The food was fabulous! Even the salad tasted great. The main courses, Prime rib and Chicken Marsala were cooked to perfection. Love this place!

PA
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday dinner for my wife. Stuck with the prime rib, as the last time we were disappointed in the fish of the day, which is always halibut (!) when we ate there.

KG
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A. Very good lunch for two of us. We selected a variety of appetizers and enjoyed them very much. And, service from our waiter was top rate

N
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sundance is an old fashioned place that brings back great memories. The wait staff was professional and friendly. The Early Bird special is an outstanding value. Strawberry salad is outstanding. We also like the prime rib, tempura shrimp, and the indulgence - a potato with everything. Reasonably priced desserts.

R
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Sundance. Food,service,etc consistently excellent.

G
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been several years since we've enjoyed Sundance. We made this reservation for our anniversary dinner, but arrived early to enjoy Happy Hour in the bar. We were delighted with the quality of the mojitos and the tempura shrimp appetizer. The shrimp were absolutely succulent! Moving into the dining area we were seated at a quiet, romantic booth - exactly as requested. We were early enough to order the Sunset Dinner special which is quite a value. We started with clam chowder - delicious, not too thick, well-seasoned, with large chunks of tender potatoes and a generous helping of clams. For our entrees we ordered the prime rib - very rare. We received beautifully rare 6 ounces of wonderful prime rib each. The side of broccoli was crisply tender. I had garlic mashed potatoes - yummy and smooth; my husband had a loaded baked potato which satisfied his baked potato cravings. A slab of Sundance's mud pie finished the repast. The lighting was muted, but not too dim; the noise level was also muted - it was easy to carry on a conversation without shouting. All in all the ambience was exactly what we hoped for. We won't wait years to return!

PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I've been enjoying good dinners at Sundance for over 40 years. Other places come and go, but Sundance is a constant in a town where constants are hard to find. My son used to love their clam chowder as a 4 year old....he is now 47 and the chowder is still excellent. I used to enjoy getting salad on a chilled salad plate with a chilled salad fork and last night the plate and fork were again chilled.

JC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sundance is a restaurant I can count on. The food is always good. The service is always good. The noise level allows for conversation, appreciated. Chilled salads, fresh fish, great baked potatoes and for red meat lovers, still a magnet. Please don't change.

m
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife loved her birthday dinner and we will definitely be going back.

SG
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our wedding rehearsal dinner. Everything was fabulous. I believe that our waiter was Jason. A good time was had by all! We especially liked the mud pie! Thanks for your hospitality, and terrific food. We look forward to seeing you again.

FY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Since I paid $ 62 for my rib eye steak , I reminded the waiter I wanted medium rare and do not over cook it. But it turned out to be a disaster . It was well done . I tried to look for the waiter to change it but he simply disappeared . To be fair, my wife’s prime rib was cooked 100n% medium rare meeting her high expectation.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Service was great. Food was great

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

CP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bread was amazing, soft and warm on inside and crunchy on the outside. The prime rib was perfect and melted in my mouth

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic old school steakhouse. Great food, great menu selection and very attentive, friendly staff. Never a bad meal.

SH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing as always. The wait staff is great...super knowledgeable and attentive.

BK
Oklahoma City
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Get together with classmates from high school that was a great evening thanks to Sundance !! Nice private location that allowed us to catch up.

S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sundance has been our favorite steak and prime rib restaurant for years! The ambiance is warm and lively, but one can have a conversation. The service is reliable and the quality of the food is consistently excellent. I highly recommend Sundance for a special occasion or just a really nice meal!

RL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Jeff was excellent! The food was great and the overall experience was perfect!!

T
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Jeff was very kind and fun. The environment is elegant, great for a special occasion (our anniversary).

M
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Bread outstanding but what happened to the balsamic vinegar? Previously good bit now tasted sour? Otherwise food good.
Was mothers 84th birthday and asked twice for birthday cake...I was happy to pay for effort but nothing fothcoming? Disappointing.....

SJ
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our son’s 16th birthday, and had a wonderful family experience. The steaks (as usual) were perfectly prepared, and the appetizers and sides were delicious. The wine selection is impressive both by the glass and the bottle.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted prime rib, but ended up getting bone-in rib eye. I shoulda explained better. Was nice to get bday cake served!