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About Sundance The 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.

1921 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood

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

Cross Street:
Stanford Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 321-6798

Website:
http://www.sundancethesteakhouse.com/

Parking Details:
Additional parking is available on Stanford Avenue & across the street on the El Camino Real.

Executive Chef:
Alfredo Flores

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.

Private Party Contact:
Galen Fletcher: (650) 321-6798

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sundance The Steakhouse Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (90)
Good for a Date (84)
Good for Anniversaries (80)
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Good for Birthdays (67)
Business Meals (61)
Romantic (59)
Neighborhood Gem (51)
Cozy (45)
Notable Wine List (45)
Worth the Drive (42)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Bar Seating (32)
Authentic (27)
Comfort Food (26)
Good for Groups (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Casual (18)
Fun (17)
Happy Hour (14)
Kid-friendly (12)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Live Sports (9)
Local Ingredients (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Healthy (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Seasonal (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
People Watching (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Very happy. Will be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent attentive service, welcoming from the moment we arrive. Very courteous to my father who is hearing impaired. Perfectly cooked scallops.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Jovial spirits on the way there. My 40th bday with wife and daughters (7- year old and 19 month old). Ambiance wonderful, food great. Service left us feeling blegh.... so much that our trip home ended up being quiet and weird... shouldn't we have been feeling great conning home from a40th birthday dinner? He was only there to earn a tip! Treated us different cause we asked about happy hour? Asked about sunset deal? told us we cannot go to the bar to get drinks to bring to the table and yet the table next to us are all seated with drinks in hand from the bar? Only minimally polite and available. In fact it was other servers who helped us and made us feel welcome. I tipped well as taught by my father but we're never coming back. Thanks for the mud pie but even that felt forced by our rude and unhappy waiter. A message to him..."thanks for diluting the happiness on what was to be a great evening out!" The best steak/prime rib in the world is not worth the crappy service we were afforded. Boo to Sundance for allowing someone like this to work there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic steak restaurant, best on the peninsula, by far. Steak was excellent, along with side dishes. Ate everything, nothing to take home! Don't leave until you try the mud pie!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Love this restaurant, it’s one of our favorite places, they have a great wine list and wonderful food..

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Was not as great as usual. And was extremely noisy... where the 4 of us were seated, it was next to impossible to have a conversation. Would have asked to move but all of the tables were full.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Everything you want in a restaurant. The food was delicious, wait staff helpful, ambience that was quiet enough to chat. I can understand why they have been business for 44 years. i

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Absolutely delicious steak and trimmings and awesome service, especially given that my dining companions were very late. Not once did I feel pressure from our waiter or servers. My filet mignon was superb. This is THE place to go in Palo Alto for fantastic food, cozy ambiance, and top-notch service. Forget the new-fangled spots, go to this tried-and-true.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Comfortable , vintage type steakhouse. Excellent service from Cash! He knows my regular order but easily makes suggestions. Tried special Pasta with great simple ingredients, very tasty. I feel very 'safe' taking and suggesting to friends, relatives and business associates a visit here because of consistent superior service and delicious food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fun, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The service is wonderful, but it was so noisy we couldn’t hear each other speak! That made it an uncomfortable dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Melt in your mouth prime rib. Tasty oysters. Creative cocktails.

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Had a fabulous wedding anniversary dinner. Superb service, wonderful food and wine in a private dinning atmosphere. Loved it all!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The service and meal were superior. The waite staff was very attentive and efficient. The booth was very comfortable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Anniversary

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Food and ambience were were superb! Service was extraordinary

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Not as good as the past two visits...very slow service, it took more than 30 minutes after we were done with our appetizers to get our main dish....steak was barely warm. Perhaps an "off" evening?

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very good food & attentive service made for an enjoyable dinner at Sundance Steakhouse. We were disappointed that the restaurant had run out of our first two wine selections, but were most satisfied with the Caesar, wedge, & house salads that we ordered, and the salmon, swordfish, & prime ribs entrees were delicious. The cheesecake and apple pie with ice cream were tasty choices to end a most satisfying meal.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food! In particular the ceasar salad, prime rib and filet mignon. Great service! Only issue was that it was a little too loud for our taste.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

One of my all time favorite places, I moved out of the area a year ago it was a must go to place when we visited

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vip
·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food is overpriced and mediocre. This restaurant is not a good value at all.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

There were 10 of us and we all LOVED our meals, the service and the ambiance.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Healthy, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I think it’s a great place for a consistently good meal. However, I would like to see women servers and in other roles in addition to the receptionists.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Prime rib was very good, caesar salad was too salty and overdressed.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was wonderful (we all had prime rib), BUT it was very noisy and our service wasn't special. Also, a little pricey!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

One of the best “old” restaurants! I have been enjoying this restaurant for over 30 years! Our waiter, Cash, is the absolute best I have ever had at a restaurant! Can’t wait to return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Four of us had the Sunset Dinner menu, which had taken quite a jump since last year. We all chose from the $32 menu. One had prime rib (very good), two had the sword fish (excellent), and one had the brochette (meat was tough). The salads and potatoes were good. We did not have dessert.

Staff was very friendly. We could hold a conversation without having to raise our voices. Parking is a bear.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Always an impeccable experience, with outstanding service and fantastical food. This is my favorite steakhouse in all the Bay Area hands down. Try the prime rib. Order the baked potato with everything. Start with the clam chowder. Oh and the bread is warm. Enough said.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Sundance never disappoints. We had a wonderful experience as usual and will return soon for another fabulous dinner. Definitely try the famous clam chowder and go for the largest prime rib portion on the menu. We eat half and take the rest home for delicious sandwiches the next day. Yum!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Had dinner with friends while attending Stanford reunion-Service excellent as was the food (halibut, caesar salad, lobster bisque Good atmosphere, good bar and available parking in its lot.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Outstanding service only exceeded by superior quality food. Best restaurant for Prime Rib on the peninsula! We will return again and again.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

5;30 FILET MIGNON SKEWER WAS COOKED PERFECTLY FOR ME. THE BAKED POTATO, VEGETABLES WERE GOOD. LOBSTER THERMADOR DELICIOUS AND THE APPLE PIE WAS PERFECT. A GOOD PRICE FOR A DELICIOUS DINNER AND AN ENTERTAINING WAITER. I WOULD RECOMMEND SUNDERANCE TO FRIENDS.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Have always loved this place! It is always consistent

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

We were at Sundance to celebrate my son's birthday before he left on a trip. It is a great place for family and friends to gather as there is no hesitation to talk and enjoy the company. The food is great and everyone can enjoy themselves.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

This is a great place to have a wonderful steak and some amazing side dishes!! If you want to celebrate a special occasion, you should give Sundance a try!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great restaurant with delicious food. The old photos scattered throughout the restaurant are so nice and the menu has a good variety of choices.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

One of my favorite steakhouses that consistently delivers excellence from the service, a delicious meal and overall ambiance.
You are missing a treat of you have not dined at Sundance.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Top of the line steaks; wood paneled interior

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The Sundance Steak Company is old-school in such a great way. My small family group of 3 dined here for my husband's birthday. We were seated in a booth. Conversation was so easy, with little ambient noise. Floor is carpeted. Tables are separated and tableclothed. We were well cared for by a superior waiter. And the food was all that Sundance is known for: great steaks and prime rib, baked potatoes with all of the fixings, wedge salads. Of course, there are other options, too. I prefer a small serving, while others in our party do not. By going before 6:00, I was able to order the early dining special of a 6 oz. prime rib slice which includes a choice of salads off of the regular menu. The others ordered off of the regular menu. And my husband was treated to a candle and a slice of mud pie, too...with three spoons! We all left satisfied.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food is very good and so is the service. But a bit too noisy and the table set up for our group of 6 people was a bit small.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

We have been visiting the steakhouse many years. Especially we loved your prime rib.
But this time we somewhat very disappointed. The meat was not the same as we knew.
One of the guest ordered rare, but it was medium , the answer was your restaurant ran out of prime rib. Good answer!!!

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