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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 (78)
Good for a Date (68)
Good for Birthdays (65)
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Good for Anniversaries (61)
Business Meals (61)
Notable Wine List (46)
Romantic (45)
Neighborhood Gem (43)
Cozy (38)
Worth the Drive (38)
Good for Groups (33)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Bar Seating (30)
Comfort Food (27)
Authentic (27)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Great for Lunch (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Happy Hour (19)
Casual (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Fun (15)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Hot Spot (9)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Healthy (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Live Sports (6)
Seasonal (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great Beer (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Sunset dinner was perfect a delicious meal with my Mother who likes to dine early. A great selection of options for their 5-6pm menu and fairly priced. All around attentive and friendly service from wait staff. Will come again!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Service was OK - couple of mistakes, but soon corrected. Food (steak, of course) as good as ever. Veggies a bit unimaginative. But there's great steak, right?!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

My husband brought me to the Sundance for our 15th Anniversary dinner and the food and atmosphere was just amazing. We ordered the Sea Scallops which was soft and tender and we both ordered the Ribeye Steak which was also tender, juicy and delicious! The service was excellent along with their cocktails. There was absolutely nothing I can complain about. The waiter even brought us a Mud Pie for dessert to celebrate our anniversary. Best dinner out in a long time and would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants great service and superior dining experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We celebrated dad's 83rd birthday here! He had the prime rib and he said it was the best he has had in a long time. Plenty of food with the sides included and the service was outstanding! Everyone enjoyed their meal and had a great time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

This is a reliably good steak restaurant. The food was very good as well as the service.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Arrogant greeting. Steaks: dry, no flavor, but very tender and aged. Waitress never asked about our satisfaction with our meal. Will never repeat and will not recommend!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

I have never had a bad meal at Sundance and I have been going their for both business and family occasions since 1980. The quality of the food is unsurpassed and the attentiveness of the wait staff is wonderful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on January 16, 2018

Each plate looked appetizing. The prime rib melted in my mouth and the lobster was full of flavor. The fillet mignon was perfectly cooked, the scallops were delicious. I also loved the broccoli and steamed carrots. My husband raves about his rice being so flavorful. My baked potato was good but I had to take most of it home with me. All four of us were delighted with our dinners. I think the prices are reasonable for the quality of the food and the service was very nicely done. I will definitely go here again. This will be our new special occasion restaurant. It is obvious that the owners of this restaurant have put their hearts into their business. Thank you.

Tags: Cozy, Live Sports, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Always make a reservation. It is a long time favorite.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I have been going to Sundance since its opening in the 1970's. Over the years its changed from Sundance Mine Company to Sundance Steak House. The atmosphere is great but the noise level has increased over the years. It is also very crowded these days. Now it is not a good restaurant for a quiet business conversation. The food is first class and the service is above average. The prices are expensive but not outrageous .

Tags: Casual, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This is a "throw-back" steak house- English Gentleman design...pleasant looking hostesses, knowledgeable waiters, busboys who keep your water glass full and bus tables quietly, meals served perfectly...WOW-

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great restaurant. Rib eye was the best as always. This place does not disappoint. One of the best in the bay area

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I have been here many times with others but went by myself this week. Sometimes when dining alone you are treated like a "left over", but my server and everyone made it a great experience. Dinner was great as always. Last week recommended Sundance to a couple new to the area. They went for a birthday and continue to rave about the service and food.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food, great environment ... loved the service

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Always a good dining experience!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Sundance is a traditional upscale steak house with good fish and seafood options. Food is not mean to be super creative, but is executed well and very flavorful. Beef is exquisite, the fresh fish of the day which was chilean seabass was excellent with it's herbs and butter, seasoned perfectly. The shrimp I tried on another visit was also done well. Food is prepared from scratch with minimal additives and I was able to eat there without worry that I'd have a reaction to hidden MSG. True flavors of the high quality foods shone here enhanced by traditional sauces and that is their emphasis.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

The food was great. The service was extremely disappointing. When I made the reservation on Opentable, I indicated that it was for a birthday. After we were seated, we had to wait a few minutes before we were acknowledged by our waiter. After he acknowledged us, he disappeared for a few minutes before asking if we wanted drinks. He brought us our drinks and disappeared for another 10 minutes before finally asking what we wanted to order. Our food was brought out by someone else, and not once during our meal did our waiter ask how everything was. What really annoyed me was that I saw that the couple at the table right next to ours was also there to celebrate a birthday. Their waiter was extremely attentive, went up to them as soon as they were seated, explained the menu, asked if they needed anything. I saw their waiter check on them at least 6 times. Our waiter seemed distracted, wasn't even very friendly, which made me feel like we weren't important. In fact, he made it seem like we were a nuisance. At the end of their meal, I saw that the couple next to us received a surprise piece of cake for the birthday they were celebrating. I don't expect free desserts for special occasions, but the fact that I indicated it was a birthday, and that the table next to us received a dessert AND better service than me, really makes me think that my experience at Sundance could have been way better. I think that the obviously inconsistent service is something that should be fixed. I am a nice person and didn't want the poor service to ruin a birthday celebration, so I assumed our waiter was just extremely busy that night and gave him a generous 20% tip, but I really regret doing that because it angers me to think about how little attention we got during this special dinner.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Another fine dining experience. Feel of an East Coast steak house with dark paneling, waiters in tuxes and excellent meat. Not inexpensive but worth it.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Even though we misplaced the reservation (we arrived one day before the scheduled date), the guests were accommodating and managed the situation very well. Our family was placed at a bar table where the restaraunt menu was also available. The atmosphere is cozy and fun and the food is superbe. Will definetely get back there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Live Sports, Spicy, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We drove over 45 minutes to eat at Sundance - The Steakhouse & it was well worth the trip. The food and service were excellent! I highly recommend it to anyone in this part of California!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Comfortable old fashioned mainly meat and potatoes type place. Come early for the early bird special. Great value, full sized portions and delicious. Choice of soup or salads, many entree selections, and veggies included. Roast beef was excellent. Service was attentive and professional and the noise level at our corner table was reasonable. We had forgotten about this restaurant but we will return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Wonderful food, impeccable service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Threvis an very nice happy hour dinner prix fixe
Warm environment and wonderful service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was amazing, services is great

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great experience. Average service

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 29, 2017

My husband and I drove from Monterey to meet a dear friend from San Francisco for lunch and were not disappointed. We all ordered steak (prime rib and filet mignon). Both were perfectly cooked. The appetizers were delicious (crab cakes, asian chicken salad and yellowtail/hamachi). The waitstaff were excellently attentive. We would return and definitely recommend Sundance!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Healthy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Usually I expect the waiter to ask you if you want coffee or dessert before presenting you with a bill before he has even cleared the table. That took me aback. Otherwise a great place for meat.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We were visiting family in the Palo Alto, San Jose area and saw this place online. Food was great and the service was excellent

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Sundance has a nice Sunset Dinner Menu between 5-6 pm everyday. It's a great value.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Sundance is reliable, consistent with great service and great food. You can count on your prime rib being cooked just as you asked for it. For lunch Asian Chicken Salad is generous and tasty. I recently had a cup of Lobster Bisque and the Dungeness Crab Cakes for a light and very satisfying lunch. My friend was having her holiday splurge with a perfectly cooked 12oz. slice of prime rib with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed aldente carrots and broccoli. She was a very happy camper. We split the white chocolate creme brûlée that was delicious. Service is prefect, attentive but not overly so. Although tables were turning over we never felt rushed. We enjoyed our lunch in our quiet cozy booth. I can highly recommend Sundance Mine Company for reliable, consistent food and service.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food and service were quite good. However, I used a $20 award, and the waiter took my credit card and wrote in a 20% tip. It made me angry that he assumed that I didn’t know to tip on the full amount (including the $20).

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great cocktails! Good old school steak house. Nice wine selection. Food was really good and generous portions but on the expensive side. Nice atmosphere but loud acoustics. Hard to hear around the table.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Excellent prime rib but you better go early or they can run out of prime rib. At 8:15 they had already run out of baked potatoes so make your reservations before then!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Awesome meal and experience, as always. 26 years ago our rehearsal dinner was here and we just keep coming back. Fav spot when family is in town for a get together and catchup dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Been going to Sundance for a long, long time and always love it! Amazing food, fantastic service and wonderful feel. Simply a great restaurant!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Worst Filet Mignon ever! Food was cold and nowhere near the price they charge. Will not be going back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

It was my first time there and I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the food and the drinks.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Sundance Steakhouse was excellent once again. The staff was friendly and the food was superb. Thank you!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Old time feeling atmosphere. Love the booths as they provide lots of privacy. Wonderful food & service. My go-to place for any kind of special occasion. Only drawback is that parking is a challenge.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great food, great service. The prime rib was fantastic. Highly recommend this place.

Tags: Bar Seating
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