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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j
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The food is always better than just good however their pricing is just ridiculous.

HJ
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hosted a birthday dinner here and couldn’t have been more pleased. We had our own room. The service was outstanding and the food even more so. The filet spring rolls are fabulous!

WC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We noticed the wine glass was dirty and had wine stains all over the glass bottom. We brought this to the waiters attention. He didnt offer to give us a discount on the bill or at least not charge us for the dirty glass. We certainly expected better a better gesture in that instance.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate a birthday. With the exception of the ribeye steak everything we ordered was delicious. Ribeye had good flavor just extremely tough.

p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun experience with great dinner

KO
San Francisco
139 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed an earlier dinner with the Sunset Menu that is a terrific value with many wonderful regular menu items. The portions were generous and the food of high quality.

s
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food , service and ambience. We enjoyed the crab cakes, the 15 oz steak, and the deliciis martinis for happy hour. Will definitely return

PA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had a nice booth which was requested. Waited a while to be recognized by server unfortunately. Never were asked if we wanted another cocktail or beverage when ours were finished. Waiter very busy with his station. Food normal Sundance cuisine.
I’ve been to better steakhouses but there are few to choose from in Palo Alto.

FM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed delicious warm bread and an excellent meal to celebrate grandpa's birthday.
The coffee ice cream dessert was the perfect touch! Thank you! Service was very good.

m
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its like visiting an old friend. Great food. Great service. I always try to visit on my yearly visits to Palo Alto. Best prime rib around!!!
Wonderfully great to children!!!

SB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Love the food. Ambiance is outdated.

R
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just about the best steak and overall food you’ll find anywhere. Service is always impeccable. Ambience is inviting and creates visual memories enticing one back.
My favorite dining in Palo Alto.

NK
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing!!!! A bit pricey, we had teenagers with us and we were a party of 9. We requested the Sunset menu, but did not get to order from it. That was a bit disappointing. Our server was GREAT!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The service was very poor and the food wasn't anything special. Starting with the host, who wanted to provide a table in an area already super packed (despite having a reservation), to the waitress. Even the person delivering the dishes was rude and oblivious. The beef was ok but the overal composition of the dish was super simple. The same type of food that a chain can serve, just more expensive. Additionally, the place is noisy. Very disappointed of the experience in this restaurant.

W
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent service and delicious food. I'm never disappointed. I highly recommend Sundance!

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great cocktails

MM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was fine. Low key on our part.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful service with outstanding food! Will definitely be going back.

s
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sundance is great for lunch! We enjoyed amazing food and outstanding service. A big thanks to Thomas who was the perfect server. The menu is always wonderful and offers many options.

N
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We had a ribeye steak and prime rib, both were excellent. The problem we had was our food took a very long time to get to us, almost an hour. The waiter was easy to find when we had food but never came around to apologize for the delay and we never say a manager come by. We will go back because the steaks are good and just hope for less of a wait.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and the best wait service on the peninsula!
Celebrating our anniversary- did their best to find a quiet table. Manager even walk out w us as we were leaving, saying he was sorry they didn’t have a quieter area. We were fine in a booth.
Waiter was so great; fun and prompt. Very accommodating.
Food is excellent, served fresh and hot.
It’s not just a steak house- they’ve wonderful fish /chicken entrees.
Very fun night topped off w their signature mud pie. 👏

BK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here a lot and it's because we always have a great time! Juan our bartender/server is excellent. Thanks Sundance!

t
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This steakhouse is an anachronism in this day and age. The interior is dark woods with various small rooms and some larger rooms. If you want to impress a date, this is the place. The restaurant projects a quiet, refined atmosphere that you seldom find in most restaurants today. The beef is top quality, be prepared to pay in excess of $220 for two for a complete meal including drinks, appetizers, soup/salad, main course, and desert. A sunset dinner menu is offered from 5 to 6 pm which can be had for less than $65 for 2, exluding drinks and desert.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Sundance for a nice birthday dinner. The service was wonderful and the food was AMAZING! The filet mignon melted in your mouth and the white chocolate creme brûlée was delicious.

MA
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Lobster bisque soup, petite prime rib with a side of sauteed prawns in sauce. Warm sourdough bread was good. Our server Angel was attentive.

L
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Unfortunately the prime rib was not up to our expectations. Just not tender or flavorful and not served hot enough.

b
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food at Sundance is outstanding, which is why it has stayed in business for forty years. The prime rib is without parallel. But -- who would have known -- they have the best "wedge salad" in the world. The service is attentive but unobtrusive -- just as it should be.

We were to be seated in a very noisy part of the restaurant and asked to be seated in a quieter place, but they refused, so our experience was less than ideal.

RM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food; prime rib very tender. Pricey, of course, but comparable to all of the excellent steak houses.

i
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and great food.
They sat us at a quiet booth.

JM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is prepared very well. The fish was cooked to perfection. The sauces are very tasty.

A
Toronto
167 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

This was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever encountered. The service was disgusting. We made reservations well in advance and had to wait over 20 minutes for our table constantly dodging people in the front lobby. When we were seated it was at a table that was constantly being bumped by people passing by. We had to ask for plates for the bread and utensils for the main course. After waiting for 20 minutes to be seated they madly rushed us through our meal. We had to move our own salad plates when they brought out our main course and we were still drinking our wine when they brought our espresso. I would like to say that the food made up for the lack of service but it did not. They are supposed to be known for their prime rib but it lacked flavour and the smallest size of prime rib was $44 USD. Completely unacceptable. Avoid it.

LJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
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 on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Traditional Manhattan steakhouse experience with California wine selection.

E
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, super service and outstanding food selections

SG
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
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 on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sundance always delivers -- great food and service!

V
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
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 on November 8, 2019
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 on November 8, 2019
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 on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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