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Taurus Steakhouse, San Carlos, CA

Taurus Steakhouse

4.4
4.4
223 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse

Taurus Steakhouse offers premium steaks and fresh seafood, in a comfortably casual yet elegant atmosphere.

Choose from a selection of carefully selected Domestic Wagyu. Fresh oysters and seafood dishes are presented by the chef, creative flair, while classic and hand-crafted cocktails are served up in the lounge.

An extensive wine cellar is managed by our knowledgable staff, with labels that span the globe - carefully selected to complement the chef's creative menu.

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Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 394-8878

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us for information on private events. Several rooms are available for parties of 8 to 60 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    San Carlos

  • Cross street

    Between Cherry St. & Olive St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Our menu as of February 1st, 2021

Salads & Starters

  • Fresh Oysters

    Mignonette, Champagne Vinaigrette

    • 1/2 Dozen$15.00
    • Dozen$28.00
  • Crab Cakes$19.00

    Avocado, Pickled Onions, Fennel

    • Fresh Herb Salad$14.00

      Avocado, Heirloom Tomato, Lemon Vinaigrette

      • Mixed Greens & Goat Cheese$14.00

        Goat Cheese, Golden Raisins, Walnuts, Pomegranate Seeds

        • Charred Heirloom Tomato$16.00

          Creamy Burrata, Fresh Basil, House Pesto

          • Grilled Octopus$18.00

            Black Olives, Red Onion, Herb Salad

            • Soft Shell Crab$12.00

              Wasabi Aioli, Pickled Cucumber

              • Wagyu Tacos$12.00

                Pickled Onions, Cilantro, Avocado

                • Taurus Appetizer$20.00

                  Thinly Sliced wagyu Chuck Flap

                  • Beef & Shallot Skewers$18.00

                    Sides

                    • Parmesan Fries$7.00

                      • Truffle Mashed Potatoes$11.00

                        • Seasonal Vegetables$8.00

                          • Shishito Peppers$9.00

                            • Sauteed Spinach$10.00

                              Olive Oil, Garlic, Shallots

                              • Sweet Corn$10.00

                                • Seasonal Mushrooms$12.00

                                  Tarragon, Olive Oil

                                  Domestic Wagyu

                                  • Onglet

                                    • 10oz$49.00
                                  • Coulotte

                                    • 10oz$52.00
                                  • Zabuton

                                    • 12oz$62.00
                                  • Filet Mignon

                                    • 8oz$75.00
                                  • Taurus Steak

                                    • 11oz$74.00
                                  • Spinalis

                                    • 10oz$82.00
                                  • Bone-In Ribeye

                                    • 20oz$95.00

                                  Grill

                                  • Diver Scallops$35.00

                                    Squash Puree, Fennel Salad

                                    • Daily Fresh Fish

                                      • A.Q.
                                    • Roasted Chicken Breast$28.00

                                      Smoked Paprika, Glazed Carrots

                                      • Rack of Lamb

                                        • 4 Chops$48.00
                                        • Full Rack$90.00

                                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                      What 223 people are saying

                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                      4.4
                                      4.4 based on recent ratings
                                      • 4.5Food
                                      • 4.4Service
                                      • 4.3Ambience
                                      • 3.9Value

                                      NoiseModerate

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                                      1. D

                                        Diana

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Wagyu tacos okay, but size was that of a regular tortilla so pretty filling. ZABUTAN (medium rare) was really good, similar to Filet Mignon. SPINALIS (medium rare) was also good, a bit softer than the Zabutan. Mashed potatoes were great, only ordered 1 side, but it was enough for 2 people to share. Syrah wine was amazing to complete the meal. Would definitely recommend. Came here on a Sunday evening and service was great!

                                      2. C

                                        Chris

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 21, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Always a great time with great food. We'll definitely be back.

                                      3. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 20, 2022

                                        overall3food3service5ambience5

                                        The service was great!

                                      4. MD

                                        MichelleD

                                        New England

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 16, 2022

                                        overall3food4service1ambience3

                                        The food was good but the service was poor due to lack of staff. There was only one waitress + the store manager serving the entire restaurant. They could barely cover all the tables.

                                      5. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 4, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great service! Great food! Will go again !

                                      6. AN

                                        AliceN

                                        1 review

                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                                        overall2food3service2ambience3

                                        Decided to give this restaurant a try, our usual spot (Town) is our current go-to restaurant which is literally across the street. The steak selection is what drew us here. My wife and I wanted to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. Our reservation was acknowledged but I’m assuming this was never communicated to our Server (we’ll call her “Lana”) she was kind, friendly. This sadly only lasted for about 15 min. Afterwards, the restaurant got busy and our server was really absent. She never acknowledged our anniversary and we ordered dessert but it was swiftly dropped off like a fast food spot. Not really the experience we expected. I think we will continue to go across the street at Town and skip this for future dining experiences. Our friends and family are also aware of our experience and agree. Pass for now on this restaurant.

                                      7. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Tahoe

                                        3 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        Excellent quality of food and service!

                                      8. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 1, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Amazing food and service. Will recommend to everyone I know!

                                      9. RO

                                        RyanO

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 30, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Excellent wine list and the food was wonderful. The Waygu Steak was delicious.

                                      10. d

                                        dweekly

                                        San Francisco

                                        31 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        31 reviews

                                        Dined on March 26, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Amazing as always. Ian is an incredible sommelier and general manager. We had several superb wines - Ian will offer you a solid pairing. The grilled mushrooms were meaty and had a wonderful sear. The Brussel sprouts with gochujang was delightfully sweet and spicy. The swordfish presentation has been updated on the menu and is tender and succulent with tasty toasted pear slices. The creme brûlée is prepared in a classic fashion but the real desert home run has to be the banana ice cream sandwich. Amazing.

                                      11. KF

                                        KarenF

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 23, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The service was amazing - very personal. The bartenders Old Fashion was the best I have ever had. The food was outstanding!!!! The entire experience was wonderful and we will definitely be back.

                                      12. N

                                        Neighbor

                                        San Francisco

                                        2 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on March 19, 2022

                                        overall3food3service2ambience3

                                        Taurus has some work to do. Things started promising, seated quickly, waitstaff immediately came to the table, felt welcomed. We ordered drinks and things went downhill from there. The cocktail ordered was erroneously attempted to be delivered to other tables prior to ours and the wine was much too cold. Other than the first glass, the waitstaff never appeared to refill the wine glasses (we noticed this at other tables as well). We ordered a side as an appetizer, but they brought out a different side and not the one we requested. When we asked about it, they didn't really say anything, just tried to rush the other side dish (appetizer), which came out after our salads. Our waiter did not seem to be monitoring our table, as most of these service issues are easy to recognize. The steaks were fine no real complaints, but the salads and brussel sprouts were overdressed. Bottom line, the value was just not commensurate with the food or service. Has potential, but they either need to lower the prices or raise the service/food quality.

                                      13. CR

                                        CarolynR

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 19, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We wanted to pick a restaurant where we have never been to, celebrating a special occasion. We started off with the Steak Tartar w/Taro chips and 1/2 dozen oysters. Then I had the Diver Scallops w/Squash purée and my fiancé had the Filet Mignon ( cooked to perfection ) w/the Brussel Sprouts. The service was PERFECT and the food was AMAZING!! Thank you for making our 1st experience at your establishment a very enjoyable visit. We will definitely be returning!!

                                      14. BV

                                        BillyV

                                        Hawaii

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 5, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        I enjoyed our food, drinks and service. Waitress was more than helpful and knowledgeable. Will definitely come back.

                                      15. PL

                                        PhilL

                                        San Francisco

                                        2 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on March 5, 2022

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        The server was too busy to notice the needs of diners.

                                      16. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Tahoe

                                        4 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on February 27, 2022

                                        overall3food2service3ambience3

                                        Steak seemed to be different this time. Not the high quality I’m used to from Taurus.

                                      17. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 20, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Came here with my wife for our anniversary! We were welcomed with great costumer service the moment we walked in. Wagyu plates were so delicious and the Brussel sprouts are 10/10 recommended. Definitely one of my favorite steakhouses of not my favorite! Great for special occasions.

                                      18. SK

                                        ScrappyKimberly

                                        San Francisco

                                        17 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        17 reviews

                                        Dined on February 20, 2022

                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                        We were so happy to find a place with spacious outdoor dining, delicious food, and wonderfully supportive service people waiting on us! The wagyu steak is absolutely incredible, AND the side dishes are also taste treats! Mashed potatoes? Not boring! Creamy! Brussel Sprouts? Not bitter! Filled with flavor. And the price was very reasonable for such elegant food.

                                      19. S

                                        Susan

                                        Sacramento

                                        23 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        23 reviews

                                        Dined on February 19, 2022

                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                        Had the Wagyu zabuton. It was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Corn and truffle mashed potatoes rounded things out and were excellent. The chocolate cake for dessert was meh. I'd go back.

                                      20. GY

                                        GiorgioY

                                        San Francisco

                                        7 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        7 reviews

                                        Dined on February 16, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great experience on Valentine’s Day, memorable night, thanks to all staff

                                      21. TY

                                        TimothyY

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 16, 2022

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        One item on the order served incorrectly, i.e., ribeye order but filet mignon delivered, was corrected but then both the ribeye and the filet mignon showed up on the final bill, which again had to be corrected. My ribeye was over cooked for medium rare but still tasty.

                                      22. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 15, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great experience

                                      23. C

                                        Cher

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 15, 2022

                                        overall1food1service3ambience3

                                        I made a reservation a couple weeks prior not knowing that Valentine’s Day was going to be a pre-fix menu. I don’t believe our dinner was worth $135 pp. I made reservations here hoping to try other things including dessert. The dessert which was a thin slice of chocolate cake FOR 2 PEOPLE which mind you is usually for 1 person just was not right! They should’ve at least gave 2 desserts (1 per person) . We ordered the rib eye and scallops . The scallops were tough! On top of that we were given 3 scallops . This is not worth $135 !! For appetizers we got 1 — ok 1 deviled egg each and a beef skewer that was overly seasoned with salt. I feel like they used McCormicks prime rib seasoning for this. The sides to be honest tasted better than everything else but this was not worth $135 pp. I don’t mind paying this much for food ever! But it better be a damn good meal that’s worth it. We were better off going to Ruth’s Chris steak house or maybe any other steakhouse for that matter! I also ordered a lemon drop. It tasted nothing like that nor was my rim sugared which I usually like to pick at as I sip my lemon drop. Again the only reason I made reservations here was because I thought we would be able to order anything off the menu. I really was excited to try the adult desserts. This was a complete fail and a waste of $350!

                                      24. JD

                                        JDEATS

                                        San Francisco

                                        18 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        18 reviews

                                        Dined on February 15, 2022

                                        overall3food4service3ambience4

                                        We went for Valentine’s Day dinner. The menu was a fixed menu for the occasion. Deviled eggs and some beef. Both were disappointing. We had the optional caviar service. It was adequate. We both had the option Japanese beef with truffle mashed potatoes and Brussels Sprouts. This was Devine. The steaks were perfectly cooked and the sides were just fabulous. The chocolate dessert was dry. The main problem they had was all bathrooms were out of order so you had to go to another restaurant Doreen the street to use the restroom. They got it fixed before we left. Our waiter was genuinely very nice but very busy so some of the niceties you get, we’re absent. We had to flag him down every time we needed something. Not his fault, everyone has staffing issues right now. We will try it again on a regular weekend.

                                      25. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Francisco

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on February 15, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        Food was phenomenal but we were just cold sitting outside!

                                      26. EC

                                        ElCrispador

                                        San Francisco

                                        19 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        19 reviews

                                        Dined on February 15, 2022

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        Overall a nice experience but far short of a $500 dinner for two. My wagyu 20 oz ribeye had a solid 6 oz of pure fat. I was surprised with that cut especially on a Valentine’s prefix menu for $135 each. Be careful not to order the “Beet” carpaccio thinking it’s beef carpaccio. When we told our waiter, Adrienne, about our surprise he told us, “Oh yeah, a lot of people miss that”. Uhhhh, thanks for the heads up. Sides were solid.

                                      27. H

                                        Hylas

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 15, 2022

                                        overall1food2service1ambience1

                                        I reserved a table for Valentine's Day about a month ago. We were super excited to try it out given the good reviews and the special occasion. But man it was disappointing. We are now lying on the bed wondering about why we have spent this kind of money to have our Valentine's Day night ruined. Ourdoor seating: sitting in the street with wind blowing around you. no wind blocker, 4 tables share one heater Service: waited for 2 hours to get our main course, again in the cold wind Food: nothing special. can't even make the Both restrooms went out of order. Chaotic night it was. Never coming back.

                                      28. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 13, 2022

                                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                                        I had the 20oz Domestic Ribeye and it was delicious, one of the better pieces of meat I’ve ever had. Overall the menu wasn’t crazy but all the selections we made for appetizers, entrees, and sides were fantastic. The dessert menu looked great but we had other plans and didn’t partake. I would return again.

                                      29. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 12, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Streaks that you can’t find any where else

                                      30. BF

                                        BrianF

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 6, 2022

                                        overall2food3service2ambience3

                                        I wouldn't eat here again or recommend it. Over-rated.

                                      31. SM

                                        SusanMcC

                                        San Francisco

                                        6 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined on February 5, 2022

                                        overall4food5service5ambience3

                                        Food was excellent. It pains me to write this, but this place needs to look across the street at Town and just copy their outdoor set up. It’s cozy, classy, sexy and warm. Taurus’ food was awesome but the caliber of food does not match up with the ambiance. That place could be taken to the next level with an investment in the outdoor space. Even Faith and Spirits gets it and they don’t even serve food. Service was okay, the waitress looks like she clearly doesn’t eat much. It’s a steak place, get some seasoned servers and create a better outdoor dining experience. People will double and triple in attendance.

                                      32. F

                                        Foodie

                                        San Francisco

                                        16 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        16 reviews

                                        Dined on February 4, 2022

                                        overall4food4service3ambience4

                                        Waitress very inexperienced and came back and forth with many questions. Also there were not as many customers and the wait staff gathered chit chatting and took a while to flag our waitress over.

                                      33. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 30, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food and service was excellent

                                      34. A

                                        Annie

                                        New York Area

                                        4 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on January 7, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Don't sleep on Taurus Steakhouse - this place is AMAZING!! The food is fabulous, service is great, and the cocktails are out of this world (both in taste and presentation - I won't spoil the surprises but each one is totally unique). Great wine list and helpful somm. Definitely will be back.

                                      35. d

                                        dweekly

                                        San Francisco

                                        31 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        31 reviews

                                        Dined on January 5, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        An outstanding time last night as always as we convened a small group of friends for a goodbye dinner. Ian, the proprietor, gave us use of the private meeting room and delighted us all night long with pours of delicious cocktails, wines, apertifs, and exotic Japanese whiskeys - each with their own story about how it was acquired, how to enjoy it, and pairings. This is my favorite place.

                                      36. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Francisco

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on January 2, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Server adrian, was so welcoming and knowledgeable about the types of drinks we wanted as well as what to order in regards to be meats. What a blast, would be coming back

                                      37. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New York Area

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 1, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Always a wonderful experience, especially when Ian helps your table!

                                      38. MJ

                                        MichaelJ

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 30, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                                        High end steaks at high end prices but if in your budget you wont be disappointed. Very good wine list too. We ate outside on a cold night. The heat lamps were fine but the porch had little ambiance.

                                      39. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Francisco

                                        8 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        8 reviews

                                        Dined on December 24, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Best date night spot. We can't wait to go back

                                      40. MM

                                        MMBUI

                                        San Diego

                                        3 reviews

                                        2.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on December 12, 2021

                                        overall2food5service2ambience3

                                        Food was exceptional just wished staff worked together cohesively to provide a more seamless dining experience. It’s unfortunate that for this upscale steakhouse that the overall service level lacked and made for an all around inattentive evening. It wasn’t even busy but it was like the staff didn’t care to work together to try and tend to the patrons all together. I understand dining out has changed in the past year and definitely empathize if places are understaffed. However, there’s just a little expectation of slight effort to be in order really bring value to delicious cuisine/steakhouse dining. Something that was lacking during our meal. Would recommend for the actual food however absence of stellar service makes it hard to want to actually return.

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                                      Taurus Steakhouse is rated 4.4 stars by 223 OpenTable diners.

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                                      Google Map for Taurus Steakhouse

                                      727 Laurel St San Carlos, CA 94070

                                      Dining areas

                                      Additional information

                                      • Cross street

                                        Between Cherry St. & Olive St.

                                      • Neighborhood

                                        San Carlos

                                      • Hours of operation

                                        Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                      • Cuisines

                                        Steakhouse, Seafood, Steak

                                      • Dining style

                                        Casual Elegant

                                      • Dress code

                                        Casual Dress

                                      • Parking details

                                        Street Parking

                                      • Payment options

                                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                      • Additional

                                        Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                      • Phone number

                                        (650) 394-8878

                                      • Private party facilities

                                        Please contact us for information on private events. Several rooms are available for parties of 8 to 60 guests.

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