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Permanently Closed - The Steakhouse @ Equus

3.7
407 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Established in 1986, Equus transformed into The Steakhouse @ Equus in October of 2015. We offer a Wine Country sensibility to Steakhouse classics, showcasing the freshest seasonal ingredients from Sonoma County. The Steakhouse @ Equus serves exclusively Niman Ranch USDA Angus Beef sourced from cattle raised in a humane and environmentally sustainable environment. In addition, our multifaceted menu offers options to please every palate.
Our full Bar and Lounge include award winning local beers, over 100 Sonoma County wines, and handcrafted artisanal cocktails featuring spirits from local distilleries. Don't miss our Happy Hour with food and drink specials!
With so much to offer, the Steakhouse @ Equus is a dining destination you don’t want to miss!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday- Friday: 6:30am-10:30am
Saturday-Sunday 7:00am-11:00am
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Saturday- Sunday: Closed for Lunch
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Bar and Lounge: Monday-Thursday 11:30am-10pm, Friday 11:30am-12m, Saturday 4:30pm-12m, Sunday 4:30pm-10pm
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Phone number
(707) 578-0149
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Stacy Salzman
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Private party facilities
Private rooms available for up to 200 persons; available for weddings, receptions, after parties, day after wedding brunches, high school reunions, educational seminars, corporate meetings
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Private party contact
Ceclie Kraus: (707) 566-3178
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Catering
On-site Catering featuring fresh seasonal menus that can be customized to your event, including wine-paired dinners.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mendocino Ave.
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Public transit
5 miles from Sonoma County Airport
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Special events & promotions
Valentine's Day Dinner
Easter Brunch
Mother's Day Brunch
Thanksgiving Dinner
Christmas Dinner
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.8
service
3.7
ambience
3.2
value
Noise · Moderate
70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

My husband and I stayed at the Fountain Grove Inn right before the fires destroyed this cute hotel and restaurant. The Steakhouse was great! A lot of tasty dishes on their menu and service was the best. I was very sorry to hear that the restaurant is no longer there.

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4.0Dined on September 1, 2017

ONe service person and very slow. Took forever to get our food (which was very good) and then had to wait again for a long time before we got our check

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3.0Dined on August 27, 2017

We really wanted the Porterhouse Steak for two, but it wasn't available, disapointing

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Food was not cooked to order. Prime Rib ordered med rare, was raw. Flat iron ordered rare, was raw. Did not come with sauce that was ordered. Bread was at least two days old. Caesar salad was bottle dressing. Horrible.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Great food, great service, a good size to the prime rib, which was perfectly cooked? The souffle was wonderful.

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1.0Dined on July 23, 2017

My husband wanted a great steak for his 70th birthday so we took him to Equus because we read good reviews. The meal was absolutely cold as if it had just come out of a refrigerator. The bill was expensive which would have been ok had the meal been worthwhile. The portions were expensive and minimal. Next time, we'll go to Cattleman's.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2017

We are very pleased to have Equus in our neighborhood.The menu is very good as well as the service.The servers are very pleasant & accommodating. Looking forward to next visit.

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3.0Dined on July 3, 2017

Both meals were way over cooked. We started eating and stopped. Pushed out plates to the side and when waiter asked we mentioned it was over cooked. His response was I'm sorry handed is out tab with no more questions or thoughts. The bill for 2 people was over $300.00 with a bottle of wine. Very disappointed

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2017

The food was spectacular. The lamb chops are the best that I've ever had.

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2.0Dined on June 18, 2017

No AC, broken & like fools, we stayed since other similar steakhouses would probably be busy since it was Father's Day
Prime rib was cool to touch & grilled like a steak on the outside - very odd
Ribeye was very fatty & again, not hot. It also had an odd propane like taste - like it had been cooked over a small torch
Service was very lame - not enthusiastic at all
Only good part was the young woman who constantly kept our waters filled.
For having no AC on a 100+ night, management should've apologized profusely & offered some discount for we fools who endured. Several parties left due to the heat.
I'm not so sure I'd return.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

I have never been disappointed when dining st Equus...

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Expensive but not worth it.

Food was good but prices were simply too high.

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Food was good but hard to enjoy when the service was so terrible.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

This place is way way above average. The food is very good. The drinks are generous. The service is friendly and professional. Have the Caesar salad for two made right at your table. Fun and delicious.

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2017

Went on a date night with my wife. We ordered the Caesar salad for two which was so so. We ordered the Porter House steak for two which was cooked to perfection. However, I also ordered a lobster tail which was old, dry and had little flavor. It was also very little in size (two bites). This might be a nice place to meet for drinks but I would pass on dinner.

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1.0Dined on May 26, 2017

Unbelievably horrible. Requested one of the most common preparations for steak ( medium rare) , the first steak came out medium well, even after telling our server to have the kitchen err on the rare side. Sent it back, which I NEVER DO, the replacement steak was so undercooked it was purple and cold in the middle. Threw my hands up and decided to catch some tacos on the way home. Things happen in the kitchen. I totally get it. However, the place was at around 30% capacity( warning sign on a Friday night) and they still didn't have the time to get it right. That said, the main reason for this negative review is the lack of professional customer service. When a customer is having a negative experience, with validation, one would think that , at the very least, the manager would swing by the table and comp some drinks. That being a very common and , therefore, expected outcome, it didn't happen. The manager was otherwise occupied talking to her friends in the common prep area. I highly recommend that anyone looking for a positive experience, seek it elsewhere.

P.s

The steaks, at $40 plus, are not dry aged and are choice cuts.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2017

We thought the food was very tasty, fresh and great presentation. The ambiance was very nice with lots of pretty wood features. Good service and very attentive. We would go there again.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

It was VERY Pricey! I was shocked when I got the bill for Mothers Day Brunch. While the options were excellent and cooked well, I didn't feel it rated a $55 per person charge.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2017

Good food and wait staff is so friend and knowledgeable regarding wine and meats
I have been recommending this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2017

Great Blood Orange Jalapeno Martini! Food was good. Just wish it had more liveliness!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Had a most enjoyable evening with family members. We were impressed with the quality of the service and the food.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2017

The food was great. We both enjoyed our anniversary dinner. I would recommended this Restauant to my family and friends.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2017

The host when entering restaurant was great. Was seated right away.... After the initial hello at table, it was quite some time waiting to order drinks. Then received drinks and waited a long time to take order. That was how the rest of the evening went. The Waitress service was poor at best. Had to Wait a long time for everything. Had to ask for bread, waters etc... Waitress was not readily available at all, most of the time we didn't see her. The best part about the whole experience was the Bus girl, she was helpful and nice...... At these prices, I was expecting better....

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2017

The food was excellent as I had heard it would be. But one thing that was incongruous was the fact that two of three drinks I ordered were really badly made. I mean awful. First I had ordered a capirihna, and after the waitress came back and admitted that the bartender said they didn't have cachaca (the Brazilian rum-like liquor in this drink), I said they could make it with white rum instead... but when it came, it was in a tall glass loaded with that horrible margarita-mix-like stuff that is mostly citric acid (for those who don't know, a capirinha is a muddled drink where they muddle limes and sugar in the glass and then add the liquor). The bartender hadn't even looked it up to see how it is made, or something. Then I ordered a Mai Tai to see how they handled that... again, way, way off the mark and loaded with yucky mix or bottled lime juice... undrinkable. I sent it back and got a pineapple juice with rum and that one was palatable. So the question is, why is a restaurant of this caliber employing a bartender who can't even make a Mai Tai?

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Great food but unfortunately they allow people to smoke right outside. A group of 4 cigar smokers ruined the end of our meal as every time the front door opened a cloud of smoke came wafting in! Yuck!

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Food OK, good but not spectacular. PRICES OUTRAGEOUS!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2017

Not half bad. I enjoyed the scallops stroganoff which was quite good and unique. My wife had the filet, pretty normal. Chef rj

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2017

Dinner went well but creme Brullee was undercooked & made me ill.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2017

We decided to try it for the restaurant week menu. Service was very slow. We had A 6:45 reservation and ordered as soon as our waiter was available to take our order. Our appetizer took a bit but our main was not served until 8 pm. It was warm but not hot and the Brussel sprouts were undercooked. Fortunately we were not in a hurry. The restaurant was busy but stafffing seemed adequate.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2017

Our steak was grossly under done for medium rare; cool and blue in the middle. We asked to have it sent back. Once returned to the table, some of the same food delivered on the first plate was still there on the returned plate now cold and inedible. Several times the manager walked by, first time obvious I was eating alone, second time obvious my husband was eating alone. The server was good, but unsure if he was observing his orders prior to coming out, and not sure if he alerted the manager of our service issue. We sat for a significant amount of time for this problem to be fixed, to the point we ordered a second glass of wine each which we feel should have been comp'd. Stark Steakhouse has comparable pricing and significantly better service.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Incredible Valentine's Day menu and pairing. Claire was our server and was very attentive. The atmosphere was romantic with low lighting and the wood horse carving art decor nice. We made reservations online with Open Table and received an email of confirmation and another one that was a reminder of the date. When we arrived, we received a long stem red rose and seated in a comfortable booth. Started with a glass of Dom Perignon and appetizers and the entree we had the filet minion with roasted red potatoes and sautéed toy box mushrooms paired with a Cabernet. Dessert was chocolate covered strawberries and cherries paired with port. Highly recommend for an intimate dining experience.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Food wasn't worth the money the wines were just ok. Dessert was the best food served. I give it 2 out of 5 overall. I'm a tough judge and maybe a little hard to please, but I expect a lot for a $300 special meal and I wasn't wowed at all. Oh yeah service spilled oysters on me and around me, so maybe a 1 out of 5.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2017

This the first time i have been to Equis and my wife and I loved it, the wine paring was fabulous the food was cooked perfect and tasted awesome the atmosphere was inviting and quite. We will definitely be coming back to dine, Thank you Equis

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2017

Everything you expect from a quality steakhouse ... upscale.

It was my wife's birthday and she enjoyed herself and is ready to return.

Prices are high, but offset by excellent quality in food and service.

Active bar, but dining room was quiet ... 4 couples.

Side dishes enough to split as was steak. Good local wine list.

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2.0Dined on December 28, 2016

Made a reservation on a weeknight at 8 o'clock. It was very slow, so we options in where to sit which was nice. Didn't take long for the server to ask for drinks but took about 10 minutes to recieve our drinks which seemed odd for how slow it was. We quickly decided what we wanted: new York (medium rare) with a au gratin potatoes side and the catch of the day, as well as a salad to start. The salad was at our table about the same time they brought our bread and butter. Our main course came out within appropriate time. Upon receiving the meal the steak was cooked rare and the catch of the day (salmon, topped with crab meat and a pastry topping) was cold. The waiter didn't return to our table to check on us or bring the side of potatoes we ordered. We continued and ate our meal as we received it. When we finally stopped him (the waiter) he looked at us and instantly started laughing at someone in the back and walked past us giving us the look of I'll bring boxes. He sent a girl over to take our plates and leave the bill, never asking how the meal was. I was very disappointed in the waiter as the potatoes weren't on the bill to say he didn't even put them in. It was extremely slow which worried me how bad it would be on a busy night. Food was all good other than them not quite being exactly what we ordered and expected. I've been going to equus for over 20 years, and don't plan on ever returning.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2016

From the moment we arrived everything was perfect. The food and service great. Even though a large and very loud group came in toward the end we would definitely return.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2016

Holiday meals are always a challenge and a fixed price format is one way to meet that challenge. The ambience and attentive service are top notch. The appetizer selection was well done - a grilled veg dish, a salad, a bisque, prawns etc. The main entrees were good for some (prime rib) and not so for others (stuffed farmed salmon in a wellington pastry shell). Didn't try the pork loin or cheese ravioli's (really? as an entree for $60?). The dessert selection was well done - tiramisu, decadent brownie with gelato and a brûlée style pudding. The wine list was local and moderately priced. So overall, we enjoyed the experience, but the Thanksgiving offering was more competitive price wise and selection wise...tough to compete with yourself. We may look elsewhere next year if it's up to the salmon entree person.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2016

Service was slow but good for Christmas Day. Food was great.

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2.0Dined on December 16, 2016

Will not recommend nor ever going back.
Service was not good at all , food so so!

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1.0Dined on December 9, 2016

Very disappointing! It had been about a year since I was here for lunch. In spite of having an early reservation and being one of only 3 tables, it took an hour to have our order taken!!! I also had expected to be seated in the dining room but they only use the bar now - not nearly as nice. I ordered the ahi tuna which was good but the two small pieces were not nearly filling (and pricey). It is too bad but this spot is off my list now. They gave no excuse for the long wait (sick staff??) and the food was delivered by the GM.

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