Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.06mi
  2. Distance: 0.08mi
  3. Distance: 0.35mi
  4. Distance: 0.36mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.06mi
  2. Distance: 0.08mi
  3. Distance: 0.35mi
  4. Distance: 0.36mi

About The Steakhouse @ Equus

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!

101 Fountaingrove Parkway
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse

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

Cross Street:
Mendocino Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 578-0149

Website:
http://www.thesteakhouseatequus.com/

Catering:
On-site Catering featuring fresh seasonal menus that can be customized to your event, including wine-paired dinners.

Public Transit:
5 miles from Sonoma County Airport

Executive Chef:
Stacy Salzman

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

Private Party Contact:
Ceclie Kraus: (707) 566-3178

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Valentine's Day Dinner
Easter Brunch
Mother's Day Brunch
Thanksgiving Dinner
Christmas Dinner

The Steakhouse @ Equus Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (2)
Waterfront (1)
Authentic (1)
See All
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Cozy (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Fun (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Sort by
S
407 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2016

I had chosen Equus for lunch to catch up with friends, that I hadn't visited with in a long time, because I knew it would be fairly quiet and we wouldn't feel rushed. I was disappointed upon arrival to see a sign saying lunch is being served in the lounge. The lounge is nice, but not what I had in mind for this occasion, but not a deal breaker. The hostess suggested (on her own) if we would like to be served in the private dining room off the bar, which was perfect. Service was very attentive and the food was great, with lots of choices for any palate.

I'm not sure why the main dining room was closed that day...maybe because it was a slow Wednesday.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2016

It was a very quiet and slow evening for them, which made it quiet for us. (only 3 tables were occupied) Our server was great and very attentive. The only down side was that we had a really nice bottle of wine that I asked be opened and decanted for us while we had a drink at the bar. The hostess hesitated and then said she would take care of it. When we sat down at our table 25 minutes later it was still there... unopened.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving! This was not their usual dining room. One of the hotel ballrooms was set up to handle the crowd, buffet style. They did several seatings, I think four? throughout the afternoon and evening. I think it takes a firm hand and a lot of experience to manage over a thousand dinners in one day. My standards are awfully high and it takes a lot for me to give five stars to anything, but I'd say they did very well under the circumstances. There were moments when the staff was overwhelmed and who can blame them. Such as the moment when the big bird came out undercooked and couldn't be served, and a line of people had to wait for the next bird to come out of the oven.

Almost every place else in town was closed on Thanksgiving. I can't figure this out. It should be a big day for restaurants.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2016

We didn't eat at the restaurant but a ballroom because it was overbooked.

Tags: Happy Hour
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience2
service3
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2016

My daughter and I went for Thanksgiving. I thought we were going to the restaurant, but were told it was in a different building. A little disappointing. A large cold room. The food was good for the most part. Turkey was outstanding, very moist. Dessert was disappointing. Seemed to be store bought. Nothing outstanding. No whipped cream for the pumpkin pie. :(

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service5
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2016

My wife and I went for a special occasion. It had some good parts, but was significantly compromised by the not-so-good parts. Nice ambience, quiet, actually very few people there - it was a Wednesday evening. One of higher ups there came to our table offering a bottle of champagne with our dinner for our special occasion. That was nice. Our server was distant. We shared an avocado salad and couldn't find much avocado in it. We each got different types of steaks, both ordered M/R. Her's was fine. Mine was M, no pink to be found. They offered to replace it, which they did, but it took a long time. Everything took a long time. Too long - and there was hardly anyone there. As there's no veg with the meat, we ordered a side of asparagus, which we found oddly smokey and way too salty. My steak, when it finally arrived, was incredibly good. Duck fat fingerling potatoes sounded good, but were pretty tasteless. The champagne never arrived. Late in the meal, we asked about it and so they brought near the end. We ordered a chocolate souffle for dessert, which also took forever to arrive, but was great tasting. Only the top was actually souffle'd, the lower part having the consistency of pudding, but tasted wonderful. There were tiny amounts of whipped cream and creme fraiche to buffer the chocolate - more would have been better. Our waiter had a distant demeanor and made little effort to 'make it right' when things weren't (expressing concern, etc). Fortunately, there was another younger wait staff person that helped fill in the gaps and tried to make things right and actually talked to us about being shorthanded, apologized, vowed to make next time better, etc. Finally, it is VERY expensive and for the experience we had - not worth it. It was a very long 2 1/2 hours that we would have preferred to have been maybe 75-90 min, tops. There was inadequate 'checking in' on us to see how we were doing. We're not needy people, but we didn't feel like they were earning the price.

Tags: Paleo Friendly
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service2
value1

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 2, 2016

The service was inattentive even though we had an early reservation and the dining room was almost empty. The steaks were expensive, tough and not flavorful. We waited for house made sauce that did not arrive until we were finished with he meal, but we were still charged 2.00 per each.
I was a server, bartender and manager in restaurants for over 15 years.
This was a huge disappointment. I will never return and would urge anyone else considering it to skip it.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service1
value1

 
 (Orlando)·Dined on October 31, 2016

The entire meal was very good, from salad to dessert. My wife had the halibut Oscan special and really enjoyed it. My steak was very good.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Very good but very pricy. No way is it 2$ as advertised. Maybe it's just me but a good cut of steak is not that hard to do well and $36 with no sides is too much. Great servers, ambiance, very quiet.

Tags: Special Occasion
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service4
value2

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2016

Although Equus has been around for many years, we had not been there for dinner since the conversion to the steak house format. We found the menu to be varied enough to please most, the side dishes inventive and delicious (we had the grilled asparagus and the mashed potatoes). The corkage fee is modest at $15, so it makes sense to bring a favorite bottle of wine, although their wine list is quite good as well. We both had a filet, and they were prepared perfectly. Our waiter was attentive without being obtrusive, and very pleasant. Overall, a great place to go for a quiet evening and an enjoyable dining experience.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Long wait. Food was stone cold. Politely to Waiter who replied, I'm sorry I will take the Cream Spinach side off the check. Tall enough next to us spoke up after Waiterleft that their food was stone cold also and said they would never return. When leaving we ask to speak to the manager. A very polite man with a Supervisor badge on showed up after a long while. We first expressed the fact we were looking for nothing from him but felt he should know what our experience was. He promptly apologized and said he would file a report with his Regional Manager? Really? Are you kidding me, file a report? Bye, Bye Equus. Signed, a Lost Local

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service2
value2

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2016

IT was highly recommended to us. I picked this place very Starks I left in tears

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience1
service1
value1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2016

The food itself was tasty. But the prices were exceedingly high for the portions. Everything, including sauces for your meat, is an extra price. The lobby has a wine bottle display. Yet, there were few bottles on the wine list. The least expensive red bottle was $175. We chose the special wine at $20/glass and got a pour like a wine tasting. So very small. Maybe 2 oz. The decor is sparse. Only 2 booths in the place. Plain, hard wooden chairs. No real atmosphere. Certainly not romantic. Service was very good. Quality of food was good. But, I wouldn't go back and would not recommend largely due to the cost. Luckily I had a $25 gift card so the meal for 2 was only $200 plus tip. Just not worth it.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience1
service4
value1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Jason our server was outstanding! The food was delicious, served in a reasonable amount of time, the service staff was not overly attentive allowing for our privacy.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Great food, well prepared but the kitchen is slow and the staff is overworked and not very efficient in their work. If you need anything simple like a lemon to go with your oysters you need to wait a long time for it and ask twice. It was convenient because we stayed at the hotel but not a place you would seek out otherwise

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service3
value2

 
 (Denver)·Dined on September 10, 2016

We were on vac and looking for a good steakhouse. Equus was a little hard to find, they do not have a sign on the door, but the hostess was great and came out to wave me down. The staff was great👍 Attentive, friendly. The food however left room for improvement. All 3 filets were flavorful, but overdone, and the baked potatoes were underdone , the carrots had an eastern Indian type of spicing, and did not go with the steak at all. The asparagus was the only side that was cooked and flavored well. Overall for the price, it was very disappointing and I would not come back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service5
value1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2016

The new steak house style is much improved. The food was well prepared and very tasty. The service was attentive without being intrusive. Less pricy and much less noisy than the other steak house in Santa Rosa.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Lay out of restaurant was too open to be romantic or suitable for a special occasion.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2016

If you order a steak, that's all you get. And pay an extra 2.00 for less than a teaspoon of sauce. Oops. You do get a roasted lemon and rosemary stalk on the side. That's it. A huge plate with a 5oz filet in the center and random non-edible decoration on the side. Couldn't even recognize or taste the wine reduction sauce that we paid for. Not sure it was even on there. Do not order the creme fresh mashed potatoes for a side. Tasted like out of a package watered down potatoes with a hunk or two of actual potato. Costco sells better frozen. No wonder why the place was empty when we arrived and when we left. As a local, to spend that kind of money on only 2 main dishes and 2 sides and 1 bottle of wine , I'm much better off at Bistro 29 with their frix prix weekly deal or Le Gare!!!!!! My ultimate "go to-s" for all special occasions. It was our 16 year anniversary and wanted to take a chance on something else. It's been years since we've been to Equus. Nothing changed expect the price and lack of food. Our server was fantastic but the meal unimpressive and way over priced for what we received. Will NEVER go back and will NEVER recommend to anyone local or visiting. Very disappointed.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service5
value1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2016

My husband and I loved it and can't wait to go back!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Food was very good. Unfortunately understaffed in servers. Waiter was good, but had to divide his time so service slow and not as attentive has a higher end restaurant should be.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service2
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Pretty empty yet the service was slow. We were in there for almost 2 hours.

Tags: Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service2
value3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2016

Claire, our server, is the the main to go to Equus and why we have been going for over 20 years. Another reason is the table-side Cesar salad.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience2
service5
value3

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 29, 2016

We got to the steakhouse and were seated quickly. That's were the night went south. Our server came about 5 minutes after we sat down, took our drink orders, and the disappeared for 15 minutes. She then brought us our drinks, and the disappeared again. Now if it was busy I could potentially understand. There were 8 open tables out of 15 in our area. 35 minutes after we sat down, our orders for food had not been taken. I asked the hostess for our check as we hadn't seen our server in about 20 minutes. Our server finely showed up and told us that the drinks were on the house, she said it was because it was so busy that she hadn't been able to take our food order. How can it be busy with half of the tables in our area empty. Almost 40 minutes and you can't take a food order. I will not be back.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service1

 
 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on July 26, 2016

Poor service until the hostess helped out...She was great.

Tags: Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience2
service2
value1

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2016

Good lunch spot for business meeting

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3

 
 (Dallas)·Dined on June 28, 2016

The hostess staff was very friendly and helpful. The restaurant was uncomfortably warm. The service started out good and went downhill quickly. The martini's were small. The crab cakes had an overwhelming citrus flavor and very little crab. The steak was cooked well but was not the cut I ordered nor was it seasoned. Maybe we just caught them on a bad night but based upon this meal I cannot recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service2
value1

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2016

Food was good, but service was lousy and meal came in several trip, not at all a good experience

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Excellently prepared steaks, sides and desserts. Great service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 27, 2016

Another great brunch. Prime rib was amazing!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 10, 2016

Very disappointing experience overall. Service was slow even though there were not many other tables. It appears to be a fine dining establishment, but there were no fine dining services offered (no clean silverware after first course, silverware placed on wrong side, etc.). We waited a long time for our entrée and when it did arrive, it was barely warm. The plate was cold and it appeared to have been sitting in the window for awhile. I told the waitress not expecting her to do anything, and I got what I expected....nothing -but an offer to bring out some more potatoes. (We had top sirloin). I would not recommend and would not return.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service2
value2

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 6, 2016

Steak overdone and no flavor at all and very expensive. No wonder no one else except one table in the whole restaurant. Bar service was okay but also expensive. Will not go back

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service3
value1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Great service, romantic atmosphere and good food. Only thing I have to complain about is my 5 cheese Mac came out warm, not cold but a little cooler than I would expect it. My husbands Au Gratin potatoes came out popping hot (too hot). Food is pretty expensive for my liking but it was for a special occasion. But too expensive where I don't think I would visit again unless it was for another special occasion but too many restaurants in Sonoma County to try for that matter.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

 
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 20, 2016

Our overall experience at Equus was quite good but on the expensive side because all items were ala carte and a bit overpriced. The service was friendly and good and their re-model has been completed and makes it a much quieter atmosphere. This would be a good restaurant for a special occasion but expect to pay a premium price.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2016

Had not been here for years (lunch) thought time to try again. Still don't like the inside decor (cold), sun was blinding me at window seating. Food not bad, portion and presentation was nice. Service was pleasant but not very experienced. They need to make some changes if they want to compete with other local eateries.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience1
service2
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2016

My friends and I loved the rich decor & naural lighting as we were sat @ the table of our choice. Special kudos to "Anna", who made our dining experience private but pleasantly accommodating. The Cobb salad with mixed greens was delicious, as well as the hot Vegetable sandwich. We will be looking forward to our next visit to the lovely Equus.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2015

The menu has been updated. The food was great. You can tell the chef really cared about putting out a good looking plate with excellent ingredients. The service was excellent. But rather than feeling like I was in a steakhouse I felt like I was in a cafeteria. Hardwood floors made the place feel cold. Tables were not intimate.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience2
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2015

A lovely quiet place to enjoy a special dinner with fine cuisine and wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2015

We are new to the area, and found this restaurant reviewed favorably enough to celebrate our anniversary. Unfortunately it had not yet been noted that new management had taken over a few weeks prior to our dinner. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING was under seasoned from the Salad dressing to the severely undercooked potatoes Au Gratin - really, they were crunchy. Our Filet was minuscule and OVER cooked. The duck meat in the Gnocchi Ragu was flavorless and instead of there being finely shredded pieces throughout, there were large sloppy chunks left untouched; first by the chef, then me.

Our waiter was kind, but poorly trained. We had to ask for things repeatedly (like new forks *after* he served our entrees since the others had been taken with our salads). And when we gently explained our disappointment with the meal, he nodded along and told us about the change in management, but didn't bother to offer to remove an appetizer or salad, bring the manager over, or at the very least a comped dessert.

Over priced. Under Seasoned.

Incredibly disappointed.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service2

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2015

Our server, "Nick", made our experience perfect. Everything he did was timely and not intrusive. He discussed wine with interest and experience. He discussed the menu with knowledge. The crab cakes we both selected were excellent, with a delicious sauce. Our "brick" chicken and pasta Bolognese entrees were both very well prepared, with large servings. No problems at all.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.