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Alfred's Steakhouse

Restaurants, Steakhouse Downtown
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Alfred's Steakhouse
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One of the city's oldest restaurants, Alfred's feels like a bit of San Francisco gone by with old school leather booths, crystal chandeliers, and hefty martinis served from huge shakers, but it still ranks among the city's best steakhouses, with the loyal fan base to back it up. The chief attractions are giant Chicago ribeyes, tender T-bones and a porterhouse that covers the plate, but the rack of lamb and fish dishes are also top drawer. Along with the superlative martinis, the bar stocks more than 100 single malts.


Venue name: Alfred's Steakhouse
Address: 659 Merchant St
San Francisco

Cross street: between Kearny and Montgomery Sts
Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 5–9:30pm; Thu 11:30am–2:00pm, 5–9:30pm
Transport: Bus 1, 8AX, 8BX, 10, 12, 30, 41
Price: Main courses: $17–$61
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Not what it used to be, Alfred's has been acquired and "improved" by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer.  "Chef Charlie" has succeeded in turning one of San Francisco's last, great, unique steakhouses into an upscale generic suitable mostly for tourists who gasp in awe at Chef's revered brand.  Oh, and Chef Charlie replaced all the old waiters and raised the prices.  A San Franciscan, I've patronized Alfred's for over 40 years.  I don't go there much anymore.