Niku is a Japanese-inspired American steakhouse with a fine dining pedigree. The restaurant is so focused on high quality A5 wagyu beef that they have an inhouse butcher and a butcher shop next door. Inside, the sleek, dark dining room has a floor-to-ceiling bar lined with Japanese whisky bottles and in the center of the restaurant is a grill station featuring a binchotan charcoal grill and a wood-fired yakiniku grill. Wagyu beef served in four-ounce portions and the imperial wagyu tomahawk are the most popular cuts. Other tasty plates include housemade pasta dishes from Italian-trained chef Dustin Falcon and crispy potatoes with furikake ranch and broccoli with a chili fish sauce caramel.
Sure, you might associate SF with well-to-do veganism and the occasional green smoothie, but trust us, the new trends haven’t wiped out the meat-eating population completely. Far from it. In fact, there’s plenty of spots to get your steak fix, all over the city.
San Francisco’s steakhouses range from old-school American restaurants to Japanese wagyu beef, and from Argentinian-style steak havens to the iconic House of Prime Rib, a San Francisco landmark where servers carve juicy cuts tableside. Whatever the occasion, steak is the way. Here are the best steakhouses in San Francisco.
This guide was written by Bay-Area based writer Clara Hogan. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.