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Sundance The Steakhouse

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1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306 (Stanford Ave.)
(650) 321-6798
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Since its opening in 1974, prime steaks and martinis have never gone out...
Since its opening in 1974, prime steaks and martinis have never gone out of style at this Palo Alto institution. The atmosphere is very clubby with fireplaces, dark wood, sports memorabilia and plush leather booths tucked into the many nooks throughout the dining room. Famous for their slow-roasted prime rib & hand-cut U.S.D.A Prime Steaks, they also offer fresh seafood, cold water lobster tail & succulent shellfish. The 23 oz. Bone-In Rib eye Steak is the "Boss' Favorite" while the Double Cut Filet Mignon runs a close second. Sundance is respected for serving the best food money can buy coupled with value & simplicity – a welcome relief for serious food & steak aficionados. The menu is supported by an award-winning wine list that features over 400 selections focusing on highly allocated Napa Valley Cabernets & Sonoma Pinot Noirs. Exceptional ratings & numerous restaurant awards rank Sundance the Steakhouse as a true dining destination.
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  • 96
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  • 75
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Never disappointed after many years

This is one of my favorite steakhouses in the area. Always very high quality meat, perfectly cooked. The bar area is noisy, but good if you come alone. The other areas of the restaurant are very quiet, with dim lights for intimacy. Waiters are taking good care of customers. Highly recommended

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
yoyo3008
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Paris, France
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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Palo Alto, California
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66 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Family run. Professional. Stiff drinks. Great prime rib. Killer New York strip. Cozy. Doesn't get much better.

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Portola Valley, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The steaks at Sundance are fantastic. The noise in the dining room is really loud, but the service is perfect as is the food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

If you are in the steak dinner mood, there is no better place. The atmosphere is dark, cozy, wood-paneled. The wine selection is excellent. And the steak? Out.Stand.Ing. Best filet in the bay area -- maybe the west coast.

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El Cajon, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

My wife and I went with two of our friends to Sundance The Steakhouse in Palo Alto, CA. The restaurant was established in 1974 by the Fletcher family and is a wonderful place to visit. The walls of the restaurant are decorated with hundreds of Athletic collectible pieces of art work, that go back in history many years. The collection... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This is one of my favorite steakhouses in the area. Always very high quality meat, perfectly cooked. The bar area is noisy, but good if you come alone. The other areas of the restaurant are very quiet, with dim lights for intimacy. Waiters are taking good care of customers. Highly recommended

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White Plains, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

My son and I love a good prime rib, and this place had it. We ate at the bar, bar tender was professional and food was excellent, though expensive. Parking was difficult, but once inside, everything ran smoothly.

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Israel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

i'v been the Sundance a few times, for lunch and dinner, and while not cheap, the steaks and prime rib are very good, as well as service. portions are generous, and everything i ate, from first courses to desert were excellent

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Came here this week with 3 friends. Had drinks during happy hour for $4-5 dollars, had to ask for nuts. We had reservations for 5:30 which is during early bird. 2 friends had shrimp linguini $25 and a friend and I had prime rib for $29. Early bird comes with soup or salad and baked potato/ veggies. Prime rib was... More 

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Brasília
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Nice service, wonderful atmosphere, and outstanding food. A must-go in Palo Alto. The prime rib is definitely special.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Very well designed and elite atmosphere is waiting you, just behind the door. We visit Sundance for a lunch, and find the free sits without a problem, even no reservation. Meal menu is not so complicated. It's not so difficult to select dishes from the menu. Staters well coupled with main course. Sea foods and steaks are delicios. Service quality... More 

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Additional Information about Sundance The Steakhouse

Address: 1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone Number: (650) 321-6798
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD $31 to $40
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (Stanford Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: (650) 321-6798

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $31 to $40
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Entertaining clients

Description

Since its opening in 1974, prime steaks and martinis have never gone out of style at this Palo Alto institution. The atmosphere is very clubby with fireplaces, dark wood, sports memorabilia and plush leather booths tucked into the many nooks throughout the dining room. Famous for their slow-roasted prime rib & hand-cut U.S.D.A Prime Steaks, they also offer fresh seafood, cold water lobster tail & succulent shellfish. The 23 oz. Bone-In Rib eye Steak is the "Boss' Favorite" while the Double Cut Filet Mignon runs a close second. Sundance is respected for serving the best food money can buy coupled with value & simplicity – a welcome relief for serious food & steak aficionados. The menu is supported by an award-winning wine list that features over 400 selections focusing on highly allocated Napa Valley Cabernets & Sonoma Pinot Noirs. Exceptional ratings & numerous restaurant awards rank Sundance the Steakhouse as a true dining destination.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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