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Sundance The Steakhouse

1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 321-6798
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Ranked #7 of 313 restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Stanford Ave.
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.
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79% Recommend
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Palo Alto, California, Usa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Sundance is the place to go when you feel like pampering yourself (or someone special). The food's always top-notch, and the staff just seem to add that something extra to your dining out experience to make it more enjoyable.

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Tucson, Arizona
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This place is a real classy steak house. The food is amazing. The service is fast and attentive. They have a nice bar where you sneak over to and grab a quick drink-recommend the martinis.

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Palo Alto, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I came here with 3 friends for happy hour drink and sunset (early bird)dinner. We had a bit of a bad experience in the bar and I asked to speak to the manager at dinner. Aaron Fletcher, owner was more than interested in our experience and did his best to make up for the poor service we had in the... More

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Miami, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We went to this resaturant for lunch after we visited the Stanford University, the Avenue where it is located El Camnio Real is a very long Ave. through almost all the bay area, lots of restaurants and shops could be reached easily, this one a nice looking eating place, service was attentive, the waiter explained to us patiently the menú... More

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New York City, New York
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100 reviews 100 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This place seems like so many other steakhouses in America. It is definitely on the higher end of the spectrum as far as steakhouses are concerned. Not sure about the food (they start serving at 5PM), but the bar is great and the service is very friendly. If you want to start drinking early, this place is a great choice.

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Palo Alto, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great service and lunch salads where great....alsomarguerita's weren't too bad either. Ambience was friendly

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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84 reviews 84 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Was taken for my b-day by my family. Had a wonderful filet. My partner loved her salmon. My son liked his prime rib... but didn't love it. A little tough for medium well (cooked perfectly, but not melt in your mouth). Sides were good. If you can tell, we were not overwhelmed... and for the price, I needed to be... More

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Palo Alto, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We made a reservation for 8pm. When we got there the two "welcome ladies" told us to wait for 5 - 10 minutes. After standing in everyones way for 20 minutes we asked again, and since this time she told us to wait another 20 minutes, we simply left. But luckily we had very good food and very nice service... More

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San Mateo, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014 via mobile

The folks who were seating people seemed as if they were better than the patrons, or at least that's how it seemed to me and my friend who decided to come to dinner on a whim. It was expensive, please understand I don't have a problem with that, but it's rather irritating to have someone in the service industry attempt... More

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Los Altos, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

I've been going to Sundance for over 30 years, and it is consistently excellent. The prime rib and steaks are the best on the San Francisco Peninsula...comparable to the finest steak houses anywhere in the US. The salads and seafood are also first rate. Wine list is very good. Service is almost always attentive, timely and thorough. The hostesses do... More

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