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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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Today
11:30 am - 9:00 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, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Food, Good Beer, just a bit expensive

Stayed at a hotel round the corner that didn't have a restaurant so this place was recommended. No tables in the restaurant so ate in the bar area which I didn't mind. Surrounded by baseball memorobilia! Good range of beers on tap and a really good steak to follow. Obvious this place is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
Dylan P
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Old Colwyn, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Slightly disappointing after hearing about the place, the salad was very good and crispy, the IPA beer was superb but the prime rib dry and quite tasteless, maybe ordering medium wasn't enough, pity as the meal costed around $70 per person which was inline with better food.

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Sundance is one of the fine old family owned steakhouses in Palo Alto. Just went there with 3 friends who eat very early because they go to the gym at 4am daily. So, we met in the bar at 4:30 for happy hour.....wine, some mixed drinks (Cosmo, martini, margaritas) for $5. We followed that with 5:30 dinner which happens to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

we went on a Sunday night, and were surprised that the restaurant was very crowded. we did have a reservation, and were promptly seated. service was excellent (thanks David). suggestions were spot on. food was excellent. I would definitely go back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Been coming here for 15 years, always good quality food and good servers. To this date I have had many great meals with very few hiccups. I usually get the small portion of prime rib along with mashed potatoes. It's pretty simple but an iconic slice of american comfort food that puts me in a happy place. For drinks we... More 

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Food and wine were delicious. A bit too much dressing on the wedge salad but that's being picky. Steak was divine.

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Old Colwyn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Stayed at a hotel round the corner that didn't have a restaurant so this place was recommended. No tables in the restaurant so ate in the bar area which I didn't mind. Surrounded by baseball memorobilia! Good range of beers on tap and a really good steak to follow. Obvious this place is frequented by locals - defiantely spot the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The filet was cook perfectly & our server was excellent. A classic place but needs some updates, thus 4 stars. I'm pretty picky just ask my ex husband. Lol. I'll be back for sure.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Where do I even begin?? We are in Palo Alto to bring my son to Stanford. It also happened to fall on my birthday. My husband researched TripAdvisor and found this restaurant for a super Birthday Dinner and we were all excited for our night out for awesome Prime Rib per the previous reviews!!! When we arrived we were seated... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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

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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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, Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business

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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