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Sundance The Steakhouse

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1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306 (Stanford Ave.)
(650) 321-6798
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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
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Palo Alto, California
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To nobody's surprise, Sundance just won the best steakhouse in the Palo Alto Weekly's annual review. You can always depend on Sundance for delicious beef, from its namesake prime rib to its delectable filet mignon. This is truly a family-driven place, including the kitchen and floor staff who have been with the restaurant for decades. The antithesis of a chain... More 

Thank speeps
Palo Alto, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sundance has been in Palo Alto for many years.....and after you eat there you will know why ! The food is superb, service is great, and they have some very interesting wines. Highly recommend "Sundance"

Thank Ailsa L
Palo Alto, California
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had a company dinner here for a group of 10 people. The food was amazing, the service very good, the wine list pricey but good. Very attractive Stanford-Mens-Club type atmosphere with rich dark wood paneling and Stanford Rowing items on the walls. But the tables were very close together, the noise level was extremely high, and the prices were... More 

Thank Dan C
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Old school steakhouse. Good lunch menu, efficient service, reasonable pricing for a tasty lunch. You can get a fine meal and be in and out without feeling rushed

Thank stevefh
Los Angeles, California
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50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

i didn't like we had to eat at some table with really high chairs ( I am shortie!!) but the food and the service were excellent

Thank legjack
Frederick, Maryland
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555 reviews
295 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in the mood for a steakhouse and discovered this one in the area off the net. The sunset dinner menu, served daily from 5pm-6pm only, was what drew us in as we we were each able to get a Slow-Roasted Prime Rib (good), a loaded baked potato, and some vegetables for only $28.95/ea. I had a clam chowder... More 

Thank NeoWasHere
Palo Alto
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice happy hour and early bird specials. Great calamari, fantastic prime rib. Ample servings. Great wine selection. Timing is important it fills up quickly so reservations for dinner is always a good idea especially for holidays.in the bar you might wait a bit for service because it's always busy. Restaurant service is attentive and professional. This is always my (grown)... More 

Thank rRenoir
Los Altos, California
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64 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sundance is a local institution, that has let its standards become diluted over time. For the entré pricing or $35-$65, you would expect a memorable main course. The signature dish series of Prime Rib, was pretty standard faire. I had the NY Strip steak and it was the best item of the evening at our table, None of us had... More 

Thank tennisplayer35
Southampton, New York, USA
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54 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Setting is crowded, a little too noisy and dark, but not unacceptably so. Wine list heavy on California (not surprisingly) and slightly pricey. Steaks were solid, not aged very long, maybe prime (as advertised), maybe not. Waiter very professional.

Thank Robert G
Palo Alto, CA
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95 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful ambiance, exceptional food and the best server EVER. Our waiter Luke actually delivered an impromptu serenade to add to the romantic atmosphere. You will NOT be disappointed on any level. Go early enough to order the twilight meal for your best value.

Thank janisw

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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
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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