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$31 - $80
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American, Steakhouse
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Marina District
0.8 miles from Fisherman's Wharf
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Reviewed September 14, 2020

Went there last week to celebrate a birthday. My main critic regards their red wine (we ordered glasses of Chianti and Montepulciano). It's one of the worse reds I've had the chance to drink in a restaurant. We asked the waiter to take them back.....would have been nice to be offered a discount or something. Meat is OK but not great, their Basil cocktail is quite good.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 9, 2020

We were visiting San Francisco for the weekend and craved a good steak and Bobo's Steakhouse was recommended to us. We ordered the "49er" porterhouse and it was the best porterhouse steak we have ever eaten. Cooked perfectly and served with a delectable sauce. We...ordered a crab cocktail appetizer as well which was also gooddelicious and a great bottle of wine that was not too expensive. The service was friendly and professional and we liked how they converted their parking garage into outdoor dining with festive lights, art and planter hedges with socially distant tables. We will be back.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed November 29, 2019

The next time you're in the mood for a great steak, my I recommend FOUR restaurants - Morton's in Portland, Vic & Anthony's in Lake Charles, LA, Smith & Wilenski's (but hurry - they're closing too fast) and Bobo's in San Francisco. Bobo's signature entree...is their Bone-in Filet. This was the first time I had ever seen a bone-in filet and since then, so many fine steak houses are adopting this steak. What makes this one so good is that is had the tenderness of a Filet, but the bone adds so much more flavor. Bon Appetite!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed November 28, 2019

So I had read a good deal of reviews on several sites -- looked like you either loved the place or hated it, so walked in with an open mind, waiting to embark on our individual adventure. Please note, this res was for Thanksgiving day.......Greeted quickly and seated within 3 minutes. Waiter was friendly and explained the featured items on the menu. Waitstaff throughout our visit was pretty darned perfect - cleared items from table and made sure water was in our glasses. Started with splitting single order of mussels flat iron with the "garlic bread" - absolutely marvelous! When they ask if you want the soy infused whatever sauce doused on them -- say yes! gave them a great added bit of flavor but not overpowering salty soy taste. In retrospect, I would have made this my entree - maybe even doubled up on them - a positive experience perfectly split for two. Enjoy the garlic olive bread that is included (don't know if you can order it as it's own item) -- but that bread came in handy throughout the evening. For appetizers we each ordered a different soup - a crab bisque and the lobster yellow curry infused soup and split the blue blue salad -- two small iceberg lettuce medallions with a small dollop of blue cheese, bc dressing and some pancetta bits on each lettuce. If the waiter asks if you want to space out your appetizer delivery from your entree, or bring it all at once -- definitely split them into their respective times -- you won't have space on the table for all of your dishes at once. charge me 14 bucks for a salad, I'm going to expect a bit more bleu cheese/ dressing than I received. Salad came before soup but not a biggie for us. As for the soups -- eehhh, okay, but there was just hints of sea-meats and soup seemed a little thin and they looked like the same stock -- not sure bisque should look like a yellow curry soup... just used a piece of that garlic bread to sop up the remainder of the soup.and was satisfied. Up to this point, I was relatively satisfied with the meal. Then came the entrees. My friend ordered the angel hair pasta crab lasagna and asked the waiter to explain it, he just mentioned that it's good and offered an indication of the dimensions. I ordered the New York steak and mentioned to waiter I like just a bit of pink so medium but on the "hotter" side. This place holds itself out as a steak place, and I gave them the benefit of the doubt despite _all_ the reviews I read that indicated their steaks were not delivered at the temperature ordered , with various descriptions of what transpired if the steak was requested to be returned. Unfortunately, I fell victim to the undercooked population of those types of reviews. My steak was very much on the rare side of medium rare and internally cold. And I still can't understand why it was so difficult to cut through the steak!! was it the meat? Was it a terrible knife? Either way, it didn't matter - I was already over the steak and decided I'd be taking it home as a leftover for a friend that would appreciate that temp of steak. I wasn't going to go through the hassle of sending it back, extending time for my friend to be in limbo waiting for me to receive my meal in whatever possible altered states i remember from reviews I read. As for my friend's "lasagna" dish -- there was no "lasagna" content involved -- just a casserole of angel hair pasta, crab meat in a very cheesy/tomato sauce. Enjoyed but nothing that the title of the dish described. For what they charge, there is absolutely no excuse for them ignoring a customer's temp request if they claim to be a steak house. Naturally, after such a _costly_ entree experience, we were turned off to any idea of coffee, dessert or port, etc. afterward. Hello - figure it out -- give me a bad entree, won't be ordering any of those profitable add-ons beyond that! Wasn't shocked at final bill (looked at menu before arriving) but very disappointed about the fundamental principle of a high-end restaurant disregarding customer requests. If you still decide to explore this restaurant, I suggest the flat iron grilled mussels -- perhaps with an addition of shrimp or crab -- as your entree. But for overall value, consider other options.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 24, 2019

We had reservations at another steak restaurant, but a colleague told me I absolutely MUST go to Bobo's so we cancelled the others and came here. Should have kept the other reservation. We were visiting SF and were taking recommendations which how I found out...about Bobo's. I think the first sign we might have made a bad choice was the business right next door... "Bobo's Burgers", and honestly, probably would have had a better meal if we went there. We were expecting a "nicer" restaurant and we dressed for the occasion. If you are going to Bobo's, jeans and T-shirt are enough. We showed up 30 minutes early and fortunately, they were able to take us right away. I would find out later why. It's pretty dark but you can more or less read the menu without any extra light. The menu looked appetizing enough. Because we had heard so much about this place, we wanted to sample quite a bit and started off with the crab/spinach fondue and crab cocktail; "Baby Blue" salad; and I had the bone-in filet (medium rare) and my friend had the bone-in rib eye (medium rare). For a side, we had the "creamy dutch smashed potatoes". We went with a bottle of Pinot the server recommended. To start, within minutes of our server leaving, someone was bringing steaks to our table. We hadn't even received one of the appetizers but realized, these weren't the steaks we ordered. Okay, mistakes happen, but seriously, you can't get your tables straight? The crab/spinach fondue was good but the crab cocktail was average at best. The crab didn't taste fresh. It wasn't 'bad' but just didn't have a fresh taste to it and this is coming from someone who used to catch dungeness crab as a kid. The server brought out the wine, and frankly... it was just okay. Sadly, it was a $160 bottle and we would have been better off bringing our own and paying a corking fee. The wine list on their website is not up to date with their availability or the prices. Shocking a place like this does not have a sommelier, nor a more extensive wine selection given their proximity to Napa. We asked the server for suggestions and he simply pointed to the three most expensive bottles. I'm good with that as long as the wine is GOOD, but this server didn't seem to know much about wine. After pointing to the three most expensive, I asked which would he recommend. I mean he had our order so he knows what we are eating and we told him what we like, but he just kept pointing to the three most expensive. I asked him three times and he just shrugged his shoulders. We were still enjoying the appetizers when they came in with the baby blue salad. Now I get the "baby" reference. Instead of a traditional wedge salad, these were two little balls of lettuce with just a teaspoon of a blue cheese dressing and a couple of bacon bits. Again, we are trying to enjoy the appetizers and now the salad but now here comes the steaks! Wow, I've had more paced out service at a Denny's! Now they are crowding the table with way too many plates; we are clearly not finished with anything but had to have them take most of the plates away just to accommodate the main dishes. Really sad! The steaks looked good, although I had ordered mine with a blue cheese melted atop and that didn't happen. My friends rib eye was probably about 50% fat. YES, I know rib eye's are marbled with fat, but I'm talking about just solid pieces of fat! Not the fat marbled in with the meat. My fillet was good, but far from being one of the best steaks I've ever had. And the "creamy" smashed potatoes? These were just fingerling type potatoes that had been deep fried and then baked for a little bit and someone took a mallet and "smashed" them to flatten them out. That's it!!! Creamy?!? Where's the creamy part? They don't some in any type of sauce and they aren't "mashed". Horrible side! They lack many traditional sides you would expect at a "fine" steak restaurant; asparagus, sauteed mushrooms (they do have mushrooms but instead of crimini type mushrooms, they use massive portabello mushrooms. No baked potato but they do have a baked yam? No hollandaise sauce, no Bearnaise sauce. VERY disappointed after spending nearly $500 for two people. And the whole time we were being rushed with our food. Not a very pleasant dining experience for what is supposed to be a "high end" restaurant. If you are visiting SF like we were, I do NOT recommend this restaurant and don't believe all the hype if you are a true connoisseur of fine dining and truly good food.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 13, 2019

Did not meet the standards that many friends felt it was a step above. It was tired and old...needs refreshed as well as the menu. The steak was mediocre at best and the Dungeness crab was dry...

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed September 27, 2019 via mobile

Checked out Bobo's Steak House on Trip Advisor and it looked good so Jackie and I decided to try it for an early dinner: we were not disappointed! The steak was aged beef and cooked to perfection, and exactly as we ordered. The sides too...were delicious ~ crushed and fried potatoes; diced portobello mushrooms garnished with capers and garlic; and crispy breadcrumbed onion rings. Accompanied by a glass of sublime, warming, fruity montepulciano this was an outstanding meal. Surroundings are ecentrically but attractively decorated in shades of deep red, and the background music was perfectly ambient ~ Sinatra, Martin, Buble, Bennett, and Nat King Cole. A warning though - this is not an inexpensive restaurant so be prepared to spend. However, you do get what you pay for! Jackie and I recommend Bobo's.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 27, 2019

This is a really cool place, very different from your standard, modern restaurant. The atmosphere and service is great. As far as the food, we had a bunch of appetizers and I had a bone-in filet, recommended by our waiter. It was just a standard...steak, nothing special, not especially tasty. Side dishes were also pretty ordinary.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 17, 2019 via mobile

We wanted a good dry-aged steak and Bobo’s was recommended to us. Restaurant was unassuming from the outside, when one walks inside, looks like Mardi Gras. Several levels to the place, we walked up one narrow flight of stairs to a smallish room with several...tables. Ordered Caesar salad for a starter, good. They have a great wine list. Steaks were wonderful, we had a Porterhouse and a Petite Filet Mignon. I highly recommend the Porterhouse. For sides, we had the Brussel Sprouts and the Creamy Dutch Smashed Potatoes - the potatoes were wonderful! The wait staff was attentive and provided for our every request immediately.It was a wonderful dining experience.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 12, 2019

We came in not knowing what to expect. First time. We ordered the crab and shared it it was so so good and a ton. We ordered the steak to share and side all the food was fantastic and delish. We miss this place and...still talk about how good the food was prepared. Wine went well with our food. Will be returning.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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