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“Good food, Masculine darkish/low light atmosphere - great place for a date or conversation”

Sundance The Steakhouse
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Ranked #2 of 356 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Palo Alto, California
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279 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Good food, Masculine darkish/low light atmosphere - great place for a date or conversation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

FIrst let me say I do eat steak only rarely, but I choose to go to this restaurant for some low light dining and conversation/private atmosphere. The sports memorabilia is refined and club like.
The "sunset specials" from 5-6 are good because they are smaller portions and their is a salad and lesser price for this entree.
However, one pretty much needs to make a reservation or telephone ahead as it is a popular place for some Stanford types, professors, etc.
The maitre'd can be off putting as they are usually young women who have no grace about them, but if you can get past that it is worth it to have a little dinner at the bar, if the restaurant is crowded.
Our family used to dine here with our Stanford Professor family friends and so it has warm memories for us. The low light inspires deeper conversations, and the they do know how to make a Manhattan, etc.
Even though I usually order the salmon and Ceasar salad, the other people I dine with have the Prime Rib and Steaks they they think it very good. The portions are good sized and there are usually leftovers (at least 1/2 of your baked potato and some of your entree will be too much for the average eater) .

  • Visited September 2012
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Sao Paulo, SP
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“So great. Same as in 2010”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

Was there in 2010 and had a good experience. I brought my friends again in 2012 and it was great. Professional attendants, happy to explain the menu for you. Well, and food was awesome. For sure, the steak rules.

Visited August 2012
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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“Average neighbourhood steak restaurant”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

I visited this restaurant recently because of a few good reviews that I've read about it. Their steak was pretty average (certainly not spectacular). I have eaten great steak from numerous restaurants all over the world, and honestly do not think this restaurant is up there with the best of them. I suppose it is OK for a neighbourhood steak restaurant though. My rating therefore: service, food and ambience = average to good.

  • Visited August 2012
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Denver, Colorado
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45 reviews
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“Good Food, Cramped Space”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2012

I had a dinner for 16 people at Sundance. The service was pretty good. The wine selections were nice and the menu was great.

The atmosphere is very masculine, wood paneling, a little dark on the lighting but done tastefully. The restaurant was packed and the noise level was a bit high.

The food was outstanding everyone loved the filet, ribeye, prime rib and the chicken marsala.

I would recommend this restaurant for business or an adult meal. Not a good venue for kids.

Give yourself plenty of time to find parking - it is a bear.

  • Visited July 2012
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Saratoga Springs, Utah
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“classic steakhouse”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

good food, attentive staff. the ambiance reminds me of the men's library theme. can handle a fairly large group. parking isn't the easiest.

Visited December 2011
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