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“Very Good Restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of House of Prime Rib

House of Prime Rib
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Ranked #26 of 5,642 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Cross street: Washington St.
Fernandina Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Very Good Restaurant”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

The is a very good restaurant. Excellent? No.

The bar is nice, with great bartenders, but it's small. It's not a just a bar, it's primary function is a restaurant, so I can overlook this easily. The decor is a bit dated and dark. Not completely different from many steak houses (although this isn't a steakhouse, it's a prime rib restaurant). The prime rib is very good, but not the best I've had and most people could make better at home with a little practice. It was served hot by the chef at our table side. Nice touch. They use this huge stainless steel serving cart. But I noticed it had aluminum tape on it in several places to hide breaks in the welds. Kind of tacky. I was pleasantly surprised the beef was not too salty, which is common at many restaurants. The prime rib was juicy and easy to cut. The beef was high quality, but it had very little seasoning. I prefer some seasoning, so this took flavor away from the meat for me.

This is a loud restaurant with a lot of people. If you want a quiet romantic dinner, go elsewhere. With groups it could be a lot of fun. Prices were very reasonable, especially when compared to high-end steak places.

You can get away with wearing jeans here or a suit. You'd probably feel most comfortable somewhere in between.

I would recommend this as a place to eat in San Francisco. Many of the locals I spoke with liked it too. I think a family, friends getting together or business group is the best bet for coming here. You'll like the prime rib (and the veggies were fantastic). Enjoy.

  • Visited October 2012
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“Lawry's Wannabe”
Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

Sunday evening. Rude host. Finally seated 25 minutes after reservation time. Entire party had extra large cut of prime rib with all of the fixin's. I' ve eaten at Lawry's in LA many times. Top quality, great food. House of Prime Rib is not even close. Their attitude is like they're allowing you to dine there, and the food is totally forgetable. Once was more than enough.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Best Prime Rib of Your Life!!!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This place is an SF institution. This is the ideal "special occasion" place, and the restaurant is geared towards larger groups. The restaurant has a very cozy, intimate atmosphere. The bar has a nice seating area with a fire place. Once at your table, the show begins! The awesome SF sourdough bread arrives (OK, not that big a deal, but still great bread). Then the server serves your salad tableside with one of the most unique salad dressings I've ever had. Then arrives the carver, who comes to your table with a cart holding the most delectable side of beef you'll ever have. I always get the biggest cut, since it's great leftover, or the few times I can finish it all and still get a few extra slices from the carver! The yorkshire pudding and cream spinach are to-die-for. Do yourself a favor for your next birthday or special event with your group of favorite friends/family--go the the House of Prime Rib!!!

Visited August 2012
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“Melt in your mouth”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Definitely a treat when visiting San Francisco. The prime rib is carved at your tableside and the service was impeccable. My husband and I split the King Henry VIII cut (their largest cut) and they even plated our sides separately. The prime rib was amazingly tasty, juicy and tender. My husband thought it was the best prime rib he has ever had and I concur. Definitely make reservations way in advance even if it is a weeknight. 2 thumbs up!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank SunnysideTempe
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“Perfect for locals, tourists, get-togethers or date nights”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

I've been to House of Prime Rib many times and have never been disappointed. Be prepared to eat well, and a LOT! You get salad, bread and cornbread before you even get a look at your meat. You can choose different cuts of meat; thinner to thicker and obviously cooked to your liking. I'm a sucker for the creamed corn and mashed potato with the English Cut. I've only ever managed to fit in a dessert once; a creme brulee, which I shared with my boy, and it was tasty. When not eating the full dinner, we've also dropped in here for a cocktail. Good value, great taste and busy atmosphere

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank JenRobin
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