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“It's Just Like A Toby! - Well maybe not.”
Review of House of Prime Rib

House of Prime Rib
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Ranked #33 of 5,693 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Cross street: Washington St.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“It's Just Like A Toby! - Well maybe not.”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

Toby being a UK carvery chain where the food is closer to Michelin tyres than Michelin stars! A fair comparison? Well the choice is down to how you want your beef sliced and whether you want it rare or well done. There is no selection of cuts. You simply choose between a child size portion or progress upwards to call an ambulance size slab of beef!
Cynisism about the limited menu aside the food is well worth the wait. The Salad is served with a reasonable amount of theatre and is fresh and tasty. The main course is well presented and choice prime beef rib, truly excellent. The sides are also very good.
The service is attentive without being cloying so even though the place was rammed we got the attention we wanted.
Unless you book there is likely to be a long wait in the bar. Not a bad thing as this is is lively and fun with an old club feel to it. There are also chairs and tables around where you can move to a quieter area and chat if you wish. It is likely that you will wait longer than you are advised at the door but the atmosphere is such that unless you have somewhere to go that really isn't an issue.
The trip to House of Prime Rib was a fun experience and I would definitely go back next time I am in the area.

  • Visited December 2012
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“Our 2nd visit was a perfect choice for Christmas Eve”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

My husband and I had eaten here on a previous visit and had wanted to bring our adult children on a future visit when we all together. It was a great time on every front! It was like a big party with people you didn't know-lively-high energy-great decor and service was THE BEST! You would never know the place was packed for the way we were treated-like no one else was there and she was so knowledgeable, efficient and an absolute delight-I don't remember her name although we all agreed she reminded us of Anne Hathaway. She made our experience. We were seated near a fireplace in a cozy little alcove which added to the charm. Food was as top notch as the 1st time we visited and our daughters loved it as we did.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Happy California Traveller
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Novato, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Happy New Year!”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

House of Prime Rib is a great San Francisco institution for a great meaty meal with local friends or those from far away...so once again we choose it for our NYE spot. The bar is always loud and over crowded, you will most often wait past your reservation time for a table, but once you do you will be in for a real San Francisco treat! The menu has but one item...Prime Rib! Actually it has an "ask for daily fish special", but really, has anyone ever ordered this...the name of the place says it all...Ladies get the City Cut and Gentlemen are impressed with the Kings Cut, the sides and salads are delicious! The service is spot on. This place never disappoints!

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Jennifer T
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San Francisco
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“My 'Go To Place"...I love the HoPR.”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

A Real Martini, none of this pansy stuff at the HoPR.
The food just simply cannot be beat. My family and I have been coming here for years and with good reason. I would be happy is no one else agreed with me so that I could get a last minute table...clearly not the case as the place is always packed.

Visited December 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“Best way to spend your money”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

Not taking the high price into consideration, this is the best place in the San Francisco Bay area. If you are a vegetarian, I would recommend passing on this place.
Order the largest piece on the menu. You won't regret it.
Yum, Yum.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Richard D
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