The name tells part of the story—the focus here is indeed on epic prime rib, as it has been since 1949. What it doesn’t say is that this veteran establishment on a nondescript strip of Van Ness Avenue offers one spectacular retro dining experience, as recently featured by Anthony Bourdain on his TV show No Reservations. The restaurant hits every note: the masculine English club decor, the stiff and generous drinks, the formally dressed waiters who mix Caesar salads tableside and cut slabs of meat to order, after wheeling them over on stainless steel–domed carts. Add sides of creamed spinach and Yorkshire pudding and you’re in carnivore heaven.
San Francisco› Restaurant
House of Prime Rib
1906 Van Ness Ave. (btw. Jackson and Washington sts.)
Our Rating Neighborhood Nob Hill/Russian Hill Hours Mon–Thurs 5:30–10pm, Fri 5–10pm, Sat–Sun 4–10pm Transportation Bus: 19, 47, 49 Phone 415/885-4605 Prices Dinner $3–$60 Cuisine Type Prime Rib Web site House of Prime Rib
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