You want some meat? Like enough meat to give you a heart attack? If so, House of Prime Rib is probably the best option for you. Established in 1949, there’s really no other way to describe this place than old-school English style. The staff all wear vests or tux jackets, there are English crests aplenty, and wood is everywhere. It’s almost like you entered Medieval Times and went to a hidden restaurant for adults. This place is a trip!
The restaurant itself is huge, and is laid out in a multitude of different rooms that you can get lost in if not careful. The staff is attentive, and you can tell that a lot of them are restaurant lifers, and have been there for a while. The first thing that catches your eye can only be described as silver meat zeppelins. These huge metal domed carts roll around the restaurant so the chefs can cut meat for each dish. There must be at least 20-30 pounds on each one, and it seems like there are a lot of them. We’d love to know how much meat they go through in a day (though it might be a frightening amount.
When you’re first looking at the menu, the prices might seem high. Depending on the cut, the prime rib runs from $40 to $60. What you may not realize at first is that includes bread, a salad, potatoes, yorkshire pudding, veggies, and potentially seconds on your prime rib. Might be the best deal in SF (and the cocktails and wine are very reasonable, and martinis even come with an extra half serving).
After we burned through all the starters (solid quality, but nothing to write home about), the meat arrived like a bright red beacon of meatiness. The thing is huge, marbled, perfectly cooked, and swimming in juices. Every bite just melts in your mouth, and you immediately understand why this place is so busy. This place advertises meat and it delivers on that promise in spades. Our mouths are watering as we write this.
Don’t eat for a day and then go here. It makes you feel like you’ve gone to a theme park for adults or something. Every once in a while we get a craving for more meat than we should eat, and this place might be our new go to. While it’s busy, they take reservations, and the prices are actually pretty reasonable (and you can ask for seconds if you get a bigger cut!!). It’s a great piece of the past that keeps delivering great meat with uncompromising quality.
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