The slogan on Alfred’s Steakhouse website tells us that they have been ‘authentically San Francisco since 1928. So very true. Bought from Alfred in 1973 by Art Petri and his son, Al, Alfred’s Steakhouse has been in the same family ever since. Alfred’s was originally located up on Broadway near the tunnel. When the Petri family lost their parking lease in 1997, they decided to make a move, and they moved to their current location off of Kearny at Merchant, the former home of another San Francisco classic, The Blue Fox. Marco Petri, the third Petri generation, joined the family business in 2000, and since his uncle retired in 2013, Marco now runs the show.
The Petri family has always been VERY hands on in their classic steakhouse. You’ll see Marco there almost every night, hosting, helping, and chatting with customers. I think Alfred’s Steakhouse is the best in San Francisco. Its ambiance is classic old-time steakhouse, slightly dark with red banquettes. The waiters are white-jacketed, and the service is outstanding and always has been!!
Alfred’s bar is intimate and classy. They serve Manhattans and other drinks that are served ‘up’ with a shaker that almost refills the glass a second time! There’s a nice Happy Hour Tuesday thru Saturday from 5 to 6:30, so that’s a nice way to go to Alfred’s Steakhouse on a budget.
Alfred’s Steakhouse starters are classics from Calamari Fritti to Oysters on the Half Shell. The Wedge Salad is time-honored on most steakhouse menus. Alfred’s Steakhouse version is wonderful. Iceberg is believed passe to many, but this salad will always be popular. The textures are perfect with crunchy lettuce and bacon and hard boiled egg and blue cheese dressing. Of course, you’ll find the Caesar Salad to be just as good. Split Pea Soup and French Onion Soup are also good choices.
I realize that the fine dining restaurant trend has slowed enormously, but honestly folks, it’s really important to support the vintage San Francisco restaurants, like Alfred’s Steakhouse and North Beach Restaurant. They’re treasures that the city cannot afford to lose.
The Alfred’s Steakhouse menu shows the cuts of meat offered and their location from the cow. We always order the Ribeye steak with creamed spinach. It is beautifully charred on the outside and always medium rare, the way we like it. We normally share as this is a big piece of meat. There are 4 homemade steak sauces that I highly recommend – the Brandy Peppercorn, Classic Bearnaise, Argentinian Chimichurri, and Creamy Horseradish. And oh my, the creamed spinach tastes so good with the steak. When we are in cheating mode, we will also order Alfred’s perfect French Fries – crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Our friends had the filet which they truly enjoyed. The vegetables served with it were al dente and shiny bright.
The dining room is dark and intimate, perfect for a special date night or special occasion. Lobster, Salmon, Chicken Breast and Rack of Lamb finish out the entree menu, so don’t be afraid of your pescatarian friends missing out. There’s something for everyone.
Alfred’s Steakhouse Wrap-Up
- Classic San Francisco
- Excellent Service
- Parking at the Hilton Across the Street