San Francisco may not exactly be known as a steakhouse town, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to serve up some juicy hunks of meat. We’re taking liberties with the term "steakhouse" here, but bear with us -- these are the absolute top places to get quality steaks and classic sides in a swanky atmosphere in the city.

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Roka Akor

Financial District

Part sushi bar, part steakhouse, Roka Akor takes Japanese food very seriously. The San Francisco twin to the award-winning London establishment, this Japanese steakhouse pairs fresh sushi with 12oz ribeyes served with table side-shaved truffles. The bi-level space is every bit as decadent as the menu, with a basement lounge for more casual dining and an elegant upstairs space worthy of any steakhouse. Dig into various bone-in and dry-aged cuts of premium Wagyu, paired with exciting sashimi and sushi rolls. It’s like the fanciest surf and turf imaginable.

Tadich Grill

Financial District

The oldest continuously operating restaurant in San Francisco also serves up some of the best steaks in a vintage, old-school setting. Opened in 1849, Tadich Grill has been a favorite of everyone from bankers and businessmen to politicians and movie stars. Sure, they’re known for the seafood, but this classic joint serves up some serious charcoal-broiled steaks. Pair a martini with a fresh seafood cocktail or oysters Rockefeller, before digging into a juicy filet mignon or black Angus NY cut steak.

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Belcampo

Russian Hill

OK, so some might argue that this restaurant and butcher shop isn’t a steakhouse, and sure, they’d be right. But we can’t argue that Belcampo serves some of the best steaks in the city, like the bone-in ribeye "Cowboy Chop" or the "Butcher’s Block," which is a nightly selection of grass-fed steaks. For those who want responsibly sourced meats, Belcampo fits the bill: every step of production is controlled by the shop, from raising of the animals to processing, butchering, and aging.

Harris’

Nob Hill

With plush leather booths, dramatic chandeliers, and white tablecloths, this place is a quintessential steakhouse. It's where we imagine Don Draper meeting with clients, polishing off a 16oz boneless New York steak, and pounding Old Fashioneds (cigarette not included). You’ll get all the classic sides and fixin’s and will be treated like a well-dressed businessman, no matter what you show up in.

5A5

5A5

Financial District

San Francisco’s only steak lounge, 5A5 blends the vibe of a cocktail lounge with a traditional steakhouse. That means mood lighting, a domed dining room, faux snakeskin wallpaper, cream-colored banquettes, and live music. You’ll find some killer steaks here, but be warned: they come with hefty price tags. Before your meal begins, the staff will present you with a cutting board full of different cuts of A5 Wagyu, which cost about $27-$29 an ounce. The menu includes Asian and American appetizers and sides, so go for lobster tempura with wagyu, or Caesar salad with a NY strip steak (or mix and match -- nobody’s watching).

Boboquivari's

Marina/Cow Hollow

If you want to skip the stuffy white table-clothed steakhouses you’re used to, head to Bobo’s, where quality steaks meet circus-like decor. Sure, it’s a little tacky, but we love the red-painted walls, playfully askew photographs, and vibrant leather banquettes. Plus, the steaks here are dry-aged for four to six weeks and perfectly cooked. Plus, they've got roasted and butter-glazed Dungeness crab, rich lobster soup, and basil martinis on offer. Done.

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Original Joe’s

North Beach

You can’t get much more classic San Francisco than this. Located in the heart of North Beach, Original Joe’s has been serving Italian-American fare since 1937. With its signature red and green leather seating, dark wood accents, a bustling bar serving classic cocktails, and massive plates of food, Original Joe’s is a quintessential part of the city’s dining scene. On the menu, the pastas command the attention, but we’re focused on the "steaks and chops" section. It's pretty glorious to be able to nab a prime rib with a side of ravioli... this place is an American steakhouse meets Italian pasta joint, and we’re more than OK with that.

The Brazen Head

The Marina/Cow Hollow

The Marina is home to a dizzying array of bottomless mimosa brunch spots and beer pong-filled bars, but don’t write off the neighborhood without a visit to Brazen Head, a time capsule located just out of the range of the brunch-fueled crowds. Step inside the dimly lit space into a horseshoe bar, burgundy carpets, and stained glass windows. Order a Manhattan, then dig into the signature New York strip pepper steak served with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. It’s not a traditional steakhouse, but The Brazen Head offers some steak that's definitely worth checking out.

Bob's Steak and Chop House

Bob’s Steak & Chop House

Financial District

There’s something about a chain that originated in Dallas... it just makes us feel more confident that they’re on top of their steak game. Big slabs of meat are a Texas standby, and Bob’s does them right. Plus, it’s not one of those massive corporate chains -- Bob’s only has 12 locations across the country. Despite its nation-wide success, you’ll still be greeted with San Francisco sourdough at the start of your meal, then you can move on to the crab cakes before the pièce de résistance: one of seven prime steaks served with glazed carrots and your choice of baked potato, smashed potatoes, or skillet fried potatoes topped with sautéed onions and peppercorn gravy.

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Lolinda

The Mission

Here’s a different take on the steakhouse: Lolinda is an Argentinian steakhouse, which offers an endless array of hot and cold small plates and ten (yes, ten) different kinds of grilled meats, ranging from blood sausage to a giant, 72oz bone-in ribeye steak. The dark restaurant is perfect for wooing a date with sumptuous steaks and cocktails that hail from the Beretta team. It’s got more character than your standard steakhouse, with a sexy Argentinian vibe and dark corners perfect for stealing kisses.

Afred's Steakhouse

Alfred's Steakhouse

Financial District

Alfred’s has been a San Francisco fixture since 1928. Although Daniel Patterson recently purchased this slice of history, we can still confidently say it’s one of the best steakhouses in the city and honors its roots. Step back in time with old-school leather booths, crystal chandeliers, and massive martinis perfect for pairing with a giant Chicago ribeye. Go big or go home with surf & turf for two, a 32oz porterhouse, or a decadent add-on to your steak like grilled lobster with drawn butter or seared foie gras.

EPIC Steak

Embarcadero

The name says it all: EPIC Steak serves epic filet mignon, Wagyu, ribeye, and surf & turf with epic views and epic cocktails. Plus, the steaks have been locally raised and selected by EPIC's very own personal butcher. The industrial-chic space offers iconic views of the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island that are sure to impress your date. So you can enjoy your sustainably raised meat in one of the most awe-inspiring restaurants in the city. Wins all around.

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Alexander’s Steakhouse

SoMa

Alexander’s stands out on this list for its Japanese spin on the classic American steakhouse. You’ll get edamame and sashimi instead of creamed spinach and shrimp cocktail, plus wagyu beef sourced straight from Japan. Sure, you can still order your standard Niman Ranch strip steak, but then you’d be missing out on some really unique Japanese cuts you can’t get everywhere else (but be warned -- these can get pretty pricey). There’s also a decadent prix-fixe "Study of Beef" which will swarm you with seven-courses of Japanese-inspired seafood, steak, and sides.

House of Prime Rib

Nob Hill

Let’s be clear... House of Prime Rib is one of those polarizing restaurants that not everybody loves (and it serves prime rib, which isn’t technically steak), but it’s one of my favorite places to dine in San Francisco, and beef is beef, right? This truly old-school establishment is like a time capsule back to the 1950s, complete with carvers in tall chef’s hats, red leather banquettes, and martinis served with their shaker so you can keep the extra. Your creamy salad is spun table-side, your warm bread comes with butter (none of this olive oil business), your prime rib is served with creamed corn or creamed spinach, and your baked potato is topped with the fixin's (or served mashed). Oh yeah, and the whole thing comes with pillowy Yorkshire pudding. Whether or not you’re a fan, this place has the vibe and the '50s menu down.

Espetus Churrascaria

Espetus Churrascaria

Hayes Valley

A Brazilian steakhouse is a singular beast. You won’t be shelling out monstrous prices for one measly chop that doesn’t even come with sides. No, at Espetus you’ll pay a flat fee for unlimited meats that are paraded around the restaurant on skewers. Plus, you’ll get access to the salad bar that’s so, so much more than iceberg (think ceviches, mango salad, and traditional Brazilian sides). Try all 14 prime cuts and meat skewers (and grilled pineapple), which are carved table-side until you just can’t eat any more. Pro tip: skip lunch.

Leatherneck Steakhouse

Union Square

Tucked inside the Marines’ Memorial Club, high up on the top floor, you’ll find an unassuming steakhouse with glorious views of the bay below and a live pianist serenading diners. Sure, the clientele is on the grey-haired side of the spectrum, but you don’t need a hot young crowd to enjoy a dirty martini, a classic iceberg wedge smothered in blue cheese dressing, a perfectly cooked medium rare New York strip, and truffle oil tater tots. This is old-school San Francisco at its finest -- complete with a strict dress code and a quirkily military-themed decor.

Osso Steakhouse

Osso Steakhouse

Nob Hill

Not all SF steakhouses have been around for 20-plus years. Perched high atop Nob Hill, Osso Steakhouse is a new steakhouse with an old feel. The Art Deco space serves up giant cuts of quality beef (aged 21 days) that they claim is "the best steak you’ve ever tasted." Add crab to your filet or ribeye for a take on surf and turf, or just go for a whole crab to share with the table. Bigger really is better here: you can find one of the largest ribeyes in the city, clocking in at a whopping 40oz.

Izzy’s Steaks & Chops

Marina/Cow Hollow

It’s easy to be distracted by all the fancy chain steakhouses in the Bay, but don’t overlook classics like Izzy’s. Thanks the space's wooden tables and floors, cozy leather booths, stone walls, and indoor fireplace, you’ll feel as if you’re dining at a lodge in the mountains. Plus, the portions are massive. This spot may not exactly be a place to bring a first date, but it is packed every night of the week and for good reason. For over 25 years, Izzy’s has been serving up classic American steakhouse fare (you know, a colossal steak with sides like creamed spinach and a baked potato) and service that’ll make you feel like a regular.

Bourbon Steak

Bourbon Steak

Levi’s Stadium

Although the beloved Michael Mina restaurant shuttered its Union Square doors, you can still find the same great steaks in, believe it or not, Levi’s Stadium. You’ll never guess you’re dining adjacent to the field with cozy velvet booths, dark wood walls, and seating for 124 guests. You’ll get signature table-side presentation of dishes like ahi tuna tartare and Maine lobster pot pie, plus a selection of sumptuous wood-grilled steaks and innovative seafood.

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Eloise Porter is a Thrillist contributor who will happily eat in every steakhouse in this country to find the best. Follow her from steak to steak on Twitter @eloisepporter.

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1. Roka Akor 801 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Jackson Square)

Roka Akor is a contemporary Japanese steak, seafood, and sushi restaurant featuring Robatayaki cuisine. The principle Robata Japanese dishes -- primarily steaks and pork -- are prepared atop 1,900 degree mesquite coals on the centrally located 12ft robata grill, providing an engaging and authentic atmosphere for guests. The meticulously grilled meats are accompanied by other classic Japanese menu items like signature sushi rolls, sashimi and nigiri, crispy tempura, and two omakase menus. And the extensive beverage list is leans heavily on Japanese culture as well, featuring sake, Japanese whiskey and beer, and sochu -- the latter offered in traditional form and in house-infused flavors. An evening at Roka Akor is an all-encapsulating, sensory experience in Robata Japanese dining.

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2. Tadich Grill 240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Financial District)

Tadich Grill isn't just SF's oldest restaurant, it's California's oldest restaurant. Everyone from Jack Nicholson to Joe Montana has dined there (Herb Caen was a regular in his day), but no matter who you are or how important you think you are, there are no reservations and everyone waits in line. Tadich Grill is known for its seafood -- get the oysters Rockefeller, the pan-fried sand dabs, or the seafood cioppino -- and never disappoints when you're in the mood for a delicious throwback meal.

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3. Belcampo Meat Co. 1998 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Russian Hill)

Equal parts cafe and butcher shop, Belcampo Meat Co. sources organic meat from its own farm to prepare some of the finest burgers in the city. The hamburger patties are juicy and marbled with the right amount of flavorful fat. BMC's cheeseburger is a standout, sandwiched on a toasted brioche bun with a thick slice of cheddar, caramelized onions, and house sauce. The restaurant is outfitted with old-school blue leather banquettes made from the company's own cow hides.

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4. Harris' Restaurant 2100 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Polk)

Harris’, which rather appropriately calls itself "The San Francisco Steakhouse since 1984," serves everything from authentic Wagyu beef to a "49er" 16oz boneless New York cut. You’ll get all the pomp and circumstance of a classic steakhouse -- from the white tablecloths and plush leather booths to service that’ll make you feel like you're on the set of Mad Men. Go ahead, feel like a big shot and treat yourself to a martini, a classic Caesar salad, a juicy rib eye, and -- do we really have to say it? -- don’t forget the mashed potatoes.

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5. 5A5 Steak Lounge 244 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Jackson Square)

This trendy, high-end steakhouse in Jackson Square is owned and helmed by Allen Chen, a third generation restaurateur who’s revered for his knowledge of Wagyu steaks. His expertise and talent shines thru in many different ways, too. From the modern décor to palate cleansers between courses and the perfectly seasoned truffle fries, 5A5 pays attention to the fine details in just the right ways.

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6. Boboquivari's 1450 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123

If you want to skip the stuffy white table-clothed steakhouses you’re used to, head to Bobo’s, where quality steaks meet circus-like decor. We love the red-painted walls, playfully askew photographs, and vibrant leather banquettes. Plus, the steaks here are dry-aged for four to six weeks and perfectly cooked. Locals love stopping by to order such creative menu options as roasted and butter-glazed Dungeness crab, rich lobster soup, and basil martinis.

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7. Original Joe's 601 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach)

Original Joe’s has been a North Beach staple for Italian delicacies since 1937 and is still the place to over-stuff yourself on classic Italian fare. Gleaming wood surfaces and classic furniture add to the restaurant’s atmosphere, making this a great spot for a date, but just warm enough to bring your parents to for a night out. Along with popularity come long lines and waits, so be sure to make a reservation.

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8. The Brazen Head 3166 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94123

The Brazen Head is a time capsule located just out of the range of the brunch-fueled crowds. Step inside the dimly lit space into a horseshoe bar, burgundy carpets, and stained glass windows. Order a Manhattan, then dig into the signature New York strip pepper steak served with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. It’s not a traditional steakhouse, but The Brazen Head offers some steak that's definitely worth checking out.

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9. Bob's Steak & Chop House 500 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104

There’s are plenty of great things to love about Bob's, and our favorite are their deliciously prepared steaks. Big slabs of meat are a Texas standby, and Bob’s does them right. Plus, it’s not one of those massive corporate chains -- Bob’s only has 12 locations across the country. Despite its nation-wide success, you’ll still be greeted with San Francisco sourdough at the start of your meal, then you can move on to the crab cakes before the pièce de résistance: one of seven prime steaks served with glazed carrots and your choice of baked potato, smashed potatoes, or skillet fried potatoes topped with sautéed onions and peppercorn gravy.

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10. Lolinda 2518 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

From the Beretta team, this Argentinian steakhouse in The Mission is the perfect dark restaurant to share wood-fired meats, ceviche, empanadas, and a bottle of Latin wine (or, you know, a Fernet and coke). You have two floors of seating to choose from and can even rent out an entire level to throw a killer meat-fueled bash. We recommend getting a group of your closest friends together so you can taste through the endless array of hot and cold small plates and the ten (!) different kinds of grilled meats, which range from blood sausage to a giant, 72oz bone-in ribeye steak.

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11. Alfred's Steakhouse 659 Merchant St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Alfred’s has been a San Francisco fixture since 1928, and we can still confidently say it’s one of the best steakhouses in the city and honors its roots. Step back in time with old-school leather booths, crystal chandeliers, and massive martinis perfect for pairing with a giant Chicago ribeye. Go big or go home with surf & turf for two, a 32oz porterhouse, or a decadent add-on to your steak like grilled lobster with drawn butter or seared foie gras. Check out their happy hours, which happen every day, or their Buckaroo Lunch, which only happen on Thursday and Fridays, for some great deals and even greater meals.

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12. EPIC Steak 369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105 (Soma)

From the talent behind Campton Place, Jardiniere, and Boulevard, EPIC is an industrial-chic meat temple on the Embarcadero with million-dollar views of the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island. The steakhouse menu features surf and turf classics like filet mignon, Wagyu steak, roasted fish, and a two-person meal of ribeye steak and lobster. EPIC is the kind of white tablecloth restaurant you go to indulge, starting with a massive shellfish platter and ending with a build-your-own sundae.

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13. Alexander's Steakhouse 448 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Soma)

Who says steakhouses have to be American? Alexander’s in the SoMa goes international and proves that every culture has its own spin on the steakhouse. The Japanese-style meatery serves edamame, sashimi, and wagyu beef sourced straight from Japan. If you really want to go big, order the “Study of Beef” which serves up seven-courses of seafood, steak, and sides.

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14. House of Prime Rib 1906 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Nob Hill)

The original House of Prime Rib opened in 1949 and has since become a San Francisco institution known unsurprisingly for its 21-day aged prime rib. Every dinner order comes with a bevy of accompaniments: tossed salad, mashed potatoes or a baked potato, and Yorkshire pudding. The English-style dining rooms have fireplaces and cozy leather banquettes, making this space as intimate as it is iconic.

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15. Espetus Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House 1686 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Hayes Valley)

An upscale take on the traditional Brazilian steakhouse, this Hayes Valley churrascaria is known for its top notch filet and sirloin. The bountiful, all-you-can-eat menu provides ample opportunity to try all of Espetus' 14 prime cuts and meat skewers, which are carved tableside and served all-you-can-eat style for a flat fee. So you can bring your vegetarian friends, too, spicy root vegetable sides and salads are also up for order.

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16. Leatherneck Steakhouse & Lounge 609 Sutter St Fl 12, San Francisco, CA 94102

Tucked inside the Marines’ Memorial Club, high up on the top floor, you’ll find an unassuming Marine Corps-themed steakhouse with glorious views of the bay below and a live pianist serenading diners. Sure, the clientele is on the grey-haired side of the spectrum, but you don’t need a hot young crowd to enjoy a dirty martini, a classic iceberg wedge smothered in blue cheese dressing, a perfectly cooked medium rare New York strip, and truffle oil tater tots.

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17. Osso Steakhouse 1177 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Nob Hill)

Perched high atop Nob Hill you’ll find your favorite new old-fashioned steakhouse. Opened in 2013, by the team behind The Stinking Rose and The Old Clam House, the art deco decor and super-sized cuts of prime-aged beef will make you feel like you’re in one of SF’s OG steakhouses, while sides like lemony brussel sprout chips and chorizo-spiced mac & cheese add a hint of contemporary flavor.

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18. Izzy's Steaks & Chops 3345 Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94123

For over 25 years, Izzy’s has been serving up classic American steakhouse fare (you know, a colossal steak with sides like creamed spinach and a baked potato) and service that’ll make you feel like a regular. Thanks the space's wooden tables and floors, cozy leather booths, stone walls, and indoor fireplace, you’ll feel as if you’re dining at a lodge in the mountains. Plus, the portions are massive. This spot may not exactly be a place to bring a first date, but it is packed every night of the week and for good reason.

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19. Bourbon Steak 4900 Marie P. Debartolo Way, Santa Clara, CA 95054 (Union Square)

It may be hard to believe, but you can still find great steaks and an elegant atmosphere in, believe it or not, Levi’s Stadium. You’ll never guess you’re dining adjacent to the field with cozy velvet booths, dark wood walls, and seating for 124 guests. You’ll get signature table-side presentation of dishes like ahi tuna tartare and Maine lobster pot pie, plus a selection of sumptuous wood-grilled steaks and innovative local seafood thanks to their classic menu.

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