Steakhouse- Sophisticated San Francisco Dining
By Carol & Joe Davis
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is always exciting to see a new sophisticated restaurant open
in San Francisco especially a Steakhouse that features 4-6 week
Dry Aged Prime Beef Bone-In (Osso) Steaks. Osso Steakhouse
which recently opened on Nob Hill in Gramercy Towers has both
an elegant Art Deco interior and a lovely view of Grace Cathedral
and the California Street Cable Cars. The art is wonderful and
the illuminated etched glass on the top of each booth is beautiful.
There is a separate Bar Area with a lounge that has oversized
chairs, exhibition kitchen, private dining room and the overall
atmosphere is sophisticated but not stuffy.
were seated in a comfortable booth and ordered Voss Sparkling
Water while we looked over the menu and listened to light
jazz. We enjoyed Signature Cocktails to start. They were shaken
until icy tableside which was a nice touch. The Basil Martini
made with Belvedere Vodka, fresh basil, lime and sugar and the
Ginger Martini with made with Yazi Vodka, Canton ginger and cranberry
were both quite refreshing.
then ordered and enjoyed the Skillet Roasted Chorizo Cheese
Bread which was fun and quite tasty. The Iron Skillet
Roasted Shrimp was a delicious starter as the shrimp were
extremely flavorful, nicely seasoned and somewhat decadent with
lots of butter! We always like to try the soup and enjoyed their
No Cream of Asparagus Soup.
next course was the Baeril Siberian Sturgeon Caviar which
was served with blinis, minced onion, chopped egg and creme fraiche.
The presentation was beautiful. They have a variety of selections
on the menu including a Caviar Trio. This was a fabulous luxury
that sets Osso Steakhouse apart! We were told that some diners
just come in for Caviar and Champagne which sounded like a good
plan to us.
then had the fresh two pound whole Hot Dungeness Crab
which we loved eating wearing our "bibs". The crab was
so fresh and luscious and the seasoning included fresh herbs and
garlic which was amazing!
was now time to see if Osso Steakhouse's steaks lived
up to their claim that they are the best you've ever tasted. We
ordered the Dry Aged Big-Bone-In (Osso) Filet Mignon and the Dry
Aged Bone-In New York. The steaks arrived rare as ordered in their
natural juices with a hint of rosemary and garlic. The seasoning
was fantastic, they were tender and juicy and the flavor was enhanced
because they were Osso/Bone. These were as advertised.... the
best steaks we had eaten in many years!
Sides came in individual ramekins and were all fantastic! We loved
the Twice Baked Potato with zucchini, chives, bacon and
cheese, the fresh Creamed Corn, the Spinach
with garlic and light cream and the delicate Sautéed
Seaweed in soy-butter glaze. This was the perfect combination
of sides for us and they also have a few additional ones to choose
Wine List is well thought out and allows you to have something
that fits both your palate and budget. We enjoyed wines by the
glass including the Honig Napa Sauvignon Blanc and the
Etude Carneros Pinot Gris which paired perfectly with
our starters and Gary Farell Russian River Pinot Noir
which paired perfectly with our steaks.
were very impressed by the desserts as well. The Mango Panna
Cotta was light and refreshing and the Anna Banana Kabob
was sweet and warm. A Nespresso Espresso and Jaboulet
Muscat de Baumes-Des-Venise French Dessert Wine were the
perfect ending to our spectacular dining experience.
Steakhouse has raised the bar for great steak dinners
in San Francisco and is truly a destination restaurant. The Bone-In
Dry Aged Steaks were just fabulous and the Crab and Caviar were
are open nightly from 5PM-10PM and have Valet Parking which is
always appreciated. We look forward to returning soon to enjoy
the sophisticated Art Deco atmosphere for dinner or just cocktails
and small plates.
1177 California Street (at Jones St.)
San Francisco, CA. 94108