Sundance the Steakhouse
1921 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Why did we dine here? – Sundance is the steakhouse on the San Francisco Peninsula. This place has been here for ever and is liked by many. It’s interesting that the reviews on Yelp are all over the board. We hadn’t been here in probably 10 years, so it was time to give it a try.
Insider Tip – Stick to the beef.
Cuisine – Steakhouse
Location – Palo Alto
Opened – 1974
Service – Sundance started out with very good service from a nice waiter, but faded as the restaurant got busy. He did help us navigate the menu and was accomodating.
Verdict – Sundance serves up meat, and does it well. The prime rib is still top notch. The Kobe ribeye was also excellent.
Sundance Signature Dishes – Prime Rib, steak.
Sundance’s Menu has long list of appetizers, several different steaks, as well as a good selection of non steak entrees. A kids menu is available.
Sundance Food Picks:
Panko Crusted Calamari ($12.95) Chipotle aioli & classic cocktail sauce was huge and well done. Be careful not to order too much.
Idaho Potato Skins ($11.50) Tillamook cheddar cheese, smoked bacon & green onions. Served with sour cream chive dip. Is also a huge appetizer but highly recommended. Very rich and starchy.
Iced Pacific Oysters ($14.95) Served with cocktail sauce & very sour tarragon mignonette. Fresh and good for seafood enthusiasts.
The Sundance Wedge ($8.50) Wedge of iceberg lettuce topped with housemade bleu cheese dressing, chopped tomato, crumbled bleu cheese & smoked bacon. Diced red onion upon request. A hardy and rich salad perfect to start your artery clogging journey.
The Shareholder’s Cut, 14 oz. ($35.95) Our Famous, Certified Angus Prime Ribs of Beef are slow-roasted for over 8 hours & carved lean to order. Hot au jus & creamy horseradish served aside. This is a much order. They do beef well and au jus is perfect. Their baked potato came with all the fixings. This cut is pretty big and has most of the fat trimmed off.
The Bone-In Ribeye Steak, 23 oz. ($56.95) Compound Herbed Butter. Not as good as the Kobe, we order the prime rib over this.
Kobe Ribeye Steak ($48.95) was the special of the evening and a must order. Very rich flavors cooked to a perfect-medium rare. Far superior to the bone in ribeye.
Our Famous Sundance Mud Pie ($8.95) A Sundance Original since 1974. Coffee ice cream with an Oreo cookie crust surrounded by hot fudge & topped with whipped cream & chopped peanuts. A massive dessert enough to serve 3 people. Definitely a must order.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Ketel Cosmo ($11) was also on the sweet side.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Mojito ($9) was very sweet and had hidden potency.
Strawberry Arugula Salad ($7.95) Salad of wild arugula tossed with a champagne vinaigrette, fresh strawberries, sliced almonds & topped with crumbled feta cheese.
Halibut was the fish of the day ($28.95) not very special, stick to the meat.