House of Prime Rib Restaurant Review, San Francisco

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House of Prime Rib

1906 Van Ness Avenue (near Washington)

San Francisco, CA 94109


House of Prime Rib Website

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House of Prime Rib San Francisco exterior decor

House of Prime Rib opened in 1949 and concentrates on one dish, Prime rib. We have been coming here for decades, whenever we have a desire for beef. They use corn-fed Prime beef Midwestern beef that is aged in rock salt for 21 days. This restaurant is popular, we had to book several weeks in advance. Our last visit was in early 2013.

House of Prime Rib San Francisco interior decor

Decor, Vibe – House of Prime Rib is a classic steakhouse feel with dark woods, glass paneling, large bar and lounge, and several dining areas. We came midweek and the place was still packed. A cross-section of locals and tourists of all ages and races. Clearly a lot of people love this place. Not a quite romantic dining establishment. Lots of noise, carts and waiters all over.

House of Prime Rib Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)

House of Prime Rib San Francisco Menu 4

House of Prime Rib’s Menu has not changed in years other than the prices going up. The normal Prime Rib cut cost $19.75 in 1995. Just select desired cut size from the thin English cut to the beefy Henry VIII cut. They do have fish available but why would you come here for it? Vegetarians should eat elsewhere.

Website House of Prime Rib Menu

Carving cart video

House of Prime Rib San Francisco House of prime rib cut

House of Prime Rib Cut ($43.85)  A hearty portion of juicy, tender beef is what they describe the standard sized portion as. Silky smooth, super tender, full of awesome au jus flavor. You can ask for seconds if you can did not get enough. You can order the meat a la carte for $37.85, worthwhile only if you don’t eat salad. Stick to the medium rare, otherwise the meat will be a bit pudgy.

House of Prime Rib San Francisco English cut prime rib

The English Cut ($39.85) some feel that a thinner slice produces the better flavor. Occasionally we like to order this cut. The thinly sliced pieces absorb more juice hence increasing the meaty flavorness. You can also ask for seconds if you can did not get enough, which is entire possible with this thin cut.

House of Prime Rib San Francisco King Henry VIII cut prime rib

Prime Rib King Henry VIII Cut ($42.85) is an extra-generous, 1″ thick cut of prime beef, for king size appetites and comes with the bone. The meat is very tender and the bone especially fatty and collectible delectable. Their au jus is just top notch. You can ask for seconds if you can did not get enough.

Dinner Accompaniments:

Salad creation

House of Prime Rib San Francisco salad

The Salad Bowl : A colorful mixture of healthy, crisp, seasonal greens, water cress, beets, eggs, pimento prepared at your table, tossed in our unique house dressing. This salad is a classic with tons of mainstream ingredients and a solid vinaigrette-based dressing. No fancy Napa greens here. Classic chilled fork.

Mashed Potatoes : A generous steaming helping of the all American favorite, served with thick brown gravy. This is our favorite starch here, the gravy makes this combination heavenly. You can always ask for more!

House of Prime Rib San Francisco baked potato

Baked Potato : A super sized Idaho potato served with butter and sour cream, with a sprinkle of chives. They bury the potato in a sea of decadent toppings, sour cream, bacon bits, chives, and butter.

House of Prime Rib San Francisco Yorkshire pudding

Yorkshire Pudding : Straight from merry olde England! Light, airy batter baked to a golden brown dome, with a fluffy interior to soak Up those savory beef juices. A classic egg-based bread to ensure you get everything off the plate.

Creamed Spinach : A light dish of garden spinach whipped with fresh cream and large bits of bacon. Our favorite version, so creamy, even kids will eat this. Lumpy Cream corn is an option, but just not as good.

Fresh Cream of Horseradish Sauce in three different strengths! The spiciest hit the spot for us.

House of Prime Rib San Francisco peach melba

Peach Melba ($8) is the classic dessert. Slices of canned peaches, apricots sauce, whipped cream, and ice cream. Timeless, not fancy, but satisfying. It has been on the menu forever.


Mojito ($13.25) was expensive and whipped up fast. Looked more like a soda.

House of Prime Rib and very good service from the friendly waiters. We could not help feeling that we were being pushed along quickly and cattle car along with little time to savor the gluttony. They have this restaurant’s operation down to a science. If you are looking for prime rib, House of Prime Rib is a must visit. Nearby Harris’ also has very good prime rib and steaks. Ready to try expand your fine dining? Try Boulevard.  If you like on the San Francisco Peninsula and are in the mood for beef, consider San Mateo Prime or Alexander’s Steakhouse.

House of Prime Rib Children’s menu is available with a very low cost meal ($11.45) that includes a drink and dessert. Beautiful wine cellar and an extensive wine list with high markup, bottles from $30, $25 corkage, glasses from $6. Check out the autographed 49er’s helmet in there.

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House of Prime Rib Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Excellent)
Value Rating: (Very Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full bar
Hours:Sa-Sun 4:30 - 10pm, Mon - Th 5:30 - 10pm, Fri 5-10pm
Parking:Street, $9 Paid Valet
Prices:$33.85 - $42.85
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Posted on January 6th, 2013
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2 Responses to “House of Prime Rib Restaurant Review, San Francisco”

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