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Mar 25, 2011

RESTAURANT REVIEW - HARRIS' STEAKHOUSE

Many of you know I love red meat. You can see my prime rib recipe here or my OMG meatballs here . Give me a good steak and I'll be your friend for life. 
On our last night in San Francisco we were craving a steak dinner. We were staying at the Hyatt by Fisherman's Wharf. We asked the concierge to recommend a great steakhouse. The first thing out of his mouth was Harris'. Then he mentioned another place that was closer to the hotel. We opted for the second one and made a reservation online. 
That evening off we went in a cab to the restaurant which looked lovely and had delicious plates of food going by us while we looked at the menu. Uh oh....not a steak house. They had one cut of steak and they had prime rib but the rest was a mixed menu of the usual fair. And the kicker was that they didn't have any sauteed mushrooms on the menu to go with the steak. My poor BB Guy. He has to have his mushrooms especially because this was also his birthday.
We made a decision to leave, apologizing to the staff. The place wasn't full so I didn't feel bad about having a reservation and then leaving. Taxi number two and off we went to the other restaurant, some distance away. 
Harris' Steak House is what a fine steakhouse should be. There were just two little problems. Firstly we didn't have a reservation and secondly we were wearing jeans as the other restaurant didn't have a dress code. 
 (note the restaurant was busy when we were there as this is a photo from their website)
The BB Guy explained our situation and dropped the hint that it was his birthday after all and without hesitation they found us a table. I felt very under dressed but it was never an issue with them, just in my mind. 
I started with a fresh salad of spinach, pine nuts, smoked bacon and a soy vinaigrette. They brought us some fresh warm breads which I skipped but BB Guy enjoyed immensely. The aroma was enough to make your head spin. 
I ended my meal with a special coffee and BB Guy had a chocolate dessert. I don't eat chocolate when having red wine or I will get a migraine headache so me being me I went with the wine and skipped the chocolate. Hey! Don't judge. I like my wine. 
You can also reserve private rooms for your evening. Great place to entertain clients in private.
The bar is so beautiful. Look at the woodwork. Wouldn't that look great in my house? Okay, maybe just a little smaller version.
One of the best parts about this restaurant is that you can also buy their aged beef to take home to cook yourself. Grab that prime rib  recipe I linked to at the top and get down to Harris' for a big slice of beef to take home. Sadly I couldn't fit any in my suitcase.
I would like to thank General Manager, Michael Fiscus for giving me permission to use their photos as we all know how the BB Guy feels about me taking pictures of our food in a restaurant. 
I really recommend Harris' Steak House very highly. We have been to a several higher end steakhouses and this one top the list. 
Oh yes....he did get his mushrooms, it was his birthday after all.

6 comments:

Ali said...

That bar is really something. I love all that gorgeous polished wood. Everything looks so delicious.

Ali

Diane said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. Glad you found your way eventually to Harris Steak House, it was more what you were looking for for your meal. I always appreciate a good meal!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like a special place to eat, glad you enjoyed it:@)

Wendy B. said...

Harris steaks are awesome!! I live in SF, but I always forget that this place is here. I think I know where I'm going for my birthday in May...

Hope you and your hubby enjoyed your vacation in my fair city!

Blondie's Journal said...

What a beautiful restaurant, Lori! Why didn't you eat the bread? Everything looked lovely and I am happy BB got the mushrooms...I love them with my steak, too. Now I want to go out to dinner tonight!! ;-D

How did you like San Francisco? I have never been there.

XO,
Jane

Sue said...

Lori, I simply love a good piece of prime rib- Probably my favorite meal out! Glad you enjoyed an excellent meal out with BB Guy for his b-day! Your entire trip to Cali sure seems as if it was a blast!

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