Friday, January 18, 2013

Restaurant Love: House of Prime Rib

I had a blast during my US trip last October-November as I was able to visit San Francisco and New York. The San Francisco leg was tiring but lots of fun and I found one place that made my heart skip a beat.
It was already a bit past 7:30 p.m. when we headed back (from the Golden Gate Bridge) for dinner. J managed to reserve a table at the House of Prime Rib. I wasn’t really super excited as I have no idea of what to expect but I heard that it’s pretty difficult to book last minute reservations there. We just got lucky.
We arrived a bit too early for our 8 p.m. reservation and we were already famished. Actually, I was already feeling sick and feverish that time as well as the cold weather got me bad. Nonetheless, we distracted ourselves with some chit chat as it has also been a while since N and J last saw each other.

We managed to get seats a little bit past 8 p.m. and the server immediately gave us some sparkling water and bread. We each ordered the House of Prime Rib Cut (and I hesitated for a bit as the two guys I’m with ordered the same thing but hey, I was hungry too). I had mine prepared medium well and chose mashed potatoes and creamed spinach as my dinner accompaniments.
While waiting for the salad, we munched on the bread on the table. 
We were not yet halfway done when they served the salad (which was very crisp and had a tangy dressing). The salad sure boosted our appetites even more.
I was amazed with how fast the service was when they served the steaks. We were not yet done with our salads when our orders arrived. The server approached our table pushing with him a cart with our food. He prepared and plated our dishes in front of us.
Now to take a bite…
It was heavenly! The meat was savory and tender. The sauce was just right (as most have this tendency of going overly salty thus the overindulgence in eating mashed potatoes). It was such a breeze cutting through the meat. Here’s a statement from House of Prime Rib on their secret:
Carved at your table, to your specifications, from our unique stainless steel serving carts. We serve only the best beef available, the top 2% of all beef marketed. Although this incurs additional expense, our Mid-Western corn-fed beef aged for 21 days, is the most tender, juicy and flavorful beef available.

If my steak will be of this quality, I wouldn’t mind paying a premium price as it guarantees a wonderful dining experience.
Candies after dinner. Why not?
 I can’t wait to pay San Francisco another visit and dine here again!
House of Prime Rib is located at the foot of Nob Hill, 1906 Van Ness Avenue (between Washington and Jackson streets. Call 415-885-4605 for reservation or you may reserve online at

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