Indulge in these BARTable steakhouses

Photo courtesy of EPIC Steak.
The holidays signify that one time of year when indulging in our favorite foods is encouraged. Alas, it can also be a time of stress, with shopping, cooking, and celebrating packed into a few weeks. So we thought we’d put together a list of BARTable steakhouses that not only serve some of those indulgent dishes but also deliver a whole lot of holiday cheer. Use one of these tempting restaurants as a way to take hosting a holiday meal off your plate. Or, treat yourself to a night off from cooking. Many are decked out in holiday adornment, making the experience even more special this time of year.
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Roka Akor
Photo courtesy of Roka Akor.

Roka Akor

Jackson Square’s Japanese sushi and robata restaurant is part dining and part entertainment, with chefs visible from different perspectives throughout the restaurant. Look for stellar sushi and cuts of beef including certified Tajima Wagu. The restaurant’s beverage program includes barrel-select bourbon and rare Japanese whiskeys.
When: Monday-Thursday: 5-9pm; Friday-Saturday: 5-10pm; Closed Sunday
Where: 801 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Station: Embarcadero
Walk time: 11 minutes
Website: Roka Akor
Phone: (415) 326-7570
EPIC Steak
Photo courtesy of EPIC Steak.

EPIC Steak

Legendary restaurateur Pat Kuleto launched EPIC in 2008. Today, the restaurant remains one of the most special places to dine on the Embarcadero. Steak rules here, and you’ll find classic cuts like fillet, rib eye and New York prepared to your liking. Booths are positioned to take advantage of the water views; patio dining is available too.
When: Monday-Thursday: 4-9pm; Friday-Saturday: 11:30am-9:30pm; Sunday: 11:30am-9pm
Where: 369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
Station: Embarcadero
Walk time: 10 minutes
Website: EPIC Steak
Phone: (415) 369-9955
Niku Steakhouse
Photo courtesy of Niku Steakhouse.

Niku Steakhouse

Situated in San Francisco’s Design District, Niku Steakhouse is not shy about its luxe appearance. Lots of gold and warm wood fill the space, while the kitchen’s Japanese binchotan charcoal grill serves as a backdrop to the Japanese and American cuts of beef that shine on the splurge-worthy menu. For an extra-special experience, book a seat at the chef’s counter and watch the skilled team in action.
When: Monday-Thursday, Sunday: 5:30-9:00pm; Friday-Saturday: 5:30-10pm
Where: 61 Division St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Station: Civic Center/UN Plaza
Walk time: 22 minutes
Website: Niku Steakhouse
Phone: (415) 829-7817
Photo courtesy of Lolinda.


Billed as an Argentinean steakhouse with a California sensibility, the Mission’s Lolinda is a great place to celebrate. The dining room is large, with different types of seating that provide both privacy and an opportunity to watch the comings and goings of this popular place. Cuts of beef are cooked on a traditional Argentinian asador. Desserts like churros with dulce de leche dipping sauce do a great job of capping off an indulgent meal.
When: Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 5:30-11pm; Friday-Saturday: 5:30pm-12am
Where: 2518 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Station: 24th Street Mission
Walk time: Seven minutes
Website: Lolinda
Phone: (415) 550-6970
Photo courtesy of Geneva Steak’s Yelp page.

Geneva Steak

This no-frills steakhouse, which provides solid steaks and accompaniments for under $20, is the ideal place for a mid-week break from holiday shopping. T-bone and New York steaks are mainstays, but the restaurant also offers kabobs and other grilled items. It’s a neighborhood spot, and even if you’re not a resident, they’ll treat you like one.
When: Tuesday-Thursday, Sunday: 11:30am-8:30pm; Friday-Saturday: 11:30am-9pm
Where: 5130 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112
Station: Balboa Park
Walk time: 11 minutes
Phone: (415) 586-6685
Original Joe's
Photo courtesy of Original Joe’s Westlake.

Original Joe’s Westlake

When Joe’s of Westlake was sold to the Duggan family almost 10 years ago, fans of this iconic steakhouse held their breath in hopes that it would remain close to the original. Well, not only did the Duggan family keep the interior intact, but they also kept the same retro vibe and popular dishes. There’s still a wait to snag a booth and the plates still overflow with grilled meats and Italian sides like ravioli.
When: Sunday-Thursday: 11am-9pm; Friday-Saturday: 11am-10pm
Where: 11 Glenwood Ave, Daly City, CA 94015
Station: Daly City
Walk time: 22 minutes
Phone: (650) 755-7400
Sixteen Mile House
Photo courtesy of Sixteen Mile House’s Yelp page.

Sixteen Mile House

Anyone lucky enough to live in Millbrae knows about this classic downtown steakhouse and music venue. It’s the type of place where neighbors run into each other, whether you’ve lived in Millbrae for five or 50 years. Makes sense since the original Sixteen Mile House was built a block away in 1872. These mile houses, or roadhouses, served as pitstops for stagecoaches that operated between San Francisco and San Jose. Classic cuts like prime rib and fillet are always available and delicious.
When: Monday-Sunday: 12-9pm
Where: 448 Broadway Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030
Station: Millbrae
Walk time: 12 minutes
Phone: (650) 697-6118
Photo courtesy of Brasas Do Brazil.

Brasas Do Brazil

Dining at a Brazilian churrascaria is an adventure, and Concord’s Brasas Do Brazil makes a point to ensure that diners leave full and entertained. This all-you-can-eat dining experience includes skewers of whole grilled New York loin, kebabs, and leg of lamb, among other grilled items like pork ribs, sausage and pineapple. Try to leave room for fresh house-made salads and vegetables, but we won’t blame you if you don’t.
When: Wednesday-Thursday: 5-9pm; Friday: 5-10pm; Saturday: 12-10pm; Sunday: 12-9pm; Closed Monday-Tuesday
Where: 1631 Willow Pass Rd, Concord, CA 94520
Station: Concord
Walk time: 20 minutes
Phone: (925) 822-3474

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