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Top 5 Bay Area Steakhouses That You Must Try!

Steak from "Leila By The Bay" (credit: R. Del Rosario/CBS Local)

The San Francisco Bay Area has no shortage of delicious dining options for those looking to sink their teeth into a big hunk of red meat. Local steak lovers have so many options for dining out, so sometimes choosing the perfect steakhouse can be a challenge. Here is a list of five of the best around the Bay. For even more ideas, see this list of best Bay Area steakhouses.

San Jose Marriott
100 W. San Carlos St.
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 278-4555

Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, Arcadia is one of chef Michael Mina's Bay Area restaurants. This upscale spot provides excellent service in the brightly lit dining room inside the San Jose Marriott hotel. Diners can select from a range of perfectly cooked steaks such as Wagyu hanger, rib eye and New York, or choose to go with alternatives like braised short ribs, lobster pot pie or rack of lamb. Not to be outdone are delectable sides such as duck fat fries, wood-roasted mushrooms and truffled macaroni and cheese.

5A5 Steak Lounge
244 Jackson St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 989-2539

San Francisco's 5A5 Steak Lounge categorizes itself as a combination of the traditional and modern steakhouse. The menu includes everything from slow roasted prime rib and filet mignon, to hefty 22-oz. T-bone portions. Chicken, fish and vegetarian options are available, and mouth-watering sides include potatoes au gratin and creamed spinach with bacon and Boursin cheese. Diners rave about the Wagyu beef in four- and six-oz. portions, available with modern toppings like truffle cheese and shimeji mushrooms.

Buckeye Roadhouse 
15 Shoreline Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 331-2600

Located just off Highway 101, the Buckeye Roadhouse has been a Marin fixture since 1937. The traditional American fare with a California flair is accented by in-house smoked meats. With everything from several steak options to chops and brisket, there is something here to please any meat lover. Stop by for a steak or seafood dinner, brunch or a colorful cocktail in the restaurant's bar. Parking in the small lot is valet only.

Forbes Mill Steakhouse
200 Sycamore Valley Road W.
Danville, CA 94526
(925) 552-0505

With two Bay Area locations, one in Danville and one in Los Gatos, the Forbes Mill Steakhouse is a popular local fine-dining institution. Both locations serve a generous number of Prime grade Certified Angus Beef and seafood entrees, as well as a varied selection of surf and turf combos. Sides include traditional favorites like loaded baked potatoes, sauteed mushrooms and mac and cheese. Perfect for those special-occasion splurge dinners, Forbes Mill is sure to impress the steak connoisseur. Vegetarian and gluten-free diets can be easily accommodated.

Espetus Churrascaria
1686 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 552-8792

Dining at Espetus Churrascaria is the ultimate experience for any meat lover. With a Hayes Valley and a San Mateo location, this traditional Brazilian steakhouse serves up to 14 different varieties of meat nightly. Meat is continuously offered tableside and portioned out from large skewers, on an all-you-can-eat basis. On any given day, diners could indulge in not only filet mignon and top sirloin, but also ribs, pork tenderloin and lamb. Don't count out the vegetarians when making reservations as Espetus also has an impressive and inventive salad bar that includes both traditional American and Brazilian offerings sure to please any palate.

Joanna Metheny is a freelance writer covering all things South Bay. Her work can be found on


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