To those of you who love prime rib and an excellent dining experience with outstanding service for a fair price I can honestly recommend the house of PR to you. I was wise enough to book well in advance, I think that one has to book at least a month or so before, depending on the season. We cabbed over from union square and were a tick early, we were instantly seated in the lounge and ordered cocktails. Around 8 dollars for martini and co, (going rate in SF is probably more 12 - 20 USD) and they ask if you prefer a particular spirit - so my date asked for grey goose, was only 2 dollars more, and wait for it, they come over with the ENTIRE shaker, put it on your table. So by the time we sat down 20 minutes later we were still swilling away at our manhattan and cranberry martini, amazing deal. Then the real dining experience begins. The dining room is "hopping" full, boisterous, lively, with a myriad of waiters whizzing past one another with hot plates, drinks, bread and the like with uncanny precision and coordination, and all the time all are revolving around several hot metal "zeppelins" that slowly make their way from table to table. But ill get to those in a moment. Our server, lets call him edward norton, because I cant remember his name and he looked like the actor, was great. After a loaf of piping hot sourdough bread was placed on the table he came over and briefly explained the menu, helped me with the wine list (which is very extensive, and quite fair priced - so from $ to $$$$ with something good in every price category) upon entering one sees the giant glass encased "wine room" beside the bar, and whizzed off again to attend to his other tables. The menu is indeed quite simple, as the "house of prime rib" is what it suggests. You can choose from a variety of cuts of prime rib, also the degree of done-ness and then from either baked potato, mash, spinach, creamed corn.. the usual toppings and add-ons. A yorkshire pudding is also included as well as three different kinds of horseradish which are left at the table - from mild , mixed with mayonnaise to "scratch at the back of your skull in vain hounds of the Baskervilles" hotness. Each meal also starts with a mixed salad, that they dress at the table by whizzing a bowl around in a vat of ice, they take your large dinner plate and bring it back with so much salad that the plate itself pretty much disappears from sight. Soon after you finish the salad the main event begins and the iron zeppelin hoves into view and docks at your table. The lid goes up and with the help of LED lighting reveals meat in paradise. Several slabs of prime rib reside within, and within no time edward and the zeppelin pilot have plated two generous portions of meat with said veg and said starch (but seconds are "on the house" although i didnt see anyone who could manage that) then edward returned with a freshly baked yorkshire pudding still in the pan, which he halved and also plated. Needless to say everything was as it should be, cooked to perfection - pure enjoyment. Doing one thing and doing it well. Determined to make it all the way to the finish line we also shared an order of bread pudding. Edward brought out an extra scoop of ice cream with it, "because thats how he likes to eat it", and although we were still finishing the wine we had ordered an espresso each with the dessert, also to help digest a bit. I have the feeling that somewhere, somehow edward was watching until the second we had taken the last sip of wine, he pushed GO on the coffee machine, within seconds, a minute or so, espresso appeared. We left delighted both with the experience, and the quality of the food (the price is also for what you get VERY fair) and I cant remember when ive had more sincere, excellent service in a restaurant. In short, if you find yourself in SF and are in the mood for a great evening, and if meat is your thing, do try and get a table at the house if prime rib.
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