We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Elbow Room

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
American, Bar, Grill, Pub
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
731 W. San Jose Avenue, Fresno, CA 93704-2327
+1 559-227-1234
00:00 - 00:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 00:00 - 00:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

150 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 145: English reviews
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The outdoor patio is OK. In the bar, the noice level is higher than I like. Seems to have a crowd who knows each other. Some very friendly. Others, not too much. Drinks, average to good. Service personel, friendly enough. Located in Shoping Center. Lots of parking if you don't mind walking a little. Located in fairly safe area in... More 

Thank Micky D
Avila Beach, California
Level Contributor
15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The open face steak sandwich is the best in town by far. I've been having that every time I eat there. It's a can't miss meal

Thank ScottWHF
Fresno, California
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

This is a Fresno favorite for those who are over 30. The patio bar is hospitable and roomy with lots of chairs and a trendy outside bar. There is a private patio for rent and the wine cellar is fun for small private parties and corporate meetings. Food is excellent. It isn't cheap, cocktails are at a premium. However if... More 

Thank beverlyr801
Fresno, California
Level Contributor
107 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

First thing I'd like to say thinks were about 50 people the staff is outstanding we never had a want they took care of us very well. The food was phenomenal everyone had a very good time and I recommend it to anybody we ate on the patio and it was a beautiful night

Thank Larry C
Level Contributor
151 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

went for husband's birthday dinner and sat on the patio, nice evening made nicer by the fireplace and heaters running. Also great that you can not smoke on the patio, thanks for that. The food was good but a little expensive considering. He had the filet and was very pleased, I had the halibut special and found the piece of... More 

Thank tollhousetart
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

good atmosphere, not to loud good mix of people. a clean place but closes to early. appetizers are good.

Thank Richard S
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Nice local restaurant with 2 full bars, full and varied menu with indoor and patio (heated and cooled) seating. Always good service and quality meal options.

Thank Darren W
Moncton, Canada
Level Contributor
33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

A long day at the office with an evening meeting leaves Jack with no time to eat or socialize! Why not do that at the same time! Elbow Room, nestled in the heart of Fresno's Fig Garden is the perfect place to unwind. The inside restaurant and bar is serviced by the same great kitchen that provides delicious food for... More 

Thank VirgilioZipper
Fresno, California
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

This is a very comfortable, casual local Fresno restaurant. My wife had the chicken tortilla soup and it was excellent! I had their signature steak sandwich on a January special and it was good as usual! Great service and atmosphere. Highly recommend this local restaurant! Good martinis and wine selection!

Thank GregT2750
Fresno, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

My husband and I met our son at the Elbow Room for lunch and it was wonderful! We had not been there for years, but my husband remembered it being very good. We decided to try it again and we had a wonderful lunch! The service was excellent and the food was over the top! I am so glad we... More 

Thank Diane M

Travellers who viewed Elbow Room also viewed


Been to Elbow Room? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$36
American, Bar, Grill, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 731 W. San Jose Avenue, Fresno, CA 93704-2327
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Fresno
  • Phone Number: +1 559-227-1234
Imagine visiting your favorite San Francisco-style steakhouse. Place it in the heart of California and invite all your friends to meet you there, and you'll experience The Elbow Room. From the day the doors first opened in 1955, The Elbow Room has been serving the best steak sandwich anywhere and it's still the number one item on the menu today. The culinary team will proudly tell you they only serve the finest Harris Ranch 100% Certified Natural Black Angus Beef, and it's a difference you can taste. The Elbow Room is synonymous with the best in casual dining and is known for being the place to see and be seen. Owner Mike Shirinian says it's their artisan approach to comfort food that's the real secret to the success of the nearly 6 decade-old California icon. Enjoy premiere steaks and seafood while sampling from the Wine Spectator Award Winning wine list. Watch the best satellite sports or just hang out with friends dining on one of the year-round temperature controlled patios. Completely remodeled in 2013,The Elbow Room has both eyes on the future while retaining an important link to its historic past - where everything old is new again.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Elbow Room staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?