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5A5 Steak Lounge
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Ranked #317 of 5,909 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: US$40 - US$50
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Financial District
Cross street: Battery Street
Description: A stylish & modern take on the traditional steakhouse, blending the ambiance of a contemporary restaurant with that of a vibrant cocktail lounge. We serve the best, top quality steaks from around the world - US Certified Angus Beef and Australian 'Kobe' and the grade A5 100% Japanese Wagyu - highest grade of beef in the world. Our menu is also very accommodating with several non-red meat options and different sized portions available. Great for an outing with friends, a business dinner, or a romantic evening on the town- 5A5 caters to those looking for outstanding food & service complemented by a fun & upbeat dining experience. 5A5 - 5 senses / the A5 experience
Reviewed 21 August 2014 via mobile

My wife and I were in need of a great meal for our first night in SF, and 5A5 did not disappoint one bit. We didn't have a reservation, but only needed to wait ~15 minutes (8pm on a Tuesday). Our waiter was excellent, very helpful and accommodating. The bacon bread was a fantastic starter, followed by Waygu beef sashimi (so good that I even ate the mushrooms, which I usually am not a fan of). We both ordered the filet mignon, both cooked to perfection and accompanied by a delicious balsamic glaze. Almost as good were the sides of French fries (some of the best we've ever had) and green beans w/pine nuts and feta.

Would definitely go again, and highly recommend! Not the most inexpensive meal, but worth the value.

Thank dmcmanus41
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

We are not big fans of steakhouses, in general, though have had many enjoyable meals at several. One that we have enjoyed has been Alexander's Steakhouse in San Francisco, in the spot of the old Restaurant Bacar (which we also enjoyed). While not from that Alexander's, the chef at 5A5, Chef Allen Chen, was Executive Sous Chef at the Cupertino restaurant. We felt that we would be in good hands, and certainly were.

First, the restaurant is circular in most respects, with the dining areas forming concentric circles, with a riser around the outer ring. It is decorated in what I would typify as "modern," and lovely to behold. However, there are many hard surfaces, so noise was a consideration. When we were being escorted by our hostess, she asked if we wanted "quiet," or "lively?" I had not heard that question for almost twenty years, going back to Chef Jean-Marie Josselin's A Pacific Cafe, in Kapa`a, Kaua`i, HI. More on the ambient noise levels later.

After being seated, we ordered the 2011 J.M Boillot Puligny Montrachet, to begin our evening.

This was a good start, as we had to peruse the menu, being somewhat atypical of a "traditional steakhouse." Though I had looked at the on-line menus, there were going to be questions.

We began with the Tuna Tataki w/ tandori spice, watermelon, herb purée and candied bacon, and the Lobster Tempura w/ sweet & sour dipping sauce. First, the Tuna Tataki is sort of a deconstructed "Napolean" or maybe a "lasagna," with layers of beautiful Ahi, sandwiched between slices of watermelon. OK, I know that is hard to imagine, but let's just say that if one stacked up about 8 slices of Ahi, with 6 slices of watermelon between them, then tipped the whole thing over, so that it spanned the plate, like a deck of playing cards, maybe things would compute - excellent! The Lobster Tempura was very tasty, but the Lobster tails meat was framed by both halves of the shell - a lovely presentation, but at our smallish two-top, a bit much to handle. Maybe only half of the shell? Still, great taste and lovely, but too much for a small two-top.

Along the way, we were adding some more wines:

The 2010 Chardonnay Chateau Montelena Napa Valley in a half-bottle and the 2008 Cabernet Blend Miner The Oracle Napa Valley , also in a half-bottle. That two-top was getting crowded!

For our mains, we opted to do an A - B comparison between Filet Mignon w/ demi glace, tarragon fondue, and herb salad, and then an A5 Wagyu Filet w/ truffle risotto, and demi glace. The "regular" Filet was the 6 oz size (10 oz available), and the A5 Wagyu Filet was the 4 oz (for the A5 Wagyu offerings, one orders, and pays by the ounce). The "regular" Filet was excellent (probably not quite in my "Top-10 All-time Best," but close). The A5 Wagyu Filet was also excellent, and it might just have barely made that "Top10" list. Now, here is the question: was the 5A Wagyu Filet worth US$ 100 more, than the "regular" Filet? Tough question, but I would have to say no. While extremely good, it was not THAT much better - some different tastes, a different mouthfeel, but I doubt that I would pay the premium on the next visit, especially as the "regular" was so good. We had added the Truffled Mac & Cheese w/ gruyere, mozzarella and cheddar, and am glad that we halted there, as we had plenty enough food for two.

The service was excellent, with one glitch - between the clearing of the first course plates, there was a noticeable long pause, before the mains arrived. We were in no hurry, and normally take our time dining, and talking, while playing with our wines, but we both took notice of this pause. Not sure what happened there, but it was a little bit of a hiccup - maybe a Filet had to be redone? Both were done to perfection, so if that was the issue, then any problem WAS corrected.

Now, let's back to the noise levels: When we arrived (early seating), the dining area was sparsely populated. However, the noise level was quite high. I was worried, but it appeared to be from three tables (one on the "upper level" and close to us, and two down below). The patrons were screaming and shouting, with ear-splitting laughter. I thought they were at a football game, or something. As soon as those particular tables cleared, the noise level dropped by ~ 10 dB - and did not pick up, as the restaurant filled to capacity. I guess that we just hit the wrong time and the wrong night, and encountered diners, who scream and shout over their early meals? We were amazed at how quiet the busy restaurant became, especially with the already observed hard surfaces. Amazing.

The final critique is that this is NOT a "traditional steakhouse," but is something else - a true hybrid, and for the better! The service was very good (except as noted above), and the seating was comfortable, but we will ask for a larger table next time, as we had wine bottles and some glassware on the railing beside us. I wish that the wine list was a bit deeper, and especially in the half-bottle selections. We most often dine as a couple, and having many half-bottle selections to choose from, allows us to do our own wine pairings with each course, or even each dish.

We will return, as 5A5 is definitely in our once a month "trip to San Francisco" dining schedule.

As a bit of a PS, we did the exact same A - B comparison at Chef Gordon Ramsay's Steak in Las Vegas, and came to the same conclusion, however I have to say that 5A5 blew the doors off of Chef Ramsay's offerings and restaurant, at every turn, and with every dish!

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2  Thank The_Loup_Garou
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Brilliant food but not cheap. We went on a monday night and it was a bt quiet but the food was amazing. I had fillet mignon which was cooked just right and a very tasty piece of beef. The Peanut butter opera cake was delicious and not too sweet. Well worth a visit.

Thank Linda H
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Went on a Sunday night, easy to get a reservation which didn't appear to be necessary. Also was half off a bottle of wine! Unsure if that is every Sunday. 6 oz fillet was perfectly prepared. Mashed potatoes with maple bacon were very good. Brussels sprouts were good, but too much citrus. Great service. The waygu was the highlight, but at $34 an ounce we skipped it.

Thank bfh195
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Hamachi bite, Suzuki, Tuna Tataki and followed by the Lobster Tempura....the perfect small portions to accompany cocktails and great company. Delicious seafood presented in interesting and creative ways and a bar and wait staff that are both helpful and gracious.

Main seating was full (recommend making reservations) so we sat at the bar. The bartender made excellent recommendations for our smaller appetites, and cocktails that matched perfectly.

This is the fourth time I have dined here and its always a pleasure to taste the quality of a menu prepared with attention to detail.

Thank Jettdi
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