I had never been to Alfred's but had visited many of the local steak/prime rib restaurants over the last 2 years. Local residents with some association to the financial district spoke highly of the food and the old style steak house look.
They were right on. Apps like toasted garlic bread, prosciutto wrapped shrimp and calamari may lack for creativity but are top notch as were the salads (wedge, spinach). To the steaks next, choices are traditional filet, sirloin, etc., etc.; I enjoyed a Tuscan T-bone; a great cut perfectly cooked rubbed with olive oil and rosemary; it made a very tasty cut of beef with a slightly unique flavor. Others enjoyed the afore mentioned cuts of beef served wit the usual sides, all well prepared.
The wine list is not buried in cabs; there are other reds of great value and quality. The charge = or less than 1.5 times street price. We enjoyed a delicious Frank Family Zin and were tempted by the ripasso valpolicella a steal at <$40. The list isn't as extensive as others (read Bob's, Ruths' and other locals beef places) Prices are on the low end for the high quality meats.
Now the look. It's from the past, red leather, walls and a non-modern appearance. This is a preservation of steak houses past and they pull it off with just enough modern touches.
It's now at the top of our list when we get the urge for beef in San Francisco.
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