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“Wonderful Experience!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Old San Francisco Steak House

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Old San Francisco Steak House
Ranked #1,261 of 4,589 Restaurants in San Antonio
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Northeast San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

Food was outstanding- as great as we remembered from years ago. At our table, we had steaks and Chicken Piccata. All were wonderful and reasonably priced for all the food you get.. All entrees came with a salad and choice of 2 sides- of course all followed the wonderful cheese block first brought to the table. Can't find this deal at "big name steakhouses". The talented pianist was too loud for table conversation, but after requesting he play a little more quietly, we could talk and enjoy his music at the same time. More people need to rediscover this gem!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Vancouver, WA
Level Contributor
107 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“The glory of the past is gone.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2011

The first time I ate at the Old San Francisco Steak House was in 1970. It made quite an impression on me with the girl in the swing and the blig block of Swiss cheese. 41 years later, there is still a girl in the swing and a big block of Swiss cheese and it is pretty much the same except the quality of the food was a disappointment. The thrill is gone. Too bad. I don't think this place is going to around too much longer because business on a Friday night was really slow. I don't think I would ever go back again.

Visited November 2011
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Austin, Texas
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR $$$$$$$$$”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2010

Sorry folks but this place needs to keep the doors closed.
The service was very good but the food was less than average.The steak was not tender and lacked flavor. The baked potato was not done all the way.Now I know why the parking lot was empty.
To top it off when we get the bill (just two of us) they decided to add the TIP. Well where I come from the TIP is base on service.We talked to the assistant manager( he was great) and retrieved the manager( the cook) and the cook didn't really care to here about what we were saying.
WE WILL NEVER GO BACK !!!!
I don't even want to rate this but I have to so I can post this!!!

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la ca
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Better than Ever!!! We had the best time there!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2010

We made our reservations on line at www.theoldsanfrancisco.com and were greeted by name by a very beautiful "Swing Girl" named Shelly. She was so warm to our children and made us feel special as she sat us in the Main Dining Room. We were greeted by our server, Ross, who invited us to try one of the Steakhouses Signature Drinks. We had "Texas Sunset Swirls" and really enjoyed the delicious and colorful drinks. To our surprise, we were given a souvenir glass each with the Swing Girl logo on the glass to take home with us.
We were really taken by how good the restaurant looked and the ambiance we experienced. The music was superb, a mix of swing and contemporary Jazz and the service maintained a balance of Friendly and Professional. Ross was very knowledgeable and was able to recommend the perfect steak to me, the Cowboy Cut Ribeye and my Wife LOVED her Filet au Poivre. We had a stellar California Cabernet which we were informed came from an Organic Vineyard. It was the perfect pairing with our entrees. The kids ordered off of the Childrens' Menu and we were pleased to see that the Kids' plates looked like real restaurant food in presentation and quality. We were thrilled to see that both the Service and Food definitely exceeded our expectations!
As far as I could tell, they have maintained all of the old traditions like the Big Blocks of cheese on the table and the "Girl on the Red Velvet Swing." The Swing Girl Shelly took us on a tour of the property and we discovered the amazing Crystal Room. We had no idea that this property had a 200 plus seat Atrium-Style Ballroom complete with Palm Trees and Waterfalls! This room is stunning! We can't wait for our Anniversary so that we can throw a party here!
To top off our evening, Ross prepared the classic Bananas Fosters for us table-side. What a touch! We will definitely be back and we hope the San Antonio Locals give this Iconic Steakhouse a try. They will not be disappointed!

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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