San Francisco's 3 best spots for fancy traditional American fare


Wayfare Tavern | Photo: Bob K./Yelp

Looking for a delicious traditional American meal near you?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best high-end traditional American restaurants around San Francisco, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to satisfy your cravings.

1. House of Prime Rib

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Topping the list is House of Prime Rib. Located at 1906 Van Ness Ave. in Nob Hill, House of Prime Rib is the most popular high-end traditional American restaurant in San Francisco, boasting four stars out of 7,155 reviews on Yelp. The restaurant, which specializes in tableside-carved roast beef, was recently named as a semifinalist for the Outstanding Restaurant category in the 2020 James Beard Awards.

If you're curious for more, we found these details about House of Prime Rib.

"We do one dish exceptionally well — prime rib," the business notes on Yelp. "House of Prime Rib sprawls over five rooms with comfy banquets, spacious tables and fireplaces. There are two fresh fish dishes on the menu, but we have been known for fine prime rib since 1949."

2. Wayfare Tavern

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Next up is the Financial District's Wayfare Tavern, which opened for business at 558 Sacramento St. (at the corner of Leidesdorff Street) in 2010. Sporting a vintage, turn-of-the-20th-century decor, Wayfare Tavern offers burgers, fried chicken, steaks, a raw bar and a list of classic and signature cocktails. With four stars out of 3,895 reviews on Yelp, it has proved to be a local favorite for those looking to indulge.

We turned to Yelp for more on Wayfare Tavern.

"Chef Tyler Florence's flagship restaurant is a timeless San Francisco tavern featuring authentic American dishes inspired by local cuisine at the turn of the 20th century," the business states on its Yelp page. "Ranging from classic comforts to rustic delicacies, the menu also features California wines by the bottle, quality draft beers, organic draft root beer and classic Victorian-era cocktails."

3. Tadich Grill

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Last but not least, there's Tadich Grill, also in the Financial District, at 240 California St. (between Front and Battery streets). As California's "oldest, continuously run restaurant" — according to its website — Tadich Grill serves a full menu of steak and seafood classics, including shrimp cocktail, cioppino, mesquite-broiled filets, halibut Florentine and more. Yelpers give this fancy traditional American spot four stars out of 2,440 reviews.

If you're curious for more, we found these details about Tadich Grill.

"Tadich Grill was started by three Croatian immigrants and has been Croatian-owned since our inception," the business says in the history section of its Yelp profile. "We have been in eight different locations over the years but have been at our permanent home on California Street since 1967."

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