5A5 Steak Lounge
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- 83%Nightlife Lovers
- 67%Luxury Travelers
- 58%Business Travelers
- 51%History Buffs
- 51%Local Culture
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Member Reviews (20)
- 5A5 Steak LoungeMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 2Nov 16, 2013
Listen to the pianist playing softly in the background as you sip on a Ritual 75 and pore over the menu. Any of the appetizers are tasty. The hamachi can get a little salty (soy sauce), the lobster tempura is good, but the bacon-wrapped scallops are what you want. The beet salad is also good, but the Mizuno salad is where it's at. The steaks are good, though I can name some other places with better dry-aged or better prime rib. However, the wine selection is a redeeming quality. Dessert - the chocolate fondant is a really rich lava cake, but it's nothing compared to the Southern Decadence (LOVE), which is is tobacco ice cream in whiskey (if memory serves me right). Deelish, even without the chocolate cigarillo. The Fosters Opera is a multi-layered concoction of goodness (assuming you like peanut butter, chocolate, and wafers) with flambeéd bananas. The staff is extremely attentive and courteous, and well-versed in both the menu and the wine list. They may surprise you with amuse bouche, intermezzo, and post-dessert surprise. *Be prepared for the bill to climb rapidly. ;)
- 5A5 Steak LoungeAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Nov 02, 2013
Simply put, this place is amazing, from the food to the service to the wonderful decor! I went to 5A5 Steak Lounge during the semi-annual Dine About Town, and had myself a wonderful 3-course meal
1) The Iceberg Lettuce Salad: Russian dressing, smoked bacon, fuji apple, hard-boiled egg - crispy, fresh, and delightful. The dressing was wonderful and not too heavy, and the fuji apple gave it a wonderfully sweet taste.
2) Boneless Ribeye Steak: brandy peppercorn sauce, shiitake mushroom - cooked to perfection, the meat was soft and melted in my mouth!
3) Pistachio Cake: simply delicious with the right amount of cream. Not too sweet and went very well as a dessert after the steak.
I was able to also try some other dishes on the Dine About Town that were delicious!
4) Daikon Soup: blue crab meat, apple, and nori - very different from the typical Americano soups, this thick soup was a great way to start the meal! Very tasty!
5) Dry-Aged New York Strip Steak: kalbi marinade, kim chee, bean sprouts - this was one of the most unique steaks I've every tried. The NY Steak was grilled to perfection and had that delicious crispy texture on the surface, and the sweet kabli marinade offered a perfect contrast to the meaty steak flavors. Never seen kimchi put on the steak, but it was perfect!
The service was top-notch and the decor made it feel very classy and trendy. On Saturdays, 5A5 turns into a club/lounge. If you like steak, this is one steakhouse that is not to be missed!
- 5A5 Steak LoungeMember ofBudget TravelersFoodiesNightlife LoversNov 01, 2013
A friend of mine needed some help in choosing a venue for her bachelorette party. Seeing as I've reviewed a handful of places in SF, she sought my advice. I recommended a few on my list and a few that weren't, 5A5 being one of them. As far as prices for bottle service were concerned, this place turned out to be the most reasonable. I had previously never been here, so it was only fair that I check it out for myself as well. I did recommend it to her, after all. They were able to accommodate our party of 15 girls, even though one table was reserved. I guess I was the only one thrown off by the bottle service, which included everything you would expect to find. But with the addition of a cocktail shaker, one would figure that a server would be on hand to make drinks for the group. Nope. So I decide to step in and get the ball rollin' by pouring out a few chilled shots, then a few vodka/cranberries and vodka/pineapples.
Soon we all had enough liquor in our systems and headed to the floor, which was pretty dead. Excuse me, don't bring your wall flowering self onto the dance floor if you're not going to dance. Gah! Here we go again getting the party started. The DJ was pretty good with his music selection. Drinks from the bar can be a tad pricey depending on what you order. I was hoping the bartender would be able to bring back my Vegas moment by making me an Electric Lemonade, but he couldn't recall the recipe. Fail. Oh well, water under the bridge.
I like the ambiance of the place and the free cover, which makes up for the drink costs. It's also a restaurant before it turns into a lounge. So if you're an early bird to the party scene, feel free to drop in and get your grub on before getting your groove on later.
- 5A5 Steak LoungeMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Jul 31, 2013
This was a really cool restaurant. The atmosphere felt like a the lounge on a 70s luxury space ship. The food was tasty - I started with bacon wrapped scallops - excellent. Then I had a fillet, which was also great. The only complaint I had was they didn't get the timing quite right on the steaks. I asked med rare and mine was closer to rare. My friend asked for a t-bone medium rare and got one closer to medium. I'll chalk that up to us being a big group. I'd definitely come back.
- 5A5 Steak LoungeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 12Sep 24, 2012
Ha! No wonder! Had no idea this place was a steak lounge when I went there for an after-party. I had several bites of their steak appetizers and was amazed how good it was. Now wonder. They do steaks! And they do it well.
- 5A5 Steak LoungeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Sep 23, 2012
I've been here for cocktails after work at their swanky bar and organized a dinner for a group of 70 people in their sleek dining area, and have been impressed with everything. The management team and the servers are all super professional and accommodating, and it was a breeze putting together a dinner of that size. They worked on a 3-course prix fixe menu and selection of wines that fit within our budget.
- 5A5 Steak LoungeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jul 05, 2012
It is difficult not to compare 5A5 with Alexander's. I am sure you have heard a lot. I will try not to bore you.
My biggest surprise was from their hamachi shooter. It is actually almost a complete different recipe from Alexander's. No truffle oil but plenty of yuzu. The citric flavor could be too bold for some but refreshing for others.
My biggest disappointment was from the prime rib. First, it was served lukewarm. Probably sat in the kitchen a little too long while the other steak was being prepared. The doneness was correct. It was cooked medium rare as requested but the meat was slightly too chewy.
Daikon soup was good. Foie gras torchon has minor air bubble. Tajima f1 Ribeye was fat, juicy and tender although the seared foie gras on top could have sat in the frying pan for another minute. Strawberry souffle was this dramatic fluffiness. Can't say I didn't enjoy it.
I wish they have petite fours or small sweets when they present the check.
Overall not a bad meal but there were things that could have been better.
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- 5A5 Steak LoungeCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Jul 05, 2012
5A5 Steak Lounge is a nice enough place. It's somewhat fancy, the ambience is nice and the service is pleasant. I've been here several times for drinks and private events, and they always do a good job. Their cocktails are quite tasty and the price is expected for a restaurant like this in the FiDi.
It's not exactly my favorite place to lounge, but it's a worthy contender.
- 5A5 Steak LoungeJul 05, 2012
I've heard plenty about this place for a while and finally got to go when I was in the mood for steak. The staff were all professional and good at what they were doing. I liked the bar area because of the openness overall cool vibe. It's definitely a good place to hang out with friends for drinks and to mingle.
The food was disappointing. The hamachi shooter was hard, as if not done defrosting. My ribeye, ordered medium, was burned on the outside and tough and chewy to eat. I literally spit out pieces. My date enjoyed his NY steak and the daikon soup--I agreed that his dishes were better than mine. My order must have been a fluke since this place is raved about? Anyway, I'd be back for drinks but not for a dinner of my choosing.
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