Toast to a Basic: Harris’ Restaurant, The San Francisco Steakhouse

Restaurant developments could come and go, however there isn’t a denying the everlasting attraction of the traditional steakhouse. How else to elucidate Harris’ Restaurant’s almost 4 many years of ongoing success? The San Francisco mainstay is extra common than ever, because of the veracity of the adage that ‘every thing outdated turns into new once more.’ Few can resist a chief reduce, paired with an ice chilly martini or a glass of wealthy Cabernet, as evidenced by the gang gathered on a current, equally traditional, foggy San Francisco night.  

The steakhouse style in San Francisco is almost outlined by Harris’, the place in 1984, Ann Lee Harris opened her restaurant with a want to create an environment of conventional magnificence and attraction – a imaginative and prescient achieved by way of a lush ambiance of darkish wooden, excessive ceilings, brass chandeliers, and tufted leather-based cubicles. She employed a muralist to adorn the principle eating room partitions with bucolic landscapes, and the bar space with iconic San Francisco scenes, the brilliant inexperienced hue of which makes for a full of life Instagram backdrop. 

Harris’ Restaurant Eating Room

Little has modified throughout the inside over time, accounting for a lot of the restaurant’s attraction. The identical will be mentioned for the kitchen, the place Michael Buhagiar has helmed the grill as govt chef since 1991. Now additionally proprietor of Harris’ since 2003, Chef Buhagiar continues to supervise the culinary aspect of issues whereas his two sons Marc and David handle the home, making certain that Mrs. Harris’ imaginative and prescient continues to thrive. And thrive it has. 

Harris’ Restaurant Proprietor and Government Chef Michael Buhagiar

Virtually like theater, Harris’ Restaurant offers a swank and glamorous transportive expertise with a timeless ‘if these partitions may discuss’ ambiance. With a historic Van Ness handle the place first-rate meals have been served for almost 90 years (the positioning beforehand housed Grison’s Steakhouse, opened in 1936), the scene is full with stay jazz nightly, excellent cocktails, an award-winning wine listing, and a menu of greater than a dozen aged beef choices. Reserve a banquette in the principle eating room, or walk-in to the equally spacious bar to look at the ‘present:’ nattily attired bartenders perfecting their craft, a pianist and bassist whose comfortable jazz riffs enable for dialog, and bow-tied waiters expertly attending to gastronomic wishes.

Harris’ Restaurant Options Dwell Jazz Nightly

Harris’ Restaurant 1753 Manhattan

Begin with steakhouse masterpieces similar to Oysters on the Half Shell, Smoked Salmon with Dill Cream Cheese and Toast Factors, Dungeness Crab Desserts, or a traditional Caesar. For mains, select from Wagyu cuts, or mid-west aged cuts similar to “The 49er,” a 16 oz. boneless New York, or the 24 oz. Porterhouse, or an 8 oz. Filet Mignon – every served with a potato dish (mashed, scalloped, or baked) and vegetable aspect – more and more a steakhouse rarity as many eating places at this stage cost for aspect dishes. Elevate your selection with considered one of Harris’ steak sauces: Bearnaise, Brandy, or Truffle Madeira. Or go rogue and order the contemporary salmon filet, steamed complete Maine lobster, or pan roasted breast of hen. 

Harris’ Restaurant’s Wine Cellar Options Labels From Across the World

And if nonetheless hungry, the choice of timeless desserts (cheesecake, Baked Alaska, Pavlova, and so forth.) will greater than satiate. That is consolation meals as its absolute best – delivered inside an atmosphere that additionally nourishes the soul.  

Harris’ Restaurant Basic Cheesecake with Seasonal Topping

2100 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA

All images by Michelle Min, courtesy of Harris’ Restaurant, the San Francisco Steakhouse

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