Thumbs up on Boboquivaris
I had celebratory dinner last night with a group of my closest buddies at Boboquivaris (or Bobos from the sign out front).
I had their garlic roasted crab, which was excellenthot, succulent, flavorful. I really got into it with my hands. The waiter anticipated my needs exactly, as as soon as I was done, he had a steaming hot damp towel for me to wipe my hands with.
Everyone else in the party had variations on their steaks (filet mignons I believe but cant be 100% sure). My ex-H, who was at the dinner and who eats at A LOT of SF steakhouses (used to love Alfreds until he had an unfortunate experience there and will now never go back), said the steaks at Boboquivaris were outstanding. Size was not quite as large as other places (like Alfreds), but were perfectly cooked, exactly as ordered (unlike Alfreds, who he says sometimes overcooks their rare/medium rare steaks). Bobos apparently ages their beef longer than the other steak houses.
We started with an order of the iron skillet roasted mussels, which were delicious, and we all had salads too. Their mesclun lettuce salad was excellentperfectly lightly dressed so that the veggies could really shine.
We also shared several sides during dinner (the Portobello mushrooms, spinach, and broccoli di rabe), and they were all very good.
Desserts we had were the pear tarte tatin, and the berry tartelet. Both came out warm from the oven with a small scoop of vanilla gelato. All plates were clean at the end of the meal.
Corkage was a reasonable $15 per bottle. They decanted each bottle (we brought 2) and also provided different wine glasses for each bottle. The glasses were nice sized--you could really get your nose in there--and on the sturdy side.
Service was excellent--very attentive, not pretentious or overbearing.
Drink prices at the bar were typical ($7 martini/manhattans).
Boboquivaris interior is quite different from the usual SF steakhouses. The interior is more fun, funky, modern, hip, and intimate (versus the usual old school masculine elegance of Alfreds or Harris).
There is COMPLIMENTARY valet parkinga big plus because it is a pain to hunt for parking in that area.
Overall, it was an excellent meal, and a refreshing new alternative to the SF steakhouse scene.
1450 lombard street
san francisco, ca 94123
Open from 5pm - 1am