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Morton's of Chicago
400 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94102 Phone: (415) 986-5830
Cuisine: Classic American
Pluses: High quality beef and lobster
Minuses: High prices
Don't Miss: Upscale ambiance, quality food, excellent service
Prices: Very expensive
Overview: Open for Dinner only daily
Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club, Japanese Credit Bureau accepted
Valet parking or nearby garages
Smoking policy allowed in bar only, not restaurant; they sell cigars
Wheelchair accessible via elevator
"When you've seen one, you've seen them all" is a phrase that fits this steakhouse chain to a T (or is it T-bone)? But, in this case, I couldn't mean it in a more positive way! All 30 of Morton's sites are upscale, carry quality beef and strive to give the diner superior service. "The prime of the prime," as they say.
The feel of the San Francisco Morton's, located downtown, is very masculine and clubby, with dark woods throughout. Stop first at the bar for light appetizers with your drinks; if you want to smoke with dinner, you can dine in the bar.
Not only are the portions large at Morton's but also your bill is likely to be large. All this finery does not come cheap. Steaks are $22.95 to $29.95 each and lobsters cost $16.50 a pound. Both are excellent. Appetizers, salads, vegetables and desserts are a la carte. But don't let that keep you from ordering the hashbrown potatoes, an authentic version.
Beef is king here, as evidenced by the fact that your meat is shown to you before being cooked. There are a minimal number of seafood items on the menu. The large Maine lobster are the exception. Weighing in at two and a half to four and a half pounds, the whole lobsters are baked, cracked and served with drawn butter, lemon and, of course, a red and white plastic lobster bib. This extravagance is a real treat!
Another treat is a Morton's dessert souffl» -- chocolate, Grand Marnier, raspberry and lemon. Your waiter will ask for this commitment when you order dinner so plan ahead.