Osso Steakhouse is “OSSO GOOD”

  Posted by - July 30, 2014 - $$$ (50-100), NightTime, Restaurants, San Francisco

This steakhouse just totally “gets me”

And if you’re anything like me, you want the best of both worlds.


Here’s what happened: I was craving a bomb juicy piece of steak AND delicious seafood… at the same damn time (shocker right?)

Anyway. My BF did some research and came across Osso Steakhouse –> which not only had raving reviews for their steaks, but also for their dungenous crab (the food pics were a total plus).

So naturally, I HAD to go try them out. Plus, they’re newly opened… and I LOVE finding new gems in the city. Needless to say, the food was amazing and I’ve been OMGing ever since.

Here’s what we had:

For appetizers, we had the crab crostini (16.95), which was a great start to our meal. This came with smoked salmon, topped with fresh crab & a thick avocado slice. The crab meat was fresh and the crostini was thin enough to enjoy without wasting my appetite.

The house salad (9.95) was simple, yet one of the best salads I’ve had at a steak restaurant. Came with tomato, pumpkin seeds, avocado & watermelon radish.  They used a balsamic vinegar dressing mixed with a light touch of mustard which complimented the tomatoes and avocado really well.

My boyfriend and I both ordered the bone-in filet mignon ($45.95). I always get my steak medium rare plus, and it comes out perfect each time. The steak arrived in their natural juices with a slight hint of rosemary and garlic seasoning. The meat was tender and perfectly marbled throughout. Honestly, one of the best seasoned steaks I’ve eaten in a long time.

Next, we ordered the two pounder Dungeness crab in a garlic sauce (36.95) <– A total highlight of my meal! This arrives in a large hot cast-iron skillet. The shell of the crab is a deep orange and is still glistening from the garlic juices. The crab is also perfectly seasoned and the meat soaked up all the garlic juices nicely. You can even smell and taste the freshness of the crab….nommm.

It also comes with an uber sexy bib and awesome crab crackers to dig out all THAT delicious meat….

But yah right! Who am I kidding…?

I’d still probably get it all over my face, some on white shirt, and probably some on my neighbor.

So we asked for it DE-SHELLED (not because I’m clumsy, but because my BF is super OCD/ clean freak) <– yeah, I know…we make the perfect couple. lol.

Anyway. Completely de-shelled?


For our sides, we had the mac & cheese (8.95) spiced with chorizo. Honestly, it was decent…but nothing spectacular.

So. We made our own combo: crab stuffed mac & cheese #fatkidforlifey #couldntresist

The mac & cheese was a little too cheesy by itself, but it went perfect with the additional crab toppings.

And lemme just say…you’ll thank me for this one. (fingers crossed)

And we also may or may not have topped off our steaks with crab meat…. yeahhhhh. Sooo good it hurts.

For our wine, we had a 2010′ bottle of the Plumpjack cabernet sauvignon ($95/ half bottle) The wine had notes of blackberry & cherry and intriguing hints of black pepper, mint and vanilla. The aromas and flavors enhance the wine’s complexity, which was a perfect compliment to our bone-in filet. 

For dessert, we had the mango panna cotta (8.95), which had a melt.in.your.mouth type of texture. Although theres very little technique used in this dessert, it was the perfect ending to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Next we had the warm lemon torte with mint cream (8.95). It had a lovely bright lemon flavor and the texture of a tender pudding cake. Honestly, it was nothing spectacular and I could have gone without it. The mango panna cotta would have sufficed.

To sum it all up…Osso is worthy of being a top contending steakhouse in San Francisco. For only being in business for a little over a year, their top menu items (steak & crab) is excellent…however, the overall menu could use a little more fine tuning.

The service was amazing throughout, and they went above and beyond my expectations. So if you’re looking for an awesome steakhouse in San Francisco, Osso is a new restaurant with an old school charm that will not disappoint.

I will definitely be back!

Hopefully sooner than later…

Omg that crab….

Okay. Done.



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  • Lauren August 16, 2014 - 6:49 am Reply

    Just had an amazing crab/steak dinner at Osso’s last night. Just wanted to say thanks for your recommendations!
    Ps: love your blog!

  • Julianne S. August 5, 2014 - 5:42 pm Reply

    Amazing! That crab and steak is calling my name!

  • Mikey August 4, 2014 - 10:53 pm Reply

    Have you ever been to 5A5 steakhouse? If so, which one do you like better? I’m bringing my family to the city this coming weekend. Any tips would be great. Thanks in advance!

    • CynEats August 4, 2014 - 11:05 pm Reply

      Both are great steakhouses. However, I like Osso’s steaks just a little bit better- the bone-in filet is unreal! They also have the best dungenous crab (obv) and I’d highly recommend getting it to share with the table. Osso is also a better family environment for the kids!

      Hope this helps :)


  • Tommy K. August 2, 2014 - 7:10 pm Reply

    That steak looks delicious! My co-workers were also telling me good things about Osso.

  • Hank July 31, 2014 - 1:33 am Reply

    Looks good! I was looking for a place to take my girl for our anniversary. She’s more of a seafood person, while I gotta have my steak! Will give this place a try!

  • Jenni July 30, 2014 - 5:26 pm Reply

    Your pics are amazing, my mouth is watering right now. You go to such amazing restaurants all the time, I’m so jealous

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