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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Osso Steakhouse-San Francisco Nob Hill

In an effort to eat all all 3000 San Francisco restaurants and having been to over 500, my wife Linda and I recently experienced Osso Steakhouse. Osso which means bone opened about 18 months ago and is located on Nob Hill across from famous Grace Cathedral. Valet parking is offered and it located next to the swanky 18 story Gramercy Towers Building.

  As you enter this restaurant, you are impressed by the elegant art deco design, open bar and  large black swivel chairs with views of Grace Cathedral. The open kitchen has regal smells that enhance your appetite from their magical food creations.

The service staff are very knowledgeable and dressed in black tuxedos giving you that noble Nob Hill feeling. The wine and drink list is extensive and mirrored bar is a great place to have a drink and appetizer.

We brought our own vino and the corking fee is $15.00. Our waiter Jack decanted our 06 Library bottle of Silver Oak and recommended we start with their famous pan roasted chorizo cheese bread. That was a great compliment to the wine and was served steaming hot in the pan and seasoned perfectly. The proportion is quite large and could easily be shared with 4 people.

For dinner Linda and I ordered their dry aged petite filet mignon.  From their web site, " A great steak must be dry-aged four to six weeks in a large, specialized facility that provides a sanitized and closely monitored environment; the temperature must be maintained at 33-34 degrees (F), the humidity must be precisely 82% and there must also be a constant air flow of fifteen feet per second around the open meat at all times, all of which takes place under the watchful eye of a highly-skilled butcher. The texture and taste of the meat becomes richer and more buttery."

The steak is then pan seared in its own juices with a hint of garlic and rosemary and then deglazed. This process sets Osso apart from other steakhouses producing a "Oh So Good" results. There are larger size steaks for the bigger appetites with or without the bone and also specials served with fresh crab.

I also had the asparagus soup of the day that was sensational. For sides we chose the twice baked potato and mushrooms that were royal compliments to our steaks. The deserts are also works of art and interesting choices. We shared the sorbet of the day dipped in white chocolate that was a fitting ending to a great foodie experience.

It is no wonder that this steakhouse has been rated in the top ten in the country. After dinner, you are just a short walk to see your favorite show at the Curran Theater or visiting famous Grace Cathedral perked proudly on Nob Hill. We saw the eternal I Love Lucy Show after dinner and brought back many good memories.  We will definitely return. As a matter of fact, we are going back Christmas Eve with friends and attend Midnight service at Grace Cathedral.