Alfred’s features dry-aged steaks cooked over a mesquite grill, along with sides, appetizers and even vegetarian entrees inspired by the Bay Area’s fresh produce. Martinis and Manhattans are served with a refill in the shaker, and Bananas Foster are flambéed tableside, in a nod to steakhouse traditions. The bar offers a more casual experience, where locals gather for deviled eggs or the Alfred’s burger and steak fries while they watch the game. Lunch is served on Thursdays and Fridays, while dinner is served nightly.
In 1911, Alfred Bacchini joined the wave of young immigrants moving from Italy to New York. To launch his new life in America, he had only a $20 gold piece and a train ticket to San Francisco. After years of scrimping and saving, he achieved his dream and opened his own business at the young age of 27. He opened Alfred’s on Vallejo Street in 1928, moving to 886 Broadway just one year later. He successfully ran Alfred’s until the 1970s, installing the crystal chandeliers (replicas of the chandeliers at the Vienna Opera House) and high-backed booths in the mid-50s. In the 1970s, he agreed to sell his restaurant to the Petri family, who owned bars and clubs in the neighborhood. In 1997, the family relocated Alfred’s to its current location on Merchant Street, which had been home to the famous Blue Fox restaurant for over 60 years. The Blue Fox was known as one of the City's poshest restaurants, and celebrities were frequent guests, including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe.
In 2016, the Daniel Patterson Group took ownership of Alfred's, with a promise to continue the traditions that had made it part of San Francisco history. While the restaurant was refreshed, the red paint, leather booths and chandeliers remain the same, along with the commitment to create exceptional dining experiences for generations of San Francisco residents and visitors.
The team at Alfred's matches the atmosphere as one-of-a-kind! Led by General Manager, Lisa Robins, the front of house service and back of house culinary teams are an inspiring group showcasing the true meaning of hospitality in every move they make and every dish they serve.
General Manager Lisa Robins grew up in Northern California, dividing her time between her mother's home, with its huge vegetable garden, and her father's, with its wonderful wine cellar. With both parents excellent cooks and wine enthusiasts, she found herself drawn to the restaurant industry, and spent her early career at restaurants including Elroy's, Maya and Jianna, before opening Marche in Menlo Park as the GM and Wine Director, where she built a reputation as one of the area's best sommeliers. Eventually, she decided to work closer to her San Francisco home, spending time in management at Aqua and then Rubicon, before taking on the GM role at Rose Pistola, where she elevated both the service and wine program for five years, before taking the helm at Alfred's. She brings a commitment to warm, professional service and her extensive wine knowledge to the service team at Alfred's.