5A5 Steak Lounge, San Francisco

I’ve been here a few times for work, but decided to come on my own so I could try the Japanese Wagyu from Miyazaki. Plus, it had been over a year since eating Kobe beef at 511 in Japan. Time to compare the local steak house!


Lounge is a good description. Looks modern and chill.




Meat on the grill.


A courtesy starter bite.


There are two types of bread; tastes like Acme Bakery. I didn’t really care for the onion bread barely visible in the background.


Serrano Ham Croquettes


Truffle Fries with sriracha aioli.


As an old friend once told me, “you know it’s expensive when they start drawing on your plate.”


Foie Gras on a ricotta-almond crepe.


Poached kumquats.


Fresh silverware.


New York Strip Steak with caramelized onions, crispy onion strings, wasabi demiglace and wasabi microgreens. The wife loves the texture and flavor from a good NY strip steak.


Mashed potatoes with maple bacon and smoked white cheddar.


And the real reason I’m here: A5 Wagyu Ribeye with truffle butter and shimeji mushrooms.

Cooked medium rare, it was softer to the touch than I thought it would be. The beef flavor was a little lacking, akin to buying fruit in a supermarket vs. from ones backyard; it seems less potent.

The truffle butter is a nice touch, but for this grade of beef I’d prefer it with just salt and black pepper. I suppose the FiDi crowd might need these sauces and mushrooms?


Also why I’m here.


Creme Brulee Trio: black sesame, ginger & truffle, and green tea


Complimentary madeleine and cookie.


And the bathrooms were clean! Communal hand wash station.


The A5 Miyazaki Wagyu Ribeye was definitely enjoyable to eat and nice to look at. I slowly savored every bite! Every steak lover should try this.

Yet, the 511 Kobe Sirloin was a more revelatory experience: better in texture and flavor despite a supposedly inferior cut of beef, and it cost less. I’d rather eat Kobe beef in Japan, but this is so far the best I can get around town. I’d go back for special occasions!


5A5 Steak Lounge
244 Jackson Street San Francisco, CA 94111

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