The Brazen Head

The Brazen Head

3166 Buchanan St
(between Pixley St & Greenwich St)
San Francisco
Marina/Cow Hollow
(415) 921-7600

The Brazen Head is the hidden gem in the San Francisco steakhouse scene. Even some locals remain unaware of its presence in the Marina District, a location better known for yoga-pants wearing blonds than under-the-radar steakhouses. The Brazen Head is tiny as a result; you could walk by without realizing it’s even there. Yet it’s one of the more authentic dining experiences in SF. It’s darker than your attic (almost like a speakeasy) which will come in handy when you try to hit on the waitress after your fifth martini. They don’t take reservations so you have to go early and get your name in, or go very late as it’s often open past midnight. A true diamond in the rough, The Brazen Head is a perfect spot to take your bachelor party if you lean more towards the respectable end of the spectrum -- meaning you prefer a night out, cocktails, then an active following morning as opposed to waking up in the gutter at noon the next day.

Venue Tip: 

If your group includes six people or fewer, The Brazen Head is for you. Larger groups will probably not even fit.

The Good: 
Old British tavern feel, amazing pepper steak, cool bar, terrific staff, and reasonably priced. Nearby tons of lively bars.
The Bad: 
Tough getting in, very small, and does NOT accept credit cards. Also, this is not a place for out-of-control parties.
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Price: $$$

Accepts Credit Cards: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Signature dish: Pepper steak

Attire: Jeans

Needs Reservations: Not accepted

Alcohol: Full bar

What’s next?: Horseshoe (dive bar, pool table), Bin 38 (wine bar with girls), Circa (club atmosphere with girls not actually from San Francisco), Harry’s, Tipsy Pig (lively gastro pub), MatrixFillmore ("meat-market" and lounge)