What is the Izzy's style?
In this period of cookie-cutter chain restaurants, Izzy's is a welcome breath of fresh air. Each of the three locations of Izzy's Steaks and Chops are slightly different and feature their own style.
If you want to know why San Francisco is such a spawning ground for creativity, birthing such movements as the Beatniks and Hippies, you only have to pay a visit to one of its first genuine Bohemian grottos.
Izzy really knew how to throw a party, especially during the Prohibition era where he pushed the envelope operating the restaurant as an underground speakeasy. A loudly talked about secret. Everyone that was an anyone came. Jazz pounded out of the smoky hall. Drinks were pounded back. The cops, usually, were pounding on the door.
Making a buck at the end of the day wasn’t always Izzy’s goal. Friends to all, including a cast of down and out eccentric artists and musicians, Izzy commonly accepted works of art as payment which he would lovingly hang on the walls. Considering the eyebrow raising amount of mish mashed paintings up and down our walls, you have to wonder how he managed to pay rent.
When you come in, poke about and take an eclectic stroll through San Francisco’s heyday. Glamorous black and white photos of yesteryear, news clippings gossiping about the latest Izzy’s party gone out of control, and way too many paintings add delightful and historical taste to the rich woods and brick walls that make our restaurant so homey.
This was the first of the "Modern" Izzy's and was opened on Izzy's Gomez Birthday, by Sam DuVall, a veteran San Francisco Restaurateur in February of 1987. Many photos of the original Izzy's and much old San Francisco memorabilia hang from the walls making the restaurant a history laden spot which appeals to history buffs of all ages. Friendly wait staff, great food, and a wonderful atmosphere combine for a memorable dining experience.
Opened in 2005, the San Carlos Izzy's offers customers a large separate Bar area filled with Ernest Hemingway memorabilia called "Papa's Bar." Here you will find 10 large booths for private dining. In the restaurant there are four very different and unique dining areas. The "Peacock Room" seats up to 30 and has a slight oriental flavor. The wine room can seat up to 48 in a cozy setting among old wine casks and wine memorabilia. The main dining room seats approximately seventy happy folks. The Terrace Room provides intimate all booth seating for approximately 30 more!
525 Skyway Road
San Carlos, CA 94070
Monday through Friday 11:30am to 2:30pm
Every day 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Bar opens at 4:30pm