On Halloween Eve, Alexander‚Äôs Steakhouse transmogrified itself into Alexander‚Äôs Snakehouse. It ‚Äòtwas scary ‚Äî very scary. In the words of the general manager, ‚ÄúNot for the faint of heart or weak of spirit.‚Äù
Or slim of wallet. For $175, patrons were escorted by a ghoulish presence into the lower level‚Äî now, more dungeon than dining room. Once seated, they were served ‚ÄúRattlesnake rillettes with citrus sage anti venom; the Scryer‚Äôs bowl with calf brains and shirako marrow egg; Silence of the Ducks with seared foie-gras, fava beans and a nice Chianti; Steak and the Heart with aged Angus beef, beef heart ragout and potato hay; and the Poison Apple with oatmeal and I scream white chocolate covered insects.‚Äù
The dining experience was heightened by a silent rendering of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre looping on a wall-sized screen, ghostly organ music, masked waiters, toothy jack-o-lanterns, snakes in jars and ‚Äòblood‚Äô on walls.
But the scariest part of the evening wasn’t the scenery; it was the prices on the wine list. When a bottle of Romanee Conti Grand Cru goes for $11,280, that scream you hear may be your own.
Alexander‚Äôs Steakhouse is at¬†448 Brannan Street¬†between Third and Fourth Streets in San Francisco.