House of Prime Rib Has Sudden Blast Of Diarrhea Complaints

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San Francisco was delighted to see vaunted red meat destination House of Prime Rib return with take-out, and reopen their indoor dining at 50% capacity.

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But in the last three weeks, House of Prime Rib is suddenly suffering a sudden constant stream of diarrhea complaints from customers.

Screenshot via Yelp

This issue rushed to the head last night, when the Chronicle published their Tuesday night exposé “House of Prime Rib admits its meat may have gotten people sick, amid deluge of complaints.”

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Those complaints were a run of customers saying they’d experienced days-long diarrhea after eating House of Prime Rib.

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“The iconic San Francisco restaurant admitted on Tuesday that some of its prime rib may be connected to reports of foodborne illness,” the Chronicle said. “The restaurant has been fielding calls from upset customers and refunding meals while more and more people left negative reviews on the House of Prime Rib’s Yelp page with detailed accounts of symptoms following in-person and takeout meals.”

Screenshot via Yelp

If you’re a fan of Broke-Ass Stuart poop jokes, you can appreciate how the shit just keeps coming in some of the Yelp reviews we’ve reprinted here.

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Despite the complaints, SFist makes an excellent point. “Prime rib isn’t particularly well-cooked beef to begin with,” the site points out. “Maybe it’s just that so many people have been eating at home for so long, their tummies aren’t ready for semi-raw red meat!”

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The issue may lie with take-out customers, ordering extremely rare meat and not understanding that meat’s unique temperature considerations, and woofing it down when it’s served at less than 145 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Or maybe the issue is just that customers are gorging on shit they’ve been denied for so long, and having unhealthy one-night binges on long-denied extravagances. They might have a one-or-two day diarrhea run or hangover from these indulgences, but it’s not like people are dying because of this. 

And hey, maybe it is House of Prime Rib’s fault. Maybe there’s a new post-COVID logistical flaw that’s creating some mild-but-recurring stomach sickness. House of Prime Rib owner Joe Betz has spent extravagantly on safety upgrades since reopening, and it’s a fair bet he’ll do so again once when the cause of these illnesses is identified.

House of Prime Rib will probably put an end to this, once they figure out what ‘this’ is. But it’s something that doesn’t seem to be happening to any other restaurant in San Francisco. And It’s a definitely a problem for House of Prime Rib when their customers’ diarrhea is sprayed all over the headlines.


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  1. ashley
    May 12, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Ppl who like rare steak have probably been able to have it in the past year. Like no need to gas light people that they were sick for days because they overate, not how any of that works…. HOPR needs to figure it out period

  2. Barb B.
    May 13, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Most people head straight to the hospital with food poisoning which usually doesn’t show up until about 6-8 hours after a meal. ZFunny that not one of them mentioned that. some even had some really poor grammar. Sounds like a bunch of people found a way to get their money back and still have a great dinner out.

  3. Scott
    May 13, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Food poisoning is the worst. People need to go get tested so they can find out what it is. Listeria? Salmonella? E Coli? Etc. Also, not to be harsh but WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MINDS suffers from cramps and diarrhea right after dining out, THEN EATS THE LEFTOVERS??? Jesus people. Either 1) meat has been contaminated at HOPR or 2) someone working there has very bad hygiene and isn’t washing their hands after bathroom visits, etc. Those are the most likely scenarios. Blech.