In 1946 Howard “Shorty” Schlesinger opened the 8/5 club ( his favorite odds at the track) in San Ramon California , population 100. It was a small 6 stool bar and dining facility for 20 guests. He featured steamed beer and fried chicken, and a row of nickel slot machines. He served primarily the local ranchers, cattlemen, and travelers along “Highway 21” on their way to San Jose and beyond.
In 1955 his son Mick and local dairy man Dick Basso took over from Shorty and renamed the restaurant “The Brass Door.” They and the restaurant grew along with the San Ramon Valley. Today after several remodels and one fire, The Brass Door will now accommodate over 200 guests. We feature an eclectic menu serving corn fed Midwestern beef, chicken, fresh seafood, prime ribs, french dips, sensational salads, sandwiches and soups.
Prime rib is our signature dish and is served “all day everyday”. Our prime rib French dip sandwich has always been a guest favorite.
We have an extensive wine list featuring Livermore Valley Napa Valley, and California wines, along with full cocktail lounge.
The Brass Door has become “The local meeting place” for business and social events in the San Ramon Valley. A place where newcomers soon become dear friends.. We welcome you to stop by for a slice of San Ramon history and “The Brass Door experience. The place you will always find a friend.”