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Westside birthday dinner for about 8-12 ppl, good STEAK

I'm looking for a birthday-appropriate place for about 8-12 people. It's got to have good steak and interesting options for non-steak eaters.

Price should be moderate so I don't hear complaints from the partygoers.

I do not like Houston's or Cheesecake. I do like Ruth's Chris and Lawry's but I am looking for something cheaper and more on the Westside. Chart House is an option but is also probably a bit too fancy/pricey for a birthday dinner.

Is this an impossible request? Has anyone been to Bandera recently? I went there once years ago and thought it was okay. It's probably expensive like all the other places I like.

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  1. You can't go wrong with any of these:

    Mimosa
    www.mimosarestaurant.com
    8009 Beverly Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    (323) 655-8895

    Soleil
    http://soleilwestwood.com/
    1386 Westwood Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    (310) 441-5384

    1. there is porterhouse bistro in beverly hills. it's not top notch but they have a great prix fixe that's a great deal. and when i went there for mother's day, the staff was incredibly friendly. i think they have their own website you can check out.

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      1. re: onetomato

        i drove by this weekend and it seems to have closed. good riddance, if you ask me.

        1. re: kotter

          I agree. Porterhouse Bistro was awful, as was Boa.

          For a good steak, you're going to have to spend some $$$, best bets are Mastro and Nic and Stef's.

      2. The Buggy Whip on La Tijera in Westchester.

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        1. re: Kosmonaut

          we went to the buggy whip a couple years ago based upon the good reviews. the atmosphere was amusing, but we were nonplussed by the food. what would you recommend there?

          1. re: geekbruin

            "nonplussed" -- a state of bafflement. Is that what you meant?

            1. re: NAspy

              yes. it wasn't great, it wasn't bad. (the significant other got some kind of smothered steak and i think i got surf and turf but it might have only been surf.) the piano man was okay but simultaneously irritating. we didn't really know what to make of the experience. we didn't go back but i could be convinced to go back if we knew what to order...

        2. Taylor's in Koreatown is the best quality/price ratio in the Los Angeles area for a steakhouse. For nonprime prices and quality on the Westside, Buggy Whip has suffered from criticism on this board over the past year, as has Petrelli's. Some good things posted about Billingsley's for value.

          I'd recommend Nook. Their ribeye is low twenties, they have other good options including a great burger at half that.

          1. Boa on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica

            West at the top of the Angeleno hotel (Sunset Blvd at the 405)

            Chez Jay on Ocean Avenue in SM - there's a table in the back that fits 8-10

            Chaya Venice has one of my favorite ribeyes in all of LA

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            1. re: yogachik

              i didn't realize chaya served steaks! i haven't been there in at least 5 years. that may be a good option for us, especially because of its location.

            2. Bandera is not bad at all and makes a pretty good steak. Because it is owned by the Houston's corporation, it still has much of a similar feel as a Houston's. Needless to say, they have a delicious steak, tender ribs, and good non-meat options.

              Punch Grill on Wilshire and 26th Street is a new joint and has been discussed in these boards in the past few weeks. I personally thought that the filet was magnificent.

              Chaya Venice is an excellent option as well with great ambiance and a diverse menu... there really is something for everyone.