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Orange County: your list of current top steak houses?

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What is your list of currently tops?

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  1. 1. Mastro's Steakhouse in Costa Mesa


    2. Ruth's Chris in Irvine

    3. Lonestar Steakhouse in Tustin


    4. Trabuco Oaks Steakhouse in Trabuco Canyon


    5. Houston's (not a steakhouse but good steak) in Irvine.


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    1. re: elmomonster

      I respect elmo's judgment and opinions a lot here on the board, but I must admit to scratching my head on Lonestar...#3???? I find it a decent value-priced steak, but putting it ahead of places like Morton's or Flemming's for "best steak" seems out of place.

      FYI, mine is:
      1. Mastro's
      2. Trabuco Oaks
      3. Flemming's
      4. Morton's
      5. Ruth's Chris

      I have always enjoyed Houston's as well as the best of the "high-mid" chains. I think they are a level above the local CLaim Jumper and Wood Ranch chains for steaks as well as the more national Lonestar and Outback chains.

      1. re: RSMBob

        Out of the two you mention, I've tried only Morton's and I had a bad experience there. IMO, they get a zero out of three on service, food, and price. I didn't mention it on my list of five because I didn't want to resort to Morton's bashing again (I felt I did that enough in the past on this past post below and others).


        Now Flemming's. Where is that?! I'm curious.


        1. re: elmomonster

          There's a Fleming's in Fashion Island next to Blue Coral. In addition to their steaks, they have a great list of wines by the glass.

      2. The Orange County Mining Company could serve Cheerios and I'd still go for the view.

        1. Bungalow-Corona del Mar
          Morton's-Costa Mesa
          Patty's Place-Seal Beach

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          1. re: Philly

            There's a brand spankin' new Morton's at the Anaheim Convention Centre, right on Harbor Blvd. Just sayin'.

            1. re: Philly

              Forgot about Bungalow - one of my fave Happy Hours with a mean steak to boot!!


            2. No one has mentioned Flemming's? I've heard they are really really good.

              1. Mastro's..just went SAturday night. The steak, again...outstanding! Mambo spicy salad had a great kick!
                We wouldn't order the gorgonzola mac n cheese but the fried tomatoes were wonderful. My husband had the fish and said it was the most tender and delicious he had had.

                1. Well it sure isn't Sevens in Tustin. Stark decor, mediocre food and service.

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                  1. re: MzMaggie

                    I only went once, but I had a diffferent experience at Sevens. I had low expectations, because of the location's previous incarnation as a Tony Roma's, and I was pleasantly surprised. I found the decor to be elegant and beautiful rather than stark, and my prime steak was tender, juicy, and flavorful. I had no complaints about the service, either.

                    I will probably go again... maybe it was just a fluke.
                    I am not saying it is the best in OC, but it is surely not that bad.

                    Sevens steakhouse
                    17245 Seventeenth St.
                    Tustin, California 92780

                  2. From what I've tried,

                    Ruth's Chris

                    All serve a fine piece of steak. They will differ in other selections/side dishes, ambiance/decor, wine lists, etc
                    You really can't go wrong with any of these establishments in my opinion.

                    1. How did Lone Star get on this list!? Steakhouse - Yes. Good steakhouse - No! Of the others, almost all are chains and overpriced. Two real steakhouses in Orange County that offer top quality steak at reasonable prices are Stubrick's in Fullerton and Sevens in Tustin.

                      Go to Stubrick's cause its funky, raucous and old school no-nonsense. You'll be eating in the back of a bar, but you'll be eating a great steak.

                      Go to Sevens for a more upscale experience. They offer a broad selection of steaks plus more sophisticated fare in the way of appetizers and desserts.

                      1. Sellanne's, Laguna Beach

                        1. The Cowboy Ribeye at THE RANCH (their caps, not mine) is the best steak I've had in Orange County and one of the best ever.

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                          1. re: OCSteve

                            Is there obtrusive country music playing at The Ranch? I really like the look of the menu but their beer list is a disgrace and if there were also loud country music playing I would have to pass.

                            The Summer Chef's Market Menu looks intriguing as well.

                            1. re: JRSD

                              Not at all on the restaurant side. It's completely separate from the saloon, and I don't recall even being able to hear music from the saloon in the restaurant. The atmosphere is really comfortable, very similar to Houston's.

                              While I love a good beer (and their selection does suck), their wine cellar is top notch, and their master sommelier, Michael Jordan, is great at giving guidance on wine selection without being condescending or stuffy. As such, I usually go for a martini before dinner and wine with that amazing steak.

                              1. re: OCSteve

                                Sounds worth checking out. Thanks!

                                1. re: OCSteve

                                  Michael Jordan sounds familiar...maybe from Napa Rose?

                                  1. re: OCSteve

                                    My husband and I are complete fans of The Ranch. The food is thoughtfully prepared and the service is top notch. We've never been to the Saloon side, but the restaurant side is perfect for a steak night.

                                    1. re: OCSteve

                                      Perhaps I'm misinformed, but I believe that Michael Jordan left The Ranch some months ago. Could somebody confirm (or refute) this. He's a wonderfully knowledgeable sommelier!

                                      1. re: josephnl

                                        You are absolutely right! I hadn't heard about it. I guess it's been awhile since I've been.


                                  1. Mastro's (love their warm butter cake too)
                                    Bruno's (Brea)

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                                    1. re: OCAnn

                                      What steak at Bruno's do you recommend?

                                      1. re: js76wisco

                                        Hubby loves their bistecca flat iron.

                                        1. re: OCAnn

                                          Thanks will have to try it. Anything else on the menu at Bruno's you recommend?

                                          1. re: js76wisco

                                            My former boss is a great fan of Bruno's. Has been trying to get me to go for some time, but I never wanted to have dinner at an establishment where I might run into my boss. He and his wife love the pork chop there.
                                            Maybe now that he's my former boss, I'll give it a try.

                                            1. re: js76wisco

                                              Their caesar, while extremely simple, is utterly delicious with little anchovy pieces. I didn't care for the arancinis; they were underflavoured and a bit mushy. Everything else is okay-good, but nothing stand out.

                                              On the mains, hubby also likes the roasted chicken while I lean towards the branzino. On the pasta side, Mr OCAnn likes the lasgana & pappardelle while I prefer their linguini (over their angel hair). When Mr OCAnn orders a protein, he'll usually ask for a side of simple pasta (butter & cheese).

                                              During prime time, there's usually a small line to get in; I've been able to use OpenTable during the short walk from the parking lot to the restaurant to secure a table skipping the queue altogether.

                                              We'll usually do a date night Monday or penny wine Wednesday. And if it's not too hot, the best seats are on the patio for people watching.