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Orange County: your list of current top steak houses?

kel Dec 31, 2006 11:48 PM

What is your list of currently tops?

  1. t
    Tatter Jan 3, 2007 06:27 PM

    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. v
      vonger44 Jan 2, 2007 05:26 AM

      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. m
        MzMaggie Jan 1, 2007 11:30 PM

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

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        1. re: MzMaggie
          OCchowman Jan 3, 2007 05:22 AM

          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

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          Pinkwasabi Jan 1, 2007 07:51 PM

          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. c
            Cali Jan 1, 2007 04:04 PM

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

            1. p
              Philly Jan 1, 2007 04:03 PM

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

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              1. re: Philly
                Das Ubergeek Jan 1, 2007 08:36 PM

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

              2. LordOfTheGrill Jan 1, 2007 03:58 PM

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

                1. elmomonster Jan 1, 2007 12:40 AM

                  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
                    RSMBob Jan 2, 2007 05:11 AM

                    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
                      elmomonster Jan 2, 2007 03:50 PM

                      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
                        Philly Jan 2, 2007 03:55 PM

                        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.

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