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Apr 30, 2007 09:30 PM

Steak in OC -- Flemming's, Ruth's Chris, Morton's or?

If this were LA I'd say go straight to Mastro's. But I heard the Mastro's in OC is more of a seafood place?

I've been to all three in the title in other cities and like them all. Quality does seem to vary city to city so I'd like to hear comments about the OC locations.

Look forward to your comments!

Thank you,

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  1. I'd say Fleming's. But there's two Mastro's in OC, the "seafood" one in Newport Beach and the less seafood one by South Coast Plaza. If you're by South Coast Plaza, you might want to head straight to Mastro's like your initial thought.

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    1. re: kingkong5

      i believe you are refering to mastro's ocean club on PCH?

    2. Just the thought of Mastro's at Costa Mesa makes me drool. You can't go wrong with this place.

      1. I hate to sound like a broken record, but yes, Mastro's in Costa Mesa.

        1. Can't go wrong with Ruth's Chris.

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          1. re: holybull

            Ruth's Chris! Flemming's is awful--not even in the same league.

          2. I go out for steak quite often. In the past 12 months I have been to Mastro's Ocean Club or Steakhouse about 36 times and loved it everytime. I have been to Flemings only about 6 times and find it a great alternative to Mastro's. I have only been to Ruth's Chris's once and have no desire to go back. This is of course the Irvine location I am talking about. It totally lacks that great steakhouse vibe. It is more like a family restaurant with all of the kids running around. My steak was just average as well. I cannot speak for the other locations.

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            1. re: cdmedici

              Ditto on everything you wrote about the Ruth Chris in Irvine. It felt more like a Sizzler and our waiter wasn't knowledgable on anything. I asked him to suggest a wine and he didn't know. He told us not to touch the sizzling hot plate, and what do you know, he touches the plate and nearly burns his hand while almost knocking over our plates.

              1. re: sportsfan8

                I've been to the one in San Diego and Beverly Hills and I thought both were really great. Strange that the Irvine one would suck so bad. I've also been to the Flemming's in Manhattan Beach, but I didn't like anything my date or I ordered there that thing--we even had a $50 gift certificate to use there but I still didn't think it was worth it.

                1. re: mstinawu

                  The one in Irvine is something else. I was there a few months after a work event in the area on a Friday. With all the exotic cars in the lot and the hour that they were behind on reservations, it was evident that it was the only place in town.

                  It doesn't have the normal clubby atmosphere of a chophouse, and the staff doesn't come close (probably kids from UC Irvine), but the food was still good.

              2. re: cdmedici

                I've never been to any Ruth's except the one at Irvine and I don't intend to go back either. I didn't think the steak was all that great...