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Jun 8, 2007 12:00 PM


My parents are coming to visit from Philadelphia in late August. I need a really fabulous, upscale steakhouse in Beverly Hills/Brentwood/Bel Air. No chains -- Philly has a Palm, Morton's, Ruth's Chris -- something more interesting & unique to LA. Many thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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  1. The obvious answer is Cut, Wolfgang Puck's temple to steak in the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel (9500 Wilshire Blvd, BH; 310-276-8500).

    Sherry Verbila's review for the LA Times is here: <>

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    1. re: glasshousejmb

      Cut. Hands down. If you have money, it is a meat experience you will find nowhere else.

      1. re: glasshousejmb

        Was at Cut recently, was a little disappointed. I liked Mastro's better, but the steak I had at Dan Tana's a couple of years ago was the best. DT is not a steakhouse, more of an Italian restaurant, but the steaks are great.

        1. re: pleasedonttakemetobucodibepo

          Mastro's would be my choice - best steak I've ever had - but I think it's technically a chain since it recently opened in Costa Mesa also. It is still confined to Southern California though! If you go with Mastro's, you should probably secure a reservation for the downstairs area, as the upstairs area gets really loud so it's probably not great for the parents.

          If you choose Cut, make the reservation now - it's the hot spot since it's fairly new, I hear it's pretty tight...

          1. re: LisaStitch

            I would third the recommendation for Mastro's. I don't even live in LA, but this was the first thread in latest threads. I was in Beverly Hills not not long ago and had a really fantastic meal at Mastro's. If you chose Mastro's you must order the decadent lobster mashed potatoes to go along with your steaks. I would say it depends on what sort of folks your parents are on whether you ask to be seated upstairs or downstairs. From my perspective the downstairs was very dull and the upstairs was a great party. Meanwhile, I was there with a group of 12 and we were quite boisterous; we would have stuck out like sore thumbs downstairs. Plus downstairs you'll miss out on the wonderfully cheesy and yet still sort of stylish piano bar act.

            1. re: ballulah

              the most recent reviews of mastro's have all said that the lobster mashed potatoes were AWFUL.

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                reviewS plural? I only saw one...
                I love the lobster mash

                1. re: LisaStitch

                  i actually just went back & took a look just to be sure...a couple from 2007, and some from '06 as well...said the lobster was either 'gummy' or overcooked, and one said there was hardly any lobster in them.

                  may have just been an unlucky few diners...glad you weren't among them :)

            2. re: LisaStitch

              actually - i think maestro's started in scottsdale then BH, OC...i'm waiting for the vegas outpost....with several mega casino's in the works , i can see a maestro's in one of them

              1. re: kjs

                Mike Mastro just sold his company for 190 million to a new restaurat group formed by George Soros. It is called Rare Restaurants and they plan on opening about 13 more Mastro's in the near future.

                1. re: cdmedici

                  190mm was for 45% of the company!!!

                  fwiw, cut would be my choice for an out of towner only by default - i really didn't enjoy it.

                  personally, i would go downtown to Pacific Dining Car...great unique LA ambiance and best priced Cali wine list in town....steaks are fine, but nothing to write home about.

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            1. I'm from NY and have been to all the really great steak places this city has to offer and I loved maestro's I would go there.

              1. Looks like Mastro's is way out in front - but if you're willing to drive to Santa Monica I think Pacific Dining Car can't be beat for the quality of food.