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AnnieHallinLA 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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    glasshousejmb RE: AnnieHallinLA Jun 8, 2007 12:06 PM

    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: <http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/cl...>

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      condiment RE: glasshousejmb Jun 10, 2007 10:14 AM

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

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        Iceman RE: glasshousejmb Jun 10, 2007 11:55 AM

        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.

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        pleasedonttakemetobucodibepo RE: AnnieHallinLA Jun 8, 2007 12:10 PM


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          LisaStitch RE: pleasedonttakemetobucodibepo Jun 8, 2007 12:14 PM

          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...

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            ballulah RE: LisaStitch Jun 8, 2007 12:21 PM

            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.

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              goodhealthgourmet RE: ballulah Jun 8, 2007 04:15 PM

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

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                LisaStitch RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 8, 2007 04:27 PM

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

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                  goodhealthgourmet RE: LisaStitch Jun 9, 2007 11:17 PM

                  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 :)

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              kjs RE: LisaStitch Jun 10, 2007 07:09 AM

              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

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                cdmedici RE: kjs Jun 10, 2007 01:17 PM

                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.

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                  manku RE: cdmedici Jun 10, 2007 05:01 PM

                  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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            collinm RE: AnnieHallinLA Jun 8, 2007 12:18 PM

            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.

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              Henry2054 RE: AnnieHallinLA Jun 8, 2007 04:24 PM

              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.

              1. eliwise RE: AnnieHallinLA Jun 9, 2007 03:18 PM

                Dan Tana's would be fun and has more personality than Cut.

                1. bodie RE: AnnieHallinLA Jun 9, 2007 03:46 PM

                  Does it have to be a steakhouse?
                  If not then you can think about places like Jar, that have great meat but don't serve strictly stakehouse fare.

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                    Bite Me RE: AnnieHallinLA Jun 9, 2007 05:07 PM

                    The Grill

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                      glutton RE: AnnieHallinLA Jun 10, 2007 01:01 PM

                      This request has Cut written all over it. The food is good, the service is good, the atmosphere is good, the meat is good... it's all good. The prices are really high, but it's inside the Regent Beverly Wilshire.

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                        bvanant RE: glutton Jun 10, 2007 05:43 PM

                        The Grill on the Alley is real old time Beverly Hills. Cut is good, but the whole scene at the Grill at least to me is far more interesting. Mastro's is not worth the money but if you are only interested in the steak side of things then Ruth's Chris is the most consistent of the bunch (but also the most boring).

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                          whatsfordinner RE: bvanant Jun 11, 2007 09:49 AM

                          I second the Grill on the Alley.

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                            LisaStitch RE: whatsfordinner Jun 11, 2007 11:16 AM

                            Grill on the Alley is a chain

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                              whatsfordinner RE: LisaStitch Jun 11, 2007 11:18 AM


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                                tatertots RE: whatsfordinner Jun 11, 2007 01:28 PM

                                You can also make a reservation through Opentable.com
                                Side recommendation - Japanese Purple Yams
                                Sauces - are yummy but some are purists and just want the steak.

                      2. AnnieHallinLA RE: AnnieHallinLA Jun 19, 2007 09:44 PM

                        Just wanted to say thanks SO much to everyone for their suggestions. I think we'll likely end up going to Cut, provided I can get a reservation. Chowhound (and the people who post) rocks!

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                          goodhealthgourmet RE: AnnieHallinLA Jun 19, 2007 10:29 PM

                          make the reservation NOW. seriously. they book up really far in advance...and we'll be expecting a review after your meal :) enjoy!

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