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Good steakhouse for birthday dinner?

Well there are many great and hype on places like Campanile, Jar, Urasawa, Grace, etc. But I'm trying to nail down to a to-die-for steakhouse for a birthday dinner.

Ruth's Chris, Morton's and Mastro's are definitely boring. I've heard of Cut many times... and then now there's Jar, STK, BLT, BOA, Nick & Stef's, etc etc etc.

I wonder, what's hounder comment among them and which one would you recommend? :-)

thx!

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Cut
9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Jar Restaurant
8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

Nick & Stef's Steakhouse
330 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Boa Steakhouse
9200 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

STK-La
755 La Cienega, West Hollywood, CA 90069

BLT Steak
West Hollywood

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  1. Added one more potential - Craft, as other told me about it
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/422325

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    Craft
    10100 Constellation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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    1. re: kelvlam

      I haven't been to all of the above, but would definitely recommend Craft. Tooko my BF there for his brithday and he loved it.

      Recently tried to go to Cut, but you need to make a reservation 1 month in advance to the day -- for weekend, prime time (7-9).

      1. re: Obessed

        i also highly recomment craft. everything is delicious, especially the meat there. i can't wait to go back!

    2. Cut, by a landslide.

      The only downside to going to Cut first is that it would ruin your experiences at all the other places.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        100% agree - Cut was flawless. And I also agree with the caveat - it may ruin you for the other steakhouses in LA.

        I prefer the Boa in Santa Monica, but it's not really in Cut's league. Neither is Nick & Stef's. Jar is quite good - and may be a bit better (and a bit lighter on the wallet) for a group dinner. BLT Steak only recently opened - I'd actually be curious if anyone's tried it out yet? I'm a huge fan of the original in NY.

      2. Cut or Jar - although i haven't tried any of the other 3 letter places - Nick and Stef's obviously has too many letters but it's decent too if you want to go downtown - otherwise Cut should be your number one choice for a steakhouse right now if price is no object

        Not a big Craft fan, certainly not for steak when the other options are way better - plus it has over three letters in the name

        1. Seem like Jar might be easier on the wallet for my party... I went on Cut's website and man... I don't want that excellent experience (as everyone suggested) to ruin my Steakhouse try-out elsewhere... and not to add it'll make a big dent in my wallet ;-)

          Hounders are awesome! Thx for all the 2-cents contributed! You guys rock!!!

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          1. re: kelvlam

            I'm having a 2nd thought on my decision... after seeing CitySearch's review for all the 2008 entries.

            http://losangeles.citysearch.com/revi...

            Have any hounder been to Jar recently? it sound like the experience been downhill for the whole 2008... compare to 2007?! what happened? :-(

            1. re: kelvlam

              I go there about once a month--most recently last week--and have not noticed any downturn in quality or service.

              1. re: New Trial

                -phew- thx for the assurance NewTrail :-)

          2. just went to cut last sat. night. expensive...got the least expensive steak ($50) but it was incredible. i told my wife " i didnt want to brush my teeth that night so i could taste it again in the morning". service was incredible as well. every bite of the steak was pure pleasure.