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Mastro's or BOA in SM?

I've been going back and forth as to what restaurant to take an out of town guest. I tried getting reservations at Cut but was unsuccessful. So now I've narrowed my choices down to Mastro's in Beverly Hills or Boa in Santa Monica. We have reservations for this weekend so I'll cancel one or the other. I'm looking for opinions on which resto an out of towner would appreciate most? Thanks!

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  1. I was torn between the same two choices about a month ago. I went with Mastro's, and was definitely not disappointed. The service was outstanding, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was lovely. It's more old school LA; Boa is hip and trendy, with a younger clientele. It depends what kind of scene you're looking for, but I really do recommend Mastro's.

    1. Wow have you considered Wolfgang's in Bev Hills? My last two meals there have been terrific. Best steaks in town IMHO. If it's Mastro's or BOA SM, Mastro's is very masculine and clubby (ask for the upstairs where it's more lively) and BOA has a gorgeous view of the ocean. Foodwise it's Mastro's all the way for me.

      1. I would consider Chaya, too (either one), they make great steaks, and it's always a great spot to take out of towners. It's a big hit with all my guests, the kind of place they talk about forever after. Chaya is quintessentially LA, whereas Boa and Mastro's feel like something you can get in any big city, to me.

        1. Boa: Hip, loud, by the beach, so-so food, $$$

          Mastro's: Older money crowd (occasional celeb), loud also, smack in the middle of Beverly Hills, excellent food, $$$$

          Cut: Celebs young & old, smack in the middle of Beverly Hills, excellent food, $$$$$

          If Cut gives you no love, then my vote goes to Mastro's. Get the bone-in filet.

          1. Thanks everyone. I was leaning toward Mastro's and your responses confirm it.

            1. i guess i'm the contrarian here. i NEVER enjoy mastro's steaks nearly as much as boa -santa monica or jar. the sides at all of them are excellent and relatively equal, although boa has an outstanding ceasar. the vibe is quite different at each, but for my money, mastro's comes in third of the three. boa can get loud, and you're more likely to see a celeb at mastro's, that aside, i would take boa any time.

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              1. re: jay 1

                I have a friend who voiced the same opinion... until he tasted the Mastro bone-in filet.

              2. I'll chime in with another vote for Mastro's. I was extremely underwhelmed by BOA, despite its reputation. The food was mediocre at best, and service came with a healthy side of attitude. Mastro's was excellent, everything a steak house should be, and the service could not have been more accomodating.

                1. Go to Mastros. And get a drink in the upstairs bar...

                  1. They are 2 of my favorite places to have a great steak (my other favorite being JAR, although I'm planning to hit up Wolfgang's soon given the rave reviews on this site). I don't think you can go wrong with either, foodwise. So it's really all about atmosphere and I think those who have posted before me have pretty much delineated the pros and cons of each. I generally opt for BOA because it's less expensive, has a more fun and lively scene, and frankly I like the food a bit better. But for out-of-towners, the celebrity quotient at Mastro's is probably a better call.

                    1. I love Mastro's. It's more of a atmosphere where you can "catch up" with a friend and just have a delicious meal!

                      Definitely bone-in filet or the ribeye. If you're considering the fish, I'd ask for it off a hot plate since my Chilean Sea Bass got a little tough towards the middle. :)

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                      1. re: mermy

                        Beware of upstairs if you actually want to "catch up" with a friend. It can get very loud, especially with large parties drinking those potent martinis! Still, great steaks. I agree, go with the bone-in.

                        1. re: amela

                          Definitely! Downstairs dining is much quieter...