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Osteria Mozza, CUT or Mastro's: Good Food, Good Drinks?

Hi everyone, I really enjoy reading everyone's reviews and would love some opinions on the following from those who have more experience...

I am taking my boyfriend out for his bday this weekend and I have three choices: Osteria Mozza, CUT and Mastro's in Thousand Oaks (we live in TO). I have never been to any of these places. His requirement is that the place must have a good dirty gin martini. My requirements are that the food is good and the service is attentive.

So which place has the best drinks/martinis? Food? Service?

Thank you all in advance, it is soooo appreciated! I don't want to mess up his bday dinner!

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    1. DEFINITELY CUT! I just celebrated my birthday there and is was fabulous!

      We had cocktails at Side Bar before dinner - they were on the $$$ side, but served with some wasabi peas, olives and almonds.

      1. I agree that CUT would be my first choice for food, service and ambiance...and an excellent bar. But...be prepared to spend big bucks.

        Mastro's would be my second choice. It's a first class steakhouse that doesn't disappoint, but it too is quite expensive, and for my money I'd select CUT in a heartbeat.

        I would not even consider Mozza, unless 1) you want to spend the evening unable to talk because of the noise, 2) enjoy servers with attitude, and 3) and want generally decent but incredibly uneven food.

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        1. re: josephnl

          Thank you. The bf loves him some beef, but a nice gin vermouth martini sometimes tops it. I only entertained the idea of Mozza because it seems like they have a nice selection of cheeses. We love cheese plates...

        2. cut. and how about cut. try cut. and cut. if you boyfriend likes steak..i mean loves steak..go to cut. but then it will ruin him from eating steak again. the 31 and 50 day aged steaks are great..but try to have the american wagzu at least. its worth its weight in gold. everythign is expensieve but worth it.

          1. For steak, I would go with Mastro's over Cut. I was very disappointed with my dry-aged rib eye at Cut and it was super expensive. This place is way overhyped hotel food

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            1. re: Ernie

              Respectfully, strongly, disagree. Never had the rib eye but the 35 day aged NY is extraordinary. If I was really splurging I'd go for the NY tasting plate -- a bit of the 35 day aged Nebraska beef, a bit of American Wagyu, a bit of Japanese Wagyu. I believe it's $125.