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  • steaklover Jan 22, 2004 01:56 PM

I'm probably going to get a lot of different opinions, and this has been discussed many times before, but I still can't decide which steakhouse to try. Please help with your opinions/experiences and rank the following in order of best to worst. I will try each of them by going down the list =)

Mastro's
Balboa Steakhouse
Nick & Stef
Fleming's
Morton's
The Palm
Pacific Dining Car
Ruth's Chris
Porterhouse Bistro

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  1. I don't eat steak enough to be really helpful with the rankings. Ruth's Chris and Morton's are good, but they're chains, and you can probably do better. I've heard terrific things about Mastro's.

    BUT....if you love steak, you have got to try Mark Peel's porterhouse at Campanile. A real big piece of meat, wonderufully charred on the outside. Served with delicious creamed spinach and thick steak fries. You won't be sorry.

    Happy eating!

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    1. re: Eric Archer

      Skip Dan Tana's-- not even a good tourist trap.

    2. I've only been to a few of these, but here's my ranking:

      1) Ruth's Chris (Irvine location only -- Beverly Hills location is not that great)
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      -
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      7) Pacific Dining Car
      8) Morton's
      9) Porterhouse Bistro

      However my favorite steak remains the amazing "Jewel in the Crown" NY at LG's Prime Steakhouse in Palm Desert

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      1. re: Ernie

        I must concur, LG's steakhouse near Palm Springs is GREAT. The onion ring appetizer was very tasty and comes in a HUGE portion, and the mashed potatoes were delicious. To tell you the truth I don't even remember how the steak was because the appetizers were so great.

        1. re: Ernie

          I agree. I haven't been to most of the others on the list, but I'd have to rate Ruth Chris (in Irvine) first and Morton's dead last.

          1. re: elmomonster

            I agree that Ruth's in Irvine is fantastic and would not waste my time at Morton's again.

        2. You left off the best: 1. Dan Tana's
          1A is Ruth's (and though I am loathe to disagree with Ernie, whose opinions are always dead-on, I have never had anything but a superb steak at the BH branch).

          Eric Archer is right about the Campanile porterhouse (although I have never liked the grilled prime rib, another beef dish that many swear by). Some of the best steaks in town are at fine restaurants that are not steakhouses--Michael's always had one of the best, although I gather that it may not be what it once was.

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          1. re: PayOrPlay

            To be fair, I've only been to the BH Ruth's Chris location once, so maybe need to reinvestigate. I would love to try that steak at Campanile, but I find Westside "industry" haunts like that much too obnoxious . . . however the stomach will eventually triumph I suppose!

          2. I have posted about this before but I think you ought to add The Grill on the Alley to your quest for more LDL.

            1. JJ's never gets mentioned in debates about steakhouses in LA - my only occasion to dine there was arranged by others, and I was somewhat reluctant, but we in fact had excellent food (even the somewhat retro iceberg wedge). Has anyone else had experience with this place?

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              1. re: pam

                I've been there two times over the past two years and have absolutely no yearning to go back.

                The steaks were average at best and so were the sides.

                I think the service could have been alot better.

                I'll stick with Ruth's Chris and Mortons

                1. re: dodgerx88

                  I have to second that about JJ's - I had a bone-in rib eye that was a very poor cut and over done (for my tastes). It was cooked passed medium and I prefer rare to medium-rare.

                  I agree with the Campanile comments about the porterhouse - unbelievable! I'm going to Mastro's next week :)

                  hiyamayama

              2. And while Pam mentions JJs in Pasadena, no one has mentioned the Arroyo Chop House,also in Pasadena, and their steaks will stand up to any of those mentioned in this thread. As to the others, the RC in BH has been good on 2 occasions for me, while the Mortons in PDesert is awful. Porterhouse Bistro is just fair on a good day.

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                1. re: carter

                  Here's another vote for Arroyo Chophouse as the best overall steak place in the city - though no bargain. If Ruth's didn't have that nauseating fried butter I could be swayed to place it #1. JJ's seems a large cut below both.

                  1. re: Griller141

                    "..that nauseating fried butter.." - Just say "hold the butter"; problem solved.

                    1. re: JBC

                      Except you can still smell it at your and surrounding tables and as it goes by. It is actually the odor, not the taste that seems nauseating.

                  2. re: carter

                    I also give a vote to the Arroyo Chop House, an excellent, beautiful old school place with amazing meat.
                    Forget about Pacific Dining Car unless it's in the middle of the night.

                  3. Where is Dan Tana's? I know it's not a steak house, but they've got the best steak in town.

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                    1. re: LAgirl

                      Dan Tana's
                      9071 Santa Monica Boulevard
                      West Hollywood, CA 90069
                      310-275-9444

                    2. Locally to LA, you can't beat Taylor's (8th around Normandie) for pure bang for your buck.

                      Their London Broil (now priced at $14.95 I think) has got to be the single best deal on meat in this town.

                      Plus you've got to love the dark wooden decor that seems to have been left unchanged since they opened in the 50's.

                      1. I would point out that the bone-in NY strip at Jar is very good.

                        1. I've only been to:
                          Nick & Stef's
                          Ruth's Chris

                          but I'd take Boa and North Woods Inn over either

                          1. I ate at Morton's in Chicago and was not impressed. Also, I say no to Pacific Dining Car.

                            My favorite is one others have already mentioned that you didn't include in your list: Arroyo Chop House, a cut better than Mastro's and Ruth's Chris.

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                              Dal Rae - Pico Rivera - Their signature Pepper Steak.
                              http://www.dalrae.com

                              Cut - Beverly Hills - have they fallen so far off their lofty pearch already?
                              http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restauran...

                              Carlitos Gardel - L.A. - Argentinian with enough options to qaulify as a steakhouse (i think):
                              http://www.carlitosgardel.com/carne.html

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                              LG Steakhouse - The best stated Mission Statement on quality of beef servered!
                              http://www.lgsprimesteakhouse.com

                              The Palm (WeHo) - Always have cooked my 16 oz. filet mignon perfecty, the problem is the sides have slid too far down the quality scale and are way to big of portions to be spilt by 2 normal appetities - a group of 4 is better.

                              Porterhouse Bistro - They were pretty poor before they closed down, if reopened under the same management I would strike them off the list. They opened Aphrodisiac, or something like that, in Century City-ish and I haven't heard one good word about it; haven't heard a bad one either, does that suggest that no one's going?

                              1. I drove by a place called Monty's in La Canada the other night. Is it any good?

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                                1. re: katkoupai

                                  Monty's in Pasadena just closed. There is a Taylor's in La Canada, but if you saw a Monty's it would be interesting to know the location.

                                  1. re: Griller141

                                    Thanks for this. Yes, it must've been Taylor's. It's on the stretch of Foothill, just down from the 210 freeway/2 exit, in La Canada. I think I confused it with Monty's because I always drive by Monty's in Pasadena, too. :)

                                    Is Taylor's any good?

                                    http://www.taylorssteakhouse.com/

                                    1. re: katkoupai

                                      Taylor's is good for the price. But the emphasis is on the price. The La Canada place tends to be crowded - it is rare to check in with the hostess without seeing a person of a certain age insisting that they must have made a reservation and it is the restaurant's fault if it got lost. And they don't usually get seated.
                                      Steaks are middle of the road, but the drinks are big and the place is fairly pleasant. Iceberg wedge is the big predinner atraction and the fillets are popular at about $20. No rip off scams (water, overpriced wine, desserts ordered before the meal, etc). The price is the attraction - you can get out of there for $40 apiece with apps and modest drinks. Try that at Arnie's or Ruth's.

                                      1. re: Griller141

                                        Thank you for the info. :)

                                2. not on the list but Thousand Crane at New Otani Hotel has a good steak

                                  1. Also not mentioned and ranks as one of my favorite steakhouses: 555 East, Long Beach

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                                    1. re: SoCalMuncher

                                      That was the only place would eat a steak when living in the LBC. My experience was always great there though it's been a few years.

                                    2. LG's in La Quinta - also locations in Palm Desert and Palm Springs. They make the best tableside ceasar salad, anchovies optional - but what would be the point without them. They also use "raw" egg. I think it is actuall coddled. Very yummy and fun to watch the waiter prepare. The owner is usually sitting in the bar at the LQ location as is quite the character. Great bar and location. My kid and I always go when we are at our desert house.

                                      I do like the Palm because it is consistent whether you are in LA, WeHo, Vegas, NYC 1 & 2 or DC.

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                                      1. re: gaylenwaydelich

                                        i havent been to a lot of those places mentioned but i have been to both mastros locations and the steak was stellar at both but service was so-so at OC location of mastros. ruths chris is horrible and overpriced. flemings is good for a chain.