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steakhouse in Orange County

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I don't venture much in Orange County, so I thought I'd ask, what are my options in the way of good steakhouses in the OC?

By steakhouses, I mean dry aged, prime, with a section of cuts. I know that there is a Ruth's Chris, and Mortons, and a Fleming's. We've got them in LA, so no thank you.

Also, if there's any restaurants with an exceptional steak entree, but not necessarily a steakhouse, I'd like to hear about it as well. Thanks!

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  1. Three places come to mind in OC:

    1. Trabuco Oaks Steakhouse

    See my review:
    http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

    2. Lonestar Steakhouse

    See my review:
    http://www.chowhound.com/california/b...

    3. Houstons in Irvine.

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      1. re: ipse dixit

        Another vote for The Bungalow. Excellent surfandturf, decidedly non-chain.

        Also, Riviera at the Fireside (Westminster right off the 405) does superb tableside dishes like Steak Diane. Very retro setting and service.

        1. re: ipse dixit

          yep ! they serve a very good ribeye steak at the bungalow.

      2. The Ritz (in fashion island)

        1. Have yet to find a decent traditional steakhouse restaurant in OC which is NOT part of a chain. We did have some like Dove St, but they all went out of bsns as far as I know. Trabuco Oaks way out there somewheres & Patty's Place in Seal Beach might be exceptions that prove the rule, but haven't tried either. The Cave in CM has mediocre steaks.
          Some hounds with noses in air may scoff, but as far as the chains go, the filets in Daily Grill & Maggiano's offer best value for frugal hounds. Excellent salads & breads enhance the experience in both, but do avoid the pasta at Maggiano's --stick to breads & salads. Ruth C, Morton's & Flemings are OK but pricey for what you get; also, we hate the butter on the steak at RC while others love it. Lonestar is just plain lousy & Outback middling. Claim Jumper has good & sometimes great steaks & potatoes but bread & sides are pis-poor.

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          1. re: bernardo

            Patty's place in SB is a mom and pop prime steak place. Good steaks, king crab legs, lobsters. Most nights Patty is the hostess. Great wine selection - Wine Spectator award of excellence 4 years in a row. Smaller dining room with excellent service. Nice bar area. Almost forgot - http://pattysplacerestaurant.com/wine...

          2. Stubrik's in Fullerton and Mission Viejo is YUMMY!

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            1. re: ted

              Have not had their steaks--but their beef stroganoff was good.

            2. The Alley @ PCH & Superior in Newport. Steak and seafood are featured on specials board.