I used to go to Flemings quite often and have always loved each and every visit. I would rank it #2 right behind Mastros.
The meat choices, fish, sides and appetizers are all awesome. I cant recall one item that i didnt like. Not only that, but the Newport (fashion island) location always had really friendly and curteous staff. The manager made several rounds making sure everyone seemed happy.
For OC's hounder, so other than Fleming's and Mastro's, apparently there's a new-kid-on-the-block: Manhattan Supper Club
I have only read all the raving review about it. Have any hounder who tried the place can shed some light also? :-)
Manhattan Steak and Seafood
202 S Main Street, Orange, CA 92868
My visits (two) to Mahattan Supper Club were dismally uneven. My short rib was the high point, though. For the worst dessert ever, try the Bananas Foster. And the service? Oy! Such a pale imitation of fine dining... I was embarassed for them.
I've been telling folks I like to go for drinks only, for now. I tell my enemies to go asap.
I've been to Fleming's in San Diego multiple times. I was excited when the one in Woodland Hill opened. We have been there twice. It is really good. The atmosphere is loud but food is AWESOME! The wine is always good, but expensive. My husband and I always bring our own. The service is always good. That type of place is for special occasions. There are alot of other steak restaurants that are good.
Houston's - Pasadena
Steak Joynt - North Hollywood
Arroyo Steak House - Pasadena
Their sides are very good too, though served in absurdly large portions. Under-order the sides - you'll still take some home. Regarding the wine list, it's not just that they have a good selection by the glass, the staff is knowledgable and able to make useful recommendations. I'll take Fleming's over The Palm or Ruth's Chris any day.
I must confess to being a big fan of Fleming's and have been to the El Segundo store on a few occasions.
As already stated, their wine by the glass program (but also their sides) are a cut above. Steaks are tasty, tender and satisfying. Think Ruth's Chris without the butter which makes sense since Paul Fleming came from that organization. You could wait for them to open in the old Spago location on Sunset. Now if they only served breakfast. Dino's anyone?
Been to the one in Manhattan Beach a couple times, large selection of wines by the glass but not very exciting wines. The steaks is suppose to be prime, but I think Costco choice steaks taste better when I grilled them at home. Not worth the money unless someone else is paying for it (expense account would be good).
My DH and I have dined at their Newport Beach location twice, and really had a great evening.
They're the only place that's ever offered us flights of wine, and they have a fantastic cheese plate.
But you're probably wondering about the steak.
Ours were superb.
Not sure how you rate Ruth Chris, but I'd say, totally on par, or better than RC.
We ate ourselves silly, and enjoyed it all.
As a matter of fact, recently having dined at RC, we'd go back to Fleming's before RC.