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CUT at Four Seasons/Beverly Wilshire

We'll be in LA for 3 days in August. We're staying at the Four Seasons/Beverly Wilshire and I see the restaurant there is Wolfgang Puck's CUT. Has anyone been recently?
We're from the NJ/NYC metro area and have never been to LA. We're looking forward to some good food. I've started compiling a list from CH, but could not find anything about CUT. Thanks.

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  1. Cut is a steak lovers fantasy. They have cuts of meat no one else does. The side dishes and appetizers are wonderful. Great service. It is very very expensive. Cut is located in The Beverly Wilshire Hotel not the Four Seasons.
    http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restauran...

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    Cut
    9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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    1. re: wienermobile

      The Beverly Wilshire is currently a Four Seasons Hotel, albeit not to be confused with the Four Seasons on Doheny. For the OP, I think something more typically Californian, like Puck's Flagship, Spago (a short walk from the BWFS) might be more interesting but if there are particular things you want to try in L.A., let us know so the Board can steer you better. In this regard, whether you have a car might make a difference, given how spread out L.A. is.

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      Spago
      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      1. re: New Trial

        Thanks New Trial. Yes, we will have a car, so distance is no problem. We're open to all kinds of food and pricing. I'd love to hear your suggestions. Is Spago really worth going to? Of course I've heard of it, but being a jaded NYer, I never gave it much thought. lol

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        Spago
        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        1. re: ttoommyy

          Go to Spago. Get the tasting menu.

          1. re: mc michael

            Absolutely agree re the tasting menu. You can order this at lunch as well as at dinner, but it is best to call ahead and check.

            Lots of pics here:
            http://lizziee.wordpress.com/category...

          2. re: ttoommyy

            i believe that your hotel makes a limo available to ferry it's guests around to the local restaurants/ sights.
            ask the bell man to set it up for you, there is a phone number to call when you are ready to return to the hotel.

            1. re: ttoommyy

              Spago definitely remains a worthy contender. Some other higher end places to consider that display L.A. creativity to good advantage are Animal, Bazaar, Hatfield's, Josie, Lucques, Osteria Mozza [some will argue that it is a poor man's Otto but I disagree], Providence and Saddle Peak.

              L.A. also excells at numerous ethnic cuisines, including Chinese (and I say that as a former NYer), Japanese (Sushi and non), Korean and Mexican, if any of those appeal. Of course, there is always the NY Challenge: try a Langer's pastrami sandwich and compare it to your favorite from NYC.

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              Providence
              5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

              Spago
              176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

              Langer's Delicatessen
              704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

              Hatfield's
              6703 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

              Josie
              2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

              Saddle Peak Lodge
              419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

              Lucques
              8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

              Animal
              435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              The Bazaar by José Andrés
              465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

              Osteria Mozza
              6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              1. re: New Trial

                Thanks for the list New Trial. I forgot about Osteria Mozza...we have to go there. Love Otto here in NYC so we have to try Mozza. We'll be in Vegas after LA, so we're looking forward to a return trip to Carnevino as well. We can never get enough of Mario and Joe's places.

                1. re: ttoommyy

                  Try the Pizzeria.

              2. re: ttoommyy

                Based on our last experiences with the tasting menu at Spago there are better options in LA for creative tasting menus, e.g. Hatfields, Providence, Bistro LQ. We had excellent tasting menus at Spago a few years ago but the last two visits, one for the 5- the other for the 10-course tasting menu were OK but nothing special with disappointing service.

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                Spago
                176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                Bistro LQ
                8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            2. re: wienermobile

              Thanks for the info wienermobile.

              BTW--The BV is a Four Seasons property these days.

            3. I wouldn't bother with Cut if you are from NYC. You have much better steakhouses there. Cut does have gimmicky, ultra-expensive cuts of Kobe beef available, but unless you enjoy a mouthful of beef fat it really is not worth it.

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              1. re: Ernie

                I prefer the American wagyu to true Japanese kobe, but thought the American wagyu porterhouse for two was the best steak I've ever had. With the bone marrow flan appetizer, Cut was a great meal.

                I think there are definitely more "California" options, but I really like Cut.

                1. re: Ernie

                  Ultra-expensive? You're talking to a guy from NYC, so I think he might be used to crazy prices.

                  btw, I love their Japanese Kobe, it melts like butter in your mouth.

                2. I think it is very well worth a visit. Avoid the Kobe or Wagyu steaks (unless you plan on sharing it b/c it's just too rich for a one person entree).

                  Some suggestions:
                  Warm Veal Tongue appetizer
                  Kobe Steak Sashimi appetizer
                  U.S.D.A. Prime, Nebraska Corn Fed, Dry Aged 35 Days (best cut of steak on the menu IMO)
                  True Japanese 100% Wagyu Beef (only to share, too rich and fatty for one person)

                  True Japanese 100% Wagyu Beef

                  1. Cut is great but I would not put it on my short (or even long) list of palces to take NYers. But Spago would be on that list for sure. Tasting menu is great but so is nearly everything on the menu.

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                    Spago
                    176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                      It's cheaper in LA. Get the tasting menu.

                    2. Wow...tons of answers in just a short while. Thanks to all! So Spago seems like the place to go. We'll be sure to make a reservation when the time comes.

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                      Spago
                      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                      1. re: ttoommyy

                        Then, head over to Jitlada and go for the Southern Thai menu. You can't touch this, New York.

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                        Jitlada
                        5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                        1. re: mc michael

                          Thanks mc michael. I just checked out the menu on MenuPages...looks great. I'll add it to my ever growing list. Looks like we'll be doing a lot of eating in three days!

                      2. You can benefit from Spago here in LA and then go to CUT in Vegas. The Spago in LV does not compare to the one here and both the CUT in LA and Vegas are pretty much mirror images. The atmosphere at CUT LV is much better, more relaxed.

                        I would pick CUT over Spago only because I am a steak person. Highlights are:

                        100% True Japanese Wagyu Ribeye
                        American Wagyu Ribeye
                        Steak Tartare
                        Bone Marrow Flan

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                        1. re: A5 KOBE

                          Thanks A5 KOBE. I had an American Wagyu Sirloin at Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons in Washington DC and I was underwhelmed to say the least. Is the American Wagyu Ribeye at CUT really worth the $$? I saw the steak tartare on the menu; I love tartare. I had a few amazing tartare in Italy last December and I've been hoping to have a decent one here in the States. I will definitely try it at CUT if we do decide to go. Thanks again for your input.

                          1. re: ttoommyy

                            The steak tartare is one of the better ones I have tried. I comes with grilled baguette, dijon mustard, and quail egg yolk. It is my favorite appetizer at CUT. And the American Wagyu is well worth it, in fact a better deal than the Japanese Wagyu. I believe the American Wagyu Ribeye is about $85 and is very good. I thought that it was about as good as the Japanese version.

                            Don't forget to get the Banana Cream Pie. It is one of the best desserts I have ever had!!!

                            1. re: A5 KOBE

                              "Don't forget to get the Banana Cream Pie. It is one of the best desserts I have ever had!!!"

                              BCP is one of my favorite desserts! Thanks for the info A5 Kobe.

                        2. Cut rules. You're staying at the hotel, I say go to the bar side of Cut whenever the spirit moves and eat some amazing steak in a more casual (though no less expensive) vibe. I say stick to the 35 day aged NY -- you will not be disappointed.

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                          1. re: la tache burger

                            Thanks la tache burger. It's nice to hear so many good things about CUT. Can't wait to get out to LA and experience some good food and have some fun!

                          2. One other thought, walk across the street and go to Urasawa.

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                            Urasawa Restaurant
                            218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                            1. re: lizziee

                              That requires reservations and a Brinks truck of cash.