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Sep 14, 2010 11:16 AM

its my 6th year ann. and i want to take my lady out for some GREAT STEAK/SEAFOOD in LA/OC area

i dont know where to take her. We like a live atmosphere but also classy

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  1. If you want real steak, there's only one place I'd really go in LA: Carlitos Gardel. It's an Argentine steakhouse, so it's not exactly what you may be looking for, but I can guarantee you that the quality of the steak is top notch, nor does it cost an arm and a leg (though it's still pricey). The amazing chimichurri (with a really zesty, herby oiliiness that isn't too much) and the incredibly herby fries (cooked in olive oil, so that they're also not too heavy) only make the experience that much better.

    Having reviewed a ton of steakhouses across the nation, I can say pretty confidently that you won't find comparable steak at most American steakhouses. Carlito's steak is even better than most of the meat I was getting while I lived in Argentina a couple years back.

    Hope that helps. Ask if you need any further info.

    Carlitos Gardel
    7963 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

      1. there are many, many existing threads debating the merits of the numerous steakhouses and seafood restaurants in LA and OC.

        ispe's question about your budget is a good place to start. also, are you looking for a steakhouse or just a place that serves steak & seafood? traditional American or more modern/trendy? if you list some of the restaurants you & your wife like, we might be able to narrow the focus a bit more to places that would appeal to you.

        oh, and Happy Anniversary!

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Thanks! :) there really is no limit for a night like this. im ready to spen anything but would like to have my moneys worth. ive been to lawrys in beverly hills but its a very boring atmosphere and the quality seems to be less and less everytime we go. one of my Favorie place is 1st food and bar in the Palazzo

          1. re: youngbusinessowner

            Sounds like you might enjoy Mastro's in Beverly Hills.

            Mastro's Steakhouse
            246 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

            1. re: youngbusinessowner

              goodhealthgourmet (as he always does) makes some good points.

              It's really hard to find a place that serves both quality steaks AND great seafood. Closest might be CUT, but even there the selection leans heavily to the turf, and not the surf.

              You might be better off on figuring out whether you want just great steaks, or just great seafood. If you want both, you'll end up compromising and probably hating yourself in the morning.

              That said, if you're dead seat on both steak and seafood, CUT is a good place to consider as already mentioned. Another choice might be Saddle Peak Lodge, where you can get a good selection of different beef and game dishes, as well as a surprisingly good selection of seafood items. Plus, it's hard to beat the atmo at Saddle Peak Lodge, esp. for an anniversary celebration.


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

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Since OP did include OC in the parameters, perhaps Mastro's Ocean Club in Newport Beach for steak and seafood?

                Mastro's Ocean Club
                8112 E Coast Hwy, Newport Coast, CA 92657

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  hey ipse, for the record, i'm a "she" ;)

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      no worries!i was under the impression all along that YOU were female as well, but a couple of Hounds corrected me on another thread a while back. it's all good :)

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    The reason I like Cut so much is not just the steaks, the appetizers and side dishes are also wonderful too.

                    9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212

              2. As everyone knows, Water Grill ( ) consistently offers outstanding seafood in a stylish dining room. Surprisingly, they also have excellent beef. For example, one of the juiciest, beefiest steaks I've had this side of Bern's in Tampa was the meat course on their tasting menu last year. I've never ordered it à la carte, so if this idea appeals to you, I'd ask in advance whether they'll have the kind of top-quality cut you want on the night of your visit.

                In any case, happy anniversary to you and your wife!


                Water Grill
                544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                1. Best steak the Grubs have enjoyed in LA is at Pane e Vino. The bistecca alla
                  Fiorentina is big, juicy & blasting with flavor. Warm, dark, moderately noisy Italian where, if you want to up the romance level, you can also share their steak for 2 -- usually chateaubriand. Big spousal points available.

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                  1. re: Mr Grub

                    That sounds entirely mouthwatering, Mr. G (and nice to see your CH handle show up now and again).

                    1. re: Mr Grub

                      +1(once-removed) for the Bistecca at Pane e Vino. i didn't try it, but when i took my folks there my mom raved about hers...and she's a steak snob :)

                      Pane e Vino
                      8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048