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Mar 18, 2011 10:43 AM

Coming to LA from ITALY need Restaurant Recommendations: Steakhouses,Burgers and SUSHI

Hello to all,

Im traveling for the first time to LA with boyfriend, in two weeks time, I will be in town for 4 days, and then continuing my trip down the Coast, I was interested to know from you which are the best Steak Houses (including Burgers) and most advisable Sushi restaurants in the Area? I will be staying two nights in Santa Monica and the remaining two in Beverly Hills. The price of the restaurant is not an issue

Thanks in advance!

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  1. A search of the board will disclose numerous threads on burgers, steaks and sushi (btw, the area does have more to offer). You might indicate where you will be staying, your price range, whether you will have a car, etc.

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    1. re: mc michael

      One review (when the burger query arises) I always point to is Exile (on Main Street) Kiss' epic "Total Carnage - Gourmet Burger Battle" post: if for no other reason than it still takes my breath (and cardiac rhythm) away...

      1. Not a traditional steak house but Park's BBQ is Korean BBQ with some of the best prime cuts of meats in Los Angeles cooked at your table. Their boneless beef short ribs are incredible. Wonderful service and a true dining adventure with wonderful flavors.

        Park's BBQ
        955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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        1. re: wienermobile

          Thank you wienermobile, this sounds interesting definetely out normal, I have only been to a Korean BBQ in London and the experience was great, I will try to get to go to Park's.

        2. Make reservations ahead of time for Mastro's in Beverly Hills for steak.

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          1. re: mrshankly

            Will look into it tomorrow! thanks!

            1. re: Foolini

              ... and I suggest seating at the second floor for the best dining experience at Mastro's.

              Mastros Restaurant
              2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

                1. re: Foolini

                  Presumably we are talking about the Beverly Hills outlet.

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

              1. re: Foolini

                No one has mentioned this one, and I have personally eaten there as well, but BOA on Sunset at Doheny is marvelous. It's open and absolutely beautiful. The food is fantastic although a bit loud. It's actually considered West Hollywood, but right on the BH line. Very romantic. They also have another location in Santa Monica as well, You will be in both places, so this might suit your needs very well.

                1. re: DBoos

                  Dined at BOA in Santa Monica a couple weeks ago and found it to be pretty bad - perhaps the one on Sunset is better. Good steak (not great or mind-blowing) cooked correctly and "truffle" fries are delicious in that guilty pleasure way, but other than that - lackluster apps and desserts, the worst creamed spinach I've EVER had (it's my favorite steakhouse side) and terrible, terrible service. I sure hope we went on a bad night - either way I won't be returning!

                  Edited to add yes, Mastro's is much better.

                  1. re: uwsister

                    Have only been to the one on Sunset...don't know anything about SM location. Mastro's is wonderful, but BOA has such a cool, romantic atmosphere. I really like the WHW location, and the truffle fries are amazing. Dinner and service were above average, but no, it's not Mastro's...still very good.

                    Mastros Restaurant
                    2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

              2. re: mrshankly

                Totally concur Mrsshankly....outstanding restaurant!!

              3. Mastros for steak in Beverly Hills. You won't be disappointed. Order the bone in rib eye if you like fatty, flavorful steaks. Or order the bone in filet if you like more of a lean cut.

                Mori Sushi for well....sushi. Not far from Santa Monica.

                People will discuss burgers all day here on CH. But for my money, Golden State on Fairfax has the best burger in the city. Also noteworthy would be Father's Office, 25 Degrees, and Oaks Gourmet.

                25 Degrees Restaurant
                7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                The Golden State
                426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                Father's Office Bar
                1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

                Oaks Gourmet
                1915 N Bronson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

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                1. re: TailbackU

                  Thanks for the suggestions, Im intrigued by this Mori Sushi, and yes as I have noticed, the burgers question causes quite a stir here on CH.

                  Mori Sushi
                  11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                2. You should try Cut for steak, Mori for sushi, and Morton's for the burger.

                  9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212

                  Mori Sushi
                  11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                  Arnie Morton's, the Steakhouse-Beverly Hills
                  435 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

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                  1. re: mc michael

                    Perfect 3 from mc michael

                    Though you gotta go to In N Out Burger, also.

                    1. re: mc michael

                      Thank you Micheal for the reccomendations, I hope when all of you travel to Italy, I will be able to help as much!

                      1. re: Foolini

                        I got some good recs for my visits to Rome and Florence so I'm here to return a favor:

                        Burger: Father's office
                        Steak: Cut - in Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills
                        Sushi: Mori-very traditional. Ask him also to give you some cooked items in the beginning.

                        Extra: Park's is an excellent recommendation . Get the Gal bi. I would normally recommend the unseasoned so you can taste the quality of the ribs but it would be nice to also taste the ribs seasoned since korean BBQ is not widely found in Italy.

                        1. re: Porthos

                          We hosted friends from Venezia and they loved Toscana. They loved everything and they ate quite a bit. Most of all they loved the steak which is cooked in the wood burning oven. Also they enjoyed conversing with the waiters; all of whom speak Italian.

                          Toscana Restaurant
                          11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049