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Maestro's - first visit tomorrow night - any first-timer tips for me?

The Oracle Jun 16, 2011 02:56 PM

I'm finally headed to Maestro's BH for the first time tomorrow night (hubby's bday). Would love any tips or recommendations. I plan to order the bone-in rib eye, based on the historic raves.

Any other tips and/or suggestions from recent / regular diners is appreciated.

Also - is there any particular table I should ask for?

TIA!

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    cdub Jun 16, 2011 03:00 PM

    the warm butter cake

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    1. re: cdub
      ivfnursedeb Jul 10, 2011 01:05 PM

      It IS amazing!

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      elnora Jun 16, 2011 03:07 PM

      the seafood tower...
      truffled gnocchi...
      lobster mac and cheese...
      warm butter cake...

      im jealous. enjoy your dinner!

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      1. re: elnora
        ivfnursedeb Jul 10, 2011 01:08 PM

        I could live on the butter cake, seafood tower and the lobster mashed potatoes.

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        Obessed Jun 16, 2011 04:01 PM

        Request to sit upstairs.

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          mc michael Jun 16, 2011 04:25 PM

          By the piano player?

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            reality check Jun 16, 2011 04:34 PM

            Why is upstairs better than downstairs?

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              mc michael Jun 16, 2011 04:37 PM

              Don't know that it is. It's more a bar scene.

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                Obessed Jun 17, 2011 09:07 AM

                I like upstairs because it has windows...downstairs dining room seems more like a banquet hall to me. The piano is in the bar - would recommend a table not in the bar.

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            BSW6490 Jun 16, 2011 04:36 PM

            Sit upstairs. Bone in is a great choice. Sea food tower is great. Fantastic Onion Rings. Order them well done and hot. Very good martini.

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              LilZ Jun 16, 2011 08:38 PM

              You'll have a great time! I would HIGHLY suggest the Crab Cocktail appetizer (the best crab I've ever had in California!) and the creamed corn.

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                josephnl Jun 16, 2011 10:51 PM

                Everything's great...and supersized. Bone-in anything is wonderful. If you order more than one side, and I hope you do (they're terrific) you'll need a doggie bag. Best martini's around...hope you're not driving if you enjoy martini's. Mastro's is wonderful...puts CUT to shame!

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

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                  mc michael Jun 17, 2011 06:36 AM

                  Frankly, my dear, I prefer Cut. But Masto's is very nice. Not bad for a chain.

                  1. re: mc michael
                    Porthos Jun 17, 2011 08:57 AM

                    + 1 on your frankly and Cut preference.

                2. OCAnn Jun 17, 2011 07:15 AM

                  Similar thread from last month:
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784398 | Mastro's Beverly Hills - what to Order

                  1. The Oracle Jul 5, 2011 10:30 AM

                    Thanks, all - wanted to report back. We ordered the bone-in rib eye (22oz), porterhouse (24oz), and sides of lobster mashed potatoes and sauteed asparagus.

                    I wasn't all that impressed with the beef, to be perfectly honest. Plates came out sizzling, meat was cooked to order, but the meat was disappointing (from a flavor perspective). It was 'just ok', and I expected it to be 'amazing' -hence, the disappointment. The lobster chunks in the mash were delightful, but the dish was way too rich for my blood (could only eat a few spoonfuls) and I wish I had stopped our server from stirring it all up for us.

                    Service, while plentiful, I found overbearing (TOO many people coming by the table every few minutes).

                    All in all - it was an 'ok' experience. Perhaps I expected too much, since I've anticipated my dining experience here for AGES. I'm glad I did it - but won't be back.

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                    1. re: The Oracle
                      Ciao Bob Jul 5, 2011 10:36 AM

                      Mastro's chain was sold a few years ago and I have noted A LOT of slippage subsequently. The side dishes especially have suffered, IMHO. I still enjoy the scene (for people watching) but not-so-much the cuisine. Go to Cut next time.

                      1. re: Ciao Bob
                        The Oracle Jul 5, 2011 01:30 PM

                        Mastro's DEFINITELY did not disappoint in the people watching category! :)

                        I had read about choosing Cut over Mastro's on the boards, but was willing to take my chances, since it's been on my 'to try' list for far too long.... (apparently I waited a few years TOO long!).

                        I'm now on a quest to find my favorite steakhouse, so I'm adding Cut to the top of that list (others on the list include: Lawry's, Morton's are also on the short-list).

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

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                          Porthos Jul 5, 2011 01:47 PM

                          Drop Morton's. Add Wolfgang's. Morton's is below Mastro's IMO.

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

                          1. re: The Oracle
                            Ciao Bob Jul 5, 2011 02:25 PM

                            I hear you on this one The Oracle: I have done the same thing soooo many times...ignored what I knew from careful research to be true just because I had a bug-up my a-s about a place that was on the skids.

                            One steak not to miss (probably my favorite) is the Bistecca for two at Osteria Angelini. Lately, we go with a big group and share that, as well pastas, pizza, appy's and salads for a great meal. The steak is a steal at around 80 bucks.

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                              Jwsel Jul 5, 2011 03:06 PM

                              I went to Larsen's Steakhouse in Encino for the first time last week and was very impressed. I was not expecting much, but the dry-aged bone-in ribeye (32 oz) was perfectly cooked, had great flavor, and was extremely tender and juicy. It compared very well to the the American Kobe porterhouse I had at Cut-Beverly Hills two years ago, and was better than the American Kobe strip that I had at Cut-Las Vegas in May.

                              I think most of the sides and appetizers at Larsen's don't compare to Cut, but the creamed spinach may be my favorite version of that dish.

                              I also highly recommend the cote de bouef at Melisse.

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                              Larsen's Steakhouse
                              16101 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436

                              1. re: The Oracle
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                                mc michael Jul 5, 2011 03:38 PM

                                I think Lawry's is more about the old school presentation and the leftovers than the quality of the steak.

                              2. re: Ciao Bob
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                                josephnl Jul 11, 2011 10:27 AM

                                I must say that I always enjoy the Mastro's Steakhouse in Costa Mesa and have gone there about 6x in the past 4 years. I was last there about 6 months ago, and have noticed no change whatsoever from previous visits. Are you sure that it has changed ownership? The staff and everything seemed the same as always on our last visit.

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                                Mastro's Steakhouse
                                633 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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                                  OCAnn Jul 11, 2011 11:22 AM

                                  I've also notice no change at either the Costa Mesa or Newport locations; in fact, I was recently at both in the last two months and found the food & service to still be super.

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                                    josephnl Jul 11, 2011 04:06 PM

                                    Glad you agree! The only complaint that I have is the the noise level which at the Crystal Cove location can be awful; Costa Mesa is better, but certainly not quiet. Nevertheless, whenever I've been to either location, the food, service...and yes the martini's have been excellent.

                              3. re: The Oracle
                                Porthos Jul 5, 2011 01:03 PM

                                Sorry you picked Mastro's. As was mentioned above, CUT is where you go for best quality steak in LA. It often helps to look at the poster in addition to the recs.

                                1. re: The Oracle
                                  goodhealthgourmet Jul 5, 2011 04:02 PM

                                  Perhaps I expected too much, since I've anticipated my dining experience here for AGES.
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                                  not necessarily. i've been to Mastro's on several occasions, always *without* extremely high expectations, and i've been disappointed every time. the food isn't all that great, service vacillates between intrusive and nonexistent, and the acoustics are awful - i can't tolerate the noise level in there. i'll never understand why so many people rave about it, but hey, different strokes!

                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                    The Oracle Jul 8, 2011 03:07 PM

                                    Thanks for that, goodhealthgourmet. For some strange reason, that makes me (and my wallet) feel a little better. I won't be making the mistake twice! ;) at least with Mastro's!

                                    1. re: The Oracle
                                      goodhealthgourmet Jul 8, 2011 04:09 PM

                                      well i'm glad i made you feel better about it, but you should never feel bad about your opinion - taste is completely subjective and we all have our preferences. for what it's worth, i think one of my biggest problems with the steak at Mastro's is their wet aging - it makes the eat flabby, spongy, and oddly sweet...plus 2 out of 3 times i received unacceptably gristly cuts.

                                      clearly the place has its appeal because it's always busy and still gets plenty of love from some Chowhounds...you and i just happen not to be able to identify said appeal ;)

                                      1. re: The Oracle
                                        scottca075 Jul 8, 2011 04:11 PM

                                        Sometimes the meal is about more than just the meat. I like Cut a lot, better than Wolfgang's, but I still love places like the Pacific Dining Car, Musso & Frank for great steaks and an old school feel and Dal Rae and Taylor's for very good steaks with the old school feel.

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                                        Pacific Dining Car
                                        1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                                        Dal Rae
                                        9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660

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                                          BSW6490 Jul 8, 2011 04:13 PM

                                          Dont forget Dan Tana's

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                                          Dan Tana's Restaurant
                                          9071 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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                                    tissue Jul 5, 2011 07:45 PM

                                    Go to Wolfgang's

                                    1. westsidegal Jul 10, 2011 04:55 PM

                                      if you don't like having your steak doused in butter, be sure to tell them to lay off said butter when you place your order.

                                      gotta admit, i'm not a fan of their food.
                                      ymmmv

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