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Looking for the best steak place on the West side

Eliorr Oct 29, 2012 10:05 AM

I want to make a list and try them all out. Anyone that has good recommendation or hidden treasures please feel free to share!

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    yogachik Oct 30, 2012 08:09 AM

    I'm going to stick to my idea of westside and give you recommendations of places that aren't traditional steakhouses but have a truly fantastic steak:

    Catch at Casa del Mar
    R+D Kitchen
    Locanda Portofino
    Via Veneto

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    1. re: yogachik
      Eliorr Oct 30, 2012 09:00 AM

      R+D was good. I did try it and was pleasantly surprised.

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      whiner Oct 29, 2012 08:09 PM

      I haven't been to CUT but I hear it is fantastic. I can vouch for Mastro's as excellent.

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        Eliorr Oct 29, 2012 10:18 PM

        Ok, am going to try CUT, which looks like I should be ashamed for not trying then Pacific Dining Car and then Fogo de Chao. Will report back. i have to say that I've been Mastros and was not blown away and same goes for BOA. I think though that probably just had a bad experience given that other than me everyone loves it.

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          J.L. Oct 29, 2012 11:03 PM

          CUT screwed up my steak on every visit. Underwhelmed is how I'd describe it.

          The only steaks to order at Mastro's are the bone-in filets & bone-in ribeyes. All the other cuts at Mastro's are OK, but not great. But those bone-in cuts at Mastro's - Whoa Nelly! That's good eatin'!

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            Servorg Oct 30, 2012 03:07 AM

            I am still most impressed by Arnie Morton's in Beverly Hills for steaks as a general category. Also they have the best crab cakes that I've found. So little binder and just the most beautiful jumbo lump crab meat. I've also had wonderful steak at Dan Tana's when I've ordered their "Dabney Coleman" done medium rare. But it's been a while since I've gone to DT's, so I don't know if that steak still holds up as well as it used to.

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              Dirtywextraolives Oct 30, 2012 08:11 AM

              It was delicious when I had it about two weeks ago.

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                Thor123 Oct 30, 2012 09:53 AM

                The steak and peppers at TD is great too.

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                foodiemahoodie Oct 31, 2012 01:29 AM

                I was there this summer - the same. Great.

              3. re: J.L.
                Eliorr Oct 30, 2012 08:59 AM

                I had the ribeye and order med rare with emphasis on the rare side and it was over cooked...was disappointed but didn't send it back. But I only went once, so hard to say a general comment about them as I am sure they have great steak. I am generally more of a casual person so can't see myself back there for a while.

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                  billyed Oct 31, 2012 11:55 PM

                  My only visit to Mastro's was very disappointing. I was seated in crowded, small booth in the downstairs purgatory. The service was so so, but worst of all the steak tasted like old liver. I'll never go back.

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                  gordo26 Oct 30, 2012 11:47 PM

                  Pacific Dining Car is beyond a waste of money. you may as well go down to....anywhere else and get their steak. Way past its prime. IMO its almost a front for some other operation....

              4. ipsedixit Oct 29, 2012 07:11 PM

                Carlitos Gardel

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                  Dirtywextraolives Oct 29, 2012 06:54 PM

                  Have you tried Capo?

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                    maudies5 Oct 29, 2012 07:46 PM

                    Capo's steaks are delicious. Having said that, I believe that Toscana's steak is as good. Both are grilled first and finished in a wood-burning oven. Neither is a traditional "steakhouse." However, great steaks in both restaurants.

                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                      Eliorr Oct 29, 2012 10:14 PM

                      Yes, tried Capo.

                    2. Kate is always hungry Oct 29, 2012 06:42 PM

                      Of all the names mentioned in this topic, my favorite is Pacific Dining Car. Can't wait to read your reviews. Enjoy!

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                        Thor123 Oct 30, 2012 09:53 AM

                        IMO Pacific Dining Car is decades past its prime and has no buzz or vibe at all.

                      2. wienermobile Oct 29, 2012 05:50 PM

                        A little different than everything else on this list but I really like Fogo de Chao in Beverly Hills with their roaming gauchos repeatedly filling your plate with mountains of Brazilian meats (and the best salad bar in the city).

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                          New Trial Oct 29, 2012 03:41 PM

                          Given the expanded definition of Westside, Jar should be added to your list.

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                            paprkutr Oct 29, 2012 01:24 PM

                            Flemings is opening a branch on Beverly Dr in B H. I still like Taylor's for a good steak at a less expensive price. If you want to go a little further east try the Dal Rae. Old fashioned but good food and service with table side service

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                              Eliorr Oct 29, 2012 01:16 PM

                              Thanks to all! There about 2 on the List I haven't tried. Will try them. Adding to the mix, what's good on the East side, looks like I covered most of the West side.

                              1. carln Oct 29, 2012 10:44 AM

                                I would add Wolfgang's in BH.

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                                  gordo26 Oct 29, 2012 10:14 AM

                                  You've got your standards: Mastros, CUT and BOA with CUT probably the best of the three. Wilshire is pretty good as well. Once you are eat Prime Beef its pretty hard to see drastic differences in steak house. CUT provides more Wagyu options though.

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                                    ipsedixit Oct 29, 2012 10:37 AM

                                    Does Beverly HIlls count as Westside? Or even WeHo?

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                                      Eliorr Oct 29, 2012 10:40 AM


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                                        ipsedixit Oct 29, 2012 10:41 AM

                                        Then that's basically every steakhouse in LA.

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                                          J.L. Oct 29, 2012 10:43 AM

                                          Except Pacific Dining Car (downtown), Nick & Stef's, Fleming's...

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                                        J.L. Oct 29, 2012 10:43 AM

                                        Anything west of La Brea.

                                        Adding Totoraku to the mix...

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                                          Porthos Nov 1, 2012 04:09 AM

                                          I always thought it was west of the 405. ;)

                                          +1 for Cut and Totoraku

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                                        Thor123 Oct 29, 2012 10:42 AM

                                        I would drop Boa and add Dan Tanas

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                                          Dirtywextraolives Oct 29, 2012 01:32 PM

                                          +1 for Dan Tana's

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                                            foodiemahoodie Oct 31, 2012 01:09 AM

                                            Having tried Wolfgang's, Cut, Mastros, Pacific Dining Car, Nic & Stefs, Ruth's Chris, Morton's and a few others not quite in that league, I vote for...

                                            ...Dan Tana's "Dabney Coleman" steak. A New York Cut steak.

                                            Also, the Harvey's Guss sourced steak at Angelini Oseteria. Bistecca alla Fiorentina "for Two"
                                            comes in as number 2.

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