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Best Fleming's Steakhouse location in LA?

sphound Jan 21, 2013 10:27 AM

I received a Fleming's gift card for my birthday and have never been before.

Which is the best Fleming's location in LA? Downtown LA Live, Beverly Hills, or El Segundo?

Which steak cut does Fleming's do best? Any side dish recommendations?

The 5 for $6 until 7pm happy hour special on apps and drinks sounds good. Is this deal worth it?

The prime burger with bacon for $6 sounds great, is it any good?


I have found only one great steak place in LA, Mastro's. It's right up there with LG's in Palm Springs and Hitching Post in Buellton. As you can see I know my steak restaurants.

If you are a steak hound like me and familar with the steak scene in LA please rank order the LA steak restaurants for me. I can't be driving 2.5 hours every time I want a good steak. I don't go to Mastro's because they are usually too loud and crowded.

Don't worry there are no wrong answers, just want to hear your honest opinions.

I will post a review of the Fleming's we end up going to.

Thank you in advance!

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    josephnl Jan 21, 2013 02:06 PM

    Fleming's is definitely no Mastro's...not even close! Nevertheless, it's pretty good and pretty much in the same league as Ruth's Chris. I've been to a few and they're all very much the same. Go to whichever is most convenient and as long as your expectations are not too high, you'll enjoy.

    1. scottca075 Jan 21, 2013 03:12 PM

      Honestly, I head down to Fashion Island in Newport Beach, make a day of it and then eat at the Fleming's there.

      I am not overly impressed with Mastro's either.

      Where I eat steak depends on where I am and where I am going. If I am in Downtown, heading to the theater I like Nick & Stef's or Pacific Dining Car. If I am in the SGV, I'll go to Del Rae, in Mid-town I'll go to Taylor's, Beverly Hills I'll usually go to CUT, but I have nostalgia for the Palm in West Hollywood.

      I think CUT is LA's best.

      But if someone else is buying, I won't say no to BOA, La Bistecca, Jar, Taylor's Steakhouse La Crescenta, Fleming's, Arnie Morton's, Wolfgang's, Mastro's, Craft, Arroyo Chophouse, Ruth's Chris or BLT.

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      1. re: scottca075
        josephnl Jan 21, 2013 04:11 PM

        The Fleming's in Fashion Island is the one I go to most often. It's fine, but I think that Mastro's is way better. As for CUT, I've had shockingly rude service there and will not return. The food there was also just ok...very surprising because all of WP's other restaurants are very good.

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        HastaLaPasta Jan 23, 2013 11:29 AM

        Dined there a couple of times last year. The one thing that really stood out was desert - specifically their carrot cake I think is the best I've had. For side dishes, the "Flemmings Potatoes" were quite good. By the way this was at the El Segundo location - I've not dined at the others. To me, BLT is the best steakhouse I've been to in LA - I've also been to Ruth's Chris, Mastro's, Boa, but not Cut, Arnie Mortons etc.

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          FoodObsessive Jan 24, 2013 06:28 PM

          I have had very good steaks at the El Segundo branch - stay away from anything fancy and you can do quite well there. Manager Kenyon is often working the door - she is very friendly and anything she recommends you can get without hesitation. It is quite loud, but that just seems to be part of the experience tat all of the ones I have been to.

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            FoodObsessive Jan 24, 2013 06:29 PM

            P.s. - Ribeye is my favorite, though their filet has been unusually flavorful.

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              Thor123 May 8, 2013 03:45 PM

              For me Mastro's is best, followed by Dan Tanas, BLT and Wolfgangs. Dont care for Boa at all and did not like my one visit to CUT.

              1. J.L. May 8, 2013 06:02 PM

                Since I've only been to Fleming's at LA Live (meh) & La Jolla (more meh), I cannot comment on the other Fleming's locations.

                My ranking:

                1. Totoraku
                2. Mastro's
                3. Fogo de Chao
                4. Wolfgang's
                5 (tie). Craft
                5 (tie). Pacific Dining Car (Downtown location)
                6. The Jar

                Conspicuously off the list: CUT

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                1. re: J.L.
                  josephnl May 8, 2013 07:47 PM

                  Agree. After being treated more rudely at CUT than any other restaurant in the world, they would also never appear on any recommended list of mine.

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                  paprkutr May 8, 2013 06:05 PM

                  I like El Segundo for the ones in the Los Angeles area, nice atmosphere and easy parking.
                  L.A. Live is to hectic, unless you want to walk around and see the area. Make sure there is no game or event on and then schedule around the start time.
                  I was hoping to really like the one in Beverly Hills, it is much smaller, but it was okay. The quality of the food was the same, but I wasn't crazy about the staff.
                  As others have mentioned, I love the Del Rae, for the atmosphere and food. Taylors is always one of my top go to places, food and service is good, and the prices are way down from the others.
                  I also like Dan Tana's and the Palm, it depends on what you want to spend, atmosphere and location.
                  I was just recently at Morton's in Burbank, and I did not like it. The food was fine, but the atmosphere and service was horrible. I think you will be okay which ever you choose.
                  By the way, I prefer the bone in rib eye.

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                  1. re: paprkutr
                    carter May 8, 2013 08:46 PM

                    But you cannot compare the steaks at either Dal Rae or Taylors to Flemings, much less to any other places mentioned in this post.
                    To me, Ruth still does a credible job, Flemings much less so.
                    Arnie - not.
                    The Ruth's is better in BH than either Pasadena or Woodland Hils. But @ Ruth's, you must order your steak served on a room temperature plate, not the sizzling plate where the steak keeps on cooking. And no butter, EVER!

                    CUT, Pacific Dining Car, Palm, etc. are just tooooo expensive. Keep in mind you will be eating the next day. Don't waste the entire monthly restaurant budget on one dinner.
                    Mastro BH is a way different place than its sister in Thousand Oaks, for example.

                  2. ipsedixit May 9, 2013 07:52 AM

                    I would rank my preference for LA American-style steakhouses (so no Chi SPACCA, Totoraku or Ushuaia) in this way.

                    Tier 1

                    Tier 2
                    Mastros (both locations)
                    Capital Grille
                    Nick and Stefs

                    Tier 3
                    Ruth's Chris

                    Tier 4
                    Everyone else, e.g. PDC, Arroyo Chophouse, STK, Taylors, etc.

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                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      Servorg May 9, 2013 08:06 AM

                      Based on my last visit putting Capital Grille in tier 2 sticks out like a pig wearing lipstick and a tutu...Now if there were a "Tear" 5 I'd go with placing it there...

                      1. re: Servorg
                        josephnl May 9, 2013 04:33 PM

                        Couldn't agree more. Most of the steaks at Capital Grill are "select choice" whatever that means (their words!), not prime as in most of the other top steakhouses.

                        1. re: Servorg
                          J.L. May 9, 2013 04:47 PM

                          In a rare disagreement with ipse, methinks not so highly of Capital Grille. In fact, my experience with them was so subpar that I now refer to them as Capital Punishment Grille, relegated to the level of Denny's for steak - Wait, I take that back: I actually do go back to Denny's every now and then.

                          Just curious: CUT has the glitz element (albeit no respect for the steak itself IMHO), but I get why most people would place it at "Tier 1". But what makes Wolfgangs a "Tier 1" in your book? Peter Luger nostalgia? (Mind you, I DO enjoy Wolfgangs magnificent porterhouse, but overall the experience is no better than, say, at Mastro's.)

                          1. re: J.L.
                            wienermobile May 9, 2013 04:51 PM

                            At Cut I feel that the very good appetizers, sides and deserts were much better than their steaks.

                            1. re: wienermobile
                              J.L. May 9, 2013 05:02 PM

                              I actually agree with the apps, sides, & desserts being good, but MAN! Have they screwed up my steaks in the past!

                            2. re: J.L.
                              ipsedixit May 9, 2013 06:46 PM

                              Just curious: CUT has the glitz element (albeit no respect for the steak itself IMHO), but I get why most people would place it at "Tier 1". But what makes Wolfgangs a "Tier 1" in your book? Peter Luger nostalgia? (Mind you, I DO enjoy Wolfgangs magnificent porterhouse, but overall the experience is no better than, say, at Mastro's.)

                              They do the steaks right at Wolfgangs (cut right, both thickness and shape), and they have bacon (so, yes, a bit of Lugers / NYC nostalgia).

                              FYI, re: Capital Grille, it's a tad cheaper in price than the other chain steakhouses, and offers cuts (e.g. Delmonico's, Wagyu, dry-aged) that places like Morton's, Ruth's Chris, etc. does not.

                              1. re: ipsedixit
                                Servorg May 9, 2013 07:24 PM

                                " re: Capital Grille, it's a tad cheaper in price than the other chain steakhouses, and offers cuts (e.g. Delmonico's, Wagyu, dry-aged) that places like Morton's, Ruth's Chris, etc. does not."

                                True. But the issue on our last visit was that, of the 4 different steaks ordered by each one of our group and no one liked the quality of their beef. On top of that their lobster mac and cheese was so meh that about 3/4's of it went uneaten by all 4 of us. I would go to just about any of the other steak houses in LA first before I went back to CG...

                                1. re: Servorg
                                  ipsedixit May 9, 2013 07:26 PM

                                  That's unfortunate. Never had that problem myself.

                                  1. re: Servorg
                                    carter May 9, 2013 09:18 PM

                                    Someone(s) ordered lobster mac & cheese while also getting a steak?!
                                    Do keep in mind that CG is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants, also owners of dead lobster and the olive garden.
                                    Quality is not the company virtue!

                                    1. re: carter
                                      Servorg May 10, 2013 02:55 AM

                                      Party of 4 ordered it as an "appetizer" to be split among the group prior to arrival of meat...

                            3. re: ipsedixit
                              New Trial May 10, 2013 02:36 AM

                              Have you tried the steaks at Jar? One of my favorite places for steak in town.

                              1. re: New Trial
                                ipsedixit May 10, 2013 07:46 AM

                                I have, but I don't really consider The Jar a steakhouse per se. Really like their duck fried rice. The char su pork? Not so much.

                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                  New Trial May 11, 2013 02:01 AM

                                  They self-describe as a modern American chophouse and offer five different cuts (not including the chopped sirloin) with a choice of sauces, though it is the pot roast that is considered their signature dish. The ribeye is really quite good.

                                  1. re: New Trial
                                    ipsedixit May 11, 2013 10:29 AM


                                    Granted that term is pretty bastardized these days.

                                    Don't get me wrong, I like The Jar, just not necessarily for steaks.

                              2. re: ipsedixit
                                Porthos May 10, 2013 07:56 AM

                                I also agree with your ranking except also agree Capital Grill (and probably also Morton's) should be in Tier 3.

                                A bit sad you passed up the opportunity to make it a top 10 list. ;-(

                                1. re: Porthos
                                  ipsedixit May 10, 2013 09:32 PM

                                  With steakhouses, it's almost impossible to make fine gradations between individual steakhouses to make a meaningful statement that, yes, Morton's is (for example) No. 4, but Nick & Stef's is No.5.

                                  How do you do that?

                                  It would be a bit disingenuous.

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                                Thor123 May 9, 2013 12:18 PM

                                Ate at Flemings new BH location last night. The petite filet was ok. Dont like that they butter their steaks. I had it without. My friend had a fish dish that was so heavily sauced and buttered he could not eat it. Under the sauce appeared to be a nice piece of fish. The onion rings were great! The room is nice, service was outstanding and drinks were strong. I would rank it below Ruth Chris and way below Mastros.

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