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Please help me choose a great steak dinner

I'm looking for someplace that is upscale but not trendy, where I can feel comfortable eating solo either at a table in the dining room or at the bar. My go-to place for a good steak is usually Ruth's Chris, but I want to try someplace I haven't been. I know Dan Tana's has a great steak, but I've been there. I've also been to Flemings and Mortons. I know Mastro's is supposed to be good, but I don't think I would feel comfortable eating there solo. I have no interest in Cut.

I'm thinking about Jar, Wolfgang's (not Puck's Cut), or BLT. Any thoughts?

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  1. Check out the old reliable Pacific Dining Car.
    Great steaks prepared to your order.

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    1. re: Bruce in SLO

      I forgot about that one. It's been at least 35 years since I've been there. It's been so long, I'll consider it even though I want to try someplace new to me. Thanks.

    2. Was deciding between Littlefork and Connie and Ted's. Oddly enough, the bone in angus rib eye at Connie and Ted's tipped the scale in their favor. Haven't tried it yet but will be going in a few weeks.

      Have also seen a European couple order the steak and fries at Gjelina for an amazing looking steak frites.

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      1. re: Porthos

        I just looked at Connie and Ted's menu. The bone-in filet also sounds good--I don't see that often. Thank you for the recommendation.

        1. re: Porthos

          Just a followup report. Had the bone in angus rib eye. Outstanding. Perfectly cooked to medium rare. Such wonderful flavor and provides a nice change in pace to the seafood dishes if you have a large group.

        2. The Smoke House in Burbank is good. The steaks are excellent, and the atmosphere is comforting, and not so upscale that you'll feel uncomfortable eating alone. Friendly waiters. Gary Bric's Ramp deeper in Burbank is also a friendly little boite. From the outside it looks like Jed Clampett's house, huddled up against the freeway overpass, but inside is surprisingly roomy and inviting.

          The LA Weekly just had an article on five quintessential LA steak houses. I'd post the link, but you can probably find your way to the LA Weekly.

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          1. re: MarkC

            I've been to the Smoke House a few times. It's good, but not great. I'm in the mood for something a little nicer, preferably with prime steak. I've never heard of Gary Bric's Ramp. I'll check it out. Thanks.

            1. I think Wolfgang's serves the best steak in town. The Smoke House or Taylor's might be a little friendlier for a solo diner.

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              1. re: Hackenbush

                I've also been to Taylor's. Like the Smoke House, it's good but not great enough for what I'm looking for. I take it you don't think Wolfgang's is good for solo dining?

                1. re: brandygirl

                  I would not hesitate to dine solo at Wolfgang's. In fact, I did once when my date phoned and had to cancel due to an emergency. It's a very friendly restaurant although parts of it can get a little noisy during peak hours. (Even at its worst though, it's not as noisy as Mastro's any night when I've dined there.)

                  1. re: Hackenbush

                    Thanks for clarifying. From all the responses, it sounds like Wolfgang's and Jar are my best choices, with Wolfgang's being most people's favorite.

                    1. re: brandygirl

                      Another vote for Wolfgang's. Steaks are remarkable, cocktails are good and service is very friendly.