My son wants steak for his graduation dinner
Don't care about the "scene", and some elements of the "Prime, dry-aged, etc" might wash over him. (Not to say we wouldn't savor something wonderful) Did some digging and thought we might go "old school" at Taylor's, but seems as though Chowhounds are neutral at best.
So I'm willing to spend the rest of his college fund for dinner, and would prefer not to do a chain.
Though technically part of a chain, Mastro's Beverly Hills is still my choice. Get the bone-in ribeye or tomahawk ribeye.
Recent chatter has really favored the bistecca alla fiorentino at Chi Spacca as well.
Usual non-chain suspects CUT, Pacific Dining Car, Nick & Stef's and Wolfgang will all serve you well also...
A few thoughts: Chi Spacca has an amazing Bistecaa Fiorentina [42 oz for $175, though]; I really like all the steaks at Jar; there is the new L'Assiette on Melrose which offers only steak frites. For Argentine style steaks, Ushuaia on Wilshire in WLA does a nice job. Although a chain, you could also go the Brazilian route with the all-you-can-eat Fogo de Chao on La Cienega.
although it's a chain,
the "show" they put on at fogo de chao might make it a fun evening.
also, it's all-you-can-eat at fogo de chao and normally young men are capable of really benefitting from this aspect of the service.