You might think we are just in time for Father’s day with this list of best steakhouses around LA. However, truth is, a list like this comes in handy in every occasion because great food is an excellent way to mark a day or an occasion. This being said, here’s the list of the best local steakhouses in Los Angeles:
Santa Monica and West Hollywood
With so much turnover on Sunset, it might come as a surprise that this steakhouse has been holding down the Beverly Hills end of the street for as long as it has. But it shouldn’t: the food’s dependable, the décor is just fancy enough, and BOA offers an entire menu dedicated to gluten-free food (and thank God steak is GF).
Top Chef Masters-contestant Suzanne Tracht is the woman behind this chopshop. The steakhouse is known for both its beautiful cuts (including a 36z porterhouse for two and a Wagyu NY prime) and its beautiful, classic dining room, but if you’re in-the-know, you also know about its rotating bar menu, which has included everything from tacos to sliders — and you don’t even need to make a reservation for it.
Santa Monica and Downtown
Open since 1921, Pacific Dining Car in Downtown LA (it has a second location in Santa Monica) is a timeless steakhouse that’s open 24 hours. The best part about the standard chophouse menu is that you can get a quality filet mignon at 3 am, and an extra late-night menu features diner-style eats like egg specials and Reuben sandwiches. The 1950s-style decor is outdated in a charming way and you definitely get the sense that the place was hoppin’ in its heyday.
The Downtown steakhouse underwent a much-needed revamp in 2015, with the dining room lightened up and the menu made a bit more approachable with a larger menu (including a full raw bar all day and burgers at lunch), but thankfully Nick and Stef’s hasn’t changed its commitment to quality — choice cuts of meat (including a 16oz New York and a massive 38oz bone-in rib tomahawk) are dry-aged for 28 days on-premises in the gorgeous meat locker. They’ve also added on a selection of Wagyu, including a 3oz portion of A-5 that literally melts in your mouth.
The Mozza group doesn’t do anything half-assed — case in point, Chi Spacca, which has perhaps the juiciest (and, yes, perhaps priciest) tomahawk in town. Nothing here slouches, though: the charcuterie is also among the best in the city, and everything from saffron-and-uni risotto to grilled octopus is on-par with their top-chops.
Now 22 years on at its current location (though the family has been cooking steak for closer to a century), Culver City classic George Petrelli Steak House is a diamond in the rough. With a charming interior and laid-back vibe, this is the place locals go for a nice steak and a big bottle of red wine.
This Bay Area transplant hits Pasadena with what might be the most elegant and suave steakhouse to open in L.A. this year. Though it’s labeled as a steakhouse offering the widest selection of Wagyu beef in the city, it’s much more than that. Chef Matt Bata prepares finesse-laden starters, such as the uni-topped chawanmushi, that would befit a Michelin-starred white tablecloth establishment. The wines, cocktails, and service are also top flight, making Alexander’s a compelling place for beef in Pasadena.
This longtime chop house isn’t going to go beyond the basics: quality prime steaks, solid sides, and stiff martinis. But that’s exactly what the regulars want. The shareable porterhouse is a prime-grade monster that could probably three or four but runs a mere $89. Though you won’t get steaks with a long age statement or dry-aging, it’s very reasonable for what you get, making this one of the best value steakhouses in town.
Michael Mina’s steakhouse at The Americana at Brand features a marble countered café up front, dining room with sumptuous tan booths and drum-shaped lanterns, and live piano music. Considering each meal comes with complimentary duck fat fries and a trio of dipping sauces, expectations start high. Bourbon Steak keeps sauces simple, with classics like green peppercorn and Bearnaise, but go big on accompaniments like herb-roasted bone marrow and blue cheese crust.
The restaurant, which opened in 2015, has got 12 cuts ranging from a teensy 8oz filet to a monstrous 36oz dry-aged rib-eye, as well as Japanese Wagyu by the ounce and classic sides like butter-laden mashed potatoes. In other words, when you’re going decadent, go here.
The Melrose Avenue establishment features Argentinian-grilled USDA prime steaks at prices that are generally more reasonable than a classic American-style steakhouse. Opt for the parrillada for two, which comes with skirt steak, short ribs, sausages, and sweetbreads for a sampling of all the grilled glory here. And don’t forget the chimichurri.
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