Get ready to sink your teeth into the meaty delights found at our top 5 picks for the hautest steakhouses in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Wolfgang Puck's homage to meat is a spot that can't be missed. This sleek, celebrity and LA power-player favorite located at the Beverly Wilshire was designed by Getty Center architect Richard Meier, to be all modern. The two-level eatery features an exhibition-style kitchen, art by John Baldessari and an innovative menu. You'll find fan favorites in addition to pricier (and rarer) pieces of meat like Kobe beef sashimi here in Puck's typical non-traditional food styling. Don't miss the Kobe beef short ribs with Indian spices.
9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (310) 276-8500
2 Mastro's Steakhouse
Mastro's Steakhouse is beloved by everyone who loves great steak, supreme elegance and a superb service. You'll enjoy the succulent steaks like a New York strip and porterhouse as well as rich dishes like lobster mashed potatoes whether you're sitting in the dining room, bar area or in the more exclusive third-floor Penthouse, which features a rooftop terrace, the Canon Room with a wall of wine bottles and nightly DJs.
246 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 888-8782
You'll love the intimate and slightly masculine feel of enoSTEAK, the steakhouse located within the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The decor and design of enoSTEAK conveys riches, with an array of displayed wine bottles along with paintings from local artist Sandra Jones Campbell. This contemporary Orange County favorite emphasizes local and seasonal ingredients, using California-found fare as often as possible. Every meal starts with complimentary chicken liver pâté in an effort to encourage guests to open their palate. Starters include items like grass-fed beef tartare and a local burrata cheese brulee, which main meaty dishes include the likes of grass-fed beef tenderloin and grilled prime rib eye. The menu also includes a sampling of signature compound butters which you simply can't miss as they so richly add to the meal; our favorites were the black truffle and bacon maple butters. You'll also be pleased by the super wine list and innovative cocktail menu here.
One Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629 (949) 240-2000
Jar is a great steakhouse for Californians, and by that, we mean the supremely health conscious. As conceived by super-chef and owner Suzanne Tracht, Jar tends toward lighter takes on the traditionally heavy meat and potatoes theme. Her vegetables and starters change with the seasons at this modern American chophouse to make great use of local ingredients. We love that Tracht gives options for the main course, whether it be sliced bistro steak, char siu pork chop, mixed dishes like chopped sirloin with fried egg, green peppercorn sauce or her must-try, prime rime Kansas City steak dry aged for 28 days. This is comfort food at its best.
8225 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 655-6566
For Angelenos looking for a cool, non-traditional place to eat steak in style, head to West Hollywood eatery STK, of which has the tongue-in-cheek tagline "Not your daddy's steakhouse." This sure isn't. It is a sexy spot with banquettes, curved furniture and theatrical lighting that almost conveys hanging out in a Las Vegas nightclub. If the club-life isn't your particular bag, you'll be pleased to know the restaurant also offers a "bistro room" for a quieter, more intimate dining experience. What's best about STK is the variety of its menu. There are grilled meats in three sizes for those who are very hungry to those who eat like proverbial carnivorous birds (though the birds may have to eat more than they bargained for as even the smallest New York strip weighs in at ten pounds). In keeping with the California/Hollywood-friendly vibe, the wine list is predominantly dominated by California varietals. The cocktail list, as should be expected, is just as winning and cool as the rest of the restaurant.
755 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (310) 659-3535