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“Potential to be even better” 4 of 5 stars
Review of LB Steak

LB Steak
898 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Ranked #26 of 120 Restaurants in Menlo Park
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Dessert, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: University
Mountain View, California
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“Potential to be even better”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

This was really, really good - but there were enough blemishes to make me save that 5th star for a return visit. To set the stage - LB Steak is clearly aiming at Mortons and similar 5 star steak places - with prices to match. This is not a value meal, it's a special occasion (or expense account) meal. The cheapest steak is $19 - and very good. The Prime Rib Eye is $35, Dry-Aged for $45 (with nothing else on the plate).

LB Steak is new in this location, but clearly borrowed a lot from the San Jose relative. They got a lot of things right, including:
Service was excellent, start to finish.
Steaks were cooked perfectly.
Side selections were exemplary for a top-notch steakhouse.

A few things left room for improvement:
- Lobster bisque was surprising average - just lacked the wow factor that I associate with a designer soup offering.
- Lobster Mac & Cheese was sooo rich and creamy that it overwhelmed the lobster (which was plentiful and very tasty in this dish) - I wanted to love this dish, but couldn't quite find the way.
- The draft beers on the menu online were Amazing! (Kona Longboard Lager and Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA) The draft beers on the menu in the restaurant were almost Amazing (a nice Red Ale, and DogFishHead 90 Minute IPA). In reality world, though, the 90 Minute IPA was all gone by 6.30pm on Saturday night. :^( :^(

Good enough to earn a rematch, yes!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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