The four of us went there last Friday night. Everyone has different taste, but one thing I really like about this place is the sort of "dark wood" ambiance. Although the restaurant is large, the dark wood paneling accented by lighted paintings and small lights on each table is very pleasant.The service was fine but not exceptional, sometimes a tad on the slow side.
The portion sizes here are big. Two of us shared a smoked salmon appetizer (at $15), and we were glad we split it. Another one of us had the Ceasar salad (at $10), and this person, who loves to order this item, pronounced it one of the best he had ever had. I tasted a bit of it, and the dressing was, in fact, very good. The other member of our party had the traditional "wedge," (at $11) and raved about it.
The steaks came, and these things were huge. Three of us had the bone in sirloins, which were recommended by the server as better than the other beef dishes.(They were $46).The server told us that although normally the place serves 21 day dry aged sirloins, that night, the steaks were aged 36 days. The other person had the sole (at $39) and liked it. Although the steaks the three of us had were the same, the seasoning was not. One of us had the Kona Crusted sirloin (which I have had before) and it is really good. Two of us had the Porcini rubbed Delmonico with 12-Year Aged Balsamic Vinegar.Next time I'll stick with the Kona Crusted version (I had them do this crust on a filet last time and enjoyed that).
As sides, we shared truffled fries (at $10), creamed spinach (at $10) and Sam's Mashed potatoes (at $9). All were good, but nothing exceptional. I've had just as good if not better versions and quite a few other places. Depending on you appetite and dessert plans, I suggest one appetizer for every two people.
Drinks are the usual in a place like this: $10-14. A modest but tasty Chardonnay came in at $13 a glass; don't miss the Irish Coffees at the end of the meal if you favor them; these were quite good.
Food was about $60 per person, plus tax and tip.
All in all, I like the atmosphere and ambiance here much better than the modernist one at Cut or Flemings in Beverly Hills; this is a bit more formal than the Palm and much nicer than Ruth's Chris. The best steak deal in town is still Taylor's (more dowdy than these, but the steak is just about as good and a lot less expensive).We'll be back, but won't rush.
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