My wife and I, plus 1 other couple just had a wonderful experience at Mastro's. I had not dined there in a few years and had noticed that others had been posting unfavorable reviews but I have to tell you it was almost perfect and its another example of a case where you cannot believe everything you read online.
The food was excellent ( lamb, steak, mahi mahi and tuna), the portions were ample especially the sides and the service was great but not excellent. The only reason the service was not Excellent was that the waiter had a lot going on and he did his best to get to all his tables. He made regular trips to see if we wanted to order but in our case we were enjoying cocktails so he gave us space but then it took quite a while for his return. So, If you have anything going on after dinner, you should order promptly and not daudle because "its a busy place". The cocktails are a little pricey but you are not going to find better mixed drinks and martinis anywhere. Their signature concept of pouring the drink into a glass with dry ice creates a real interesting bubbling effect in the glass that wows the table! A tip about salad, its big! If you like caeser salad, I reccomend you split it for 2 and its more than enough.
The atmosphere is loud so if you are planning to talk business or its a romantic night, this place might not have the ambience you want. If you can get over the noise, the high priced martinis and the busy waiters, You will have a terrific meal guaranteed and you will like the upscale facility and high end clientele that are frequenting this Hip locale. I would definitely give this place a try. In the summer months, I reccomend a window table to enjoy the ocean views. Valey parking is a reasonable $4 and access is right off the PCH so, for convenice sake this place rocks.
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