Best restaurants in Los Angeles: LA's best steakhouses

In a town of Big Deals making big deals, a classic never goes out of style at LA's best steakhouses.

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Best steakhouses in Los Angeles: 22-oz. Bone-in Rib-eye at Mastro's

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Best steakhouses in Los Angeles: 18-oz. bone-in filet at Mastro's Steakhouse

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Best steakhouses in Los Angeles: Mastro's Steakhouse

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Best steakhouses in Los Angeles: Lawry's the Prime Rib

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Best steakhouses in Los Angeles: Prime rib at Lawry's the Prime Rib

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Best steakhouses in Los Angeles: Cut

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Best steakhouses in Los Angeles: beef cuts and bone marrow flan at Cut

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Best steakhouses in Los Angeles: Boa Steakhouse

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Best steakhouses in Los Angeles: petit rib-eye at Boa Steakhouse

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Best steakhouses in Los Angeles: 22-oz. Porterhouse steak at Taylor's Steakhouse

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Best steakhouses in Los Angeles: Taylor's Steakhouse

The steakhouse is perhaps the simplest restaurant concept around. You can dress it up or pare it down, but at the end of the day, it's all about slabs of beef accompanied by baked potatoes, wedge salads and stiff Manhattans. And while most people think Angelenos are health-obsessed, the city happens to be home to some of the best steakhouses in the world, with outposts of Cut, Lawry's, and Mastro's cropping up around the globe. Fortunately, you don't have to trek far to enjoy the city’s bounty of beef. Your porterhouse awaits...

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Cut

Beverly Hills is home to more than a few steakhouses, but since opening its doors inside the Beverly-Wilshire hotel in 2006, Wolfgang Puck’s shrine to beef has been the chicest in town. With a Michelin star and several "Best New Restaurant" awards in its pocket, Cut stands out from the rest with a stellar art collection, a bright dining room that skews more Brat Pack than Rat Pack and a globally-influenced menu. Here, diners not only choose the type of steak, but also where it came from: The selection features five different farms including dry-aged USDA Prime beef from Kansas, grass-fed Angus from outside of San Diego, and authentic wagyu beef from the Miyazaki prefecture in Japan.

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Taylor's Steak House

What’s an old-school steakhouse doing in the middle of Koreatown? Surviving. This place doesn't look like it's changed one bit since it opened almost 50 years ago. The menu still boasts classics like shrimp scampi ($12.95) and French onion soup ($5.50) that are among the best in the city. Skip the prime rib; instead, opt for cuts from the char-broiler such as extra-thick, prime top sirloin ($26.95, 14-ounce) served on a sizzling platter. Taylor's may be one of the cheapest steakhouses in town, and also one of the most comfortable. From the big leather booths to the servers who look like they were born in the RKO days, this is one LA classic that timeless.

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Mastro's Steakhouse

First thing's first: Mastro's is techinically not an LA original. Founded in Scottsdale, AZ, there are now locations in four states. The Beverly Hills outpost has been packing in big spenders for more than a decade with its charming, supper club space that feels like an old-school boys' club. Excess is the name of the game here and Mastro's wears it well. Servers in white dinner jackets bring mountainous seafood platters, mammoth steaks and huge slices of cake. The bi-level restaurant recently added a less formal Penthouse with an alfresco patio that caters to a younger, clubbing crowd. No matter which level you dine on, you're going to get a beautiful steak.

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Lawry's The Prime Rib

Lawry's doesn't technically serve steak. it serves prime rib—pounds and pounds of prime rib—that is legendary. To say that the atmosphere is formal is putting it mildly: Meat is carved tableside on massive silver carts by men wearing tall chef's toques, while waitresses wear uniforms that's a cross between a maid and the Flying Nun. The meal may be traditional, but it's not complicated. There are only a few decisions to make: what size cut you'd like, what temperature and whether or not to add a vegetable (Tip: always add the creamed spinach). A few bites in, you'll know why Lawry's has been around for 75 years and by the time you leave, you'll wonder why you don't eat from silver carts every night.

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Boa Steakhouse

Since Los Angeles is an industry town and that industry is based on glitz and glamor, it only makes sense that there's an entire genre of steakhouses catering to the Industry crowd. With locations in both Santa Monica and the Sunset Strip, Boa is the Godfather of the Glitzy Steakhouse, a modern take that’s both sexy and satisfying. At either location, start with a fantastic garlicky Caesar served tableside, then pick your favorite steak—try a 21-day dry-aged, bone-in rib-eye ($43) and dress it up with signature sauces like the J-1 (Boa's take on A-1) or a rich blue cheese crust. Celeb sightings are a given, so be prepared for the papparazzi outside the Weho location. In Santa Monica, you'll find a more subdued, sexy vibe, perfect for an oceanside dinner date.

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Pacific Dining Car
Pacific Dining Car

Hello TimeOut L.A. readers. The historic Pacific Dining Car steak house would love to throw our hat into this ring. We feature Prime U.S.D.A. corn-fed beef that we dry-age and slice on site. This ensures the most tenderful, flavorful cuts, and we serve them up in a clubby atmosphere of quiet elegance 24 hours each day, every day of the year. We’ve been perfecting the steakhouse dinner for nearly 100 years, and we’d love for you to be our guests. www.pacificdiningcar.com

Jose
Jose

Taylor`s Steak House is obe of the best steak ,service and good price.