Los Angeles is one of the most iconic cities in the world, and a city full of art, creativity, ingenuity, and perfect Southern California weather. It really is the city of angels in a state that is known as the new world’s “the land of milk and honey.”
Surrounded by wealth, abundance, and unfettered extravagance, Los Angeles has a restaurant scene that measures up to the expectations of Hollywood royalty and starstruck tourists alike. No cuisine epitomizes the luxury and decadence of Hollywood better than steakhouses, and Los Angeles has some of the best steakhouses in the world.
Here, we explore the atmospheres, menus, and histories of our favorite steakhouses in LA. The best steaks in LA, and quite possibly your entire life, are served in a variety of different preparations, flavor profiles, and cuisines at one of the 17 eclectic and world-class restaurants below.
- The Arthur J
- Alexander’s Steakhouse
- Chi Spacca
- Dear John’s
- Mastro’s Steakhouse
- Taylor’s Prime Steak House
- APL Restaurant
- BOA Steakhouse
- Carlitos Gardel Restaurant
- Lawry’s The Prime Rib
- Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse
- LA Prime
- The Palm – L.A. Downtown
- H&H Brazilian Steakhouse
903 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Named for the late, larger-than-life founder, restaurateur, and friend to the stars, Arthur J left a hospitality legacy that his sons and grandchildren proudly carry on through excellent service and high-quality meals.
The Arthur J is a classic neighborhood steakhouse that uses a specially made wood-fired grill to cook all their cuts of beef. Talented grill master and head chef David LeFevre uses USDA Prime, Japanese 5A Wagyu, and Black Angus beef to create perfectly cooked steaks.
Chef LeFevre is a well-traveled and innovative chef who incorporates techniques and recipes from his travels into his menu. I recommend ordering fresh popovers or parker house rolls with your meal as they are truly something special.
Every night, there is a special cut of beef or fish at a discounted price. For example, Sunday’s special is Prime Rib French Dip while Wednesday’s special is Veal Parmesan. If you’re looking for a classic steak, try the dry-aged bone-in Kansas City Strip Steak, aged for 28 days for ultimate flavor and tenderness.
111 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
Located in the well-known suburb of Pasadena, Alexander’s Steakhouse is a fine-dining steak and seafood restaurant that fuses classic American steak dishes with Japanese flavors.
Chefs use both USDA midwestern grass-fed beef and an assortment of different Wagyu a5 beef selections, including olive wagyu, which is one of the rarest kinds of beef in the world- and by rare, I mean both bloody and hard to come by. The interesting blend of umami, sweet, and sour flavors in sauces and marinades makes for a unique, vibrant tasting experience.
The menu at Alexander’s Steakhouse has both American and Japanese flavors, sauces, and dishes, so you can choose between the two cuisines or try something different for every course.
I recommend trying the Japanese flavors at Alexander’s, starting with the braised pork belly with dashi, bean sprouts, sea bean, and wasabi. For a one-of-a-kind experience, try the olive wagyu a5 from Sanuki, Japan with yuzu kosho chimichurri and a side of Korean fried cauliflower with gochujang, honey, and sesame.
6610 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Famous food critics and magazines across L.A. and the nation have deemed Chi Spacca one of the best, most innovative Italian steakhouses. Chi Spacca’s world-renowned team of co-owners and chefs include food network star Mario Batali, famed restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and Nancy Silverton, an L.A. legend in the Italian cuisine scene. Chi Spacca created its own dry cure program, meant to summon Italian salumi culture.
The small dimly lit dining room with candlelit tables is a romantic and cozy environment to enjoy some of the most beautifully plated and superbly tasting dishes in L.A.
Since they base their restaurant theme on salumi culture, you must try one of their cured meat charcuterie appetizers whether it be spiced salami with pane Bianco, fresh burrata, or Bistecca drippings and olive oil focaccia.
From the sea, I recommend the grilled octopus with pureed and fried Ceci or the whole branzino alla piastra with herb salad and charred lemon. If you want a special meat dish for the table, I recommend the Bistecca Fiorentina, a 50 oz dry-aged porterhouse.
9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Owned and operated by the world-famous chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck, CUT is a Michelin-star winning contemporary steakhouse, using cuts of beef and fish from around the world to create an impeccably curated menu. Located in the star-studded Beverly Hills neighborhood, CUT is a favorite for the rich and famous, but even they have to make reservations far in advance to get a coveted table at this world-class steakhouse.
I recommend the Wagyu sliders with caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, and truffle aioli as a fun starter. Of course, if you want the epitome of fine-dining plates, you can go with Russian caviar. Steak and lobster at CUT are meant to be shared along with a la carte sides.
I recommend the tomahawk steak made with American Wagyu and bleu cheese and caramelized onions for an ultra-rich topping. As for sides, I recommend the charred broccolini with red onion agrodolce and the tempura fried onion rings with truffle ranch.
11208 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
Dear John’s has a colorful and famous history that dates to 1962 when famous actor Johnny Harlowe decided to open a restaurant for friends and colleagues like Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack right down the block from Sony Studios. Frank Sinatra became a Dear John’s regular, as did the rest of the Hollywood stars.
Even though Dear John’s eventually closed, current entrepreneurs Hans Rockenwagner and Josiah Citrin have restored Dear John’s to its classic cocktail bar and steakhouse glory, officially reopening the restaurant in April 2021.
The menu is as classic as they come with all the best cuts of steaks, lobster, and even original menu items that were said to be favorites of the Hollywood moguls that ate there in the ’60s. I recommend their crab bake with remoulade sauce or JLC’s bougie tots, tater tots topped with caviar, salmon roe crème Fraiche and chives.
For the main course, try the lobster thermidor or prime sirloin with bearnaise sauce with a side of creamed spinach and mashed potatoes. Whatever you order, the atmosphere is the real star of the show, transporting you back in time to the golden years of Hollywood.
6600 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
An homage to their maternal grandmother’s cattle ranch back in Australia and the culmination of years of family collaboration, Gwen is a European-style butcher shop and fine-dining establishment founded and run by famed food network star Curtis Stone and his brother Luke Stone. The butcher shop offers the finest cuts of meat from around the globe, and the elegant fine-dining steakhouse uses fire-powered cooking methods to cook each cut to perfection.
They offer five-course menus, pre-theatre menus, and a regular formal dinner menu to accommodate their customers’ evening plans. I recommend starting with the 6-month aged Wagyu Bresaola followed by the 80-day aged bone-in ribeye with duck fat potatoes and slow-roasted cauliflower.
246 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Mastro’s Steakhouse strives to create the most high-end classic steakhouse experience from excellent service to a strict coat and tie dress code. The over-the-top oil painting lined walls and
private dining coves make Mastro’s Steakhouse the epitome of the unapologetic bourgeoisie with a menu that spares no expense. If you want a red-carpet-worthy meal, then put on your nicest tux and ball gown and head to Mastro’s for dinner.
They offer the finest Wagyu cuts of beef along with amazing seafood main courses and appetizer options including sushi, sashimi, and seafood cocktails. I recommend trying the jalapeno tuna sashimi or oysters on the half shell to start.
The Wagyu Tomahawk chops are excellent, but I recommend sticking with fish and ordering the Chilean sea bass or blackened swordfish. Their wild mushroom and black truffle gnocchi and lobster mac n cheese are sides fit for kings.
3361 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Located in downtown L.A, Taylor’s Prime Steak House originated in 1953 as Taylor’s Tavern, a hopping downtown L.A. watering hole known as the “biggest little bar in Los Angeles.” It soon got too big to be a little bar and expanded its menu and concept to become Taylor’s Steak House, likewise relocating to a bigger location in 1970.
Taylor’s has remained an L.A. institution for more than sixty years, offering the finest prime certified Angus beef and high-quality classic seafood dishes to faithful clientele and newcomers alike.
The menu at Taylor’s offers classic American seafood and steak dishes with nightly specials at surprisingly affordable prices. Thursday’s special of braised short ribs with twice-baked potatoes and Caesar salad is under 30$. Their broiled steak selection features a USDA prime New York strip with crispy onions that is delicious, and their Texas-style chili uses filet mignon steak.
1680 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
APL is the initials for this award-winning restaurant’s master chef and owner, Adam Perry Lang, who has created his own grilling, dry-aging, and cooking techniques that revolve around California’s local and seasonal abundance of produce, dairy, and meat. Located in the historic Taft Building in Hollywood, APL is a giant 143-seat restaurant with its own subterranean meat aging room.
APL offers a BBQ lunch menu that is a great casual dining option, converting into a more formal steakhouse and wine bar for the dinner crowd. Both lunch and dinner menus have a southern flair, offering delectable starters like sweet corn hush puppies with garlic chicken schmaltz aioli.
To take advantage of the subterranean aging room, I recommend trying the dry-aged beef carpaccio that has been aged for over 500 days. For the main course, I recommend the roast pork shoulder with herb and grape salad, pork bordelaise, and fennel pollen.
9200 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Located in the young and glamorous West Hollywood neighborhood, BOA is an equally glamorous modern American steakhouse with a beautiful high-ceilinged contemporary dining room and bar. Their menu puts a modern twist on the tried-and-true steakhouse classics with edgy, industrial-chic slabs and plating. The atmosphere is lively and bustling, making BOA a great happy hour spot and popular for younger fine-dining crowds.
The presentation is seductive and simple, letting the perfectly cooked slabs of meat or luscious butterflied lobster tails speak for themselves. I recommend trying their king crab legs to start, followed by a surf and turf duo of filet mignon topped with a buttery lobster tail. Try the crispy cauliflower tempura with golden raisin chutney, aioli, and cilantro as a side.
Carlitos Gardel Restaurant
7963 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Carlitos Gardel Restaurant is an Argentinian steakhouse that has received the Michelin Guide’s “The Plate” distinction for its excellent and authentic Argentinian grilled meat offerings. Argentinian food is world-famous for its parrilladas, or grilled meat, pork, and chicken that features some of the best quality beef in the western hemisphere.
Their menu features plenty of other classic Argentine favorites like beef and spinach empanadas and house-made pasta. I recommend trying the USDA prime ribeye with chimichurri glaze, but if you want to sample a real Argentinian mixed grill, I recommend getting the Parrillada Argentina for two with skirt steak, short rib, veal sweetbreads, blood sausage, and chorizo
8225 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Jar is a modern American chophouse that is not only famous for its superb steaks but also its beautiful interior that has been featured as the backdrop for various Hollywood blockbusters, the most recent of which was the Oscar-nominated film La La Land. Jar opened in 2001 and has garnered a faithful following with signature dish creations from Michelin-recognized chef Suzanne Tracht that include Pot roast and Black Mussels with Lobster Bearnaise.
There isn’t one item on Jar’s menu that I wouldn’t recommend, but our favorite starters are the crab-deviled eggs and roasted beets with burrata, cucumber, hazelnuts, and zaatar. Their signature pot roast is the entrée to get, but if you’re looking for another rich classic, try the Coq au Vin with red wine, smoked bacon, crimini mushrooms, and pearl onions.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib
100 La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Another Beverly Hills institution, Lawry’s The Prime Rib has been serving top-quality prime rib and classic American steaks since its opening in 1938. Lawry’s is a classic fine-dining establishment with well-dressed wait staff serving thick slices of prime rib tableside from elegant silver dinner carts. They use the highest quality certified Angus beef and are famous for their extravagant seafood tower.
Lawry’s Seafood tower is a heaping plate of Jumbo shrimp, oysters, Alaskan King Crab, mussels, and Cherrystone clams with various dipping sauces. You can order it for two or up to six people f\as an appetizer.
While their charbroiled filet mignon with garlic confit and the Salmon Rockefeller with spinach and scampi shrimp are among the best in town, the entrée to get is the classic prime rib. Lawry’s serves your choice of five different cuts of prime rib: California cut, English cut, Lawry Cut, Diamond bone-in cut, and beef bowl bone-in double cut. All prime rib is served tableside with a side of Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, creamy horseradish, and a salad
Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse
330 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Located in the heart of LA’s financial district, Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse is an elegant, mid-century modern designed contemporary American restaurant serving high-end, expertly cooked cuts of beef. They offer a highly customizable menu with twelve different sauces and twelve different kinds of potatoes. They age and cure their meat onsite from an aging chamber that you can see from your table.
I recommend the Tomahawk chop that is cut tableside with a side of orecchiette mac and cheese and roasted squash with maple syrup and pumpkin seeds. It’ll feel like Thanksgiving.
404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
LA Prime is a New York-style prime steakhouse located on the 35th floor of the beautiful Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites. The panoramic view of Los Angeles is a special backdrop for a stunning steak dinner and a glass of wine from an impressive 750 item wine list.
I recommend the primal cut New York strip steak with bordelaise sauce pr the filet mignon served Oscar style with Maryland lump crab and hollandaise sauce and a side of 3 cheese Yukon potato au gratin.
The Palm – L.A. Downtown
1100 Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
The Palm Restaurant is an international sensation, originating in New York City during the 1920s and expanding to major cities around the U.S. and even Mexico. Since its origin, The Palm has been a favorite hangout for artists, pro-sports players, business tycoons, and writers as much as regular working-class guests.
Whether you’re a Hollywood superstar on an average Joe, you’ll get the same welcoming and accommodating service and an award-winning meal.
The Palm serves a mix of classic American steaks and classic Italian dishes. I recommend trying one of their classic Italian pasta or seafood dishes. The seafood posillipo comes with 1.5 pounds of lobster, clams, and shrimp. The Ora King Salmon with Tuscan white beans and broccoli raab is classic Italian food at its finest.
H&H Brazilian Steakhouse
518 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Located in the heart of downtown L.A., H&H Brazilian Steakhouse is a modern Brazilian Steakhouse where the finest cuts of meat are served gaucho-style by circulating waitstaff slicing off various cuts of meat onto your plate at your request. They also offer an entrée menu that features whole cuts of USDA prime and Wagyu beef along with Brazilian fish dishes.
Still, if you come to a Brazilian Steakhouse, you want to try the traditional Brazilian Churrasco experience with unlimited Brazilian spit-style meats served tableside by experienced gaucho chefs. That way, you can taste every type of Brazilian-style grilled meat from prime culotte to rack of lamb to bacon-wrapped chicken accompanied by unlimited trips to the salad bar and sides of mashed potatoes, polenta, and golden bananas.
The steakhouses in Los Angeles are worthy of the city’s world-famous flashy, star-studded appeal. All of the best steakhouses in Los Angeles we have listed above will surely deliver a memorable, delectable, and classy dining experience.
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