Food & Drink

These are LA's 10 best new steaks

Published On 04/07/2014 Published On 04/07/2014
Bourbon Steak

Because you woke up this morning and were like, "I'm hungry. For steak. But I've been to every single one of Thrillist's Best Steakhouses in LA, and I want something new. A new steak." Well, here are 10.

Oliver's Prime

The Restaurant: Oliver's Prime (click here for address and info)
West Hollywood
The Steak: 34oz prime porterhouse steak for two
The Grafton's new steak shop is setting you up with enough meat for two, with a massive beast that puts this picture of their filet TO SHAME, partly because it used to be a cow that was raised on an all-vegetarian diet, unlike... you.

Bourbon Steak

The Restaurant: Bourbon Steak (click here for address and info)
The Steak: American Wagyu prime rib eye
Just opened in LA after crushing Washington DC and a couple of other cities, this Michael Mina-helmed steakhouse has nine ultra-legit cuts, but the legit-est is this American Wagyu rib eye, perfectly crusted and somewhat Asian-tasting.


The Restaurant: Chianina (click here for address and info)
Long Beach
The Steak: 13oz bone-in filet
This new Long Beach steakhouse (we waited to tell you about it until it got its booze license, which it totally just did!) takes on the big guys with, well, everything on the menu. Their veggie-fed beef comes in a ton of cuts, including a monstrous 42oz bistecca alla Fiorentina, and this crazy-marbled, bone-in filet.

Marie Buck

The Restaurant: L'Assiette (click here for address and info)
The Steak: Steak frites
You'd better like steak frites if you're going to this small Melrose brassiere, 'cause it's LITERALLY THE ONLY ENTREE THEY SERVE. It also comes with soup or salad, and comes in TWO SERVINGS, so the other one doesn't get cold. Yes, this place is real.


The Restaurant: Katana (click here for address and info)
West Hollywood
The Steak: Wagyu nigiri
The dark, classic, classy Sunset Strip Japanese spot recently did an all-Wagyu special menu, and decided to make this guy part of the regular menu. And while it may not be a classic steak, it is sushi with melt-in-your-mouth seared beef on top. So there's that.

Cafe Del Rey

The Restaurant: Cafe Del Rey (click here for address and info)
Marina Del Rey
The Steak: Chateau filet
This seaside restaurant has an incredible view, and an equally incredible new steak. The former sous chef at Providence prepares this filet with a medley of tomato, eggplant, garlic, bell pepper, and onion, tops it with a red wine jus, and top tops it with bone marrow butter.

Whisper Lounge

The Restaurant: The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge (click here for address and info)
The Steak: Espresso-rubbed prime rib
This sorta-hidden away wine bar totally re-jiggered its entire menu, which thankfully means the addition of this beauty, which includes a cast iron skillet of fresh baked rolls.

Willie Jane

The Restaurant: Willie Jane (click here for address and info)
The Steak: Hanger steak
Celeb Chef Govind Armstrong ups the ante again with this red meatstrosity served with herb-roasted fingerling potatoes, caramelized parsnips, and a romesco sauce prepped with blueberries -- yeah, steak in blackberry sauce. 

Faith & Flower

The Restaurant: Faith and Flower (click here for address and info)
The Steak: Rib eye
This just-opened restaurant's among the most anticipated of the year, thanks to backing from the guys who run the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival, and the dude who helped launch Mo-Chica, plus a kitchen run by a Michelin-starred chef doing dishes like this mesquite-grilled rib eye topped with an oyster jus.


The Restaurant: Fickle (click here for address and info)
The Steak: Ginger-marinated flat iron steak
Sandwich-shop-by-day, sit-down-restaurant-by-night, Fickle just finished a meaty menu re-jigger, which means this flat iron with gochujang orzo, roasted shimeji mushrooms, and spinach is now totally a thing.

Jeff Miller is the Editor of Thrillist LA and will take his steak however the chef recommends. He can be found @thrillistla on Twitter and @jeffmillerla on Instagram.

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1. Bourbon Steak 237 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204 (Glendale)

Brought to you by Chef Michael Mina, Bourbon Steak is a traditional, yet contemporary steakhouse featuring not only tremendous cuts of meat, but also tasty libations.

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2. Chianina Steakhouse 5716 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803 (Long Beach)

This swanky Italian steakhouse in Long Beach is named after Chianina cattle that the owners first tasted in the old country and loved so much that they imported to be raised in the States. The result is some of the most unique steak you'll ever taste -- each cut is marbled, juicy, and packed with flavor. Aside from the namesake beef, the menu includes pasta, oysters, and plenty of vegetable plates.

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3. Cafe del Rey 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 (Marina Del Rey)

Overlooking the marina, Cafe del Rey is a sophisticated spot fit for a power lunch, romantic dinner, or special occasion brunch. The upscale Mediterranean menu is heavy on fish and seafood, and the three-course prix fixe brunch, which includes sparkling wine, mimosas, and Bloody Marys, is a solid deal.

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4. Oliver's Prime Steakhouse 8462 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

With sleek, modern accents, Oliver's fills out their digs inside the Grafton with stainless steel detailing, leather booths, and hard wood floors. Once they get you IN one of said leather booths, they'll serve you up classic surf n' turf options, plus creative takes, like a bison filet with a side of tangerine-and-snap-pea quinoa.

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5. L'Assiette Steak Frites 7166 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

L'Assiette Steak Frites is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. They only have one item on the menu, and you can probably guess what that is. The folks at L'Assiette have decided to maintain the integrity of their meat-and-potato-heavy offerings by focusing on bringing you simply-prepared, excellent filets and pomme-frites.

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6. Whisper Restaurant & Lounge 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

Tucked down an alleyway away from the hustle and bustle of The Grove, Whisperer feels secretive, as if it is all your own. Whisperer’s ambiance is upscale with a chandelier and horseshoe bar in the main dining room. The cozy setting is romantic, perfect for a quite and intimate date night.

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7. Willie Jane 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291 (Venice)

Willie Jane is a Venice staple for Southern-style brunch and supper. The menu features quintessential comfort foods like warm biscuits with bacon jam and pimento cheese, fried chicken atop crispy waffles, and smoked baby back ribs with watermelon salad. The Abbot Kinney spot gets packed for weekend brunch, and for good reason: house-made beignets, French toast sticks, and again, those damn biscuits, are exactly what you need on Sunday mornings.

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8. Faith & Flower 705 West 9th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Downtown)

A beautiful Downtown restaurant -- from a Michelin-award winning chef and the guys who founded the Pebble Beach Food & Wine fest -- Faith and Flower serves up a menu of seasonal dishes, classic staples, and a raw bar. The aphrodisiac seafood, vintage touches, and romantic décor, including hand mirrors and candles throughout the eating area, establish this as a prime date night spot.

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9. The Sandwich Smith 362 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Koreatown)

Directly across the street from Ramen Row in Little Tokyo, The Sandwich Smith's a lunch-only, dark-wood-outfitted, er, sandwich smithery, with a choose-your-own-lunch-style menu process that'll create divine sandwiches right before your eyes.

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10. Katana 8439 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

Katana is a sultry Asian-fusion hub with sushi that's got steak on top of it. If you need more reason to go, their cocktails and standard roles are insanely fresh and unique.



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