The Best Meat You Can Eat In L.A.

Whether you want yours blood rare or barely pink inside, lean and mean or marbled and juicy, there's a steakhouse in Los Angeles that's just waiting to slice you up a just-right piece of meat.

For despite L.A.'s reputation for being the place where skinny actors only eat vegan diets, the steakhouse is a mainstay of Southern California. Perhaps it's all the scientists and engineers that also make up the vibrant landscape of Los Angeles (it really isn't just about Hollywood here) or perhaps it's also those famous actors and musicians that populate the town, for they certainly draw the paparazzi outside of a number of the most popular steakhouses.

Perennial hotspots like Boa Steakhouse, Wolfgang Puck's CUT and Mastro's Steak House are constantly hosting famous faces from every walk of life, while venerable classics like Lawry's The Prime Rib actually holds the Beef Bowl every year, offering a meat-eating extravaganza to the two Rose Bowl college football teams in the days before the game. As of 2014, that steak party has happened for 59 years running!

Newcomers regularly join the steakhouse ranks, too, for Southern California is a very big place and can support many top-notch places specializing in beef. Which means this list of the 10 Best Steakhouses in Los Angeles includes both classic and cutting-edge places, all with one thing in common: their steaks are delicious.

Chianina Steakhouse
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When Chianina Steakhouse burst on the Long Beach dining scene in December 2013, everyone who loves beef in Southern California rejoiced. For the Italian-influenced restaurant began by serving top-grade Piedmontese beef and other prime meats,...  Read More

L'Assiette Steak Frites
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L'Assiette Steak Frites does one thing and they do it very well. Making Steak Frites is an art, and chef/owner Jacques Fiorentino has perfected it, serving up a perfectly cooked, very lean, sliced Coulotte steak smothered in the house's secret...  Read More

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Pasadena
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One of the world's most successful steakhouses since 1965 when Ruth Fertel opened the first one in New Orleans, Ruth's Chris Steak House is known for the "sizzle." That's the sound their quick-seared U.S.D.A. Prime steaks make as they hit the...  Read More

La Cienega Corridor


Lawry's opened in 1938 in Beverly Hills, with the standing rib roast as the only featured entree on the menu. Today Lawry's exists worldwide with additional entrees available, yet the menu remains traditionally simple with a focus on beef made...  Read More

Boa Steakhouse - Sunset


Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood has been a celebrity magnet since the moment it opened in 2009. Be prepared to see paparazzi staked out by the front door, and don't be surprised when Nicki Minaj or Kim Kardashian are seated nearby. Everyone who...  Read More



Chef Suzanne Tracht (you may know her from "Top Chef Masters") knows just what people in Los Angeles want – it's meat, cooked up in a variety of ways at Jar. Her Signature Pot Roast will likely be the best you've ever eaten, while choosing one...  Read More

La Cienega Corridor
Morton's The Steakhouse


Morton's The Steakhouse has been a fixture for so long in Los Angeles that it used to be called Arnie Morton's, in order to differentiate it from another restaurant named Morton's. These days, Morton's The Steakhouse is the only one in town...  Read More

Ocean Prime - Beverly Hills
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Ocean Prime Beverly Hills is the eleventh location of the popular Cameron Mitchell seafood and steak restaurants, which opened in November 2014. With its welcoming patio (especially at night when the fire pits are burning brightly), convivial...  Read More



Mastro's Steak House knows what people want. A classic, leather-and-wood place where power players from every segment of Angeleno society meet to talk business and indulge in top-quality steaks, usually paired with seriously fine red wines....  Read More



Located inside the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Wolfgang Puck's CUT has been at the top of the steakhouse heap in Los Angeles since it opened in 2007. The strikingly modern interior, designed by famed architect Richard Meier, welcomes guests to an...  Read More


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