A family-friendly place with a strict "wear a tie at your own risk" policy, Trabuco Oaks has been an Orange County treasure since 1968, when the Sherod family opened a small snack bar for campers at nearby O'Neill Park. Although the scale of the restaurant and the size of the menu have grown over the years, regulars are quick to point out that the casual atmosphere and neighborly service haven't changed one iota since the early days. From mammoth sirloin steaks and hand-cut French fries to kid-portioned, homemade spaghetti and hand-battered chicken, Tabuco can sate just about any appetite. Reservations are suggested.
Dark woods, sweeps of vibrant red on walls and tablecloths, and gilt accents create a comfortable but upscale setting for visitors to this laidback steakhouse. The strip mall location belies the place's carefully prepared food, which focuses on dry-aged Montana Legend beef. Try a skirt steak, or go for a 16-oz. porterhouse if you're really in need of sustenance. These cuts include vegetables, starch, salad, and sauce for a complete meal. Other options? Chicken, lamb, pork, veal, burgers, and satisfying carbs in the form of pastas and risottos.
This is not a white-tablecloth, "let me just expense it" kind of a steakhouse. No, Stubrik's is a fun place where you can always find live Irish and jazz music, late-night happy hours, and incredibly reasonable prices. High-quality beef is paired with surprisingly affordable bills Ââ€“ equally tasty and wallet-friendly are meatloaf, pork loin, and pastas. Prices are for complete meals, but a side of garlic bread makes for a nice splurge, too. For a cut above the usual and for great atmosphere, this place can't be beat!
Elegant dining awaits at this steakhouse, and its menu has evoked many a critic's pleasure, courtesy of superb American Angus beef, prime rib, and fresh seafood. Steakhouse 55 offers a terrific international wine list and a tranquil, refined setting where oak trimwork, etched glass partitions, and pleasant shades of mauve and burgundy add touches of romance.
This beloved chain of steakhouses bills itself as the "Home of Serious Steaks," and one visit will tell you that's more than a marketing slogan. Steaks are known for their sizzle, achieved by a dollop of butter dropped on hot-from-the-oven cuts; your choice will still be sputtering when it's placed in front of you. Ruth's Chris isn't intended for calorie-counters, but it is a true steak lover's haven. The establishment also takes pride in its great service, extensive wine list, and atmosphere of comfortable elegance. Reservations recommended.
Tuxedo-clad waiters set the tone for a Midwest classic that's staked a claim on the West coast. Known for tableside presentations (yes, that's a live lobster on the cart), this steakhouse is famous for its 24-ounce porterhouse and its hearty portions. Sides must be ordered separately at additional cost, and the menu offers seafood, chicken, and veal for those who don't relish red meat. Plus, wine suggestions are available to complement entrees. Expectedly, the atmosphere is plush and subdued.
Paul Fleming (of P.F. Chang's restaurant fame) succeeds with his first venture into the steakhouse realm. The upscale setting attracts a veritable "who's who" of Orange County's elite, and crowds tend to be large, especially on weekends. Featured main dishes include mouthwatering Australian lamb chops, filet mignon, a 22-oz. porterhouse, and steamed Alaskan king crab legs. Couple your entree with a side dish of garlic mashed potatoes, shoestring potatoes, or sautÃ©ed spinach, and you've a meal fit for a king. Supplement it with a full-bodied red Ââ€“ the wine list boasts more than 100 by-the-glass labels.
Many people claim that this well-loved spot serves the best steaks on the West Coast, and it's not difficult to see why. There are plenty of bone-in cuts on the menu, including a porterhouse and a filet; pair a juicy, tender cut with generous portions of mouthwatering sides like a loaded baked potato or sautÃ©ed spinach. Take home traditional treats like key lime or pecan pie if you just can't manage dessert at the time. Expect a good contingent of pretty people to go with the huge portions and upscale ambience.