Went there Saturday night. This is Wolfgang's, the clone of Peter Luger's. No relation to Wolfgang Puck.
Appetizer: Crab cakes and a couple slices of their thick bacon. Crab cakes were light and not particularly crabby. I've had better in places that charged a lot less. Bacon was very good and very filling. These are smoked bacon slices about a quarter inch thick. You could probably make an entree out of four of them. I think they're $2.95 each so that would be a lot cheaper than any steak on the menu and almost as good.
Steak: We had the Porterhouse Steak for two, medium rare. Excellent, especially the filet mignon side. The steak was juicy and tasty and everything you want a steak to be. We took a lot of it home.
Sides: We only had one order of the German Potatoes, which was about right for two people. This is a mix of potatoes and onions and it's really wonderful. I can't think of a potato side dish I've enjoyed more.
Service: Excellent. In fact, it was a little too good with hosts coming by every two minutes to ask if everything was all right, and a bus boy who was too eager to clear the table. This is one of those places that tops off your water glass after every sip.
Price: A little steep. My date had a glass of $11 wine. The whole bill came to $149 plus tip. If she'd realized how big the steak was, she said she wouldn't have wanted an appetizer. The price might not seem so bad if you saw how much steak we took home.
If you want a judge of just the steak alone, the two best I've had in L.A. have been this and Mastro's and I like this place a lot better than Mastro's. Every time I've been to Mastro's, it's too noisy and cramped. Ruth's Chris is fine for what it is and every steak I've ever had at Arnie Morton's has disappointed me. The Porterhouse Bistro is almost as good as Wolfgang's and somewhat cheaper but they have nothing to match the German Potatoes.
I will be going back.
445 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210