I went to Wolfgang's Steakhouse on Saturday night as an early Mother's Day celebration. I've never written a review before, so go easy on me. :-)
We were a few minutes early for our reservation, and were seated right away. The restaurant is a beautiful space, with high ceilings, dark wood floors, light walls, and an open, airy feel due to the wall of windows. I did not see any booths; most tables seat four, with a few larger tables in the main room, a private room off to the side, and another, more secluded dining room in the back.
Just as a comparison, I've eaten at Ruth's Chris, Mastro's, the Lodge, Lawry's, the Palm, Morton's on Melrose, Porterhouse Bistro - a fair number of steakhouses as my mother is a fan of red meat. Mastro's had been my go-to steakhouse.... until Saturday.
We started off with a shrimp cocktail. The jumbo shrimp were so fresh there was a slight crunch to each bite. We also ordered a Wolfgang's Salad, which is a chopped salad, but not the typical chopped salad with garbanzo beans and salami. This is a delicious mixture of chopped tomatoes, green beans, red peppers, shrimp, and onions served in a half cup of lettuce.
For the entrees, two of us decided to split the steak for two, and two ordered grilled chilean sea bass. The sea bass was very good. The steak was tasty as well. It is served on a sizzling plate, and the beef comes sliced. The waiter adds a bit of zing to the presentation by skating a slice of beef along the hot plate before serving it. We had ordered it medium, but be aware that the sizzling plate does continue to cook the beef. I didn't mind, though, as it was tender and flavorful.
We ordered a baked potato, mushrooms, and steamed spinach as sides. The portions here are very generous and were perfect for our family of four.
Dessert was probably the weakest point of the meal - we got key lime pie and pecan pie. The portion size is rather small for the $9.95 price, but the schlag... the schlag! Schlag is their whipped cream, and it is scrumptious. It tastes richer, more substantial than the typical whipped cream which is pumped full of air.
Mr. Zweiner himself was making the rounds, and he stopped for a moment to chat with us. He took a genuine interest in asking how our dinner was, and it was a nice way to end the meal.
Overall, I much prefer Wolfgang's to Mastro's. I always felt a bit claustrophobic at Mastro's, and the last few times their quality had seemed to slip a bit. I never could figure out what the orange color on my steak was! Our total for the meal, plus one bottle of mineral water, was $250 not including tax and tip. Of course it will take more than one visit to know if Wolfgang's is consistently good, but ten days after opening, I was very pleased.
Wolfgang's Steakhouse at 445 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills (310) 385.0640