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Charlie G's Prime Steakhouse - Tarzana - last night

Debbie W. | Dec 24, 200411:43 AM

Around 4pm yesterday my husband and I decided to give Charlie G's a try, first time. Called, asked for 7pm reservation, no problem. Arrived on time and were greeted cordially, escorted promptly into a large dining room and given a choice of any empty table. Room was about half full - groups, couples, families. We needn't have bothered with a reservation, but I don't know if it wasn't full due to the holiday or if this is the norm. No booths in our room, but there's another, smaller room to the left of the entrance which has booths and tables.

Only briefly glanced at the wine list as I knew we were going to have a cocktail and weren't going to have wine, but noted that the list doesn't state vintages. No attempt to sell bottled water, and tap water delivered quickly. Bread - mediocre. At least the butter wasn't in foil wrappers.

Steaks listed as Prime and there is a disclaimer that they don't take responsibility for any steaks ordered well done. New York available "king" 16 oz. for $33.95 and "queen" 12 oz. (I think $29.95), husband opted for king. Menu didn't state the weights but we asked. I chose ribeye 16 oz. without bone for $29.95, there is also a 24 oz. bone-in ribeye, don't recall the price. Both ordered medium rare. Husband's was more on the charred rare side of medium rare but he was happy, mine was very flavorful and done correctly. All steaks and chops come with a large baked potato. Fixings for the potato arrived on a plate in those little metal cups, the chives were already mixed with the sour cream but I'm sure you could order plain sour cream or just a little cup of chives. Other sides are available including potatoes done different ways and various veggies.

Salads come in two sizes, husband chose small Caesar for $4.95, I didn't taste but he wasn't thrilled. Upon questioning, it was because the lettuce was torn into small pieces rather than intact inner romaine leaves. I had the small hearts of palm and asparagus salad with Maytag blue cheese, very rich and absolutely delicious with an extremely generous amount of hearts of palm, took half of it home for snacking today, $6.95.

Diet Coke at $2.75 and a well "gin and tonic" at $6.00 for husband, a Bombay martini for me at $6.75, total was $99 including tax but before tip. Dessert menu was uninspired (flourless chocolate cake, creme brulee, apple tart, etc., bleh) so we passed, desserts were $5.50. Service was very professional and not uptight, place has a relaxed vibe, no discernable attitude, seems like a neighborhood place rather than a destination. We'd return if in the mood for a decent steak in the Valley.

Charlie G's Prime Steakhouse
18663 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 344-1191


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