My friend comes home from Japan after a 5 year stint as a teacher, and asks for dinner at Clearman's Steak N Stein in Pico Rivera. So the family and I take her here. The restaurant is quiet and the lounge is old school plush and dark. We sit and have a drink by the fire while the kids sip their Shirley Temples and Roy Rogers. The drinks are reasonably decent, nothing particularly special. The staff is really friendly and just allows us to go about our own pace while they set up our table.
When we're ready, we go into the dining room. This place is a trip. Red walls, lighting a little on the dark side, old paintings, stained glass...kind of weird, but it's eclectic and I like it.
Dinner comes with unlimited servings of salad (with house made dressings), cabbage slaw, and cheese bread. You pick your steak/chops/surf and it comes with a gigantic baked potato and onion rings. The friend had steak and lobster (the shell had some amazing stuffing in it), the husband and I split a ribeye, and the kids ordered steak and fries. All of our steaks were cooked perfectly. Seasoned well. The baked potato comes with house made sour cream and onion dressing, cheese sauce, and chives. They dress it for you.
Service here is really good. David and Luis where great in helping us out. When they realized that the kids liked the house made croutons, they brought out more just for them. Drinks and water were seamlessly refilled without request. Additional servings of bread, slaw, and salad were offered. While a little expensive, it was a nice way to welcome home an old friend.
With drinks, tip, and tax dinner came out to be about $230 for 6. The kids' dinners were $12 each and for the size of the steak they got, I think it was a good deal.
I'd like to try sitting out in the lounge just for happy hour next time. It's dark, a bit forboding, and interesting.