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Mastro's - Beverly Hills

soccerdad | May 1, 200201:41 PM

Went there for the first time the other evening. Group of eight co-workers (business dinner) in a private room upstairs. Over-the-top prices, even in this day and age of $35 steaks and $6 baked potatoes. We started with a three-tiered platter of shellfish (cracked lobster, huge oysters, cracked Alaskan crab legs). I can only imagine the cost. Most of us ordered salads of some sort, all of which were surprisingly small (and just fair). Then of course steaks. The waitress was touting the bone-in filet, saying several times that it is "the best steak in town". It's not - they simply cut the strip portion off of a porterhouse, leaving the filet with the bone intact. It's still just a filet. They do the reverse with their bone-in strip. I had a bone-in ribeye; the "small" version was 24 ounces. Very good (ate about half). The vegetable and potato sides are meant for more than one - spinach with garlic was pretty good, but I can do that at home for about one-tenth of the price; sauteed mushrooms were good; the highly-touted (again by the waitress) potatoes au gratin were pretty terrible. The wine list is, as expected, staggering in quantity and cost. The upstairs room attracts quite the bar crowd; I left at 11 PM (weeknight) and people were still pouring in. Would I go back? Not on my own nickel. Any of you have your own experiences?

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