I had never been to Mastro's in Beverly Hills, but have always heard good things. We had reservations for 6pm, which must have been the time they opened, because the valet stand was there, but there was no valet attendant to be seen. We found a spot on the street just around the corner for free (valet parking is $5).
Once inside, we were seated in the downstairs dining room. THIS PLACE IS DARK! Other than our party, there was only one other seated couple. In the next 15 minutes, the room slowly filled to capacity, and like any other steakhouse, the noise level is very high.
Everything here is ala carte, and prices are slightly higher than Morton's, Ruth's Chris, etc. The bread selection (included) is amazing. I believe there were five types of breads, all served warm. The house specials include a 40oz. Double-Cut Porterhouse, 12oz and 18oz bone in Filet Mignon, and various seafood dishes. My father and I went for the regular Porterhouse ($34.95), while mom went with the Rack of Lamb ($33.95). Side dishes are served family style. Our choices this evening were sauteed mushrooms ($6.95), cream of corn ($8.95), and the Mastro Double Baked Potato ($8.95). The double baked potato starts as a baked potato, they scoop out the inside, and fill it with mashed potato mixed with real bacon, butter, chives, and cheddar cheese. They place more cheese on top, and bake it again. Sour cream is added afterwards.
Meats are broiled at 1500 degrees then served on a plate that has been heated at 400 degrees. The meats come out very hot, and sizzling. If you're wearing nice clothes, I suggest you cover your shirt with your napkin, as grease splatters were everywhere. The porterhouse steaks were a little smaller than Morton's and Arroyo, but very tender and flavorful. My mom proclaimed the lamb chops to be "one of the best I've ever tasted" and swore it melted in her mouth. The mushrooms were excellent as well as the corn and double baked potato.
We were too full to even look at the dessert menu, but will definately be back.