I think they are just trying to get you in there to order wine, but the Palm's $85 surf n turf deal for two is one of the best prices in town for what you get.
Two lobster tails
A New York Strip steak for two
The wine isn't ruinous at $11 for a 9 oz. pour--everyone gets a little mini-carafe--but figure the pour will cost you as much as the whole bottle at a liquor store.
Looking around the restaurant, seemed like few people went for "the deal," which doesn't make any sense to me.
The potatoes were pretty good. The steak was fine, as was the lobster. This place is pretty loud, and wasn't even that crowded on a Saturday night. We went to the West Hollywood location, which was a schlep from the Valley.
At least the "deal" wasn't some sort of state secret, and our server didn't seem to mind that we ordered it. Probably because it's a limited time offer. We also rated a table visit from the manager, something that we didn't get at Morton's (see below).
When we took "the deal" at Morton's, we got a ton of food but indifferent service. I think the server resented having such a lousy table. To be fair, they've raised the price of the Morton's deal, but Morton's offers a wine deal to go along with the meal deal. Morton's will give you two filets instead of New York steak, but only shrimp instead of lobster.
Also, the trip to Palm becomes a sales proposition for their 837 club, so you're having to decipher whether you want to commit yourself to return a few times a year to get bonus deals on wine and such. We didn't take them up on it.
Really, the "fancy steak place" market is pretty deep these days, and I can't find much to distinguish a Ruth's Chris from a Morton's from a Fleming's from a Palm. We even have The Grill, and Mastro's, and for us West Valley types, there's Monty's. All can be great, usually are pretty good. I anticipate some mergers or closings in this space--can this economy really support so many fancy steak joints?
These were the thoughts I had at The Palm, so perhaps I wasn't that into the whole experience.
Ruth's Chris Steak House
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91367
Arnie Morton's Steakhouse
6250 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
5371 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364
2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362