The steak just melts.
So I'm not a really big steak person. In fact, I rarely eat it. I've been trying to really watch what I eat. I went to Mastro's with my husband for our anniversary. I had hear the one in Beverly Hills was especially famous for celebrities.
I decided to splurge so my husband and I split the tomato salad which was scrumptious. I had the petite fillet, which actually was still a little too much for me. My husband had the bone in filet. It was absolutely delicious. The meat literally melted in my mouth. It was a wonderful night and I didn't gain any weight!
Great place.. I love the steak. Nice, very nice place. Thank you!
Best Steakhouse in OC!. Hands down the best steakhouse in OC. Ruth's Chris, Mortons and Flemings doesn't compare. Great food, great music, great service. Never had a bad experience at any Mastros (Newport Ocean's Club, Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa) and we go 2-4 times/year in a group of 2-4.
Generally Great BUT Valentine Day Crowd Too Much for them!.
Had dinner at Mastros in Costa Mesa tonight for Valentines day. Dinner at Mastros is always great! Tonight however the restaurant seemed like they were going too fast.
WRONG TABLE CHOICE
When I made the reservation I told them I’d like a seat away from other couples. I also reminded them upon my arrival. What did they do? They sat me in the bar area!!!! I thought ok.... I have a reservation and it’s Valentine’s day and they sit me in the bar? Then it got worst… Even though there were several tables open... They sat another couple right beside my girl and I.... The other couple may have been 2 feet between our tables!!!!!
I could understand if the restaurant was busy but we arrived for a 5 PM reservation to avoid the crowd AND in an empty restaurant (they'd just opened) they cram two couples next to one another. I was distracted by the other couples conversation the entire time.
ASSEMBLY LINE APPETIZERS
The appetizers are usually perfect. In fact, I strongly recommend the crab stuff mushrooms and sautéed shrimp but not tonight. Both of our appetizers tasted like they were prepared cruise ship, assembly line style. You know the assembly line appetizers that were probably good when they were hot but by the time they arrive they are lukewarm.
THE LAW OF AVERAGES... Mastros GENERALLY does well.... Yet tonight they RUINED my holiday!!!!
I am a faithful Mastros customer. The food is usually good and the service is generally GREAT but in their haste to serve people fast food style, Mastros ruined a very special Valentine's day. It sucked... I am sitting there listening to the waiter talk about the success of the Valentine’s holiday to another waiter (I.e. We served 900 Saturday night, we are serving 950 tonight and 1000 people tomorrow) while my experience was very poor. The waiter did tell the other server… “It’s good but it wears on you…” Apparently the crowd from the night before left him exhausted…. Aren’t restaurants suppose to be enthused by large crowds? In a weird way, I felt sorry for the waiter but more sorry for me.
I recommend you go to Mastros on a slow night or even an average one but I can’t recommend you patronize them on a special, high volume holiday. The entres are great when they are served correctly. The bone in rib eye and fillet rock! The appetizers I mentioned are great 90% of the time. Tonight however Mastros let me down!
Mastros is the best.
After Growing up in Chicago, the steak capitol of the US, eating at Mortons, Wildfire, Gibsons, the Palm, Flemmings, Donovans..and other 5 star places, Mastros is by far the BEST OF ALL...
Every once in a while you might have an off night in any restaurant, it's a very difficult business not to have a couple of bad nights, but the quality of the food here is unsurpassed, and If you had a bad experience, call them and tell them, go back and try again...
People in the know...know about Mastros...
A Very Disappointing Anniversary.......
My dear husband made a special trip to Mastro's one month in advance to pick out a table for our special celebration. He requested a corner table and was shown Table 410, which he liked a lot. Imagine our surprise when we arrived and were shown to the table next to the corner table, where another couple had just been seated. Requested to speak to the manager about this, and listen to this lame explanation - "Oh, we put another table along this wall, so now the corner table is 411and you were reserved for table 410!"
Decided not to question it futher and get on with our anniversary celebration, which just went DOWNHILL from there. Drinks and appetizers were fine, but my husband ordered his $53 steak medium rare and it CAME OUT BURNED. Unreal they charge $40-55 for a steak and can't even cook it right.
They took both steaks away and we took a break and went outside. When we returned, we were told our food was ready, BUT we also ordered portatoes au gratin and they got that wrong, too, and brought something else instead. At that point, we had been there 2 hours and had not eaten. The "General Manager" came and offered "anything to make you happy, how about a hotel room next door?" Whatever, Buddy, you ruined my Anniversary Dinner and I just wanted to go home and forget I ever darkened your doorstep.
SAVE YOUR MONEY ON THIS OVERRATED AND OVERPRICED "STEAK HOUSE." THESE PEOPLE NEED TO CALL THEIR PROCTOLOGIST AND HAVE THEIR HEADS REMOVED FROM THEIR ASSES.
Totally not worth it. Thought that we would try this restaurant and we were massively disappointed by the horrible service. I am so surprised that for a restaurant that is supposed to be so classy (and that charges such exorbitant prices), would fail to train their staff in what good service should be. Ruth's Chris steakhouse is actually much better - the same food (yes, Mastro's puts butter on their steak too - the server even told us this), same nice atmosphere and exceptional customer service. At Mastro's, they tried to seat us in the bar for dinner (despite having a reservation and the dining room was only half full); we couldn't get water, despite asking (nicely) several times; we were brought our appetizer, but no plates. When we finally flagged down our server, she actually said to us, "Oh, most people just use their bread plates." Weird. They took the bread and our bread plates away when they cleared the appetizer - so, that meant that we were done with bread. For dessert, we were never even given a dessert menu. It was my husband's birthday and they automatically brought out the driest chocolate cake ever. Sure, it was free, but neither of us wanted to eat it and we were never given any alternative. He even had to ask for coffee - none was offered. And really - $17 for a mediocre cocktail? That is just ridiculous. As is only offering valet parking and then charging your customers for it (when they just dropped hundreds of dollars for dinner and drinks). That is just insulting. Seriously, if you want a really nice night out, go to Marche Moderne across the street - they really know good food and great service.
Amazing steaks. I'm a huge "RUTH'S CHRIS" guy so I always seem to get suggestions for steak houses that are "BETTER THAN RUTH'S CHRIS". We'll we gave this place a shot with some good friends who are also of the same ilk. Evening started off great... amazing shrimp appetizer and the salad was Aces. The steak? Not so great. Not much in the way of flavor, just... "so-so"... kinda like a MORTON's steak. My wife had to send her steak back, only to get the worst piece of steak ever cooked. Honest to goodness. Desert was good.. infact, i don't even remember the desert, I just remember the whipped cream was unreal... SO WHY FIVE STARS? well, I had to give it another go... hate to give a place with such an outstanding ambiance and reputation a one-and-done opinion. I gave it a go again with some associates and this time I must say... 5-STARS no questions asked. I told the server about my bad experience... told them I'm a Ruth's Chris fan (which seems to be frowned upon in the "fine steak world"... THEY PUT BUTTER ON THEIR STEAK? Blasphomy!... not sure if that had anything to do with it, but one of the best steaks I've had was served. I'll go with the positive ranking, rather than el negativo from my first outing. Third time will be the charm.. perhaps an adjustment in rating is coming? And to close... VERY pricey.
best steakhouse in OC. I love the sizzling steaks, delicious crab legs, sides, and the butter cake. Every time I have gone, I have not been disappointed. It's a beautiful restaurant with several rooms and space upstairs to rent. Only bad thing I really remember was that it's very dim and you have to valet your car.
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