Sometimes you’ve just gotta have a nice juicy steak. And knowing where to go for an elegant steak meal is an essential skill if you want to impress that special someone. If you’re looking for the best steakhouses in SoCal, then use this as your go-to guide. These divine restaurants in Southern California will blow you away with both food and atmosphere. Ready to dig in?
1. West Steak Seafood in Carlsbad
A local favorite in Carlsbad where you can dine on the highest quality cuts of meat. And a true farm-to-table restaurant that serves the freshest vegetables from their local garden that is perfectly paired to your entree.
2. Pacific Dining Car in Los Angeles
A classic steakhouse since 1921 in an unforgettable environment that is designed like an old railroad dining car. Hankering for a steak at 3am? No problem! Pacific dining Car is open all day, every day of the year, so you can enjoy a hearty meal no matter what time your hunger strikes.
3. Mastro's Steakhouse in Costa Mesa and other SoCal locations
Want to make a great impression? Take that special someone to Mastro's for a sophisticated evening meal. The extraordinary menu is definitely a splurge, but dining at Mastro's will be a night to remember. If you really want to go over the top, order the 48 oz double cut Porterhouse. What a feast!
4. Boa Steakhouse in Santa Monica
If you don't associate hip and modern with a steakhouse, then you haven't tried Boa. Located in Santa Monica and West Hollywood, this fresh and lively eatery adds a modern flare to the steakhouse environment. Want to order the most popular dish at this hot spot? Go for the "Bone In" Rib Eye and you can't go wrong.
5. Red Fox Steakhouse and Piano Bar in San Diego
The Red Fox is dark and swanky in a retro kind of way - the type of place you might find Don Draper. Order a double martini and a hearty steak and you'll instantly feel like you've stepped back in time to the 1960s.
6. Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop in San Diego
For a more modern and elegant steakhouse in San Diego, you must experience Cowboy Star. The service is stellar and the ambience is as delicious as their menu. Plus, they serve cuts of meat sourced from humanely raised Angus cattle.
7. Nick's Laguna Beach
For a more casual steakhouse with a menu that caters to every palate, Nick's at Laguna Beach might be just what you're looking for. Love to dine outside? Nick's offers a cozy outside eating area where you can enjoy your feast in the fresh air.
8. The Sycamore Inn Prime Steakhouse in Rancho Cucamonga
The Sycamore Inn is an historic restaurant located in the Inland Empire. It's been around since 1848, so it's clearly doing something right. The rustic ambience contributes to the Inn's charm and loyal following.
9. Chianina Steakhouse in Long Beach
This memorable Italian steakhouse is all about the details. The plush dining room, the elegant menu and the finest cuts of steak from their very own Chianina cattle will make your meal unforgettable. Try the Chef's 3-Course Prix Fixe dinner to get acquainted with this splendid restaurant.
10. enoSTEAK - Dana Point
enoSTEAK is everything you'd expect from a high end steakhouse and more. Located at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, this is a one-of-a-kind restaurant that will blow you away. An elegant atmosphere and an inspired artisanal menu featuring locally grown produce and grass-fed beef are just a few of the things you can expect at this special hideaway.
Craving a nice, juicy steak right about now? I thought so! Where is your favorite steakhouse in Southern California? We are all dying to know so please share in the comments.