My brother, sister in-law and I arrived at Mastro’s in Beverly Hills before my parents and grandmother did. While we originally planned on taking one car all together, my parents were running late so the three of us had to meet my parents and grandmother at Mastro’s instead. Our reservation was for 5:30 PM and when we went inside the restaurant, it looked as if the dinner rush had not started yet.
Shortly after we arrived, my parents and my grandmother arrived at Mastro’s and parked their car with the valet. I met them outside where I gave my grandmother her birthday gift. Once we were all inside of Mastro’s we had to wait about 15 minutes before we were escorted to our table. The table that we were given was mistakenly setup for only five people so the staff rushed to add another chair and place setting for one more person. I am not sure what the purpose is, but once we were all seated, staff member exchanged out white napkins for black ones.
While we were looking over the menu, our server came by to introduce herself. She explained the the menu and the specials of the day to us before taking the table’s drink order. I originally was going to order the porterhouse steak, but I asked my dad if he wanted to split the “Double Cut Porterhouse” with me. My dad agreed so when the server came by to take everyones order, I ordered the “Double Cut Porterhouse” to share. Everyone else ordered what they wanted to eat and for my grandmother and mother, I ordered them each the New York Strip Steak since they both left it to me to order for them. Along with the meat order, we ordered one lobster mashed potato, one creamed spinach, and one sautéed wild mushroom to share. Assorted bread basket and butter were brought out for our table while we were looking over the menu.
As an appetizer, we ordered one Caesars Salad and one Mastro’s House Salad to share among us. The portions of the two salads were large and perfect size for sharing between the six of us. Between the bread and the two salads, we were already starting to fill up. We agreed it was a good decision we did not order one appetizer per person. Once we were finished with the salads, the plates were cleared away in preparation for arrival of our main course. Shortly afterwards, the steaks that we ordered earlier arrived along with the three sides to go with the steaks.
Hot plates were delivered to my dad and myself for our shared double cut porterhouse steak. Finally, the main course that my dad and I would be sharing arrived. Our server and another member of the staff went around the table serving the three sides to everyone at our table. The filet mignon part of the porterhouse steak was extremely tender that you could cut it with your fork. The New York Strip part of the porterhouse was good, but as expected not as tender as the filet mignon portion. My sister in-law gave me a piece of her ribeye steak for me to taste which was also really good and tender.
The lobster mashed potato was good but I thought the mixing the two together really did the lobster disservice. While “lobster mashed potato” does sound luxurious, it would have been better if the lobster was served separate or placed on top of the mashed potato vs mixing it in. The creamed spinach was rich and tasty and the sautéed wild mushrooms went really well mixed in with each bite of steak. As with any good prime steak at any expensive steakhouse, there is no need for any sauces for the steak. The servers at Mastro’s do offer different herbed butters to go with your steak, but we passed and just enjoyed the steaks as is.
None of us were able to finish our steaks so we had the staff member boxed up the leftovers for us. I am terrible with leftovers so I had my parents take home my leftover as well. Once all of the dinner plates had been cleared, staff went around the table cleaning up any crumbs. Shortly afterwards, our server brought out a complimentary chocolate cake along with a side of whipped cream for my grandmother’s 86th birthday. While we were enjoying the chocolate cake, my brother ordered two additional desserts, the Creme Brûlée and Mastro’s Signature Butter Cake.
The two additional desserts arrived and we all dug right into the Warm Butter Cake and the Creme Brûlée. While everyone who have ever been to Mastro’s seems to rant and rave about the butter cake, I personally did not find it that spectacular. Many restaurants these days offer a similar dessert on their menu, some of which I have tasted before. I just did not think Mastro’s version of the butter cake was beating out their competitors.
Once we were through with dinner, our server came by to wish my grandmother happy birthday one more time before dropping off the check. My brother paid the bill for todays dinner, which after tip and taxes came out to somewhere north of six hundred dollars. After leaving the restaurant and while walking back to my brother’s car, we agreed that the steaks at expensive steak houses are all tasting the same. This was our first time eating at Mastro’s and after comparing Mastro’s steak to Mortons, Ruth’s Chris, and Gibsons, they all taste roughly the same in our opinion.