Over the last two years, a burgeoning restaurant group slowly started annexing a section of Ventura Boulevard between Woodman and Van Nuys Boulevard. Last week, they introduced BLVD Steak to Sherman Oaks less than three blocks away from sister restaurants Taisho, which opened in 2021, and Casita, which debuted in 2022.
By all accounts, BLVD Steak is a classic steakhouse. Chef Adam Titze produced a menu featuring classic New York strip steak, petit filets, and dry-aged porterhouse or tomahawk, along with three Wagyu selections, including a 10-ounce from Australia’s Westholme Wagyu. Expect handy steakhouse sauces plus a blue cheese crust as an option. Side dishes include traditional creamed spinach, or the more modern items like the lobster mashed potatoes and chipotle-lime corn.
Starters include yellowtail crudo, crab cakes, and lobster skewers marinated with soy, garlic, and Fresno chile. As with most steakhouses, there’s a surf section with a raw bar, shrimp with Creole butter, king crab legs, branzino, and Maine lobster. Titze also created some favorites to expand the menu’s appeal with the Iberico pork chop, meatballs drowned in vodka sauce, roasted free-range chicken, rigatoni shrimp, and steak frites.
The wine list includes mostly California reds while whites encompass Northern California, France, Italy, and New Zealand. The team splurged on a private temperature-controlled wine-tasting room for private parties. For those who want a martini, there are plenty of types to choose from, along with classic margaritas, Old Fashioneds, or Lemon Drops.
Those who previously visited the shuttered Te’Kila in Sherman Oaks will have trouble recognizing what it looked like before BLVD Management partners Christian Corben and Paul Carroll took it over (the trio, including Titze, worked together at Innovative Dining Group, which operates Boa Steakhouse, among others). They spent a year gutting and reconfiguring the space with Corben’s wife and designer Alexxa Corben. BLVD Steak’s vibe hints at an East Coast steakhouse seasoned with modern LA touches of dark tones, leather chairs, and plush emerald-colored booths. The 7,000-square-foot dining room can seat 100, with a newly-tiled and partially covered 100-seat patio. A side room can be converted to private dining, while 35 stools accommodate cocktailians at the square-shaped bar.
Ventura Boulevard near Woodman is looking quite different in 2023. It’s still a steady mix of old and new with the addition of BLVD Steak while Petit Trois Le Valley still holds down the corner. Across the street from BLVD, the shuttered Bluebird Brasserie space will take on a new life as a sports cantina.
BLVD Steak is open at 13817 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423. Hours are Sunday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.