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15 Beef Tartare Dishes to Try Right Now in LA

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While the classic steak tartare that rose to popularity in the early 20th century is comprised of ingredients like raw egg yolk, capers, and onions, Los Angeles has made it its own with modern approaches and ethnic interpretations. The seemingly simple dish can be found with the likes of horseradish snow, frozen béarnaise, konbu relish, or sous vide tuna dijonnaise. Served chilled with a variety of starchy vehicles for textural integrity, nothing helps beat the heat like this light, meaty dish. Here are some of the best in the city, in no particular order. —Crystal Coser

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1. Saint Martha

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740 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA

A standout dish among Saint Martha’s well-curated list of offerings, the steak tartare is actually a mix of both steak and oyster. This sort of surf and turf crudo pairs surprisingly well, with the saltiness of the oysters bringing out the flavor of the beef. Served with champagne sabayon and unbelievable beignets that are filled with steaming bone marrow, this tartare truly sets the bar for innovation on this classic dish.

2. Petit Trois

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716 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Naturally Petit Trois would have one of the best preparations of steak tartare in town. Hanger Prime beef is mixed with elderberries, cornichons, and tangy mayonnaise, and is finished with fried shallots. Served with thick, pain au levain-style Batard bread slices, this classic tartare is a study of textural balance. [Photo: Lucy Lean]

3. Polo Lounge

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9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 887-2777
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This iconic Beverly Hills lounge offers the most classic preparation of the throwback dish. Freshly ground Angus Beef tenderloin is served tableside along with red onion, capers, anchovies, and organic brown egg yolk. According to individual preferences, it is mixed with classic accompaniments like Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice for a fanciful dish with retro flair.

4. fundamental LA

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1303 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 444-7581
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fundamental LA’s strikingly stark plating is comprised of hanger steak tartare, fried quail egg, grilled bread, house pickles, and mâché. Well seasoned with the classic elements of caper, pickle, pepperoncinni, chive, and Dijon, it is both a beautiful and tasty iteration of the classic dish. [Photo: fundamental LA]

5. Faith & Flower

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705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 239-0642
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Chef Michael Hung dresses his steak with a relish of konbu seaweed that has been braised in soy and sake and finishes it with miso-infused cream. This intense focus on umami enhances the flavor of the prime beef for a dish that is deeply meaty and complex. Served with whole wheat sourdough crisps that are studded with whole seeds and grains, this tartare is a true celebration of savory flavors.

6. ink.

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8360 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 651-5866
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Michael Voltaggio’s tartare is comprised of strands of hearts of palm, sea bean chimichurri, red onion gel, and rye crisps. The plate is finished with a flurry of horseradish snow. [Photo: ink.]

7. Church & State

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1850 Industrial St, Apt 100
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 405-1434
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Like many of the dishes at Church & State, the tartare stands out for finding perfection in simplicity. As a good bistro should, it is served with French fries and mesclun salad for texture and a hint of acidity.

8. Scarpetta

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225 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 860-7970
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Scarpetta truly loves their steak tartare. Offered on both the happy hour and dinner menu, theirs is made especially luxurious with the addition of parmigiano and a healthy shaving of summer truffle. [Photo: Scarpetta]

9. République

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624 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 361-6115
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Repulique’s eye-catching tartare is prepared with pickled red onion, tarragon aioli, chives, and dill for a bright, fresh flavor. A playful mass of potato chips tops it off for a dish that is a pleasant start to the meal.

10. Hinoki & The Bird

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10 W Century Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 552-1200
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Chef Kuniko Yagi prepares her version with pickled jalepenos, quail egg yolk, and parmigiano. Well seasoned with a touch of sesame seeds, the dish highlights her finesse and Asian flair. [Photo: Dylan + Jeni]

11. Bestia

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2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 514-5724
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Perhaps one of the tastiest preparations in the city, Bestia serves their veal tartare as a crostino. Topped with a light, acidic tonnato sauce, this unbelievably delicious dish is a true standout on an overall exceptional menu.

12. Ten Raku

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4177 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 380-8382

While generally known for their Korean barbecue, Ten-Raku also offers the Korean delicacy yukhoe. Comprised of julienned steak with a slightly sweet marinade of ingredients like soy and sesame oil, this tartare also comes with crisp bites of sweet Asian pear. Accompanied by traditional banchan like kimchi and bean sprouts, it is the perfect light meal for a hot summer day.

13. The Bazaar by José Andrés

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465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 246-5555
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The Bazaar’s modern approach to tartare comes in the form of a crostini with quenelles of perfectly seasoned steak. Fronds of dill lend a fresh, herbaceous bite, while pickled shallot and capers add welcome brininess. Served atop tapioca crackers, this dish finds harmony in a balance of both flavors and textures.

14. Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

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8117 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 940-1650
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Top Chef alum Chris Crary’s approachable menu of small plates features his veal tartare with a sous vide tuna dijonnaise, capers, and herbs. Served alongside buttery slices of brioche, the tartare is an ideal bite to share in the stunning space that manages to be simultaneously inviting and exclusive.

15. The Wine Bar at The Hollywood Bowl

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2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000
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Patina Restaurant Group’s al fresco dining gem puts an innovative twist on the classic steak tartare. Chef Fernando Darin’s version includes English peas, avocado, rye bread and frozen béarnaise. Available only for dinner during concert show evenings, the steak tartare is a pre-show must.

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1. Saint Martha

740 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA

A standout dish among Saint Martha’s well-curated list of offerings, the steak tartare is actually a mix of both steak and oyster. This sort of surf and turf crudo pairs surprisingly well, with the saltiness of the oysters bringing out the flavor of the beef. Served with champagne sabayon and unbelievable beignets that are filled with steaming bone marrow, this tartare truly sets the bar for innovation on this classic dish.

740 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA

2. Petit Trois

716 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Naturally Petit Trois would have one of the best preparations of steak tartare in town. Hanger Prime beef is mixed with elderberries, cornichons, and tangy mayonnaise, and is finished with fried shallots. Served with thick, pain au levain-style Batard bread slices, this classic tartare is a study of textural balance. [Photo: Lucy Lean]

716 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

3. Polo Lounge

9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This iconic Beverly Hills lounge offers the most classic preparation of the throwback dish. Freshly ground Angus Beef tenderloin is served tableside along with red onion, capers, anchovies, and organic brown egg yolk. According to individual preferences, it is mixed with classic accompaniments like Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice for a fanciful dish with retro flair.

9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

4. fundamental LA

1303 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

fundamental LA’s strikingly stark plating is comprised of hanger steak tartare, fried quail egg, grilled bread, house pickles, and mâché. Well seasoned with the classic elements of caper, pickle, pepperoncinni, chive, and Dijon, it is both a beautiful and tasty iteration of the classic dish. [Photo: fundamental LA]

1303 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

5. Faith & Flower

705 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Chef Michael Hung dresses his steak with a relish of konbu seaweed that has been braised in soy and sake and finishes it with miso-infused cream. This intense focus on umami enhances the flavor of the prime beef for a dish that is deeply meaty and complex. Served with whole wheat sourdough crisps that are studded with whole seeds and grains, this tartare is a true celebration of savory flavors.

705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

6. ink.

8360 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Michael Voltaggio’s tartare is comprised of strands of hearts of palm, sea bean chimichurri, red onion gel, and rye crisps. The plate is finished with a flurry of horseradish snow. [Photo: ink.]

8360 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069

7. Church & State

1850 Industrial St, Apt 100, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Like many of the dishes at Church & State, the tartare stands out for finding perfection in simplicity. As a good bistro should, it is served with French fries and mesclun salad for texture and a hint of acidity.

1850 Industrial St, Apt 100
Los Angeles, CA 90021

8. Scarpetta

225 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Scarpetta truly loves their steak tartare. Offered on both the happy hour and dinner menu, theirs is made especially luxurious with the addition of parmigiano and a healthy shaving of summer truffle. [Photo: Scarpetta]

225 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9. République

624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Repulique’s eye-catching tartare is prepared with pickled red onion, tarragon aioli, chives, and dill for a bright, fresh flavor. A playful mass of potato chips tops it off for a dish that is a pleasant start to the meal.

624 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

10. Hinoki & The Bird

10 W Century Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Chef Kuniko Yagi prepares her version with pickled jalepenos, quail egg yolk, and parmigiano. Well seasoned with a touch of sesame seeds, the dish highlights her finesse and Asian flair. [Photo: Dylan + Jeni]

10 W Century Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90067

11. Bestia

2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Perhaps one of the tastiest preparations in the city, Bestia serves their veal tartare as a crostino. Topped with a light, acidic tonnato sauce, this unbelievably delicious dish is a true standout on an overall exceptional menu.

2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021

12. Ten Raku

4177 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

While generally known for their Korean barbecue, Ten-Raku also offers the Korean delicacy yukhoe. Comprised of julienned steak with a slightly sweet marinade of ingredients like soy and sesame oil, this tartare also comes with crisp bites of sweet Asian pear. Accompanied by traditional banchan like kimchi and bean sprouts, it is the perfect light meal for a hot summer day.

4177 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

13. The Bazaar by José Andrés

465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

The Bazaar’s modern approach to tartare comes in the form of a crostini with quenelles of perfectly seasoned steak. Fronds of dill lend a fresh, herbaceous bite, while pickled shallot and capers add welcome brininess. Served atop tapioca crackers, this dish finds harmony in a balance of both flavors and textures.

465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

14. Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

8117 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Top Chef alum Chris Crary’s approachable menu of small plates features his veal tartare with a sous vide tuna dijonnaise, capers, and herbs. Served alongside buttery slices of brioche, the tartare is an ideal bite to share in the stunning space that manages to be simultaneously inviting and exclusive.

8117 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

15. The Wine Bar at The Hollywood Bowl

2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Patina Restaurant Group’s al fresco dining gem puts an innovative twist on the classic steak tartare. Chef Fernando Darin’s version includes English peas, avocado, rye bread and frozen béarnaise. Available only for dinner during concert show evenings, the steak tartare is a pre-show must.

2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068

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