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Porterhouse at Wolfgang's Steakhouse
Porterhouse at Wolfgang's Steakhouse

17 Monster Steaks Big Enough to Share in Los Angeles

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Porterhouse at Wolfgang's Steakhouse

The best steaks in Los Angeles will always be tender, but steak for two in the City of Angels is a bit of a tough sell: most adventurous diners will want to try as many dishes at a restaurant as possible, so limiting protein to what's usually the safest (and arguably most expensive) meat option might seem a little counter-intuitive.

Ordering a steak for two, however, is a statement about you and your date (or dining partner). It says "we're on the same page when it comes to the important things." Like enjoying big hunks of delicious, well-marbled beef.

What is oftentimes the most expensive dish on the menu also turns out to be the least fussy, allowing both diners a safe anchoring spot from which to drift in different culinary directions for starters, salads and sides. In the same way that the steak for two might be considered unadventurous, it's also a reliable dish that's difficult to get wrong.

So don't dismiss steak for two too quickly — the worst that could happen is that you and your dining partner will both be eating steak, and things could have gone a lot worse. Here's a list of where to find some of the best places to get steak for two in LA.

Updated fall 2016:

New Additions: Georgie, The Cannibal, Wolfgang's Steakhouse, Mastro's, The Arthur J

Removed: Scarpetta, Lucques, Picca, Palm West Hollywood, Gordon Ramsay at the London,

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Arroyo Chop House

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536 S Arroyo Pkwy
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 577-7463
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The Smith Brothers Restaurants’ steakhouse is the pride of Pasadena, and it also happens to offer the second largest porterhouse on this list. You’d be remiss to forgo a glass of wine with dinner here, where the encyclopedic wine list leans heavily on a mix of esoteric and familiar California reds.

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2. Carlitos Gardel Restaurant

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7963 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 655-0891
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This Argentinian steakhouse in the Beverly Grove area offers up a variety of exceptionally grilled steak options, including a 40 oz. bone-in ribeye for two at market price. Spice things up with a little chimichurri, an Argentine pesto made from parsley, garlic, olive oil and oregano.

3. Chi Spacca

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6610 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 297-1133
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“Chi spacca” might mean “to chop” in Italian, but there probably wasn’t much chopping going on when the Mozza team of Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich initially conceived the bigger steaks at the Italian-themed meat house on Melrose. The monolithic 50 oz. bone-in New York steak will set you back $220, feed two to four people and take the phrase “Flintstone’s steak” to an unnervingly literal level.

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4. Chianina Steakhouse

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5716 E 2nd St
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 434-2333
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This Italian steakhouse in Long Beach serves up larger portions of the rare Piedmontese Beef, which is known for being grass fed and having a lower fat-to-muscle ratio. Don’t count it out for an absence of marbling: the beef is surprisingly tender. Chianina offers both a 28 oz. bone-in ribeye for two and a 42 oz. Tuscan porterhouse for four.

5. Craft

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10100 Constellation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 279-4180
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The ideal expense account restaurant in the heart of Century City, the 35 day dry-aged ribeye comes pan roasted and covered in aromatic thyme, roasted garlic, and butter. To help vary each bite: some roasted bone marrow and a bordelaise sauce.

6. CUT by Wolfgang Puck

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9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 276-8500
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The Beverly Wilshire Hotel still houses LA’s definitive steakhouse, and ten years after its opening, Wolfgang Puck’s original location for CUT remains one of the most sought-after seats in the city. Strip away the sleek, understated Richard Meier-designed interior and there’s still the marvelously marbled porterhouse for two, which comes complete with that glossy, charred exterior.

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7. Georgie

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225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 860-7970
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In the old Scarpetta space comes Geoffrey Zakarian's Georgie, the Mediterranean-leaning restaurant situated in gorgeous digs in the Montage. Though the whimsically designed menu is reminiscent of an Hermes catalog, the contents are dead serious, including a large format tomahawk ribeye served up with a shallot confit and noble sherry vinegar. Kick off your meal with the fantastic yellow beet hummus with basil yogurt, and make sure to take in some of Georgie's great vegetable sides because, you know, balance.

8. Jar Restaurant

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8225 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-6566
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Before you settle into one of the comfortable dining room chairs at Suzanne Tracht’s modern chophouse off Beverly Boulevard, mentally prepare yourself for some heavy, satisfying comfort food. Order the 35 oz. porterhouse for two, skip the kale and splurge with the massive onion rings that come with a spicy aioli — and that butterscotch pudding with salted caramel on the dessert menu? It tastes as good as it sounds.

9. Mastro's Steakhouse

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246 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 888-8782
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Los Angeles is home to just about every chain steakhouse but Mastro's sits comfortably a cut above the rest. Its 48-ounce double-cut Porterhouse is a daunting task for even two hungry diners, but with that inimitable char and a mountain of those shoestring potatoes fried in beef tallow (french fries, this is your Everest) it's about as delicious and straightforward as a steakhouse experience gets.

10. Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

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330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 680-0330
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Nick & Stef's steaks are still the Angeleno's response to outsized chains like Mastro's and Ruth's Chris, and it's got a menu of compelling sides (think Orecchiette Mac & Cheese and Wild Mushrooms roasted in cast iron with shallot butter) to up the ante over its more traditional competitors. As for steak, anchor your meal with a 38 oz. Tomahawk Rib Chop, served gorgeously sliced off the bone.

11. Pacific Dining Car

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1310 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 483-6000
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The only thing better than steak for two is steak for two served twenty-four hours a day — and we’re not talking about splitting a New York Strip at Norm’s Diner. Pacific Dining Car serves up a USDA Prime 24 oz. porterhouse alongside a bevy of late night dining options around the clock. A visit to this swanky, old-school chophouse will ensure that you cap off your night with at least one decision you won’t regret.

12. Spago Beverly Hills

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176 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 385-0880
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Wolfgang Puck’s original cote de boeuf with pommes aligot might deserve a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, having survived executive chef Lee Hefter’s 2012 menu overhaul to be offered at the restaurant to present day. Diners can count on the phenomenal steak being served with an almost mousse-like potato puree thoroughly adulterated with Cantal cheese.

13. STK Los Angeles

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930 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 659-3535
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The 34 oz. cowboy ribeye at this trendy Westwood steakhouse is big enough for two, but leave enough room for dessert: the glazed donuts are warm, sticky and up to the task of soaking up whatever you’ll be ordering from the lounge’s cocktail list.

14. The Arthur J

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903 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 878-9620
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Chef David LeFevre could most succinctly be summarized as the culinary mayor of Manhattan Beach, and his steakhouse The Arthur J is no pushover in the genre. With two large format steaks including a dry aged Tomahawk ribeye and a prime T-bone steak, the for-two options also double as the restaurant's flagship steaks.

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15. The Cannibal

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8850 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 838-2783
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Aside from a single hanger steak option, large format steak is the predominant (or just dominant) cut you'll find at The Cannibal's Culver City outpost. The shareable steaks are a binary range from "date"-sized (a 36 oz. ribeye for two) to "one-plate bachelor/bachelorette party" (a 96 oz. ribeye that clocks in at $320). Pair up with a brew from the restaurant's mind-bending beer selection, and if you're ordering The Ole 96'er (seriously, that's what it's called), make sure to order at least a day in advance.

16. The Dresden Restaurant

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1760 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-4294
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The Dresden is a throwback to luxury restaurant-lounges of Rat Pack-era Vegas, doling out big plates of pasta, huge hunks of prime rib and relatively affordable steaks and seafood just north of Prospect and Vermont Avenues in Los Feliz. The kitschy, ivory booth-lined restaurant offers a chateaubriand for two with soup or salad, choice of potato, rice or linguini and garlic bread.

17. Wolfgang's Steakhouse

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445 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 385-0640
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Wolfgang's is mostly known for being the West Coast analogue to New York's Peter Luger Steakhouse (alright, fine, it was also on the other end of a lawsuit from Wolfgang Puck), but it really should be known for its no-frills, perfectly grilled and cut Porterhouse, which is a favorite among its loyal regulars. If you want an old-school steak experience with some stiff drinks (or thick cut slabs of uncured bacon), Wolfgang's has you covered.

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1. Arroyo Chop House

536 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91105
Matthew Kang/Discover LA

The Smith Brothers Restaurants’ steakhouse is the pride of Pasadena, and it also happens to offer the second largest porterhouse on this list. You’d be remiss to forgo a glass of wine with dinner here, where the encyclopedic wine list leans heavily on a mix of esoteric and familiar California reds.

536 S Arroyo Pkwy
Pasadena, CA 91105

2. Carlitos Gardel Restaurant

7963 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

This Argentinian steakhouse in the Beverly Grove area offers up a variety of exceptionally grilled steak options, including a 40 oz. bone-in ribeye for two at market price. Spice things up with a little chimichurri, an Argentine pesto made from parsley, garlic, olive oil and oregano.

7963 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

3. Chi Spacca

6610 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Bill Addison

“Chi spacca” might mean “to chop” in Italian, but there probably wasn’t much chopping going on when the Mozza team of Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich initially conceived the bigger steaks at the Italian-themed meat house on Melrose. The monolithic 50 oz. bone-in New York steak will set you back $220, feed two to four people and take the phrase “Flintstone’s steak” to an unnervingly literal level.

6610 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

4. Chianina Steakhouse

5716 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

This Italian steakhouse in Long Beach serves up larger portions of the rare Piedmontese Beef, which is known for being grass fed and having a lower fat-to-muscle ratio. Don’t count it out for an absence of marbling: the beef is surprisingly tender. Chianina offers both a 28 oz. bone-in ribeye for two and a 42 oz. Tuscan porterhouse for four.

5716 E 2nd St
Long Beach, CA 90803

5. Craft

10100 Constellation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

The ideal expense account restaurant in the heart of Century City, the 35 day dry-aged ribeye comes pan roasted and covered in aromatic thyme, roasted garlic, and butter. To help vary each bite: some roasted bone marrow and a bordelaise sauce.

10100 Constellation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067

6. CUT by Wolfgang Puck

9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Wolfgang Puck

The Beverly Wilshire Hotel still houses LA’s definitive steakhouse, and ten years after its opening, Wolfgang Puck’s original location for CUT remains one of the most sought-after seats in the city. Strip away the sleek, understated Richard Meier-designed interior and there’s still the marvelously marbled porterhouse for two, which comes complete with that glossy, charred exterior.

9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

7. Georgie

225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

In the old Scarpetta space comes Geoffrey Zakarian's Georgie, the Mediterranean-leaning restaurant situated in gorgeous digs in the Montage. Though the whimsically designed menu is reminiscent of an Hermes catalog, the contents are dead serious, including a large format tomahawk ribeye served up with a shallot confit and noble sherry vinegar. Kick off your meal with the fantastic yellow beet hummus with basil yogurt, and make sure to take in some of Georgie's great vegetable sides because, you know, balance.

225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

8. Jar Restaurant

8225 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Before you settle into one of the comfortable dining room chairs at Suzanne Tracht’s modern chophouse off Beverly Boulevard, mentally prepare yourself for some heavy, satisfying comfort food. Order the 35 oz. porterhouse for two, skip the kale and splurge with the massive onion rings that come with a spicy aioli — and that butterscotch pudding with salted caramel on the dessert menu? It tastes as good as it sounds.

8225 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

9. Mastro's Steakhouse

246 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Los Angeles is home to just about every chain steakhouse but Mastro's sits comfortably a cut above the rest. Its 48-ounce double-cut Porterhouse is a daunting task for even two hungry diners, but with that inimitable char and a mountain of those shoestring potatoes fried in beef tallow (french fries, this is your Everest) it's about as delicious and straightforward as a steakhouse experience gets.

246 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

10. Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

330 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Nick & Stef's steaks are still the Angeleno's response to outsized chains like Mastro's and Ruth's Chris, and it's got a menu of compelling sides (think Orecchiette Mac & Cheese and Wild Mushrooms roasted in cast iron with shallot butter) to up the ante over its more traditional competitors. As for steak, anchor your meal with a 38 oz. Tomahawk Rib Chop, served gorgeously sliced off the bone.

330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

11. Pacific Dining Car

1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

The only thing better than steak for two is steak for two served twenty-four hours a day — and we’re not talking about splitting a New York Strip at Norm’s Diner. Pacific Dining Car serves up a USDA Prime 24 oz. porterhouse alongside a bevy of late night dining options around the clock. A visit to this swanky, old-school chophouse will ensure that you cap off your night with at least one decision you won’t regret.

1310 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

12. Spago Beverly Hills

176 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Wolfgang Puck’s original cote de boeuf with pommes aligot might deserve a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, having survived executive chef Lee Hefter’s 2012 menu overhaul to be offered at the restaurant to present day. Diners can count on the phenomenal steak being served with an almost mousse-like potato puree thoroughly adulterated with Cantal cheese.

176 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

13. STK Los Angeles

930 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

The 34 oz. cowboy ribeye at this trendy Westwood steakhouse is big enough for two, but leave enough room for dessert: the glazed donuts are warm, sticky and up to the task of soaking up whatever you’ll be ordering from the lounge’s cocktail list.

930 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024

14. The Arthur J

903 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Marie Buck Photography

Chef David LeFevre could most succinctly be summarized as the culinary mayor of Manhattan Beach, and his steakhouse The Arthur J is no pushover in the genre. With two large format steaks including a dry aged Tomahawk ribeye and a prime T-bone steak, the for-two options also double as the restaurant's flagship steaks.

903 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

15. The Cannibal

8850 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Aside from a single hanger steak option, large format steak is the predominant (or just dominant) cut you'll find at The Cannibal's Culver City outpost. The shareable steaks are a binary range from "date"-sized (a 36 oz. ribeye for two) to "one-plate bachelor/bachelorette party" (a 96 oz. ribeye that clocks in at $320). Pair up with a brew from the restaurant's mind-bending beer selection, and if you're ordering The Ole 96'er (seriously, that's what it's called), make sure to order at least a day in advance.

8850 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

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16. The Dresden Restaurant

1760 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Dresden is a throwback to luxury restaurant-lounges of Rat Pack-era Vegas, doling out big plates of pasta, huge hunks of prime rib and relatively affordable steaks and seafood just north of Prospect and Vermont Avenues in Los Feliz. The kitschy, ivory booth-lined restaurant offers a chateaubriand for two with soup or salad, choice of potato, rice or linguini and garlic bread.

1760 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

17. Wolfgang's Steakhouse

445 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Wolfgang's Steakhouse

Wolfgang's is mostly known for being the West Coast analogue to New York's Peter Luger Steakhouse (alright, fine, it was also on the other end of a lawsuit from Wolfgang Puck), but it really should be known for its no-frills, perfectly grilled and cut Porterhouse, which is a favorite among its loyal regulars. If you want an old-school steak experience with some stiff drinks (or thick cut slabs of uncured bacon), Wolfgang's has you covered.

445 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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