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John Howie Steak Restaurant Review: John Howie Steak elevates the traditional steakhouse experience --- it raises the bar by focusing on details and quality, just as John Howie’s Seastar did for seafood. The sexy lounge, which hosts a grand piano and live pianist, is popular at happy hour and the spacious dining room hosts power lunches. At night, the space takes on a mellow glow, and private booths can ensure an intimate evening. The steaks are USDA Prime: filet mignon, porterhouse and bone-in rib-eye, to name a few. Can’t decide? Order the combo to compare. Mesquite creates a smoky flavor and light crust to keep in the juices. Or check out the bacon cheeseburger, prime rib, juicy chops and a daily fresh sheet of seafood, such as Parmesan-crusted halibut. For sides, consider the creamed spinach or enormous, five-cheese stuffed potato. Bananas Foster and the lighter Meyer lemon pie are dessert options. Since beef is the star, the wine program is heavy on reds (bottles range from $19-$2,100), and there are 60 by-the-glass choices. Service is attentive and gracious.