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1909 India St. (W. Fir St.) Send to Phone
This Little Italy steakhouse steals the show with its clever design, service as performance and over-the-top menu.

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Born & Raised Restaurant Review

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About the restaurant and décor: This $6.5 million dollar steakhouse is a head-turner with its “mid-century modern meets Art Deco” design, bustling open-air kitchen and pageantry of tableside service. The culinary experience marries old Hollywood glam with modern day hipsterdom. Tuxedo-clad servers glissade through the dining room sporting Converse sneakers; pushcarts arrive for tableside Caesars or tartare; house-made charcuterie and aging meats hang in the glass cases of the in-view butcher shop; cooks hustle and bustle while barmen shake up Rob Roys at the marble and brass bar. Giant wooden “blooms” and camel-colored banquettes anchor the room, while faux fur graces the backs of chairs. It’s a whirlwind of eye candy at every turn.

Likes: Mind-bending design; old Hollywood glitz with modern day twists.
Dislikes: Steaks can be hit or miss.

Food & Drinks: On the upstairs deck, diners dig into butter poached crab legs or the signature Big Rip Burger with pancetta and crispy fried onions while enjoying cityscape views or drinks at the horseshoe bar. The gold scripted menu, overseen by chef Ted Smith, speaks of caviar and crudo, lobster bisque and beef like dry-aged Tomahawks and Wagyu; and surf and turf and side dishes such as smoky creamed kale and carrot vichy in maple syrup with a touch of Fresno chili heat. For a decadent feast, try the tournedos Rossini topped with foie gras and truffles or the rib of roast beef with real deal Yorkshire pudding. The dessert cart presents artwork, like a towering seven-layer carrot cake with pineapple and white chocolate frosting, chocolate verrines and more. Sommeliers share their wine smarts for ideal pairings, another part of the grand show that’s worth the ticket price.



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