Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

$50 - $75

Nick & Stef’s has a contemporary, urban take on the traditional steakhouse, with a dramatic view of downtown Los Angeles lining one wall, and an aging room and wine room set inside another. Besides all those prime cuts of beef, the menu offers seafood, pasta, and even some vegetarian options for steak shy diners. The word here is choice, and twelve is the number, with twelve appetizers, twelve vegetable dishes, twelve potato options, and twelve sauces to select. Should it be for a pre-concert dinner, a business meeting with clients, or a romantic night out with that special someone, Nick & Stef’s in Downtown Los Angeles offers diners an array of fine dining choices.

Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

It’s not quite metrosexual, but when Joachim Splichal of Patina fame opened Nick and Stef’s in 1999, he did deliver a new grace to the traditional masculine clubby steakhouse. Ensconced in the Arco Plaza, a cement arcade in the bosom of highrises, this serious restaurant manages to blend a testosterone-amped view and food with contemporary decor and sophistication.

The restaurant’s an obvious choice for show-goers with the theater center just a few blocks away, and the early evening crowd also gets a boost from Staples Center fans, and that can make the early evening bustling. After curtain or tipoff, the remaining armani-clad firm partners and the comfortably dressed hipsters combine to give the place a smart upscale feel.

The views catch my attention right away. From the dining room’s wall of windows I see the beauty of downtown LA as it continues to mature as a living space. Inside, the aging room displays prodigious cuts of cow through its glass walls. Next is the wine room, with Napa cab magnums aggressively standing guard.

Despite the crowd, I can hear my dining partner and the waiter, and it seems to be the angled blonde wood ceiling and carpeted floor that is allowing this. Smart design.

Of course I’m going to have steak, how can I not with those pink bovine muscles hanging there like sirens, teasing me with their prime marbling. But this is a cultured dining room, and there’s a well-laid path to follow before main courses. With a dozen appetizers, a dozen side vegetable dishes, a dozen potato choices and a dozen sauces, the purview of choices obliges discerning tastes.

At tableside, crisp romaine is tossed with raw garlic, lemon, mayo, anchovies and a few peppery flavors for a caesar salad that brims with assertiveness. I’m grateful for the basket of fresh La Brea breads on the table to wipe clean my taste buds. Just in time for the fois gras. A grilled slice of cantaloupe adds a charred sweetness to the in-season huckleberry sauce, all the better to harmonize with the smokey earthy goose liver. A half dozen oysters makes for another pearly beginning. Oysters at any of Patina’s restaurants are excellent in my experience.

The summer beans with almonds and the forest mushroom medley sides arrive, and they are a decisive step up from the over-salted mushy veggies I associate with steakhouses. Then there’s my aged prime rib-eye with amazingly fresh watercress. Marbled and served a reddish pink, it’s the killer combo of carmelized protein with those umami finishes that makes being a carnivore so hard to give up.

The wine list offers ten choices of reds by the glass and I experiment around until realizing the obvious, the Clos du Val cabernet is the compliment to the dish I need. While the Zaca Mesa Syrah and Coppola Zin are fair, neither has the chops to match the mettle of my dinner.

I try several of the sauces, a dijon mustard, a red wine, a carmelized onion and blue cheese, but the steak really doesn’t need any of them. In fact, I think the sauces take away from the meat’s aged flavor. However, I admit, I love dipping my garlicy fries in the sauces.

A quick glance around at other tables confirms that while lobster and wild king salmon are other strong choices on the menu, everyone’s eating steak, especially New York strips and porterhouses. This has to be one of the best places in the city to do so.

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  • 330 S. Hope Street
    Los Angeles CA 90071
  • Address: 330 S. Hope Street, Los Angeles CA 90071
  • Cross Street: 4th Street
  • Location: Central / Downtown LA | Downtown LA
  • Cuisine: Pasta | Seafood | Steak |
  • Cost: $$$ | Moderate | $50 - $75
  • Category: Fine Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Unknown
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Street | Valet Parking |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | Mastercard | Discover | Diners Club |
  • Corkage Fee: No corkage fee
  • Staff: Jason Balestrieri | Sommelier
    Katie Winter | Event Coordinator
  • Phone: (213) 680-0330

  Business Hours

Monday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Thursday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Friday
Main Dining Room | Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday
Main Dining Room | Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday
Main Dining Room | Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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Dinner Menu

Starters & Salads

VEGETABLES

POTATOES & GRAINS

NICK & STEF’S SIGNATURE DISHES

STEAKS, CHOPS & GRILLS

HAND CARVED PRIME RIB DINNER


 User Reviews

Awesome  

The most amazing shrimp cocktail followed by a rack of ribs that literally melted off the bone. It was a great meal.

Best Mojito  

I had the New York steak. It was wonderful. So much flavor. and the mojitos with fresh mint!!!!!mmmmm

average  

I was not very impressed with the service.

Horrible Service  

I decided to try this restaurant for the first time and I will not go back. There was a long wait for an inside table, but we were told it was first come first serve for the patio. We found a table outside which was dirty, but figured if we wanted a seat, we should go with what we found. This first come first serve policy isn't a real good way to go, considering it took someone at least 20 minutes to notice we were sitting there and to clean off the prior party's mess. Then, finding a waiter was even more of a challenge. Once someone finally came, it was as if we were a nuisance to her. By the time our food came, which took forever, our steaks were luke warm, if that. For a restaurant which speaks so highly of itself, we were not impressed at all.

Terrible Service  

Let me start by saying we have never walked out on a restaurant before this one. Our group of 4 arrived on time for our 6:30 reservation and were quickly taken to our table. Our waiter took 20 minutes before his first visit. This was not a great start but we gave the waiter the benefit of doubt because the restaurant was very busy with customers that were going to the Disney Concert Hall for the 8:00 PM show. During our waiters first visit to our table we ordered drinks, appetizers, salad and dinner. The drinks and appetizers took 40 minutes to arrive and were brought out by a food runner, not our waiter. The restaurant was starting to clear out, as the show crowd was leaving. Neither our waiter or the restaurant was now very busy yet our waiter was no where to be found. We asked another waiter for help but didn't get it so we asked for the manager who came out and apologized. Unfortunately the service did not get better. At one and a half hours into our night our waiter brought the salad prep cart to our table, left it there and walked away without a word. That was it for us and we got up and left. This service was the worst we have ever had. Its simply unacceptable in a restaurant touts itself to be of this caliber. I would strongly recommend avoiding Nick & Stephs. There are just too many other great restaurants in the area. Mark