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“Enchanting -- Meat and Much More”

Alexander's Steakhouse
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Ranked #27 of 717 Restaurants in Pasadena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$50 - US$100
Description: Alexander’s Steakhouse is a fine dining interpretation of the classic American steakhouse with hints of Japanese influence laced into the menu. Located in Pasadena, California, Alexander’s Steakhouse is a welcome addition to the Southern California dining scene.
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Description: Alexander’s Steakhouse is a fine dining interpretation of the classic American steakhouse with hints of Japanese influence laced into the menu. Located in Pasadena, California, Alexander’s Steakhouse is a welcome addition to the Southern California dining scene.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The most amazing combo of great meats and startlingly creative sides, appetizers and just plain great non-meat courses I've eaten in a long time. We were a group of food and wine friends in a private room for nearly 4 hours. Service was excellent and the food? Well we pigged out, ordered an amazing array of everything on the menu. I can't say I remember every course, here are some: Hamachi Shots, Uni Tamago, Chilled Foie Gras, Grilled Octopus, Tartare of Beef, Crispy Pata (amazingly savory deep fried pork shank), and assorted steaks (cab ribeye chop, cab prime rib, T-bone, and 3 or 4 types of A5 Wagyu), plus delicious sides of fried rice, bone marrow and on and on.
The meats were as high quality as I can ever remember enjoying in a restaurant, perfectly aged, seasoned, coked and served. The pricing was high but well worth every penny and no one complained. This was truly a great evening and we'll be back!

Thank aresverde
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

After checking on Alexander's Steakhouse on TripAdvisor, we headed there with great anticipation. As expected: fabulous food-beautifully presented, a genteel atmosphere, excellent service, and wallet empty-ing. We each had the Chef’s Special, the sampler of 15 or so courses. We had planned to share so that we could both taste a bit of everything then order more if we were still hungry, but Alexander’s does not allow sharing, at least on this selection. Every bite was a taste sensation of goodness. The chef’s special included a good-sized piece (about 2” square) of A5 Wagu, so rich that it was almost too big a piece, accompanied by a dimpled platter with six salts from around the world; a salad with melt-in-your mouth croutons; tender swordfish; thinly sliced New York in delicious sauce; a killer corn/tamale and popcorn soup; uni with caviar atop a custard; and a dessert, all in bite-sized tastings. We were celebrating my birthday so Alexander’s gifted us a piece of cake complete with 24 carat gold leaf decoration with a hand-written birthday card. At the end of our evening of luxury, our waiter walked to the door and opened it for us as we left. Customer service was A+. Alexander’s Steak House is truly a place to celebrate a special occasion.

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Thank Diane M
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Reviewed 11 June 2017

Just dined at this overpriced, supposedly excellent service establishment. Our first impression was ruined by being escorted to a front table at the entrance next to a crying baby, even though we had booked a reservation 5 days earlier and there were seven other tables in that front room empty.  When we objected to the assigned table, the Hostess agreed with us and we were instead escorted to another table in the front room, without table cloths next to a column with no view into the kitchen. All we could see was a column and drapes, no kitchen.

We also observed several wait staff hanging around chatting with no tables to attend.  When we asked our waiter what the difference was between the front room and the larger back room with table clothes, we were told it was just a style choice related to the proximity to the bar, which is really another entire room away. We did notice that all the guests in the front room at all four occupied tables were Asian, and my wife is Japanese.....  

If you are Asian or anyone who are dressed causally, do not go there, you may well be assigned a to a disrespectful table. We were not dressed casually at all, since it was supposed to be a celebratory dinner for us. The staff, including our main waiter never introduced themselves or shared their name with us.  Instead he made a comment about us being first time customers that were probably unfamiliar with the menu, where he could of instead offered some clear explanation of the menu and flavors supposedly used in the cuisine. 

We were severely disappointed in the food and the service.  Service was slow and inefficient.  The bread came after we were done with our appetizers.  My iceberg salad was covered in raw onions not listed as an ingredient. My MM Farms Filet Mignon was just so-so and the Béarnaise sauce tasted mostly like lemon juice.  The wine was seriously overpriced and the pours by the glass almost laughable in their minuscule amount.  But the most upsetting aspect to the "meal" was the food my wife experienced.  She ordered the Little Gems-Romaine salad and the Prime Rib.  The salad was missing all of the Asian flavors listed on the menu and the croutons were big chunks of odd questionable shapes.  The prime rib, while a decent cut of beef, was crusted with way too much black pepper that is not even listed as an ingredient on the menu at all.  I tried a bit myself and choked on the strength of the black pepper. She also ordered the Broccolini which arrived in such an over grilled state that all we tasted was charcoal, no flavor but burnt!  Our waiter said he understood our disappointment and removed her meal from our tab and brought her the menu to select another entree and a second chance at less over cooked Broccolini.  The waitress that delivered the T-bone my wife ordered dropped the Sudachi citrus fruit onto the table and took it away, while almost dropping the steak too. The waitress used my wife's knife to put the steak back onto the plate, without saying sorry or anything. She did not return with a replacement Sudachi citrus piece so we asked another waitress to bring us one, only to have her bring us a grilled lemon half. Not the same flavor at all.  The flavor of the T-bone was worse than the prime rib and the texture was tough and certainly not an $85 cut of meat. The second plate of Broccolini was cold when delivered to the table.

When we expressed our displeasure to our waiter by asking for the check, without really touching my wife's meal he asked the manager to talk to us.  The manager said he understood our dinner went "a bit sideways, but that we enjoyed our drinks", so he took all the food off of our bill and only charged us for the drinks.  $95 later we left completely dissatisfied and with my wife still hungry.   We will never dine at this place again!  It was more than disappointing, it was insulting. We travel extensively around the world for business and pleasure and, we have to say this was the most disappointing meal and experience ever.

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Thank khmkinka
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Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

We had the pleasure of dining at Alexander's twice during our trip to Pasadena and it was top notch on both occasions. You won't find this type of Service and food just anywhere. A very special place! Caroline and Brody made sure we were well taken care of.

Thank Michael V
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Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

A colleague and I went here for dinner after we found that Ruth's Chris was full. We presumed it was a similar joint. I had already ordered a beer when we noticed the pricing - at around $60-70 per steak this was not an expense report we were filling to submit. So we said the the Maitre D' that we'd have to excuse ourselves and leave.

This could have been a bit embarrassing but he handled it very well, managed not to make us feel uncomfortable and offered to re-seat us in the bar area where they have a different and much more affordable menu. no steaks but a very good burger.

We had a good evening when it could have got a bit awkward. All credit to him.

4  Thank Dan W
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