What are the best steakhouses in San Diego?

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Julia Weiler

For great steak in North County look no further than West Steak and Seafood in the coastal town of Carlsbad.  A favorite among locals in the know, the restaurant serves high-end cuts of pedigreed beef and savory seafood in both its hip lounge and its elegant dining room.  Helmed by Executive Chef Eugenio Martignago, the menu features a wide array of steaks and chops enhanced by gourmet sides such as cremini mushroom trifolati.

Standouts from the dinner menu include the Greg Norman Signature Wagyu New York Steak, available in 6 or 12oz portions.  Prized for its intense marbling and creamy texture, this particular cut is considered a delicacy and Chef Martignago cooks it up right.  The meat is expertly seared over low temps, which locks in the juices to deliver a rich, succulent steak that melts in the mouth.  Other highlights include Duroc pork chops and grass-fed free-range cuts of beef, venison and bison.  

In the lounge, Seafood reigns supreme.  Come for happy hour (4:30 – 6:30 daily) and snack on seared jumbo sea scallops served over crispy potato cakes with sweet corn or ahi tartare intertwined with pickled ginger, chives and Tobiko caviar.  Pair your frutti de mare with handcrafted cocktails like the blood orange cosmo or the lavender gin Collins muddled with fruits, herbs and spices plucked from Chef Martignago’s very own organic farm.  Be sure to save room for dessert, the white chocolate crème brûlée does not disappoint.

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