My first experience at Taylor’s Steakhouse was consistent with most of the past reviews , a true 4 star and $$$ dollar rating restaurant. A nice restaurant that we would recommend to friends and we will return to again. LOCATION at 3.5 stars: Getting to this place if you are not use to dense Los Angeles traffic during dinner hours can be frazzling, so many cars on the road and pedestrians on foot! Plan to add 10 minutes to your drive time due to traffic congestion during the peak dinner hours. We checked for street parking but it was non-existent so we drove into the restaurant’s valet, a reasonable $3.50 fee for the convenience and security. The restaurant has a very nice appearance from the outside, it probably has the nicest looking exterior in the area. AMBIANCE at 4 stars: This is no hole in the wall or dive restaurant. We did not know what to expect since the interior pictures taken by prior reviewers are grainy due to low lighting. You walk in and take an immediate right where the hostess is to check in. There really is no waiting area so make reservations and be there on time. To the left of the hostess is the bar that runs about 25 feet long and that opens up into the main dining area which to me looks like about 500 square feet, a modest sized place. Most of the seating are scalloped shaped booths good for a group of 4 or less, we did not sit in one since we had a party of 5 so we were seated on a table in the center of the dining area. What hit us when we walked in was a fishy smell not the aroma of beef, a bit unexpected but not too unpleasant. The interior décor, comfortable seating, air temperature, and lighting is effective, you feel very relaxed as soon as your eyes adjust to the dimness. This was the first restaurant where my wife did not complain about feeling cold. The noise level is medium due to background conversations and laughter from other patrons, this is not a candle light quiet place. There is no background music, this is a place to eat!
I go to Taylor's at least once a month. Don't need a special occasion I go because it is there and has been for a long time. Never a bad experience.
Great food at mid-range prices for a steakhouse in a large city. The bacon wrapped scallops were amazing. The Coulotte steak was flavorful, cooked perfectly and paired well with asparagus with Hollandaise sauce. FYI - The Scotch pours are triples-quads at double prices. The place was cozy but not cramped, has comfortable tall backed-seats and booths for seating downstairs. I never made it upstairs. They claim to have a dresscode, however we saw many folks who didn't adhere; I reckon it's more a chance for them to dismiss those deemed inappropriate. Definitely recommend reservations; we called ahead on our way there for a 6:45 table. They began to fill up towards the end of our dinner.