Stubrik’s- Don’t Believe the Hype

There are not many things in the food world that I love more than a good steak. For the longest time, I had heard various whisperings about Stubrik’s Steakhouse in downtown Fullerton.

Great steaks….mutter mutter mutter…the best I’ve ever had…mutter mutter mutter…it’s fantastic…mutter mutter mutter

So with all these ephemeral compliments floating around, we finally got to try Stubrik’s not that long ago.

And I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but Stubrik’s in no way met those expectations.

For a restaurant that bills itself as a steakhouse, having only five cuts of steak feels like cheating.

If I hadn’t known I had ordered a filet mignon, I would never have known that what was on my plate was a filet mignon. It had maybe three bites that contained the signature filet mignon tenderness.

I’ve had better mashed potatoes and gravy at roadside diners.

For around thirty bucks a meal, I want better a better ambiance than “dive.”

The vegetables were the best thing about my meal. Grilled to perfect crispness and nicely seasoned.

Except I’m at a steakhouse, dammit! I don’t give a rat’s ass about the vegetables!

Stubrik’s doesn’t even give you bread with your thirty dollar meal and charges an outrageous amount for a beer.

For the money, I’m going to be sacrilegious and claim that Outback is a better value for your money.

3 Comments so far

  1. Jon (oc_jon) on May 20th, 2009 @ 6:57 am

    Ew. Steak.

    Do they have chicken or fish on the menu – or even a nice hamburger?


  2. frazgo on May 20th, 2009 @ 9:18 am

    youch…I thought only I did the scathing reviews. Thanks for the heads up as it was actually suggested as a place for the next cousin’s get-together with the fam behind the OC. I’ll steer elsewhere.\


  3. Gina (oc_gina) on May 20th, 2009 @ 9:25 am

    Jon, they actually have quite an extensive menu outside of the steaks. There are far more items of other kinds than there are steaks. Which is why I’m not sure why it calls itself a steakhouse.

    Frazgo, it is really loud and raucous in there, so perhaps if your family is loud and raucous, it might work! But it’s the kind of place that unless you get one of the very few booths, you are crammed into one very big room with lots of other people. Some people like that, but I prefer to be able to hear what my tablemates are saying.

    As for the food, it truly did suck. And was outrageously expensive for what you got.



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