I've walked by Steakhouse 85 several times, and from the outside it always appear a tad "stuffy" and a little bit "daunting" to me. I couldn't have been more off base! I recently went with 2 friends of mine, one of whom had been there several times. Our server was extremely friendly and even put up with us "newbies" gasping over the prices and taking photos of the steaks like a bunch of country rubes! We started with martinis which were very good, and ordered 2 appetizers for the 3 of us. ( Our apps were $9 each). The fried calamari was very good, but the warm fresh mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto and roasted tomatoes was to die for! The combination of flavors was incredible, and I highly recommend that you try this. Fresh bread with a side of both garlic oil and butter was also brought to the table. Going along with the "fish out of water" experience, we had the server bring over the sample tray of raw steaks and she gladly explained the differences between the cuts and the aging processes with us. We all ended up ordering the 12 oz filet mignon ($47 each), 2 with Steakhouse 85 sauce on the side, and our returning diner ordering his with blue cheese on top. We also shared 2 side orders ($5 each) of steamed spinach and Yukon mashed potatoes, as the server had advised us that they were large enough to serve "family style". My companions both ordered a glass of red wine with their meal which they said was very good. The steaks were seasoned and cooked to perfection! They were simply delicious! Service was incredibly good, as the apps and then entrees and sides came out quickly, our water glasses never ran empty, and our server checked back often to make sure everything was okay. We ordered after-dinner drinks instead of dessert, and were able to sit, sip and have great conversation, despite the place being packed. Our bill came to $273, but between the apps, the entrees,the sides and 8 drinks, it was well worth it. I will definitely be going back, as there are so many menu items that I want to taste!
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