the last few days have been filled with early birthday celebrations as i gear up for the big 3-0 this thursday. while i will be in vegas to turn up for a few days, some of my friends who cannot attend made a point to schedule time to get together beforehand. rebecca is one of those thoughtful humans and our dinner friday was one for the books.
we went to queensview steakhouse at parkers’ lighthouse in long beach – it sits right on the water and even at night, the views were breathtaking.
something i love is attention to detail. even with us being 15 minutes early, our table was waiting for us with a handwritten card from the staff wishing me a happy birthday. it really was such a sweet touch.
for drinks, i started with the mandarin in bloom (ketel orange, st. germain, lemon, sprite, micro-citrus greens) and it was crisp, subtly sweet and refreshing. the first was so good that i had to have another.
rebecca and i shared a lobster roll before our main entrees arrived and it was served with this decadent garlic butter dipping sauce. truly to die for.
for our main courses, i got the ribeye (which was so huge that i had to take half home which i am not complaining about) and rebecca got the filet. both were incredibly tender, juicy and flavorful.
to accompany the steaks, we ordered brussel sprouts and lobster mac & cheese. the brussel sprouts were topped with bacon and gorgonzola cheese. i honestly could have had each side as a stand alone meal.
we knew we were going to split a dessert and were trying to choose between the butter cake and the creme brûlée – since we could not make a decision, we asked our waiter and he said the butter cake was his favorite. imagine our surprise when he brings the butter cake AND the creme brûlée with a candle in it?! seriously, a gem. the butter cake had this delicious streusel, fresh strawberries, a berry puree and vanilla bean ice cream. the creme brûlée was topped with a few raspberries and was delightful.
i still cannot believe that we stumbled upon this place due to an opentable recommendation. we are already planning to return in april for rebecca’s birthday.
if you are looking for a great steakhouse with outstanding customer service, an awesome fresh seafood selection, refreshing cocktails, decadent food and desserts that make you feel like you have died and gone to heaven, make a reservation at queensview steakhouse. the live jazz band was just an added bonus.