Steak 954, located in the W hotel, is the highest end restaurant on the beach
I've never been to dinner at Steak 954, and I probably never will. It's one of those places that I don't like the way they run their business; it's prohibitively expensive, and I don't think that they're giving me what I think I should be getting. Most people call them a "Prime Steakhouse", but nowhere on their menu or any marketing documents do they claim to have USDA Prime beef. The word "Prime" by itself doesn't imply USDA prime. Their menu is laced with buzz words; Kobe this and Kobe that.
I don't think it's a very attractive place. The tables are small, and the main color is the same color as the Dodge Dart in which I learned to drive.
I'd been here for breakfast a couple of years ago, and I had a decent chorizo and manchego omelet; that was maybe 500 reviews ago. At the time I thought it was pretty good, but breakfast here will cost you $20. It's hard to justify that unless you're staying in the hotel and you just don't feel like going out.
The first annoyance was at the hostess station, when they asked for my last name. There was exactly 1 other person in the entire restaurant at 2pm, not 1 table; 1 person. "Can I just get a table please, I'm not a guest in the hotel".
I came here to get the 954 burger, which they have listed on their website as costing $9.54; they announced this as a promotion last summer. Unfortunately, as with most promotions, they don't tell you when it's over. They now have a philly cheesesteak for $9.54, and I didn't want one of those. So I ordered the pulled pork sandwich, which the menu claims comes with a fried green tomato, cole slaw and "dirty chips".
They push at every level here; I asked for an iced tea and they ask if you want bottled water; which I'm sure they charge $7 or more for. "Regular water is fine'. They have nice filtered water here so there's not need to go for bottled.
When my server brought out my iced tea, I was thrown with the shot of water that came with it. He left without a word.
I just kind of snickered because I really didn't care about the water. A few minutes later another server came by with a pitcher and filled another glass on the table; I joked that I thought that the shot was all I was getting. As it turns out the shot is some sort of syrup intended for the iced tea. "It would have been good if he told me what it was", I said. Was I supposed to put my finger it in or take a sip to figure out what it was? Maybe it was a shot of tequila?
The sandwich came out and I thought maybe it was something off of their pool bar menu.
I don't know why it came wrapped in paper. What we have here is a hamburger bun, a spread of pulled pork, some cole slaw and a something that wasn't a fried green tomato; a grilled tomato slice I think. It reminded me of something you might get at happy hour for free on a friday night. The thing was loaded with grain mustard, which overpowered everything else in the sandwich. I really didn't want the chips, so it really wasn't a lot of food.
Their lunch menu here isn't really serious; they'll let you order a steak for $52 if you want at lunch, but I think this menu is just the pool bar menu available at the restaurant. This isn't the kind of sandwich you expect to get served in a nice hotel restaurant. I guess I understand why there were only 2 people in the place.