NOTE: This restaurant is now closed
Justin’s Steakhouse has recently opened in the space that used to be occupied by La Boheme. One evening we passed by, and La Boheme had suddenly become Bistro 40. That lasted about six months before becoming Justin’s. We decided to give it a try before it morphed into something else.
The restaurants in this location have always been upscale, and Justin’s is no exception. The decor is rich wood tones with beige walls adorned with black and white photos of old Greenville. We were met at the door by whom we assumed to be be Justin himself. At least, he was taking enormous interest in our well-being and what we thought of his place. The clientele appeared to be older, at or near retirement, with a couple of them hanging out at the bar. Laura referred to the place as a “Yankee containment area.” I’m sure she meant that in the nicest way.
The menu features a few options for steak, a few options for other meats, including seafood, and quite a few appetizers. On the whole, it is rather limited, which is OK. In keeping with other upscale restaurants in the area, prices start in the teens and end in the mid-twenties.
Service was mostly efficient. Our water glasses went empty once or twice, but other than that everyone seemed genuinely, almost overly concerned that we were enjoying ourselves. Justin (if that’s who he is) dropped by for each course of the meal to make sure everything was OK.
When a place has the word “steak” in its name, you order the steak, unless there are extenuating circumstances. Laura ordered the petite filet, and I ordered the ribeye. We both started with the house salad and a bottle of Trinchero merlot. The salads consisted of stacked pieces of greens with a splendid apricot ginger dressing with tomatoes, cucmbers, and egg on the side. It turned out to be the highlight of the meal. Our entre’s came with baked potato and a whopping side of broccoli. Laura raved about hers, and mine was adequate – perhaps a bit salty, and with more fat than I would prefer. We finished by sharing a slice of chocolate raspberry cheesecake.
Nice place, but a bit pricey. Laura likes the idea of having such an upscale restaurant so close to the house. She thinks her mom will love it.