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EatBeat: Beef Wellington Steakhouse – New Meat Palace in Wellington

October 6th, 2010 · 3 Comments

The new Beef Wellington Steakhouse & Social Club was first a building, then a concept for a restaurant, co-owner Al Salopek said.

“The old Silver Screen (theater) became available while we were looking at other buildings, and we decided to adapt the concept to the building. It’s like nothing you’ve seen. It had two theaters, so one is the restaurant, and we decided to still have a dance floor and lounge spot next door. The projection room is an upstairs VIP room, kind of like Bizarre Ave. Cafe’s upstairs,” he said. Salopek created the Bizarre Cafe concept in Lake Worth.

Two concepts under one roof

With the dual concepts, they’re hitting “a lot of different clienteles,” he said. “You have the equestrian set with money, coming to the steakhouse, and the locals who prefer the casual side.”

Seating for 70 is in the courtyard among plants, tiki torches and a firepit.

“We’ve been open one and half weeks, working out the service kinks. But the food is awesome,” he said.

Certified Angus steaks, including a New York strip available dry or wet aged, and of course a beef Wellington, are signature dishes at the steakhouse, where prices range from $29 to $50. “I’m not trying to compete with Applebee’s or Outback,” he said.

Harris Ranch beef burgers, sandwiches, and other casual foods are at the Social Club next door.

Tree trunk is real; leaves are not

The star, though, is a 25-feet spreading natural oak tree – cut down from a project in Wellington, reassembled in the main dining room. There are more than 80,000 silk leaves reattached. “The theater ceiling was 25 feet high, so we had to artificially drop the ceiling.”

A wine collection is still being assembled, but already 200 are on the list.

The Social Club is the hub for dancing and entertainment, Thursdays through Saturdays. “We have a DJ in here, and it’s mostly an over-30’s crowd. My wife said the first one had to be a ’70s night, so it was. We’ll have salsa nights, too.”

Beef Wellington Steakhouse

  • 12795 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington
  • 561-629-7987; www.beefwellingtonsteakhouse.com
  • Open daily from 4 p.m. for dinner till midnight; on Thursday-Saturday, till 2 a.m.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BETTY // Jul 31, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Do not eat there. They advertise their appetizers are on special price during happy hour but they charge you full price anyway. The potatoes are instant, the beef wellington has a horrible paste over it and the desert tastes like it came from a box. We spent over $200 there and it was the worst meal I ever had to pay for. I will never eat there again.

  • 2 Adam // Dec 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    The potatoes arent instant, the beef wellington has duck pate on top like a traditional wellington does, and the desserts* are home made.

    Don’t let Betty’s negative comment deter you from going. I worked there for a year and vouch for the food. It’s excellent.

  • 3 Betty // Dec 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    I can definitely comment on what I experienced!!!!!!!!

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