Rare by Drai's
Rare by Drai's

Rare by Drai's

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.rarebydrais.com/
  • Phone: 3103601525x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:Tuesday-Wednesday: 6:00pm - 10pm, Thursday: 6pm-10:30pm Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:30pm.
    The bar & lounge: Tuesday-Saturday 5pm- CL
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Chef Patrick Florendo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Julie Palermo 3103601525x
  • Special Events: Contact
    info@rarebydrais.com

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available and Self parking at Sunset Plaza
A word from Rare by Drai's
Rare by Drai’s is a modern, stylish and welcoming steakhouse by acclaimed restaurateur and nightlife impresario Victor Drai and international restaurant and hospitality group ESquared Hospitality. With the DJ setting the distinctive soundscape upon entry, a creative design aesthetic envisioned by Drai and an alluring bar and lounge, Rare by Drai’s offers just the right amount of excess to appeal to Drai’s Los Angeles-meets-Las Vegas sensibility. Rare is a new type of steakhouse with a French-inspired menu serving classics with a fresh, modern twist. Like all great steakhouses, meats and seafood take center stage, but in collaboration with Executive Chef Patrick Florendo, Drai has designed a menu that goes beyond the ordinary. Featuring signature dishes such as Whole Roasted Loup de Mer and Roasted Whole Range Free Chicken deconstructed and re-constructed for a shared table experience, the menu also includes all prime-aged steaks, butchered in house, and fresh seafood options.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Rare by Drai's reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (22)special occasion (22)hot spot (19)fit for foodies (17)great for outdoor dining (15)good for groups (14)vibrant bar scene (13)notable wine list (13)neighborhood gem (6)late-night find (6)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Slapshot
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The New York Strip was mediocre quality, the price was high, and the restaurant was empty inside. Lobster mashed potatoes were runny with very little lobster in them. The drinks were small in the bar, too many great places in Los Angeles to go..
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  • Cool vibe, great food!
    MauiDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went to Rare with our family of four for an early (7 pm) dinner and were seated in the most comfortable booth I've ever been in. The decor is gorgeous, the servers were attentive, the food was delicious, and the vibe was LA cool without being pretentious. The place was packed by 9, but Rare still maintained its clubby feel. Definitely a new favorite for us!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent !!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The place is very impressive. The food was great. The service was awesome. Unfortunately, I do not remember the name of our server, the redheaded female with the blue eyes, she was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BizLunchie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    High prices, fair food, & lots of empty tables on a Wed. night.
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  • Rare by Drai's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I enjoyed the overall experience. I felt it was a little too pricey for the quality of food and drinks. I am not opposed to spending money on food, but this bill was about $50-$75 more than I would have like to pay. But other than that it's a good place to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's pretty
    WineAndDine
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    They hired a great interior designer :) the place looks amazing but the food was just OK. It's not bad, but not great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go! And go hungry!
    keeperVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Gone 3 times, always great! Had steak, chicken & scallops, every dish was amazing! Watermelon & goat cheese salad, fabulous! Beautiful setting full of beautiful people including all the staff. Worth every dime!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but poor service
    Rebeckees
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    It literally took half an hour for the waiter to bring us our first cocktail, from the time we sat down. Generally the staff was not attentive and there was too much delay between courses. The food was solid steakhouse date but the poor service kind of ruined the experience for us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BillVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Tasty dining at a handsome venue with attentive service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, adequate food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Let me begin by saying I received excellent service, from hostess, waiter & bartender. Really outstanding. However, the food was merely adequate, and over priced. Would def not return.
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  • Coud be great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was great, drinks were great but our server sucked! Not the type of service you would expect from a restaurant like this. We had to call her over every time we needed something because she never came by to check on anything. It was as if we were sitting there. This happened last week (06/21/14) Saturday evening we were sitting outside.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's an absolutely beautiful rest
    Mtluv2dine
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    When we got our steak it was very disappointing because it was not hot at all I felt like my steak was sitting there for a while. I recommend the plates or the steak being hotter.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Good Steaks
    Yeremh
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The portions were great, plenty of food and the quality of the Steak was perfect! Great tasting sauces as well as awesome service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Friends raved about the whole roasted chicken. It was good, but the ends were dried out. The Cesar had an interesting twist, made with a romaine/Boston hybrid lettuce. Very good! My friend had the steak tartar. It was good serviced with very good french fries. Not going back so soon, but the decor was like being in a respectable Bordello. Black and red with accents in gold~nice touch!! Diane
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Refreshingly Rare Experience
    AlakaLazloVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    One of the best dining experiences we've had in ages. Every dish was perfect. The lobster truffeled mashed potatoes are to die for! Apps, steaks, seafood, sides, deserts and drinks were all exquisite. The service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The decor is lovely. The noise level is just right. I really can't say enough good things about this place. Not inexpensive, but worth every penny. I suspect once they start publicizing themselves more, Rare will become a Hollywood legend (as was Le Dome at the same address). We will definitely be back. Kudos to all involved!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Toni
    NonicorVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We were thrilled to find this magnificent restaurant in our neighborhood. Felt like we were in New York. Decor is over the top gorgeous and the steaks and sides were incredible. Definitely going back
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad, not overly great
    Yumyum
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Came here last night for business dinner. Food was all good, nothing extraordinary. Service was polite and attentive. For your money, there are better steaks out there, but I would return, probably only on someone else's ticket.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 168 reviews are from the Rare by Drai's reviews archive.
  • A feast for the eyes
    TonyTheSwede
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Drai's is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. The design reminds of a good taste French boudoir where the stunning looking waiters and waitresses comes around with great food, always served with a smile and a "flirt". It's Hollywood in (West) Hollywood. Go for the meats, even though the moles frites was worthy of any French or Belgian restaurant. I'll be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisey
    Mattsb
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Good food, nice portions, excellent service but the dining room is extremely loud. They have loud electronic music playing. We ate at 8:30 on Saturday and the dining room was full. The music caused people to talk loudly in order to be heard over it which raised the noise level even more. I paid $300 for a dinner for two and we had to shout so the other one could hear. Not what I expected and pretty much ruined the evening. I won't be going back during a busy time.
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  • Expected more
    Mars
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We had gone for my sister's birthday and passed another very good restaurant to try this restaurant out. Ambience was great with mid century decor and comfy seating. The food did not hold up unfortunately - the steak tartare was a large "patty" on my plate and looked even a little brown. The New York strip was not tenderized and tasted bland. I didn't even finish either and I was starving. For a $400 meal for 4 people, I definitely expected better.
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  • Disappointing changes
    Anonymous11VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I dined with Rare when it first opened and loved it. This was my second time, and this time it has done a 180 and not for the good. Bartender did not know how to make drinks (overheard her say that she's normally the hostess but they had to have her fill in so maybe that explains that), the salad was limp and had 1 little artichoke only, the mushrooms were barely cooked this time and the potatoes were something a 5 year old could make. Meat was fine but nothing special. And the prices increased overall by a fair amount. Wont dine here ever again, and judging by the sparse crowd others feel the same. Back to Mastro's we go!
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  • an absolute must
    jchav002
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We were celebrating my mother's birthday.The hostess were lovely and friendly.Showed us to a table right away. The restaurant itself is beautiful (red black and gold). Any table is a great table. We started off with Roderer Estate and had the amazing Spicy Tuna Tartar, Burrata, and Shrimp. As far as entrees...the Pepper Steak is a must. My mother had the succulent Lamb and I had the Wagyu Ribeye.... all excellent choice. As far as dessert.... Frozen Godiva Candy bar and Bread Pudding were to die for. All in all, a great romantic place for a date,a fun energetic spot for a group of friends.Great hand-crafted cocktails! PS.The management team were stellar as well.They all stopped by to check in on us and make sure we were having a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was most impressed with
    FDDAAT
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I was most impressed with RARE. The staff, the service, the ambiance, the décor and, of course, the food were sublime. Before I left, I made a reservation for a friend's birthday (who is also a fine dining devotee).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for ambiance not for food
    ArthurVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Food was below average by any standard but the ambiance was nice good music and good drinks
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The room is stunningly beautiful
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The room is stunningly beautiful and very sexy. We had a cozy table for two. The 'vampire cocktail' was great. The service was o.k. and the food was nothing to write home about. Would I dine their again now... but maybe hang in the bar or on the patio. Something to see once.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rare
    Tasterschoice
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Great steaks good service beautiful restaurant but surprisingly had many older couples and not packed on a Thursday night.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous Dining-Room, Good Ambience
    Catherine0507
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    This restaurant is pleasant in spite of the very high sound level. The food is good, the service very attentive. However, our first choice of wine was unavailable. The second selection, a suggestion of the sommelier, had one bottle only. Our party of 4 therefore had to make a third selection. This is a sign of a poorly run cellar.
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  • Transcendant...
    PartTimeFoodie
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    To remember: (in no particular order) 1) *Wagyu Hangar Beef 2) Interview with a Vampire & On Sunset (cocktails) 3) Godiva Bars with gold flecks on top 4) Lobster mashed potatoes 5) Peppercorn steak 6) Loup de mer 7) Creme brulee 8) Milk & cookies 9) Jess, our server 10) Coconut ice cream To forget: 1) Calimari 2) Mac & Cheese These were good, but probably more efficient to spend your calories in more memorable ways. *I wouldn't even let my family speak to me as I savored the wagyu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • " Sexy " well described
    MoLo
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    In LA for work with my wife. Rare was recommended by our bartender at the W Hotel. It was a great choice! The food was outstanding. We are from Tampa home of the would famous Bern's Steak House. Rare was a " Sexy " hip version of Bern's with the same attention to detail. I gave my wife the good seat overlooking the restaurant, when we return again I will ask for a better table. They could use some more reasonably priced California Cabernets in th $60-80 range. Overall a great experience.
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    romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new steakhouse
    SteakloverVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This restaurant is awesome. From the moment you walk in the décor to the cool DJ sounds you feel like you are at a cool spot. The service is great not to mention the food. We are very picky about our steak and don’t like a lot of steakhouses, but this one took us by surprise. It’s now our favorite steakhouse. The drinks are great and so far everything we have tried from steak to sides have been really good. With so many choices in LA, this place hits a home run. If you want to go to a place that is chic and cool with great service and food then look no further then Rare!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disapointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Very disappointed...................very noisey, couldn't even here my lady> She knows Drai and she was upset. Bus boys were trying to take our plates before we were done....we left early and went someplace else for her Birthday Dinner!
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I don't think I will be back.
    diningoutismymiddlenameVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I don't think I will be back. Conversation was nearly impossible as the volume from the DJ increased so did the level of talking at each table. Asked if it could be lowered as we had two hard of hearing, told no. Ordered the steak tartate. So much wasabi, not what I would add, to the meat that the flavor of the beef was lost. Caesar salads were tasty. Beef was very flavorful, but the sea bass rather bland. Creamed spinach was not creamed. Best part of the dinner was dessert. Very good chocolate chip cookies and creme brûlée. Wine ridiculously expensive. Wait staff were attentive and helpful. Sadly, I was disappointed. Ran in to friends when we left, they too will not be back. Celebrating a 21st b-day, thought they would do more.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great ambiance, but poor food....
    Moore
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Came in for an early dinner after work, not dressed for dinner but had the wagyu ribeye and was served the 10oz strip.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must Attend Hot Spot on Sunset
    BevHillsDiner
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    I came into dinner last week with a friend and was amazed! The restaurant was beautifully decorated with similar designs of the first Drai's on La Cienega. Service was great, we had Elise and she was very helpful. The Interview with a Vampire cocktail is a MUST try as well as the On Sunset. The Calamari was addicting but the Spice Tuna Tartare was my personal favorite! We had the lobster mac & cheese and peppersteak which was all cooked to perfection. Luckily we sat at the lounge and was able to take a glimpse of Ryan Seacrest & Al Pacino entering the same night. This is definitely a new spot on the Sunset Strip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time, not a charm
    Shawnone
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    This is definitely a hot spot place to be seen. Plenty of celebrities and industry people. Food is great but service was lacking. I would go back eventually when I feel like burning some cash.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rare by Drai Expensive not worth it
    DrRevenueVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    New, lavish, and very much over priced. From the pretentious $ 50.00 a bottle corkage charge to the over-all pricing of all of the dishes this is a restaurant you can skip. The "creamed spinach" was a poor excuse for a dish that I love. They presented a bunch of spinach leaves with some mediocre cream sauce. The cheese and mac, why reverse it? was dull, dull, dull. The steak was nothing special for $ 55.00. The only thing really worth anything was the buratta starter. This combination of persimmon, strawberries, grapes and candied walnuts was excellent--a great start with our martini's. The drink was nothing special for $ 16.00. Over-all this is not a restaurant to be excited about. Service was "OK" but again nothing special.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Capital "d", Delicious Filet Mignon
    Duffy
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We had the best filet mignon in town. I had the bone-in-filet, while my wife had boneless. Both were absolutely delicious melt-in-your-mouth medium rare delights. They also have the best Lobster Truffle Mac & Cheese. Both filets and mac & cheese are definitely better than Maetros (And I like Maestros a lot.) Service was also spot on. Never waited for a thing. Go and enjoy a special occasion or just treat yourself. You will not be disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's one of the best place
    LovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    It's one of the best place to have a great dinner. We had the Wagyu steak and the sides (sautéed mushroom and mac & cheese) was done just right. Not to forget, the appetizer (shrimp) was delicious!!! Rena's service was very friendly and knowledgeable. The epitome of a great dining experience. One
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BEST STEAK IN LOS ANGELES
    HayworthVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Victor Drai has finally given Los Angeles the best steak in Los Angeles. Excellent food, excellent (if very young!) service, beautiful ambience. Overall, I give it a 10+. We had the T-bone for two - best ever. One small complaint: why not put the prices on the website menu? They're not so high as to frighten customers away! Also, cannot find the wine list on the website. Don't miss this very special experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I felt like I was at the old Drai's
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The room was sublime and felt like the old Drai's on La Cienega. The waiter, David, was incredible. The steak was cooked to perfection, tuna tartar incredible, the drinks delicious! The only slight negative was that the drinks were very expensive and very small. The glasses were so small, the ice cube large and there was only a few sips - for $16, they should give you a better sized cocktail!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate