Dal Rae

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$31 to $50
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The Dal Rae is the Southern California restaurant where 1950s classics still reign. Lobster Thermidor, Pepper Steak, Chateaubriand, Prime Rib, Fresh Fish, Rack of Lamb, Steak Diane and Cherries Jubilee prepared tableside are among more than 100 items on a truly retro menu, complete with some of the city's best martinis. Opened in 1958, the Dal Rae has maintained its original atmosphere, too, right down to a piano bar with live entertainment. And, most important, it has preserved a tradition otherwise found only in private clubs -- knowing its customers by name and treating them like the most important people in the whole wide world. The Dal Rae is located close to the 5 freeway and half-way between LA County, Orange County and The Valley. It is a perfect location for business meetings or entertaining friends and family.
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OT
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thought we would treat my Brother Clint to a nice lunch. He loved it. Dal Rae has been updating inside over the years, but managed to keep that 60’s Frank Sinatra feel. Hope this place stays around a long time. Will definitely be back next visit. Tried the Salmon this time, next visit will be Abalone 😻🤙🏽
Mahalo for the memories Dal Rae

e
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and the service were very good. Love the atmosphere except the table were a little too close together.

LF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy New Year 2020

OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10 out of 10... This is a diamond in the rough... classic, attentive service! The menu selection was impressive and the food was one word: YUMMY!! If I was not visiting from NC, I would stop by once/twice a month. Awesome restaurant!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my dad out to dinner here we ordered sea bass , filet, and crab cakes. Everything was amazing! Server was very patient. Thank you guys!

R
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time visiting the restaurant. It was very beautifully decorated for the holidays, which was nice to see. Haley was our server and she was very knowledgeable and gave us excellent service. I would want to recommend to our friends about the restaurant but I’m sure then we might have trouble getting in on the days that we want. 😁

KS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, as always!

OT
Los Angeles
719 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, amazing and incredible experience. This classic restaurant far exceeds most restaurants in the surrounding area. Top notch, world class wait service by Ilene, tableside Caesar salad and fish dishes and desserts, along with a classic relish tray make your experience exceptional. Always enjoy our time here and tonight was no exception. Thank you...

S
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not many places with great ambiance and great food.
Service always great.

PE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and overall very enjoyable experience

s
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dal Rae is our favorite dining experience when we visit SoCal. The food is always outstanding, attentive service and the ambiance is amazing! It’s like a step back in time in the very best of all ways. We highly recommend!

DD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a wonderful time

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience4

We go here every year, I don’t think anyone wanted to complain but when we left we realized we all had the same experience, cold food, the crab legs were dry and cold, my moms prime rib was cold, the soup was cold, and it took an hour to even get an appetizer order in. It ruined our evening, my mom even came home sick. I’m not used to this and I will be contacting the manager tomorrow. Everyone was busy and overwhelmed last night. I couldn’t here myself talk over the music so I figured I would reach out to management on a different day. Super disappointed

S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Made a reservation several days ahead, yet we sat in a booth designed for three next to the kitchen door . We were four people. It was uncomfortably tight, noisy and I kept getting rocked by the kitchen door banging against the back of my seat. Food is pricey. The only meal really enjoyable was the gigantic filet mignon. It was really well cooked - medium rare. My husbands wagyu was very disappointing. Overall, we found it over priced, too tightly packed and noisy. It was not a relaxing dining experience.

DL
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing, service was great. Our afternoon was beautiful. We really enjoyed our dinner, it was delicious.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best flat iron steak, have ever had. Short rib, just set knife onctop, it would cut itself. Scampi, hughxshrimp, almost tasted like lobster.

MH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

our server Hailey was great - I would request her again
she added to the evening

JP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

This was our second visit. The first visit was great the service was a amazing. This time the service really was not very good. It took them long to come over and take our order and over the course of the meal the server did not check in very often. It was a real contrast from the first time.

The food was amazing we really liked the escargot and the french onion soup. The steak was cooked perfectly as usual.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to the Dal Rae for 35 years , never disappoints!!

LZ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic European high cuisine-difficult to find nowadays. Great service, large menu, excellent for special occasions.

AD
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The filet mignon pepper steak was fantastic.

The servers were very efficient and friendly. We will definitely be back.

RO
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The reservation dinner was on Christmas Eve and it was packed. It was a good idea to get a reservation otherwise your trip to Dal Rae will be wasted since they won't offer you any table at all even though you are willing to wait. We were seated by the patio area where there is no heat and seated next to us a big group which the noise is just unbearable. The food is overall good but compared to the last time we had dinner there, I noticed that the food including the appetizers and ceasar salad was prepared too quick the quality was not great.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Christmas Eve. Very busy but we had a wonderful time. The food is always so good. The ambiance is especially cool during the holidays because of the lights they put up!

C
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had 6pm reservation for our family Christmas Eve tradition for over 20 years We arrived early and went to bar for cocktails. We were seated about 5 min early.
A little disappointed not to be seated in booth, but no complaints. I called early Nov for Christmas Eve & put in request for nice booth, but request not honored.

Food was excellent, service was excellent. Veal chop was delicious, filet mignon & rib eyes so tender!

JM
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chilean Sea Bass is superb!

AL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Requested a booth in reservation. Given a table- very disappointed.

RD
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service with old school charm of the '50s and '60's. Classic dishes. Go here for our annual family "eve before Christmas eve" family dinner and it never disappoints. We have been going here since 1987 and it is ALWAYS consistent. Wonderful place and hope it continues on for many, many years.

MN
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Our server gave us awesome service.
The food was good , however because of the holiday, our caesar salad was pre-made ( not tableside), so it suffered in the transition. My salmon was tasty, asparagus okay.
I have been coming here for many years, so the differences were apparent to us.
At the end of the day, Del Rae is still an amazing restaurant to have dinner, or celebrate an occasion/event!
Thank you for the great service!

M
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing dinner, especially given how busy it was with Christmas festivities going on. Top level service and exquisite food as always.

Thank you!

I
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Can get a bit crowded and thus high noise levels but it was festive.

TF
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Margerittas weren't as tasty as last time, but everything else was fantastic.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite place to have a wonderful dinner. Celebrated my Granddaughter's 18th birthday there tonight. Going back next month to celebrate my own birthday. We had two servers tonight, both named Robert! Robert #2 took over when he came in. Both were so attentive to us and the birthday girl. They treat you so wonderful. Plus the food, OMG! If you want a great meal and I mean GREAT, you have to try Dal Ray. We love the food and the staff is amazing! Thank you Dal Ray for making her birthday so memorable!!

DM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

As I made a reservation over a month in advance, we expected better seating. We arrived to an EXTREMELY busy & overbooked restaurant. Instead of being seating in the dining area, we were seated in the bar area right next to the restrooms & in the path of the servers' entrance/exit to the kitchen. After being jostled around for 15 minutes, we realized this was not going to work. We asked the hostess to reseat us, especially since the reservation was made well in advance to avoid this exact situation. Not only was she extremely rude & dismissive but she tried to put the blame on us. It wasn't until someone in our group name dropped, did we start receiving the customer service we expected from this establishment. We finally received better seating after another 15 minutes. The food was delicious, but unfortunately, one person in our party had food that was undercooked. After the re-fire, it was still undercooked.
Needless to say, our overall experience was disappointing.

CC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I would give it another chance. Service slow, 2 in my party and both orders were mixed up, food was warm not hot. Food was tasty, but again warm.

P
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pleasant, festive atmosphere

SB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, excellent food and service. We will definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Our group had the filet mignon, rib eye and the Chilean sea bass which were all amazing!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife an I normally don’t go to restaurants at this price range. We came here for her birthday. We both liked it a lot. We were the youngest people there (Mid 30’s)when we went (530pm). Food was great. I got the Swordfish and my wife got the Shrimp scampi. Baked potatoe an dessert was really good.

CH
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. Always excellent food and service. The best

IC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this place!! we go every three months. Salmon was perfect, as were the asparagus. Server was helpful, courteous and friendly! cant remember her name we've had her before. As always, a great experience and way to connect with old friends over excellent food!!

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