About Dal Rae
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.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
The Dal Rae's lounge features one of the few remaining piano bars in Los Angeles, with live entertainment and a dance floor. It's a place where the "rat pack" would feel right at home.
The valet parking charge is $3.50.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
The Dal Rae offers banquet and meeting facilities for private parties of 20 to 80 people. As well as a wide range of menu and bar choices, they offer live entertainment and state of the art communication and multimedia equipment for both business and social events.
Dal Rae Ratings and Reviews
Very disappointed! Had a 8:30 p.m. reservation, but we got there @ 7:00 p.m. And got some drinks at the bar(Caddilac Margueritas, and fine wine.) Checked in @ 8:20 p.m. was Sat a little later. From there on everything went sour. First they didn't ask if we had any preference where we would like to sit (we would of stood at the bar to wait to be seated at our preference) they took us straight to the outside where there was no music, then it started to get worse, it took 1/2hr. (Literally) to get any drinks. Plus to make things worse we didn't get our food till 9:40p.m. if I knew the food was going to take this long, my wife and I would have not ordered The Ribeye and Lobster. Then they bring the bill. $460.00 dollars + tip($500.00 bill). I went to Dal Rae for high end service. The only thing I received that night was high end, was a high end check.
I have heard so much about this place but have never been. So I made early dinner reservations on Valentine’s Day. My personal opinion is that it is way overrated. My wife and I have been to many nice restaurants, but this isn’t one of them. Place is rather worn down but has a rather snobby attitude about it. Waitress had no knowledge of the wines they offered. I ordered the filet mignon peppersteak which they are supposed to be famous for, medium rare. My wife ordered the ribeye cooked medium. My filet came out medium well and hers came out medium rare. We informed the waitress, and all she said was “did you like it? I’ll make sure and tell the kitchen”. That was it, no attempt to make it right in any way. I’m not one to make a scene or ask for management to come talk to me, so we just left, $320+ dinner for 2 disappointment . Never will return. We enjoyed our bottle of Barolo, but that was about it.
This is truly one of the last of this style of restaurant left in Southern California. There used to be more of these, including "Tail of the Cock" in Beverly Hills area. The old standards that are still around are Musso & Franks (which has lost it's charm and the food and service the last time was way below par). "Lawry's" has also slipped quite a bit from where it was once. So, the Dal Rae is now the place to go if you are looking to turn back the clock to mid-century. The decor is right, the service is exceptional and they still make certain dishes table side--Caesar Salad and flaming Bananas Foster are two examples. Plus, yes . . . a relish tray to start. Want to impress your friends, this is the place. Make it special and dress up and get ready for a retro experience. Their Pepper steak keeps me coming back. Well worth the drive. Enjoy! Denito
My wife and I went for a early Valentine’s day lunch today. Doing this today avoided a Special Valentine’s Day menu, long waits and the crowds.
We started out with delicious old school cocktails from the bar, that were prepared perfectly.
We started off with chopped salad, (Crisp Bacon, Peeled Tomato, Avocado, Turkey, Onion, Egg, Grated Bleu Cheese & Marinara Dressing). We asked to split the salad as it is quite large (Entrée size) and big enough to split.
They delivered a breadbasket that was plentiful w/ delicious sourdough, spicy cracker bread & traditional wrapped breadsticks. It went perfectly with the salad.
For my entrée I had the poor man’s pepper steak. It is a ground angus beef patty smothered in green onions and bacon, omg so good!
It came with their extra creamy mashed potatoes that looked like clouds and they taste amazing light airy and smooth. It also had roasted asparagus on the side....simply great
My wife had the Chicken piccata it looked delicious, but I actually didn't try it. It came with the mashed potatoes and sautéed zucchini. It was a little different presentation for chicken piccata as it was prepared with an airline chicken breast (boneless chicken breast with the drumette attached). My wife said it was excellent.
From the valet to the server the service was exceptional. I would definitely recommend it. Lorin the owner dropped by to say Hi.
Thanks Kevin and Lorin for continuing the tradition for all these years.
AS PER USUAL, SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT STARTING WITH THE VALET, HOST, AND CONTINUING WITH THE WAITRESS AND BUS STAFF. MY FRIEND HAD THE STEAK SANDWICH WHICH WAS COOKED TO PERFECTION AND ENOUGH TO TAKE SOME HOME. I HAVE THE CRAB LOUIE SALAD WHICH WAS HUGH AND EXTREMELY TASTY. THE ONLY COMPLAINT I HAD WAS THAT IT TOOK A LONG TIME FOR THE FOOD TO COME OUT OF THE KITCHEN. PART OF THAT WAS DUE TO THE DATE (DAY BEFORE VALENTINE'S DAY) AND TIME (12:15). THE RESTAURANT WAS VERY, VERY BUSY. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR NEXT VISIT, BUT WILL TIME IT DIFFERENTLY.
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