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
The food was good and service was good but the waitress was a bit aloof. The idea of making salads and desserts at the table is a bit old and it created a pinch point for staff to get past. The manager/owner came to the table but did not seem interested. Service could be a bit better. Recommend it but ask for a table away from main pathways.
This venerable restaurant never disappoints. Always busy for a reason. Not inexpensive but the quality is worth the price. We usually go for lunch but because of a birthday a dinner was most appropriate. 4 different groups were also celebrating birthdays while we were dining, so I guess this is a special occasion restaurant. Everything we have ever ordered here has been delicious, so even though we have a few good restaurants closer to us we make the hour + drive once a month.
The Dal Rae has earned its exceptional reputation over the many years serving discriminating eaters. AND, it is almost the only place to get a perfect souffle. They cater to the individual diner and the chef prepares each dish to please the pallet and eye. The only negative at all is the noise level and you cannot escape that anywhere you go. I love the Dal Rae.
I GREW UP IN THE AREA AND HAVE DRIVEN PAST THE DAL RAE ON NUMEROUS OCCASSIONS. I HEARD THRU FRIENDS THAT THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT. THE WIFEY'S PARENTS WENT THERE BACK IN THE DAY AND THEY LOVED IT. SO FOR OUR FIRST ANNIVERSARY I TOOK THE WIFEY AND SHE LOVED IT, I LOVED IT! RAN INTO SOME PEOPLE I KNEW, THE SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT! WE ARE DEFINATELY GOING BACK!
I reviewed the menu on line before making reservations. Never did it mention or show a special menu for 12/31. I called to confirm my reservation, again, it was never mention about a special new years eve menu. We arrived, again no mention of special menu. We were seated and given the a special menu in a fancy black folder, it was $100.00 PER PERSON!! We asked the waitress for the regular menu and she said it was just the special menu that day. We were already seated and too embarrassed to get up and leave. Were not rich, but we were aware of your average prices, the dinner we had was not worth $100. I believe the owner was walking around and greeting and asking how everything was, I was going to say something, but my husband said not too.
Class all the way however for the price I think
The food could have been better , it was New Years wave
So I think they probably capitalized on that. I will definately go
Back when they have a full menu. My parents came here all
The time when I was little so now it was my turn! Good to know
That this place can still be going strong after 60 years
This is a classy, older-style restaurant that we like to go to for special occasions (due to the expense, otherwise we would go more frequently!). The pepper steak is outstanding, the martinis are excellent and we have found the service knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. I recommend ordering both the Grand Marnier and the chocolate dessert souffles--they are delicious together. Parking is only valet, with a $3.50 service charge. That adds to the "specialness" of the outing for me.
I have been coming here for over 25 years and REALLY love it at Christmas time with the decorations! The food is always way above any others, the two brothers- owners are always freindly and come to each and every table sometime during the meal, to visit a few minutes. It is always busy, nice clientel, and I can always safely wear my fur coat there! I enjoy the memories while I am in the restaurant when I go. but I try to never miss Christmas time. It is more expensive than most restaurants but well worth it for the excellent food, service and ambience.
Our tradtional Christmas Eve dinner at Dal Rae was wonderful. We have been coming for many years and it has always been a wonderful, special, delicious dinner and evening. First of all, the staff and servers are so wonderful, they make everyone feel special. Next, the food is spectacular............never been disappointed yet! The Seafood Platter is beautifully displayed with fresh oysters, shrimp, Ahi tuna, crab. A favorite dish is the Chilean Seabass which is cooked to perfection. Needless to say, we will continue our Christmas Eve tradition, we know it will alway be special.
A friend and I go to the Dal Rae every year for lunch for the holidays. I'm sure that the restaurant is happy to be more popular each year, but it has gotten too crowded. Too many office parties there is not room to get around the long center tables. Wait staff is banging into each other and all booths and tables are crammed together. So, what used to be a festive atmosphere has become too loud. The food however, has improved. Both the presentation and taste have been better the past two years. I had the pork tenderloin on the visit and it was superb. So were the mashed potatoes and asparagus. Everything was cooked perfectly. The service has always been excellent, but I felt badly for the staff because of the crowded atmosphere
My party of 3 enjoyed our annual Christmas lunch at Dal Rae, as usual the service and food were excellent. This year using Open Table we were seated immediately upon arrival, literally went from our car to our table no waiting. Awesome!! The Sea Bass & Filet were incredible as usual.
Expect a crowd in December as groups of all kinds (heavily skewed towards the over-50 demographic) come in to celebrate the holidays. This makes for slower overall service and long waits between courses. Our party of 4 arrived & were seated at 12:15 (Dec 16), and finished at 2:30pm. And that's not because we WANTED a sloooooow lunch.
The place sparkles with lights and decorations, and food remains consistently well-prepared. A limited holiday menu helps the kitchen cope with prep, & still manages an impressive range of dishes. Expect to pay $32 (at lunch) for filet mignon, with salads a la carte at $7.95 and up. Blackened swordfish was too dry, though the papaya salsa helped moisten it. Salads served on chilled plates w/chilled forks.
We love the old charm of the Dal Rae, including the relish tray served when you are 1st seated. Our table raved over the fresh bread as well as the garlic toast. The Chilean sea bass was outstanding, as was the whole lobster tail. The service was perfect, not hurried & very friendly.
We have been coming here for years. Family favorite. The hostess was in a hurry and walked ahead of us and never even waited for us to catch up. She put the menu's on the table and walked away. I asked to be seated away from the kitchen and any bus stations. So where do they seat us? In front on the kitchen and in front of the bus station. I made our reservations a month in advance and when I said something the hostess said "We can't guarantee anything during the holidays". The baked scallops cava de oro has been our favorite but when it arrived the sauce was broken and it did not taste as good as in the past. My prime rib was delicious and so was the poached Salmon. For the price, they need to step it up.
Went to Dal Rae with a friend for our annual December blow-out. The food was wonderful; iceberg salads, oysters, pepper steak and prime rib. The prime rib was better than Lawry's, buttery and slightly salty with a mild, creamy horseradish. The menu, reminiscent of 1968, is fabulous. This must be the last place in Los Angeles that serves lobster Thermidor. Probably the best thing about Dal Rae, after the great food and excellent, attentive service, is the clientele. This is the real Los Angeles, people who work hard and then go out for a great meal to celebrate, as opposed to Westside pretention. This is the best restaurant in the greater L.A. area- go there and discover it for yourself.
We have been coming to Del Rae's for over ten years to celebrate our anniversary and birthday. One of the things we look forward to most is being waited on by Monica and seeing some of the staff members that have been at Del Rae's for many, many years. We exchange stories about our growing families and Monica treats us like we were extra special customers. We always have the prime rib and no other steakhouse has ever been able to compare to the quality and taste.
During the Christmas season, the restaurant is decorated to the tens in lights and beautiful floral arrangements. It really gives you the feeling of Christmas. Thank you again, Del Rae's and we hope to be enjoying your restaurant for at least another ten years!!!
I have been coming to the Dal Rae for about 9 years now and it never disappoints! The food is always cooked to perfection and the service is impeccable! The holidays are a great time to visit the restaurant as it is decorated so beautifully for Christmas! Twinkle lights and gorgeous decor everywhere! It is so beautiful. The perfect spot for a holiday gathering! They have a limited menu during the month of December so I tried the poor mans pepper steak lunch. Huge well seasoned ground beef steak, mashed potatoes and asparagus. Absolutely delicious and way too much for one person to eat. They get 5 stars from me for the consistency in serving amazing food and service that is second to none!
We had 7:30 pm appointments but due to overload of reservations, we weren't seated till 8:40 pm!
The service was slow. Too many people to serve. The area was tight, the waitress's kept bumping into my husband.
We do go there for lunch, much better, less crowded & better one on one service. I guess the holidays, they add more tables & same amount of servers!
Dal Rae was over the top--great bar and attentive bartenders, wonderful waitress and busboys, highly decorated for the season, and best of all, fantastic food. The prime rib was a large portion cooked exactly as asked-It couldn't have been better. The veal was fork tender. Can't wait to go back!!
It was our 30th anniversary. We had always heard this place was really good. That was an understatement. We were seated as soon as we walked in. Our waitress (Michelle was her name, I think) was so polite and friendly, and very attentive. The relish tray and bread were a great start. I had the pepper steak, my wife had the duck. Both were delicous. For dessert, the chocoalte souffle was awesome. This place will be a place I go back to for special occasions often. I really liked the Christmas decorations too ! I actually could not find anything I didn't like, and I tend to be a bit picky.
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