J. Trani's Ristorante

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$31 to $50
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Italian
On a typical Friday night at J. Trani's Ristorante, a visit to the dining room reveals a host of family and friends and the bar is bustling with a crowd that can only be described as enthusiastic. Most of the crowds are long time friends, but even those who aren't are made to feel like one of the family.
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4.7
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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I took my 92 yr young mother to dinner at J Trani’s. Warm warm reception from both the receptionist and Bobby. Sat almost immediately and upon sitting down, delicious bread brought to table followed by menus and wine list. Our waitress, Yulianna was so attentive and personal. I can be critical of good restaurants attended but I have been th J Trani’s now several times and the word I would use is consistent. I’ve never had Yulianna as our server but she was like in the past, just wonderful. Bobbi, the owner, I believe, is constantly walking the floor making sure all is going well. He is attentive and aware and directs all team personnel with a fluidity that is refreshing. His goal is to meet or exceed expectations. Service is excellent needless to say.
Food fantastic...always. From the sweet Thai calamari to salads and entrees. This is a restaurant that you feel very comfortable in. It is an established restaurant since 1925 I am pretty sure. Go and have a great date dinner, family dinner or business dinner. You’ll come away satisfied and knowing that you will be returning.

NN
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite place to connect with friends due to the amazing food, service and warm atmosphere which allows for conversations. Love J Tranis!

S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place exceeded my expectations in every way. I just did a quick google search for something local and came across this place. I was there midweek for a bday dinner for two. Parking is easy, it was not too busy. Food was outstanding. There was some live music, not too loud and perfect for the venue. It was obvious there were numerous regular customers there, though this place was perfect for a special occasion. I do not go out too much, but have searched out nice places to go for special occasions over the past 10 year and this place is the best place I have been in years.

LD
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cory was a fantastic server and Savannah was an excellent hostess.

d
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best in the southbay

TB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had 6:45 reservations and weren’t seated till 7:05 the table we were seated at was available the whole time but we still weren’t seated. We always eat here and this isn’t normal for them

RB
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Year's Eve out!! They handled the crowd well!! And the food was excellent as usual.

L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with great service especially for NYE.

MM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience1

When I booked thru open table I changed the time of the reservation so we would not be sitting in the bar area. When we arrived the only table available was the worst table in the house.... 3 feet from the receptionist in the bar area! Extremely irritating. Because it was New Years Eve the noise level was over the top. Thank god the food was delicious or the evening would have been a bust! Will not return on New Years Eve in the future😕

R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

great swordfish. Waitress was good but not great as we had to remind her a few times

C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A cut above the rest.

M
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Trani’s has always been decent, but the changes to their menu + the quality of the food has vastly improved. Every dish I ordered has been amazing. My sister and I like to split entrees, so we can try more things on the menu.

BF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome flavors and fresh food. Good place for a special occasion or just a good pizza. Service is always good and friendly. Highly recommend any seafood dish. My favorite was the swordfish and the grilled octopus.

d
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Derrick is the man!!!!
Raise raise raise raise!!!

R
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice, local hangout; great food, very small booths for a party of 4 relatively normal sized people. Service was slow considering we were there on a Tuesday night at 5:45. At any rate, we liked the atmosphere and food, so we’ll return.

d
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Noise level not conducive to quiet conversation. Dinner prep not quite as requested to server.

c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently always have a wonderful meal and dining experience!

JW
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing drinks, amazing food, amazing people! Best restaurant in San Pedro, best italian in the South Bay

AS
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Trani's! It never disappoints. Service by Josie was outstanding. Friendly and welcoming,yet professional.
We started with the world class new style Calamari. We always come back to the "elephant ear" style pounded vesl chop. Trani's makes the best. We also enjoyed the butternut squash ravioli and Chicken Marsala. Our granddaughters enjoyed Lentil soup and also Spaghetti and meat balls. We brought a bottle of 2012 Domaine Carneros Brut Rose to celebrate the 12th anniversary of Adam and Jann's marriage. We had a nice bottle of Sanford Pinot Noir with our meal. We shared an excellent bread pudding and a peanut whipped custard and a mango sorbet for our granddaughter who cannot eat peanuts. My daughter and I each had a nice Blueberry Smash bourbon based cocktail with dessert. We left the driving home to our spouses. Another memorable dinner at J Trani's.

BI
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd Friday in a row celebrating family birthdays. This restaurant is always excellent in every way.

WB
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I returned 3 years after our first visit and we still loved it; it was our anniversary dinner and they treated us very nicely it seems like a family type environment. The food was great the short ribs bolognese sauce and lobster spaghetti were great. We will return again on our next trip to LA.

BM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server Corey was absolutely delightful, he's certainly a credit to Trani's

BF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. The swordfish carpaccio was outstanding..the panchetta pizza is fabulous

M
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, went for my birthday. New to neighborhood. Got the veal chop and shank on bone, was excellent, my son's duck was also perfect.
Impeccable service.
Also a lovely birthday creme brulee with fruit on the house.
So happy to have such a nice restaurant in my neighborhood.

MA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Trani's for all of our celebrations. Love their food and service. Can be casual at the bar or dressy for special celebrations.

B
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Super loud - obnoxious people in bar adjacent to dinning room.
Service extremely slow. we were at table for 2 hours.
Drunk guest in dinning room verbally harassed my daughter and I as we walked by.

k
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding!!

j
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

How can you not love J Trani's. The food is always great. The ambiance is classic old California Italian. Staff is great. There are menu classics with specials that are new and creative. Can't go wrong here.

SA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always really good here. Swordfish to die for. The best calamari ever/have it with the red sauce on the side. Scallop and sausage pasta a favorite. Old style Italian atmosphere really fun.

C
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Great food

WB
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is wonderful like usual, I tried the chef special pizza: Black Truffle Salumi with fresh buffalo mozzarella and herbs. But best of all was the fantastic service, recommendation and attention to detail the new bartender Aresella.

m
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a local restaurant with a family ambiance!!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great restaurant!!!! Consistent and the quality never changes. One of my faves.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Took my son and his wife to dinner Saturday and we had a wonderful experience at J. Trani’s. Service was great and food was excellent. We will come back again soon!

WB
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a wonderful dining experience, with the freshness of high quality food, wonderful service from the hearts. I always compliment Christina as I always sit at the bar, but all your staff are Wonderfull from management, host, servers, runners , busters and bartenders I just do not now all of there names, but definitely Christina is the best.

d
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best

WB
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christina the Bartender makes a big difference with her recommendations, great service, attention to detail and her hospitality I will always come for the excellent food and Christina’s hospitality.

SG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual. Service and food were exceptional. The octopus is by far the best we've tried anywhere.

W
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

No problem recommending J. Traini's for the food and service, although only two steaks were offered on the menu so...if you're a steak fan may I suggest The San Franciscan in Torrance (superb steaks) The swordfish steak was outstanding and all items were attractively presented. The downside? VERY loud. NOT a "romantic restaurant" per se.

SP
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I am on the fence to give either 5 or 4 1/2 stars. This place is close to perfect. The food, especially the scallops & the steak, is out of this world. My only complaint is that it shouldn't take a half an hour to be seated when one has a reservation. "The Peppers" dish wasn't to my liking. Actually it was sub-par. That said, absolutely everything else was amazing. The steak, the scallops, the veal chop, all amazing. Pricing is on the high side. We paid $7 per scallop but as I said, it was divine.

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