The Proud Bird is a terrific restaurant savory food, great cocktails, and an old-LA ambience just two miles from LAX. Life-size replicas of World War II era fighters grace the parking lot and outdoor seating area. The staff is friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.
We had a great time, they even gave us a private room, we loved that because we didn't ask for it. the waiter Raphael was the BEST! I thank The Proud Bird for a memorable birthday!
For the first time in a long while, my family got together for Christmas brunch at the Proud Bird. We had been going other places or doing it at home. It had been almost 5 years. Everything was just as expected, good plentiful food in a nice environment, at a decent price. Service was attentive and of course the view of the planes landing at LAX, plus all the historical planes on display including the Tuskegee Airman plane and monument were interesting. My only complaint is that it was a bit cold in the restaurant and I had to keep my coat on. Loved the middle stand where they had turkey dinner options as part of the brunch. the waffles were good as I remember and the cappucino was as fantastic as I remember. We were not rushed to eat and leave, I think we stayed about 2 hours. The server preparing the omelets was polite and fast and they were cooked perfectly. Great fruit, the strawberries were very sweet and plentiful. Plenty of room for seniors with walkers and canes to maneuver. My dad was appreciative of that. We had a good time at a great price.
Great buffet lunch for holiday parties or for working lunch. If you are doing working lunch there are tables that are quiet and removed from the crowds. If you are celebrating there are tables that can accommodate groups or just 1-2 people. Food is amazing and buffet lunch is very reasonable price with a variety of choices to fit any type of diet (vegan, vegetarian, beef, fish, chicken, etc.) with awesome desert table.
Some mixed reviews so was not sure what to expect but enjoyed all of our meals, loved the kitschy concept, and service was great.
We had a lovely brunch, the food was good and well prepared and the service was excellent.
Have been going here for years. Consistently fantastic.....especially our fav waiter Ralph!
My husband had never been to The Proud Bird and asked that we go there for his 60th birthday with friends and family. We were SO disappointed. Service was extremely slow even though it was during the week, early, and not crowded. The soup was cold - twice! The margaritas were undrinkable and the food was average at best.
We will NOT be going back. Bummer!
My mother loves the prime rib at The Proud Bird almost more than Larrey's, not to mention its less expensive. You can get a full Prime Rip meal at The Proud Bird for $28. Located near LAX you will find all kinds of Flight Historical pictures around and throughout the venue. The tuskegee airmen and amelia airheart are some of the famous flight figures you will see and read short clips of their importance. Also while dining you can view the vintage aircraft outside as well as listen in on real time LAX air traffic operations. Although it is a popular place among seniors, don't let that stop you young adults.
Love the atmosphere,history everywhere!! My Son enjoy his birthday with chocolate strawberries !! Very family ambiance!!
I can't believe I had never been! Took my husband and young daughter for Brunch for Hubby's birthday. We were seated at a window table for a front-row view of planes landing at LAX. This place is literally at the end of the South runway. We were all mesmerized. The abundant brunch buffet didn't disappoint either! There were so many yummy choices that we'll have to go back several times in order to try everything. We heard that they will be closing for renovations at the end of the year, so we will definitely plan to go back soon.
We were looking forward to dinner based on the location. Very load due to temporary A/C. Waiter was nice but low energy and bad service. Did not volunteer specials nor options available with kids meals. Found out by accident after ordering. Food was over cooked and boring. Build your own sundaes for kids consisted of choosing vanilla or chocolate ice cream.
Generally disappointed. Would not revisit nor recommend.
The Proud Bird is one of the most unique restaurants in the U.S. Located at the SE corner of LAX, it offers the best restaurant views of landing aircraft anywhere. In addition, its interior walls could best be described as a history museum for U.S. aviation. Although L.A. seems to have forgotten it's aviation heritage (it spent several years trying to evict the Proud Bird), Convair, Ryan, Northrup, Lockheed, Douglas, and North American were all contained within a 100 mile radius.
A little known gem, put it on your "bucket" list!
Proud Bird is cool, relaxed and friendly place to have brunch. The variation of food is great,
salads, breakfast, lunch, etc.
Would go back again.
This was our first time here, though we've driving by it dozens of times over the years! the reviews on opentable.com were quite good for both the food, and the service, as well as the very cool location (overlooking the landing approach of planes coming into LAX from the east), and it was all true!
On request, we were given a window table that actually had a pair of headphones tuned to the frequency of the air traffic controllers, who you could hear communicating with approaching planes, as you saw those planes come in for a landing!
Our server, Shawn, was on top of things, and couldn't have been more helpful. Even the manager, Paolo, was friendly, helpful, and showed us the drawings for the Jan. 2016 major remodel that will soon start. This place has been there for decades, and while it IS a little "dated", that's really part of its charm. That, and the HUNDREDS (maybe thousands?) of photos lining every part of the walls of the many dining and banquet rooms, the hallways, and front entrance; they cover every aspect of aviation, from the manufacture of planes (with separate groups of photos for each of the major aircraft companies), to their use in the various wars over the years, and otherwise. Truly fascinating stuff!
Oh, and they have almost a dozen old military plans on display both in front and back of the restaurant, which further adds to the atmosphere and the allure of the place!
Now to the food: Lobster Bisque (Fri. night special)was superb: I almost licked the bowl! The Filet and Lobster special ($59, MP), was really excellent, and both were cooked to perfection. Compared to the price of this meal at some fancy west side places, this was a real, fair and good, value!
We would definitely return here, and I'm sure it'll be even better after the renovation!
As with our previous visits, it was a very enjoyable experience. Look forward your next visit.
Wow! What a surprise the Proud Bird was. The restaurant and banquet facilities are huge. I was a little confused on where the entrance was. Upon entering I was apprehensive about dining here because it looks a little rundown. The views of the planes landing are a big plus. I had the chicken scallopini. The sauce was delicious and light. The plate included very fresh vegetables like zucchini, yellow squash and green beans. They were cooked perfectly. The chicken was flavorful and tender. I would definitely go back to the Proud Bird.
Finally had dinner after knowing about the place for 30 years. Greeted warmly and got a nice window table with headphones for the kids (to listen to the control tower as planes landed). Nice but limited menu. But the real surprise was the Fixe Prix Menu. 3 courses for $35. This included a nice salad, perfectly cooked lamb chops and a luscious cheesecake. You could add on a wine pairing for $10 (which is the bargain of the century as far as I'm concerned). Nice wines, not cheap wines, were brought to the table for each course. Service was super friendly. Not very crowded for a Thursday night...hear the brunch crowd packs them in on the weekends. Will definetly be back.
3 of us had maui. 1 was good, the others were dark and fishy tasting. Maui was the featured fish. Could it have been substituted with shark? The vodka martini was VERY small!
Proud Bird is convenient to LAX, has parking, good views of airplanes, good food. If you want to meet someone near the airport, this is a great spot. They had a $20 buffet at lunch with really good food.
We did enjoy our meal and the memorabilia.
It was strange that we were led to table without silverware or napkins. I know the brunches are popular but the Sunday evening was crowd was minimal.
Ralph is an exceptional waiter! Always request his section for the best experience the classic Proud Bird has to offer!
I enjoyed the outdoor seating, great waiter service they kept the mimosas coming and food was delicious. It was a bit loud outside with the children and a party, but it's okay because it's family oriented
This is my second time being there and I love it more and more ever time I go back, I will be back soon
Being able to watch planes land in front of your eyes was a throw back to the 60's when plane travel was glamorous. The restaurant was dated in decor but added to the time warp which I had doesn't change with the renovation. The menu was classic and also added to the aura. Not for foodies but definitely for plane fanatics. And who can complain with a three course early bird at $20.95.
The early bird special is a great deal and perfect for that dinner before a might out. We had dinner, prime rib and salmon, then met friends for drinks later.
We had lunch on a Saturday at Proud Bird and thoroughly enjoyed it. Ask for a window table so that you can enjoy watching planes take off and land from LAX. The window tables also offer 2 sets of headsets so you can sit and listen to the control tower at LAX and the controller's talk to the pilots.
The service was done with a smile and the food was good.
The restaurant is going to be going through some major renovations starting in Jan. 2016.
Food was great. Early bird servings were NOT small as we expected. Our server Ralph was the hi-light of the evening. Watching the planes was super cool. It was a bit hot in there and the air conditioning seemed to be out but they had fans for us. And it has been blisteringly hot.
All in all - I can't wait to go back.
This was my first time at this restaurant and it was fantastic! I had heard of it, but had never had the opportunity to visit before now. I got the lunch time food buffet, which apparently is a daily offering and it was delicious!
Cajan salmon, carved roast beef, pork lion, omelets made to order, meatballs, soup, salad and lot of desserts. I know I am missing some things, but you get the point. I have to admit to stuffing myself and this meal served as both my lunch and supper.
I love watching the airplanes coming in for a landing and there were headphones at the table so you can listen to what I think is a cockpit landing?
Fortunate that this resturant was saved for a few more years so we can enjoy the great views of planes landing on the runways at LAX and the delicious food. It is a proud historical institution in the South Bay and you won't be disappointed.
The Proud Bird is one of the last of its breed in LA. It offers an old fashioned, all you can drink champagne brunch with full buffet. Th price has gone up a bit lately but it is still a great place to bring family and friends on Sunday afternoon.
The food was awesome! The staff was very attentive and nice. The hostess was very nice also.
We had a business meeting and it was quiet enough that we can actually hear the conversation. The view was great as well. We had an opportunity to see the commercial jet land and take off. He did see the hear phones later in the evening to hear the tower.
We had not been to the Proud Bird in over 10 years, so we were not sure what to expect. Finding ourselves in the area for the weekend, we decided to check out their Sunday Brunch.
Overall, we were very pleasantly surprised. We were greeted upon arrival and the Manager took special attention to set up a table for us at the window, for a runway view. There were (7) guests in our party.
The brunch food is abundant. There is an Omelette & Pasta Station, then a large room with tables and tables of food. We were actually surprised with the high quality of the food, particularly the meats, etc. Osso Bucco ! It was fall off the bone excellent & done in a really nice burgundy reduction sauce. The Prime Rib was perfectly tender. Fried chicken done perfect, juicy and not dry. The hot foods were really hot and the cold foods were kept on ice, which is the way it should be done. Fresh shrimp, crab legs, etc, etc. Nice & fresh salad bar too. The Staff were all pleasant & service was good.
If we lived closer, we'd definitely go back more often. If you have not been there for a while, it's well worth checking out.
The only drawback is that the central A/C in the two dining rooms is not working. They have improvised with portable A/C units and fans. It was not sweltering, but the temp was 78, which was way too warm for dining. I think this will be fixed with the ongoing renovations.
The Proud Bird is a great, local brunch spot in the LAX/Inglewood area. I have been coming here for over a decade and was so happy to learn that they were not closing as was previously decided. The ambiance is nice, the crowd is varied and the food is great, for buffet style dining.
We had a great dining experience at the Proud Bird! We called saying we would be 15 minutes late for our reservation and they were so nice and so accommodating, saying "No problem"! The wait staff was exceptional and the food was great!
We were particularly charmed by the wait staff. The aircraft are a joy as well. Plenty of parking and a sold, traditional menu.
Where else can you dine with a P-38 Lightning staring you down? Our waiter attended the table as one would 50 years ago which was very nice. They food was as good as the scenery. I'm convinced they have someones grandmother in the kitchen making the mashed potatoes.
Great place for brunch by LAX. Mostly only locals come here but they have a great collection of old planes for touristy folks too.
The last time I ate at Proud Bird was probably close to 30 years ago. After looking at the last minute for a place we could get into on short notice on a weekend night, we decided to give Proud Bird a try based on favorable reviews we saw on OpenTable. We were happy we did. The service was outstanding (our waiter started working at the restaurant in 1972!), the food was excellent, and watching the planes land was entertaining. We will definitely return for another dinner soon.