I have been to Lawrys many times over the years. I wanted to share my experience with my roommate who had never been there before. The service is not one of Lawrys strong points. The salad is unique in its presentation but neither I nor my friend were thrilled with the taste. The wine list even though limited had a few nice wines one of which we had and were very surprised that for a restaurant it was not as highly marked up as most restaurants that charge 3 or 4 times the price you can buy it for. We had the Honig 2011 Cabarnet which was full bodied and left a nice after taste in your mouth. The way the food is served is very different. There is a huge carving table on wheels and you tell your waitress what cut of prime rib you want as well as the degree you want it cooked. In my book there is only 1 cut to get the extra thick rare cut with the bone. It is so tender it melts in your mouth. The Real horseradish is great with the aujus. They also have a creamed horseradish for those liking a milder type. The bread is good and served warm with the salad. The creamed spinach is absolutely delightful. Anyone that doesn't like spinach would eat this spinach, and wish they had more. The baked potatoes are made with the skin crunchy and the inside perfectly soft. It even has a sign on the potato saying I have been washed you can eat all of me, which I did. The other side was the Yorkshire pudding which was puffy and rich and a great accimpanament to the meat. You must put some aujus in it as we did to increase the flavor. We had no room for dessert to eat there but took home the English trifle. What a disappointment that was. It is made like a cake with whipped cream. After one bite we threw it away. Not the traditional Trifle they had before. Going to Lawrys is an experience you will not forget, you will never have prime rib, nor spinach and a baked potato as good. Expect for the service, salad, and the English trifle to be a bit disappointing. Would I go there again even though I was coming from Orange County, yes. We hired a limo so we could enjoy the wine and not worry about traffic. It was a fun night. An. Expensive night but what price can you put on great memories and outstanding prime rib, you can't. When Lawrys was in their former location across the street they had a small gift shop. I bought a silver plated plate that said,"HEALTH, LOVE, AND WEALTH, AND TIME TO ENJOY THEM. The experience and memory of that night is pretty well summarized in that plate saying. There is only one Lawrys the Prime rib in CA and 3 others in the US
Still pretty delicious here. Peeps have told me that sometimes they get that not so great side of steak here but this past weekend, we all got A+++ quality in steak & service. Asked for upstairs seating as far away from the live singer as possible. Seated the (5) of us 1/2 way away next to the bar (I looked, they had larger tables in the back so they tried to accommodate my request). When I arrived to check in, a lady waltzed up & asked for 1st available seating. The maitre d' said 10:30 p.m. She looked at us both & asked the time. We both said "7:30 p.m." and her eyes bugged out. Yes - reservations are HIGHLY recommended 'cos the downstairs waiting area w/ bar was PACKED with walk-ins. We were seated right away & happily served by Mr. Amari. We wanted steaks right away so just ordered some drinks (I got the Dragon Fire Martini - check out the pix - w/ jalapeno spiciness infused w/ tequila mix & very yummy). (1) Bone-In Filet Mignon & (4) orders of 22 oz Bone-In Rib Eye - medium rare or medium - all came out succulent & perfectly done. Side Dishes: 1) Lobster Mashed Potato - the perfect blend of seafood & creamy mashed potato - a must have if you go here 2) Cream of Corn - it has really thick cream - almost like a cream corn soup - got really thick towards the end as it cooled down. Not even close to being like Lawry's cream of corn. I could do without this dish 3) Gruyere Mac N Cheese - last visit 3 years ago was amazing cheesy goodness. And this past weekend, it was like cooked mac noodles at the bottom...and then a solid mess of 5 cheeses just sitting on top - almost like lasagna style. It wasn't good at all. I was shocked 'cos I talked it up to the other 4 in my group. Never ordering this again. Thank god we didn't order the seafood tower - the guys barely finished their rib eyes. I still have rib-eye leftovers in the fridge. The other girl finished 1/2 of her filet. And all 3 sides had about 1/3 leftover. Service was impeccable. While Amari was serving me the cream of corn, some woman sashayed her way by our table & bumped him. Amari used to be a football player - so he's one big dude. He actually lurched towards me & saved me from being a cream of corn covered lady for the night. Let's just say we laughed it off. Definitely expensive but worth a reservation to take your special someone - boytoy/girlfriend/mommy/daddy...you get my drift.
Let me start with an important statement... "This is my one and only favorite steakhouse in the US". This place is very expensive. On my salary I can only go once a year. The price however, is worth it! You are not only paying for the best steak in town, but also the best service. The steak comes out in a dish that has all of the juices and everything and is sizzling hot. The desserts are EXCELLENT. My favorite is the creme brulee. I'm no light eater and I always order this creme brulee at the end and it comes out in a little old bitty dish but trust me it is soo rich and soo good that it is plenty. The wine list, even though I don't drink wine, I know is excellent because I have a friend that is very knowledgeable about wine and he loves it.