A Hollywood institution. You definitely don't go here for the food, which is pretty "meh." You go here for the frozen-in-time vibe. Love the old-school waiters, even though one spilled an iced tea on me here once.
Musso & Frank Grill
- Extra Phones:
Phone: (323) 467-5123
Fax: (323) 467-7788
- Payment method:
- amex, diners club, visa, mastercard
- Central Hollywood, Central LA
- Steak Houses, Bar & Grills, American Restaurants, Bars, Restaurants
- Other Information:
Parking: Street, Validated, Lot, Valet, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
06/08/2012Provided by Citysearch -
Since 1919, the sign says. Hollywood's oldest restaurant, outlasting the other greats like the Derby and Chasens, Musso and Frank hasn't changed much in the last 93 years - except for the prices. Name a historic Hollywood writer or literary figure and chances are, they've tipped a few at the bar.
As for me, it's been one of my top three favorite restaurants in the world, since I was first taken there in the 80s. Now, each time my travels take me to Los Angeles, I have at least one meal at M&F.
The occasion this time was a gathering of friends during one of my business trips.
I was in the mood for ""plan and simple classic"", while the ladies wanted to slam down a few of the (reportedly) best martinis in the world. Having seen the bill (and quantity consumed), they must have been pretty OK.
I started with the classic appetizer, ""Stuffed celery,"" which are stalks of celery slathered with a blue cheese concoction, sprinkled with paprika. At about a buck and a quarter a half stalk, undoubtedly the world's most expensive celery, but who cares?
Service was over the top, as always, and the plates on the table ranged from a ribeye, to crab louis, mushroom ravioli, and lobster ravioli?
And me, I had a dull roasted turkey sandwich. But they cut the crusts off the bread, if you find that exciting!
Want to be an insider? Ask for a ""basked of butts"" when you sit down.
Musso and Frank is great for a date night, and to ogle movie stars, vintage and current. There's almost always someone you'll recognize sitting nearby.
Lunch for five, with a cocktail each? About $250 with tip.
10/05/2010Provided by Citysearch -
The service is either a joke or I'm amazed people like this exist outside of the movies. They actually do treat you badly if you aren't famous or don't seem to be wealthy. It's hilarious in theory. This place is kind of an embarrassment. Tons of better places that treat you respectfully.
06/07/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I happened to go to the ...Musso Grill several times, the food is excellent - waiters behaved pompously ""high nose"" on public, what amused us very much : as members of the FRENCH EMBASSY in WASHINGTON, we noticed the diverse ways of services at MUSSO GRILL : celebs (as actor JAMES WOODS and his guests sitting next to us) : servile (SERVILE, OBEQUIEUSE) waiters ; no celebs : take that and eat !! we enjoyed and had a lot of fun anyway, FRENCH TOUCH OF CLASS...
COMTESSE de GRIBAUMONT BARN
02/12/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I went to get a job here a couple of times and the people there had the audacity to look down their noses at me with a pompous grin; the second guy actually laughed at me and said ""you'll never work here!"" And although that might sound typically French to you, it isn't true French. I can only imagine how they treat their employees there. Any place with a vain and conceited morale code will be the same way with food preparation, and people like that always lack creativity. I don't trust these phoneys and they'll never get my money.
12/31/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The previous critical reviews of Musso's are obviously written by charter members of the ""Applebee""'s fan club, and I must admit I am delighted to see they hated my favorite Hollywood restaurant. If their distaste for classic style keeps them and the rest of their classless sweat pant and t shirt wearing brethren away from the hallowed booths of this fine establishment, all the better. We prefer to drink our martinis and eat our steaks in peace without the intrusion of any more of you mall dwellers, thanks very much. In future, I would recommend the McDonalds across the street.
12/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I've heard so much about this hollywood landmark, but had i known how bad the food and service were, I'd have opted to walk through and just take photos of this relic. The waiters are over 65 and very rude and slow...god help them, they are old but the service was terrible. We got old bacon and tiny cokes for 3.50 a piece. When we complained about the bacon, the geriatric insisted it was fresh then we realized he charged us $13 for two cokes and it took forever for him to figure this out, fix it and bring us our bill. The menu is bizarre...$16 avocado salad? and a $40 roast beef sandwich? The rest is all old people meat plates...gross.
11/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went to Musso and Franks the other night with three friends as part of a weekly ""guys night out."" I have no idea how Musso & Frank managed to become an ""institution"" because the food just flat out 5ucks. It made two people in our party literally physically ill. It was like really really really bad cafeteria food, except instead of paying $5 or whatever, you're paying $25. I guess barely literate waiters in the spiffy red jackets is supposed to spell ""class"" and ""old school"" but the service was subpar despite the fancy getups. They say the cocktails are exceptional here, but they're not, at least my martini wasn't. It was fine, but nothing to write home about. And at $8.50, they didn't wash the bad taste of the food out of my mouth. Other minor matters: when we complained about the food, we were told the manager ""was busy."" Also, the Special of the Day was all gone at 8pm, as were several other dishes on the menu. So I ordered the ribs which came for some reason on cold saurkraut with turkey gravy. Don't believe the hype. We spent most of the night either in the restroom or watching and laughing at the grimaces on the faces of the other patrons.