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Lawry's is the best. They have complimentary horderves while you wait. The prime rib is carved fresh at your table side. The sides are also excellent..my favorite is the creamed spinach. Not many choices for those who cant eat meat. But this is the place for prime rib!! really great place for meat lovers. It's great, and really a great deal for the amount of food you get. My leftover meat lasts me forever.
YUM! Go every Easter and have the Lawry's California cut prime rib dinner. Its delish! Never enough room for dessert, but sure I'd love anything they offered.
Lawry's prime rib is the best in the entire world. Never had anything that has come close. The service is phenomenal. Keeps me coming back for more!
I love prime rib. For years, I thought about going to Lawry's but, never got the chance. Then my friend extended an invitation to me the other night. The classic interior of Lawry's vastly contrasts the sleek exterior, with its parking lot of Rolls Royces, Ferraris, Hummers, and Bentleys. I expected a dark setting with modern furniture, only to find classic dark wood & oil paintings against a cream colored wall, which gave it an almost "museum-like" quality. The dining room was huge. Not sure if the chef was feeling extra generous that night but, my 10 oz. prime rib was GINORMOUS. Though, price for price, meat for meat, side dishes to side dishes, my first pick is still House of Prime Rib in San Francisco.
This is a fun "experience" for special occasions or to take out-of-towners. The wait staff is precious; they scurry about doting on diners. It all feels very posh, bordering on stuffy. Decor-wise, I much prefer their sister restaurant, Tam-O-Shanter, in Los Feliz, which has pretty much the same prime-rib-centric menu.
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
If you've never been here, you have to go at least once...My review is based on about 10 visits....the prime rib is consistent...they serve it how you order it and the side dishes are the same....I tend to eat too much when I go here....its not cheap, but its not that expensive considering...This place is best for groups....a bit loud and brite for intimacy...never had a bad experience here...service is always friendly and promt...( my neighbor, now retired, worked here for 20 years as a prime rib chef , with good things to say about management )...and that say something too...
07/23/2009Provided by Citysearch
This was the first time that I have been to the famous restaurant. I'm from the midwest and this was a nice treat with very good meat. The carver understood the cut of meat that I was looking for and accomodated me very well. Loved the spinning salad, I think that what's it called, and the horseradish sauce. It was very creamy and not too much spicy as horseradish can get.
05/02/2009Provided by Citysearch
Great food, down to the salad dressing. Excellent Wine list and some rare dessert wines. Great desserts as well. Very pricey though. It could have been 10-20% cheaper for the quality. Oh well, it was good. Nice wood decor and the waitresses are in very old attire which has a nostalgic feel to it and makes you feel at home. Very cool place.
02/07/2009Provided by Citysearch
First of all, I have to say that I was looking forward to going to Lawry's. Secondly, the long drive down in traffic AND in pouring rain didn't exactly help.
I can't believe we still had to wait 20 minutes to be seated, even though we had reservations! The furniture and setting is definitely from way back in the day, with the servers dressed as old war nurses complete with hat. There was an appetizer buffet hidden in the seating area, which I didn't see until we were being seated, which I heard had some mediocre meatballs.
The spinning salad was fun to watch, but they definitely put too much dressing, I love dressing, but even that was too much for me. The iced tea they had was flavorless, the meat was pretty good, but they only serve prime rib. Some of the meat was dry and small, the creamed corn was pretty good, kind of tasted like the corncake from El Torito.
There was a lot of Happy Birthdays going around, but doesn't everyone want free dessert? I've always wanted to try the English Trifle since that one episode of Friends (""It tastes like feet!""), it was too sweet and too tart.
Overall, I would probably go again, but only if it were for a fraction of the cost. Also, beware, valet is $6, though I have heard that for special occasions like Valentine's day, it could go up to about $20.
09/20/2008Provided by Citysearch
I went to Lawry's with my boyfriend for our anniversary for the first time.
When we stepped into Lawry's the decor seemed lovely- lots of chandeliers, more sophisticated, with tons of presentation at the entry.
Our server introduced herself as ""Ms. Something-or-other"" (I'm choosing to omit her name), which struck us as a bit odd, but it was clearly Lawry's policy. Our server was a distracting and odd combination of cold and hospitable- everything she conversed with us was evidently recited from memory and ""perfect""- almost like she had been trained to say certain things, and the experience was uncomfortably robotic.
Everything was overly-presented- from height pouring on salad dressing on a spinning salad (makes no effect on the taste) to the formality the servers are clearly told to act with. On top of all this, on the Monday night we went, we literally heard ""Happy Birthday"" being sung every 3-4 minutes, I almost felt like they just do it at every table for desert! =)
When our actual meals arrived, the meat was carved in front of us on a large rolling cart, and after an average salad, we assumed that the main course was going to make us forgive the salad- afterall, this is a steak house. With the level of presentation you really feel like it MUST be good, whether or not your mouth thinks so- but the steak was among the more average of steaks we had both had. It didn't register as bad, it didn't register as amazing- just an alright steak. Dissapointing considering the reputation- if I had had this steak at IHOP, I would have just thought ""wow, IHOP has pretty good steak for 8.99"".
We decided to order strawberries and chocolate for dessert, and most of the strawberries were overly ripe (verrrry mushy- eew)
I really wanted to like Lawry's- but it just glowed with being overly self-special with all the ""this is how we do things"", and our service would have been perfect if she was not afraid to loosen up and ""be there"" rather than phoning in personal warmth.
09/05/2008Provided by Citysearch
My husband and I pass by this place all the time. So many restaurants in that area to choose from. We finally tried Lawry's. Nice place with a friendly staff. We felt so young. Most folks who dine here are 50+. We were sat at a nice booth, and our server took good care of us. Most of their service staff are also older then the usual young attitudes that serve in the area. We think that's a good thing. The only complaint I have is the cooking temp on my husband's prime rib. He likes it rare. A carver comes to the table, and cuts right in front of you. His cut was not rare. Instead of complaining, he ate most of it. Nothing special about this place that has been around for something like 70 years. Their $99 dinner for two seemd like a good idea when you compare the regular menu prices to what you get for that fixed price.
07/07/2008Provided by Citysearch
I love dining here. The service and food are both excellent. I would recommend making reservations and arrive a little early so you can get seated at the time you requested. It is definitely worth the wait though. The cream corn is my absolute favorite. Don't fill up on the bread! You'll want an empty stomach so you can enjoy the juicy prime rib.
03/22/2008Provided by Citysearch
it's always good here. but we recommend only going to get their prime rib- afterall, that's what they're know for. the sides you order that come along w/ the prime rib dinner are all very good as well. do order the bread pudding too! the service is always so pleasant- the cutely dressed older waitresses really make your meal just a little bit better.. they've been serving prime rib probably longer than i've been alive. have dessert & coffee too when you're done. the decor feels like you're dining in a ball room. you see tons of tourists dining w/ you too!
02/20/2008Provided by Citysearch
Love this place for their traditional services and great food. I have been there fore years, great for occasions because its too busy and its fairly crowded. However, the last time I went, the host is very rude. She kept nagging at us about when will our party arrive so we can start ordering. My parents came only 15 minutes late and she gave one whole hell of the attitude, which really made my mother angry at the scene. I wished I remembered her name and report her. Eversince that kind of service, I never went back, and I wished they do something about that. Ok about the place, they literally crowd the whole entire place up, I even had to pull the table over to be seated in the booths...which I'm not too happy when it comes to fine dining place like this. Their Lawry salad is a spectacle, its just fresh ingredients and special sauce with the waitress tossing it with the sauce poured straight up 4 feet from the air spinning the bowl...hahah. I guess the oxygen gives it the special flavor. Took about 30 minutes until the food arrive in a heavy duty metal cart with the Chef. Cream corn and yorkshire pudding and prime rib, is a must, very flavorful. Don't eat the lobster, I felt it was overcooked and bland the whole entire time, and it's not worth it when you have to rip a hard shrimp on my own. Food is great on the meat and corn, but they need to re-evaluate their service with the host. I know they are busy and some get bitchy, but THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE to throw it at people.
Phone: (310) 652-2827
Address: 100 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Bike Parking: No
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: No
Cuisines: Caterers, American, Sandwiches, Steakhouse, Pizza
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
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