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Business Description
Pacific Dining Car is a dining restaurant located in Santa Monica, Calif. Established in 1921, the restaurant serves a variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night menus. It also specializes in serving grilled chicken breast on Chinese cabbage and wontons with Szechwan dressing. Additionally, the restaurant serves more than 300 varieties of wines, including Opus One, Penfolds Grange and Chateau d'Yquem. It also provides private shuttle services to Staples Center, Music Center, Disney Concert Hall and Nokia Theatre.

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (310) 453-8788

Phone: (310) 315-2756

Fax Number: (310) 453-8788

Payment method
debit, all major credit cards, discover
Price Range
West Los Angeles, Mid-City

Pacific Dining Car - Santa Monica

Other Email

American Restaurants, Steak Houses, Continental Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Specialties: American Restaurant, Conventions, American, American Food


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Overpriced rip-off

Used to go to this place once in a while. A little better than average. You knew what you were getting. Tried this place a few days ago. Prices are now OUTRAGEOUS!!! OMG. I ordered a martini. $17!!!! It was huge, filled to the brim. I tasted it. Probably half water!!! The food is also insanely priced. Even the pasta dishes are over $30. Not that I would order pasta. I'm just making a point. The food here was never that good. It's not like the food got better and the prices went up. The place was practically empty. On a Friday night. I wonder why???. We tried a couple of their insanely priced appetizers. Average at best. We left and went somewhere we knew was good.



Provided by Citysearch - 
BEWARE!!! Horrible expensive food.

My husband and I recently dined at Pacific Dining Car because we wanted to try a new restaurant. Wow were we in a for a shock. The steaks were dry, over cooked and looked like something you buy from the Home shopping networks. The sides were dry even KFC is better. The crab cakes, nasty, dry, not frozen and the lobster was slimmy, and not fresh. Also it was lobster slip not fresh lobster tail only bits and pieces. Each steak with the crab cakes and the other with the lobster were between $48 and $52 dollars. Plus the cost of the sides. My husbands water glass was dirty with lipstick marks all around and when we asked for another they said, ok but didn't apologize blamed on left over tea. We know what lipstick looks like. THE only good thing was the WINE. Ouch it hurt $250 on the worst meal ever. The place was empty with only three other parties, and there open 24 hours, I don't know how they stay open.



Provided by Citysearch - 
What has happened to my old favorite?

I used to frequent PDC about 3 years ago, the menu was appropriately prices, the portions were just right and the food was amazing with delicious sides to compliment. The service used to be very friendly and sopisticated.

2 weeks ago, I decided to visit PDC again after a hiatus-- what a dissapointment. The place was nearly empty, so we were sat immediately- our service spoke poor English so it was hard to understand him, and did a very poor job at serving gourmet style cuisine properly, but made an attempt none the less. When the food arrived, I hope it would take me back to why I loved PDC so much. I was thoroughly disappointed- my chicken was severely salty, and slimy with added grease- my friends steak was absolutely mediocre.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best American Restaurant

I was visiting friends in LA for four nights and asked in my last day to visit a true american restaurant (the days before we had visited Modo Mio, Saddle Peak Lodge, Chart House).
Well that was it... I dont think many places on earth that have such quality service and food. Someone said that the waiting staff are professionals. Well it was the only staff in the last five years that I have seen to place the coffee/tea cups and teapots and then turn the handles to the direction of one's right hand. That immaculate.
The food was extremely pricey ($400 for a four course meal of 3 inclusive of wine and spirits before and after - and with the 20+ % tip you end up paying $450). But it was well worth it. These restaurants are unique, in spite of their 24X7 operation.
If you want to treat someone in LA on American food, this is the place to go for a memorable experience.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Always good - mellow

In a city that is always about grabbing a power-lunch/dinner/snack in the trendiest possible place, it is nice to know that this place is always around. When you want to catch up with you friends/family or enjoy a splurge after a night out or have a business meeting: this place has it all. Open 24/7 it serves the best breakfast and (from what I hear) steaks all day. Do not miss!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good food- very quiet and boring

The food was excellent. But, it's really a place to go if you want to be in a dull place with no noise. And it is really expensive. Definately a business expense lunch.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good food and service but overpriced

The steaks here are great and I love the way they dress your baked potato tableside, but the bill was totally shocking. Without wine, it was still way too expensive. The food is worth it, but I agree with the review before that it's almost like a meal older people would eat.



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User review by naomi2006

I had the 8oz filet (medium) with a baked potato. The food tasted okay.. nothing special... on the plain side... The entire menu is over-priced. AND it is not worth the price. It was $140 inc. tip for 2 ppl. Went on a Sunday and it was pretty empty.. Good place to catch up with friends/family since it's quiet and relaxing... didn't feel rushed.. but be prepared to pay an arm and a leg for it!



Provided by Citysearch - 

This seems like a place older people would eat. The decor inside is what I would picture an actual dining car to look like (I have never been in an actual dining car). There is no music, so it was quiet and relaxing.

The food is overpriced. The food is good, but not for the price. If you know how to cook steak at home, you can cook one just as good. I tried the Cowboy Steak which was plain. They cook it on the rare side which what I prefer however. My girlfriend had a filet. I think Ruth and Chris has a more tender filet. We have heard of this place and reading some of the other reviews, I had a feeling it wouldn't meet the standards I was expecting. I would not eat here again unless they lowered their prices by a third.



Provided by Citysearch - 
overpriced food wasn't great

Service-great, booths-comfortable, but food-mediocre. Prime rib was decent, but not worth the money. Tried my friend's steak, but again I was disappointed. For the quality and flavor, you should be paying 30% less. Ordered the cobbler for dessert, and asked for it to be hot, but it was lukewarm, and instead of the traditional crumb topping, it came out with a top made of puff pastry. It would have been fine with me, except that the puff pastry was extra chewy instead of light and crisp. It tasted as if they put a stale round cut out of puff pastry on top of the cobbler and microwaved it. The tarte tatin was also the same. Better steakhouses out there, but if it's 2 a.m. and your craving steak after a night out, I guess this place will do. If your hungry and drunk, I could see these steaks tasting good.

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