Dal Rae

4.7
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3672 reviews
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$31 to $50
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The Dal Rae is the Southern California restaurant where 1950s classics still reign. Lobster Thermidor, Pepper Steak, Chateaubriand, Prime Rib, Fresh Fish, Rack of Lamb, Steak Diane and Cherries Jubilee prepared tableside are among more than 100 items on a truly retro menu, complete with some of the city's best martinis. Opened in 1958, the Dal Rae has maintained its original atmosphere, too, right down to a piano bar with live entertainment. And, most important, it has preserved a tradition otherwise found only in private clubs -- knowing its customers by name and treating them like the most important people in the whole wide world. The Dal Rae is located close to the 5 freeway and half-way between LA County, Orange County and The Valley. It is a perfect location for business meetings or entertaining friends and family.
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Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming here for years and it is always such a wonderful experience. We had most of our favorites including the rock shrimp and hearts of romaine salad and everything was delicious. Service was great, we won’t wait so long in between visits next time!

JG
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first visit to The Del Rae and it did not disappoint. I had the Petite Chilean Sea Bass and Peppercorn steak both cooked perfectly. We had the soufflé for dessert and were surprised with a slice of cake for our anniversary. Great ambiance and awesome service by everyone. Went to the bar for an after dinner drink and saw that they have a great happy hour menu. We will be back!

PM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've been dinning at the Dal Rae for more than 40 years. Its always great food with friendly people.

MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were extremely friendly and approachable. The food was delicious and high quality and very flavorful!

BS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and attentive service. Classic restaurant.

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DQ
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Dal Rae for a very special 80th birthday celebration. I had various menu items in mind before I we arrived at the restaurant and asked our food server (Heidi) some suggestions. I completely changed my mind about my original choices and had one of the best experiences in my life. We all had an awesome experience. Thank you.

PD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Engagement party

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughters and I were in town for the weekend and came here for dinner. Our server, Eileen treated us like queens and the food was fabulous. Everything about the place was absolutely fantastic!

G
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had the Sea Bass. It was very good. They cooked it perfectly. My husband had the shrimp scampi and he said that it was too chewy. The service was great! We would definitely go back.

SB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and excellent service! An icon that you should try if you never have.

d
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We love DalRae for special occasions. It was our anniversary and it was noted in the Open Table reservation.
A good server makes or breaks the dining experience. Unfortunately our server broke the experience. Very rushed, careless attitude and minimal follow up, I had to get her attention after our entrees were served for more sauce for one dish.
There was no acknowledgement of our anniversary even though numerous special occasions around us were recognized by other wait staff. Very disappointing service from her. Our numerous previous experiences here have all been excellent.
On the positive side, the food was excellent and the support staff (busser) were very attentive and helpful.
Based on this experience not sure if we'll go back.
There are not many iconic independent dining establishments anymore that provide a superior dining experience. Hopefully this was a one time poor experience and Dal Rae is not losing it's long standing tradition of excellence.

JS
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Del Rea is always a great place to have a meal. Always top quality. Thank you

N
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent. Server seemed a bit distracted. Reason I gave 3 stars for service.

M
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dal Rae consistently delivers outstanding service and delicious food every time, in addition to providing the incredible nostalgia of true dining, the way it should be.

F
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can always count on the Dal Rae to have a wonderful dining experience. We went here for a special occasion and we were not disappointed. Our server went beyond expectations. We loved the relish plate- We even got seconds. The cheese bread was a pleasant surprise. The salads are huge and delicious. We tried the wedge and the hearts of romaine and they were both exceptional.
I also enjoyed the grilled artichoke, and flourless chocolate cake. Their signature pepper steak was a little disappointing. It was very thoughtful of our server to bring us a cheesecake on the house for the occasion that we were celebrating.
We highly recommend the Dal Rae.

MM
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service

NJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to celebrate a special occasion. Service food ambiance is all amazing.

FM
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had a 5:30 reservation. We were seated right at 5:30 but had to wait almost 5 minutes before our server came. She brought menus but didn't take a drink order for possibly another 5 minutes. It was certainly different than most places I've been to.
After the delay in menus and drink orders, everything went good. I'm thinking your servers don't start working until 5:30 and by the time they get ready, it's 5:40.
If I go again I'll make reservations for 6pm.

LA
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great. Always a good experience.

R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary! Looking forward to coming back next year and bringing the kids. Steaks were the bomb, and so was our server Robert.

DR
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going to the Dal Rae for over 50 years. it is an old standard with great food, service and tradition.

WA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The large Filet Mignon Pepper Steak was outstanding. Delicious and cooked to perfection. The Justin Cabernet we ordered was the perfect accompaniment. Our dessert treat was a Grand Marnier soufflé, which we ordered in advance. It arrived on time and was exquisite. The Caesar salad was prepared at table, replete with anchovies. All in all, it was a wonderful night out for my wife and myself. When you consider the steaks were large enough to provide a second meal at home, the dinner was an outstanding value.

R
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary at the Dal Rae. As we entered the restaurant we were greeted by a beautiful girl with dark hair who immediately said to us happy anniversary. What a super nice touch to begin the evening. We were warmly greeted by Ruben who took time to ask how our day was. He was very personable and paid attention to every detail throughout our dinner. Ruben is a wonderful asset to the Dal Rae restaurant. We were at the restaurant about a month and a half ago and were talking to a Buser whose name is Axel. He recognized us and drop by to see if there was anything we needed at our table. We thought that was so Nice to be acknowledged. As our evening progressed we could see Axel working many tables throughout the restaurant with ease. He seems like a very professional young man and also an asset to the Dal Rae. We just love the Dal Rae restraunt. People like Ruben , Axel and the young lady at the hostess desk made our evening even more special thank you very much !

E
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was very busy and tables were close together with large groups next to us with very loud people. Ruben was very nice but overloaded with customers so he was slow. We usually do lunch which is much better.. Love Dawn @ lunch

AC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of 4 thoroughly enjoyed the menu variety and also the friendly table-side preparation of Caeser salad and Steak Diane. Everyone from hostess to maitre'd to waitress and waiter were impressive.

D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I bring my wife and my little daughter 4 years old, the experience was soo perfect, we arrive at 8:45, and on the table at 8:50, really fast, specially Saturday night, my daughter enjoy all the diner, very very friendly staff, the dinner perfect and everything well!!!, thank you

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!!!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Old school classic. Expect a trip back in time and you will be very pleased. Also great Clams, salads. Everyone liked their entrees. Didn’t order one but cocktails looked great and solid wine list.

JC
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant. Delicious food, a warm and pleasant environment. Excellent service.
We will be back!

S
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the pepper steak at the DalRae! This is where to splurge on a very very meal.

RM
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our food was good, my wife loved her Lamb Chops and my Double cut Pork chop was a little dry. Very pricey, but our server Helga was excellent!

SM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and overall experience. This place never disappoints on any level.

M
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and services always!

HS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for valentines and were seated about 15-20 min before our actual reservation which was awesome because it was extremely busy when we walked in. It was a prefix menu, $85 for 3 courses. Dal Rae is a bit on the more expensive side but it’s worth it. Food quality amazing, wait staff, managers and hosts were also all amazing. The dining experience was exceptional!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was our second straight year dining at the Dal Rae for Valentines. Food was excellent, the staff very friendly and the restaurant had a very nice ambiance. My only complaint was that it took a long time to be initially waited on and a very long time to have our meal served after placing our orders.

AG
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch Menu and atmosphere we were treated like royalty on Valentine's day

SS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly excellent service and lots great food to choose from.

b
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic, old-school type steakhouse with an amazing menu line-up. New York pepper steak is unbelievable. So few of the independent, non-corporate dinner venues remain. Thank goodness Dal Rae is still serving up all the classics!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Valentine’s

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m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and food was delicious. A little pricey on our fish plate. But overall we will come again.

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