With its red-and-white checkered tablecloths, black-tuxedoed waiters and well-preserved regulars from roughly the time it opened back in 1964, Dan Tana’s could be a favorite dinner-and-drinks spot from The Godfather. The old-school feel draws people famous and not-so-famous, and long waits are common. The overflow heads to the long wooden bar, a classic L.A. hangout and celebrity-watching perch. It’s a great spot to sit, sip a stiff drink and observe the dining room, where you might catch a glimpse of George Clooney, Rupert Murdoch, Clint Eastwood, Sumner Redstone or other notables chowing down. But don’t snap pictures — the guys in tuxedos take their jobs seriously, and they frown upon the paparazzi, including amateurish fans. 9071 Santa Monica Blvd., W.Hlywd. (310) 275-9444, dantanas restaurant.com. —Patrick Range McDonald

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