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Dal Rae Restaurant

9023 E. Washington Blvd.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660-3839
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Dal Rae Restaurant

Anne Fishbein Pepper steak


  • Lunch: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; dinner: nightly, 5-10 p.m.
  • $$$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Business Dining, Fireplace, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
L.A. is rich in old-school restaurants that capture the feel of a bygone era. In fact, it’s one of our city’s greatest (and least appreciated) cultural gifts. But at most of those restaurants — particularly the ones that have retained much of their original menus — the food doesn’t seem to be made with a whole lot of care. That is not the case at Dal Rae, where you can taste what high-class food actually was like in 1958, the year the restaurant moved to its current location. Yes, the vintage Pico Rivera steak-centric stalwart has all the midcentury glam you could hope for, and it’s worth visiting for the visuals and the theatrics of the tableside food presentations alone. But nowhere else are you likely to get your artichokes stuffed with crab and doused in hollandaise made from artichokes trimmed in-house, the crab obviously fresh and high-quality. Nowhere else are the oysters Rockefeller quite so tasty, the creamed spinach so well made. It’s the place to come for lobster thermidor, for châteaubriand carved tableside for two, or for the restaurant’s famed pepper steak. I’m not saying that this food has been modernized for today’s tastes — quite the opposite. Just that at Dal Rae, they’re still cooking and serving with the pride they might have back when this was the height of sophisticated dining. —Besha Rodell

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