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Dear Johns on Culver

carln Sep 2, 2006 10:42 PM

Anyone have any info on this place. It seems like its been there forever but i never see anyone going in or out.

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    KayZee Sep 3, 2006 01:51 AM

    Ahhh, Dear John's. Now this is Retro/Old School. It's a middle class piano bar/gin joint. Not groaty or lowlifey. It's for grown-ups and isnt where the construction guys stop for beer. Generally friendly, relaxed and polite. If you know the lounge scene at Billingly's then that's about what Dear John's is like. There's almost always a singer. They have about 5-6 booths and the same amount of tables (in the same room as the bar.) The menu is smallish and generally has a steak, some chops, maybe a pot roast or grilled chicken/fish--burgers too if I remember but leaning more towards multicourse dinners. Unfortunately I've only been for drinks in these last many years so I wont comment on the food but years ago we liked it. Not fantastic but pleasurably competent.

    I wish I had more, but it's a start.


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    1. re: KayZee
      off2cdwzrd Sep 3, 2006 06:58 AM

      I have driven past Dear John's going to and from work every day for nearly 6 years and can count the number of people I've seen coming or going on one hand.

      FYI - the currently lounge singer is Johnny Racine, who performed for years at the now defunct San Gennaro's in Culver City.

      1. re: off2cdwzrd
        KayZee Sep 3, 2006 07:24 PM

        Re; the lounge singer. That alone is enough to keep me out. He was one of the reasons we didn't go to San Gennaros.

        1. re: KayZee
          writergirl Sep 3, 2006 09:31 PM

          Hilarious! Now I want to go just to see how bad he is!

          1. re: writergirl
            westsidegal Sep 4, 2006 04:30 PM

            like a saturday night live skit.

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      cls Sep 3, 2006 02:31 AM

      The steaks are awful, the martinis are bad, the wine is from a box. I would still go there though because the place is pretty cool.

      1. westsidegal Sep 3, 2006 05:23 AM

        just came from there tonight.
        i'd recommend sticking to the courvoisier.
        generous pour.
        friendly bartender.
        friendly patrons.

        after you've had enough courvoisier, and enough good conversation, you reallly don't care that the steak has some gristle and that the salad is smallish with bottled dressing.

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          logan Sep 3, 2006 08:49 PM

          this place is the steely dan of restaurants.

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          1. re: logan
            Debbie W Sep 3, 2006 09:29 PM

            Now that's an interesting analogy. Do you mean it used to be good but isn't anymore?

          2. l
            logan Sep 3, 2006 10:05 PM

            it corners the market on itself, and seems to be encased in resin. i love steely dan, like i love the bonaventure bar.

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