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shatr003 Jan 22, 2007 03:26 AM

Tonight we felt like prime rib and as most people in Los Angeles, we believed Lawry's to be "le top". We believed wrong: What we had not realized prior to our dinning experience this evening was how cheap we would feel when we left. The quality of food not much better than a Chili's or Outback, the service syrupy sweet, and the prices ridiculous.
EVERYTHING costs extra. Even the baked potato, a standard prime rib side, is not included in the set price!
In a world where fads come and go, we had hoped Lawry's would maintain the same quality and service we had remembered from our youth. Much to our disappointment, this place is barely a notch above fast food. In summation,my grandfather's cousin Cliford Figel, was married to the daughter of Mr.Frank, one of the original owners.Clifford worked his way up to the president of the Board of Directors of Lawrys. Uncle Clifford is spinning in his grave tonight at the demise of a once delicious establishment.

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    WHills RE: shatr003 Jan 22, 2007 04:00 AM

    I found that Summit House in Orange County had good prime rib with excellent creamed corn that comes with it. They also have great seafood. I have never been disappointed.

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      AlwayzHungry RE: WHills Jan 22, 2007 09:14 PM

      it also comes with creamed spinach

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        Jase RE: WHills Jan 22, 2007 09:59 PM

        Thumbs down here for Summit House. Horrible service and attitude. They ruined our rehearsal dinner. Made us wait two hours past our reservation time and then rushed us out since they were closing. The also didn't follow any of the pre-arranged instructions even though we had planned and discussed everything with them weeks ahead of time. No apology from management after I wrote and complained afterwards. Many other gory details on how badly they handled the entire night. My poor east coast guests were about to keel over in hunger and they wouldn't even let us buy appetizers at the bar with the long wait.

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          tuborg_gron RE: Jase Jan 24, 2007 10:05 PM

          i agree w/jase. the food at the summit house is mediocre and not worth the money. pretentious atmosphere. lawrys is much better than the summit house.

          not sure if they still serve prime rib but i enjoy dining at the cat and the custard cup in guadalahabra, they have a website but it's awful. it's part of the el cholo restaurant group.

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        bulavinaka RE: shatr003 Jan 22, 2007 04:20 AM

        Ouch - and I just finished praising Lawry's on another entry...

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          rjw_lgb_ca RE: shatr003 Jan 22, 2007 04:00 PM

          I've had superb smoked prime rib at Shenandoah at the Arbor down in Los Alamitos. And at Lasher's in Long Beach. And LG's Prime in Palm Springs. But I've always wanted to try Lawry's. You're harshing my prime rib jones, man!!!

          1. SauceSupreme RE: shatr003 Jan 22, 2007 04:51 PM

            It's become standard practice in most meat-n-potatoes joints to charge separately for the side dishes. But still, to each his/her own. I still recommend Lawry's to those who haven't tried it, because while it might not be a consensus best, it's still a reference point.

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              chowmominLA RE: shatr003 Jan 22, 2007 04:54 PM

              I haven't been to Lawry's in ten years, we always go to Tam O Shanter on Los Feliz in Glendale/Atwater Village. Tam O Shanter is in the Lawry's family, but we love Tam O Shanter because the prime rib is excellent, and the salad and sides are included in the price of the meal. It's got the same delicious creamed spinach and creamed corn as Lawry's. Their dessert souffles are amazing.

              Considering how much you hated Lawry's you may not like TOS either. But you may find it to be better for the money and a more pleasant experience overall.

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                Hunter RE: shatr003 Jan 22, 2007 06:03 PM

                Try The Grill in BH on Sunday. Prime rib is great.

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                  olivexjina RE: shatr003 Jan 22, 2007 06:16 PM

                  houstons has excellent prime rib...sides included

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                    Pei RE: olivexjina Jan 22, 2007 06:19 PM

                    I second the suggestion for Houston's. The wait is usually a lot more tolerable than at Lawry's, and the prime rib is just as good (better? it's been ahwile) though there aren't different sizes to choose from.

                  2. DanaB RE: shatr003 Jan 22, 2007 07:54 PM

                    I've eaten at Lawry's around once a year for the past 30 or so years, and I do NOT think there has been any change in quality or service over the years. Their prime rib is still the best in town to my taste and it's one of the most consistent restaurants year-to-year in all of Los Angeles.

                    Oh, and the following sides are included in the price of the prime rib: salad, mashed potato and yorkshire pudding. If you want the creamed spinach or creamed corn or a baked potato, that's extra, but the others are all included.

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                      LuluBleu RE: shatr003 Jan 22, 2007 08:06 PM

                      Lawry's is always pretty solid, tho for some odd reason I always like the prime rib more at Tam O'Shanter. Is it just me or is it better?

                      Also think the prime rib at Taylor's on 8th is delish.

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                        bulavinaka RE: LuluBleu Jan 24, 2007 08:57 PM

                        Never been to Tam O'Shanter, but a friend who lives in Silverlake used to go all the time and liked it better not only because it was closer, but she liked the food and atmosphere better. It's one of the oldest operating restaurants in LA. Can only imagine the stories the walls could tell...

                      2. David Kahn RE: shatr003 Jan 22, 2007 10:05 PM

                        I've yet not tried it, but a person whose taste in food I respect highly recommends the Sunday evening prime rib at the Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills (http://www.thegrill.com/index.cfm ). Sunday only, and it apparently comes with a great Yorkshire pudding (and presumably other sides as well).

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                          Thorn RE: shatr003 Jan 23, 2007 08:42 AM

                          I just had dinner at Lawry's a couple of weeks ago and it was the same good quality prime rib as it's been the last number of years I've dine there. The service, as always was up to standard, but acknowledge it's one of those places that have been around forever that have a 'routine' that appleas to most people as it's always packed. It's hard to think you hit them on a bad day as can't remember ever being there when they had one as the whole procedure is like a formal dance. Sorry you didn't like it, but you may want to give it one more try.

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                            Alfredo Garcia RE: shatr003 Jan 25, 2007 06:31 AM

                            Fleming's serves prime rib on Sundays as a special. It includes salad, a side, and dessert for around $25. I have had good cuts and not so good cuts (more fat on the plate than I like), but overall it is a deal.

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