Lawry's Prime Rib - La Cienega - Excellent food and service
We had our Sunday family meal at Lawry's today. What a great choice everything was perfect. First we didn't have a reservation since our plans were to go somewhere else, but we called and were told that they also take walk-ins. We arrived around 3:30 pm, sign in with the hostess and were told to wait for the first seating a 4:00 pm. We were called promptly at 4, then taken to a very nice booth. Our food was very good, we all ordered prime rib. The prime rib and the side dishes were excellent, including the salad. We had a dessert sampler and it was also very good. One of the best things was the service, perfection to its best. Our servers Miss Coty and Sonny (sp?) were just the best, polite, kind and friendly, but above all very professional. I was very happy with our first experience at Lawry's, and for sure I will recommend and go back soon.
Lawry's used to be one of but a few places that offered a great prime rib. Restaurants that served big hunks of meat - primarily steakhouses - started to die a horrible death as peoples' tastes changed with the much more varied offerings from restaurants like those started up by venerable Wolfgang Puck. Of course, blood pressure and cholesterol probably had alot to do with it too.
After the dust settled, Lawry's was one of a few "meat n' taters" kinds of places left that had any reasonable size and reputation. I think the reason they survived is because of all the reasons you stated above. They're all about the whole dining experience with YOU as the honored guest, and their sultry juicy prime rib as the star.
I would always get a kick when they would roll the cart tableside and pull open that orbish stainless steel cover to reveal that huge cut of meat that was just this side of perfection. I always requested the end cut. Everything else was so satisfying as well. No, they wouldn't make the best list for this or that individual dish, but the whole experience was what it was all about. Everything, from the food, to the service there is so consistantly great.
Unlike alot of the trendy restaurants, where the staff treats you as if you would be so lucky as to even walk be offered to lick a soiled plate, Lawry's staff has always been just as you mentioned above. I can definitely describe Lawry's as one of LA's classics.
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First of all, a 4pm seating? Is this like the am/pm ad with the discussion of "it's not lunch, it's not dinner, it's linner"?
Secondly, "sultry" and "juicy" prime rib? It has no flavor whatsoever. Once I realized this, I kept adding more and more horseradish until there was no uncovered space -- it was still flavorless.
The salad -- feh -- it's a gimmick and it's okay, not great.
The creamed corn is the only good thing, but where isn't it?
As for the rest, creamed spinach, etc. -- blech.
The decor is god-awful. If you like the decor of the Regent Theater on La Brea, you'll love this. I find it deeply depressing, like being at Nibblers with the over-90 crowd.
The uniforms for these poor girls are kitschy and outdated and actually make you feel sad for them.
That's the word for the whole Lawry's experience -- sad.
4pm seating was great for us, since we don't like to eat dinner late, also it is Sunday, so it is nice to be able to be back home early and get ready to get back to work next day.
The decor in my opinion is perfect for a classic restaurant like Lawry's. All blended very well, the type of food for the type of restaurant.
I have had good experiences and bad at Lawrys. The food is fine but other places do it just as well. When I took my wife there for the first we felt very rushed and because of that my wife will not return. BTW I learned to cook the sides myself at home after seeing their recipes online.