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My family is looking forward to a traditional Prime Rib dinner with Yorkshire Pudding, etc. for a special Christmas Eve dinner. The best Prime Rib we've heard about on the Chowhound boards are Lawry's and The Grill on the Alley. Any opinions on which one to try? Or are their any other restaurants you would recommend for Prime Rib with all the trimmings?

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  1. I asked a very similar question a month ago, and the consensus seemed to be that Lawry's was still the go-to place for prime rib, although the Grill on the Alley and the Palm seem to have their adherents:

    http://www.chow.com/topics/451459

    Ironically, for my friend's birthday we ended up at Musso & Frank's for lamb chops ;

    )

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    Grill On the Alley
    9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    Lawry's Prime Rib
    100 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

    Palm La
    9001 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

    1. I don't actually like prime rib, that said I have read here that The Grill's prime rib is really great but that it's only served on Sundays (and XMAS Eve is a Monday this year so call the restaurant to check one way or the other). We're going there tomorrow night and my prime-rib-loving husband will probably have it so he can compare with Lawry's, which he adores. Maybe I'll try a taste but that's about all the prime rib I can handle.

      1. They would both be good choices, but they have very different vibes. The Grill is much more of NY, high energy with waiters who have "attitude" (not bad attitude - just sort of like the Palm if you have been there). I think Lawry's would be more conducive to a Christmas Eve meal. YMMV.

        1. As of today. Lawry's has limited reservation options 3 & 9:00 PM. The Grill will not be serving prime rib.

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          1. re: Tinitime

            One of us must have some bad information. I called The Grill earlier today and was told they would be serving Prime Rib on Christmas Eve.

          2. Give Morton's (the steakhouse) a try. www.mortons.com

            They have prime rib only on Fridays and Saturdays during dinner, and it is very good. But who knows, maybe they'll make an exception and serve it for the holidays. It's worth a shot to give them a call.

            1. Lawry's. They have yorkshire pudding and it's devine. (Not sure if the Grill serves that. My husband thinks that the Grill may also have yorkshire pudding, but he's not sure.) Also, Lawry's has xmas carolers, and that's very charming.

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              1. re: Bite Me

                My husband had the prime rib at The Grill last night. It comes with Yorkshire pudding, creamed spinach and a baked potato. It was massive, at least half of it is at home for his dinner tonight. The prime rib dinner was just under $40, like $39.25 or something like that. Of course it doesn't include the spinning salad or the tableside carving which are the charm of Lawry's, nor did the meat include much jus. My husband's verdict is that he prefers the taste of the meat at Lawry's, but there certainly wasn't anything wrong with The Grill.

              2. Hey Brandygirl, I like them both. But for me, Lawry's has more of a Christmas vibe. A close relative to Lawry's, Tam O' Shanter, also has a festive Holiday feel and good Prime Rib. It's located at 2980 Los Feliz Blvd. in Atwater Village.

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                1. re: omakase

                  We (12 of us) went to Lawry's last Sat night. We usually go once a year (about this time) but missed last year.

                  It was just as wonderful as ever. The staff is so friendly and efficient and the prime rib and sides are always wonderfull. The atmosphere and food are really great. I love their bread, nice an soft with really crispy crust and their butter is delicious. I have to hold myself back from eating it or I won't have room for the dinner!

                  I will agree with Tinitime that unfortunately you probably won't get a reservation at this late date.

                  1. re: LesThePress

                    Don't rely solely on OpenTable for Lawry's reservation info. I just called last night and got a reservation for this Saturday at 8:30, while OpenTable says they have nothing until 10:30.

                    1. re: Itslikeimsayin

                      I would have to agree with all the replies including the above. Just call and see what the options are. For my parents anniversary I made a reservation on Opentable . My mom needed to change it and Opentable had no better options. She called Lawry's and got the time she wanted.

                      I think Lawry's is great and I never even get prime rib. I always get the Lobster which is the best I've ever had anywhere. Lawry's is more of a family feel to me and the atmosphere and waitresses are great!

                2. Years ago, used my family used to spend the holidays in LA with my mother's sibs. Christmas Eve dinner was always Lawry's and I have fond memories of those dinners, although I couldn't tell you anything about the food. I do recall a long wait and a big crowd, but it always felt like Christmas.