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Christmas Eve at Lawry's or The Grill?

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.