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ralston6000 May 25, 2011 11:33 PM

Hi there. I am looking for a dimly lit, old school steak and seafood place near the water anywhere between LA and Laguna. I want a Chart House-ey type of place but better than the Chart House... you know the kind of place that has a dinner salad on a chilled plate, great seafood, a strong cocktail and maybe Mud Pie for dessert. I have been to Captain Jack's in Sunset Beach and that is great but looking for an alternative. If anyone has any ideas, I would be most obliged!

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  1. wienermobile RE: ralston6000 May 26, 2011 09:20 AM

    No ocean view (but the ocean is a block away) The Galley in Santa Monica is certainly old school and it's been there since 1934.

    Also very old school and 50+ years in it's same location is Chez Jay just a few blocks away in almost the same neighborhood. 1/2 block south of the Santa Monica Pier.

    Chez Jay
    1657 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    The Galley Restaurant
    2442 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

    1. Servorg RE: ralston6000 May 26, 2011 09:54 AM

      Sounds like "A Restaurant" will fit the bill from the criteria you laid out.

      A Restaurant
      3334 W. Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663

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        swimfin RE: ralston6000 May 26, 2011 01:04 PM

        Try The Arches, John Wayne's old hangout. They moved from their original Pacific Coast Highway location, but they are still in Newport Beach. Pretty sure they will match your requirements.


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          maudies5 RE: swimfin May 26, 2011 05:23 PM

          We ate at The Arches a couple of months ago. This is definitely old school, starting with a very generous martini. We never made it to dessert. The restaurant has a real retro feeling. I liked it a lot.

        2. ralston6000 RE: ralston6000 May 26, 2011 04:37 PM

          Those are all good ones. Will get to all of them. Thanks. And still looking for suggestions..

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            Servorg RE: ralston6000 May 26, 2011 04:43 PM

            While far from the sea the best "old school" surf and turf restaurant in the greater Los Angeles area is the Dal Rae in Pico Rivera. Whenever (and I mean anytime, without fail) we are in that area we eat there.

            Dal Rae
            9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660

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              Servorg RE: Servorg May 26, 2011 04:49 PM

              Here's a link to our last visit: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/724180

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                ralston6000 RE: Servorg May 26, 2011 05:08 PM

                Wow, Thanks. I liked your review. That fits the bill almost perfectly. I love the photos I saw online, too. I wish there were more of these great old places around. I think I may go Saturday! Thanks again.

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                stopurmakingmehungry RE: Servorg May 27, 2011 02:52 PM

                I work down the street from the Dal Rae, so I can't say I get there whenever I'm in the area, but it is definitely "old school", with very good quality food.

                Dal Rae
                9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660

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              JBC RE: ralston6000 May 27, 2011 08:38 AM

              Looking for "Old School", then you should check out these 4 pages of Classic L.A. Restaurants:


              Also, you might find the list and price comparison I did a few years ago on L.A. Steak dinners helpful:


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                ralston6000 RE: JBC May 27, 2011 07:22 PM

                Awesome. Thank you!

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