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Prime rib for birthday dinner

Hi! My friend is set on having the best prime rib in LA for her birthday next week. We've been to Lawry's several times, which is fun overall as an experience, but this time we're looking for the actual best prime rib that can be had in LA. I've searched the boards, but Lawry's is what keeps coming up even though everyone agrees that the food isn't necessarily the best. Or the Tam O'Shanter for charming atmosphere, but pretty much the same food. Any tips for us? Thanks so much!

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  1. The prime rib at the Tam is good, but Lawrys is better. If you've never been though, the atmosphere is charming, but the dining room can be hit and miss, I love the ale and sandwich bar though

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    1. re: LisaN

      Hi! Thanks for your reply. I realize I wasn't clear in my original post. I'm looking for a place that's NOT Lawry's or the Tam O'Shanter.


      1. re: heinous

        I think that the prime rib at the Grill on the Alley in the Hills of Beverly is quite good. Have you ever tried it at any of the Hillstone restaurants (nee Houston's)? Also quite good. Check in advance about availability as the places who don't specialize in prime rib may, or may not have it on the night you want to go. I've never tried the prime rib at the Pacific Dining Car, but it also gets attention when this dish is talked about.

    2. You might want to check but Morton's used to offer prime rib on Friday nights.

      1. We've had a similar issue regarding the state of prime rib in LA. I'm in the "Lawry's is overrated" camp. We ended up at Hillstone's in Santa Monica and found the PR very good. They don't have the typical English trappings (Yorkshire Pudding, Welsh Rarebit, etc), but otherwise delicious.

        I've also enjoyed the PR at Houston's (essentially the same chain) in El Segundo, and at the Wood Ranch in Camarillo.

        I do miss having those old school prime rib restaurants of the past, like Gulliver's in the Marina. I'm aware of the one in Irvine, but generally don't go to that area to eat.

        Are those places relics of the past, or is it time for a comeback for prime rib?

        An old Chowhound discussion on Prime Rib:


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        1. re: Ogawak

          We do go to the Gulliver's next to John Wayne Airport as frequently as our travels allow. Still excellent. We really like all the normal trappings of the prime rib specialty houses.

          Another good option, not quite as far as Gulliver's in OC, would be the Dal Rae http://www.dalrae.com/ in Pico Rivera.

          1. re: Servorg

            Thanks, we will have to try them sometime.

          2. re: Ogawak

            +1 for houstons

            I was surprised by how good it was because non of my friends ever talk about it. I won't say it's the same as (or better than) lawrys, but overall I enjoy it as well.

          3. Not sure why you say everyone agrees the food at Lawry's isn't necessarily the best. I haven't had better prime rib in town than there. Tam is owned by Lawry's.

            Look forward to hearing about your friend's bday dinner and the prime rib. Hope you enjoy.

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            1. re: jessejames

              I'm a big Lawry's prime rib fan. Never found another restaurant that served a better prime rib dinner. The Tam doesn't even come close.

            2. Musso & Frank does a fantastic prime rib.

              1. I bet the prime rib at Stinking Rose is awesome!

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                1. re: Thor123

                  Put another key board on your tab.

                  1. re: JAB

                    You don't care for Stinking Rose?

                    1. re: Thor123

                      If an erection lasts longer than 2 months seek immediate medical attention...

                2. Thank you everyone for your tips and comments! I am a huge fan of Houston's/Hillstone's, which is my go-to place for prime rib. It's surprisingly good for a chain. I was wondering if there was someplace that I was missing. I did have prime rib long ago at Morton's and found it to be fairly bland and tough - didn't seem that it was roasted long and slow enough. I will check into The Grill - I don't see prime rib on the menu, but maybe it's a special? Also Dal Rae. Thanks again!

                  1. Flemings does a PRIME RIB DINNER* Available on Sundays Only Prime rib served with a trio of sauces. Includes your choice of The Wedge, Fleming’s or Caesar salad, one side dish and dessert.

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                    1. re: wienermobile

                      I had it recently in Woodland Hills. Wasn't great, about on par with Black Angus.

                    2. If you want to do a bit of a celebratory road trip, Red Tracton's in Del Mar (north side of Via de la Valle, west of the 5) is an old-time steakhouse that specializes in prime rib. I've had several very good meals there -- very consistent.

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                      1. re: nosh

                        +1 cool old school vibe. Here's a tip, when the waitress warns you about the horseradish, take heed.

                      2. The Palm also serves a delicious prime rib. However, check ahead of time because it's not always on the menu. Enjoy!

                        1. The best prime in L.A. - and this is easy...

                          The Palm.

                          Better'n than Lawry's, Tam, Houston's, Musso's or Gullivers. Much better.

                          You will not be disappointed. (they can run out - that's happened to me - so you might tell them ahead of time).

                          1. Hi, all! Thanks again for all your suggestions (all of which are now on my list because I'm a prime rib fan too). I ran the different options past my friend, and she ended up choosing Gulliver's for her birthday. She loved the old school, non-chain feel of it and the fact that it was a new place to try. I will report back on how it goes!