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Reworking a Classic: Lawry’s Puts a New Spin on the Old School

The classic restaurant brings new options this Thursday

An array of dishes from Lawry’s with rare prime rib, creamed corn, and mashed potatoes with a side of salad and puffy baked bread.
Lawry’s prime rib
Andrea D’Agosto
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Often referred to as the “grandaddy” of all prime rib restaurants in Los Angeles, Lawry’s The Prime Rib is at the tail end of a complete makeover. These new efforts are an escape from some longstanding traditions at the nearly 81-year-old restaurant, with new uniforms and an expanded menu to boot. The new menu starts Thursday.

There are nearly three dozen new menu additions, with eight new appetizers alongside the ever-present shrimp cocktail, with crab cakes, crudités, and potato croquettes. The iconic spinning bowl salad is still on the menu, along with three new options like the shaved zucchini and fava bean salad, and a classic iceberg wedge salad.

And while prime rib from the signature silver cart should be first choice for diners, entrees now include something for a wider range of diets, with salmon rockefeller, grilled fish, cauliflower steak, and Jidori chicken. They’ll even serve sweet potatoes on those iconic roving carts as well. Here’s the entire, massive menu below.

And remember the brown gown uniforms? They’re gone. The less formal, modernized style keeps a keyhole neckline with white piping around the waist and sleeves, and a slight color change.

And all this takes place in the brightened interior, which went through a rework last fall. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Sunday from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Lawry’s The Prime Rib. 100 La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

Jidori chicken
Mac and cheese
Lawry’s house wedge