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20 Classic Restaurants Every Angeleno Must Try, Winter 2018

Throwback to LA's best old school eateries and dives

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Los Angeles has been blessed by a multitude of long-standing restaurants that continue to serve diners with classic fare that strikes at the heart of nostalgia. But many of these restaurants aren't just throwbacks or old-school, they're very much alive thanks to dedicated regulars who find comfort in knowing what to expect in a restaurant: hospitality, familiarity, and predictable cooking.

Other places are just glorified watering holes, but they continue to attract new waves of imbibers who want to sit in a comfortable seat. Here now, a collection of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles, ones that every Angeleno should frequent at least once in their lifetime.

Removed: The Original Saugus Cafe, Valentino, Cole’s, Colombo’s Italian Steakhouse & Jazz Club, El Cholo

Added: Bernie’s, Lucques, La Casita, Matsuhisa

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Apple Pan

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10801 Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 475-3585
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A much-beloved Westside institution with Ohio-style burgers served in a humble diner-like stand along Pico, The Apple Pan makes consistently good sandwiches and pies. It’s hard to think of a more enduring L.A. greasy spoon.

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2. Polo Lounge

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9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 887-2777
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This bright breakfast and lunch spot that's been open since the early 1950s is a storied eatery for stars and their agents, with producers and industry power brokers looking to make a deal. Polo Lounge sits at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel serving everything from beef tartare to that iconic McCarthy salad.

3. Dan Tana's

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9071 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 275-9444
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The quintessential old school Hollywood hangout since 1964, Dan Tana's recently celebrated its 50th anniversary along Santa Monica Blvd just steps from the iconic Troubadour. The Italian-American haunt serves late every night of the week, with hits like chicken parmesan and steaks making most tables. The bar is also a legendary place to grab a drink in Los Angeles.

4. Matsuhisa

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129 N La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 659-9639
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Drawing from 20 years of experience working in sushi bars from Tokyo to Lima, Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa opened Matsuhisa in 1987. There are straightforward sashimi, sushi rolls, and tempura, of course, but it’s the “Matsuhisa Special Dishes” that set this institution apart from the countless sushi counters in town. Slices of utterly fresh yellowtail are adorned with paper-thin jalapeno, while toro tartare is decadently topped with caviar. Black cod steeped in sweet miso and baked to flaky perfection is the restaurant’s sweet and savory signature dish.

Matsuhisa
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5. Lawry's The Prime Rib

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100 N La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 652-2827
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A grand place to celebrate any occasion, this massive 75-year old Restaurant Row establishment is known for its gleaming silver carts and spinning salads. Choose a cut of prime rib to your preferred thickness, and chow down with baked Yorkshire pudding and creamed spinach.

6. Lucques

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8474 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 655-6277
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Here in this beautifully appointed former carriage house, diners are treated to thoughtful dishes inspired by the seasons from chef Suzanne Goin. The flavors lean toward Mediterranean with one foot firmly planted in California while the menu changes every few days depending on what’s available at the market.

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7. Canter's Delicatessen

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419 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 651-2030
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Canter's doesn't have the pastrami excellence that Langer's has, but it more than makes up for it with a vintage dining room that serves 24 hours a day. Open since 1931 in the heart of Fairfax district, it's still a great every day place to eat.

8. Yamashiro

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1999 N Sycamore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 466-5125
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Originally a mansion that dates to 1911, Yamashiro has in the century since become a hangout for Hollywood types, tourists, and everyone in between. Boasting unrivaled views of the city beyond, this gorgeous mish-mash throwback remains dedicated to its enduring history and classic menu of pan-Japanese food.

9. Musso & Frank Grill

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6667 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 467-5123
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The oldest surviving restaurant in Hollywood (since 1919), Musso & Frank remains a popular tourist and locals hub, where stiff drinks (especially the martinis) are a main draw, though the American-Continental fare does a good job of giving customers a sense that they're in a time warp. The Hollywood history of this establishment is too long to fit in this space, with such customers as Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Gary Cooper, Marilyn Monroe, and Humphrey Bogart. Literary types were also regulars, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Elliot, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Raymond Chandler, Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut, and Charles Bukowski.

10. Taylor's Prime Steak House

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3361 West 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 382-8449
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An old-school steakhouse that Don Draper would likely frequent to have stiff drinks, Taylor's has been kicking around in L.A. (in what's now Koreatown) since 1953, offering terrific grilled steaks and more in a dark dining room that's fit for an ad man or two.

11. Langer's Delicatessen

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704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 483-8050
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Possibly the greatest pastrami in America, Langer's is a fantastic diner in Westlake offering everything from reubens and corned beef to Jewish deli classics like matzo ball soup and lox. Ever crowded during lunch, it's easily the best Jewish deli in a city full of great delis.

#19 sandwich at Langer’s Deli
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12. Pacific Dining Car

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1310 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 483-6000
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A traincar-style dining room, nicely appointed and reminiscent of a bygone era, Pacific Dining Car is one of the rare all-night eateries that continues to thrive despite a changing culinary scene. Operated since 1921, the steaks are the main draw, attracting everyone from city big wigs to the financial set just across the freeway in Downtown. Of course, this place was immortalized in Training Day, so order the baseball steak if you're in for some grilled beef.

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13. Tam O'Shanter

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2980 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 664-0228
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Purported to be the oldest restaurant continually owned and operated by the same family in the same location (over 90 years), this progenitor to the Lawry's The Prime Rib conjures up a classic Scottish pub serving roasted prime rib, sandwiches, and stiff drinks in a convivial (if a bit dark) dining hall in Atwater/Los Feliz.

14. The Original Pantry

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877 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 972-9279
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Known for never closing (they don't have locks on the doors), this Downtown institution serves around the clock with greasy fare such as massive ham steaks, omelets, fried potatoes, and steaks. The pancakes are also noteworthy, which is great for those wanting to cure a hangover before it happens.

15. Bernie's

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318 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 250-8413

The specialty here since 1977 is Filipino barbecue with a nod to Hawaiian plate lunches. Whether it’s charbroiled chicken, pork, beef, or a combination of all three, the tender meats at Bernie’s always boast an impressive char. Served on the side is a heap of garlicky fried rice and Thousand Island-dressed iceberg.

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16. Cielito Lindo

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23 Olvera St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 687-4391
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1934 marked the year that Cielito Lindo first landed in Los Angeles, doing rolled tacos that were all the rage. The tradition continues today, as the restaurant helps anchor the bustling Olvera Street in Downtown's northern edge.

17. Philippe the Original

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1001 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-3781
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Supposedly the place where French dip sandwiches were invented, this bona fide institution is perhaps one of the oldest eating establishments in the city, period. It's been around since 1908. The bustling lunchtime crowd, coupled with the made-to-order attention to detail make this one of the most classic restaurants in Los Angeles. Order up a beef or lamb dip (the pros order double dip) into the au jus, then carefully squirt on some of that potent mustard. As a nice bonus for joining the new millennium, Philippe's began accepting credit cards in late 2014, which makes it easier than ever to make this a regular place to dine.

18. Casa Bianca Pizza Pie

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1650 Colorado Blvd
Eagle Rock, CA 90041
(323) 256-9617
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This family-run pizza shop has been serving East Coast-style pies since the 1950s, with a classic red checkered table vibe. Try the fried eggplant and sausage pizza with a side of pasta. Bring cash and mind the hours, which only run during dinner time from Tuesday to Saturday.

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19. La Casita Mexicana

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4030 E Gage Ave
Bell, CA 90201
(323) 773-1898
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For the past decade and then some, chefs Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu have been preparing the dishes of their native Jalisco, along with other Mexican specialties. Order the chiles en nogada. It’s the national dish of Mexico and consists of a roasted poblano chili stuffed with spiced ground beef, dried fruits, walnuts, and candied cactus. A rich and creamy pecan sauce and a handful of pomegranate seeds provide the finishing touches.

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20. Dal Rae Restaurant

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9023 Washington Blvd
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
(562) 949-2444
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The epitome of an old-school steakhouse, Dal Rae in Pico Rivera dates to the 1950s and still spins salads tableside, offers live music, and does a mean pepper steak.

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1. The Apple Pan

10801 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Apple Pan

A much-beloved Westside institution with Ohio-style burgers served in a humble diner-like stand along Pico, The Apple Pan makes consistently good sandwiches and pies. It’s hard to think of a more enduring L.A. greasy spoon.

10801 Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

2. Polo Lounge

9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This bright breakfast and lunch spot that's been open since the early 1950s is a storied eatery for stars and their agents, with producers and industry power brokers looking to make a deal. Polo Lounge sits at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel serving everything from beef tartare to that iconic McCarthy salad.

9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

3. Dan Tana's

9071 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

The quintessential old school Hollywood hangout since 1964, Dan Tana's recently celebrated its 50th anniversary along Santa Monica Blvd just steps from the iconic Troubadour. The Italian-American haunt serves late every night of the week, with hits like chicken parmesan and steaks making most tables. The bar is also a legendary place to grab a drink in Los Angeles.

9071 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

4. Matsuhisa

129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Matsuhisa
Matthew Kang

Drawing from 20 years of experience working in sushi bars from Tokyo to Lima, Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa opened Matsuhisa in 1987. There are straightforward sashimi, sushi rolls, and tempura, of course, but it’s the “Matsuhisa Special Dishes” that set this institution apart from the countless sushi counters in town. Slices of utterly fresh yellowtail are adorned with paper-thin jalapeno, while toro tartare is decadently topped with caviar. Black cod steeped in sweet miso and baked to flaky perfection is the restaurant’s sweet and savory signature dish.

129 N La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

5. Lawry's The Prime Rib

100 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

A grand place to celebrate any occasion, this massive 75-year old Restaurant Row establishment is known for its gleaming silver carts and spinning salads. Choose a cut of prime rib to your preferred thickness, and chow down with baked Yorkshire pudding and creamed spinach.

100 N La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

6. Lucques

8474 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Lucques
Lucques [Official Photo]

Here in this beautifully appointed former carriage house, diners are treated to thoughtful dishes inspired by the seasons from chef Suzanne Goin. The flavors lean toward Mediterranean with one foot firmly planted in California while the menu changes every few days depending on what’s available at the market.

8474 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

7. Canter's Delicatessen

419 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Canter's doesn't have the pastrami excellence that Langer's has, but it more than makes up for it with a vintage dining room that serves 24 hours a day. Open since 1931 in the heart of Fairfax district, it's still a great every day place to eat.

419 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048

8. Yamashiro

1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Originally a mansion that dates to 1911, Yamashiro has in the century since become a hangout for Hollywood types, tourists, and everyone in between. Boasting unrivaled views of the city beyond, this gorgeous mish-mash throwback remains dedicated to its enduring history and classic menu of pan-Japanese food.

1999 N Sycamore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068

9. Musso & Frank Grill

6667 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

The oldest surviving restaurant in Hollywood (since 1919), Musso & Frank remains a popular tourist and locals hub, where stiff drinks (especially the martinis) are a main draw, though the American-Continental fare does a good job of giving customers a sense that they're in a time warp. The Hollywood history of this establishment is too long to fit in this space, with such customers as Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Gary Cooper, Marilyn Monroe, and Humphrey Bogart. Literary types were also regulars, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Elliot, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Raymond Chandler, Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut, and Charles Bukowski.

6667 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

10. Taylor's Prime Steak House

3361 West 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90005

An old-school steakhouse that Don Draper would likely frequent to have stiff drinks, Taylor's has been kicking around in L.A. (in what's now Koreatown) since 1953, offering terrific grilled steaks and more in a dark dining room that's fit for an ad man or two.

3361 West 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005

11. Langer's Delicatessen

704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
#19 sandwich at Langer’s Deli
Wonho Frank Lee

Possibly the greatest pastrami in America, Langer's is a fantastic diner in Westlake offering everything from reubens and corned beef to Jewish deli classics like matzo ball soup and lox. Ever crowded during lunch, it's easily the best Jewish deli in a city full of great delis.

704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

12. Pacific Dining Car

1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Matthew Kang

A traincar-style dining room, nicely appointed and reminiscent of a bygone era, Pacific Dining Car is one of the rare all-night eateries that continues to thrive despite a changing culinary scene. Operated since 1921, the steaks are the main draw, attracting everyone from city big wigs to the financial set just across the freeway in Downtown. Of course, this place was immortalized in Training Day, so order the baseball steak if you're in for some grilled beef.

1310 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

13. Tam O'Shanter

2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Purported to be the oldest restaurant continually owned and operated by the same family in the same location (over 90 years), this progenitor to the Lawry's The Prime Rib conjures up a classic Scottish pub serving roasted prime rib, sandwiches, and stiff drinks in a convivial (if a bit dark) dining hall in Atwater/Los Feliz.

2980 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

14. The Original Pantry

877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Known for never closing (they don't have locks on the doors), this Downtown institution serves around the clock with greasy fare such as massive ham steaks, omelets, fried potatoes, and steaks. The pancakes are also noteworthy, which is great for those wanting to cure a hangover before it happens.

877 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

15. Bernie's

318 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Bernie’s Teriyaki in Los Angeles
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The specialty here since 1977 is Filipino barbecue with a nod to Hawaiian plate lunches. Whether it’s charbroiled chicken, pork, beef, or a combination of all three, the tender meats at Bernie’s always boast an impressive char. Served on the side is a heap of garlicky fried rice and Thousand Island-dressed iceberg.

318 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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16. Cielito Lindo

23 Olvera St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

1934 marked the year that Cielito Lindo first landed in Los Angeles, doing rolled tacos that were all the rage. The tradition continues today, as the restaurant helps anchor the bustling Olvera Street in Downtown's northern edge.

23 Olvera St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

17. Philippe the Original

1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Supposedly the place where French dip sandwiches were invented, this bona fide institution is perhaps one of the oldest eating establishments in the city, period. It's been around since 1908. The bustling lunchtime crowd, coupled with the made-to-order attention to detail make this one of the most classic restaurants in Los Angeles. Order up a beef or lamb dip (the pros order double dip) into the au jus, then carefully squirt on some of that potent mustard. As a nice bonus for joining the new millennium, Philippe's began accepting credit cards in late 2014, which makes it easier than ever to make this a regular place to dine.

1001 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

18. Casa Bianca Pizza Pie

1650 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA 90041
Yelp

This family-run pizza shop has been serving East Coast-style pies since the 1950s, with a classic red checkered table vibe. Try the fried eggplant and sausage pizza with a side of pasta. Bring cash and mind the hours, which only run during dinner time from Tuesday to Saturday.

1650 Colorado Blvd
Eagle Rock, CA 90041

19. La Casita Mexicana

4030 E Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201
La Casita Mexicana
Yelp

For the past decade and then some, chefs Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu have been preparing the dishes of their native Jalisco, along with other Mexican specialties. Order the chiles en nogada. It’s the national dish of Mexico and consists of a roasted poblano chili stuffed with spiced ground beef, dried fruits, walnuts, and candied cactus. A rich and creamy pecan sauce and a handful of pomegranate seeds provide the finishing touches.

4030 E Gage Ave
Bell, CA 90201

20. Dal Rae Restaurant

9023 Washington Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660

The epitome of an old-school steakhouse, Dal Rae in Pico Rivera dates to the 1950s and still spins salads tableside, offers live music, and does a mean pepper steak.

9023 Washington Blvd
Pico Rivera, CA 90660

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