This dimly lit, old-school steakhouse has a long, rich history dating back to the ‘60s, when it was a thriving hotspot for Hollywood glitterati (including Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, who used to play piano in the corner). A few years ago, chefs Hans Röckenwagner and Josiah Citrin teamed up to breathe new life into Dear John’s—bringing back tuxedoed servers, leather booths, white tablecloths, and all the clubby Rat Pack vibes. The menu is transportive as well, full of American classics like tableside Caesar Salad tossed with yolk and anchovies, fragrant garlic bread, Shrimp Cocktail, Oysters Rockefeller, juicy ribeyes, and more—the perfect pairing to classic martinis and Manhattans.
This Culver City landmark was recently given both an interior facelift and a new menu thanks to Hans Rockenwagner and Josiah Citrin. In the pandemic, they’re doing a weekend-only steakhouse-style prix-fixe dinner with a shrimp cocktail, garlic bread, salad, surf and turf, sides, and a dessert for $68, as well as a la carte items like crab cakes, lobster thermidor, and an 18 oz ribeye.
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