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.
Chefs Hans Röckenwagner and Josiah Citrin brought back old-school steakhouse Dear John’s—which catered heavily to the Old Hollywood set during its 1960s—in 2019, and while the lease was only supposed to last a year before the place was razed to make way for new construction, it’s still hanging on. (As of now, it’ll stay alive at least until early 2023.) Slide into a leather booth, admire the impressive art, and order up a martini before digging into classics like Shrimp Cocktail, Steak Diane, and Sand Dabs with lemon-caper butter, plus sides of Mashed Potatoes or Broccolini, and Mascarpone Cheesecake to close out the meal.
The deal: $65 for a three-course dinner plus a side.
What to order: Shrimp Cocktail, Steak Diane, a side of Mashed Potatoes, and Mascarpone Cheesecake.
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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