Rae's Restaurant

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Neighborhoods: Pico
Cuisine: Diner, Vegan, Chinese

Rae's Restaurant is a Diner, Vegan, and Chinese restaurant where most Menuism users paid less than $10 and tipped more than 18%.

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Pros
"It's been about 40 years since I first stepped into this place. I use to live right down the street from Rae's. I now live out East and I dream of going back one day with my son. Oh, what memories Rae's restaurant brings back to me."
Gayot
Rating:
11 / 20
Price:
$$$$$
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ncurland

 Santa Monica, CA
 

Come for the ambience

Rae’s is a classic greasy spoon, a staple of Santa Monica, and a popular filming location. If you’ve seen a 50’s style diner in a movie, chances are, it’s Rae’s. Though busy for weekend brunch, it is usually fairly mellow.

Entering the restaurant, a wave of nostalgia and greasy goodness washes over you. The griddle is always a sizzle with bacon, eggs, and hashbrowns. Though the restaurant is small, there is usually an open booth or two, or at least a stool at the bar.

Coffee is typical diner quality and freely flowing. Pancakes are forgettable, eggs a bit too greasy, chili requires tabasco sauce for flavor. Bacon is good and crispy, ask for potatoes and hashbrowns well-done. The standout is the french fries, light and crisp and airy, despite their thick-cut appearance.

The food is unremarkable, adequate for a greasy spoon, but you don’t come here for the food. You come for the smell of the bacon, the feel of the vinyl booths, the laziness of an hour-long breakfast and a cup of coffee that never gets cold. You come for Rae’s, and you are never disappointed.

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Diner Vegan Good For Kids
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Hours
Sun-Sat 05:30AM - 10:30PM
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  • 02/11/2014 - A diner tried it and liked it. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 04/04/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
    Pros: 'It's been about 40 years since I first stepped into this place. I use to live right down the street from Rae's. I now live out East and I dream of going back one day with my son. Oh, what memories Rae's restaurant brings back to me.'
  • 08/31/2014 - A diner from Mountain View, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 3 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 01/24/2015 - A diner from Mountain View, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 4 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 07/18/2015 - A diner from Playa Del Rey, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 09/27/2015 - A diner from Pacific Palisades, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 11/05/2015 - A diner from Los Angeles, CA tried it.
  • 11/17/2015 - A diner from Hawthorne, CA tried it.
  • 12/01/2015 - A diner from Las Vegas, NV tried it.
Rae's Restaurant is located near the cities of Sawtelle, Venezia, Venice, Pacific Palisades, and De Witt.
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