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.

March 25, 2011
 

Rae's

Great place the food is so good no matter what time of the day you go. The outside needs a little remodeling but besides that a great and low key spot
July 12, 2010
 

Ugly but tasty!

Don't let the outside fool you, although it may be a bit old Rae's a great place for a weekend breakfast. Affordable, great service and excellent food.
January 14, 2010
 

AWESOME PLACE!

The food here is NOT cheap. Don't let the other descriptions dissuade you from coming here. The food is INEXPENSIVE, but it is not "cheap". Cheap food is the kind you get at Denny's. Who wants to pay $9 for two rubbery eggs and a piece of…

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Diner Dinner Wheelchair accessible
Tips
  • Waits are possible on weekend days, especially during prime brunch hours. That's when parking will be tough, too. If the lot is full, hunt for a spot on Pico.
  • The menu includes complete kiddie meals for less than five bucks. Breakfast and lunch portions are big enough to satisfy light-eaters, but the special only applies to children under 10.
  • Solo diners should head for the counter as booths are reserved for two, but the rule is only enforced when it's busy.
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Sun-Sat 05:30AM - 10:30PM
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Rae's Restaurant  Restaurant Reviews

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  • 12/01/2015 A diner from Las Vegas, NV tried it.

  • 11/17/2015 A diner from Hawthorne, CA tried it.

  • 11/05/2015 A diner from Los Angeles, CA tried it.

  • 9/27/2015 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.

  • 7/17/2015 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.

  • 1/24/2015 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.

  • 8/30/2014 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.

  • 4/04/2014 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.
  • 2/10/2014 A diner from PH tried it and liked it. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

Rae's Restaurant is located near the cities of Sawtelle, Venezia, Venice, Pacific Palisades, and De Witt.
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