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Rae's Restaurant

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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Ambiance
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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."
  • 12/01/2015

    A diner from Las Vegas, NV tried it.

  • 11/17/2015

    A Diner food lover from Hawthorne, CA tried it.

  • 11/05/2015

    A dining patron from Los Angeles, CA tried it.

  • 9/27/2015

    A Diner chowhound from Pacific Palisades, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 7/17/2015

    A diner from Los Angeles, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 1/24/2015

    A diner from San Jose, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 8/30/2014

    A diner from San Jose, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 4/04/2014

    A dining patron from Chicago, IL tried it, liked it, and rated it . 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 chowhound from Tokyo, 40 tried it and liked it. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

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.

Tags
Diner Delivery Dinner
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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Hours
Sun-Sat 05:30AM - 10:30PM
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Rae's Restaurant is located near the cities of Sawtelle, Venezia, Venice, Pacific Palisades, and De Witt.
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