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The Resy Guide to L.A.’s New Old-School Restaurants


An old-school restaurant never goes out of style. In Los Angeles, that means dining rooms long on atmosphere and steeped in Hollywood history. Envision white tablecloths, glossy red booths, and family recipes that have been passed down through generations. Think tableside preparations of Caesar salads and guac, pink slabs of prime rib, and creaky wooden floors. Prepare to find servers dressed in dinner jackets and bartenders who’ve been shaking perfect martinis for decades.  

Lately, it seems that chefs and diners alike can’t get enough of the past. Chalk it up to our pandemic-induced thirst for nostalgia, or an overwhelming desire for a vibe — whatever the reason, there’s no disputing that the city’s timeless restaurants are here to stay. In fact, one entry on our list, Casa Vega, recently was given a coveted America’s Classic designation from the James Beard Foundation. From a tiki-themed steakhouse in Glendale born in 1937, to a pioneer of California cuisine in the ‘80s, and a contemporary revamp of a historic Hollywood pub, here’s your Resy guide to the new old-school restaurants of L.A.