A former country store turned roadhouse hidden in the Santa Monica Mountains, The Old Place has been serving big steaks and stiff drinks since the ’70s, yet it still remains one of LA County’s best-kept secrets. A favorite of celebs since the days of Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw, it’s a perfect spot for a rustic, romantic dinner - just make sure you email for reservations well in advance, as this tiny, sepia-toned saloon fills up fast. Oh, and come hungry, because the homestyle steaks, stews, and pot pies are beyond filling, and the portions are huge. There’s also a great little wine shop next door if you’re looking to grab a bottle for dinner, or just in need of a nightcap.
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