Dan Tana's

Row 1

Details
9071 Santa Monica Blvd (at Doheny Dr)
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 275-9444
Cocktail, Italian
$ $ $ $
Hours
Mon–Sat: 5:00 PM–1:00 AM Sun: 5:00 PM–12:30 AM

With menu items like “penne arabiata a la Michael Kane,” “fettucini Alfredo a la Mark Singer,” “cannelloni a la Constantino,” “steamed clams a la Rob Lee,” and “Tana salad a la Nicky Hilton” you kind of get an idea of the scene at Dan Tana’s, Los Angeles’ old-school, red sauce institution. This West Hollywood joint owned by Yugoslav-American restaurateur and former professional footballer Dan Tana may not be as exclusive, but this is Hollywood’s version of New York City’s Rao’s, another restaurant known more for lore than linguini. And that’s okay, because even as the upscale Italian-American food movement continues to cross the country, there’s something special about treasures like this, especially as it approaches its 50th anniversary this year. So step out of the bright lights of Hollywood and sit down at a table or corner booth in the dimly-lit, seemingly-windowless, red-walled dining room, take a look around for Nicky and Michael, and enjoy the ride. Just keep in mind you’re more likely to see bad combovers than big celebrities.

Foursquare Tips

  • can't leave without a mozzarella marinara (its literally a sauce covered cheese log) for an appetizer and a cannoli for dessert
  • You can get a plate of spaghetti with champion-sized meatballs or satisfying chicken Parmesan. We especially appreciate the seasoned staff and stiff martinis.
  • As old school as it gets. It's all about regulars and not-cheap traditional Italian offerings. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Say hi to Christian and Hector and tell them you're my BFF.
  • LA Weekly's Best of LA 2010 pick - Best Bar to Raise a Glass to Dean Martin!
  • Portions are large!
  • Best cioppino
  • Promise them a good tip at just about midnight...
  • Portions are large so save room for dessert -- The espresso bean chocolate ice cream is luscious.
  • The only place you ever need to eat Italian food in LA. Great menu, old school vibe, perfect wine list. If you order cheesecake, split it because it's RICH
  • You can't go wrong with the chicken parm or the Helen....
  • One of the most OG Italian joints in LA. Delicious & open late. Love this place!
  • Pancho Lopez is the man!
  • One of the best restaurants to dine at to get a taste of Old Hollywood!
  • great food and a fun place. sit in the bar area. large, old style red leather booths. The dining area, just behind the bar, has smaller tables with chairs only. A bit crowded.
  • Great steaks, pasta, salad and service...sit at the bar if you can't get a table!
  • This local landmark's decor recalls the days of the Rat Pack, but is packed full of modern Hollywood legend. The rich and famous gather here for martinis and chicken parm that can't be beat.
  • One of the best shrimp cocktails I have ever had.
  • get the garlic bread with marinara sauce on the side!
  • You want the tableside Caesar salad, the mozz-blanketed chicken parm (which comes with a side of pasta, of course), and the cappuccino ice cream for dessert.