9015 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9006934.090627 -118.388183
Monday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Neighborhoods: West Hollywood, Central LA
Rock and Roll Heaven's Kitchen – 35 years ago today, the Rainbow opened up and it is still going strong today--practically a miracle in Hollywood restaurants! Yes, there are the heavy "tourist" nights, the overdone poseurs, and drunkdrama galore, but that's part of the charm! If you want to people-watch, if you want good, inexpensive food and drink, or if you just want to make a private pilgrimage--then this IS the place. However, if you want to gawk at familiar (even if sometimes only vaguely) faces, if you want to bring the kiddies, or if you want to act as if you're above everyone else, find someplace else!
For all its reputation, the Rainbow is the music world's equivalent of Cheers. It's family, and you know quickly if you're in or out. If you aren't interested in that, then come during the week or the day to get some of the best (and least expensive) ribsticking food around.
Not to be missed are the steak sandwich, the pizza, and the cheese squares. Top that with something from the back bar and you, too, can be a golden God!
Best all around place to be!! – I am slowly becoming a regular here, after moving to CA a year ago. Me and my crew are there every weekend (it's not ALL tourists, like someone mentioned earlier). Every time we are at the Rainbow we make a new friend, and we always meet the most interesting and diverse people there!!! Met my current boyfriend there :) Of course there are the "celebs" that everyone boasts about, but they're just there like you and I to have a good time with friends and like-minded people.
The food is fantastic! Nothing beats it. The drinks are really cheap- last weekend I think when I was buying drinks for friends, it was under $30 for like 5 bud lites, 3 cape cods....of course after you pay the $10 cover at the door you get drink tickets, good for 2 drinks. but still- you can't beat the drink prices!!
When it comes to parking, there are plenty of lots around there, expect to pay $10 at least....you don't HAVE to use the valet at the door of the rainbow.
Overall, this is an excellent place to go if you're new in town and don't know anyone....you'll leave with at least a few new friends (after a few drinks of course)!!
You'll enjoy it- so go right now
My Favorite Bar in LA...Worst Valet Ever – I love, love, love the fact that you can actually party with C.C. Deville and Gene Simmons on the same night at this legend of a rock n roll bar right on the Sunset Strip. Pull up and you just might see the notorious Angelina's pink Corvette parked out front - I swear that's a gimmick to get dudes in there. Park your car with the rude valet and you just might wind up getting your car towed or wanting to throw a pizza at the dude. He's very belligerent if you rub him the wrong way. I'd cab it there to avoid a parking lot brawl.
Where the metal bands of the '80s really hung out--and still do. – In Short
It's been around since 1972, but the Rainbow definitely had its heyday in the '80s--and never let go. Gold records, guitars, photos and autographs from the likes of Lita Ford, Poison, Van Halen and other metal gods adorn the walls. And these rockers will always have a place at Rainbow, down to Slash's corner table and Lemmy from Motorhead's favorite Ms. Pac Man game at the bar.
Worst Experience - Be Aware!~This person is a fruad – Ok, I actually am the one that waited on this table & I remember them. They came in on a Friday night which anyone that has ever been to the rainbow knows is CRAZY!!!! There were 6 adults & 2 small children (never bring your kids into the rainbow on a weekend after 10pm, they will get stepped on ) I approached their table with a smile and instantly warned them (as I warn all my tables on Fridays and Saturdays) that all food was taking 1 hour-an hour and 1/2, but I would do my best to keep the bread basket & drinks full until their food was ready. They said Thats fine, they weren't in a hurry. They were just there to eat at the famous Rainbow & see some rockstars. 20 minutes when I brought the table the 4th basket of bread they said "Where's our appetizers?! We've been waiting for over an hour!" All waitresses have to write the time of order at the top of the food check for exactly this reason, I showed them that it had only been 20 minutes. I apologized and reminded them that food takes over an hour on the weekend, I said the appetizers won't be ready for another 10 minutes but I could bring them their salads. The kitchen was SLAMMED!!!! So I PERSONALLY out of the kindness of my heart, stopped what I was doing (having 7 other tables at the time) and MADE THEIR SALADS MYSELF. There was no glass I assure you, or else I would have cut my hand. We don't keep the lettuce or any other salad fixens anywhere near glass, & no one else that night, before or after complained of glass. They must have put it in the salad themselves to get a $300 free dinner. I did my best to make sure that they had an enjoyable experience at the rainbow as I do with all my customers. The rainbow has great food, but on the weekends it is so packed with people partying that it is not the best place for families. Quiet days are Mon- Wed 11am-9pm. Party days are Thurs- Sunday 9pm-2:30am. Please don't let this fraud scare you, come see for yourself.
Totally Awesome! – Well I love this place, but that's probably because I am in love with all 80's, grew up in the 80's and still think it was the best fun time...though I don't live in L.A., Rainbow is a must go-to everytime I visit. I tell all my friends you can't walk out of there without stumbling. And yes Lemmy does in fact hang out there, Friday nights are the best night's to go. The dance floor is a bit small and not as many people dance, so this is definately a place for drinking and socializing and spotting out a musician here or there, and it's so fun to see people still dressing like they are in the 80's rock scene. I haven't had the food yet, but I heard it's the best pizza..I highly recommend this place if you are a fan of the 80's rock scene.
My Second Home – I am a big fan of 80's rock & there is no where else in the world where you can go have a killer meal, cheap strong drinks & listen to Shout at the Devil while you eat. The rock scene is dying all the clubs have been taken over by hip hop and tecno junk. This place is a "safe haven" for rockers & porn stars alike just like it was in the 70's and 80's. Mario the owner is amazing, he has a million stories all interesting and hilarious. Jesus the bartender is friendly & quick and will make you the stiffest jack & coke in hollywood. Drinks are very cheap and strong. The pizza is killer as well as the Chicken noodle soup. I recently had the Steak and lobster that was great too. Best Hang out in the World!!!
HOG HEAVEN – GREAT!!!! I ENJOYED IT A LOT! IF YOU WANT GREAT FOOD, COME HERE!
Metal Head Hang Out – UGH! The chicks are absolutely scarey at this famous dump. However if you just have to see a mullet then this is your place. Looser central. There is nothing cool about this place other than the fact the Lemmy from Motorhead and his mole are there all the friggin time!
Lots of Fun – Great place with lots of character that's lots of fun. Perfect for a dinner amongst friends who like to drink and act rowdy. Chances of seeing an old school rocker are high so make sure to keep your eyes peeled. Not for those seeking finer dining but for those who just want a great place to eat, drink and be merry.
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