Lucy's El Adobe Cafe

★★★☆☆
  • 5536 Melrose Ave

    Los Angeles, CA 90038

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  • 323-462-9421

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Mon-Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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We went to El Adobe for the first time thinking the experience was going to be a good one but to our it was way below our expectations. We were with a large party so we decided to stay out on the patio, the table over the fire pit had a

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★★★★★

We went to El Adobe for the first time thinking the experience was going to be a good one but to our it was way below our expectations. We were with a large party so we decided to stay out on the patio, the table over the fire pit had a

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I have been going to Lucy's for 20 years. NEVER AGAIN. I have repeatedly been disappointed by the service and high prices. If it weren't for the dressing, I would have seen the light a lot sooner. The owner and her staff have clearly

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★★★★★

I have been going to Lucy's for 20 years. NEVER AGAIN. I have repeatedly been disappointed by the service and high prices. If it weren't for the dressing, I would have seen the light a lot sooner. The owner and her staff have clearly

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I have lived in LA my whole life and had never been here. The staff was GREAT!!! Very attentive and sweet. The margaritas were great! I will definately be back!!!

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★★★★★

I have lived in LA my whole life and had never been here. The staff was GREAT!!! Very attentive and sweet. The margaritas were great! I will definately be back!!!

Pros: Margaritas

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Well judging by the reviews it's not so hidden, but you can easily miss this place driving past Paramount on Melrose. The portions are epic. Chips, salsa, soup, salad and entree. Is the lentil soup necessary? No. Is it good. Yes. The combos are good and the quesadilla is a great small option for those looking for less.

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★★★★☆

Well judging by the reviews it's not so hidden, but you can easily miss this place driving past Paramount on Melrose. The portions are epic. Chips, salsa, soup, salad and entree. Is the lentil soup necessary? No. Is it good. Yes. The combos are good and the quesadilla is a great small option for those looking for less.

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Well judging by the reviews it's not so hidden, but you can easily miss this place driving past Paramount on Melrose. The portions are epic. Chips, salsa, soup, salad and entree. Is the lentil soup necessary? No. Is it good. Yes. The combos are good and the quesadilla is a great small option for those looking for less.

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★★★★☆

Well judging by the reviews it's not so hidden, but you can easily miss this place driving past Paramount on Melrose. The portions are epic. Chips, salsa, soup, salad and entree. Is the lentil soup necessary? No. Is it good. Yes. The combos are good and the quesadilla is a great small option for those looking for less.

Pros: Super friendly servers.

Cons: Small booths inside. Opt for the patio.

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I have been going to Lucy's for nearly 30 years and love it. The food is about B+ and their Margaritas are A+ ! The knuckleheads who posted bad reviews are simply going there to be "star-struck" hoping to see someone famous and when they don't, they pick on the service. ANY good restaurant has bad days and are frequenty busy. Famous people have and do eat there which is part of the draw of the looky-loos hoping to see someone. I did meet Timothy Leary in 1983 there, some of the KMET jocks in the bar..lol, but I never went there to "see" anyone. If you love mexican food and you're in Hollywood, go experience the atmosphere and food. Try not to go at 7pm on a Friday or Saturday night or you will wait for an hour to be seated- at least.

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★★★★★

I have been going to Lucy's for nearly 30 years and love it. The food is about B+ and their Margaritas are A+ ! The knuckleheads who posted bad reviews are simply going there to be "star-struck" hoping to see someone famous and when they don't, they pick on the service. ANY good restaurant has bad days and are frequenty busy. Famous people have and do eat there which is part of the draw of the looky-loos hoping to see someone. I did meet Timothy Leary in 1983 there, some of the KMET jocks in the bar..lol, but I never went there to "see" anyone. If you love mexican food and you're in Hollywood, go experience the atmosphere and food. Try not to go at 7pm on a Friday or Saturday night or you will wait for an hour to be seated- at least.

Pros: Margaritas!

Cons: The wait on the weekend

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I went here for the first time on a lunch date with my mom. She was hesitant about coming here in the 1st place because she has gone here a few times before & never had anything good to say about it but none the less she went along.

First off, i asked if they had "flavored" margaritas & the waiter arrogantly stepped back, gave me a dirty look & said very much like he was put out "no! we only have original, strawberry & Cadillac" (which is not a flavor to the common person). He made me feel completely stupid & caught me off guard but I let it go.

I then proceeded to order a lunch special of the beef enchiladas & then he stopped & asked me "if I knew how this works" like there is some kind of ordering process or like I didnt know what I was ordering &/or what it came with.
RUDE, RUDE, RUDE!!

If your not a celebrity or someone who throws $, they treat you like dirt. They are arrogant & full of hot air & dont' know how to talk to people!!!!

I ordered a marg & he had the nerve to card me after it was brought to me...the drink was weak & the food is mediocre at best & it was like something served at a prison commisary.

Ive been a SoCal resident my whole life & this by far has to be the worst place in L.A - THEY ARE ALL HYPE!!!!!!! I dont give a damn what celebrity goes there, just because you have a bank account bigger then mine doesnt mean you know a thing about good food &/or experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went here for the first time on a lunch date with my mom. She was hesitant about coming here in the 1st place because she has gone here a few times before & never had anything good to say about it but none the less she went along.

First off, i asked if they had "flavored" margaritas & the waiter arrogantly stepped back, gave me a dirty look & said very much like he was put out "no! we only have original, strawberry & Cadillac" (which is not a flavor to the common person). He made me feel completely stupid & caught me off guard but I let it go.

I then proceeded to order a lunch special of the beef enchiladas & then he stopped & asked me "if I knew how this works" like there is some kind of ordering process or like I didnt know what I was ordering &/or what it came with.
RUDE, RUDE, RUDE!!

If your not a celebrity or someone who throws $, they treat you like dirt. They are arrogant & full of hot air & dont' know how to talk to people!!!!

I ordered a marg & he had the nerve to card me after it was brought to me...the drink was weak & the food is mediocre at best & it was like something served at a prison commisary.

Ive been a SoCal resident my whole life & this by far has to be the worst place in L.A - THEY ARE ALL HYPE!!!!!!! I dont give a damn what celebrity goes there, just because you have a bank account bigger then mine doesnt mean you know a thing about good food &/or experience.

Pros: nice patio seating during the day

Cons: rude, arrogant, over priced, bad food, weak drinks

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We love going to Lucy's despite the bad service and always getting stuck with Erwin who overcharges and the profoundly apologizes for his mistakes.
Margaritas are great, food is tasty, pricey but not worth the hassle getting stuck with the bad waiter in the bar room.
Would love to be able to pick our waiter.

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★★☆☆☆

We love going to Lucy's despite the bad service and always getting stuck with Erwin who overcharges and the profoundly apologizes for his mistakes.
Margaritas are great, food is tasty, pricey but not worth the hassle getting stuck with the bad waiter in the bar room.
Would love to be able to pick our waiter.

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First off, the owner is a b itch RUDE, RUDE, RUDE! She treats the staff like dirt and could care less if you are a repeat customer. She often tells customers to leave and not come back. The Marg's are good but the prices are outrageous. You better check your bill coz they OFTEN overcharge. Cash tips only, she charges the servers if you use a credit card. NOT worth the unhappiness you feel when you should be having fun. Go to Pueblo Viejo 4 doors down. NO to Lucy's

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★★☆☆☆

First off, the owner is a b itch RUDE, RUDE, RUDE! She treats the staff like dirt and could care less if you are a repeat customer. She often tells customers to leave and not come back. The Marg's are good but the prices are outrageous. You better check your bill coz they OFTEN overcharge. Cash tips only, she charges the servers if you use a credit card. NOT worth the unhappiness you feel when you should be having fun. Go to Pueblo Viejo 4 doors down. NO to Lucy's

Pros: Nice Patio

Cons: Horrible Atmosphere

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I have been going to Lucy's off and on since I was 5 years old, which means I have been going for a quarter of a century. The restaurant has changed a bit, with the addition of another room and an attached, enclosed patio to the side, as well as an outdoor fire pit surrounded by a waterfall at the rear entrance. Frank (the original owner) has passed, and with him, some of the patronage of rock stars, movie stars, business men, politicians, etc... but Lucy (his wife) is still around and always greats the customers with a smile and gives both me and my parents big hugs. The food has not changed in 25 years, though the prices have, but I wouldn't expect them to stay the same after all this time. The prices may seem high at first, until you realize that it includes chips, salsa, soup, salad, rice and beans. Once you share an appetizer and have an entree, you will walk out stuffed and satisfied. The guacamole is creamy goodness, I like the quesadilla with it, and you can't go wrong with the tacos here. I usually advise my friends if they want a burrito, to not order anything else because it is HUGE and will be more than enough on it's own. All in all, while the place and prices may have changed, my love for it hasn't. My father still raves about the salad dressing, and I threw my 30th birthday party here (or the dinner portion of the party) and my friends all loved the food, the ambiance, and the margheritas. I don't drink tequila so I couldn't advise you about them. They still only take cash for tips, which I hate, but it's a minor inconvenience. Go if you want a laidback evening and simple mexican food. Nothing is too spicy unless you put the hot salsa on it. You can also ask for the mild salsa too when you sit and they will bring that out if you can't take the spicy temp of the usual salsa. After writing this, I am craving my usual din there, and I am actually going tonight : )

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★★★★★

I have been going to Lucy's off and on since I was 5 years old, which means I have been going for a quarter of a century. The restaurant has changed a bit, with the addition of another room and an attached, enclosed patio to the side, as well as an outdoor fire pit surrounded by a waterfall at the rear entrance. Frank (the original owner) has passed, and with him, some of the patronage of rock stars, movie stars, business men, politicians, etc... but Lucy (his wife) is still around and always greats the customers with a smile and gives both me and my parents big hugs. The food has not changed in 25 years, though the prices have, but I wouldn't expect them to stay the same after all this time. The prices may seem high at first, until you realize that it includes chips, salsa, soup, salad, rice and beans. Once you share an appetizer and have an entree, you will walk out stuffed and satisfied. The guacamole is creamy goodness, I like the quesadilla with it, and you can't go wrong with the tacos here. I usually advise my friends if they want a burrito, to not order anything else because it is HUGE and will be more than enough on it's own. All in all, while the place and prices may have changed, my love for it hasn't. My father still raves about the salad dressing, and I threw my 30th birthday party here (or the dinner portion of the party) and my friends all loved the food, the ambiance, and the margheritas. I don't drink tequila so I couldn't advise you about them. They still only take cash for tips, which I hate, but it's a minor inconvenience. Go if you want a laidback evening and simple mexican food. Nothing is too spicy unless you put the hot salsa on it. You can also ask for the mild salsa too when you sit and they will bring that out if you can't take the spicy temp of the usual salsa. After writing this, I am craving my usual din there, and I am actually going tonight : )

Pros: Ambience, Parking, Margherita's, Food, Laidback

Cons: Cash tips only

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I can't believe some of what I'm reading here. Clearly, a group of angry, retaliatory people had a bad experience and are ganging up to destroy the reputation of what is still an incredible L.A. institution. Lucy's was my "hangout" from when I discovered it in 1973 until I moved from L.A. in 1987. I took dozens and friends and family there, marked happy and sad times with margaritas and platters of simple, well-prepared Mexican food. Virtually everyone I took there became regulars, too. Just last month, I returned and brought my teenage son with me. Except for the sad absence of the beloved Frank "Pancho" Casado, everything was the same. The margaritas were creamy and potent (I've never tasted anything like them -- deceptively drinkable, then wham!), the quesadillas and guacamole were still no-frills and tasty, and the enchiladas verdes, barbecue tacos and tostadas, salad dressing and chili colorado were absolutely delicious. Hadn't changed in 35 years. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but the meals include soup, salad, rice and beans. The burritos are enormous, easily worth the price. And it was comforting to see Oscar and Lucy still strolling the tables. We ended up going twice, using a credit card and -- gee, no troubles. There were big tables full of people who seemed to be regulars, seemingly unconcerned about the kinds of practices alleged here. There was nowhere near the energy or excitement of Lucy's heyday ? no movie or rock stars, politicos or TV personalities ? but it's still a charming place with excellent drinks and food and attentive service. I've had cravings since we went home!

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★★★★★

I can't believe some of what I'm reading here. Clearly, a group of angry, retaliatory people had a bad experience and are ganging up to destroy the reputation of what is still an incredible L.A. institution. Lucy's was my "hangout" from when I discovered it in 1973 until I moved from L.A. in 1987. I took dozens and friends and family there, marked happy and sad times with margaritas and platters of simple, well-prepared Mexican food. Virtually everyone I took there became regulars, too. Just last month, I returned and brought my teenage son with me. Except for the sad absence of the beloved Frank "Pancho" Casado, everything was the same. The margaritas were creamy and potent (I've never tasted anything like them -- deceptively drinkable, then wham!), the quesadillas and guacamole were still no-frills and tasty, and the enchiladas verdes, barbecue tacos and tostadas, salad dressing and chili colorado were absolutely delicious. Hadn't changed in 35 years. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but the meals include soup, salad, rice and beans. The burritos are enormous, easily worth the price. And it was comforting to see Oscar and Lucy still strolling the tables. We ended up going twice, using a credit card and -- gee, no troubles. There were big tables full of people who seemed to be regulars, seemingly unconcerned about the kinds of practices alleged here. There was nowhere near the energy or excitement of Lucy's heyday ? no movie or rock stars, politicos or TV personalities ? but it's still a charming place with excellent drinks and food and attentive service. I've had cravings since we went home!

Pros: Great food and margaritas, served fast. Absolutely consistent. A true legend.

Cons: Lacks the energy of its heyday.

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This is a great place to hang out with friends and spot celebrities now and then.
Great food, great drinks and a horrible waiter named Edwin who rips people off on their bills and over-charges for no reason at all.
Watch out Edwin is back he'll overcharge you and offer you illigal narcotics!!!!!!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

This is a great place to hang out with friends and spot celebrities now and then.
Great food, great drinks and a horrible waiter named Edwin who rips people off on their bills and over-charges for no reason at all.
Watch out Edwin is back he'll overcharge you and offer you illigal narcotics!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: great atmosphere

Cons: narcotics distribution

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We have been going for ten years, and are apart of the family at Lucys. Lucy always comes to our table for a visit, and our favorite waiter Oscar always brings the usual!!! There is a vibe about Lucys that is hard to describe. Perhaps it is the history of actors, monks, rock stars, and businessmen that provides such an ecclectic mix of energy. I love the tacos, enchiladas, and beans. The lemonade (house margaritas) will knock your socks off... ask for the pico de gallo with your chips ~ it ROCKS! We Love Lucys!!!!

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★★★★★

We have been going for ten years, and are apart of the family at Lucys. Lucy always comes to our table for a visit, and our favorite waiter Oscar always brings the usual!!! There is a vibe about Lucys that is hard to describe. Perhaps it is the history of actors, monks, rock stars, and businessmen that provides such an ecclectic mix of energy. I love the tacos, enchiladas, and beans. The lemonade (house margaritas) will knock your socks off... ask for the pico de gallo with your chips ~ it ROCKS! We Love Lucys!!!!

Pros: Great Vibe, Killer Margaritas, consistent quality, Fun Crowd!

Cons: Busy place, parking sometimes difficult

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My girlfriend and I ate at Lucy's for the first time last night. We went with another couple, both couples sharing a meal platter and two pitchers of margarita. When the bill came it was non-itemized and they charged us NINETY DOLLARS and six cents for two meals that on the menu were $12, plus the two pitchers which should've came to somewhere around $45. The bill was stamped "Cash Tip Only" but when I checked my bank account the next morning Lucy's had charged me 108.06 - EIGHTEEN dollars more than the original bill. So on top of our generous $20 cash tip (it was New Years Eve), the actual tip ended up being $38, which was almost HALF of the already outrageously high original bill. Don't EVER eat here, this place is criminal- and the so called "famous salad dressing" is melted butter with garlic salt. This was the worst dining experience of my life, bar none. If for some ridiculous reason you still decide to eat here- PAY CASH and ask for an itemized receipt before the bill comes.

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★☆☆☆☆

My girlfriend and I ate at Lucy's for the first time last night. We went with another couple, both couples sharing a meal platter and two pitchers of margarita. When the bill came it was non-itemized and they charged us NINETY DOLLARS and six cents for two meals that on the menu were $12, plus the two pitchers which should've came to somewhere around $45. The bill was stamped "Cash Tip Only" but when I checked my bank account the next morning Lucy's had charged me 108.06 - EIGHTEEN dollars more than the original bill. So on top of our generous $20 cash tip (it was New Years Eve), the actual tip ended up being $38, which was almost HALF of the already outrageously high original bill. Don't EVER eat here, this place is criminal- and the so called "famous salad dressing" is melted butter with garlic salt. This was the worst dining experience of my life, bar none. If for some ridiculous reason you still decide to eat here- PAY CASH and ask for an itemized receipt before the bill comes.

Cons: over-charged on bill, over-charged when ran credit card, food average at best

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This place was one of the most horrible experiences I ever had.My husband and I had a tostada and a chiken burrito and the total amount was $40 because they completely over charge on EVERYTHING!!!! 2 sodas cost $6. The food was REALLY BAD and the service was horrible.

Never going there again.....

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★☆☆☆☆

This place was one of the most horrible experiences I ever had.My husband and I had a tostada and a chiken burrito and the total amount was $40 because they completely over charge on EVERYTHING!!!! 2 sodas cost $6. The food was REALLY BAD and the service was horrible.

Never going there again.....

Pros: none

Cons: mmm...is there any more I can say?

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I was shocked when I opened the menu and saw the exhorbitantly high prices at Lucy's El Adobe. They are so ridiculously overpriced, it's sad to see them taking advantage of the neighborhood like this. They have been around forever but it's amazing to be expected to pay $15.00 for a measly plate of enchiladas. Plus the food was not even good -- bland, and very plain. The guacamole was tasty, but at $8.50 for a tiny little plate it was not even worth it. We ordered a burrito and an enchilada, both of which were covered in brown tasteless ranchera sauce. The margarita was decent though.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was shocked when I opened the menu and saw the exhorbitantly high prices at Lucy's El Adobe. They are so ridiculously overpriced, it's sad to see them taking advantage of the neighborhood like this. They have been around forever but it's amazing to be expected to pay $15.00 for a measly plate of enchiladas. Plus the food was not even good -- bland, and very plain. The guacamole was tasty, but at $8.50 for a tiny little plate it was not even worth it. We ordered a burrito and an enchilada, both of which were covered in brown tasteless ranchera sauce. The margarita was decent though.

Pros: decent margaritas, old school mexican vibe

Cons: hideously expensive for tasteless food

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A friend and I decided to meet mid-week for a casual dinner! He suggested Lucy's El Adobe Cafe. Since I really like Mexican food and like trying new restaurants, I thought it sounded like a good plan. First off, the restaurant is fine. It's small, cute, and has a great patio. I ordered a margarita and it was fine but there was literally no kick at all to it. The food came and it was "average" at best. Nothing spectacular at all and I thought the beans were awful. The best part though was the salad dressing. When the bill came, it was almost $60 with tip for two people. Is it just me or does that seem excessive? I've eaten at much more spectacular restaurants with much better food for less than that. Service was okay. Nothing to write home about though! In short, I would say if you're craving Mexican food, you can do much better than this place in quality of food, drinks and prices. In fact, I have no idea why people even bother eating at this restaurant.

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★★☆☆☆

A friend and I decided to meet mid-week for a casual dinner! He suggested Lucy's El Adobe Cafe. Since I really like Mexican food and like trying new restaurants, I thought it sounded like a good plan. First off, the restaurant is fine. It's small, cute, and has a great patio. I ordered a margarita and it was fine but there was literally no kick at all to it. The food came and it was "average" at best. Nothing spectacular at all and I thought the beans were awful. The best part though was the salad dressing. When the bill came, it was almost $60 with tip for two people. Is it just me or does that seem excessive? I've eaten at much more spectacular restaurants with much better food for less than that. Service was okay. Nothing to write home about though! In short, I would say if you're craving Mexican food, you can do much better than this place in quality of food, drinks and prices. In fact, I have no idea why people even bother eating at this restaurant.

Pros: Great salad dressing!

Cons: High high prices for below average Mexican food!

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Love that buttery dressing on the salad - that surely cancels out any benefits of that iceberg lettuce. Great enchiladas and tacos too...

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★★★★★

Love that buttery dressing on the salad - that surely cancels out any benefits of that iceberg lettuce. Great enchiladas and tacos too...

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This is a horrilble restaurant. They have a horrible waitress that is supposed to be Catholic and goes to church but is very vicious and mean and has a very dark soul. She is scary and ruins my appetite. Stay away from restaurant because the witch will put a spell on you.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is a horrilble restaurant. They have a horrible waitress that is supposed to be Catholic and goes to church but is very vicious and mean and has a very dark soul. She is scary and ruins my appetite. Stay away from restaurant because the witch will put a spell on you.

Pros: no pros

Cons: They have a waitress that is a nasty witch

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I've been patronizing this restaurant since 1969. Back then, on Friday and Saturday nights, there was a block-long line outside on Melrose of people waiting to get in.

My favorite entree is the Barbecue Taco Dinner. Delicious. I haven't found barbecued tacos at any other restaurant in North or Central America.

The best thing here is Lucy's secret salad dressing: a beautiful blend of butter, oil, parmesan, garlic, salt, pepper, and other ingredients that Lucy refuses to reveal. She should be selling it online.

The menu has never changed, excepting for the prices. In the old days, Lucy and her late husband Frank greeted patrons at the front door. Today, Frank has passed, Lucy is in semi-retirement, and most people enter through the back parking lot entrance.

Some believe the food is over-priced, but, because every dinner comes with both soup and salad, the $15.00 or so, seems reasonable, if not a bargain.

Lucy used to sell me her salad dressing bottled for $1. per bottle. My last visit was April 2007. I was charged $15. for the same sized bottle. Most pricey, but every drop of dressing is superb.

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★★★☆☆

I've been patronizing this restaurant since 1969. Back then, on Friday and Saturday nights, there was a block-long line outside on Melrose of people waiting to get in.

My favorite entree is the Barbecue Taco Dinner. Delicious. I haven't found barbecued tacos at any other restaurant in North or Central America.

The best thing here is Lucy's secret salad dressing: a beautiful blend of butter, oil, parmesan, garlic, salt, pepper, and other ingredients that Lucy refuses to reveal. She should be selling it online.

The menu has never changed, excepting for the prices. In the old days, Lucy and her late husband Frank greeted patrons at the front door. Today, Frank has passed, Lucy is in semi-retirement, and most people enter through the back parking lot entrance.

Some believe the food is over-priced, but, because every dinner comes with both soup and salad, the $15.00 or so, seems reasonable, if not a bargain.

Lucy used to sell me her salad dressing bottled for $1. per bottle. My last visit was April 2007. I was charged $15. for the same sized bottle. Most pricey, but every drop of dressing is superb.

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I charged $140 on my credit card, on my statement it said $240. Unfortunately, I lost the receipt and can't dispute the charge without it - management/owner has been no help. I will NEVER return, but if you go, I suggest paying in cash!

And yes, the service is slow and food is overpriced, but it is a cool layout.

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★★☆☆☆

I charged $140 on my credit card, on my statement it said $240. Unfortunately, I lost the receipt and can't dispute the charge without it - management/owner has been no help. I will NEVER return, but if you go, I suggest paying in cash!

And yes, the service is slow and food is overpriced, but it is a cool layout.

Pros: Cool layout, great for groups

Cons: Overpriced, thieving waiters

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I went here one time after work to just kick back by myself and have a drink and a bite. First of all, although it was a lovely late afternoon, they wouldn't let me sit outside because there wasn't a server out there or something. The place was totally empty, by the way. I used to work in a restaurant and if I was the only one on the floor and the place was empty, I let the customers sit anywhere they pleased. I was pretty hungry so I said okay I'll sit inside. Earth to Lucy's!!! A taco plate is NEVER worth $15. NEVER. I love to spoil myself and so I will gladly spend plenty of money on a nice dinner. I'm not cheap when it comes to food and drink, but I also hate feeling like I'm being ripped off. This place has a great location and a decent outdoor ambience. But the overpriced food and the idiot staff ruin the whole occasion. I actually don't mind idiot staff when I'm paying $5.99 for my dinner. However, once I get around the $20 range the staff had best be up to par. Look at the menu and I promise you won't stay to eat.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went here one time after work to just kick back by myself and have a drink and a bite. First of all, although it was a lovely late afternoon, they wouldn't let me sit outside because there wasn't a server out there or something. The place was totally empty, by the way. I used to work in a restaurant and if I was the only one on the floor and the place was empty, I let the customers sit anywhere they pleased. I was pretty hungry so I said okay I'll sit inside. Earth to Lucy's!!! A taco plate is NEVER worth $15. NEVER. I love to spoil myself and so I will gladly spend plenty of money on a nice dinner. I'm not cheap when it comes to food and drink, but I also hate feeling like I'm being ripped off. This place has a great location and a decent outdoor ambience. But the overpriced food and the idiot staff ruin the whole occasion. I actually don't mind idiot staff when I'm paying $5.99 for my dinner. However, once I get around the $20 range the staff had best be up to par. Look at the menu and I promise you won't stay to eat.

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This restaurant has a cozy outdoor atmosphere but too bad the service is terrible. I have eaten here a few times but each time the wait staff is extremely rude and unattentive. The bill is always way higher than expected with many hidden extra fees. The drinks are way overpriced. The food is mediocre at best. Stay away from this place. I will never spend another dime in this restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant has a cozy outdoor atmosphere but too bad the service is terrible. I have eaten here a few times but each time the wait staff is extremely rude and unattentive. The bill is always way higher than expected with many hidden extra fees. The drinks are way overpriced. The food is mediocre at best. Stay away from this place. I will never spend another dime in this restaurant.

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I've been eating at Lucy's since the mid-90s. The food is wonderful. Can't speak to the drinks cause i'm not there with my 6 frat brothers to get zonked. Entrees come with a salad and soup...the salad dressing is fantastic...the soups change...variations on bean, chicken, tortilla..and they are all unbelievably good. I took my mother in law there when she had a cold and the soup cured her. Usually get the chicken tacos...with beans and rice. It's totally reasonable. About $15 per person for all that food. You will love it. Bring some cash because while they take plastic you can't add the tip to the bill and put in on your card. Go. You will be glad you did.

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★★★★★

I've been eating at Lucy's since the mid-90s. The food is wonderful. Can't speak to the drinks cause i'm not there with my 6 frat brothers to get zonked. Entrees come with a salad and soup...the salad dressing is fantastic...the soups change...variations on bean, chicken, tortilla..and they are all unbelievably good. I took my mother in law there when she had a cold and the soup cured her. Usually get the chicken tacos...with beans and rice. It's totally reasonable. About $15 per person for all that food. You will love it. Bring some cash because while they take plastic you can't add the tip to the bill and put in on your card. Go. You will be glad you did.

Pros: chips salad and soup all come with entree..practically a meal in themselves!

Cons: parking...and you have to look at paramount's crappy tv show billboards afterwards

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I really liked this restaurant at first. The atmosphere was nice but when it came to the food I was very disappointed. There was a small black hair in my food. I felt very nauseous and when I complaint I was told that it was not from them. I know it didnt come from me!

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★☆☆☆☆

I really liked this restaurant at first. The atmosphere was nice but when it came to the food I was very disappointed. There was a small black hair in my food. I felt very nauseous and when I complaint I was told that it was not from them. I know it didnt come from me!

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My friend wanted to take me for a Birthday -margharita after work. Because they have a nice Patio and I haven't been there for a long time I suggested Lucy Adope. It was afterenoon, Patio was closed which was a bummer, so we sat inside. Service was unfriendly . Food was lame and tasteless. The Margharitas tasted like the forgot the Tequila - so we ordered 2 more shots. The Marharita were 9.75 each and they charged us 10 Dollars each for an extra shot. Ridiculous to pay 20 Dollars for a margharita in a place like that.
I will never go back there. It is a real shame when I moved here 10 years ago I really liked the place, but it really went Downhill. Don't go!! And check the good reviews, how old they are!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

My friend wanted to take me for a Birthday -margharita after work. Because they have a nice Patio and I haven't been there for a long time I suggested Lucy Adope. It was afterenoon, Patio was closed which was a bummer, so we sat inside. Service was unfriendly . Food was lame and tasteless. The Margharitas tasted like the forgot the Tequila - so we ordered 2 more shots. The Marharita were 9.75 each and they charged us 10 Dollars each for an extra shot. Ridiculous to pay 20 Dollars for a margharita in a place like that.
I will never go back there. It is a real shame when I moved here 10 years ago I really liked the place, but it really went Downhill. Don't go!! And check the good reviews, how old they are!!!

Pros: memori of better days

Cons: bad food, bad Margharitas, overprized

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Once upon a time Lucy's was a charming Hollywood find where you could eat great mexican food, sip strong margaritas and groove to the dark, hip vibe for a reasonable price. And then something happened... I don't know if Lucy was kidnapped or brainwashed or if she simply cashed out and sold the joint, but this restaurant has taken such an unbelievable downturn. The food: at best it's bland; at worst it's revolting. The weaker-than-weak margarita pitchers contain a mere misting of alcohol. (And of course we ordered a bunch of them, hoping to get the faintest buzz, but to no avail.) Final insult: the bill for 11 people (including tip; yes, we tipped 20% -- we're not animals) came to $500. $45 per person to leave a birthday dinner hungry and stone-cold sober. It's going to take me a few days to mourn the loss.

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★☆☆☆☆

Once upon a time Lucy's was a charming Hollywood find where you could eat great mexican food, sip strong margaritas and groove to the dark, hip vibe for a reasonable price. And then something happened... I don't know if Lucy was kidnapped or brainwashed or if she simply cashed out and sold the joint, but this restaurant has taken such an unbelievable downturn. The food: at best it's bland; at worst it's revolting. The weaker-than-weak margarita pitchers contain a mere misting of alcohol. (And of course we ordered a bunch of them, hoping to get the faintest buzz, but to no avail.) Final insult: the bill for 11 people (including tip; yes, we tipped 20% -- we're not animals) came to $500. $45 per person to leave a birthday dinner hungry and stone-cold sober. It's going to take me a few days to mourn the loss.

Pros: decor

Cons: way overpriced, inedible food, watered down drinks

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Indifferent service, charmless decor, and awful food doom this historic eatery. Lucy's is famous more for who used to eat there than the food they currently serve. Strong drinks save this place from being a complete waste.

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★☆☆☆☆

Indifferent service, charmless decor, and awful food doom this historic eatery. Lucy's is famous more for who used to eat there than the food they currently serve. Strong drinks save this place from being a complete waste.

Pros: Drinks (barely)

Cons: Food, Service, Decor

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to say that the food at lucy's is mediocre is being incredibly genorous, i sat through stale chips and tasteless salsa for an equally stale and tasteless enchilada plate. and to add insult to injury - the meal was over $15.
They didn't bother to ask how the food was - i guess they already know.

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★☆☆☆☆

to say that the food at lucy's is mediocre is being incredibly genorous, i sat through stale chips and tasteless salsa for an equally stale and tasteless enchilada plate. and to add insult to injury - the meal was over $15.
They didn't bother to ask how the food was - i guess they already know.

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while it's very quaint and has a very cute decor, I am not impressed with the food at all and the drinks tend to be a little watered down. there are alot better mexican restuarnts in l.a. to choose from than here

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★★☆☆☆

while it's very quaint and has a very cute decor, I am not impressed with the food at all and the drinks tend to be a little watered down. there are alot better mexican restuarnts in l.a. to choose from than here

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This place breaks my heart. It would be such a fantastic alternative to the overpacked El Coyote- it's oozing with charm (check out the waterfall and ring of fire outside bar!), attentive service and tasty margaritas but the food is beyond mediocre, outrageously priced and meagerly portioned to boot!

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★★★☆☆

This place breaks my heart. It would be such a fantastic alternative to the overpacked El Coyote- it's oozing with charm (check out the waterfall and ring of fire outside bar!), attentive service and tasty margaritas but the food is beyond mediocre, outrageously priced and meagerly portioned to boot!

Pros: atmosphere, margies, service

Cons: bland food, overpriced

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They make great margaritas here. Really strong and delicous. I like the courtyard too. The food isn't so great, but it's ok to soak up the tequila! Great for a frosty after work treat.

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★★★★☆

They make great margaritas here. Really strong and delicous. I like the courtyard too. The food isn't so great, but it's ok to soak up the tequila! Great for a frosty after work treat.

Pros: good drinks

Cons: food not so great

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This place has the best Margheritas in L.A...I also think the food is among the best Mexican in town...for instance, all entree's come with a salad that has a butter dressing, the BEST!! Also their home style soups are always fresh, and included in the complete meal. This place is pricey, but what did you expect across from Paramount Studios? One of my favorite haunts in L.A.!!

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★★★★★

This place has the best Margheritas in L.A...I also think the food is among the best Mexican in town...for instance, all entree's come with a salad that has a butter dressing, the BEST!! Also their home style soups are always fresh, and included in the complete meal. This place is pricey, but what did you expect across from Paramount Studios? One of my favorite haunts in L.A.!!

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I love Lucy's patio and their margaritas are really tasty. It's a great spot for an after-work drink with friends on a sunny evening. The waiters are very friendly and go out of their way to accomodate customers. Unfortunately, the food they serve isn't the greatest. The vegetarian tostado salad is pretty good--but everything else is rather bland. Overall--stick with the margs and you'll be very happy.

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★★★★☆

I love Lucy's patio and their margaritas are really tasty. It's a great spot for an after-work drink with friends on a sunny evening. The waiters are very friendly and go out of their way to accomodate customers. Unfortunately, the food they serve isn't the greatest. The vegetarian tostado salad is pretty good--but everything else is rather bland. Overall--stick with the margs and you'll be very happy.

Pros: Good margaritas, Friendly service, Easy parking

Cons: Bland food, Not open late

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This is a neat place, with a great patio and some tasty 'ritas. But the prices are jacked! Bean burritos = $9. My advice: get a pitcher of 'ritas then eat the free chips they bring. Are the prices so high because Paramount is right across the street?

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★★★☆☆

This is a neat place, with a great patio and some tasty 'ritas. But the prices are jacked! Bean burritos = $9. My advice: get a pitcher of 'ritas then eat the free chips they bring. Are the prices so high because Paramount is right across the street?

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You can tell, when you look around the patio, that some patrons would not be happy if their families saw them here. Perhaps the potency of the margaritas adds to my conspiratorial notions, but it seems that there are an awful lot of sideways glances, nervous over-the-shoulder looks and uncomfortable seat shifts here. And that's why this place is so very good. That, and the fact that the drinks are tangy and strong (and should be, for the somewhat high prices) and the courtyard is lovely. The salsa, though, I wasn't crazy about.

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★★★★☆

You can tell, when you look around the patio, that some patrons would not be happy if their families saw them here. Perhaps the potency of the margaritas adds to my conspiratorial notions, but it seems that there are an awful lot of sideways glances, nervous over-the-shoulder looks and uncomfortable seat shifts here. And that's why this place is so very good. That, and the fact that the drinks are tangy and strong (and should be, for the somewhat high prices) and the courtyard is lovely. The salsa, though, I wasn't crazy about.

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Kind of a nice atmosphere to this traditional LA-style Mexican eatery, situated directly across from Paramount Studios. Just like the movies that the Hollywood moguls crank out across the street, the food here is pretty bland. The salsa is mild, the mole is sweet and the clientele is distinctly Anglo. Still, the wait staff is friendly, the back patio is pleasant and the food isn't horrible, just a little plain.

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★★★☆☆

Kind of a nice atmosphere to this traditional LA-style Mexican eatery, situated directly across from Paramount Studios. Just like the movies that the Hollywood moguls crank out across the street, the food here is pretty bland. The salsa is mild, the mole is sweet and the clientele is distinctly Anglo. Still, the wait staff is friendly, the back patio is pleasant and the food isn't horrible, just a little plain.

Pros: Atmosphere, Patio

Cons: Food

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Paramount Studios employees treat this old classic as a cantina, as do other Angelenos who love Lucy's for her good, cheap margaritas and evocative old-L.A. ambience, complete with dark booths and a tiled, lushly planted Spanish patio.…

 

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